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Old 12-18-23, 12:21 PM
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Speaking of Tucson, on my recent trip I was planning on visiting Patagonia to do some birding. But after driving hundreds of miles through the boring Utah desert on my way to Phoenix, I was in no mood for driving through another hundred+ miles of desert.

Next time. It's on the bucket list.

Also on the list is another trip to Arches National Park in Moab. My son and I were on a tight schedule trying to get to Phoenix on the evening before Thanksgiving, so we didn't have enough time to actually see any of the majestic arches that are situated further into the park. But these awesome formations are good enough for now.



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Started out trying to true up my 46mm Reynolds wheels yesterday. Today I'm ordering all new spokes for the rear wheel. I had to order what I think are unbranded spokes. Good reviews. Wheelsmith and DTSwiss have lost thier minds. Fugetaboutit! 4 bux a spoke? Nope. And trying to buy them from Amazon ?...Thats a shiz show.
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Originally Posted by ls01
Started out trying to true up my 46mm Reynolds wheels yesterday. Today I'm ordering all new spokes for the rear wheel. I had to order what I think are unbranded spokes. Good reviews. Wheelsmith and DTSwiss have lost thier minds. Fugetaboutit! 4 bux a spoke? Nope. And trying to buy them from Amazon ?...Thats a shiz show.
can you get them through the LBS ?
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Originally Posted by ls01
Started out trying to true up my 46mm Reynolds wheels yesterday. Today I'm ordering all new spokes for the rear wheel. I had to order what I think are unbranded spokes. Good reviews. Wheelsmith and DTSwiss have lost thier minds. Fugetaboutit! 4 bux a spoke? Nope. And trying to buy them from Amazon ?...Thats a shiz show.
Man I dunno where I'd get spokes now. I used to go to Danscomp but they've been bought by A-Main since my last purchase there, so not sure if they are still the bees knees when it comes to spoke supply.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Speaking of Tucson, on my recent trip I was planning on visiting Patagonia to do some birding. But after driving hundreds of miles through the boring Utah desert on my way to Phoenix, I was in no mood for driving through another hundred+ miles of desert.

Next time. It's on the bucket list.

Also on the list is another trip to Arches National Park in Moab. My son and I were on a tight schedule trying to get to Phoenix on the evening before Thanksgiving, so we didn't have enough time to actually see any of the majestic arches that are situated further into the park. But these awesome formations are good enough for now.
My next rock admiration trip is gonna be to the Bisti Badlands up in 4-corners/Farmington, NM area.

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Originally Posted by ls01
Started out trying to true up my 46mm Reynolds wheels yesterday. Today I'm ordering all new spokes for the rear wheel. I had to order what I think are unbranded spokes. Good reviews. Wheelsmith and DTSwiss have lost thier minds. Fugetaboutit! 4 bux a spoke? Nope. And trying to buy them from Amazon ?...Thats a shiz show.
You had me panicking for a moment. That's mean $256 in spokes alone to rebuild the Dura Ace wheelset for the Ritchey. Though I may not have the patience, and might fob it off on Gebhard at my LBS.
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Fixing wheels sounds like fixing appliances. Cheaper to get a new one.

Sad!
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Originally Posted by TMonk
RE: Swift. I got nothing against her. She's not my style so much, very rarely seek her out, but I'll find my head bobbing to some of her hits when they're on the radio, or wherever I am. As Homer said to the judge during the custody hearing in the classic Season 6 episode "home sweet homediddly-dum-doodily": I got nothin' against Maggie.
But would you work on her farm?

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Just got the price for the new table top. Tempered glass this time. F me.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Not good.

Stop riding your bicycle cycle in the house.
Mom always said, "don't play ball in the house."
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Update on daughter #2. Now that she has been home for a few days, we are able to chat and she is doing MUCH better. She had a rough few weeks after her breakup but seems to be bouncing back.

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Originally Posted by ls01
Started out trying to true up my 46mm Reynolds wheels yesterday. Today I'm ordering all new spokes for the rear wheel. I had to order what I think are unbranded spokes. Good reviews. Wheelsmith and DTSwiss have lost thier minds. Fugetaboutit! 4 bux a spoke? Nope. And trying to buy them from Amazon ?...Thats a shiz show.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I was vacuuming behind the couch and wasn't looking where I was pushing it. The beam just sits in those concrete uprights, so it can collapse if nudged too hard from the end.
You wouldn't want a table like that in earthquake country.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Did you get a new vehicle?
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Just got the price for the new table top. Tempered glass this time. F me.
I would get whichever is easiest to vacuum up.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Update on daughter #2. Now that she has been home for a few days, we are able to chat and she is doing MUCH better. She had a rough few weeks after her breakup but seems to be bouncing back.

I had a VERY tough time when the Not-Yet-Mrs. GeneJockey broke up with me after Sophomore year. That was a tough summer. I also got Mono. And then she came to visit in the late summer, but didn't want to get back together. Then SHE got mono.

When I say our story is a long and tedious one, this is what I mean.
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great worthless factoid :

Tom Morello and Adam Jones (Tool) were childhood friends

and apparently both were initially bad (terrible) guitarists ? … (and now both are among top of their style / type)
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Speaking of Tucson, on my recent trip I was planning on visiting Patagonia to do some birding. But after driving hundreds of miles through the boring Utah desert on my way to Phoenix, I was in no mood for driving through another hundred+ miles of desert.

Next time. It's on the bucket list.

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Bryce Canyon is another must see. Take the hike up to Angel's Landing.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Just got the price for the new table top. Tempered glass this time. F me.
One inch thick?

Tempered is better. If you fall (I mean pushed onto it), there is far less chance of being impaled.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Fixing wheels sounds like fixing appliances. Cheaper to get a new one.

Sad!
Depends on the wheel.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Just got the price for the new table top. Tempered glass this time. F me.
Get some nice 3/4" plywood. You'll never break that! You can paint it any color you want.
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Is it stuck?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Man I dunno where I'd get spokes now. I used to go to Danscomp but they've been bought by A-Main since my last purchase there, so not sure if they are still the bees knees when it comes to spoke supply.
I've had great luck finding good deals on DT Competition spokes on eBay, usually between ~$.50-$1.00 per spoke.

Latest build was with some old Araya rims and late '70s Shimano high flange hubs and 15/16g spokes. Rims are pretty soft and have a noticeable bulge at the seam so I'll probably relace them with some Sun M13 soon-ish.

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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Bryce Canyon is another must see. Take the hike up to Angel's Landing.
On the list.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
My next rock admiration trip is gonna be to the Bisti Badlands up in 4-corners/Farmington, NM area.

if you look close enough you can almost see the roadrunner dropping an anvil on coyote's head.
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