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Old 02-14-23, 04:01 PM
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I loved Arizona when we were there last Fall. The desert has its own beauty to admire.
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They predicted 50mph winds here today but it hasn't happened yet. I was too tired to do a bunch of climbing on the road today with the Tuesday group so I skipped it.
Instead I went to the dam area and rode around in the dirt for 3 hours.
I used to ride across this stream but now it's too deep to do without getting my feet soaked. Now I take the long way around.

Clouds were coming and going but there was no rain.

They're working on the spillway for some reason. The water has receded in places so I can get through again but some roads and trails are still under water.

Heading to the north end to ride the dam to the other end.

At the south end there is a little hill overlooking the road. It's a long drop to the pavement.

Some trails are visible from up there.
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I went back around to the front of the dam on my way out.

The "lake" is a lot bigger than before the rains.

I snuck up on this egret and he headed toward the water when he saw me.

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Old 02-14-23, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Sad if that's what you yearn for.
What can I say, I love a big sky.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
we also saw some tulip tops on our walk.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I forgot about the coasts in Wyoming.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
What can I say, I love a big sky.
Blue skys, too.

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Living among trees is like living in a hole in the ground. It's OK for a little while, but then you start to yearn for a view of something approximating a horizon.
I got that feeling riding through the Ozarks. Everything looks the same all day every day. You don't get any perspective of where you are because you only see trees. Someplace along the way there was a tower of some kind and we wanted to climb the tower to get a view of the area.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Pulling for her!

Hope you've brought a good book or two.
Last time they'd started by now, relatively. She's just lying there waiting. Going to be a long night.
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My friend recently had a detached 2 car garage installed on his property and he set it up as a bike “clubhouse” I have not been there yet but looks like a nice setup.




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My friend recently had a detached 2 car garage installed on his property and he set it up as a bike “clubhouse” I have not been there yet but looks like a nice setup.
When I was looking at houses more actively I liked the notion of the basement rec room set up to look like a bar/ theater/ game room. Then I realized I'm way, way too antisocial for that to make any sense.
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Procedure just (finally) started.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How much of a sunscreen wearer are you? Is there an offseason, when you don't bother with it?
I rarely bother with sunscreen
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
No offense to Indy, but Pittsburg is much nicer than Philly.
Pittsburgh
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Not a water fan, eh?


It's plentiful in the great state of Georgia. Come on down.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I rarely bother with sunscreen
I use it most of the time these days. I didn't when I was younger and I wish I had. Some of my skin is starting to look like a BBQ potato chip. I'm getting those splotches and leathery areas. And my nose peels if I don't use sunscreen. I carry it on the bike.
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I sometimes carry zinc oxide on the bike, but mostly I'm not out much longer than an hour and a half and I wear a helmet with a visor. My arms are the body part that gets it most. The beak* if I'm out for a long day.

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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
I loved Arizona when we were there last Fall. The desert has its own beauty to admire.
How was the iced tea?
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My Anglo-Celtic phosphorescent white skin starts to bubble and smoke after a few minutes in California summer mid-day sun, so I apply sunscreen even in January. I don't have to cover as much area then, of course. Just face, ears, and neck. But in the Summer, if I'm going to be out between 9 AM and 5 PM, it's #50 for me on every bit of exposed skin.
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Originally Posted by datlas
How was the iced tea?
Never was a fan of iced tea, Arizona or otherwise.
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Well, she's out. Still 90-120 minutes of waiting. Long night.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Never was a fan of iced tea, Arizona or otherwise.
I love ice tea on a hot day, but not that sweet **** they drink in the South. Yuck.
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Now, I really need some help from you guys, so listen up!

My titanium commuting etc. bike came with a ******, ugly, crank and paired BSA standard BB, which I switched 3 or 4 years ago to a 6800 crank from another bike and a new matching BB. Within a year, the thing was groaning under load and could be temporarily quieted with PTFE tape on the threads. Initially the tape would work for a few months, but ultimately it only lasted a couple of weeks. So, I bought a new 9100 BB and all was good for a few months, until this week when that one began to crackle.

Back when this started, I emailed the builder who said they use PTFE tape too and if that’s not working to take it to a bike shop. I wonder what a shop is doing to do, face the shell? Any other ideas? A better thread treatment? Tape it up again and sell it?

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
A local group posted this and said that the ride may be canceled due to wind. They'd never make it in Wyoming, or Nevada, or...

Those wind speeds don't even merit comment around here.
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Obv Big Bicycle is making innovations faster than their manufacturing can keep up with. If there was time to do some r & d before slapping it on a bike.....
But no. Innovation is money! And money is God! Function be damned
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