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Old 12-16-23, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Yeah. I’ll send you a PM. I have a write up that I recently sent to an old friend. It’s on my work computer. The executive summary is that I became very ill over the holidays and am only alive thanks to some observant neighbors and another neighbor having the combination to my key lock box from cat sitting. I was found unconscious on my kitchen floor at around 7 pm New Year’s Eve.

Had to have heart surgery. Spent a month in the hospital and two months in a crappy rehab place. Didn’t walk for over 2 months and was fed through a tube until March 7th, which was 6 days before my birthday. Got out at the end of March.
Good heavens. I'm glad you made it through. I would consider that the best birthday ever, simply because you got to see it. Again, good to know you're still with us.
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Old 12-16-23, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Speaking of puppies, personally I have sworn to never ever get a puppy again. At my age it’s like having a human baby, it’s overwhelming, just too much trying to keep up with the little terror. If they’re not chewing up your stuff they’re throwing up on it or peeing anyplace they want. There is a very good reason why child-rearing is best done when you’re young. Play at your own risk, but be warned, your mileage will not vary much just because you are “only” in your 60s.
Busy Rebecca-Bee is the best puppy ever. A little angel. Beyond reproach....

(I'm just trying to talk someone else into living the bit of hell we're going through.) Though she's slowed her roll a bit lately.
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I have been texting with a friend in Baltimore I used to ride with back in the 1980’s. I think his mindset is still in the 80’s, he told me he got some Chinese carbon rims to build up new wheels and they are tubular.

I suggested he try modern clinchers which I think can be just about as good as tubulars, and so much easier… but he is not buying it.

He just picked up a Ridley Helium rim brake frame and plans to build it up, I am guessing with DT shifters.
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Old 12-16-23, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas
We had a good ride today, at least for MOST of it.

About 52 miles into the 57 mile route, I noticed a loud crack from my bike after hitting the lip of a bridge kinda hard. A few seconds later, I could tell my saddle was loose. I have one of these short-lived fad saddle/seatposts called "Monolink" by Selle Italia, and it has a single crabon fiber rail. A week ago I adjusted the saddle from 180 degrees to angle slightly forward. I don't know if that dynamic caused it, but for whatever reason the crabon fiber rail broke. Not a HUGE deal, we were only 5 miies from the end so I removed saddle and planned to ride the rest of the the ride standing up. Hey, if Alberto Contador can ride standing up for an hour climb, I can do it for 20 minutes. Of course, it's not so easy to ride standing up on downhills, but I managed.

The scarier part was shortly after the saddle incident. We heard a loud diesel behind us and were getting ready to be passed. A landscape truck/trailer passed us with pretty much ZERO clearance. I saw the edge of the trailer brush the shoulder of one of the riders in front of me and thought we were all ok, but I heard behind me someone yell "rider down!" and it turned out the stupid truck actually ran one of the riders off the road and he went down. There was a white honda immediately behind the passing truck who was also passing, and the guy who crashed scraped the passenger side door of the honda with his hood, with a small amount of paint scraped off. The offending truck kept going, but Honda lady stopped and was very upset that our rider "hit" her car and damaged it. We said we were sorry but she wanted his name/contact info. Clearly both the landscape truck AND honda driver were in the wrong based on the 4 foot passing law we have in Pennsylvania. One of the riders has a friend in the township police and he also knows the owner of the landscape company, so he is contacting the police to file an incident report. The rider who crashed was not injured seriously, just a scrape to the shoulder, and we were able to finish our ride.

I don't want any of the actors involved to get into major trouble, but they need to learn how to pass cyclists safely.

I have a spare monolink saddle and replaced it. I may eventually move back to the standard 2 rail saddles like everyone else. Eventually.
It's good you're OK, and all the other riders involved. Landscape trailers are wide, and those jerks don't take that into account.

I have vengeance on the mind. We parked at a very busy public park where the ride started, with a dog park, kids sports, etc. A participant had her driver's side window broken, the car rifled, and they found her hiding spot for her purse. 2024 Subaru, so it's likely not even in stock.
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Old 12-16-23, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas
I have been texting with a friend in Baltimore I used to ride with back in the 1980’s. I think his mindset is still in the 80’s, he told me he got some Chinese carbon rims to build up new wheels and they are tubular.

I suggested he try modern clinchers which I think can be just about as good as tubulars, and so much easier… but he is not buying it.

He just picked up a Ridley Helium rim brake frame and plans to build it up, I am guessing with DT shifters.
Most of the Helium's I've seen will barely accept a 25mm wide tire. He'll be fine with tubulars.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
At my old airline l, I was sitting in a crew room one day when our schedules came out for the next month. One of the other pilots saw his schedule and freaked out. His birthday was the next month, and he apparently doesn’t work on his birthdays.
I have generally worked on my birthday, unless it was on a weekend.
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Originally Posted by datlas
We had a good ride today, at least for MOST of it.

About 52 miles into the 57 mile route, I noticed a loud crack from my bike after hitting the lip of a bridge kinda hard. A few seconds later, I could tell my saddle was loose. I have one of these short-lived fad saddle/seatposts called "Monolink" by Selle Italia, and it has a single crabon fiber rail. A week ago I adjusted the saddle from 180 degrees to angle slightly forward. I don't know if that dynamic caused it, but for whatever reason the crabon fiber rail broke. Not a HUGE deal, we were only 5 miies from the end so I removed saddle and planned to ride the rest of the the ride standing up. Hey, if Alberto Contador can ride standing up for an hour climb, I can do it for 20 minutes. Of course, it's not so easy to ride standing up on downhills, but I managed.

The scarier part was shortly after the saddle incident. We heard a loud diesel behind us and were getting ready to be passed. A landscape truck/trailer passed us with pretty much ZERO clearance. I saw the edge of the trailer brush the shoulder of one of the riders in front of me and thought we were all ok, but I heard behind me someone yell "rider down!" and it turned out the stupid truck actually ran one of the riders off the road and he went down. There was a white honda immediately behind the passing truck who was also passing, and the guy who crashed scraped the passenger side door of the honda with his hood, with a small amount of paint scraped off. The offending truck kept going, but Honda lady stopped and was very upset that our rider "hit" her car and damaged it. We said we were sorry but she wanted his name/contact info. Clearly both the landscape truck AND honda driver were in the wrong based on the 4 foot passing law we have in Pennsylvania. One of the riders has a friend in the township police and he also knows the owner of the landscape company, so he is contacting the police to file an incident report. The rider who crashed was not injured seriously, just a scrape to the shoulder, and we were able to finish our ride.

I don't want any of the actors involved to get into major trouble, but they need to learn how to pass cyclists safely.

I have a spare monolink saddle and replaced it. I may eventually move back to the standard 2 rail saddles like everyone else. Eventually.
Glad you-all are okay. That’s just ugly.
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Old 12-16-23, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I have generally worked on my birthday, unless it was on a weekend.
same
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Tough day on the farm over here. Trying to give Liz a break so she could go grocery shopping and get some personal time in. Lilly is very fussy and protesting the bottle. She's a bit behind on food now. Been trying to feed or soothe her all day. Hopefully this doesn't go too far into the evening.

Up next, I get a break so I can do an easy hour on the trainer. That'll make me feel better.
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Griz up 10-6 halftime. Washington Grizzly Stadium the mecca of fcs football.....Tony Romo said it was the loudest stadium he has ever played in......
Griz win in double OT......going to the natty.....
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Interesting. According to this the bikes are exactly the same.

I don’t have any toe over lap on the new madone.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
I don't give two ***** about birthdays. Maybe that's why I've never really had a bad one.
You’re old though.
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Old 12-16-23, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
You’re old though.
Indeed.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I have been texting with a friend in Baltimore I used to ride with back in the 1980’s. I think his mindset is still in the 80’s, he told me he got some Chinese carbon rims to build up new wheels and they are tubular.

I suggested he try modern clinchers which I think can be just about as good as tubulars, and so much easier… but he is not buying it.

He just picked up a Ridley Helium rim brake frame and plans to build it up, I am guessing with DT shifters.
Not more than 3 days ago I almost got a weight weenie tubular wheelset with 30mm deep crabon rims, crabon hubshell on the front. Would've done it if it had a HG freehub body, or I could get one for less than 85 GBP.
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Nice enjoyable hour on the trainer, low z2. I actually ran into a former SDBC teammate while free riding out in the desert. He's military and got stationed in Japan. Was nice to catch up for a bit.


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Good heavens. I'm glad you made it through. I would consider that the best birthday ever, simply because you got to see it. Again, good to know you're still with us.
Thanks. I’m planning on an April retirement and a tour in MT and ID for June. A good deal of rail-trail, including the Hiawatha Trail, which is stunning, so I can avoid steep climbs.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
You’re old though.
Is that how you show respect to your elders? BTW what number is your next birthday? I think 50 qualifies as old.
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Hi
Greetings 👋.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Is that how you show respect to your elders? BTW what number is your next birthday? I think 50 qualifies as old.
I am not stressed about my birthday.
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I am not stressed about my birthday.
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Interesting. According to this the bikes are exactly the same.

I don’t have any toe over lap on the new madone.
Clearly, the Madone does not fit you.
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Revolver. Absolutely. I really liked the cover on which ever album this is below...
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Sgt Peppers is my fav. Followed closely by Magical Mystery Tour and Revolver. I like the psychadelic ones. I do realize there are objectively better albums, like Abbey Road for example.
Musical tastes are such a funny thing! Yuuuge Beatles fan here ... I'm really old, so remember first appearance on Ed Sullivan and all that. Mom bought me With the Beatles (Parlophone) shortly after. I loved the
'early' stuff and later up to around Revolver, then kind of lost interest when the band moved away from pop and into its 'serious' phase. Prolly why I never got on with Sgt Peppers; whenever I think of that album this album always comes to mind (I'm an even yuuuuger Mothers/Zappa fan).

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Revolver. Absolutely. I really liked the cover on which ever album this is below...
Damn; beat me to it ... just!
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Revolver. Absolutely. I really liked the cover on which ever album this is below...
Zappa!
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