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Old 05-22-19, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
He's a good man, but he's down in Tas, I think.
gnome then. We have some good people down there. Tas isn't that far, in comparison to you, so you never know. The call of free food is strong.
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I have one complete bike and another frame and fork packed into a single bike box, with room to spare. Once I become certain all is well, I will cut it down, both length wise and height wise, and tape it up. The trick will be to leave the roll of gorilla tape inside. I have some ideas.

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In order to accomplish said packing job, the only thing attached to either frame is a clamp on derailleur guide. The wheels have been reduced to hubs and rims. The spokes weren't worth saving. Forks and headsets removed too. I've gone to these lengths one other time, and it proved to be worth the effort. The Dingdingding moment would be if they choose to not saddle me with the oversize surcharge.
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gnome then. We have some good people down there. Tas isn't that far, in comparison to you, so you never know. The call of free food is strong.
gnome is a kiwi, IIRC. Big place down there with lots of good people, including long-suffering spouse, at the moment, but she started heading for home when I warned her I might not show up.

Also, the candid truth is that, if I search my soul, I can find very little desire to spend 22 hrs x 2 in an aeroplane in 9 days, even the front of an aeroplane.
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Welp, that went well.

Morning ride got rained out so, while replacing my brake pads, I figured I'd finally properly bleed the brakes on the Domane (whoever installed them didn't do a great job). The Domane didn't come with a bleed block so I dug out the bleed block from the Haanjo's brakes. Despite both being Shimano systems, the block didn't fit quite right, but I figured I'd make it work.

Except it didn't work. Block slipped out of position, one of the pistons skewed a bit and blew a seal. Yay.
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Welp, that went well.

Morning ride got rained out so, while replacing my brake pads, I figured I'd finally properly bleed the brakes on the Domane (whoever installed them didn't do a great job). The Domane didn't come with a bleed block so I dug out the bleed block from the Haanjo's brakes. Despite both being Shimano systems, the block didn't fit quite right, but I figured I'd make it work.

Except it didn't work. Block slipped out of position, one of the pistons skewed a bit and blew a seal. Yay.
Oof. Bid deal to replace? I've done it on an 81 Honda Civic, but with the discs in. Haven't touched them on the bike yet, except for checking the pads. Can't be too different.
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gnome then. We have some good people down there. Tas isn't that far, in comparison to you, so you never know. The call of free food is strong.
I've run out of leave and money to go to the West Island. The call of free food is very strong however.
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gnome is a kiwi, IIRC. Big place down there with lots of good people, including long-suffering spouse, at the moment, but she started heading for home when I warned her I might not show up.

Also, the candid truth is that, if I search my soul, I can find very little desire to spend 22 hrs x 2 in an aeroplane in 9 days, even the front of an aeroplane.
correct. Vastly different than an Aussie. It's like calling a Canadian and American.
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correct. Vastly different than an Aussie. It's like calling a Canadian and American.
I know this, but can't tell the difference, myself. The mom in the house directly across the street is from NZ and she's alright.
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Oof. Bid deal to replace? I've done it on an 81 Honda Civic, but with the discs in. Haven't touched them on the bike yet, except for checking the pads. Can't be too different.
It might be possible, with hours of dicking around, for me to get it back together and leak-free... but it's 50 bucks or so for a new caliper with pads (pads are ~$20 alone), so I'm going that route. Should take me a half hour to install and bleed once it arrives.
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correct. Vastly different than an Aussie. It's like calling a Canadian and American.
Oh, absolutely. I have a buddy in Hervey Bay, and he schooled me quite well in the nuances. Sort of like asking someone from your part of the world if they're English, after hearing them talk. Not good. Not good at all.
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Sort of like asking someone from your part of the world if they're English, after hearing them talk. Not good. Not good at all.
I can hear the difference between Oz and Kiwi accents, but I don't necessarily know which is which when I encounter them.
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WTH, people?!? Everyone decide to sleep in today?
Went for a ride. Now assembling deck furniture. Cycling is more fun and rewarding than putting together stupid, I mean lovely, deck/patio furniture. In case anyone was wondering.
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Surprised Mo can’t figure a way to get to Oz even at the last minute. I mean there are planes from all over the west coast going every day. The front seating could be a problem, and I don’t blame him for passing on economy.
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Surprised Mo can’t figure a way to get to Oz even at the last minute. I mean there are planes from all over the west coast going every day. The front seating could be a problem, and I don’t blame him for passing on economy.
Turns out Mo could actually could have gone at the last minute, and in the front of the plane, for about 9,000 USD, one-way, which the erring administrators offered to shake loose from his uber bosses. However, he had suggested to his long-suffering spouse, who had already arrived in Sydney, that she look for a flight home in case he didn't show, and by the time the admins had waved all of the government regs, one by one, to make this ridiculous expenditure possible, she had booked a flight home on Friday and gone to sleep. The taxpayers can thank her for this!

Mo now feels guilty, but is looking forward to seeing long-suffering spouse, who has suggested that, since they both cleared their schedules, they go sailing for a week and catch up on their lagging gin and tonic consumption.
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Her suggestion sounds so appropriate.

Sorry to hear what happened.
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Her suggestion sounds so appropriate.

Sorry to hear what happened.
Good morning, Rowan!

All good and glad you approve.
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What does it mean when Mo starts posting about himself in the third person?
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What does it mean when Mo starts posting about himself in the third person?
His narcissism and grandiosity are decompensating. The crash will be ugly.
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His narcissism and grandiosity are decompensating. The crash will be ugly.
I see you are trying to enlighten people in the 41 about metabolism and homeostasis. The sooner you stop making sense out there, the better it will be for your sanity. Believe me now and thank me later.
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I see you are trying to enlighten people in the 41 about metabolism and homeostasis. The sooner you stop making sense out there, the better it will be for your sanity. Believe me now and thank me later.
Oh, man, make me stop!

I have years of experience which say you're totally right, but this place is a real challenge. I also occasionally say something really stupid and that just makes me want to prove my superior knowledge more.

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Welp, that went well.

Morning ride got rained out so, while replacing my brake pads, I figured I'd finally properly bleed the brakes on the Domane (whoever installed them didn't do a great job). The Domane didn't come with a bleed block so I dug out the bleed block from the Haanjo's brakes. Despite both being Shimano systems, the block didn't fit quite right, but I figured I'd make it work.

Except it didn't work. Block slipped out of position, one of the pistons skewed a bit and blew a seal. Yay.
Sounds exciting.
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Went for a ride. Now assembling deck furniture. Cycling is more fun and rewarding than putting together stupid, I mean lovely, deck/patio furniture. In case anyone was wondering.
I cut grass for an hour after my ride. Fun.
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Turns out Mo could actually could have gone at the last minute, and in the front of the plane, for about 9,000 USD, one-way, which the erring administrators offered to shake loose from his uber bosses. However, he had suggested to his long-suffering spouse, who had already arrived in Sydney, that she look for a flight home in case he didn't show, and by the time the admins had waved all of the government regs, one by one, to make this ridiculous expenditure possible, she had booked a flight home on Friday and gone to sleep. The taxpayers can thank her for this!

Mo now feels guilty, but is looking forward to seeing long-suffering spouse, who has suggested that, since they both cleared their schedules, they go sailing for a week and catch up on their lagging gin and tonic consumption.
Winning.
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I cut grass for an hour after my ride. Fun.
Now that's commitment and discipline! I have planned to do that, but don't think I've ever actually come through.
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