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Old 04-10-19, 07:55 AM
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Not to be a downer, but this is my grandson who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis a couple years ago. It hurts to watch him move.
Bummer.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Anyone see the record-setting performance on "Jeopardy!" last night? Dude won $110K in one game, shattering the old record of $77K. I missed it, but I did see him a couple of days ago. He's incredibly fast with the signaling button and extremely knowledgeable. He is also calm and collected. Could be around for a long time. He's a professional sports bettor, so it's not as if he has a day job he needs to get back to.
But is he smug? I tend to root for the underdogs when a champion gets too smug.
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But is he smug? I tend to root for the underdogs when a champion gets too smug.
No. He comes off as humble.
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I've always thought that those Mercury G1s looked like a great wheelset for some wider tires. 24mm internal - hoo mama.
I have had the G1 wheels for about a year, so far they have been awesome. They came with everything for 12 or 15mm axles. I've ran them tubeless from the start with no issues on 40mm tires,
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And have a great ride yourself @WhyFi. Or will you be on the trainer? I kind of remember...................
I decided to get out while I could. The weather was a bummer, but I'm not going to pretend that getting out of the house for some alone time wasn't a factor.
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I decided to get out while I could. The weather was a bummer, but I'm not going to pretend that getting out of the house for some alone time wasn't a factor.
And to kvetch about our motoring brethren, at the tail end of my ride, some soccer mom in her 5,000lb SUV decided that she needed to blow by me. Single lane of traffic in each direction, no shoulder, I was coming off of a slight downhill, doing about 35 in a 30 with an elementary school and a church on one side of the street and a playground and another church on the other side. SMFH, as one of the Dougs would say. When some people are behind the wheel and they see a cyclist, some lizard part of their brain tells them that they're just not going fast enough if they're not passing.
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I have had the G1 wheels for about a year, so far they have been awesome. They came with everything for 12 or 15mm axles. I've ran them tubeless from the start with no issues on 40mm tires,
I wish that I could justify another nice wheelset. Instead, @MoAlpha will have to buy them and I'll have to live vicariously.
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And to kvetch about our motoring brethren, at the tail end of my ride, some soccer mom in her 5,000lb SUV decided that she needed to blow by me. Single lane of traffic in each direction, no shoulder, I was coming off of a slight downhill, doing about 35 in a 30 with an elementary school and a church on one side of the street and a playground and another church on the other side. SMFH, as one of the Dougs would say. When some people are behind the wheel and they see a cyclist, some lizard part of their brain tells them that they're just not going fast enough if they're not passing.
Far and away my biggest concern about riding across Ohio. We just don't have traffic like that here, except in the city. And now I must go ride.
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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.
You've never gone over the handlebars and landed on your head.
My fork failed leaving me airborne. The helmet was severely damaged. My head, not so much. I jumped up and hauled myself and my bike off the street before passing out.
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Far and away my biggest concern about riding across Ohio. We just don't have traffic like that here, except in the city. And now I must go ride.
So what's the plan for Ohio? Seems like you posted it but I never got the chance to read it
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I wish that I could justify another nice wheelset. Instead, @MoAlpha will have to buy them and I'll have to live vicariously.
Ol' Mo opted for a set of Ardennes SLs, which he got for 925.00, but paid state tax and had to buy a centerlock to 6-bolt adapter (because he has at least three good discs to use up and is fundamentally cheap). Cost came to 1022 all-up, so not much over budget and a slightly wider and possibly lighter set of wheels than the regular old LTs.

I liked the look of the Mercuries, but got mildly spooked by the minimum recommended tire gauge of 35 mm and the fact that several retailers are selling them for < half the MSRP.

Thanks again, gents.
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Ol' Mo opted for a set of Ardennes SLs, which he got for 925.00, but paid state tax and had to buy a centerlock to 6-bolt adapter (because he has at least three good discs to use up and is fundamentally cheap). Cost came to 1022 all-up, so not much over budget and a slightly wider and possibly lighter set of wheels than the regular old LTs.

I liked the look of the Mercuries, but got mildly spooked by the minimum recommended tire gauge of 35 mm and the fact that several retailers are selling them for < half the MSRP.

Thanks again, gents.
Every HED aluminum rim I've ever built up was a treat. Round and true, and puts up with lots of abuse.
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You've never gone over the handlebars and landed on your head.
Thank you, but you don’t know me or know if I’ve landed on my head or obviously read any of my posts except the one you’re replying to but thanks anyway for the personal anecdote. Carry on.


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Every HED aluminum rim I've ever built up was a treat. Round and true, and puts up with lots of abuse.
Yeah, these should be nicer than anything I've ever ridden on, not that I'm any connoisseur.

Incidentally, I don't know where I got the idea that the SL was wider than the LT. The rims are the same. The SL has lighter spokes. It's nice being a lightweight in this case.

I used to tell my daughter she was "an expensive little project." My wife used that phrase last night when I told her the plan.
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Just saw Shazam! Fun movie. Exited the theater to wet, heavy snow being driven by wind. Yay.
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Oh! One other cool thing upon exiting - I took my phone off of Do Not Disturb and got a notification from my Tesla PowerWall. Evidently they upgraded the functionality recently, because it now has something called "Storm Mode" wherein it automatically charges from the grid when we're under storm warning so that it'll have a full charge if/when the grid goes down. Sweet.
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So what's the plan for Ohio? Seems like you posted it but I never got the chance to read it
Flying into Cleveland, busing to Youngstown, in NE Ohio; then biking to Athens, in SE Ohio, over the course of nine or ten days, visiting relatives along the way. Only one suburban area and the rest rural. But I have this fear of the US drivers, like Americans have fear of Mexican violence. Senseless. I'll get over it, I'm sure.
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Thank you, but you don’t know me or know if I’ve landed on my head or obviously read any of my posts except the one you’re replying to but thanks anyway for the personal anecdote. Carry on.


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Thank you, but you don’t know me or know if I’ve landed on my head or obviously read any of my posts except the one you’re replying to but thanks anyway for the personal anecdote. Carry on.
You don't know me, you don't know what I'm goin' through........
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Flying into Cleveland, busing to Youngstown, in NE Ohio; then biking to Athens, in SE Ohio, over the course of nine or ten days, visiting relatives along the way. Only one suburban area and the rest rural. But I have this fear of the US drivers, like Americans have fear of Mexican violence. Senseless. I'll get over it, I'm sure.
I'm deathly afraid of unknown roads myself. While planning the non-railtrail parts of my last tour I zoomed all the way in on Google maps and panned through the entire route, and checked out streetviews at several locations. I finally decided I was done with shoulderless roads about 15 years ago.

I wound up with about 20 miles of shoulderless road but I rode that section in the pre-dawn hours so I had plenty of warning of approaching cars.
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I'm deathly afraid of unknown roads myself. While planning the non-railtrail parts of my last tour I zoomed all the way in on Google maps and panned through the entire route, and checked out streetviews at several locations. I finally decided I was done with shoulderless roads about 15 years ago.

I wound up with about 20 miles of shoulderless road but I rode that section in the pre-dawn hours so I had plenty of warning of approaching cars.
I'm in that process now. I made my routes on RideWithGPS, and am reviewing, and adjusting them with Google Maps. Very little of it is actually "new", but it's been 20 years since I've driven through there. The entire last day looks like it could be on bike trails. Glad to hear I'm not the only one.
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