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Old 04-16-23, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Speaking of climbing in NorCal, tempted by this beauty in Sacto for only 500 bones... super ugly squid cranks but triple and WIDE range cassette should get me up any hill

You would drive over to pick it up? The cranks look normal to me, but I'm pure function over form. Does it work as advertised?
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This was a weekend of car work.

When my son bought his Bronco, we negotiated for the dealer to install paint protection film on the hood. Took it there for him on Thursday, but they tried to cover the hood with clear window tint film. Not only does that not work, but they scratched up the hood of his 3 week old car. So, I spent about 5 hours buffing and polishing his hood to remove the scratches.

Then we tore open the inside of mine to install a subwoofer and amp that Ford decided to omit for some reason. They did install a speaker with no magnet and an "amp" with no circuitry, but they did include the wiring harnesses. Then reprogrammed the car with FORscan to send power and a signal to the new sub.



Now just have to put the interior back together
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Speaking of climbing in NorCal, tempted by this beauty in Sacto for only 500 bones... super ugly squid cranks but triple and WIDE range cassette should get me up any hill
Looks like Ultegra 6600, same as on my Gunnar. I don't think it's ugly.
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We had a good ride. It was a “destination” ride to a really good donut place, but sadly they were closed so we had to settle for the bagel shop on the next block.

Anyone notice the leaderboard and KOM?
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Originally Posted by datlas
We had a good ride. It was a “destination” ride to a really good donut place, but sadly they were closed so we had to settle for the bagel shop on the next block.

Anyone notice the leaderboard and KOM?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Speaking of climbing in NorCal, tempted by this beauty in Sacto for only 500 bones... super ugly squid cranks but triple and WIDE range cassette should get me up any hill

Yeah, those 7800 cranks don't do it for me. One big reason why I only updated the STIs and RD from 7410 to 7800 on the Ritchey, so I still have those beautiful, spidery 7410 cranks and the 7400 series dual pivot brakes.

I still have the wheel rebuild on the 7400 hubs to do, some day. I have the rims.....
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NorCal is ridiculously green and alive right now. Some places the grass is thigh-high. All the deciduous oaks are leafing out now, too.



Last year at this time it was already starting to brown off, but man! There are still some spots with seepage running across the road! AND it seems to be peak Ceanothus time right now.

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I concur. The Pirates won in 10 yesterday and lost in 10 today.
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Periscope trimmer and new cages.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06



Periscope trimmer and new cages.
Looks great! But with cable shifting and rim brakes, you are halfway to C&V.
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Originally Posted by datlas
We had a good ride. It was a “destination” ride to a really good donut place, but sadly they were closed so we had to settle for the bagel shop on the next block.

Anyone notice the leaderboard and KOM?

only because I got stuck in New York. Silly ATC and FAA rest rules.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Looks great! But with cable shifting and rim brakes, you are halfway to C&V.

Whats wrong with that?
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Long day. Helped a family with young kinds move part of their stuff. So much carp. SHM.

This evening I saw Tennessee Wind Symphony perform (KCB rival). Their director was previously at KSU.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
NorCal is ridiculously green and alive right now.
The trees are rather sparse, but otherwise that's what normal vegetation looks like.
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Whats wrong with that?
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Originally Posted by datlas
Looks great! But with cable shifting and rim brakes, you are halfway to C&V.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Slow night. Everyone must be

Sunday night is blues night, so https://kjzz.org

having chicken, tater salad and beans here in a minute!
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Long day. Helped a family with young kinds move part of their stuff. So much carp. SHM. [size=13px]
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Apparently you were so tired you misspelled crap. You even had trouble shaking your head, too.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
The trees are rather sparse, but otherwise that's what normal vegetation looks like.
Seasons work differently here. Normally, from April till November, it won't rain. AT ALL. Not even a little bit. Up to 8 months with no rainfall. While temperature and light are the limiting factors for the seasons where you live, here it's water.

All that green will turn brown by the end of May, and just get drier and drier, so that by the time the hottest months of September and October arrive, a harsh look will start a fire, which will propagate across miles and miles because everything is so dry.

Once the rains start, usually in November, all the seeds start soaking it up and germinating, and then it's like a race to get through their life cycle before it dries out again. So, early April is usually the peak for plants here.

Here's the same place, taken May 22 of last year - basically a month from now - and it only got browner and browner for another 7 months.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
We certainly live in close proximity to some nice rides in the nearby mountains. From my house, via bike, to the base of these climbs:
  • 3.2 miles to Page Mill Rd (1986 ft.)
  • 9.4 miles to Old La Honda (1300 ft.)
  • 11 miles to Kings Mountain Rd. (1591 ft.)
  • 12 miles to Montebello Rd. (1941 ft.)
  • 13.6 miles to Highway 9 (2017 ft.)
  • 20.2 miles to Mt Hamilton Rd. (3857 ft.)
the Santa Cruz mountains are higher than i would have guessed. Lived more or less at the foot of them my whole childhood and always thought of them more like hills, so it’s interesting to me that the summit of highway 9 is only 500 feet lower than mt tam!

my numbers were to the top of the climb, but you’re definitely closer to a wider variety of medium climbs. I do get a little tired of the two ways I go up Tam, each has a drawback, as nice as they are. The “clockwise” route has a descent that’s too windy to really get much speed, and then more climbing to get home. The “counterclockwise” route has a brutal stretch of rollers between 1,500 and 2,000 feet that i just hate, as scenic as they are. I did Diablo a few weekends ago and really appreciated how continuous it was.
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