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Old 02-23-23, 08:05 AM
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Parents got me a Varia 515 for my yesterday. Very much looking forward to trying it out.

Walked downtown and had a glorious sushi dinner with my wife. If not for having to work it would have been a pretty perfect day
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motley looking crew ... whowouldathunkit
Is that Bill Gates lower left?
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Originally Posted by abshipp
TIL I'm taller than [MENTION=107711]datlas[/MENTION].

6'2" but 36" cycling inseam and reasonably long arms.

I like 57cm top tubes.
5'11, formerly 6'. No idea of my cycling inseam, but my pants inseam is 32". Most 24"/60cm bikes fit me very well. With an 80mm stem and a top tube no longer than 59.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
Hub obscured by the bars tends to work for me as well. To be honest my road bike fit probably isn't ideal for me - stack is too low for my flexibility and fitness. I've been kicking around the idea of getting a new bike that's a bit taller - maybe even going to a gravel or all-road frame. Only problem is I can't get over how cool I think my current bike is and I feel like I would really regret selling it.



It's a bit chunkier than I expected but doesn't look too bad on the bike. Might look around for a bit more svelte mounting system than the supplied o-ring mount.
I could fall in love with that orange bike. Is that the one you would sell?
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Originally Posted by big john
Methyl ethyl ketone? I worked with that stuff when I mad printed circuit boards. Nasty to breathe and is super cold as it leeches all the oils from your skin.
Also worked with Trichlorethylene in a vapor degreaser. Proven carcinogen and proven to cause brain damage but allowed to remain in use. The guys we called "scrubbers" would be stumbling around drunk on that stuff while they worked.
I think it was more generic. But MEK is one of the solvents that's in the lacquer used to finish wood arrows, and it's usually applied by dipping Then you hang the arrows to dry. All that MEK in the air, sometimes in a poorly ventilated basement....

EDIT: TCE is sold to watchmakers and hobbyists as "One Dip", a solvent for cleaning things like the balance spring.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Is that Bill Gates lower left?
Yes.
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I started using computers in college, on a teletype terminal on the college's IBM 360. At Genentech, I worked on a CRT terminal on the VAX mainframe, using UNIX. That lasted through the 80s, till we went to Macs for most stuff but still did sequence analysis on the VAX, using termina emulation. Genentech had a lot of proprietary sequence analysis software written in UNIX by one very talented guy. After I left Genentech, it was all Macs till sometime around 2003, when the company I worked for switched the whole company to PC. I got used to it. Haven't used a Mac since.

Crazy thing is, and I've probably mentioned this before, but I started my career doing sequence analysis using command line, then went through about 20 years of GUI on Macs and then PCs. But here I am, 40 years later, doing sequence analysis using command line. Of course, now, instead of a couple hundred bases, I'm looking at the transcriptomes of hundreds of thousands of cells all at the same time.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I think it was more generic. But MEK is one of the solvents that's in the lacquer used to finish wood arrows, and it's usually applied by dipping Then you hang the arrows to dry. All that MEK in the air, sometimes in a poorly ventilated basement....

EDIT: TCE is sold to watchmakers and hobbyists as "One Dip", a solvent for cleaning things like the balance spring.
When the idiot manager drove away the tech who did all the fuel pumps it fell to me. We didn't have a safe way to drain and refill fuel tanks. I had to siphon the fuel into a drum and put it back in with a cut out coolant bottle, one scoop at a time. This led to some pretty bad headaches and feeling sick for the rest of the day.

When idiot manager got fired (halleluiah) his replacement (also an idiot, but at least not as arrogant) bought me a gas caddy with a crank operated hand pump. It was the best thing any manager ever did for me there but he was just trying to cover his ass for OSHA/fire dep't.
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Originally Posted by abshipp

It's a bit chunkier than I expected but doesn't look too bad on the bike. Might look around for a bit more svelte mounting system than the supplied o-ring mount.
i made (3d modeled / printed / painted) this one for my varia.



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Originally Posted by big john
When the idiot manager drove away the tech who did all the fuel pumps it fell to me. We didn't have a safe way to drain and refill fuel tanks. I had to siphon the fuel into a drum and put it back in with a cut out coolant bottle, one scoop at a time. This led to some pretty bad headaches and feeling sick for the rest of the day.

When idiot manager got fired (halleluiah) his replacement (also an idiot, but at least not as arrogant) bought me a gas caddy with a crank operated hand pump. It was the best thing any manager ever did for me there but he was just trying to cover his ass for OSHA/fire dep't.
One summer I was working in the warehouse of the fruit processing plant where Dad got me jobs every summer through college. One day, they gathered all the guys in the warehouse and sent us to the truck garage for an afternoon. I forget what we were doing, but OF COURSE our hands got all covered in black greasy gunk. One of the guys who worked there regularly showed us how he cleaned his hands - dip them in lacquer thinner - "till it starts to sting", then wipe off the grease, then wash with soap and water. I'm curious what happened to his liver.
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bought a brand new KMC quick link yesterday. Before I could even put the tool on it to snap it shut, the links went together. I can squeeze this apart ad well. Must be a kmc thing. Will not be buying another KMC 9 spd chain.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
One summer I was working in the warehouse of the fruit processing plant where Dad got me jobs every summer through college. One day, they gathered all the guys in the warehouse and sent us to the truck garage for an afternoon. I forget what we were doing, but OF COURSE our hands got all covered in black greasy gunk. One of the guys who worked there regularly showed us how he cleaned his hands - dip them in lacquer thinner - "till it starts to sting", then wipe off the grease, then wash with soap and water. I'm curious what happened to his liver.
Gasoline is a good hand wash. Did that a few times in my youth.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I could fall in love with that orange bike. Is that the one you would sell?
Probably, since I'm still pretty committed to the idea of my 3 active bikes consisting of a modern MTB, modern drop bar, and vintage lugged frame set up fixed wheel.

The new VO frame that's supposed to come out this summer sure looks fun.




All the parts from the Holdsworth would work perfectly on one of those aside from the brake calipers, so it would pretty much cost just the price of the frameset.

But if I went to something more mixed surface capable I'd probably want to go with disc brakes, which would mean a new wheelset and brakes and would increase the cost to a prohibitive amount.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Gasoline is a good hand wash. Did that a few times in my youth.
Seen guys use Brakleen to wash their hands. It's acetone.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
i made (3d modeled / printed / painted) this one for my varia.



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Enve just released the MOG, just in time for abshipp to buy a gravel bike.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
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thanks. i like that it’s pretty much invisible when the varia isn’t on there. don’t love the little barnacles on the seatpost.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
i made (3d modeled / printed / painted) this one for my varia.



Can you do that for the camera varia, and have it fit in my madone?
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Can you do that for the camera varia, and have it fit in my madone?
i read that the camera one has a different mount due to the higher weight. haven’t seen one in person, but both it and the madone are pretty popular so i bet there’s something out there - WheresWaldo makes a lot of fantastic 3d printed bike mounts.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Gasoline is a good hand wash. Did that a few times in my youth.
"Effective" =/= "good". Carbon tetrachloride is an effective dry cleaning fluid.
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Originally Posted by big john
Seen guys use Brakleen to wash their hands. It's acetone.
I've used acetone as well on my boats. Rarely wore gloves when using it.

Acetone is what's in fingernail polish remover as well.

I also used mineral spirits to degrease the parts of my boat winches. Problem was that the gloves would dissolve in it, so I always ended up cleaning the parts bare-handed.

Liver's fine.
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Enve just released the MOG, just in time for abshipp to buy a gravel bike.
Looks good and it's light. It's also $5500 for the frameset.
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