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Old 07-25-23, 10:59 AM
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The Older Boy bought lamb chops yesterday and made them for dinner last night. Yum!
I wanted to upload a picture of Shari Lewis and Lambchop but none of the google images will upload.

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Originally Posted by mschwett
the only bright spot in an otherwise grim morning was that a more thorough than usual drivetrain cleaning last night meant my bike was absolutely completely silent on the way to the office this morning! but it won't last more than a few miles :|
I've been working Saturdays at the old bike shop to pick up some hours since my wife still can't work. Downside is losing a weekend day, upside is access to a full shop.

I did a deep clean on my road bike one day I was there and oh man was that a nice feeling.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
...I did a deep clean on my road bike one day I was there and oh man was that a nice feeling.
almost makes me want to do it after every long ride, but i have a feeling that would contribute more wear rather than less!?!??! but man. so smooth.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
almost makes me want to do it after every long ride, but i have a feeling that would contribute more wear rather than less!?!??! but man. so smooth.
When I built up my road bike I applied a ceramic coating to the frame and fork that is hydrophobic and provides a tiny bit of paint protection. You're supposed to refresh it every 6 months to a year but I've been overdue by about a year. Reapplied it and the paint is absolutely glowing again

The drivetrain never needs much attention since I started using Silca NFS. The cassette got a little bit dirty but as for the chain, a periodic wipe down and reapplication keeps things quiet and clean. I think this was the first time I actually took the chain off the bike since I put it on last year!
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Lighter still requires less watts to go forward.

I think I have the madone 2.0 down to 16 pounds. Plan on switching the cockpit and I just might be able to get to 15.5.

Not bad for a 2013 aluminum frame. While riding it this morning I started doing the math on all the parts I have changed so far. Bike weighed over 21 pounds when I bought it. 1,100 dollars later…….
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Old 07-25-23, 12:17 PM
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It looked to me like the cobbles threw him off for a moment.
I thought about that, but he was having the same trouble on the smooth pavement during the "procession" at the start of the stage. Maybe he just isn't comfortable hands-off.

Who was that rider, I think on stage 19 or 20, who had his hand off the bars eating a gel coming up to a corner and crashed?
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I've always been amazed at people that can change layers while riding, but the consequences of failure during the learning curve are too high for any imagined benefit to me.
I've learned how to take off a vest, roll it up, and stuff it in a jersey pocket with one hand, and my teeth, and only taking the other hand off the bar for a second. Sit up and put something on, find the ends of the zipper, put them together, pull the zipper up, all with no hands? Not bloody likely!
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Some of us just throw on whatever comes out of the parts bin. My Paramount is full 105, except the hubs, but not all the same vintage 105.
My only bike with matching group on the whole thing.
In one of Woodie Allen's early books, he had a list of mythological beasts. One "...has the head of a lion, and the body of a lion, but not the same lion."
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Originally Posted by datlas
I wanted to upload a picture of Shari Lewis and Lambchop but none of the google images will upload.

A lot of the images you get on Google seem to be WEBP files, which BF chokes on. You gotta look for JPG and PNG files.

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Originally Posted by genejockey
I thought about that, but he was having the same trouble on the smooth pavement during the "procession" at the start of the stage. Maybe he just isn't comfortable hands-off.

Who was that rider, I think on stage 19 or 20, who had his hand off the bars eating a gel coming up to a corner and crashed?
I don't recall who it was, but it seemed like bad timing to try that maneuver.
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Dang, already got spoilered on Stage 3 of TdFF. That's what I get for scrolling the X before watching the race.

Of course I hit that Unfollow button immediately.
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Old 07-25-23, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I've learned how to take off a vest, roll it up, and stuff it in a jersey pocket with one hand, and my teeth, and only taking the other hand off the bar for a second. Sit up and put something on, find the ends of the zipper, put them together, pull the zipper up, all with no hands? Not bloody likely!
I used to be able to take a Tshirt off midride, probably still can.

A lot of summer days I'd ride Larry style, but still need a shirt for coffee, beer, burger breaks. So often I'd finish my break, get about a mile down the road and think "Man, this shirt is really cramping my style"
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I used to be able to take a Tshirt off midride, probably still can.

A lot of summer days I'd ride Larry style, but still need a shirt for coffee, beer, burger breaks. So often I'd finish my break, get about a mile down the road and think "Man, this shirt is really cramping my style"
I've taken jackets off, but I'm always afraid of getting stuck halfway off, like John Candy in "Plains, Trains, and Automobiles".
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Velo Vol

Does this qualify as summer?

Note:

I inquired about you in the old neighborhood and most people did not remember you. The ones that did had nothing nice to say about you. Even as a ute you were problematic. Sad.
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They say it was 104 yesterday. I was in the woodshop, with a fan, and didn't feel it. Only 98 for the high today, so I was treating it like a cool day. Moved the last of the brush, and changed the flat tire for the dummy spare, and just about collapsed. A dip in the pool to cool the core, a electrolyte drink to recharge the system, and the resolve to spend the afternoon napping or watching a bike race, in the house
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Does this qualify as summer?
Not a few days of it.

It's raining right now. When you return on I-75 you will marvel at how lush the Tennessee Valley is.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
A lot of the images you get on Google seem to be WEBP files, which BF chokes on. You gotta look for JPG and PNG files.
Thanks. Any tips on posting gifs??

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Originally Posted by datlas
Thanks. Any tips on posting gifs??

Just download it, make sure it's a .gif file.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Just download it, make sure it's a .gif file.
Maybe that's my problem, I want to click on "copy link" on my browser and then paste into BF (using the chain and/or picture icon on BF) without downloading it. Is that wrong??
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We had a thoroughly unserious debate in my family about how to pronounce "GIF". The Boys said it's "Jif". I said, "That's ****** mass market peanut butter! And it stands for GRAPHICS Interchange Format, not "GIRAFFICS Interchange Format".

Mrs. GJ, who loves Giraffes decided she liked that, so she calls then "Jifs" now, too.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Maybe that's my problem, I want to click on "copy link" on my browser and then paste into BF (using the chain and/or picture icon on BF) without downloading it. Is that wrong??
Yeah. It's an image, not a video, so you download and upload it like a picture.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I have a pair of NB light hikers, which provide zero(negative)support out on the trail. They are relegated to bicycle use. I ride platforms only.
I assume "light hikers" are meant for "nicely-groomed dirt paths around the subdivision".
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Not a few days of it.

It's raining right now. When you return on I-75 you will marvel at how lush the Tennessee Valley is.
Actually the Georgia landscape teems with splendor from the ample rainfall. In contrast, Tennessee appears barren and dead. Sorry for your luck.

Move on down to the northwest metro Atlanta area and pal around with me and I'll set you straight in no time. We can start by dropping the Twitter and engaging in conversation with real humans. It'll be cool.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
We had a thoroughly unserious debate in my family about how to pronounce "GIF". The Boys said it's "Jif". I said, "That's ****** mass market peanut butter! And it stands for GRAPHICS Interchange Format, not "GIRAFFICS Interchange Format".

Mrs. GJ, who loves Giraffes decided she liked that, so she calls then "Jifs" now, too.
Hard G. The format originator says soft G, but he's wrong.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Thanks. Any tips on posting gifs??

The kicker is some are named poorly, which makes them not work on the upload. You're correct to want to take the link and paste it into the image uploader, but some just don't work because BF can't handle some aspect.
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