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    I am too cheap to even dream CX rays all around . I would love a deep sectioned front wheel, you know, for aero benefits only but there is no deep rim that I am drawn toward. The H Plus Son SL42 looks interesting, but I always think aluminum rims like that and Deep Vs are boat anchor fashion statements.

    Edit: and 2x front seems eminently sensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
    I charge my ultegra di2 every 1000 miles because I had a similar issue. It died in the middle of a ride around 1500 miles. When I bought the bike, the guy at the bike shop said I wouldn't have to charge it for a year. Apparently, he wasn't aware how much/often I ride.
    Hmm, is it a problem that I had to charge mine at 750 miles? Maybe shop just didn't charge it fully?

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    DO you normally wear out batteries quickly ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Hmm, is it a problem that I had to charge mine at 750 miles? Maybe shop just didn't charge it fully?

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    That is very possible. Of course, it depends a bit on your riding style. Where I live, there are hills, but they're not that big. I hardly ever shift out of my big ring. I was told the front derailleur shifting kills the battery much faster than the rear.
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
    Only a few find the way, some don't recognize it when they do - some... don't ever want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
    Strong work, Heathpack. That rest thing, or training break? It's important.
    Yes, I know. I'm pretty religious about it. Three weeks on, one week off. Plus I'm almost to the end of this training period, which has been long (22 weeks, I think) but much of it non-intense. Then I am 6 weeks no training, just unstructured riding, with 2 of those weeks of zero riding because I'm on vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
    Alchemy was supposed to reopen in January after the move from CO to New Mexico. They didn't and apparently aren't returning emails. Good reason to go with Chris King. CK R45 front.

    I was tempted to get a crazy color.

    a pair of those in pewter would be just the ticket on my black bike. coveting.
    "Today me will live in the moment, unless it's unpleasant, then me will eat cookie." -Cookie Monster

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
    That is very possible. Of course, it depends a bit on your riding style. Where I live, there are hills, but they're not that big. I hardly ever shift out of my big ring. I was told the front derailleur shifting kills the battery much faster than the rear.
    Thats probably it, I have been climbing a lot & therefore shifting a lot.

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    For a change, it's windy today.
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    I did my first metric this year and it was a blast! The biggest surprise was how much I actually ate through the whole thing at the snack tables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    DO you normally wear out batteries quickly ?
    Sorry I can only answer questions like that over in the women's forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    @Heathpack, if you couldn't shift, you were single speed (SS) because the rear wheel would still coast if you stopped pedaling. FG won't coast, there is no freewheel. So if the wheel turns, your feet have to turn.
    Oh. But still I ask "why?"

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    In other non bicycle related events:

    Sacramento has a large, original city cemetery, where a group of volunteers have planted and tended
    a collection of old roses for some fifteen or twenty years now. I used to work with them when i first retired,
    but eventually drifted away up into the foothills. Anyway, I spent several enjoyable hours there today.

    autumn damask.jpg
    Autumn Damask (heavily scented)

    Banksia lutea.jpgdouble yellow banks rose.jpg
    A large and well established plant of the yellow Lady Banks rose



    Souvenir de Malmaison.jpg
    Souvenir de Malmaison ( a Bourbon, also heavily scented)

    It's unfortunate that we do not have scratch and sniff on the internet. Maybe it's just as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
    Only a few find the way, some don't recognize it when they do - some... don't ever want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    I am too cheap to even dream CX rays all around .
    I was too cheap to do it previously, but I'm springing for them on the next wheel build. I'm too lazy and/or scatterbrained to mark the outsides of the spokes at the beginning of the process (so that I have a reference to avoid wind-up later in the process) so I might as well buy spokes with built-in indicators so I can avoid the occasional, "oh, look - a spoke loosened; better tension it up again... *sigh*"
    It's the spandex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Oh. But still I ask "why?"

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    I can tell you why I do it, and can also guarantee that you won't understand.

    SS is both easier and harder than geared. You are essentially always in the wrong gear. So if you try to ride at an ideal cadence, you will kill yourself. If you try to maintain the same climbing speed, you will likely kill yourself. If you try to maintain your same top speed, you will spin like a coked up hamster, then keel over.

    But if you give up optimizing every second, it becomes easy. You see way more scenery. You climb the same stuff, but slower, and distract yourself by looking around. I have seen things that I rode by 50 times on the geared bike without noticing. If you gear correctly, your level cruising speed can be set normally. 90 cadence puts me at 21 mph, which is a good flat land cruise, and then I vary from there. I once did a 25 min hill climb into a headwind at 6mph and under 30 rpm and it stank, but it was survivable.

    Ultimately, on a geared bike, you go on a training ride. On an SS, you go for a bike ride. On an FG, you ride to your funeral. But these things you won't know until you know.

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    Since this thread has gone to the dogs, I caught caught her at the start of a yawn while basking in some morning sun -

    It's the spandex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
    Since this thread has gone to the dogs....

    ...where and when will it all end ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
    Only a few find the way, some don't recognize it when they do - some... don't ever want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    ...where and when will it all end ?
    Nigh?
    It's the spandex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
    Since this thread has gone to the dogs, I caught caught her at the start of a yawn while basking in some morning sun -

    Awesome.
    Quote Originally Posted by Element GT View Post
    I did my first metric this year and it was a blast! The biggest surprise was how much I actually ate through the whole thing at the snack tables.

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    I'm with you, WhyFi. Building with bladed spokes, with accompanying holders, is just all that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Element GT View Post
    I did my first metric this year and it was a blast! The biggest surprise was how much I actually ate through the whole thing at the snack tables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    I think you are supposed to get the color that matches your tires and brake pads.
    Color coordination is key.
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    getting banned from trollheim. does that mean you win?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    I can tell you why I do it, and can also guarantee that you won't understand.

    SS is both easier and harder than geared. You are essentially always in the wrong gear. So if you try to ride at an ideal cadence, you will kill yourself. If you try to maintain the same climbing speed, you will likely kill yourself. If you try to maintain your same top speed, you will spin like a coked up hamster, then keel over.

    But if you give up optimizing every second, it becomes easy. You see way more scenery. You climb the same stuff, but slower, and distract yourself by looking around. I have seen things that I rode by 50 times on the geared bike without noticing. If you gear correctly, your level cruising speed can be set normally. 90 cadence puts me at 21 mph, which is a good flat land cruise, and then I vary from there. I once did a 25 min hill climb into a headwind at 6mph and under 30 rpm and it stank, but it was survivable.

    Ultimately, on a geared bike, you go on a training ride. On an SS, you go for a bike ride. On an FG, you ride to your funeral. But these things you won't know until you know.
    Lol, Yoda.

    Yes I will not understand it for myself because every ride is a training ride for me right now and I actually really like it that way. I have people give me a hard time about it, they say it takes the fun out of cycling. I dont usually reply but I do sometimes want to say "Really?! You think you're enjoying yourself more than I am right now? Not possible." For me, I am becoming in-tune with myself and the bike. It's not about the scenery & what's happening external to myself. Which is not to say that is not important, it's just not what is motivating me right now. Training is not drudgery to me. It's about paying attention and really examining a lot about yourself, an exploration of the self, if you will. I have a sense that people think I train to be better than someone else. It's not that at all- I train to be better than I am now and to know more about myself & what I can accomplish.

    But that does not mean I cannot understand your motivators. You & I are in very different places cycling-wise. Eventually, things will stop changing so rapidly for me cycling-wise and then there will not be so much exploration to do with the training. And of course I need something to look forward to when that time comes. Maybe just enjoying move through the world at a single speed will be that thing.

    H

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
    For a change, it's windy today.
    Ha.

    Drove to Oswego, about 50 north of here, in the Jeep. The wind blew me into the rumble strip a couple of times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
    Ha.

    Drove to Oswego, about 50 north of here, in the Jeep. The wind blew me into the rumble strip a couple of times.
    It just gets old. 90 miles in that **** today, and I just get tired of the fight sometimes. Two Saturdays ago, I chose the garage and the trainer, rather than riding in the wind. Ah well. I needed the ride, so it is what it is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Element GT View Post
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    @Ramona_W

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