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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 03-25-23, 02:09 PM
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Having a latte at the Los Gatos Starbucks. Not a cloud in the sky, winds are low, not much debris or water on the roads. Taking an easy endurance cruiser.

THIS is springtime.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I originally didnt want to hear the details because they upset me so much.

I had a lot of hallucinations along the way. One thing I think really happened was being brought to on my kitchen floor by an EMT using Narcan. That seems to be SOP when there is no sign of injury. My memory is that I started telling the EMT that I wasnt a junkie. I also remember signing consent forms with an X because I didnt have the coordination to sign my name.
If you ever have the urge to write the whole thing down, Id love to read it.
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Old 03-25-23, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
I grew up in farm country. I'll take farm smells over city noises every chance I can.
I grew up in a logging town, so the smells were wonderful. High lead logging can be kind of noisy, what with the saws, the yarder engine and the whistles but it is easy to get used to.

Not the biggest fan of large animal feeding operations or paper mills. Corn has its own aroma when it goes on for miles, but its not bad. We have a farm near here where they grow a mix of clover and vetch for animal fodder, and it smells very nice. I just stay away from the dairy itself, and the beet processing plant near by smells like a mix of rancid beets and burnt sugar.

Fargo is about as big a city as I can stand for very long, although there are a few other larger cities that I would consider moving to.
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Old 03-25-23, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
I wanna play the location game!

42.4604 N, 71.3489 W

Close enough, anyway.
I know that place! My wife went to grad school at MIT, I moved up for residency, and we lived in Cambridge, Watertown, and finally bought a house in Waltham. I logged thousands of miles on the roads up there and did the Weds night crits at Hanscom field and Thursday TTs in Concord with the NEBC. It was pretty nice back in the 80s and I was sad to leave.
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Old 03-25-23, 02:53 PM
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today's not-riding-yet project, version 2.1 of my sp-connect integrated cockpit mount. last one was angled down just a bit too much, phone too close to the top of the bars. on the balance, i like the mounting action of quad-lock better, but the sp-connect hardware looks so much better, more minimal, no lever sticking out that says "PUSH."




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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
MOTD


undisclosed activity concluded. Coffee was indeed involved. Over a pound a day of potatoes consumed in a day in Belarus? Crazy.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
undisclosed activity concluded. Coffee was indeed involved. Over a pound a day of potatoes consumed in a day in Belarus? Crazy.
That map reminds me of coffee. They should do a map of the average colour of the coffee each nation drinks.
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Old 03-25-23, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Over a pound a day of potatoes consumed in a day in Belarus? Crazy.
The riches provided by Papa Lukashenko.
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Old 03-25-23, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I headed home early enough yesterday to do an outdoor ride, but after being hit with a couple big gusts on the drive home, I figured discretion is the better part of valor, and rode in the garage. I was also feeling a little down about the situation at work, because even though MY position is secure, and the company is in really good shape (2+ years of burn in the bank), our little outpost had been such a great place. People stayed there even though they could have gotten better paying jobs elsewhere because they liked working together. My group of 7 had 3 folks with 20 years seniority, another with 15, me with 13, and another with 10. The "new kid" had been there 7 years. And now, all scattered to the winds.

So, I almost bagged on riding at all, but a small part of my brain said, "Don't skip the ride because you're feeling down, because that'll make it worse. Ride, and that'll make it better." So I did, and it did, even though it was just riding in the virtual world.
I also thought about not going but I went. It was a big group (for post covid) and some fast people were there. I felt crappy but tried to hang on for a while. My friend who I thought was going to stay with me dropped out on the first climb. I guess he was feeling worse than I was. I hung on (read: they waited) but eventually dropped out and rode back alone. My level of suckage is high.
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As seen in the peloton: tightening bars without a torque wrench. Oh heavens!

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Old 03-25-23, 05:20 PM
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That poor Moots, relegated to MUP duty with those Serfas Drifters. I do admire the dedication to keeping the bike close at hand though

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Old 03-25-23, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
That map reminds me of coffee. They should do a map of the average colour of the coffee each nation drinks.
My average colour.


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Old 03-25-23, 06:05 PM
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Supper time. I shall have some potato (<1 pound). #NotAFoodSnob
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Old 03-25-23, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
That poor Moots, relegated to MUP duty with those Serfas Drifters. I do admire the dedication to keeping the bike close at hand though

I kinda want to get a v-brake era ti bike for MUP duty now.
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Needs a hitch rack though.

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The Owls (not Temple) now have more Final Four appearances than Tennessee. SMH
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wut is happening

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Originally Posted by rjones28
I kinda want to get a v-brake era ti bike for MUP duty now.
I might accidentally buy a Cannondale T700 with cantis tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
People are heading out to fish.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
People are heading out to fish.
Fish on!

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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
If you ever have the urge to write the whole thing down, Id love to read it.
Id have to ask people. There were people who came to visit me early on that I have no memory of.
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Watching fishing is even dumber than watching cycling.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Id have to ask people. There were people who came to visit me early on that I have no memory of.
Of course, but your subjective experience is of the most interest.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Watching fishing is even dumber than watching cycling.fishing
Fixed
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