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Old 03-29-19, 08:29 AM
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Agree 100% and it's almost non-controversial at this point.
I agree it's non-controversial.

What we should do to "fix" it is VERY controversial.
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I agree it's non-controversial.

What we should do to "fix" it is VERY controversial.
Oh it's still controversial - when we were in TN for IMChoo last year it was during the midterm election campaigns and Marsha Blackburn was all over TV with ads playing up support for the status quo on healthcare.
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Oh it's still controversial - when we were in TN for IMChoo last year it was during the midterm election campaigns and Marsha Blackburn was all over TV with ads playing up support for the status quo on healthcare.
It's such a large and dysfunctional machine with too many moving parts and too many stakeholders, I don't really think there is a good answer that will make more than 51% of the population happy. Sad.
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Oh it's still controversial - when we were in TN for IMChoo last year it was during the midterm election campaigns and Marsha Blackburn was all over TV with ads playing up support for the status quo on healthcare.
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It's such a large and dysfunctional machine with too many moving parts and too many stakeholders, I don't really think there is a good answer that will make more than 51% of the population happy. Sad.
I think the status quo is only popular when someone demagogues the alternatives and, as we've seen this week, it's increasingly precarious. I am a pessimist, but I think I'm seeing the slow formation of a political consensus in favor of some sort of baseline guaranteed access and a more rational, transparent, and restricted approach to pricing.
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You know what's amazing? How easy it is to sell a Surly. I have a Cross Check, which I bought in 2012 for my wife, who hated it, and then took over as a commuter. It's been treated and maintained well and upgraded a bit, but it's a 2 x 9 and, quite frankly, a harsh-riding, overweight, dog of a bike. I looked on ebay and was shocked at the prices these things are commanding. I put it on the neighborhood listserv and the bike commuting list at work for 500 bucks and damned if I won't have it sold by the end of the weekend or sooner.
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First week back on the bike I managed to ride 118.3 miles with around 3,400 feet of climbing. Much better than I could have ever hoped for.
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First week back on the bike I managed to ride 118.3 miles with around 3,400 feet of climbing. Much better than I could have ever hoped for.
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Speaking of getting back on the bike, one of my cyclist friends who is "only" 66 years old just sent me the following message. Sad. I am hoping he may change his mind. Text as follows:

​​​​​​After much thought, mostly regarding safety, I have decided to go "cold turkey" and stop riding.
It had to happen at some point and I did not want to wait for a serious crash to be the deciding event.
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Oh, also hit the 70 pounds lost mark today. 295 on 10/21/18, 224 pounds today.
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Speaking of getting back on the bike, one of my cyclist friends who is "only" 66 years old just sent me the following message. Sad. I am hoping he may change his mind. Text as follows:

​​​​​​After much thought, mostly regarding safety, I have decided to go "cold turkey" and stop riding.
It had to happen at some point and I did not want to wait for a serious crash to be the deciding event.

Too bad, but yeah, the older, richer, and more superfluous I get, the more afraid I am of getting hurt. Makes no sense, does it?
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In cycling related content, I have denuded my Gianni Motta and am preparing it for my 2015 Record group that I've been trying to sell. I've got ~$1700 in the group but haven't been able to sell it even at firesale prices. So, since my '78 Record group has bolts rusting, friction shifts, weighs a ton, etc., the conversion has begun to the all carbon parts of the Campy Record group and the carbon K-wing bars.

New Campy UltraTorque BB cups are ordered and the frame is going in to have the BB shell faced this morning. I weighed the bike before stripping of the parts at 21.83#. It will be interesting to see what it weighs after conversion. I'm going to piece out the old Record group, bars, wheels, etc.
Are you going to sell the rusty, 78 group?
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Speaking of getting back on the bike, one of my cyclist friends who is "only" 66 years old just sent me the following message. Sad. I am hoping he may change his mind. Text as follows:

​​​​​​After much thought, mostly regarding safety, I have decided to go "cold turkey" and stop riding.
It had to happen at some point and I did not want to wait for a serious crash to be the deciding event.
And at the same age, I am about to embark bicycle touring. The Mrs. believes I am in denial. I believe one is as young as one feels.
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And at the same age, I am about to embark bicycle touring. The Mrs. believes I am in denial. I believe one is as young as one feels.
I think that's cool. Wish I was coming along.
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Are you going to sell the rusty, 78 group?
Yep. I need to clean it up a little and get all of my spare parts together. I'm going to clean house as per Mrs. T's orders. I'll let you know via PM when I get everything together and inventoried if you're interested. Be awhile, I'm sure.
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I think the status quo is only popular when someone demagogues the alternatives and, as we've seen this week, it's increasingly precarious. I am a pessimist, but I think I'm seeing the slow formation of a political consensus in favor of some sort of baseline guaranteed access and a more rational, transparent, and restricted approach to pricing.
You're more optimistic than I am, but that's nothing new.
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First week back on the bike I managed to ride 118.3 miles with around 3,400 feet of climbing. Much better than I could have ever hoped for.
I know how rough it can be getting any distance on a bicycle after an extended period off it. And mine was much shorter than yours, but getting back on the bike was a priority for me. My limit is still around 50km for a ride which doesn't translate to much in the language of the top people here, but much better than zero which is what it could have been.

Of course, we are slowly converting to winter type weather here in the southern hemisphere, but fortunately where I live that doesn't necessarily mean snowfall and risks in riding outdoor except is getting cool and damp. I have done enough of that in the past -- commuting, touring and audaxing -- to get over it with the right-ish gear.

As to health costs, thank heaven I continue to live in Australia. I was in hospital for 4-1/2 months, and am still getting health treatment and aid... all at no cost to me, but through my employer's compulsory insurance system that also is linked directly to the wages I was being paid at the time of the workplace accident that almost killed me. Law here is very specific to the liability issues and while there are overseas influencers in just about every area, they cannot argue with the law and their own liabilities that evolve from legal action being taken.
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Just back from a short but fun ride on my SS. I love the simplicity of the SS.

And no, I am not running 70 x 11. I would have to check but I think it’s 46 x 16. Something like that.
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@LAJ What type of cleaner do you use in your ultrasonic unit?
Simple Green works just fine. You can also get some cleaner at HF, if you go there.
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We are away this weekend to place which is lovely because it allows us to catch up with Mr Higgins (and anyone who has seen one of the last picture posts in the Rowan thread in the 50-Plus forums will know about him).

And because I was admitted to hospital again a fortnight ago for a 20-hour stay resulting from an epilepsy attach (not unusual from the type of injury I suffered), Machka had to drive up after a big admin day at the Health Department where she works. So the first half of today is pretty quiet and for the first time in about 10 years, I had to light a fire to overcome the cool feel. And boy oh boy, was that a real pleasure!
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Just back from a short but fun ride on my SS. I love the simplicity of the SS.

And no, I am not running 70 x 11. I would have to check but I think it’s 44 x 16. Something like that.
I did mention to Machka during the week that I would like to bring the FG away with me. But I did leave it at home, this time.

It is a bike that I used to ride a lot when living in country Victoria -- seeing it was rebuilt on a frame recovered from a local rubbish dump, it's always been important to me to keep and ride -- and I am kind of hoping to get it back into active use again.

And yes, if I recall rightly, it is a 42T front cog, with something like an 18T one in the rear.

Those who have already read this will note my little correction, changing from SS to FG. Oops, sorry about that little error.

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Just back from a short but fun ride on my SS. I love the simplicity of the SS.

And no, I am not running 70 x 11. I would have to check but I think it’s 46 x 16. Something like that.
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Simple Green works just fine. You can also get some cleaner at HF, if you go there.
Wonder if I should get a cleaner or just get another bike shop gig.

My cassettes are starting to get grimy and crusty.
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