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halfspeed 03-01-14 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by RollCNY (Post 16538872)
I am familiar with "Too cold to salt" but not "Too cold to snow". Never heard it.

It's a thing: https://www.google.com/search?q=too+...x-a&channel=sb

rjones28 03-01-14 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by mvnsnd (Post 16539076)
Did you have them draw a picture on it?

Nope.

Rowan 03-01-14 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by RollCNY (Post 16538547)
Parts on order for first wheel build attempt with LBS tutelage. I have a 36 hole Duraace front hub ($10 from LBS), 36 hole Surly fixed rear hub, and SunRingle CR18 rims in silver. Figured I would make a touring wheelset for the SS "round the state" ride before going complicated. LBS strongly pushed straight gage spokes, so I went along. I figured build first wheelset with cheapest parts possible so as to not roach too much valuable.

You have made sure the rims have the same number of holes as the hubs, haven't you? That's a really, really good starting point in wheel building.

Rowan 03-01-14 03:17 PM

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Originally Posted by halfspeed (Post 16538713)
Straight guage spokes are cheaper and make for an easier build because they don't wind up as much, but they make for a slightly less durable and a bit heavier wheel.

How less durable. I read this all the time, yet there are wheels around this place that have been going for 10 years... with straight-gauge spokes.

Bah Humbug 03-01-14 03:20 PM

Good lord you've all been busy. Work is crazy so it'll be at least another week that I'm rare around here. What'd I miss?

Oh, and I just killed a full roll of wrapping paper wrapping Atomic Girl's birthday present. Skills.

Bah Humbug 03-01-14 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 16539225)
How less durable. I read this all the time, yet there are wheels around this place that have been going for 10 years... with straight-gauge spokes.

Well, they cost less, so obviously they're inferior in every way. Did that memo not get to you? I told them we were putting cover sheets on all the #41ier memos now.

Rowan 03-01-14 03:23 PM

I have broken free of Clydesdale status this past week. At last. We joined a really excellent gym recently, and the swimming and aerobic workouts seem to be doing justice to the cost.

I might have to start shopping for a new wardrobe soon, however.

About to set off for our first 100km ride in several years. It's a recce for a nouveau type of event in a couple of weeks, just to see if we can make the required minimum average time. It's a pretty part of the world and Machka should be stopping often for pictures.

Rowan 03-01-14 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 16539232)
Good lord you've all been busy. Work is crazy so it'll be at least another week that I'm rare around here. What'd I miss?

Oh, and I just killed a full roll of wrapping paper wrapping Atomic Girl's birthday present. Skills.

We've started Addiction 33. That's about all. <yawn>

datlas 03-01-14 03:33 PM

Addiction 33? How derivative.

truckstop 03-01-14 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by RollCNY (Post 16538872)
I am familiar with "Too cold to salt" but not "Too cold to snow". Never heard it.

it's not really the temperature, it's just that usually when it's really cold, the air is much drier. need some humidity for it to snow.

it's currently snowing. i spent another two hours chipping ice off the sidewalks today. i'm pretty much trapped here since my car is in the garage and there's no way in hell it's going to make it out of the alley. i'm contemplating walking 16 blocks to the paint store because the bright green living room is really starting to annoy me, and i didn't find another color in the paint collection in the basement that i cared for and i want to get it painted since i'm having a sofa and mattress delivered on monday.

i'm so excited. i've been sleeping on camping mats for the last week and a half, and my only other furniture has been my sewing table and a folding chair. a good bed is not overrated.

WhyFi 03-01-14 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 16539241)
We've started Addiction 33. That's about all. <yawn>

We have to use the Roman numerals or the racerboys might invite themselves in.

WhyFi 03-01-14 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by truckstop (Post 16539261)
i spent another two hours chipping ice off the sidewalks today.

Ugh - my condolences. I did that yesterday - uncovered about 150' of sidewalk that had 1-3" of ice on it. Forearms/wrists were sore as hell last night - I couldn't hold a full pitcher of water upright without using two hands.

Rowan 03-01-14 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 16539284)
We have to use the Roman numerals or the racerboys might invite themselves in.

Yes, I suspect they're still trying to work out Addiction II.

truckstop 03-01-14 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 16539292)
Ugh - my condolences. I did that yesterday - uncovered about 150' of sidewalk that had 1-3" of ice on it. Forearms/wrists were sore as hell last night - I couldn't hold a full pitcher of water upright without using two hands.

yikes. well, it hasn't bothered my arms but my back is a mess. also feel it in the shoulder with the broken collarbone. neighbor saw me using a pitchfork i found in the garage and let me borrow his ice chipper. big heavy thing, it was almost easier to use the pitchfork. i've been coating everything with salt the past week in hopes of loosening things up a little. i'm not sure it actually did anything, but now the whole front is clear, and now there's just two sections in the back that were still too solid/i was too tired to get through. the ruts in the alley are a different story.

Rowan 03-01-14 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by truckstop (Post 16539261)
it's not really the temperature, it's just that usually when it's really cold, the air is much drier. need some humidity for it to snow.

it's currently snowing. i spent another two hours chipping ice off the sidewalks today. i'm pretty much trapped here since my car is in the garage and there's no way in hell it's going to make it out of the alley. i'm contemplating walking 16 blocks to the paint store because the bright green living room is really starting to annoy me, and i didn't find another color in the paint collection in the basement that i cared for and i want to get it painted since i'm having a sofa and mattress delivered on monday.

i'm so excited. i've been sleeping on camping mats for the last week and a half, and my only other furniture has been my sewing table and a folding chair. a good bed is not overrated.

You will rebuild from this. A long time ago, I was in this sort of situation twice. You meet the challenge, get your crap together, and start over. However, in a way, forced downsizing makes you realise you can survive without a house full of furniture and mod-cons.

Oh, and yes, every step forward is one full of excitement.

WhyFi 03-01-14 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by truckstop (Post 16539332)
yikes. well, it hasn't bothered my arms but my back is a mess. also feel it in the shoulder with the broken collarbone. neighbor saw me using a pitchfork i found in the garage and let me borrow his ice chipper. big heavy thing, it was almost easier to use the pitchfork. i've been coating everything with salt the past week in hopes of loosening things up a little. i'm not sure it actually did anything, but now the whole front is clear, and now there's just two sections in the back that were still too solid/i was too tired to get through. the ruts in the alley are a different story.

A long handled flat spade shovel works pretty well once you can get under the ice - some low-angle thrusting will make it satisfyingly large chunks jump out of the way.

rjones28 03-01-14 06:09 PM

I haven't needed an ice chopper, since I left Delaware.

Dannihilator 03-01-14 06:20 PM

66 miles today.

truckstop 03-01-14 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 16539336)
You will rebuild from this. A long time ago, I was in this sort of situation twice. You meet the challenge, get your crap together, and start over. However, in a way, forced downsizing makes you realise you can survive without a house full of furniture and mod-cons.

Oh, and yes, every step forward is one full of excitement.

whenever i realize that i've been strangely calm the past few weeks, when in the past i'd be a mess, i figure it's two things... age, and the relief of not being yelled at every day. my biggest concern now is just making enough money to hang on to this place.

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Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 16539355)
A long handled flat spade shovel works pretty well once you can get under the ice - some low-angle thrusting will make it satisfyingly large chunks jump out of the way.

i couldn't find a metal shovel, so i did some low-angle thrusting with the pitchfork.

Ramona_W 03-01-14 06:55 PM

I'm going to try out the Charge Spoon saddle that LoP's been using. Pretty sure I want a Ladle when I get the cash for one. Definitely not the white and red one but either the black or brown would look good on the bike.

Hoping the weather is moderately dry tomorrow since I plan to ride to Norwegian pancake breakfast- then to Bike Clark County for some wrenching- and I kind of wanted to wear a skirt which is a miserable proposition if it's soaked with rain.

3alarmer 03-01-14 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Ramona_W (Post 16539668)

Hoping the weather is moderately dry tomorrow since I plan to ride to Norwegian pancake breakfast- then to Bike Clark County for some wrenching- and I kind of wanted to wear a skirt which is a miserable proposition if it's soaked with rain.

...let me know if you ever find an outfit for biking that is not rendered a miserable proposition when soaked by rain. Chafing is just no fun at all.

BillyD 03-01-14 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 16538905)
I'm pretty sure the hawk living in the woods at the top of our hill is a Northern Goshawk. Got a decent look on today's snowshoe adventure.

Goshawks are kinda badass. For a bird that size they can catch birds in flight, and medium size ones too. They will jack up a crow, a bird too big for most other raptors to bother with.

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Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 16539323)
Yes, I suspect they're still trying to work out Addiction II.

:roflmao2:

Dannihilator 03-01-14 08:58 PM

There needs to be a raptor big enough to take out geese.

BillyD 03-01-14 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Dannihilator (Post 16539912)
There needs to be a raptor big enough to take out geese.

+1

BillyD 03-01-14 09:18 PM

Here's a crow that has harassed his last hawk.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3...n52/Yaaaay.jpg
Photo by Barry R Schism


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