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Old 12-20-20, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ls01
More Like a vacuum...
You're saying Zwift sucks?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Not as much as they do in Wisconsin.
Another thing it’s easier to do when you’re young.

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Originally Posted by WhyFi
I was just discussing this with the wife. I might attempt it, but weather could very easily crush me.

This reminds me, I was going to send Bah Humbug a Festive 500 patch from last year.

I was hoping to make an attempt at this but If it rains at all I’ll be out.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Oh, say, those under 60.

discrimination!
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Another thing it’s easier to do when you’re young.
Fortunately, when you are our age we can usually afford to make up the volume loss with an increase in quality.
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Hahaha, this Eagles vs Cards game is highly entertaining.

I was originally going to say "Will the Eagles AND the Jets win today? What are the chances?"
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It's happening!

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People here don't get it.
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Hahaha, Cards just faked a punt!

Their punter is 2 for 3 career pass completions.
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I spent 3 1/2 hours today reminding myself that riding outside >>> riding on Zwift. Beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky. I wore an anti-COVID bandana, but only used it a little. Pretty much everyone out on a bike today is a "serious cyclist", which meant I was more passed than passing, as opposed to the Spring and Summer, when everyone and his brother were out there with their whole family.

I've managed to lose >25# since last March, because of riding and calorie counting, so I am really leery of falling off either wagon. I've gotten almost this light before, but then it only takes a few month of reduced activity combined with increased consumption, and it all comes back. Every time I've tried to keep going through the winter with a trainer, I failed because it was sheer mental agony to ride with no distraction, trying to keep my self going, keep my HR up. I can barely make it to 40 minutes. Zwifting is different. I actually enjoy it, and even find myself looking forward to it - not as much as I look forward to REAL rides, but still.

I've done workouts and I've done free riding. The workouts are hard, but much more doable than just trying to push my HR up on a dumb trainer, listening to music. When I'm free riding, I take challenges like KOMs and sprints and such seriously, so I don't just idly spin around Watopia. I tried riding with the slowest Pace Partner the last two Zwift sessions. If you get ahead of them on a climb, it can be next to impossible to slow down enough for them to catch you up. But if you do manage you have to carefully titrate your speed as they catch you because if it's too high they never will, while if it's too low they may blow past you and you'll have a hell of a time catching up to them. Riding with them, even slowest one, takes a lot of concentration, enough to be a lot more tiring than just the watts.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
<raises hand>
Only compared to some.
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I'm a bit concerned that I'm going to confuse Zillow and Zwift and buy myself an imaginary house.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I think I'm going to attempt both styles of these.
Didn't work.

A rare occurrence in which switching to smaller wheels does not increase your clearance for fenders. I would have ended up with less room under 584x38 than 630x32.

Too much hardware in a little space, plus the dual pivot calipers I was trying to use actually have less room underneath them than the original side pulls.

Oh well, I guess that means I've got a wheelset plus another rim available that nobody's buying on Craigslist.

Did I mention that the track bike will take 584x38 tires
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Fortunately, when you are our age we can usually afford to make up the volume loss with an increase in quality.
Yes. It would be rather squalid to have one or two cheap-ass drinks a week. However, our WhyFi doesnt seem to have a quality problem.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I'm a bit concerned that I'm going to confuse Zillow and Zwift and buy myself an imaginary house.
Oh, I say!
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Originally Posted by genejockey
You're saying Zwift sucks?
maybe.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Oh, I say!
And then, if I'm in my imaginary house on Zwift and set up a trainer in the basement and go on Zwift there, will I end up riding on the road IRL?
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Yes. It would be rather squalid to have one or two cheap-ass drinks a week. However, our WhyFi doesnt seem to have a quality problem.
Life’s too short to drink cheap whiskey, especially over 60.

if you can be discriminating when young, all the better.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
And then, if I'm in my imaginary house on Zwift and set up a trainer in the basement and go on Zwift there, will I end up riding on the road IRL?
Real and virtual may not operate as binary opposites in that way, but there’s only one way to find out!
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Another thing it’s easier to do when you’re young.
I'm a cheap date. Most days, I'll have one beer while cooking or eating dinner and that's enough. Some days I'll have an additional unwind drink after the kids go to bed. The arrival of the bottle of Green Spot resulted an a marked uptick in two-drink days - I still have a third of it or so, but it's rare that a bottle goes as quickly as it has.

Speaking of drinking frequency, holy **** do the guys on the knife forums drink a ton. There are a lot of professional chefs there, though, so it shouldn't be too surprising.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Life’s too short to drink cheap whiskey, especially over 60.

if you can be discriminating when young, all the better.
I have a daughter in Ireland for another few months. That helps.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
And then, if I'm in my imaginary house on Zwift and set up a trainer in the basement and go on Zwift there, will I end up riding on the road IRL?
you know, imaginary houses often come with imaginary wives.


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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Life’s too short to drink cheap whiskey, especially over 60.

if you can be discriminating when young, all the better.
My liquor store sent out a whiskey lottery invite (to get first crack at desirable/limited bottles) to their reward members with the most points. I entered, but my name was not drawn.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I have a daughter in Ireland for another few months. That helps.
I get my raise in May when the youngest graduates. But then my daughter wants to get married in ‘22. The expense never really stops.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
I'm a cheap date. Most days, I'll have one beer while cooking or eating dinner and that's enough. Some days I'll have an additional unwind drink after the kids go to bed. The arrival of the bottle of Green Spot resulted an a marked uptick in two-drink days - I still have a third of it or so, but it's rare that a bottle goes as quickly as it has.

Speaking of drinking frequency, holy **** do the guys on the knife forums drink a ton. There are a lot of professional chefs there, though, so it shouldn't be too surprising.
My older brother likes to make - and drink - cocktails, as does my SIL, so when they visit we usually end up with a new bottle of good booze. We ended up with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire and one of The Botanist, so I started making cocktails myself. When I was younger, I could never figure out why Mom and Dad were so partial to Gin and Tonics on a warm summer's evening, but I think I've figured it out now. Some nights, I'll make a cocktail or two, but usually not more than that, and most nights none at all.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
I'm a cheap date. Most days, I'll have one beer while cooking or eating dinner and that's enough. Some days I'll have an additional unwind drink after the kids go to bed. The arrival of the bottle of Green Spot resulted an a marked uptick in two-drink days - I still have a third of it or so, but it's rare that a bottle goes as quickly as it has.

Speaking of drinking frequency, holy **** do the guys on the knife forums drink a ton. There are a lot of professional chefs there, though, so it shouldn't be too surprising.
I knew a few people in the restaurant business, including one chef. They were all current or former lushes.

Once you try the Yellow spot, you’ll be shocked at how good you thought the Green was.

and speaking of drinking, my loquacity tonight can be attributed to a very moderate amount of this very fine product of the Alto Adige:


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