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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Changing directions, I mentioned a few days ago that I was installing a Campy Record group on my Gianni Motta. The group was orphaned when I sold the frame set that it had resided on. The all carbon group including wheels and carbon bars was near $2800 but the used parts market is zilch so it languished in a box on a shelf till a couple weeks ago when a mechanic friend said all of the parts would install on my old steel Italian frame with no problems.

I weighed my Motta complete with pedals at 21.8#. With the new(er) group, it now weighs 19.5# complete with pedals. Most of the weight savings was in the Fulcrum Racing 0 wheelset (Campy Shamals) but I’m sure all of the carbon parts helped, too.

Still have some tweaking to do with the stem length reach and height but the first test ride felt every bit as smooth as my Propel. Pics when I get the cockpit sorted out and some other minor adjustments.
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Speaking of safety, I'm modifying this fender mount with a pocket knife.
I’ve been banned from sharp instruments.
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I wear the helmet to protect against sunburn.
I wear a helmet because my wife makes me and I’m more scared of her than having a crash.
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Changing directions, I mentioned a few days ago that I was installing a Campy Record group on my Gianni Motta. The group was orphaned when I sold the frame set that it had resided on. The all carbon group including wheels and carbon bars was near $2800 but the used parts market is zilch so it languished in a box on a shelf till a couple weeks ago when a mechanic friend said all of the parts would install on my old steel Italian frame with no problems.

I weighed my Motta complete with pedals at 21.8#. With the new(er) group, it now weighs 19.5# complete with pedals. Most of the weight savings was in the Fulcrum Racing 0 wheelset (Campy Shamals) but I’m sure all of the carbon parts helped, too.

Still have some tweaking to do with the stem length reach and height but the first test ride felt every bit as smooth as my Propel. Pics when I get the cockpit sorted out and some other minor adjustments.
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I’ve been banned from sharp instruments.
I completed the task uninjured.
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Speaking of safety, I'm modifying this fender mount with a pocket knife.

The reamer has to be the best tool on that thing.
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I’ve been banned from sharp instruments.
And two wheels
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I wear a helmet because my wife makes me and I’m more scared of her than having a crash.
I wear a helmet, because I don't want to have to learn to walk again!
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And I'm still down, and still not very hungry. I just ate a pear without complaint, but anything acidic, like an apple or a tomato, brings discomfort. Is this how the flu works? I honestly can't remember ever having it as an adult. I feel more-or-less fine, but low energy until mid-afternoon, and then no energy. I'm down only 3 pounds so far.
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I wear a helmet because I've seen human heads in pools of blood from being knocked off a bike. I've broken two in the past four years.
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Latest safety related purchase:

Sends a VHF radio position signal if I fall off the boat in a squall on a moonless night. Replaces a satellite beacon where the info has to be relayed to outer space, to the SAR authorities, and back to the boat. Sort of like a helmet.

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Latest safety related purchase:

Sends a VHF radio position signal if I fall off the boat in a squall on a moonless night. Replaces a satellite beacon where the info has to be relayed to outer space, to the SAR authorities, and back to the boat. Sort of like a helmet.
I think I'd want a more substantial string on there.
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The reamer has to be the best tool on that thing.
Tools I use most on that thing:
6cm blade
4cm blade
scissors
reamer
cork screw

Tools I use least on that thing:
can opener
bottle opener
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Tools I use most on that thing:
6cm blade
4cm blade
scissors
reamer
cork screw

Tools I use least on that thing:
can opener
bottle opener
screw driver
tweezers
pick (lost that one years ago)
And oddly, over the years, I have used the lot except for tweezers and scissors which have never been on the pairs I have used. They were most useful on camping trips and randonnees, and I lost one during a puncture repair on the bike I used for a 1,000km randonnee on Tasmania's West Coast. It had proved so useful to me on camping trips, that I did go back and look for it not so long afterward, but no, zero hope of finding it. So new one was bought, and I still have it, usually in the handlebar bag on each of the bikes.
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I put a 27.5" wheel on the front of the Ellsworth today and I liked it!

Kinda figured I would, since the bikepacking rig is set up that way too.

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I put a 27.5" wheel on the front of the Ellsworth today and I liked it!

Kinda figured I would, since the bikepacking rig is set up that way too.

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Think I might put the stem under a 5mm spacer, though.

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Funny that there should be helmet discussion in here and a FB friend from HS would post this on the same day!

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Not wishing to start a helmet debate but I've heard a zillion anecdotes where people claimed that they would have been severely injured or worse if they hadn't had a helmet on. But, and it's a controversial but, how do we know for sure? There are no measurements or recordings to be had after the fact and I'm pretty sure that no one is going to go out and try to repeat their accident without a helmet.

And then there is the helmet itself which increases the size and weight of the head. I know in my construction field, I wasn't required to wear a hard hat until after at least 20 years of work and I was amazed at how any times that I hit my head on bridge beams and such after that. I don't ever remember smacking my head before I started wearing a hard hat. My own anecdote, I know.

Regardless, I wear a helmet religiously. Just always wondered.
Well, when I crashed in 2007, I had a mild concussion, separated shoulder, sprained wrist and massive bruising all over.

And my helmet cracked.

Given the helmet crack and the mild concussion, I'd have to assume that if I did not have the helmet it would have been my head that cracked.

Also, as I went down, my hip landed first (massive bruise there!) and I thought, "It's going to be OK" then milliseconds later as I continued to fall "MY HEAD IS GOING TOO FAST" and I although I tensed up and tried to slow my self, I couldn't. Next thing I knew everything was white and sparkly ... and then there were voices around me.
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I think I'd want a more substantial string on there.
The string doesn’t hold it to the body. It lives inside a self-inflating life vest and the string is part of the mechanism to turn it on automatically when the vest inflates.
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I listen very carefully to the things Machka tells me. She has done an incredible amount of research on the subject, working as she does for the state health department, and being my wife, and seeking out what my medical carers have been able to say..

One of the things she has said is that gauging head injury levels can be difficult because it can vary so much despite the similarity of the cause. The outlook for me was not very good -- and mine had nothing to do with cycling -- but I seem to have surprised more than a few of my medical people with my ability to make what is regarded as a "remarkable recovery".

I still a little way to go, but it has made me ultra-aware of safety important when riding a bicycle, and doing just about anything else in my day-to-day living.
From what I first heard of your injury, I'm (happily) way beyond surprised that you're here talking like your old normal self as far as I can tell. It sounded so dire at first.
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Well, when I crashed in 2007, I had a mild concussion, separated shoulder, sprained wrist and massive bruising all over.

And my helmet cracked.

Given the helmet crack and the mild concussion, I'd have to assume that if I did not have the helmet it would have been my head that cracked.

Also, as I went down, my hip landed first (massive bruise there!) and I thought, "It's going to be OK" then milliseconds later as I continued to fall "MY HEAD IS GOING TOO FAST" and I although I tensed up and tried to slow my self, I couldn't. Next thing I knew everything was white and sparkly ... and then there were voices around me.
I've cracked a couple of helmets, with one definite concussion. Same logic as you.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Tools I use most on that thing:
6cm blade
4cm blade
scissors
reamer
cork screw

Tools I use least on that thing:
can opener
bottle opener
screw driver
tweezers
pick (lost that one years ago)
I meant best, as in, a sort of unique tool you might actually choose that knife for. I switched to Leatherman-type tools a while ago, but they don’t have anything like that reamer, set in the middle of the back, so you can really twist it. Main drawback of those things, though, is that they don’t lock and I have hurt myself as a result.
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Does this count as cycling content?

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