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I had forgotten how sick, sad, and scary our consult service is. I have no idea how I used to do this day after day.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Thinking about the once-living people there.
People used to die at home all the time. When you grow up in New England, you live in houses that people died in. Maybe dozens. At one point I slept for a few months in the bed my great-grandmother died in. Two houses away was the cemetery, too. Who cares?

Obviously I knew what you were getting at. But, really think about it - what exactly is the problem?
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There are 2 cemeteries in a canyon here. The local "gravity hill" starts at the gate of one of them. Stop your car near the palm tree and put it in neutral and it will appear to roll uphill. There is a deep ravine to the left where I saw a mountain lion when I was riding my mtb.

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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Just like ChatGTP is going to replace me, when most of my job is talking to the business to suss out exactly what they want when it turns out that what they say isn't how the system works at all.
One of my favorite quotes that I made up, is that the customer doesn't know what they don't want until you show them exactly what they asked for.
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I wanted this



But it wasn't available in direct mount.

On the other hand, I found shiny bolts for my car on sale...

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New seat and seat post. Probably didn’t need the set back for this bike. When I get one for the madone 2.0 I will make sure to go zero set back and swap em. I love the RSL post.








If I wanted to paint this frame and fork solid gold how hard would that be?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol

That requires a first-round victory on the part of both. #NotHappening

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. This is step 1.
#HailToPitt
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Vacation activities on a rainy day - wine tasting at Laguna Canyon Winery…
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Maybe I should get the rear window squirter hooked up too.

That might take us up to Highway Star status.
Tempting, but I'll refrain in deference to our furry friend.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I had forgotten how sick, sad, and scary our consult service is. I have no idea how I used to do this day after day.
Welcome to my world.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Maybe I should get the rear window squirter hooked up too.

That might take us up to Highway Star status.
Originally Posted by DougRNS
Tempting, but I'll refrain in deference to our furry friend.
Allow me?

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Originally Posted by bampilot06



New seat and seat post. Probably didn’t need the set back for this bike. When I get one for the madone 2.0 I will make sure to go zero set back and swap em. I love the RSL post.








If I wanted to paint this frame and fork solid gold how hard would that be?
Not hard if you have a decent sprayer and some patience.

Prep is key.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I had forgotten how sick, sad, and scary our consult service is. I have no idea how I used to do this day after day.
Had lunch yesterday with a guy that manages an engineering firm I represent. He’s about my age, and wants to retire. Somebody suggested that he just become a consultant. His retort was that he’s been a consultant all his life and wants to quit consulting.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
People used to die at home all the time. When you grow up in New England, you live in houses that people died in. Maybe dozens. At one point I slept for a few months in the bed my great-grandmother died in. Two houses away was the cemetery, too. Who cares?

Obviously I knew what you were getting at. But, really think about it - what exactly is the problem?
The analogy is having a grave at your house. Which I gather wasn't so unusual once upon a time, but it is now. Most people (you and rjones28 being apparent exceptions) don't want a grave in their yard. That's why we have cemeteries.
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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. This is step 1.
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Pittsburgh advancing wasn't the issue.
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People here don't get it.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Someone probably already asked this (tl;dr), but why do you have a triple?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol


Pittsburgh advancing wasn't the issue.
it was close.

How 'bout them Sun Devils!!!

(hope they don't choke in the second half)
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Vacation dinner. This is the best seafood pasta I’ve ever had - lobster and crab ravioli in cream sauce, topped with shrimp and scallops. Every part of it was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The only criticism is that I wish there were a coupe more ravioli on the plate.


Tomorrow will be my last ride for this trip. We head home on Friday morning.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Someone probably already asked this (tl;dr), but why do you have a triple?

why not?
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Had lunch yesterday with a guy that manages an engineering firm I represent. He’s about my age, and wants to retire. Somebody suggested that he just become a consultant. His retort was that he’s been a consultant all his life and wants to quit consulting.
This kind of consulting is like talent scouting for the angel of death. Thank God I’m just seeing the beautiful young adults and not the children. Family meeting in the ICU today.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
The analogy is having a grave at your house. Which I gather wasn't so unusual once upon a time, but it is now. Most people (you and rjones28 being apparent exceptions) don't want a grave in their yard. That's why we have cemeteries.
Not even a grave in their yard. A grave adjacent to their yard. No one is buried where I lived.

How far is far enough?
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So I think I was right about the seat post having too much set back. First half of the ride just felt awful, couldn’t get comfortable, legs just felt off, and if I put any power into it my left knee started to hurt. About the half way point I had enough and stopped. I decided to raise the seat post a couple MM. That seemed to take the knee pain away but I still just felt off the rest of the ride.

I think I put the old zero set back seat post on with this seat, and out the RSL on the madone 2.0.


I don’t think I am one of those riders that notices micro changes, I think that I am typically able to adapt to different variations in fit pretty well but this must just be too far outside of the envelope.

I did the kops test on this bike and the emonda last night. Interestingly enough, on the emonda it shows forward of the spindle, on 5200 it shows on the spindle.
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Tried a ~3' drop on my mountain bike last night. It did not go well.

Nothing broken but my left knee is not happy.

I greatly underestimated how hard the hit was going to be. My foot coming out of the pedal didn't help the situation at all.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
So I think I was right about the seat post having too much set back. First half of the ride just felt awful, couldn’t get comfortable, legs just felt off, and if I put any power into it my left knee started to hurt. About the half way point I had enough and stopped. I decided to raise the seat post a couple MM. That seemed to take the knee pain away but I still just felt off the rest of the ride.

I think I put the old zero set back seat post on with this seat, and out the RSL on the madone 2.0.


I don’t think I am one of those riders that notices micro changes, I think that I am typically able to adapt to different variations in fit pretty well but this must just be too far outside of the envelope.

I did the kops test on this bike and the emonda last night. Interestingly enough, on the emonda it shows forward of the spindle, on 5200 it shows on the spindle.
As you get older, you may become less tolerant of changes in fit. I use a string (or tape measure) and have ALL my contact points the same to avoid injuries. Reminder you want to preserve something close to KOPS so the one item you may have to mess with is stem/bar height/length.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Vacation dinner. This is the best seafood pasta I’ve ever had - lobster and crab ravioli in cream sauce, topped with shrimp and scallops. Every part of it was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The only criticism is that I wish there were a coupe more ravioli on the plate.


Tomorrow will be my last ride for this trip. We head home on Friday morning.
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