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Old 03-30-14, 08:24 PM   #2626
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SS is both easier and harder than geared.... 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...
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.
There's a lot of truth here. It's about being a kid and riding bikes.
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Guys: If you're wearing jeans that are tight enough for us to count the change in your pocket, doesn't it hurt?
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I have to decide on a new avatar. My teams keep letting me down.

I had a feeling this would happen.
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If you can count the change in their pockets, you should be able to confirm guyhood pretty easily.
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I have to decide on a new avatar. My teams keep letting me down.

I had a feeling this would happen.
So Michigan will be the next to fall.
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So, umm, what tires does everyone run? I was thinking about starting a fourth tire thread this weekend to get some recommendations.
I recently bought a set of Continental ultra race tires for Tarmac #1 , excellent value for the $40.00 per pair price paid. 2 rides and I like em pretty well. Tarmac 2 has a set of Continental Grand Prix 4000s on it. they rock, but are expensive. I tried the Michelin pro 4 service course last year. They had a slightly higher rolling resistance and wore way faster than the 4000s's.Slightly cheaper than the 4000s, Currently I would put them behind the conni ultra races but I only have 50 miles on them.
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So Michigan will be the next to fall.
They already did, today.
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It just gets old. 90 miles in that **** today, and I just get tired of the fight sometimes.
Nice ride. I left early to avoid it and froze. I'm over it.
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I had a feeling this would happen.

...cheer up. You still have us.
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They already did, today.
Shows how closely I'm following that stuff.

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I bagged my race today. It was 40, blowing 20 mph, with rain/sleet. Team mate suggested bagging and going to Waffle House for an omelet as I was in the middle of my "warm up". I was not hard to convince.

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Shows how closely I'm following that stuff.

Who will you mark for defeat next?
It'll be UConn or Wisconsin, the other two teams I hold ill feelings for . . . which is actually good reason to set 'em up for the kill.


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I bagged my race today. It was 40, blowing 20 mph, with rain/sleet. Team mate suggested bagging and going to Waffle House for an omelet as I was in the middle of my "warm up". I was not hard to convince.
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Team mate suggested bagging and going to Waffle House for an omelet as I was in the middle of my "warm up". I was not hard to convince.
Nice.
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Shows how closely I'm following that stuff.

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a pair of those in pewter would be just the ticket on my black bike. coveting.
I like the pewter. And the mango. Black is safe.
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I bagged my race today. It was 40, blowing 20 mph, with rain/sleet. Team mate suggested bagging and going to Waffle House for an omelet as I was in the middle of my "warm up". I was not hard to convince.

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I agree with you and sbxx. Some days, Waffle House wins, which isn't bad.
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I bagged my race today. It was 40, blowing 20 mph, with rain/sleet. Team mate suggested bagging and going to Waffle House for an omelet as I was in the middle of my "warm up". I was not hard to convince.

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Sounds like a good day for waffles and coffee.
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...did you at least have a Belgian waffle ?
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I'm tempted, but I hate them so much . . . . . . . .
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We made some linguine and pesto for dinner. A perfect opportunity for Mrs LAJ's flakes. My wife agreed.

She took a pinch and crumbled it in her fingers. I tried not to micromanage. She suffered. I suggested she wash her hands.
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We made some linguine and pesto for dinner. A perfect opportunity for Mrs LAJ's flakes. My wife agreed.

She took a pinch and crumbled it in her fingers. I tried not to micromanage. She suffered. I suggested she wash her hands.
Mrs. rjones28 uses gloves for handling the flakes.
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Learning experience for her.
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Learning experience for her.
One of my brothers is a chef. He tells his prep cooks to wash their hands after handling the peppers. There's always one who forgets and heads to the restroom. He never forgets again.
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At the pensione, Aunt Angela had a jar of hot peppers in oil at every table. The flakes are like those peppers, but without the oil.

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Because of iJen?
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