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Old 03-15-14, 03:34 PM   #1251
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I can find no store in CO that sells Herbie's Natty Boh.
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you sir, are crazypants.

i've mapped out eight 300-400 mile days for my trip. however, that's nothing on a motorbike.
Not for nuthin, but my brother did a 10 day trip on his Kawasaki Concourse last year, from NY to Yosemite, down into Colorado, and then back, and he lamented his ass pain far longer than I have from any bike ride. Granted, he took a friend who spent time in the Navy Seals........
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i ended up missing it due to a brunch thingy at a friends house. sad to hear that jds40 crashed, but still stoked that a triumph won. i'll be curious to see how long it takes to post the races for re-watching. i've been impressed with the streaming site, for being something put together quickly, and offered for free... it's really pretty great.
That's a shame. It was good race for around 3/5ths of it, then DE on the Triumph took over. Dude can ride, and the little bit of showboating he did was actually rather awesome. It was strictly devoted to his fans around the track, and I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I normally detest that behavior.
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I can find no store in CO that sells Herbie's Natty Boh.
Just had one. Recovery pilsner.

I think it is sort of a Maryland/Mid-Atlantic thing.
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I'm doing a century for the Tour de Cure next weekend so figured I'd better try to get a long ride in to see how I could do. Set out hoping for a metric this morning. I made it 57 miles. Granted I never stopped once and only had one protein bar and nothing to eat before hand...and there were 20 mile per hour wind gusts, but I still think I'm in trouble.

On the upside, with the wind at my back, I was pushing 40mph on a flat and could have done more but ran out of gears. We won't discuss what I was doing into the wind.
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Ok, so processing all of the sage advice, I spent some time with Mapmyride and now have a new plan, which I am liking.

Gone is the circle the state plan, and this is more of a six and change centuries ride that has me sleeping in 4 different states, and it lines up so I can spend one night in New Paltz with my boy, and one night with my parents. Six full century days, a 65 mile ride home from my folks on the 7th day. Only one day with more than 8k ft of climbing, which the old plan had two days at 9k. Oh, and there is a ferry ride to cross from NY to Vermont.

I am liking this. And I wouldn't have thought of it with out all of you. You folks are the best.
This sounds fairly reasonable. What the hell?
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Nationwide series on DVR, Sebring on the web. Pretty darn OK, in my book.
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I am liking this. And I wouldn't have thought of it with out all of you. You folks are the best.
Now we're talking. Six century days instead of seven . . . . a vast improvement in the plan. Why didn't I think of that?
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Not for nuthin, but my brother did a 10 day trip on his Kawasaki Concourse last year, from NY to Yosemite, down into Colorado, and then back, and he lamented his ass pain far longer than I have from any bike ride. Granted, he took a friend who spent time in the Navy Seals........
he must have been going much longer distances, at least in the boring parts. it's going to be on a "big fat american twin" cruiser and i have a bit off extra padding so my butt does ok on long trips. there will also be lots of stopping and walking around and photo taking.
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Since we're posting pics of dogs, here's one of my girl dog in a blue dress. She was paralyzed in the hind legs when we adopted her. As you can see she is fine now.



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How did you heal the paralysis?
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I performed a spinal surgery to remove the herniated disc. I am a veterinary neurologist, that's what a do for a living.

She is a really good dog.

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She is a really good dog.

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I saw your first post, and I'm sorry to say, I didn't get it. I get it now, and now I'm just amazed.
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She is a really good dog.

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awesome.
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She is a really good dog.

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Wow, good job. Did not even know there were specialists for animals. Long hair dachshund?
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Now we're talking. Six century days instead of seven . . . . a vast improvement in the plan. Why didn't I think of that?
No. Six centuries versus eight 125 mile days.
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No. Six centuries versus eight 125 mile days.
It's better when you say 8 200K days.
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Honestly, even when I typed "1000 miles in 8 days" I really saw how ridiculous it sounded. 8 x 200k sounds even worse.
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She is a really good dog.

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That is beyond awesome. It has to be such a great feeling to have that kind of skill!
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Metric Doubles. Gotta make sure you get full credit for them!
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Congrats on the job, Ramona. Will you make sure the bikes are assembled properly??
If I end up in charge of the people assembling them, you can be damned sure they'll be done right. I had a volunteer in the shop about a month ago who was working on a bike for a homeless friend of his and he said "We don't need to put brakes on because he's just gonna take them off." I said "Yeah. We're making sure he has working brakes." A little while later he said "No, really. There's no point in even putting brakes on. He's gonna take them off as soon as he gets the bike." I said "But it's going to start out with brakes." He tried it one more time and I said "Dude. I don't care if he takes the brakes off as soon as the bike goes through the door to the parking lot and he borrows a wrench from us to do it. No bike is leaving my shop unless it's safe to ride and that includes brakes. Now, you can help me adjust these and finish up the bike or I can find something else for you to do." And what do you know? The homeless friend actually decided he liked being able to stop and he kept the brakes on. I told them this story at my interview on Monday and I said "Some things I just don't compromise on. Safety is one of them." So, they know what they're getting into by hiring me. Technically though I guess it's really Lester's bike shop not mine. I just kind of forget that sometimes when I'm cracking the whip.
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Perplexed as to why there is a special women's forum? Any why semi-secret? Possibly that's why no one posts there. Ie they don't know it's there.

But seriously. Does anyone know the rationale behind a women's forum?

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Some topics are more female specific than cyclist specific and they're more comfortably asked and more quickly answered by women based on their experience and opinions rather than forcing the poster to wade through calls for photos of "the affected area" and comments that the thread is "useless" without such photos. Several excellent examples can be found by searching for the words "wife" or "girlfriend" plus "saddle" although adding "crotch" would guarantee even better results. Go ahead. Just for fun.
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If I end up in charge of the people assembling them, you can be damned sure they'll be done right. I had a volunteer in the shop about a month ago who was working on a bike for a homeless friend of his and he said "We don't need to put brakes on because he's just gonna take them off." I said "Yeah. We're making sure he has working brakes." A little while later he said "No, really. There's no point in even putting brakes on. He's gonna take them off as soon as he gets the bike." I said "But it's going to start out with brakes." He tried it one more time and I said "Dude. I don't care if he takes the brakes off as soon as the bike goes through the door to the parking lot and he borrows a wrench from us to do it. No bike is leaving my shop unless it's safe to ride and that includes brakes. Now, you can help me adjust these and finish up the bike or I can find something else for you to do." And what do you know? The homeless friend actually decided he liked being able to stop and he kept the brakes on. I told them this story at my interview on Monday and I said "Some things I just don't compromise on. Safety is one of them." So, they know what they're getting into by hiring me. Technically though I guess it's really Lester's bike shop not mine. I just kind of forget that sometimes when I'm cracking the whip.
There is someone else on these forums who either has just gone through a stint or is still doing one with a big box store. If I can dredge up his name, I'll let you know so you can compare notes.

Now, what's your assembly skill at setting up gym equipment?
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