Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 10-10-18, 06:43 AM
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Thanks, All. I get the picture and will begin to think about a back-up set. I have no idea what costs are involved in fixing them. The last set of nice-ish road wheels I had were GP4s on Nuovo Record hubs with shiny, round spokes and tubular tires and I could fix them myself.

When I got these wheels, I was just coming back to the Road after years off for work, childrearing, and other sports and all the modern gear was all new to me. I sent my road frame back to the builder to have the rear spacing increased to 130 mm and asked for a set of wheels to go with it. Lesson learned, but I've gotten reasonable value from them so far. Helps to be light and weak.
They're nice wheels. And you can get replacement spokes. I think they're about $5 for each spoke/nipple combo. I suspect most shops don't keep them in stock, but they are available.
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They're nice wheels. And you can get replacement spokes. I think they're about $5 for each spoke/nipple combo. I suspect most shops don't keep them in stock, but they are available.
Thanks. There are a few Mavic dealers in the area and I will call around.
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Got in the first trainer ride of the year. Trainer feels much smoother and more quiet than previously (different bike & wheels). Also the first ride with actual power rather than virtual power - it's been 7 months or so, but I don't get the impression that the virtual power was too far off. Anywho, getting in the work felt good and the trainer experience itself was good enough that I think that I can resist the urge to buy a smart trainer for another year.
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Old 10-10-18, 08:27 AM
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Got in the first trainer ride of the year. Trainer feels much smoother and more quiet than previously (different bike & wheels). Also the first ride with actual power rather than virtual power - it's been 7 months or so, but I don't get the impression that the virtual power was too far off. Anywho, getting in the work felt good and the trainer experience itself was good enough that I think that I can resist the urge to buy a smart trainer for another year.
When I borrowed a friend's powertap wheel to "verify" the virtual power in Zwift a couple years ago, it was remarkably close. Yea, I had to pick a trainer model that isn't the one I'm actually using, but once you find one in the ballpark (for me, about ~10 watts off), the power curves are pretty well modeled so as you increase effort the virtual power does stay pretty close to your real power.
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Strava thoughts... I kinda miss the "early" days of Strava when you could go out and crush a segment without a massive tailwind or huge group and find yourself in the top 10. There are a lot of 3-8 minute climbs around me at reasonable average gradients (4-6%) that are fun for hard efforts, and when I started using Strava in Richmond 5-6 years ago I could get a KOM on occasion, which was a really strong motivator for me.

Now, the top 10 on many of those same climbs are taken up by some combination of the same 15 or so riders who are our local Cat 1/2 dudes. One climb that I once had a KOM on is now in the hands of this dude who is probably 30 pounds lighter than me and held 450 watts up the hill for a little under 4 minutes. No way I can compete with that.

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Strava thoughts... I kinda miss the "early" days of Strava when you could go out and crush a segment without a massive tailwind or huge group and find yourself in the top 10. There are a lot of 3-8 minute climbs around me at reasonable average gradients (4-6%) that are fun for hard efforts, and when I started using Strava in Richmond 5-6 years ago I could get a KOM on occasion, which was a really strong motivator for me.

Now, the top 10 on many of those same climbs are taken up by some combination of the same 15 or so riders who are our local Cat 1/2 dudes. One climb that I once had a KOM on is now in the hands of this dude who is probably 30 pounds lighter than me and held 450 watts up the hill for a little under 4 minutes. No way I can compete with that.

Alas.
Maybe there should be a Fredva - CAT3s or better not allowed. Or maybe a Cat3 or better filter in Strava.
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Maybe there should be a Fredva - CAT3s or better not allowed. Or maybe a Cat3 or better filter in Strava.
Categories and handicaps. That's how you keep normal people in the game.
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Categories and handicaps. That's how you keep normal people in the game.
I'm not into handicapping, I like looking at these things on an absolute scale. Still, it's not like there are more people faster than me now than there were 5 years ago. There are probably fewer people in that category because I've gotten stronger and the general interest in competitive cycling in my region has decreased. It's just that there are more people using Strava. It is what it is.
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When I borrowed a friend's powertap wheel to "verify" the virtual power in Zwift a couple years ago, it was remarkably close. Yea, I had to pick a trainer model that isn't the one I'm actually using, but once you find one in the ballpark (for me, about ~10 watts off), the power curves are pretty well modeled so as you increase effort the virtual power does stay pretty close to your real power.
I'm mildly interested to test V-power vs actual, but I'd have to think about how to go about it. I supposed that I could un-pair the PM and use V-power on the computer and then use my Wahoo to simultaneously record PM info... It's not something high on my list, but I might get it done this winter just to sate my curiosity.
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Think my field of vision test went o.k. Some of those flashes were so faint and quick. I know I missed some.
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Think my field of vision test went o.k. Some of those flashes were so faint and quick. I know I missed some.
Kudos.

My medical testing didn't go so well today. Doc says to cut way down on caffeine and salt.
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Looks like a beautiful day in Rock Springs...

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Doc says to cut way down on caffeine and salt.
Might be easier to get a second, contrary opinion.
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Strava thoughts... I kinda miss the "early" days of Strava when you could go out and crush a segment without a massive tailwind or huge group and find yourself in the top 10. There are a lot of 3-8 minute climbs around me at reasonable average gradients (4-6%) that are fun for hard efforts, and when I started using Strava in Richmond 5-6 years ago I could get a KOM on occasion, which was a really strong motivator for me.

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Went to the chiropractor today. My first time. Mostly just because. I feel good after the adjustment - almost like a mild euphoria.

Side note: she said my guads were huge. Well, okay, she said that they were tight, but she meant huge.
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Fantastic club ride today. Warm temps in the 70’s. Post ride lunch date with mrs datlas at Indian buffet.

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Fixed

It took me almost a minute of looking to figure out what you'd fixed.

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It took me almost a minute of looking to figure out what you'd fixed.

Sad!
I thought about making the fixed word boldface but where would the fun be in that?
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I thought about making the fixed word boldface but where would the fun be in that?
That certainly would not make posting great again.
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Wife had to go to Old Navy to return some stuff, so I went along to pick up some jeans. 'Merican sizing is so delusional. I got some 34" and I'll still need a belt with them (32s were too small in the guads).
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I made a comment in the 41 that Litespeeds and Lynskeys come from the same factory in Tennessee anyway...but apparently my dry wit was not understood and/or appreciated.

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Looks like a beautiful day in Rock Springs...

Yuck. Its sunny and 81F here now but it wont last. Another month and I may have to reactivate my Zwift account.
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