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I was informed today that I've been approved for time off the week of AIDS Lifecycle! I'm under gun now to get the minimum funds raised. If you would like to help PM me and I can send you link.

Need to set up bike shipping, flight to SF and hotel for night before ride.
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Is that not the link in your signature?
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I think I have peaked as a photographer! I took the family on a cycling vacation last summer in Italy with Backroads. Pricey but fabulous and got to ride a ton. Well, they have a photo contest so I submitted some pics. I didn't win but they did use one of my images on their website so I get some future trip credit for that. Pretty cool! It wasn't even with my fancy camera, just my little point and shoot.

Check out #1 son on their web page:

https://www.backroads.com/trips/BTTQF

You can either sit there and wait or click the fifth little bubble at the bottom of the banner image (kid in a blue Italy jersey in front of Lago di Chiusi belongs to us)
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I think I have peaked as a photographer! I took the family on a cycling vacation last summer in Italy with Backroads. Pricey but fabulous and got to ride a ton. Well, they have a photo contest so I submitted some pics. I didn't win but they did use one of my images on their website so I get some future trip credit for that. Pretty cool! It wasn't even with my fancy camera, just my little point and shoot.

Check out #1 son on their web page:

https://www.backroads.com/trips/BTTQF

You can either sit there and wait or click the fifth little bubble at the bottom of the banner image (kid in a blue Italy jersey in front of Lago di Chiusi belongs to us)
Nice! TrojanPony looks like he's having a good time! I'm envious of that trip!
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Is that not the link in your signature?
Sorry that is last years I think. Let me check and fix.

Edit: fixed signature. It is now this years link

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13 miles tonight after work https://www.strava.com/activities/551942765 it was a nice stretch in beautiful riding weather (low 80s with no wind). 13 miles this week, 95 miles this month, 333 miles this year.

The rebuilt back wheel is doing great.

The Superfeet insoles kept my feet comfy, and now I shall eat some dinner and pour the first porter from my new Miir growler. (the beer will be the carbs).
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Nice! TrojanPony looks like he's having a good time! I'm envious of that trip!
You should be, it was faaaaaaantastic.

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Sorry that is last years I think. Let me check and fix.

Edit: fixed signature. It is now this years link
Looks like you're doing pretty well! What's the minimum required fundraising amount? I assume your goal is higher than the minimum but I hope you reach it.

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13 miles tonight after work https://www.strava.com/activities/551942765 it was a nice stretch in beautiful riding weather (low 80s with no wind). 13 miles this week, 95 miles this month, 333 miles this year.

The rebuilt back wheel is doing great.

The Superfeet insoles kept my feet comfy, and now I shall eat some dinner and pour the first porter from my new Miir growler. (the beer will be the carbs).
OK, growlers. I have one, I've refilled it a couple times, not sure I get it. You pretty much have to consume those soon, right? I'm currently brewing my second ever batch of beer (first was a delicious IPA, this one is a belgian pale ale). I think I'll bottle it this weekend and then give it about a month to carbonate before I try one. It's tough though, the patience I mean.
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OK, growlers. I have one, I've refilled it a couple times, not sure I get it. You pretty much have to consume those soon, right? I'm currently brewing my second ever batch of beer (first was a delicious IPA, this one is a belgian pale ale). I think I'll bottle it this weekend and then give it about a month to carbonate before I try one. It's tough though, the patience I mean.
Depends, Most growlers are just a screw on cap, and with those you have a few days to consume the beer before it goes flat, but the Miir growler has the old clamp seal like the root beer bottles of old, and are supposed to keep the carbonation for a week.

If the habanero barley wine goes flat I am okay as I plan to cook with it, but the porter in the Miir growler will be gone in a couple days as I like a 20oz beer after a ride.
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I'm currently brewing my second ever batch of beer (first was a delicious IPA, this one is a belgian pale ale). I think I'll bottle it this weekend and then give it about a month to carbonate before I try one. It's tough though, the patience I mean.
I just started brewing recently too. I got started because I found a 1gal kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop at salvation army and decided to finally try it out. I did not like the first beer at all, I don't know if it was because the ingredients that came with the kit were who knows how old, or yeast didn't like the higher temps in my house and threw off some funky flavors or what.

My 2nd batch was a partial-mash clone of my favorite beer from when I lived in England. After fermentation, the leftover swig that didn't fill another bottle tasted pretty good, I'm optimistic about it. It's supposed to rest in the bottle for 4 weeks, but I'm going to open one each at 1, 2, and 3 weeks to see what the development is like. And because I'm impatient!

As somebody here in carbo loading commented, what's the point of brewing just 1 gal? They were totally right! That first batch, all that effort for 9 measly bottles! And half of them given away to other beer friends. Good thing I didn't like it, because there weren't many left for me!

2nd time around I scaled the 2.5gal recipe slightly up to 3gal, and fermented in a pair of 1gal cider jugs, and a rectangular 1gal plastic water container with a hole drilled in the cap for the airlock. Yield: 29 bottles (12oz), and one small mason jar. I drink the mason jar tomorrow...
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As somebody here in carbo loading commented, what's the point of brewing just 1 gal? They were totally right! That first batch, all that effort for 9 measly bottles!
Yes, I recall giving you that exact advice.

You're still half assing it - go spend the $50 on 6 gallon buckets and do it right! (I believe you said you were too cheap... well cut it out!) The amount of effort that goes into one batch is crazy for just a couple bottles.

Btw, ballast point has tons of brewing classes. I wish I lived closer.
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Had no idea you folks were brewing. I have a 20g electric set up in my garage. Problem is I like brewing it more than I like drinking it.
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Yes, I recall giving you that exact advice.

You're still half assing it - go spend the $50 on 6 gallon buckets and do it right! (I believe you said you were too cheap... well cut it out!) The amount of effort that goes into one batch is crazy for just a couple bottles.

Btw, ballast point has tons of brewing classes. I wish I lived closer.
For now, the 3 gallon batch that my largest kettle can handle is good. Because I didn't like my first batch, I'm waiting to see how batch 2 turns out before I even consider brewing a 3rd, if #2 is no good, I'll just quit.

But the expansion plan is to buy a 5gal kettle (I've seen I think $35 on eBay) and one or two 5gal glass carboys (I've seen plenty for $15-20 on local craigslist). We'll see. I am not an impulse buyer.
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Had no idea you folks were brewing. I have a 20g electric set up in my garage. Problem is I like brewing it more than I like drinking it.
Oh you hadda go and one-up everybody dincha! 20 gallons would be an awful lot of the exact same beer I think. I think maybe my home brew end game will be to get a 2 tap kegerator and brew into 5 gallon kegs.

I tell you what, cleaning & sterilizing everything gets old fast.
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For now, the 3 gallon batch that my largest kettle can handle is good. Because I didn't like my first batch, I'm waiting to see how batch 2 turns out before I even consider brewing a 3rd, if #2 is no good, I'll just quit.

But the expansion plan is to buy a 5gal kettle (I've seen I think $35 on eBay) and one or two 5gal glass carboys (I've seen plenty for $15-20 on local craigslist). We'll see. I am not an impulse buyer.
I got a 5 gal stainless kettle from target and I want to say it was $29. Plenty good enough. I got two glass carboys from my father in law, who used to brew back when it was illegal to home brew. What a rebel.
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Had no idea you folks were brewing. I have a 20g electric set up in my garage. Problem is I like brewing it more than I like drinking it.
That's just flat wrong son..
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i figurd yous smart folks new 20 gallon kettles make 10 gallon beers....

I made a 3 tag keezer and usually split my batches into 2 types of yeast or aging so actually two five gallon batches that are similar..

Ibo if you lived closer you could have free beer for life.
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Had no idea you folks were brewing. I have a 20g electric set up in my garage. Problem is I like brewing it more than I like drinking it.
I can help you out with that...
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I got a 5 gal stainless kettle from target and I want to say it was $29. Plenty good enough. I got two glass carboys from my father in law, who used to brew back when it was illegal to home brew. What a rebel.
Thx for the tip, next time I'm swinging through target (or walmart) I'll take a gander what they got nowadays.
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buy a concord 10 gallon if you want to do 5 g batches of either extract or brew in a bag. Cheap pots but decent enough for starting. You can always turn it into a HLT later in life if you keep brewing.

glass carboys SUCK as you see they are a royal pain to clean and sanitize many good options out there these days that are much easier to clean.

TH hit me up I have a few stainless fermentors I dont use I can ship ya one if you need it. You being my boy and all lol.
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Need to set up bike shipping
Check out bikeflights.com

I have used them twice with great results and will be using them again for my June trip in Montana.
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That's just flat wrong son..
He's a constant disappointment.

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TH hit me up I have a few stainless fermentors I dont use I can ship ya one if you need it. You being my boy and all lol.
I mean, never mind!

Yeah, brewing in a plastic bucket just feels weird.
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Check out bikeflights.com

I have used them twice with great results and will be using them again for my June trip in Montana.
Thx for suggestion. AIDS Lifecycle actually contracts with company that transports bikes. I did it last year thru them. Worked great. I unfortunately missed the cheaper price by a few days as cut off for that was Friday before I found out I was given ok.
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Tomorrow's the big day, 50 miles(only 1375ft elevation--seriously my driveway is steeper than that LOL!); my first group/charity ride. Took a solo "shakedown" ride of equal distance (and 5500ft of elevation) last weekend, finished in 3.5 hours, hot but little headwind which was nice. Unfortunately with work and getting the kid ready for baseball season I haven't been on the bike at all since. Hopefully I'll find a small group to blend into (and draft off of haha) to shave some time of my last ride but if not hey, the important thing is I'm having fun even if I end up being the last one into the finish. I know how important ride reports are to this little community so I'll be sure to write one up afterward. If anyone's got some tips for a newbie's first group ride I'd appreciate it otherwise I'll just wing it.
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Mike in a group don't overlap wheels. Point out dangers, gravel, holes in pavement, debris, etc. Ride at a steady pace in a straight line. Don't drink from a bottle when at the front, wait until you rotate tot he back. Take your turn in the wind. Don't surge when you get the lead.

Enjoy the ride. Each group has its own dynamic. It can be fun or terrifying.
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What Black Wallnut said but also don't get white line fever staring at the rear wheel of the bike in front of you - you need to see things coming at you sooner than that!

What you are more likely to encounter is people "riding in groups" not "group riding"

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