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Old 04-20-23, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I asked before, I think, but a question for those of you in the know.

This bike has 10 speed shimano 105. The drive side crank arm and chain rings appear to be some kind of cheaper version shimano variant, but the non side drive looks like the classic 105 hollow tech arm.

Would a stages 105 Left arm work on this? If so that would solve one of my current problems.
As far as I can see, a Stages 105 left crankarm should work fine.
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Funny you should mention that. Just today the Times published the obituary of professional oboist Blair Tindall, who is best known for her memoir that divulged classical music's "seamy" side, and lived up to it's subtitle "Sex, Drugs and Classical Music". To quote the article, "Any reader holding a pristine view of the people who make classical music are quickly relieved of it".
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/19/a...sultPosition=1

Shocking, I know. Funny thing is she's right in pointing out that the lofty pedestal we place classical music on ignores the fact that these musicians are human beings with the same passions and drives as those in the ... um ... less lofty genres of music. I mean, nobody would be surprised to read the seamy memoirs of rock musicians.
My favorite oboe ever. Love the piano part, too.

Frank Zappa made a movie called "200 Motels" which was mostly a comedy about rock musicians on the road but brought some comparisons of rock stars to orchestra musicians. I haven't seen it in 50+ years so my memory of it might be a little cloudy.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Do you suppose @Velo Vol is hiding a secret life?
Of course. He's walking the wild side, I can tell. You go, Vol !
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WE were told by our Spanish teacher that fat women are considered to be beautiful in these parts. Good thing because they live on a steady diet of Coca Cola, from very early in life. Sad really. The poverty diet is despicable.
It's tough to break the cycle of obesity for those raised with that kind of diet. By the time you're old enough to realize what's happening you're already deep in trouble. I'm sure the kids get mocked by their siblings if they try to stay thinner.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Talking of birds, eagles have proliferated a lot in the last decade or so but itís still eye-catching when you spot one up close.
Ah yes, an eagle close up is quite the experience.

I got buzzed by this golden eagle while climbing the Calaveras Rd "wall". I guess I got too close to its nest. It whooshed from behind by my left ear, banking hard, talons extended. I was glad to have a helmet on.

At the top of "the wall" were a few birdwatchers, who were staked out to watch an eagle nest. You don't say?



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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Ah yes, an eagle close up is quite the experience.

I got buzzed by this golden eagle while climbing the Calaveras Rd "wall". I guess I got too close to its nest. It whooshed from behind by my left ear, banking hard, talons extended. I was glad to have a helmet on.

At the top of "the wall" were a few birdwatchers, who were staked out to watch an eagle nest. You don't say?



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Is there much call for massive call girls?
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Ah yes, an eagle close up is quite the experience.

I got buzzed by this golden eagle while climbing the Calaveras Rd "wall". I guess I got too close to its nest. It whooshed from behind by my left ear, banking hard, talons extended. I was glad to have a helmet on.

At the top of "the wall" were a few birdwatchers, who were staked out to watch an eagle nest. You don't say?



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Whoa! Nice one. Iíve never seen one of those before.
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I'm sure there's some.
Well, there was this one time whenÖ
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Originally Posted by t2p
Iím actually fairly Ďtolerantí ? of Lance Armstrong ... tolerant for lack of a better term

I donít give him a pass - but again more tolerant

one of the many unfortunate things is there is a good chance Armstrong could have dominated without the illegal aid(s) ...
Iím pretty tolerant, too. As Maximus Decimus Meridius said in the move, Gladiator, ďAre you not entertained?Ē When LA was racing, people were loving it.

I was certainly entertained.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Of course. He's walking the wild side, I can tell. You go, Vol !
Lawn mowing and blowers is code for sex and drugs.
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Originally Posted by t2p
Iím actually fairly Ďtolerantí ? of Lance Armstrong ... tolerant for lack of a better term

I donít give him a pass - but again more tolerant

one of the many unfortunate things is there is a good chance Armstrong could have dominated without the illegal aid(s) ...
I'm not that upset that LA doped, as doping was rampant during that period.

I'm annoyed at how much a jerk he was to the people around him. If he hadn't treated Floyd Landis like a clump of dirt, Floyd wouldn't have sued, and LA would be much wealthier today.
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Word has it he was always a doosh, even as a young'un. Gotta blame the parents for that.
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I am afraid that in ultra-competitive fields, almost everyone at the top of their game is a doosh.

Sad!
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
I'm not that upset that LA doped, as doping was rampant during that period.

I'm annoyed at how much a jerk he was to the people around him. If he hadn't treated Floyd Landis like a clump of dirt, Floyd wouldn't have sued, and LA would be much wealthier today.

I agree with this 100 percent. I have no anger towards Lance for doping. In any sport when you reach that level everyone is trying to reach the competitive edge, by any means necessary.

His treatment towards others though was messed up. He only cared about the money, the greed turned him against friends. He should never have treated Greg Lemond and his wife that way, or his team mate and his wife. I forgot their names, wanna say her name was Betsy?

I canít remember which year it was, but in the late 80s the average speed of the tour de france jumped up considerably. Thatís the year when doping became the norm.

Donít worry, in 18 years Simon will win the yellow jersey dope free.
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I am afraid that in ultra-competitive fields, almost everyone at the top of their game is a doosh.

Sad!

Just imagine if you were at the top of the field. Showing up events in that Saturn. Supa Doosh!





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Word has it he was always a doosh, even as a young'un. Gotta blame the parents for that.

Im still hoping to meet him. I go to his shop everytime I am in Austin. Saw a documentary with him doing group rides for a local charity, seemed pretty down to earth in those. Could have been all for show.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
I'm not that upset that LA doped, as doping was rampant during that period.

I'm annoyed at how much a jerk he was to the people around him. If he hadn't treated Floyd Landis like a clump of dirt, Floyd wouldn't have sued, and LA would be much wealthier today.
Floyd isn't exactly a model citizen. He got busted for doping after winning the TDF and wanted to join the Radio Shack team. Lance said no, that's when he ratted Lance out.
Lance is still ok financially but you're right, he lost millions. He also made millions by investing in Uber and real estate.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Im still hoping to meet him. I go to his shop everytime I am in Austin. Saw a documentary with him doing group rides for a local charity, seemed pretty down to earth in those. Could have been all for show.
I enjoyed that 2 part special on ESPN about him. He knows he hurt some people but the only time he cried and got emotional was when he spoke of Jan Ulrich.
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Ugh, there is a SNAFU with the airline and taking my bike. The airline we booked through (British Airways) has a policy that they allow bikes as your packed bag, but you have to "clear" it with them 72 hours ahead of time. We booked our tickets online and to save money, we did not order a checked bag (because at that time I was considering a rental). The airline website does NOT allow you to "add on" a checked bag.

I called the airline yesterday at the 72 hour mark, and they said "we are busy, due to call volume please try again later."

Ugh. I am not working tomorrow, so my #1 priority is to get this straightened out.
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I am afraid that in ultra-competitive fields, almost everyone at the top of their game is a doosh.

Sad!
I doubt they called Merckx "the Cannibal" because of his friendly demeanor. Also, badgers aren't especially known for being friendly, either, so that gives you a clue about Hinault.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Im still hoping to meet him. I go to his shop everytime I am in Austin. Saw a documentary with him doing group rides for a local charity, seemed pretty down to earth in those. Could have been all for show.
He has been humbled a bit locally. Not quite the hero he used to be.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I agree with this 100 percent. I have no anger towards Lance for doping. In any sport when you reach that level everyone is trying to reach the competitive edge, by any means necessary.

His treatment towards others though was messed up. He only cared about the money, the greed turned him against friends. He should never have treated Greg Lemond and his wife that way, or his team mate and his wife. I forgot their names, wanna say her name was Betsy?

I canít remember which year it was, but in the late 80s the average speed of the tour de france jumped up considerably. Thatís the year when doping became the norm.

Donít worry, in 18 years Simon will win the yellow jersey dope free.
But, his dope will be there cheering him on!
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Just imagine if you were at the top of the field. Showing up events in that Saturn. Supa Doosh!





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