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Road Cycling ďIt 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.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 11-14-22, 01:23 PM
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As I was riding yesterday, I couldn't help but notice, along the roadside, that the first rains of Autumn had yielded the first green shoots of ...(checks notes)...Winter.

Yep, Californy is a strange place.
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The last name of the relatively new hire in Finance is Schmutz.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
So that would mean that 105 is the new Ultegra, which makes Ultegra the new Dura Ace. So, what's Dura Ace now?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
The last name of the relatively new hire in Finance is Schmutz.
Did I ever tell you the story of the parents who, obviously non-native speakers, named their kid "Shi-theed" but spelled it ****head?? Poor kid.
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Seriously. I don't think I've spent on an entire bike what a DA groupset goes for these days. Not even if you inflation-adjust what I paid for the Ritchey in 1997!
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Seriously. I don't think I've spent on an entire bike what a DA groupset goes for these days. Not even if you inflation-adjust what I paid for the Ritchey in 1997!
Yup. The last bike I got with Dura-Ace was my 1987 Alpine custom steel with full 7400 groupset.

The rest is mostly Ultegra and some 105 mixed in. And at this point if I had to get a new groupset I would likely get Tiagra. Not joking.
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Did I ever tell you the story of the parents who, obviously non-native speakers, named their kid "Shi-theed" but spelled it ****head?? Poor kid.
You know that's an urban legend that comes from hospitals. Someone has a friend who is a nurse who worked at a hospital when a woman tried to name her baby that. I have heard it from someone at least once.

Then there was the whole Jerry Penacoli gerbil thing. I met a couple of people who said they had friends who worked at the hospital where it all went down.
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70's I think. I was friends with the local dealer so I usually got some good prices. My first motocross bike was a Maico 400. Great powerband and handling. But seriously had to almost rebuild it after every race. The kickstarter gear behind the clutch would fail many times. It was a bear to start when it did work. The shop owner ordered the brand new Yamaha YZ 360's when they first came out. They only came in a crate of two, so he sold me one for dealer price, $1600. (the first model without the monoshock). It had SO much power it was almost uncontrollable, and weighed 210 pounds.
My mountain bike is bigger and has more suspension than those early MX bikes. My Maico had 13.2 rear and a 12.2 fork. I think it was around 240 pounds and the power was ridiculous. It would wheelie in 3rd gear. Looked like this.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
You know that's an urban legend that comes from hospitals. Someone has a friend who is a nurse who worked at a hospital when a woman tried to name her baby that. I have heard it from someone at least once.

Then there was the whole Jerry Penacoli gerbil thing. I met a couple of people who said they had friends who worked at the hospital where it all went down.
When we were young, my sister had a book about a family who had Labrador Retrievers. There was a litter, and one of the puppies looked out of proportion - his head was too big. So they named him "Meathead". My sister didn't read it as "Meat Head". She thought it was either "ME-ah-thede" or "me-ATH-e-Ad".

So we sometimes call HER ME-ah-thede, to this day.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
You know that's an urban legend that comes from hospitals. Someone has a friend who is a nurse who worked at a hospital when a woman tried to name her baby that. I have heard it from someone at least once.

Then there was the whole Jerry Penacoli gerbil thing. I met a couple of people who said they had friends who worked at the hospital where it all went down.
Pretty sure the whole gerbil thing is an urban legend. I think Snopes and/or The Straight Dope did an exhaustive investigation and came up with zip.
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My one and only new road bike purchase was a Schwinn Passage, back in 95 or 96. $800, with extras. It was second from the bottom, and had brifters instead of downtube shifters. My one and only brifter bike. My one and only clipless pedal bike. It had spd. My one and only aluminum bike.
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Old 11-14-22, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey
When we were young, my sister had a book about a family who had Labrador Retrievers. There was a litter, and one of the puppies looked out of proportion - his head was too big. So they named him "Meathead". My sister didn't read it as "Meat Head". She thought it was either "ME-ah-thede" or "me-ATH-e-Ad".

So we sometimes call HER ME-ah-thede, to this day.
I frequently refer to my kids as ****heed 1 and ****heed 2. They donít know about the urban legend, but know what it means
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Drinking while golfing made things worse for me. I was probably expecting far too much from myself. For my mental health, I'm better off not playing the game.
Iím going to caveat this with I know itís really bad, but when I was playing competitively (local am tournaments - not like weekend scrambles) Iíd generally pop a benzo before teeing off and chase it with a beer. Much calmer nerves and lower scores
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Iím going to caveat this with I know itís really bad, but when I was playing competitively (local am tournaments - not like weekend scrambles) Iíd generally pop a benzo before teeing off and chase it with a beer. Much calmer nerves and lower scores
I'm not one to judge. I haven't exactly lived a clean life.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Yup. The last bike I got with Dura-Ace was my 1987 Alpine custom steel with full 7400 groupset.

The rest is mostly Ultegra and some 105 mixed in. And at this point if I had to get a new groupset I would likely get Tiagra. Not joking.
I've never had Dura-Ace but I bought the Gunnar new in 2006 with full Ultegra, Open Pro rims, and a CF Kestrel fork. About $2000 with the shop giving me a deal and they even assembled it. I think the frame was $700. In 2001 when I bought the CAAD5 it was a little cheaper similarly equipped. That frame was $600 with the fork.
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He doesn't like when my lady friend comes for the weekend, despite the fact that she is a cat person and tries to treat him nicely. He pretty much hangs out in bedroom pouting during the day and gives her the stink eye if she comes in.
We had a cat one time that hated my wife and would poop in her shoes and also on her side of the bed. Vet says it's not an uncommon thing for a cat to exhibit such behavior. We had 4-5 cats over the years and this is the only one that one of our cats that din't adore my wife.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Cold I can handle, vicious walls of head wind I can handle, numb feet I can handle. What I canít handle, the water fall of snot cascading over my thermal face mask and some how getting through the mask back into my mouth. That I canít handle.


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Move to Fargo. Your snot will be frozen to your face mask...
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Originally Posted by datlas
Yup. The last bike I got with Dura-Ace was my 1987 Alpine custom steel with full 7400 groupset.

The rest is mostly Ultegra and some 105 mixed in. And at this point if I had to get a new groupset I would likely get Tiagra. Not joking.
I've only owned one DurAce bike and believe it or not, it was a 17.5# all carbon recumbent low racer.

Had several Ultegra machines and several Campagnolo Record bikes but no 105 stuff.
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Pretty sure the whole gerbil thing is an urban legend. I think Snopes and/or The Straight Dope did an exhaustive investigation and came up with zip.
Which makes the whole ďMy friendís sister was working at the hospital that night.Ē thing really odd.
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Donít forget to watch the professional football contest tonight.
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I have never tried it. Zero interest.
None here either.
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Golf is great. I’ve played since I was a kid and always will. Having a family has made it much harder to carve out 5 hours (including travel) so I play much less than I want to.
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Move to Fargo. Your snot will be frozen to your face mask...
Hard pass. No thanks. Maybe a visit next summer, if there is ever a time that the weather is nice and not buggy.
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The closest I got to golf was when my father in law took me to a driving range and scolded me for holding the club like a baseball bat. The only time I've held a club (besides miniature gold as a kid). Also, went to Montana for my brother in law's wedding in the Summer. In the evening, soon after the cake was outside, it was totally black, covered in bugs. I'll pass, also.
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I am trying to get my spouse to understand that at this stage of our lives, it makes sense to get RID of stuff rather than get MORE stuff.
Preach brother! I can attest to that.

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