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Old 02-12-23, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
The ducks of Eugene, OR. This is the view from my hotel balcony. They like pretzels.



This is my 3rd trip to Eugene where I have rented a car at the airport. I always reserve a mid-size sedan. So far, so have gotten a mid-size sedan zero times. It’s to the point of being comedy. This trip’s round of “rental roulette” landed on…

Hah once they tried to give my wife a RWD charger during a snowstorm and called it an “upgrade.”

She ended up with a Volvo XC60
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Hah once they tried to give my wife a RWD charger during a snowstorm and called it an “upgrade.”

She ended up with a Volvo XC60
The Volvo is definitely the better choice. Last time, I got a Kia Soul. It was awful, but I needed something with 4 doors, and it was the only option they had.
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105 Di2 groupset for $1300 too good to be true?

https://www.lordgun.com/shimano-105-...xoC1LoQAvD_BwE

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Any experiences with Lord Gun?
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Freaking A it is hard to find a wired mouse. Had to Amazon it because Best Buy AND Target only have wireless garbage.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
The ducks of Eugene, OR. This is the view from my hotel balcony. They like pretzels.



This is my 3rd trip to Eugene where I have rented a car at the airport. I always reserve a mid-size sedan. So far, so have gotten a mid-size sedan zero times. It’s to the point of being comedy. This trip’s round of “rental roulette” landed on…

Thats kind of fun. I usually get a beat up Hyundai.
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Update on crank/BB creak. New pedals work great, feel secure, but did NOT solve the creak.

I verified it's not seatpost/saddle rails as it creaks while standing. It seems to always creak when left pedal is at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Pretty sure it's NOT cleat/shoe as I lubed/tightened this. Already verified it's not the chainring bolts which are nice and tight.

So I am concerned that it is either the crankarm fixing bolts or the BB/BB shell itself. Which is frustrating...

Time for true confessions from an idiot mechanic. The installation of my crank/BB was slightly messed up in two ways:

First, for the BB shell it turns out that the BB tool/adaptor I have from previous Shimano BB does not work because apparently Shimano keeps changing their BB size and/or spline pattern every few years, so I admit I tightened the shell with a (gasp) channel lock. I don't really want to ruin the BB so if I want to address the BB threads I have to get a new tool. I am willing to do so (and will likely go shopping online later today) but I can't really address that yet.

Second, when I installed the crank, the crankarm fixing bolts got rounded. I don't know if Shimano spec'd softer metal on there or if my Park Tool socket/5mm hex is crap, or both. I used the Park Tool 5mm hex along with the PT torque wrench to get it to spec (I think it's 20Nm but whatever) and as it was approaching spec the bolt head rounded. It happened on BOTH of them. So I believe they are secure and at spec, but NFW I can get them out.

I suppose I will have to try to extricate those bolts using a torx wrench or go to Home Depot to buy a bolt extractor.

Before I resort to the above, I did a hail-Mary maneuver and put some chain lube on the crank bolts and in between them on the NDS to see if that helps. But I am not optimistic.

So that's my sad idiot mechanic story. My mechanic is not quite as bad as Larry's, but he has his moments.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Thats kind of fun. I usually get a beat up Hyundai.
Every car I have rented at this airport has been a bit bruised. I made sure to do a walk-around and take pics of any dings/marks/scrapes before I get in it. Time-stamped evidence.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
105 Di2 groupset for $1300 too good to be true?

https://www.lordgun.com/shimano-105-...xoC1LoQAvD_BwE

Asking for a friend/wife.

Any experiences with Lord Gun?
No, but Shimano has/had clamped down on Euro dealers (like PBK and Ribble) shipping to the USA. This site looks like they are in Italy. Might be risk of customs/duties.
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Superbowl airspace report: all the fixed wings are towing advertising banners, helo is news.

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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Freaking A it is hard to find a wired mouse. Had to Amazon it because Best Buy AND Target only have wireless garbage.
That sucks! Luckily my local BB has plenty in stock should my MSI die. I got it about 5 years ago at the Fry's (RIP) that was practically next door to the BB.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
That sucks! Luckily my local BB has plenty in stock should my MSI die. I got it about 5 years ago at the Fry's (RIP) that was practically next door to the BB.
I have a very used one available for the right price.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Superbowl airspace report: all the fixed wings are towing advertising banners, helo is news.
Why don't you do a ride around there and report your findings?
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
105 Di2 groupset for $1300 too good to be true?

https://www.lordgun.com/shimano-105-...xoC1LoQAvD_BwE

Asking for a friend/wife.

Any experiences with Lord Gun?
got some misc shimano stuff from them, delivered to California. very satisfied. but not $$$ enough to be worried about customs, unlike a full group.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
We have more with a smaller population (MOTD).


we have 29 in 45 square miles for about 900,000 people. public libraries are a beautiful thing. our oldest is now allowed to go to the two nearest ones solo.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Why don't you do a ride around there and report your findings?
Feeling lazy today. I drove Minivan #2 over to get some wings earlier. Since that's the only goal I set for myself today, my work here is done.

Maybe tomorrow I'll ride over there for some bike pics in front of the Superbowl livery they plastered on the stadium...
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Even slept in 'til the Aircooled AZ event was practically over but at least they posted pics, almost as good as being there!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Feeling lazy today. I drove Minivan #2 over to get some wings earlier. Since that's the only goal I set for myself today, my work here is done.
You go out riding in the desert where there's nothing to see but when you have a rare event to explore you stay at home. SMH
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
You go out riding in the desert where there's nothing to see but when you have a rare event to explore you stay at home. SMH
Not a fan of massive crowds. Besides, Superbowls occur every year, not that rare
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Originally Posted by datlas
Anyone notice the leaderboard?
is the addiction thread podium like … fight club?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Not a fan of massive crowds. Besides, Superbowls occur every year, not that rare
Odds are I will never live within riding distance of a SuperBowl. Not that Neyland Stadium wouldn't be a fantastic venue.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
is the addiction thread podium like … fight club?
No. We can talk about it. Especially the KOM.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
The Volvo is definitely the better choice. Last time, I got a Kia Soul. It was awful, but I needed something with 4 doors, and it was the only option they had.
One time, Enterprise offered Mrs.GJ and me a Hyundai Santa Fe. Mrs.GJ has a thing about SUVs, so I asked if there was another option. He said, "Well there's a Dodge." I looked out the window - Charger R/T in B5 Blue. Guess which I took?

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Odds are I will never live within riding distance of a SuperBowl. Not that Neyland Stadium wouldn't be a fantastic venue.
It's only 333 miles from here to next year's superbowl, maybe I'll do a 4-day tour up to it...
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Originally Posted by datlas
No. We can talk about it. Especially the KOM.
I prefer to concentrate on the Rollerblade standings
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Even slept in 'til the Aircooled AZ event was practically over but at least they posted pics, almost as good as being there!
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