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jsutkeepspining 06-07-11 07:31 PM

got my ass handed to me nbd. day off tomorrow need rest before state road race championship.

merlinextraligh 06-07-11 07:36 PM


Originally Posted by Psimet2001 (Post 12754069)
well...for those still in the depths of the downturn - I feel for you. As manufacturing we got hit first and have been first to recover as well. We just had an annual meeting. Sales are projected up 50% over last year. Leading to one of the largest years ever for the company.

I saw an amazing stat in the WSJ a couple of weeks ago. The value of products manufactured in the U.S. today in real dollars exceeds the amount manfuactured in the U.S. in the 1970's. Unfortunately, we don't emply as many people to do it as we used to.

Flatballer 06-07-11 07:52 PM


Originally Posted by merlinextraligh (Post 12754986)
I saw an amazing stat in the WSJ a couple of weeks ago. The value of products manufactured in the U.S. today in real dollars exceeds the amount manfuactured in the U.S. in the 1970's. Unfortunately, we don't emply as many people to do it as we used to.

We also make a few really expensive things (B-2 Bombers, wind turbines, cars, complicated electronics, etc) instead of lots of really cheap things (t-shirts, toys, etc).

gnome 06-07-11 08:00 PM

I'm racing a kermesse on Sat. I haven't raced in months. I haven't even trained in months. It will briefly hurt badly, then I'll get dropped like yesterday's news and the pain will stop.

Nate552 06-07-11 08:23 PM


Originally Posted by mattm (Post 12754212)
Was looking at my (USAC) results for the year:

49th (out of 50-something, finished otb) - this was an early-march race when I was still recovering from injury
39th (better, but still otb)
42nd (crit, went a lap too early, oops)
73rd (dropped chain, otb)
66th (tt, I suck)
65th (crit, crashed out by a dumbass on the last lap!)
19th (rr, i was actually happy with this result as i finished up in the pack)
30th (rr, worked for someone else)
27th (DFL, tt, no warmup, ugh)
DNF (crit, crashed out by some idiot (me) going into turn 3 too hard in the rain)
1st (ballard crit)

It's nice to know that surprises can still happen, even if you don't feel confident and on top of your game..

Why do think you "suck" at TT's?

big john 06-07-11 08:41 PM


Originally Posted by jwible (Post 12753283)
Good luck with the jobs guys.

John, why did the Volt need a new battery? I like the concept, but am curious as to how they're holding up day to day. I'm like Diogenes looking for a good car.

It has 16 temperature sensors inside of it, along with 4 computers and it's own cooling system, (3 cooling systems on the car), and one of the temp sensors failed. We can't open the 450 pound battery assy. so we have to replace the whole thing. In this case the symptom was a check engine light.
It's a fun car to drive, but quite pricey.

The 2-mode hybrid Tahoe has proven to be dependable, but the parallel hybrid Malibu/Saturn Vue is not worth the trouble and expense.

bostongarden 06-07-11 10:36 PM


Originally Posted by mattm (Post 12754161)
Oh.... for some reason I read that you were looking for a better messenger bag..

I like my Ortlieb backpack a lot, even if it's just one big black hole that swallows everything (e.g. no side-pockets) - but it does include a snap-on inside pocket for keys/wallet/etc.

It's also completely waterproof.

Saw a couple of messenger backpacks on the discount table at REI (in Framingham MA). I was tempted but I don't need it. They do look cool. How about a nice front or back pannier? Too fredly? Ortlieb's attach and detach easily!

shovelhd 06-08-11 05:31 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 12755345)
It has 16 temperature sensors inside of it, along with 4 computers and it's own cooling system, (3 cooling systems on the car), and one of the temp sensors failed. We can't open the 450 pound battery assy. so we have to replace the whole thing.

A sensor failed, and you have to replace the whole battery assembly? I wonder if my wife's Toyota has the same stupid design.

Grumpy McTrumpy 06-08-11 05:53 AM

I can see the logic of having a permanently sealed battery bank in a car. Especially a large one.

Flatballer 06-08-11 07:03 AM

I'm gonna be the only one in the office tomorrow. The CONCACAF Gold Cup is downtown tomorrow and everyone is working from home. I have to be here in case they need to use an application that I'm kinda the SME on, and emergency application.

Lame. I would have come in anyway, since I loathe working from home, but still.

gsteinb 06-08-11 07:16 AM

What did you guys do to mess up the page numbers? Did someone go through and delete all the TQ aliases?

big john 06-08-11 07:32 AM


Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy (Post 12756456)
I can see the logic of having a permanently sealed battery bank in a car. Especially a large one.

It's probably at least partly a safety issue, don't want a bunch of dim-wit tecnicians getting killed by the 380 volt battery. We heard of techs being killed working on Prius systems, but that could just be propaganda.

Gonna borrow a 11-30 cassette today to use in the Sierras this weekend. One of the climbs gets to 10,000 feet.

waterrockets 06-08-11 07:33 AM


Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 12756759)
What did you guys do to mess up the page numbers? Did someone go through and delete all the TQ aliases?

I can't figure it out. Nothing is noted over in the mod forum.

echappist 06-08-11 08:03 AM

My bedroom is on the second floor of a six floor building, and it has really poor lighting as the window faces the euphemistically named courtyard that is often known as the "chute." It's so damp and dark that the concrete floor at the bottom of the court yard is covered with moss.

Apparently, even with all this, enough sunlight gets through in the morning around 6am, and I wake up. My sleep has been really effed because of this, and ambien hasn't helped. I might need to either sleep with eye covers or get another shade, but that may be against the rules, not to mention i don't have the tools necessary to drill holes...

ridethecliche 06-08-11 08:20 AM

Cant you get reflective curtain?

substructure 06-08-11 08:27 AM

This proves my craziness right here:

Some of you guys know of my marriage problems. Recently things have been better but some days (like Saturday evening) we take several steps backwards. I've been fighting to stay confident, upbeat, and positive while on the phone with her and while I'm with her. Well, this morning I was watching a Six Million Dollar Man DVD while on the trainer. Today I was doing low-key SST stuff just to spin my legs for a couple of hours. This episode was when the Bionic Woman was introduced - a 2 part episode. Steve bought a ranch back at his hometown and ran into Jamie who was his longtime love. They fell in love again and started planning a wedding. That was before the skydiving accident where Jamie's shoot malfunctioned and she came crashing to earth.

Blah blah blah

I found myself several times tearing up. I was losing it. I think I've gone batsh*** crazy, y'all. Crying? There's no crying on the trainer unless your in such pain from intervals.

hammy56 06-08-11 08:52 AM

I teared up reading that post.

jwible 06-08-11 08:53 AM


Originally Posted by waterrockets (Post 12756836)
I can't figure it out. Nothing is noted over in the mod forum.

How do you keep forum geeks busy? Add two extra pages that loop back.

ridethecliche 06-08-11 08:56 AM

Dude, subby, after my accident I started tearing up at every stupid emotional-ish thing on tv.

You know the olympics where they had a commercial of that long distance runner who fell while running and his dad helped him hobble across the line? Yeah. Straight up balling my eyes out.

/sap

jwible 06-08-11 08:57 AM


Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 12756401)
A sensor failed, and you have to replace the whole battery assembly? I wonder if my wife's Toyota has the same stupid design.

You don't want to poke around a high voltage battery bank. I imagine the battery goes back to the plant, gets serviced, and goes back into a vehicle.

The motor manufacturer for my little electric on my pontoon boat (Torqeedo) make a Li Mg battery for it. It costs $2300.00 for a 24v 44lb battery. I'm sticking with lead acid for now, but the tech in these new batteries is amazing and incredibly complex from what I can tell.

jwible 06-08-11 08:58 AM

I had panic attacks after my MC crash / concussion. I remember the day my wife took the kids up to the zoo in ATL and left me home alone and working. I freaked after about an hour. Had to go to my doc and get Xanax just to quit shaking and hyper ventilating.

bostongarden 06-08-11 09:19 AM

Now

bostongarden 06-08-11 09:20 AM

I am curious

bostongarden 06-08-11 09:21 AM

Aha, did make it to page "1993."

Jancouver 06-08-11 09:34 AM

Just got an email from Bicycling magazine subject:

"Train with Lance Armstrong's Performance Program"

Do I have to inject anything being on his "Performance Program"? :eek:


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