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Old 10-24-23, 04:48 PM
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It was 75 degrees here today. I got in 40 after work, on the 2016 Tarmac with the new seat and TPU tubes. I will allow it. I think the seat is now dialed. Felt pretty good by the end of the ride. Weird to be in shorts in October though.
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Originally Posted by ls01
It was 75 degrees here today. I got in 40 after work, on the 2016 Tarmac with the new seat and TPU tubes. I will allow it. I think the seat is now dialed. Felt pretty good by the end of the ride. Weird to be in shorts in October though.
Which TPU tubes are you using? Like???
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Originally Posted by bampilot06



These tires are only a year old I think, maybe 2 max. Anybody else experience rotting? None of my other bikes have had this happen.
Started happening to my Vittorias a few years ago seemingly when they started printing "Graphene" in red letters on the sidewalls. Been using GP5000s and they are doing it too but not as bad. At least I can wear out the rear tire before it rots. The front one is looking a little worse than yours, though.

I keep my bikes in a garage for the first time in ages and it gets really hot in there. Don't know if that has anything to do with it but the front tire on the Gunnar (Vittoria) is so rotten it is splitting wide open. When I ride that bike I just take the front wheel off the other bike.
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Originally Posted by big john
Started happening to my Vittorias a few years ago seemingly when they started printing "Graphene" in red letters on the sidewalls. Been using GP5000s and they are doing it too but not as bad. At least I can wear out the rear tire before it rots. The front one is looking a little worse than yours, though.

I keep my bikes in a garage for the first time in ages and it gets really hot in there. Don't know if that has anything to do with it but the front tire on the Gunnar (Vittoria) is so rotten it is splitting wide open. When I ride that bike I just take the front wheel off the other bike.
I mean it gets hot here, but we keep our garage closed. Just seems strange to me. Not a huge huge deal, was planning on getting new tires for it soon anyways.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Headed for an unseasonably warm weekend. Booked my favorite campsite at a place in S. Jersey. Going to take a short drive from there Saturday morning and ride a trail down to Cape May. If I am feeling frisky, I might hor the ferry to Lewes, DE for lunch and more miles.
good to see that you're off the DL and doing adventurous rides.
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Not to bring up china carbon bars again, but has anyone had any experience with alfa pasca bars or know anybody that does? I’ve made the personal decision to stay away from RXL o bars but I would like to know if they are better quality.
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Originally Posted by ls01
I'll have to settle for being alive and good looking then.
and you have a highly developed imagination.
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Originally Posted by ls01
I'll have to settle for being alive and good looking then.
I was alive and looked good then.
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Possibly, but we pay our account in full every month and have zero debt, with no plans to borrow any funds in the future, so in this case it probably does not matter.
Same. Just use it like a debit card and pay in full before statement balance is due. We never put anything on CC we can't pay without monthly income. Repeat the benefits and don't let the bastards win.
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I just swapped to TPU tubes on my giant TCR (from latex) to lighten it up a bit. Ride feels a little less soft than the latex, but they are very light. Turbolitos, Much easier to install and good so far
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also for some reason I want to watch "The Thin Red Line". Not really that into war movies, or movies in general.... I just remember it being good.
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I'm getting my gallbladder removed at a time TBD.

In cycling news I'm buying a cassette for my spare wheel to match my gearing on my regular cassette. I am putting it on my existing spare I got in 2018 which has an 11 speed hub but has a 9 speed cassette which works with a spacer added to it. I will actually use this one as my main wheel since it has an ultegra hub.


6800 apparently is an 11 speed. For full disclosure I have my gears listed on post it note.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I'm getting my gallbladder removed at a time TBD.

In cycling news I'm buying a cassette for my spare wheel to match my gearing on my regular cassette. I am putting it on my existing spare I got in 2018 which has an 11 speed hub but has a 9 speed cassette which works with a spacer added to it. I will actually use this one as my main wheel since it has an ultegra hub.


6800 apparently is an 11 speed. For full disclosure I have my gears listed on post it note.
I apologize for the smudginess of the ink.
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Agree, but we don’t want the administrative headaches of being a landlord and/or dealing with property managers. Luckily getting decent returns now on savings, although may need to lock into high rates soon as they are likely to plateau and/or go down in next year or so. Timing is everything.
Real estate not only can offer a good return, but it also offers cash flow and increases in wealth thru appreciation. There are some potential downsides.
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NFW I can push the 50:11 ratio ~120 gear inches? NFW
Actually 123.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I mean it gets hot here, but we keep our garage closed. Just seems strange to me. Not a huge huge deal, was planning on getting new tires for it soon anyways.
I don't know if the heat is causing it. I just know my front tires rot before they wear out and even the rears were getting rotten when I was using the Vittorias.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
NFW I can push the 50:11 ratio ~120 gear inches? NFW
Actually 123.
I have 52x11 on my Gunnar and I used it a lot today and could have used more. It's what happens when I dice with e-bikes on descents and with tailwinds. Gotta get them up past the assist, then they have to make all the power because the motor stops helping @28 mph.
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Last weekend's ride on the Creeper Trail in Virginia featured lots of dead leaves. I was pushing 79 gear inches on the Langster.

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Come on Addicts i need help getting an 11 speed shimano 105 cassette. 11-30 per my previous post. Not having any luck. $50 should be doable. TIA
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Originally Posted by big john
I have 52x11 on my Gunnar and I used it a lot today and could have used more. It's what happens when I dice with e-bikes on descents and with tailwinds. Gotta get them up past the assist, then they have to make all the power because the motor stops helping @28 mph.
That beta blocker I'm on limits my horsepower.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Define "colder." Everyone has their limits.

Mine are pretty much as cold as it ever gets around here, it's the road conditions that would make me skip a winter ride.
I don’t like to go out when it’s much under 70.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Aruba is a good example of an area surrounded by water, yet it is an arid land.
And the nw Yucatán peninsula.
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Originally Posted by datlas
It's a bit early in the season to be trash-talking cold weather riding, but why not?

My beef with the winter is we often have a pattern of snow followed by days with daytime temps above freezing and overnight freezing temps, this results in small to medium sized patches of frozen runoff from driveways that make riding really dangerous. It's those road conditions that prevent the majority of my cold weather rides, not really the temperature per se.
Those days are excellent for maple syrup production. Do you have sugar maples on your property? It could be your next step into farm life. A la Eddie Albert.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
I mean I feel bad for the guy somewhat, but who in their right mind would think that flying a plane would be a great first time to try shrooms? Go out into the woods or something man.
Really the only place to do shrooms.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Oh brother. Mrs datlas just told me she saw a purchase from Nordstrom's in Tacoma WA for $249.87 on our usual credit card.

We have had to cancel it and now lots of headaches because we have a LOT of auto-charges on that card for things like our auto/homeowners insurance, Netflix, cell phone service, Apple services, etc.

I once lost a card due to a trip to EuroDisney
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