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Old 05-30-24, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Lily is talking about moving to Dallas. She really wants me to become an instructor so I would be home every night. I wouldn’t mind instructing, pay wise it’s more stable. I would get the same pay check monthly instead of now where it fluctuates all the time. I can make more money flying but that would require me to work more than I do now.

As an instructor I would get less days off than I do now but the time home would counteract that. Only issue I see is the Dallas equation.

No offense Mojo, but the roads here suck. The weather is not particularly pleasurable either. Don’t even get me started on the concrete jungle that the whole Dallas area is.

Going to the roads sucking. The ride with Mojo was okay. Roads were not perfect but I could handle that. The roads by me are absolutely ****. And the route that the local took me on, roads were still ****. That was his favorite route becuase it had a shoulder. The shoulder was almost unrideable, in fact I stuck my butt in the road that’s how bad it was.


Charlotte is an option but the word is that they want to close that training spot. Phoenix is another option but again, I don’t know if in 10 years that will still be open. Long term Dallas is the only option. Obviously this isn’t happening overnight. Would prolly be a couple of years.


Mojos neighborhood looked really good. And I do like the viridian neighborhood but not that particular location.
That area hasn't hit the hot season yet. VA is humid and soupy. Even at it's hottest though, not like the heat Texas will get to in a couple of months. It doesn't cool off much at night either. For me, the high humidity puts a haze in the air that keeps the sun from cooking you like a bug under a magnifying glass. You gotta do what you gotta do however.

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the 4th day of my ride home from Seattle. Around 50 miles in a cold PNW rain. Fortunately, the county park in Rockport, WA had Adirondack shelters, piping hot showers and raised fire rings. A nice ranger came over with wood and an axe and split the wood for us. A tiny glimpse of heaven.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Lily is talking about moving to Dallas. She really wants me to become an instructor so I would be home every night. I wouldnít mind instructing, pay wise itís more stable. I would get the same pay check monthly instead of now where it fluctuates all the time. I can make more money flying but that would require me to work more than I do now.

As an instructor I would get less days off than I do now but the time home would counteract that. Only issue I see is the Dallas equation.

No offense Mojo, but the roads here suck. The weather is not particularly pleasurable either. Donít even get me started on the concrete jungle that the whole Dallas area is.

Going to the roads sucking. The ride with Mojo was okay. Roads were not perfect but I could handle that. The roads by me are absolutely ****. And the route that the local took me on, roads were still ****. That was his favorite route becuase it had a shoulder. The shoulder was almost unrideable, in fact I stuck my butt in the road thatís how bad it was.


Charlotte is an option but the word is that they want to close that training spot. Phoenix is another option but again, I donít know if in 10 years that will still be open. Long term Dallas is the only option. Obviously this isnít happening overnight. Would prolly be a couple of years.


Mojos neighborhood looked really good. And I do like the viridian neighborhood but not that particular location.
But, you don't have own lobster claws or shoe covers.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
I have the most coveted BF 50+ jersey. My wife loves the rich red color:



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Hows the bike going? You have been putting in miles, which is good.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
But, you don't have own lobster claws or shoe covers.
Those dont bother me.
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the creak remains, and still appears to be a seat/seatpost issue. But I will move on nonetheless as there is nothing else there. A pedal change iis on todayís agenda.
I saw another pair of iscellated turkeys.
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Those dont bother me.
Living in Texas is not for everyone. There are pros and cons just like every other place one can live. We would consider moving elsewhere if it wasn't for family and friends.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Nope, looks like Ecotec power.
They were all 4 cylinders. First the 2.2, then 2.4. The SS had a 2.0 turbo. The intercooler was low in the front and people would smash them on a curb or parking block and the check engine light would come on.

They were similar to the Cobalt SS. The Cobalt battery would leak and drip acid onto the intercooler which would make a leak in the boost.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Living in Texas is not for everyone. There are pros and cons just like every other place one can live. We would consider moving elsewhere if it wasn't for family and friends.

Knowing Lily it probably will happen. Iím sure Dallas has a lot to offer. My view is tainted, I am only here for training and that is not a fun time.
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the creak remains, and still appears to be a seat/seatpost issue. But I will move on nonetheless as there is nothing else there. A pedal change iis on todayís agenda.
I saw another pair of iscellated turkeys.

So I tightened my seat post as well as my seat clamp and that made the creaking noise for the most part go away. I had this awful rattling noise the other night. I was convinced it was my valve stem rattling in my wheels. If I stopped and grabbed the valve stem and gave it a good shake it would replicate the noise. I tightened the washer as much as I could but while riding it still made the god awful noise. I was loosing my mind. So as I rode around getting angrier and angrier I took a sip from my water and I realized the noise stopped. Put the bottle in the cage and the noise came back. Went back to my room added a little torque to the cage and the noise stopped. These bontrager plastic cages wear out though, thinking I might go supacaz aluminum. Want to change my theme from black and pink to black and gold.


Out of the saddle in a climb the BB is creaking a little. When I get home I might have the shop lube it.
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I have a lot of in laws in Ft Worth (Keller). They moved there about 20-25 years ago to work for AA. The folks are great and I look forward to visiting every other year or so, but otherwise I have no interest in going there. Ft. Worth at least does have some character and history, with the stockyards etc. But ya I've never ridden there, seems pretty flat and featureless all over. However I hear the Zwifting there would stack up to just about anywhere else .

I bet there are some races and events in the hill country between there and Austin which wouldn't be too far away, if you wanna get some racing or other social events in.
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Finishing up a light hour on the trainer before cleaning up and heading to the office. Gonna go hard the next two days, indoor tomorrow before work, then I get to put the hurt on some locals during an IRL group ride on Saturday.
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Finishing up a light hour on the trainer before cleaning up and heading to the office. Gonna go hard the next two days, indoor tomorrow before work, then I get to put the hurt on some locals during an IRL group ride on Saturday.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
to see what condition your condition was in?
Yeah. Yeah. Oh yeah.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Lily is talking about moving to Dallas. She really wants me to become an instructor so I would be home every night. I wouldnít mind instructing, pay wise itís more stable. I would get the same pay check monthly instead of now where it fluctuates all the time. I can make more money flying but that would require me to work more than I do now.

As an instructor I would get less days off than I do now but the time home would counteract that. Only issue I see is the Dallas equation.

No offense Mojo, but the roads here suck. The weather is not particularly pleasurable either. Donít even get me started on the concrete jungle that the whole Dallas area is.

Going to the roads sucking. The ride with Mojo was okay. Roads were not perfect but I could handle that. The roads by me are absolutely ****. And the route that the local took me on, roads were still ****. That was his favorite route becuase it had a shoulder. The shoulder was almost unrideable, in fact I stuck my butt in the road thatís how bad it was.


Charlotte is an option but the word is that they want to close that training spot. Phoenix is another option but again, I donít know if in 10 years that will still be open. Long term Dallas is the only option. Obviously this isnít happening overnight. Would prolly be a couple of years.


Mojos neighborhood looked really good. And I do like the viridian neighborhood but not that particular location.
Move to an outlying airport and commute in your Cessna. Yeah, it would still be hot as hell, but no concrete jungle. I can tell you that when the heat and traffic are unbearable in Merida, itís bearable and relaxed out here. And upwind to boot.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
So I tightened my seat post as well as my seat clamp and that made the creaking noise for the most part go away. I had this awful rattling noise the other night. I was convinced it was my valve stem rattling in my wheels. If I stopped and grabbed the valve stem and gave it a good shake it would replicate the noise. I tightened the washer as much as I could but while riding it still made the god awful noise. I was loosing my mind. So as I rode around getting angrier and angrier I took a sip from my water and I realized the noise stopped. Put the bottle in the cage and the noise came back. Went back to my room added a little torque to the cage and the noise stopped. These bontrager plastic cages wear out though, thinking I might go supacaz aluminum. Want to change my theme from black and pink to black and gold.
Out of the saddle in a climb the BB is creaking a little. When I get home I might have the shop lube it.
I donít get hoe to tighten the seat post separate from the clamp. Iíve been fiddling with the clamp. This morning I got a fleeting creak as I stopped pedaling and began to coast. Was it a sign of something to check, or merely a delayed action creak?
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I donít get hoe to tighten the seat post separate from the clamp. Iíve been fiddling with the clamp. This morning I got a fleeting creak as I stopped pedaling and began to coast. Was it a sign of something to check, or merely a delayed action creak?
Years ago, I mean like decades, I had a creak somewhere in the saddle/seatpost/seat cluster area. My then-LBS guy put some heavy grease in the saddle clamp, and said that you often get a creak with aluminum clamps and titanium rails. Maybe also with other metals?

That reminds me - I need to grease the rails on the Litespeed. Not only is it titanium rails in an aluminum clamp, but also it's a Thomson Elite, which apparently are prone to creaking.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I donít get hoe to tighten the seat post separate from the clamp. Iíve been fiddling with the clamp. This morning I got a fleeting creak as I stopped pedaling and began to coast. Was it a sign of something to check, or merely a delayed action creak?
The clamp refers to the part that holds the saddle rails to the post. Did you try yanking on the saddle with both hands to try and duplicate the noise?
I've had cheap posts crack and make noise. I took my favorite saddle off and put it on the older bike because it is creaking where the rails go into the saddle itself. Quite annoying.
My Seven creaks from the saddle area once in a while when I shift my weight around.

When trying to diagnose noises I will sometimes soak the suspected area with WD-40 to see if the noise goes away.

Flip the bike upside down and put your hands on the pedals and twist and torque the crankset with everything you have. Do this with the pedals in different clock positions.
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I've been dissatisfied with how the Big Circuit rolls on downhills. It seems to top out at a lower speed than my other bikes. I'm a big fan of free speed, so I like to get my hubs as free as possible, just at the point of zero play when clamped in the dropouts.

The 3 variables are weight, wind resistance, and rolling resistance. The first two are pretty much constant among all my bikes, so it seems to me it has to be rolling resistance. I paid closer attention while test-spinning both wheels last night. Both of them roll for a long time with a good spin, but after stopping neither one would roll back, seeking equilibrium. I realized the Sante hubs were probably the first ones I rebuilt, and I probably didn't spend enough time on them, getting the bearing load just right. So that's how I spent the last hour before bed last night - prying off the Sante dustcovers that hide the cone wrench flats, then adjust, test, adjust, test, adjust, test ad nauseam. They're better now - clamped into the dropouts, there's no side-to-side play, and if you give them a good spin not only do they run forever, but when they stop they roll back and forth once or twice to put the heavy side down. We'll see how they feel tonight!
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