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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
    Did you have them draw a picture on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
    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.
    Dream. Dare. Do.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
    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>
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    Addiction 33? How derivative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    We've started Addiction 33. That's about all. <yawn>
    We have to use the Roman numerals or the racerboys might invite themselves in.
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    I would wager that not riding in Minnesota is just as fatiguing as not riding in New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckstop View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    I would wager that not riding in Minnesota is just as fatiguing as not riding in New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckstop View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by truckstop View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    I would wager that not riding in Minnesota is just as fatiguing as not riding in New York.

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    I haven't needed an ice chopper, since I left Delaware.
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    66 miles today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
    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.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
    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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    There needs to be a raptor big enough to take out geese.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
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    Here's a crow that has harassed his last hawk.


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