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I'm seriously considering doing my birthday ride tomorrow since I'm not off on my birthday. I'm looking at riding the tandem from our place to Vista House in Corbett, Oregon which should be roughly 60 miles. LoP removed the kickstand to make the bike lighter. Then he said, "This is going to be an adventure." I said, "That's the point." He said, "That's a long trip. I hope I'm ready for it." I said, "We'll get you some earplugs. Then you'll be insulated from all the screaming and swearing coming from the back of the bike and you'll be just fine."
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One of my coworkers used to be the assembler at the last WalMart at which you could buy a bike before arriving at Burning Man. He said they sold a ton of beach cruiser type bikes and he has some stooooorrrriiieess. Whew!
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Funnily enough, it is never LoP who suggests "Let's ride to Camas over a hill so grueling that you'll decide you'd rather live by the side of the road rather than finish riding it" or "Let's do a sixty mile round trip ride at the center of which lies a big damn hill with an excellent view and pretty much nothing else." That's always me. He usually suggests romantic night rides to the edge of the lake or jaunts to the local bakery for coffee and pastries or to Fred Meyer to get groceries. A leisurely ride to Mickey Ds and a concert in the park? LoP. Ride 18 miles including through Friday afternoon downtown Portland traffic? That'd be me. Not sure what that says about the relationship.
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One of my coworkers used to be the assembler at the last WalMart at which you could buy a bike before arriving at Burning Man. He said they sold a ton of beach cruiser type bikes and he has some stooooorrrriiieess. Whew!
...I did seven Mart bike MASH unit fixes on Saturday for folks arriving from Switzerland, Haiti, Canada and Australia. Pulled them out of the stuff we usually donate to the homeless bike project, but we hold off for the few weeks leading up to Burning Man, because we'll get at least 30-40 people looking for the cheapest rolling wheels they can find.

Anyway, they were an appreciative audience, young and cute to boot. Week before we had a couple of locals in to get bikes who are performers in one of the fire juggling groups.

I think this might be my favorite month at the bike co-op. There is a certain satisfaction in sending a Huffy or a Roadmaster off to the Black Rock Desert.
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Just home from that second day surgery. The bit that came out was somewhat bigger than expected, but still benign, which was good.

However, I am not entirely out of the woods yet, as it had interfered with the blood supply for the organ is was attached to. So I could still lose that little bit of my body -- think of what "ringing" does to make bulls into steers or rams in wethers, and you're on the right track to understanding what I am talking about.

Still, one way or the other, it will improve my riding comfort and that's important to me.

I am feeling quite good considering it was a full-on general anaesthetic. The anaesthnetist was a bicycle rider and we had several conversations about that -- he has a 2003 Scott road bike to which he has just gone from 23C to 28C tyres for commuting, plus a few other adjustments to make it more comfortable. See, it's guys like him who are "quiet enthusiasts" who go about riding without great fanfare but have a real clue as to what they are doing.

My last memory of him was discussing Dumoulin, Chavez, Froome and the Vuelta leadership, and who our favourite Grand Tour racers were...

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Oh yeah, I also have to wear a pair of tight-fitting padded bike shorts for a couple of days. They provide the required support so pulling stitches can be avoided. But I am also off the bikes for a fortnight. I am not sure how that's going to pan out, with Machka talking about taking her Bike Friday to ride solo on a weekend holiday trip we are doing this weekend. Hmmm... that temptations is going to be very difficult to resist.
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Bead jack is very useful with stubborn tire/rim combo.
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Thanks! It should go well. I get the dressing taken off the forehead tomorrow, and that is starting to feel normal after six days from surgery. So I am hoping things hustle along with the downstairs healing, too.
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Bead jack is very useful with stubborn tire/rim combo.
This is a big hole in my bike mechanical knowledge, but how do bead jacks, like the VAR one, work? Do me a tutorial... I have the time.
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I know a guy that goes to there every year.
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...I did seven Mart bike MASH unit fixes on Saturday for folks arriving from Switzerland, Haiti, Canada and Australia. Pulled them out of the stuff we usually donate to the homeless bike project, but we hold off for the few weeks leading up to Burning Man, because we'll get at least 30-40 people looking for the cheapest rolling wheels they can find.

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Just home from that second day surgery. The bit that came out was somewhat bigger than expected, but still benign, which was good.

However, I am not entirely out of the woods yet, as it had interfered with the blood supply for the organ is was attached to. So I could still lose that little bit of my body -- think of what "ringing" does to make bulls into steers or rams in wethers, and you're on the right track to understanding what I am talking about.

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My last memory of him was discussing Dumoulin, Chavez, Froome and the Vuelta leadership, and who our favourite Grand Tour racers were...
Modern anesthesia is amazing. Such easy recovery.
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