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Old 02-12-23, 05:10 PM
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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.
Funny that you're almost equidistant from Nashville, Atlanta, and Charlotte, and Cincy is barely further. You're like in the exact center of a bunch.

Of course I routinely drive past Mile High, but it's too old to be selected. And I'd never go anyway.
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Old 02-12-23, 05:27 PM
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Last week I was riding along Willowbrook, a nice little back road in Portola Valley, and I saw something that made me think, "Gandalf?"


Then I got closer, and I realized what it was...
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Originally Posted by datlas
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.
I believe crank arm torque on Ultegra is 10-12 lbs.
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Old 02-12-23, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
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.
When we went to STL recently, we got a Hyundai SUV that only had 800 miles it. New car smell beats old rental car smell every time.
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Anyone notice the leaderboard?

What about it?
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
When we went to STL recently, we got a Hyundai SUV that only had 800 miles it. New car smell beats old rental car smell every time.
I got a rental with about a metric century on it at PDX once. It was a mid 90s Taurus though.
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Went parking lot auto shopping with my kid today. Now I’m jonesing for a Bronco. The insanity never ends.
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With all the rain, and now a week of sun, the wildflowers are starting in NorCal. This week, I spotted a lot of Little Orange Bastards along Deer Creek in Portola Valley, as well as some poppies.

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Originally Posted by mschwett
is the addiction thread podium like … fight club?

We could tell you, but then we would have to kill you.
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Old 02-12-23, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
What about it?
I thought you had to work today.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I thought you had to work today.

I did, but my trip blew up today. Got to CLT around noon.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I believe crank arm torque on Ultegra is 10-12 lbs.
Shimano prints it on the crank arm. It's not too difficult to round those bolts. I've done it more than once down at the bike shop. We keep extras on hand.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
With all the rain, and now a week of sun, the wildflowers are starting in NorCal. This week, I spotted a lot of Little Orange Bastards along Deer Creek in Portola Valley, as well as some poppies.
Beats the pictures others have been posting of late.
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Funny that you're almost equidistant from Nashville, Atlanta, and Charlotte, and Cincy is barely further. You're like in the exact center of a bunch.
The center of the universe, basically. Oddly NW Metro ATL and Chittenango omitted from this list. DougRNS how far are you from the Brown Squirrel?

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Beats the pictures others have been posting of late.

The center of the universe, basically. Oddly NW Metro ATL and Chittenango omitted from this list. DougRNS how far are you from the Brown Squirrel?


You are only 380 miles away from me. I’m kind of offended you havnt made the drive.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Beats the pictures others have been posting of late.

it was a stunning day today, clear skies, wildflowers, cherry blossoms… but i failed to take any pictures until the ride was over.


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Originally Posted by genejockey
With all the rain, and now a week of sun, the wildflowers are starting in NorCal. This week, I spotted a lot of Little Orange Bastards along Deer Creek in Portola Valley, as well as some poppies.

We've a couple of yuge flower patches in the neighborhood, maybe I'll get pics at halftime if it's still light out.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Beats the pictures others have been posting of late.

The center of the universe, basically. Oddly NW Metro ATL and Chittenango omitted from this list. DougRNS how far are you from the Brown Squirrel?

That's fine.
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Nice pair of 914s!
Young guy I worked with had a 1974 914 that his dad bought new. I guess it still belonged to his dad at the time but it was to be his soon. The body was good and it ran but seemed like a huge cash dump to make it nice. I'm sure it would have been fun to have but I think he parked it when he got a 240Z and put a V8 in it.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Shimano prints it on the crank arm. It's not too difficult to round those bolts. I've done it more than once down at the bike shop. We keep extras on hand.
Any tips on best way to get rounded bolts out?

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
We've a couple of yuge flower patches in the neighborhood, maybe I'll get pics at halftime if it's still light out.
Wait, then I'd miss Rihanna.

Maybe tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Shimano prints it on the crank arm. It's not too difficult to round those bolts. I've done it more than once down at the bike shop. We keep extras on hand.
It's not printed on my Ultegra arms. I no doubt peeled off the sticker. It is printed on my 105 arms, and the limit is 14 lbs.

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Originally Posted by datlas
Any tips on best way to get rounded bolts out?

Asking for a friend.
Drill ‘em out if you are careful. Otherwise get a bolt extractor.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
That's fine.
How much snow do you have on the ground? There is a need for snow removal activity in nearby Kingston.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Any tips on best way to get rounded bolts out?

Asking for a friend.
Easy-out. Or, sometimes, a larger-sized hex wrench will work. Could also use a torx wrench, like this guy does.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How much snow do you have on the ground? There is a need for snow removal activity in nearby Kingston.
Almost none.
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