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Old 02-21-23, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I was getting blown around so much DRIVING, I can't imagine taking a bike out in this.
i was out (intentionally) before it really got windy - but it was already too windy. luckily, i guess, iím not all that light?!? 😂

gusts up to 70mph on the ridge i was riding below.


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Originally Posted by big john
That sounds great! I know where that is but I haven't ridden off road there. Is that a camera mount on the front of you?
The ride started in San Fernando and began the climb up Little T before turning off onto Gold Creek Rd. There's a map of the route here... https://www.strava.com/activities/8589821387

Not a camera mount. That's the buckle for my hydration pack.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
How many miles on the pads? Organic I assume? Iím going to swap mine for some Swiss Stop pads in the spring- rumor has it to yell last longer and be less noisy

only 5000.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
One of the things I hate about being over 50 is the number of times you hear the conversation that goes "Hey, do you remember [insert name here]? He was about our age. He just dropped dead of [insert fatal, age-related disease here]"
She may have had a congenital heart condition I heard.

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only 5000.
Damn- that sucks- how much on the wet? That wears them out faster
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
only 5000.
i get around 3,000 on mine! grr
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
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Put new pads in, and noticed my head set indexís straight. He has the same bike as me, and his nor any other madone has done this. It has done that since forever. I though it was a madone thing.

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If the headset is indexing it can only be the bearing/bearing cups, ime. It's a known problem with some Trek mtb's according to things I've read.
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Originally Posted by big john
Here is the Descente jacket guy on the dirt. Nice guy, very mellow, but I haven't seen him in a while. He's a cook at a big Italian restaurant. A bunch of us went there and he brought out way too much food.
My brother, the chef, used to do that to me all the time. I mean, I ate it all but (officially) it was too much food.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
The ride started in San Fernando and began the climb up Little T before turning off onto Gold Creek Rd. There's a map of the route here... https://www.strava.com/activities/8589821387

Not a camera mount. That's the buckle for my hydration pack.
I think that's the ride I was looking at a while back but they postponed because of the rain.

I noticed you rode with a guy named Will Z. Is this him? (old pic)
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Originally Posted by mschwett
it is very windy here today. went for a 1.5hr ride from the office and had some very questionable moments with extremely gusty winds.

this guy is not going to be happy to come back to his car.





but i got a few segment PRs, heh. cheating.
Note to self: find a parking garage for the 'vette on windy days.

#2 Meteorological doping is the best!
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Originally Posted by big john
I think that's the ride I was looking at a while back but they postponed because of the rain.

I noticed you rode with a guy named Will Z. Is this him? (old pic)
The one that got postponed (end of Dec.) was a different route, but started and finished at the same place. This was my first time riding with the Gravel Bike California group. I would be happy to ride with them again. Lots of good folks.

That looks like Will Z. I've known him for a few years. Nice guy.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
She may have had a congenital heart condition I heard.



Damn- that sucks- how much on the wet? That wears them out faster

I donít ride the madone in the rain.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
only 5000.
That's acceptable to me for rim brake pads. I expect a rear rim to last around 10K miles.
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So working the weird random skipping or ghost shifting I cleaned the cassette deep, took the chain off boiled it in water. Itís a KMC 9 speed chain, when I put it back on with the reusable quick link, it took no effort to put the quick link back together.

Is it safe to ride?
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Originally Posted by big john
I think that's the ride I was looking at a while back but they postponed because of the rain.

I noticed you rode with a guy named Will Z. Is this him? (old pic)
Sweet Riv! talk about big tyres tho!
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Originally Posted by Eric F
The one that got postponed (end of Dec.) was a different route, but started and finished at the same place. This was my first time riding with the Gravel Bike California group. I would be happy to ride with them again. Lots of good folks.

That looks like Will Z. I've known him for a few years. Nice guy.
He's a great guy and I think he was born on a bike. I saw him win a race with 100 riders in the field at the Barry Wolf Grand Prix when there was a huge pile up in the last turn.
He used to ride with our club and sometimes his wife would come and they would ride their tandem. He got sick of some of the antics in the club and left us. I saw him on the road a few months ago and he said he had heart issues but he looked good.
I've done mtb rides where he does a trackstand on a boulder.
Here, he is doing a no-handed trackstand.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Sweet Riv! talk about big tyres tho!
My friend Pete. I think he sold that bike but he is always buying and selling bikes. He tried to go on a mtb ride on that thing with a group of us. Wrong tool for the job.
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Finally did some tinkering today after re-caulking a bathtub/shower enclosure.

Got the ol' 12-25 off the crabon hardtail and put on an 11-32, totally ready for hillclimbing now. It sure is black though. In the midst of said tinkering I come to find out my rear brake is dragging a bit, maybe I didn't need lower gears afterall...


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Originally Posted by big john
My friend Pete. I think he sold that bike but he is always buying and selling bikes. He tried to go on a mtb ride on that thing with a group of us. Wrong tool for the job.
Oh yeah, that would hurt on anything but the smoothest green trails
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Originally Posted by big john
He's a great guy and I think he was born on a bike. I saw him win a race with 100 riders in the field at the Barry Wolf Grand Prix when there was a huge pile up in the last turn.
He used to ride with our club and sometimes his wife would come and they would ride their tandem. He got sick of some of the antics in the club and left us. I saw him on the road a few months ago and he said he had heart issues but he looked good.
I've done mtb rides where he does a trackstand on a boulder.
Here, he is doing a no-handed trackstand.
Will had a mild heart attack in Nov '21 while commuting to work. He's okay now, and still rides a lot. Here he is, track standing again...
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Will had a mild heart attack in Nov '21 while commuting to work. He's okay now, and still rides a lot. Here he is, track standing again...
I'd like to see him one of these days. If you see him tell him Juan Grande says Hi.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
So working the weird random skipping or ghost shifting I cleaned the cassette deep, took the chain off boiled it in water. Itís a KMC 9 speed chain, when I put it back on with the reusable quick link, it took no effort to put the quick link back together.

Is it safe to ride?
If it clicked- itís fine imo
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
If it clicked- itís fine imo
I think I'd be OK riding it myself, unless it's been undone 10 times or so.

Now if you can pop it back open with your bare hands, it's only good for use if you never stand up to pedal on it
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I was getting blown around so much DRIVING, I can't imagine taking a bike out in this.
I was having a hard time waking into the grocery story yesterday but people were riding. Boggles my mind.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
If it clicked- itís fine imo

Didnt really click, and I can squeeze them apart. I had some other KMC quick links and they were the same. I remember when I put it together last time it was easy, but canít remember if it was this easy.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Didnt really click, and I can squeeze them apart. I had some other KMC quick links and they were the same. I remember when I put it together last time it was easy, but canít remember if it was this easy.
I wouldnít ride it
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