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Old 02-27-23, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Low temp. on today's ride was 41F, in the middle of the "can't see where I'm going" downpour
That doesn’t sound enjoyable at all. Isn’t cycling supposed to be fun?
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Originally Posted by Eric F
That doesn’t sound enjoyable at all. Isn’t cycling supposed to be fun?
Testing the hypothesis that IRL always >> ITG.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
One year, I got snowed on by one of those sneaky clouds -- in April! Here's what that same spot looked like last Saturday (not my bike):
More West Coast craziness.

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People who can follow directions and have some mechanical aptitude.
Unclear if I fit in this class.
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here you go Velo Vol an 80's classic with a 1 minute 58 second intro. You are welcome.
Would never make it today.

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Texas has your state beat - it had the most rail crossing collisions in 2021.

Your state was not far behind though.
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Definitely, the trend line from inception to now is horrible. It's had a couple of good bounces, so just gotta get out quick before it resumes its slide.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Testing the hypothesis that IRL always >> ITG.
I don’t subscribe to that magazine.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
i will have to try a 60 or 61 at some point. i imagine with a lower and shorter stem the difference might be more about proportion of frame to seatpost/cockpit than the touch points.
It's more about the stack and reach than whatever size they name it, My Seven is custom (for someone else) and I measure it as a 65 but it has a shorter top tube than a 63 I had. I had a 64 which was shorter than a 62 I have.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
That doesn’t sound enjoyable at all. Isn’t cycling supposed to be fun?
Some people I know went to GMR yesterday.
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Originally Posted by big john
Some people I know went to GMR yesterday.
I have multiple friends who rode in the snow yesterday. In hindsight, I wish I had. Riding in the snow is cool. Riding when it’s blowing wind and dumping rain is miserable. Yes, I know. I’m soft AF.
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On tomorrow's docket: Cubbies and Brewers!!!

I think I'm gonna be able to hit all the Cactus Leagues ballparks this year.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
The one new road bike I ever bought, before I knew about fit and such, was a 56(fitted by the shop owner). I was never able to get comfortable on that bike, and soon moved on to 58, which I rode for years. Then my grail bike came up in a 61 and I bought it and made it fit. Now I ride 60 exclusively, except for that one. And that one remains my favorite bike to ride. 92 PDG Paramount. Tange Prestige tubing. Tubular tires add to the fun.
the upper end Tange Prestige PDG Paramount bikes / frames are sweet - especially the lugged versions

don’t have a road frame - but have three off road :

‘91 PDG 70 (TIG’d)
‘92 PDG 70 (silver brazed, lugged)
‘92 PDG 90 (silver brazed, lugged)

PDG 90 rebuild currently in process - purchased as a bare frame / fork around 20 years ago ... going slow - have two speeds : slow and slower

a number of my bike friends also have PDG Paramounts

just one has a Waterford Paramount

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Originally Posted by big john
It's more about the stack and reach than whatever size they name it, My Seven is custom (for someone else) and I measure it as a 65 but it has a shorter top tube than a 63 I had. I had a 64 which was shorter than a 62 I have.
which might be ideal for you ?
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I have multiple friends who rode in the snow yesterday. In hindsight, I wish I had. Riding in the snow is cool. Riding when it’s blowing wind and dumping rain is miserable. Yes, I know. I’m soft AF.




‘Garage Door Bob’ in the lower pic

more famous than Andy Hampsten in our area
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
On tomorrow's docket: Cubbies and Brewers!!!
Afternoon siesta?
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I missed it, sorry to hear.

I haven’t ridden in about 5 years, but I’m going to make a comeback this year given I won’t be playing softball this year. Soon as the weather warms up.
comeback sounds good

no more softball ?

I’m thinkin about thinkin about dusting off my cleats in the not-so-distant future

just picked up a glove with a nice pocket (13”) for softball this past weekend
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Originally Posted by t2p




‘Garage Door Bob’ in the lower pic

more famous than Andy Hampsten in our area
20 years ago, I was much tougher when conditions got adverse (by So Cal standards). Not hard AF like those guys, but moderately firm, at least. These days, tough as pudding.
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Originally Posted by t2p




comeback sounds good

no more softball ?

I’m thinkin about thinkin about dusting off my cleats in the not-so-distant future

just picked up a glove with a nice pocket (13”) for softball this past weekend
Akadema! You don’t see a lot of those out in the world - at least in my area. My daughter used an Akadema catchers mitt when she was 10, and my “dad glove” is one of their higher-end models. I’ve had it for 8 years, and it’s still in great condition.

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Originally Posted by t2p
which might be ideal for you ?
I like the top tube to be 59. A few mm either way on the seat tube doesn't matter so much. I like an uncut (300mm) steer tube with the stem close to the top, so head tube length only determines how many spacers are under the stem. I prefer 220 mm head tube or thereabout so as to not have too many spacers.
I like the quick handling of a shorter wheelbase and steep head angle but also want stability at speed.
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it snowed in New York.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I haven't bled their road brakes in a while, but I don't remember it being annoying.
Good to hear I was wrong. Now if I could only get over the brutalist pig-butt-ugliness of their derailleurs…
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Good to hear I was wrong. Now if I could only get over the brutalist pig-butt-ugliness of their derailleurs…


Whats ugly about them?
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Whats ugly about them?
They are bulky and angular.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
They are bulky and angular.

So angry.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
So angry.
Maybe he needs a misanthropectomy?
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
So angry.
Originally Posted by datlas
Maybe he needs a misanthropectomy?
Sure, sure. Attack the messenger.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Good to hear I was wrong. Now if I could only get over the brutalist pig-butt-ugliness of their derailleurs…
I'm not a fan of DoubleTap shifting.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
it snowed in New York.
Snowed over night here. Still snowing. Got to use the snow blower this morning -- first time in 2023.
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