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Old 02-28-23, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by mschwett
today would have been my dad’s 84th. wearing his late 70s HP-01 calculator watch today. hits different than an apple watch 🙃



As with the Apple Watch, seems really small to try to use instead of the phone (calculator) in your pocket...
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Okay, experts. The bleed bolts on all 4 of my brake reservoirs are over tightened or frozen and I’m certain I’m going to round off the hex sockets if I honk on them. Heat? Penetrating oil? Mystic incantations?
I'm picturing bleeder screws on cars from 45 years ago. If they are similar, put a vice grip on it and whack it with a hammer. If otherwise, I can't help you
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Originally Posted by Eric F
False.
I'm fine with an icky weather ride as long as I don't get sick. I'll clean the road bike after these storms get done with us. Went out today with just one friend for only about 30 miles in Santa Clarita. No rain but it was in the 40s and breezy and when the clouds blocked the sun it was a different world.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I'm picturing bleeder screws on cars from 45 years ago. If they are similar, put a vice grip on it and whack it with a hammer. If otherwise, I can't help you
The screw heads are about 2mm high, but I may still try to get a small clamping pliers on them if all else fails and once I have replacements in hand
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Originally Posted by big john
If they aren't stripped or damaged yet they should be fine if you use a quality wrench and apply pressure to the wrench holding it square while torquing it. A 1/4 drive tool on a ratchet might help.
This with a long breaker bar will do the same thing as slipping a pipe over the hex tool arm.
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Old 02-28-23, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I'm picturing bleeder screws on cars from 45 years ago. If they are similar, put a vice grip on it and whack it with a hammer. If otherwise, I can't help you

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Originally Posted by rjones28
I will say, however, that I wouldn't mind ditching the pull-starter for push button.
of course that could introduce a new challenge

gotta keep the battery charged - or frequent battery replacements could be required

for equipment that sits idle for long periods and / or is not stored in an easily accessible area - that can be a PITA
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Originally Posted by mschwett
it was raining too much to ride to work this AM, so i'm looking out the office windows at rapidly drying roads and open skies feeling very sad.

but it's supposed to be sunny and dry wed-fri.
And then raining Sat and Sun again.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I'm not a fan of DoubleTap shifting.

first time I rode my SRAM equip bike - I shifted down thru the cogs - and then realized I did not know how to shift back up onto the bigger cogs

wth - no second lever

finally got it

after just a few rides not sure what I think about it

but I do like the positive feel / shifts
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
The screw heads are about 2mm high, but I may still try to get a small clamping pliers on them if all else fails and once I have replacements in hand
6 inch variety.
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Old 02-28-23, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by big john
I understand about not summiting bugging you.

Most of my riding in snow was on the mountain bike or motorcycle.
back in the 90’s was caught in a freak 6 inch snow on Halloween day

group of four - 30 mile road ride

two opted to get a ride home from the half-way point

two num-nums (that includes me) rode back in the snow ... 23mm tires on roads covered with wet / soft snow

my friend went down once - somehow I kept it upright the entire ride back
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Originally Posted by big john
6 inch variety.
Pointy end variety would fit the bill.



Breaker bar with hex wrench.

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Old 02-28-23, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
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.
heard of them - but first Akadema glove I’ve seen in person

got it at a flea market

I’m more / primarily a Wilson A2000 / A2K type - also have some others (including Rawlings HOH and Louisville Slugger) - but the quality of this glove looks good and is a worthy addition to my glove ‘accumulation’ (I ‘accumulate’ more than ‘collect’)
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Speaking of snow, the Central Sierra Snow Lab says they are at 194% of average snowfall to-date.

Well above the 95th percentile:

But they continue to remind us all that we're in the middle of a multi-year super drought. The party poopers.
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After being gone all day and finally reading all posts since 7:55 AM, I have to say, "I got nothing."

Y'all sure do have a lot of weird problems.

Sunshine, light winds and 50º on February 28 in the winter that never was. Give me 27 miles.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Speaking of snow, the Central Sierra Snow Lab says they are at 194% of average snowfall to-date.

Well above the 95th percentile:

But they continue to remind us all that we're in the middle of a multi-year super drought. The party poopers.
I'm gonna take long, hot showers after cold, wet rides regardless.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I'm picturing bleeder screws on cars from 45 years ago. If they are similar, put a vice grip on it and whack it with a hammer. If otherwise, I can't help you
cars from years ago

just about anytime I tried to crack open the bleeder on a caliper (or wheel cylinder ?) the darn thing broke
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Pointy end variety would fit the bill.

Breaker bar with hex wrench.
The needle nose Vice Grips have their place but I've had better luck with the standard jaw getting a bite on a small bolt. I also kept a 6 inch pipe wrench in my work box.

The gigantic breaker bar reminds me of when I was an automotive teacher and had a special education class. One of the students didn't want to participate in what we were doing and he wanted to wrench on a Chevy engine we had on a stand. Fine.

He got the biggest breaker bar he could find and went after the 1/4 inch timing cover bolts (7/16 heads).
Naturally, he turned them the wrong way and snapped several of them off before I saw what he was doing. I told the class we were going to have a lesson on removing broken bolts.

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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I saw a brilliant but angry at the world patient today.

I told him he needs a misanthropectomy

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Wonder what you’d tell me.
he might ask you to spell floccinaucinihilipilification
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Originally Posted by Eric F
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.
well it gotta be tough pudding - maybe with ball bearings added - if you are planning to do that waffle gravel ride
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Originally Posted by big john
The needle nose Vice Grips have their place but I've had better luck with the standard jaw getting a bite on a small bolt. I also kept a 6 inch pipe wrench in my work box.

The gigantic breaker bar reminds me of when I was an automotive teacher and had a special education class. One of the students didn't want to participate in what we were doing and he wanted to wrench on a Chevy engine we had on a stand. Fine.

He got the biggest breaker bar he could find and went after the 1/4 inch timing cover bolts (7/16 heads).
Naturally, he turned them the wrong way and snapped several of them off before I saw what he was doing. I told the class we were going to have a lesson on removing broken bolts.
I needed those breaker bars to loosen bolts when I was modding Jeeps. Sometimes they werent enough, and the pipe got slipped over the end. Also worked well losening lug bolts torqued to 110 lbs. Always used a torque wrench to put them back together though.
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I watched enough to realize I don't need to watch the whole thing. I'll just stick with my vintage bikes, thank you very much.
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Next Wednesday I am scheduled for artificial disc replacement. Friday I get a covid test. I stop taking my blood thinners tomorrow. I need to wash with a special cleaning agent to help to avoid infection. I do that on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday before surgery. One problem: the insurance company has not approved the surgery. I've also already had my pre op appointment with the vascular surgeon and with the Neurosurgeon's staff. The Neurosurgeon was going to have a peer to peer call with someone today at the insurance company. He was going to try to get them to approve the surgery. I haven't heard if that call happened or what the outcome was.

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Originally Posted by big john
6 inch variety.
Yup. Got a set.
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Originally Posted by big john
The needle nose Vice Grips have their place but I've had better luck with the standard jaw getting a bite on a small bolt. I also kept a 6 inch pipe wrench in my work box.

The gigantic breaker bar reminds me of when I was an automotive teacher and had a special education class. One of the students didn't want to participate in what we were doing and he wanted to wrench on a Chevy engine we had on a stand. Fine.

He got the biggest breaker bar he could find and went after the 1/4 inch timing cover bolts (7/16 heads).
Naturally, he turned them the wrong way and snapped several of them off before I saw what he was doing. I told the class we were going to have a lesson on removing broken bolts.
My little VGs are the needle nose variety.
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