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Old 01-11-18, 01:40 AM   #11101
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The thing that's funny about modern equipment is how many people yearn for "vintage" equipment. While I have nostalgia for old stuff and own some of it, I wouldn't trade any of my current 'kit' for vintage bikes and gear. I still have the second bike I raced (in restored condition), a wool Renault jersey of Greg Lemond vintage that is still quite serviceable, the last leather hairnet that I wore in races, and a NOS pair of Addidas lace-up, leather shoes with adjustable, screw-in cleats. Guess I'm ready for the next Eroica California if the 14-18 straight block on the bike is sufficient.

When I started racing, I could barely afford to buy shorts. My mother is an expert seamstress and she copied my store-bought shorts and used chamois that I bought at the local automotive parts store to pad the shorts. She also repaired my purchased short with the same "automotive" chamois. Sometimes I would apply Vaseline to soften the chamois after washing but generally I just softened them through riding.

Side story: A forum member once tried the same brand and model of modern TT saddle that I use. He said it felt like a knife up his a$$ and that I must have an iron a$$. Maybe.

Skiing was actually my first favorite sport through my dad's love of skiing. Like Racer Ex, I had leather boots with bear trap bindings on wood skis. Graduated to cable bindings before switching to step-in, release bindings and fiberglass skis. Tried to be a ski racer for a number of years but trying to bend 200 cm skis through slalom gates when you're 5' 7" and 120 lbs (or less) was kind of a losing game. I was better pedaling a bicycle uphill at that time.

Maybe I'd be a better Masters ski racer than a Masters bicycle racer now.
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Old 01-11-18, 10:33 AM   #11102
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I had all the vintage stuff but did not keep any. It was probably due to several moves where we tried to purge stuff that was not necessary. Since we have reduced our skiing, we rent skis and bring our own boots. I did not have the older version skis and boots. I learned to ski on modern bindings that release.

I did have the lace up cycling shoes with metal cleats that were nailed on the bottom.
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Old 01-11-18, 11:26 AM   #11103
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Maybe I'd be a better Masters ski racer than a Masters bicycle racer now.
Towards the end of last season I bought some new "resort" skis; I had been skiing everything on my big back country boards with randonee bindings. Great in powder and crud, but like driving a pickup truck everywhere else. Not exactly "sporty". The new skis are super light, really a joy to use in bumps and knife edge on groomers.

I did a few ski races over the years, even have on medal somewhere around here. After skiing the new boards I started thinking "hmmmm, maybe I should do a few races".

This is the equivalent of a heroin addict thinking they should add a little crack to the mix. You know, just a casual hit here or there.

My fantasy of skiing groomers mid month isn't going to happen. Not enough ROM yet and it would be dumb to fit a liner around a foot that swells up and down like a balloon and hurts. Maybe next month, so I'm going to roll my season pass over to next year, no way I'll amortize it. Note from the doctor coming:

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Old 01-11-18, 12:24 PM   #11104
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I had all the vintage stuff but did not keep any. It was probably due to several moves where we tried to purge stuff that was not necessary. Since we have reduced our skiing, we rent skis and bring our own boots. I did not have the older version skis and boots. I learned to ski on modern bindings that release.

I did have the lace up cycling shoes with metal cleats that were nailed on the bottom.
Similar, I think I have an old set of 8 Speed STI shifters (down tube) sitting around. Might be a quill stem or two. Moved too many times. I tend to not hang onto old stuff, especially when the new gear is so effective.

I do have some late 80's early 90's vintage jerseys & a skin suite (a couple with the tags still on them). From an old "Ten Speed Drive" sponsored team. They now fit me again!
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On the flip side of vintage, we have technology. I am in Newport Beach and I have a cold. I woke up with my eyes sealed shut. I was suspicious it was pink eye but wanted to have a doc check it out. My options were go to an urgent care center and go through the fill out forms and wait.

As part of our medical insurance, we have the option for a Dr. on Demand virtual doc. I downloaded the application on my iPhone and filled out the forms etc. I had to wait about 20 minutes for a doc. It was a FaceTime call where I could see him and he would see me. We discussed the symptoms and he was able to examine my eyes via the iPhone X front camera. Yes, I have pink eye.

It will run its course and he gave me something for my cough but there was nothing for the pink eye that he could prescribe via video visit. He said if I went to an ophthalmologist who could do a detailed inspection of my eyes, he may prescribe a steroid that would expedite recovery. He said even if I visited the virtual docs office, he does not have the tools or training to inspect the eye and know that a steroid would be okay for use. Steroids can complicate other issues in the eye so the best play is to let the pink eye take its course.

It is highly contagious so I cannot touch my eyes, wash my hands frequently and not touch other people.

I really liked the virtual doc versus going to a new doc at an urgent care center. And it is much less expensive for me and the insurance company. And they have docs who are licensed on a global basis so it is great for travel.
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I really liked the virtual doc versus going to a new doc at an urgent care center.
So in terms that we elderly cyclists can relate to is using the virtual doc app vs going through the urgent care center experience equivalent to a Zwift workout vs riding on a chip-seal road with a slowly flatting rear tire in a cold drizzle?

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My BMX days were in jeans, Converse sneakers, and a rugby jersey. I didn't go back to cycling until they had modernized the gear.

I did DH ski in lace up leather boots and bear trap bindings. When I got new boots my dad made me stand in them in a hot shower to soften the leather to get them to fit
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So in terms that we elderly cyclists can relate to is using the virtual doc app vs going through the urgent care center experience equivalent to a Zwift workout vs riding on a chip-seal road with a slowly flatting rear tire in a cold drizzle?

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I assume that elderly cyclists refers you and someone else like you not on this board. At 88, my mother calls herself elderly but still sports an 8 golf handicap. Every time she plays the elderly card, I remind her that her neurology is off the charts. Alas, the end is near for her but now is not the time to throw in the cards. She has a few aces left or at least kings and queens.

To answer your question, I say no. I have tried Zwift and it is sort of BS. How do I know this? Everyone passes me. I know they are using doped trainers.
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[QUOTE=Hermes;20103952]It is highly contagious so I cannot touch my eyes, wash my hands frequently and not touch other people.

Uhm, didn't we shake hands on Tuesday night?
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It is highly contagious so I cannot touch my eyes, wash my hands frequently and not touch other people.

Uhm, didn't we shake hands on Tuesday night?
Maybe but I washed my hands and used the sanitizer before leaving VSC so I think you are okay. I did not know until Wednesday.
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On the flip side of vintage, we have technology...I really liked the virtual doc versus going to a new doc at an urgent care center. And it is much less expensive for me and the insurance company. And they have docs who are licensed on a global basis so it is great for travel.
We have that virtual doc thing too with our new health insurance at work. Itís intriguing, glad to hear it worked pretty well.

Ugh on the Pink Eye though. No fun.
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With the flu being as virulent as it apparently is this season, when at work I either don't go into ER's at all or if I have, I don a mask and wash my hands OFTEN...

So far, so good...
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