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Old 02-26-21, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Me.
How far?
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Ran the Bay to Breakers in a suit, Does that count?
Nope.
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I lived in the dorms for one semester only. I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there. Living in the trenches off campus with your roommates created life long bonds, especially when you didn't come from money. Everybody struggled together.
We required both of our kids to live in a shared dorm room their freshman years as we thought it would be a good experience for them to have to share, etc. When we dropped off our daughter, she and her roommate (who were friends from earlier schooling) sat on their beds and cried because of the lack of space they were going to have to share. Seems the little princesses were just too spoiled before that. When my wife and I got in the car, we had a good laugh.
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Originally Posted by Jack Tone
I never owned a fast car. I did get a ride in a friends Firebird 400. Fun getting your back pushed into the seat. Here's some cars that I've owned (not mine, just pics)



I still have my Firebird.

For now anyways. Its going on the dyno March 26th. For tunning and hp #s, it s not quite as finished as the Camaro. But we'll see How it shakes out.
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Strange how things work out. I wanted to move to a smaller house with a larger garage. So I would have more shop space for the cars. Now with this new administrations politics, I might not have anything to work on to need the shop space for. The prediction for $5.00 a gallon is just to much for me. And premium is even higher. Time to cash in my chips and walk away from the table.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How long do you stretch? You should stream it on Twitch, with music.
I thought your response would be begging me for quality music content.
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Originally Posted by ls01
yeah I hated that engine, what a crap design that distributor was.
My brother had a couple of 4th gen F-bodies, BITD. Pontiac Comp T/As.

(I don't have a picture of his car, but it looked like this)
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I think you can wear gloves.
Well, then...
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How far?

Nope.
A few miles.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I thought your response would be begging me for quality music content.
I don't want to tempt you to shorten your needed stretch sessions.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
My brother had a couple of 4th gen F-bodies, BITD. Pontiac Comp T/As.

(I don't have a picture of his car, but it looked like this)
loved those front ends on the Formula. Beautiful design.
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Originally Posted by ls01
Strange how things work out. I wanted to move to a smaller house with a larger garage. So I would have more shop space for the cars. Now with this new administrations politics, I might not have anything to work on to need the shop space for. The prediction for $5.00 a gallon is just to much for me. And premium is even higher. Time to cash in my chips and walk away from the table.
I lived through $4.69 a gallon in the Portland, OR metro right before the Great Recession really hit. And drove around in Canada on a couple of occasions, so I think I can handle $5 gas.

But the EIA thinks we won't have to worry for at least two years...

EIA forecasts gasoline prices to average $2.44/gal in 2021 and $2.46/gal in 2022
Gas got cheap last year because of severely reduced demand, but now demand is higher than supply, but that should settle down in a couple of months (worldwide).

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Originally Posted by datlas
BITD tandems had 36F40R. Likely overbuilt..
My inferior rear wheel had to be replaced during my 1999 cross country trip. We were in Bowling Green, OH, where we had a day off. A LBS replaced it with a rear wheel from a tandem. 48H. Our leader at the times joked that I now had a disc wheel.

I saw no bowling greens in Bowling Green. It was also one of the worst places we camped. Private campground down a berm from a busy highway. So many people who saw our group of bikes and tents would honk encouragement at us. I think I have a photo at home. Will try to post it.

But, interestingly, it was the place where some odd dude rode into camp during our rest day. He was from Horsham, PA and was trying to circumnavigate the country. I had lost my voice for some reason. Could only says a few sentences in a row and then had to give it a rest. Dude swore that me new me. Kept asking me if I had done this ride or that ride. He was really starting to piss me off. Then he asks "Did you ever do that ride to New York?" and it all came back in a flood. The previous year we had both done the ride. We were on the same ferry from Hoboken to Manhattan. That evening he was part of a group of about 6 who had dinner together by the Brooklyn Bridge. Small world.
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The Cannondale project is stalled, waiting for the BB. It left Florida on the 20th. USPS claims it's still in transit to the next destination, but I'm growing suspicious. I'm also still waiting on the 8speed righthand shifter lever (my old one's 7 speed) from Italy, which supposedly reached customs/USPS on the 16th and hasn't been heard from since.

Meanwhile, I'm accumulating all the bits. I ran into an issue with tires. I'd planned to use a pair of 23mm Conti Grand Prix's from maybe 10 years ago that seemed in pretty good shape - barely used since I started running 25s on everything. I went to swap them on to the rims I want to use, and damned if one of them didn't have a casing cut. I thought maybe it would be okay, but probing from the inside, it was clearly a weak spot. So, since I no longer have a matched set of tires I just went ahead and ordered a pair of 25mm tires, foregoing the "Vintage Look" of 23s on an already fairly harsh-riding bike.

I'm so impatient for the BB, I'm on the verge of ordering another one from a different seller, but given my luck as soon as it's shipped the first one will come in.

Hmmmm. Maybe there's something to that, leveraging my bad luck to get what I want.....
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Pffft - think of the tan lines.
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Originally Posted by ls01
I still have my Firebird.

For now anyways. Its going on the dyno March 26th. For tunning and hp #s, it s not quite as finished as the Camaro. But we'll see How it shakes out.
Dude. Mopar, or no car.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I prefer to think of it as sophomoric and silly.
Thou shat not dis the Milkmen. R.I.P. Dave Blood. And the song is meant to mock a certain demographic.

I saw them at frat (DU) across the street from my college house on 39th & Spruce before they became famous. Also saw Electric Love Muffin, the Del Fuegos and some local DJ named Jazzy Jeff, before he became famous, there. Those were the days.
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I've been around a lot of fast cars.
Me too. Every Sunday, when it's sunny, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc. come out to play in Woodside and Portola Valley. Last weekend, I was passed by a really loud Ford GT. But the closest I get to them is maybe 6' as they pass by.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Me too. Every Sunday, when it's sunny, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc. come out to play in Woodside and Portola Valley. Last weekend, I was passed by a really loud Ford GT. But the closest I get to them is maybe 6' as they pass by.
Yeah, the Potomac, MD dads like to roar around on the back roads too. They do tend to give cyclists room, but at those speeds, it doesn't seem like a lot.
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Wife and I are volunteering at a vaccination clinic on Sunday in a rural county nearby. Just found out that if there are leftover doses we will get one. If not, were still eligible to sign up for an appointment.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Me too. Every Sunday, when it's sunny, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc. come out to play in Woodside and Portola Valley. Last weekend, I was passed by a really loud Ford GT. But the closest I get to them is maybe 6' as they pass by.
The guy that owned the R8 in the video that I posted has owned a lot of very exotic cars. His hobby is drag racing in sanctioned events, so he is big into cars. Every time I go to his shop, he has a garage full of Lambos, muscle cars, hot rods, etc. He had a Ferrari LaFerrari with less than 100 miles that he bought to flip and a Ford GT that he bought to flip as well. He wouldn't even let me sit in them, much less drive them, so there would not be any wear on the seats.

I did have some time shooting the R8 GT one day:


I used to really get into motorsports photography, but not so much anymore:


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Originally Posted by genejockey
Me too. Every Sunday, when it's sunny, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, etc. come out to play in Woodside and Portola Valley. Last weekend, I was passed by a really loud Ford GT. But the closest I get to them is maybe 6' as they pass by.
I got passed by a Lamborghini club a couple of Sundays ago, just after I had turned onto US 93 proper, north of Las Vegas. I should've tried to keep up with them in the base model Jetta
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Yeah, the Potomac, MD dads like to roar around on the back roads too. They do tend to give cyclists room, but at those speeds, it doesn't seem like a lot.
There's not really much room for them to play on those roads, so they tend to do a lot of not shifting out of first or second, so they make more noise.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I got passed by a Lamborghini club a couple of Sundays ago, just after I had turned onto US 93 proper, north of Las Vegas. I should've tried to keep up with them in the base model Jetta
Hey, Lambos and Jettas are both VW/Porsche/Audi products now, right? They're like cousins!
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Hey, Lambos and Jettas are both VW/Porsche/Audi products now, right? They're like cousins!
So is Bentley and Bugatti. Even in a Jetta, you're running with the big dawgs.
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That's the one I have not seen in the flesh - a Bugatti. I'm certain there must be some around here.

Ferraris, Lambos, Maseratis are pretty common hereabouts, so I tend to get more of a kick out of seeing things like the Citroen 2CV I saw a couple weeks back. There's somebody with a Mini Cooper - the original version, the really small kind, with fog lights and all - that parks where the cyclists all park, I've seen that car a bit, so I suspect it's another cyclist. I can't imagine how you put a bike in one, but then, they're like the Tardis on Dr. Who - bigger on the inside.
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