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Old 06-13-18, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
People getting self banned from casinos is a thing as well. Although that makes somewhat more sense.
For me there's certain foods that if I even see them, hungry or not, I will want to eat them. Example: Raisins. So the strategy of not seeing raisins works for me. If I don't see them, I'm less likely to find myself eating them, even if I have them in the house. A self ban is more like seeing the raisins but not being able to eat them. For me, that would not help at all, I'd probably want the raisins more than ever.

But whatever. Everyone's different and hopefully Seeds will be back to answer my dill question soon enough.
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For me there's certain foods that if I even see them, hungry or not, I will want to eat them. Example: Raisins. So the strategy of not seeing raisins works for me. If I don't see them, I'm less likely to find myself eating them, even if I have them in the house. A self ban is more like seeing the raisins but not being able to eat them. For me, that would not help at all, I'd probably want the raisins more than ever..
I would only buy chocolate covered raisins if I were you. They're camouflaged.
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I had a mechanical on today's ride. Super-kudos to the first one to guess what happened.
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Picked up some tubular wheels on eBay.Lightly used.

HED Belgium C2 with DT Swiss 240s hubs.

FedEx guy already en route.

Now I have to learn to glue then up properly before heading into the mountains.
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I had a mechanical on today's ride. Super-kudos to the first one to guess what happened.
You ran out of emergency gears.
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Today is one of life's top 3 most hated days for me . . . . . . pre-colonoscopy day.

The procedure itself is no big deal, you take a nap and you're awake again before you know it. The worst part is the fasting all day and the drinking 5 gallons of fluids. And the fasting.
How do you think the poor tech wiping down the snake feels at the end of an 8 hour shift? Have some mercy.
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Hey all! Just popping in to remind you NOT to post pictures of the Polish men's cycling team. Thanks!
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While I am waiting for the winner of today's contest, I have an update on the midweek "Fun" ride drama.

So traditionally the Wednesday ride is supposed to be fun and NOT a hammerfest. We have a bunch of "usual suspects" plus others who are occasional guests and even the rare new rider or visitor from out of town. The emphasis is (IMO) on safety and fun. The stronger riders are supposed to do more pulling and not be jerks, so we can stay together. We regroup occasionally at the top of a long hill etc.

Last summer, one of the riders (who we will call the Joker) started pushing the pace and other stronger riders would join him, so the ride lost its cohesiveness. We actually had a few split rides but once the summer was over the riders all calmed down and it was like old times again.

Now fast forward to June of 2018. The Joker is back at his old tricks. I had a few emails with two others in the group (who are on the board of the club) and MY suggestion was to just let the Joker go, and the rest of us can ride as we always do. The Joker can do his own fast solo ride. I was overruled, the other two said the Joker has changed his schedule to ride with us, and he one of the club sponsors, so my response to that was (apologies to the Coen brothers) "the dude abides."

So we had a split ride today. As expected, the fast group was too damn fast and the slow group was too slow. When we are united, we typically have a (ugh! I hate this metric, but here goes) average speed of 17ish MPH.

Today's split group ended up with the Joker's group coming in at 19.5MPH and the slower group coming in at 16.3MPH.

Why can't we just meet in the middle?

Sigh.
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You ran out of emergency gears.
No, but you are close.
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I had a mechanical on today's ride. Super-kudos to the first one to guess what happened.
Your new Campy doo-fliggy thing fell off.
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No, but you are close.
Your gear shift cable broke and you limped home in the 11 cog.
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Your gear shift cable broke and you limped home in the 11 cog.
Yes!

Actually the RD cable broke while on the 3rd smallest cog so I came home in the 14. Which was do-able. Happened right after the rest stop, mile 25 of 50. I stayed with the fast guys for another 10 miles but the handicap of the X2 drivetrain was too much and I dropped back. I hooked up with another guy who had gotten spit out of the back and we came in together at a civilized pace.

Now I gotta replace the stupid cable. It's on the Roubaix which has internal cables. Such joy. Time to reconsider electronic and/or wireless shifting.
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Why can't The Joker have fun, too?
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Why can't The Joker have fun, too?
Well, he likes to push himself. That's not the vibe of the ride IMO. But the Dude abides.
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Are raisin pics OK?
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People getting self banned from casinos is a thing as well. Although that makes somewhat more sense.
I've heard about that, and I heard about one wacko person somewhere who donned disguises to try to sneak in despite his self-initiated ban. I mean, what can you say about these people, it's just sad.
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A couple hours ago upon arrival for a doctor's appointment, I see this lady sitting on the curb in front of the doctor's office feverishly smoking a cigarette, air just full of smoke. I know smoking is a tough addiction, but damn . . .
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A Portland Streetcar apparently lost the ability to brake, crashed into a couple of cars and ran off the rails today!

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I had a mechanical on today's ride. Super-kudos to the first one to guess what happened.
Broken chain?
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Yes!

Actually the RD cable broke while on the 3rd smallest cog so I came home in the 14. Which was do-able. Happened right after the rest stop, mile 25 of 50. I stayed with the fast guys for another 10 miles but the handicap of the X2 drivetrain was too much and I dropped back. I hooked up with another guy who had gotten spit out of the back and we came in together at a civilized pace.

Now I gotta replace the stupid cable. It's on the Roubaix which has internal cables. Such joy. Time to reconsider electronic and/or wireless shifting.
If the cable breaks, doesn't it snap you down into your hardest cog since there's no tension pulling the RD up?
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Shut up.

I prefer golden raisins FYI

But those look delicious too.
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If the cable breaks, doesn't it snap you down into your hardest cog since there's no tension pulling the RD up?
If it frays in the shifter/housing, then sometimes it'll stick in a lower gear.
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I hear Gummy Bears make nice snacks.

You can hum along while chewing.
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It's amazing to me how being a Developer makes it even more clear how much of a waste it is to spend hours banging my head on the code. I was stuck yesterday and felt just a little guilty for bailing at 4 to go ride COTA... then this morning made more progress in an hour than I did all yesterday afternoon, with a clear head and fresh perspective. I'm sure I could have spent another four hours yesterday and still not gotten there.
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