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Old 02-11-23, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I had a brake job done locally a short time ago. Two of the lugnuts proceeded to fall off at 50 mph, with my wife driving. She parked it and we went over the next day and retrieved it, by removing a lug nut from one of the back wheels and moving it to the front, and then later buying two new ones from Honda. Fast forward a few weeks and the same tire is flat, sitting in the garage. I put the donut on and had trouble threading on those two nuts, and ultimately stripped them, as I found out at the tire shop. Took it back to the same shop(I really couldn't go anywhere else) and asked for four new lug bolts and nuts. I got three new ones and a used one, and the used one won't accept the lug nut---what a surprise(tire shop again). And the new lug nuts are 7/8" while the rest are 3/4". I finally had a chat with the owner this morning. I asked him to please don't cut corners; I will happily pay more for a job done right. The locals don't want it done right; only cheaply. That's the basis he's working from, and I told him I understand that. I told him I really prefer to do business in the town I live in, and will happily pay more for the privilege of not having to drive to the city for service. I asked him if he could give me Merida quality service if I was willing to pay for it. Vamos a ver. I withheld payment for this ultimate debacle. I really hope it can work out.

We had a similar issue with our Acura dealer locally. Had a brake job done, the didn’t tighten the jugs to spec and one came off, breaking the post. There were tons of communication issues as well with some corrosion / calcification coming from the door handle. We ended up sitting down with the owner of the dealership one day for over 90 minutes telling him about all of the issues. We want to buy another MDX soon, so my wife wanted them to get it together.

End result is only the master tech that’s been there 30 years works in our car and only the service manager acts as our service writer.
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Originally Posted by big john
I remember he made some unusual bikes bitd. I think he mixed ti and cf before about anyone else did. Those frames were elegant.
I don't know which company produced one first, but Merlin's Cielo is the winner, an absolutely gorgeous bike . . .



. . . and with the engraving it's just stunning.

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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
I'm suddenly wondering if I'd like a velomobile. Expensive for a thing to try, though.
I almost bought a Quest in 2016 but my wife talked me out of it.

Actually threatened me with bodily harm if I bought it.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I would love to try one. I expect they climb at a snail’s pace though.
I got passed in a 100 mile TT by one and I swear that it ripped paint off of my bike when it roared by.
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Originally Posted by datlas
So I have an increasingly annoying "click" coming from my crank/BB area. One or two clicks with each revolution of crankset. It used to only happen towards the end of a ride, but now it is happening even at the beginning. My friends are noticing and are not amused. I am well aware of the myriad possible causes and how tough it can be to isolate the cause.

I have already verified BB seems tight, as are crank fixing bolts and chainring bolts. I suspect it may be from one of the pedals. I cannot isolate it (of course) but the pedals are quite old and I have a new set I bought when I got the new groupset but was too lazy to break out when I did the build.

I went ahead and put the new pedals on this evening and fingers crossed that will solve the problem. If not, I may need to seek professional help.
I suggest you unscrew the BB and put about five windings of PTFE plumbers tape on the threads of both sides. I had to do this on my Ti bike for a similar problem after changing BBs. Takes 15 min skin to skin.
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Old 02-11-23, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas
I would love to try one. I expect they climb at a snail’s pace though.
Indeed. Massive workout. Which is not an issue for me.
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Old 02-11-23, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I don't know which company produced one first, but Merlin's Cielo is the winner, an absolutely gorgeous bike . . .



. . . and with the engraving it's just stunning.

That is staggering.
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Originally Posted by datlas
So I have an increasingly annoying "click" coming from my crank/BB area. One or two clicks with each revolution of crankset. It used to only happen towards the end of a ride, but now it is happening even at the beginning. My friends are noticing and are not amused. I am well aware of the myriad possible causes and how tough it can be to isolate the cause.

I have already verified BB seems tight, as are crank fixing bolts and chainring bolts. I suspect it may be from one of the pedals. I cannot isolate it (of course) but the pedals are quite old and I have a new set I bought when I got the new groupset but was too lazy to break out when I did the build.

I went ahead and put the new pedals on this evening and fingers crossed that will solve the problem. If not, I may need to seek professional help.
I replaced an entire press fit bottom bracket with a thread-together one to get rid of a click, and it turned out to be the seatpost. A little carbon assembly goo, and torqued to spec, and no click. Embarrassing, but I wanted a better BB anyhow.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Apparently. It would be easier if they simply told us what we can and cannot say.
But if they did, the filter would prevent you from seeing the words you're not allowed to see.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Cold? I find I lose 1-1.5 mph when it’s cold out with or without wind.

Tires are stiffer, air is heavier
That explains my 7 mile ride at 10 mph today. Yep, explains it fo sho.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
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Went out there and got talked into 77 miles with a group of 9 riders. 5 routes on the schedule and we had to do something else. Funny, even the guy who controls the schedule came with us.

It was in the 40s and 50s all day but no rain and not too much wind. I felt ok on the ride but in the car on the way home I started feeling weird and had trouble concentrating. When I got home Mrs suggested maybe low blood sugar. Some quick cookies and I started feeling better. Never felt quite like that before.

My friend told me his wife will be getting whatever bike she wants and she was in a better mood today.
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I'm making Chili tomorrow with soy crumbles in honor of Dr. Doug. The last of the mighty Doug's.

I also have a lump on my wrist on the outer side. It might be a ganglion cyst but I'm no Doctor.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I'm making Chili tomorrow with soy crumbles in honor of Dr. Doug. The last of the mighty Doug's.

I also have a lump on my wrist on the outer side. It might be a ganglion cyst but I'm no Doctor.
I had what I think was a ganglion cyst on the top side of my wrist, right in the center. Someone told me people did "bible therapy" where they struck the cyst with a book to rupture it. I tried it with no luck. Eventually I hit it with a hammer, still no luck.

I think it was falling off my motorcycle that fixed it.
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Pic from yesterday’s Pagoda ride.


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Separately, I did something to my right ankle. Every time I step forward, there’s a pain on the top of my foot and the achilles/heel area. This cold/bug I have seems to be breaking, so I’m going to do a very simple 10-12mi no climbing Zwift session and see if that loosens things up.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Pic from yesterday’s Pagoda ride.


Larry David rides with you? Cool!
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I'm making Chili tomorrow with soy crumbles in honor of Dr. Doug. The last of the mighty Doug's.

I also have a lump on my wrist on the outer side. It might be a ganglion cyst but I'm no Doctor.
Hit it with a bible, my granny used to say or maybe it was my pappy. Make sure it's a heavy one.
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Originally Posted by big john
I had what I think was a ganglion cyst on the top side of my wrist, right in the center. Someone told me people did "bible therapy" where they struck the cyst with a book to rupture it. I tried it with no luck. Eventually I hit it with a hammer, still no luck.
Crap. Beat me to it.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Hit it with a bible, my granny used to say or maybe it was my pappy. Make sure it's a heavy one.
Are there lightweight bibles? Carbon fiber books of worship?
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Originally Posted by datlas
Pic from yesterday’s Pagoda ride.


where is the awesome Marigold jacket? I like the blue also. Pro tip: You could eat a sandwich once in a while.
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The City of Reading has a Pagoda (where you could do some reading)
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I wonder if Reading has a quality library and reading rooms?
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Crap. Beat me to it.
You people are violent.

I'm guessing the hitting tactic was an old wives tale. Along the lines of rubbing a potato on something then burying the potato in the back yard.

I'll just ignore it and hope it goes away.

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