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Old 07-01-18, 02:55 PM
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Welcome to July, everyone! Nice long days for those of us living north of the equator.
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ah july...hopefully the weather stops messing around and the temps will rise
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Well, WANT showed up and kicked NEED right in the gut. Again. But I'm not even mad.



If you're gonna go, go all in. Swapped out the Rival 1 levers for Rival 1 HRD levers, and paired them to Hope RX4-SR 4-piston calipers. They are worth the hassle. Also taught myself to bleed brakes on a bike-- it's pretty easy. The amount of fluid in there is astonishingly small. Like maybe 15mL in the front line. The lever feel is soooooo good. It did also point out that a well-adjusted set of TRP Hy/Rd are superb-- by leaps the best you can do for cable-actuated. I figure I'll pick up another SRAM clutched RD and move the take-offs over the do-it-all bike I put together for my son... who still hasn't ridden it yet. I still hold on to the slimmest of hopes.
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Those whirling disks of death look deadly. And whirly.
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They will slice all of the hams.
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Well.

I think I will be off the mountain bike this week. Yay.

I don't think I'll be on the Bianchi this week. Boo.

I've taken @jsigone and @TrojanHorse deeply to heart, and decided on the N+1 approach. Also, on the 'holy crap what just popped up on Craigslist' time. I never see large bikes, and all the bikes I do see are insanely overpriced. But a 2016 Defy 3 at a decent price, with apparently less than 250 miles AND in XL seems like a good plan, and if I hate it I won't be out any money. Might not QUITE be an Infinito, but it's not an X-Cal. It'll also work as a trainer bike over winter since it's rim brakes and so on.

( NO HAM SLICING FOR ME! )

Off I go to snag it this afternoon or evening. Whee!
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@expatbrit I'm surprised it took your this long to get a beater roadie. Side not, will the XL be long enough reach? I foresee a 130-140mm stem in my crystal ball

good note about a beater/back up bike, it makes for a good loaner if you have a tall buddy in town.
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@expatbrit I'm surprised it took your this long to get a beater roadie. Side not, will the XL be long enough reach? I foresee a 130-140mm stem in my crystal ball

good note about a beater/back up bike, it makes for a good loaner if you have a tall buddy in town.
Well. I didn't want to store more bikes, and trying to find a used bike in my size is like trying to squeeze my poop into diamonds; possible but usually a huge amount of work and not worth it.

Helpfully, I have a 130mm stem on the Ridley. I doubt I broke that in the crash, since the bars tore instead...

And as to a tall buddy? I have my short brother who may visit. He's only about 6'5. Maybe my sis if she comes out, though she's only 6'4 and has longer legs, so a harder fit...
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The beach was so nice, good to pay a visit to Torrey Pines before 20 million people flood the sandy coast line tomorrow for the 4th of July

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That does look nice. Will be a total zoo tomorrow. Going to GMR instead. You?
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@expatbrit I'm surprised it took your this long to get a beater roadie. Side not, will the XL be long enough reach? I foresee a 130-140mm stem in my crystal ball

good note about a beater/back up bike, it makes for a good loaner if you have a tall buddy in town.
Itís back ó I have even swapped the stem for the Ritchey WCS 130mm off the Ridley. And washed it ó I think it was sitting for a while.

Still. For under $300? A good deal I think. Hereís the pick up photo.



The prior owner was a bit shorter, so the saddle is considerably higher now. Iíll do more to fit it soon!
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And after I set it up a little bit



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Nice ride!

Well ... humblebrag time ...

Last Feb. 6 I was 313 pounds. After my ride this morning (And you bet your a$$ I weigh myself after my morning ride) I'm down to 279. 34 pounds total, 16 pounds away from my second goal, which means one thing ... I'll be shopping for my own Bianchi in Celeste very soon.

Hopefully I won't have to wait for shipping
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Finally @expatbrit listens to the voice(s) of reason! Nice grab! $300 for a road bike? Won't find that out here... 20 year old beaters with no chain go for more than that.
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Finally @expatbrit listens to the voice(s) of reason! Nice grab! $300 for a road bike? Won't find that out here... 20 year old beaters with no chain go for more than that.
Honestly -- I hadn't seen anything that cheap before either, which is a large point of why I continued to ignore you in the most hateful matter possible I just wasn't willing to drop much coin when in the Bianchi was repeatedly 'just around the corner'. And when I saw really awful bikes for $500, I couldn't do it -- let alone trying to find a bike in super-lanky size.

But really, you should take away me ignoring you, right? I mean... that's what the Brits do?
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You brits ignore people funny.
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You brits ignore people funny.
Didn't their ignoring us lead to that whole 1776 kerfuffle?
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that steal of a rig looks WAY better setup properly. Simple bar rotation and stem combo does a bunch for looks and comfort
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Nice ride!

Well ... humblebrag time ...

Last Feb. 6 I was 313 pounds. After my ride this morning (And you bet your a$$ I weigh myself after my morning ride) I'm down to 279. 34 pounds total, 16 pounds away from my second goal, which means one thing ... I'll be shopping for my own Bianchi in Celeste very soon.

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Nice! Congrats. I suspect youíll be ok if you need a 61 or less. Iím sure part of my issue is needing the biggest frame they make.
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that steal of a rig looks WAY better setup properly. Simple bar rotation and stem combo does a bunch for looks and comfort
Thanks! I was amazed how good it looked set up.

The original owner was a good 4-5Ē shorter than me. It may be a little too aggressive, but Iíve not been in a road bike position for 8 months, so the body needs a bit of time!

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I think you have long enough arms to make the seat/drop work.

when I got hit, my shoulder took the brunt of it. I went from a 120stem to a 90mm stem flipped as high as possible. It took ALLOT of PT just to ride the bike like that and control the brifters and months on it in gimp mode before I had enough strength to get more aggressive. I was riding my bike and popping half a pain pills after few hours of riding. I hated riding with the pills, mostly because it dropped my HR 10-12 beats, and was effectively slower too.

I still get some shoulder pains after 3-4 hrs of riding in those aggressive fitting, but I like the fit so I deal with it. And used to the pain by now.....it's often offset by the pain in my legs.
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Nice! Congrats. I suspect youíll be ok if you need a 61 or less. Iím sure part of my issue is needing the biggest frame they make.
Yup ... 61 would be the top end for me ... possibly could get by with a 59 ... would have to ride both and see how they fit ... cannot wait. A Bianchi has been a dream of mine since I was a kid.
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Now that the heat index has dropped below triple digits it's time to get back on the bike this weekend. Front moving through as I type this. 'Posed to be in the 70s this weekend.
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It's been in the 70s here in the OC, today is supposed to be 107 at my house. Probably really means 110.

Close to the same tomorrow.

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good day to ride my bike to the beach? maybe haha!! Was 95* here at 10am...I'm scared to go outside
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