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Old 03-31-23, 07:59 PM
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I think it's starting to get crowded by this alien plant I can never remember the name of:

I think it has bells in the name.
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Forecast indicating a large tornado outbreak.

Unfortunately it is being verified in a bad way. Many large & violent tornados creating mass casualty events
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Originally Posted by mschwett
today felt very springlike. after a moderately hard 50 yesterday, today i decided to do something new : an intentionally easy ride. i targeted an average of 150w instead of the usual 200-225w. it's amazing how much different 25% less is - i was literally not breathing hard at any point. heart rate under 100 99% of the time, average 88bmp. took a real camera, stopped many times to take pictures. it was actually super fun, i'm going to make a point of making every fourth or fifth ride like this from now on.

spring has sprung!!
My ride was a lot less fun. I just wanted to do a nice little 22 mile ride, ahead of the C&V ride tomorrow. I parked at Edgewood and Canada and headed toward Woodside.

About 2.5 miles in, I was going through a gravelly patch on the shoulder of Canada Rd, when I noticed the rear felt funny - not the bounciness of a low tire. Instead, the roughness of a flat tire. I didn't remember hitting anything. I pulled over to the side, and found a tree with a handy branch, hung the bike over it, and went to work.

I ran my hand all over the outside of the tire and found no cuts, no glass, nothing. I pulled the wheel and got the bead off the rim on one side, pulled out the tube and inspected the inside of the tire. I found nothing.

So I unzipped the saddle bag. First thing I discover is that I had inadvertently put a tube with a short valve stem in the saddle bag. Once I got the tube in the tire and the tire back into the rim, I couldn't get enough valve exposed for the pump head to grab. Crap! I was stuck with the holed tube.

SO! Off came the tire, out came the tube. I tried pumping up the holed tube and it wouldn't hold any air at all. SO I pinched off parts of the tube and finally found the hole. I look around it, and there's another one - Snakebit! I retrieved my Park patch kit, pulled out a patch, put it in place, put the tube back in, pulled the bead back over, put the wheel back in the dropouts, and started pumping. I pumped like mad, but got no inflation.

SO I took off the wheel, took off the tire, and took out the tube. I was able to find another pair of holes, so I patched those. Back went the tube into the tire, then the bead into the rim, then the wheel into the dropouts. I pump like mad again, and get the tire up closer to a good pressure, but in the time it took me to fold up the other tube and stuff it in my pocket, the tire had gone flat.

SO I took off the wheel, took the tire off the rim, took the tube out of the tire, and looked for the hole. Turns out there was ANOTHER pair of holes right next to the second pair. ANOTHER patch! This time I pumped up the tube and it held air well. I ran the whole thing past my face to feel any air leak and found none. SO, for the FOURTH TIME I put the tube back into the tire, the tire back onto the rim, and the wheel back into the dropouts, and pumped it up. This time it worked.

I rode the 2.5 miles back to the car. Total time elapsed for the ride - 1:07. Total time moving: 0:20. SO I spent about 45 minutes fixing the flat!!!!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
You're officially banned from pit crew.
They don't even use nozzles in racing.
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Unfortunately it is being verified in a bad way. Many large & violent tornados creating mass casualty events
Doesn't look too bad here. #SafetyInTheHills


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Originally Posted by datlas
130 windy miles today.

I feel tired.
Reminds me of this.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
They don't even use nozzles in racing.
Cannonballin' from Brentwood, TN to Brentwood in the City of Angels we'll be pumping gas that way.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I think it's starting to get crowded by this alien plant I can never remember the name of:
Iphone has a function that will identify plants.
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It's been an expensive day. Went to three outdoor store and one bike shop. Did splash out and buy a bikepacking handlebar setup. Now I actually need to use it. Time to finish the cup of tea and go swear at some Marathon Plus tyres.
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I have walked by this venue so many times. Hope everyone is OK

Roof Collapse in downtown Belvidere

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Originally Posted by genejockey
My ride was a lot less fun. I just wanted to do a nice little 22 mile ride, ahead of the C&V ride tomorrow. I parked at Edgewood and Canada and headed toward Woodside.

About 2.5 miles in, I was going through a gravelly patch on the shoulder of Canada Rd, when I noticed the rear felt funny - not the bounciness of a low tire. Instead, the roughness of a flat tire. I didn't remember hitting anything. I pulled over to the side, and found a tree with a handy branch, hung the bike over it, and went to work.

I ran my hand all over the outside of the tire and found no cuts, no glass, nothing. I pulled the wheel and got the bead off the rim on one side, pulled out the tube and inspected the inside of the tire. I found nothing.

So I unzipped the saddle bag. First thing I discover is that I had inadvertently put a tube with a short valve stem in the saddle bag. Once I got the tube in the tire and the tire back into the rim, I couldn't get enough valve exposed for the pump head to grab. Crap! I was stuck with the holed tube.

SO! Off came the tire, out came the tube. I tried pumping up the holed tube and it wouldn't hold any air at all. SO I pinched off parts of the tube and finally found the hole. I look around it, and there's another one - Snakebit! I retrieved my Park patch kit, pulled out a patch, put it in place, put the tube back in, pulled the bead back over, put the wheel back in the dropouts, and started pumping. I pumped like mad, but got no inflation.

SO I took off the wheel, took off the tire, and took out the tube. I was able to find another pair of holes, so I patched those. Back went the tube into the tire, then the bead into the rim, then the wheel into the dropouts. I pump like mad again, and get the tire up closer to a good pressure, but in the time it took me to fold up the other tube and stuff it in my pocket, the tire had gone flat.

SO I took off the wheel, took the tire off the rim, took the tube out of the tire, and looked for the hole. Turns out there was ANOTHER pair of holes right next to the second pair. ANOTHER patch! This time I pumped up the tube and it held air well. I ran the whole thing past my face to feel any air leak and found none. SO, for the FOURTH TIME I put the tube back into the tire, the tire back onto the rim, and the wheel back into the dropouts, and pumped it up. This time it worked.

I rode the 2.5 miles back to the car. Total time elapsed for the ride - 1:07. Total time moving: 0:20. SO I spent about 45 minutes fixing the flat!!!!
holy carp, you’re a way better man than i! my total would have been the first 2.5 miles, period, plus the uber home once that happened. do you run any of your bikes tubeless?

three snakebite flats at once ?!! you should buy some lottery tickets.
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FUN FACT: It was over the week of March 29, 1975, when Led Zeppelin's entire album catalog to date--the six-LP run from LED ZEPPELIN (1969) through PHYSICAL GRAFFITI (1975)--charted on the Billboard 200 at the same time. No other artist had ever achieved such a feat.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
holy carp, you’re a way better man than i! my total would have been the first 2.5 miles, period, plus the uber home once that happened. do you run any of your bikes tubeless?

three snakebite flats at once ?!! you should buy some lottery tickets.
My hypothesis is that I got ONE snakebite that flatted the tire and the other two from riding on the rim. Weird thing is, whenever I've snakebited before, I always remember the *WALLOP!* that did it. I just put a brand new tube in the tire (the 3x patched one being flat), so if there's a tire wire or invisible piece of glass it'll flat overnight. Maybe.

In any case, I put a brand spankin' new tube with a 60mm stem in my saddle bag - which will look damn peculiar if I have to use it tomorrow, since I'm riding the 1985 Centurion Ironman with low profile box-section rims.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
holy carp, you’re a way better man than i! my total would have been the first 2.5 miles, period, plus the uber home once that happened. do you run any of your bikes tubeless?

three snakebite flats at once ?!! you should buy some lottery tickets.
Also, I'd only have needed an Uber to go 2.5 miles.
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Originally Posted by big john
I sure hope so. How much climbing?
Not enough. Only about 8K.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
The end is near.
April Fools!!
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The end is close at hand
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And now back to the second round(yoga). I finally feel like I'm ready for this sport. My wife has been at it for her entire adult life
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In reality, the routine would be better served by reversing the coffee/shower sequence. A week or so ago I found myself on the bus heading to the city, having forgotten to drink any coffee. Cold shower ftw
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
The rental has a coolant leak. Slight, but enough it flashed a light this morning, reservoir was low, topped it up with distilled water, and can see a few drops.

Rental cars are dumb. Flying and renting is dumb. I want mine.
This is the Tiguan yea? How do you like it otherwise? I’ve been potentially interested in one, but they seem gutless
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Originally Posted by genejockey
My hypothesis is that I got ONE snakebite that flatted the tire and the other two from riding on the rim. Weird thing is, whenever I've snakebited before, I always remember the *WALLOP!* that did it. I just put a brand new tube in the tire (the 3x patched one being flat), so if there's a tire wire or invisible piece of glass it'll flat overnight. Maybe.

In any case, I put a brand spankin' new tube with a 60mm stem in my saddle bag - which will look damn peculiar if I have to use it tomorrow, since I'm riding the 1985 Centurion Ironman with low profile box-section rims.
I have a valve extender in my repair bag. It weighs 3g and although I have never needed it, I have “saved” a couple club mates whose spare tubes come up short in valve length.
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One thing I also have in my bag is a zip-tie. I really needed TWO on yesterdays ride when the main strap on my left shoe broke. One was not long enough. I made do until the convenience store where they let me borrow their roll of scotch tape, a few lengths of that around my instep worked well enough.

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New Bike Day! Wife surprised me when I came home. Had to throw those pants away.
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Whoa…
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
This is the Tiguan yea? How do you like it otherwise? I’ve been potentially interested in one, but they seem gutless
It is comfortable and stable - like I said earlier, it reminds me of the GTI in terms of handling and feel, so if you like the VWAG characteristics it'll deliver that. Gutless is... I mean, that old Civic I talk about had 105hp and loooong gears for fuel economy. It's faster than that, and even with the turbo doesn't feel laggy. However, there was one time from a stoplight a QX50 ran off so hard even AG commented on it, and that has I think an extra 80hp. That of course is also the VWAG experience - the GTI had 200 vs the Mazdaspeed3 with 268 and the Focus ST with however much and so on. I don't know about modern turbos, but back when I had the GTI all the kids would pull another 50+ hp out of them with some mods. No idea if you're into that.

I won't stump for it of course, but it's not bad. Right now I'm salty about the coolant, even though it's at almost 35k miles of rental with Florida tags in California, so I assume it's had a long hard life for a rental.
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