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Old 04-22-24, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Weird. I have a couple of family members contemplating moving back east. I'm just like "What's so attractive about humidity and bugs all of the sudden?"

I reckon they're not all that outdoorsy though, so they won't notice that as much as I would.
I don't know about them, but for me it's affordability. I don't relish the idea of living like a pauper in a house worth north of $2 million.

Others talk about wildfires and mudslides and earthquakes, but every place has its own flavors of disaster.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Ahh. I've never used cleat covers. I've also never had an issue with squeaking (X series).
I know that you don't technically need to use them, but the feeling and the sound of metal grinding against whatever I was walking on just sends shivers up my spine.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I know that you don't technically need to use them, but the feeling and the sound of metal grinding against whatever I was walking on just sends shivers up my spine.
Understood. I don't get those same shivers.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
SC would be on my list of places should things ever change.
Personally you couldn’t drag me past the MD line.
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Originally Posted by big john;[url=tel:23220828
23220828[/url]]Time for some more yard work. Was thinking about a birthday ride for a while but now some friends are getting involved. Seems they've cooked up a route for next Saturday but we'll see who's still in later this week. Not as much climbing as I was thinking but riding with others who are all faster than I am adds a level of difficulty.

The route I had in mind is over 70 miles with around 7K feet. The problem with that route is the race cars drivers have discovered it. Plus the whole 7K feet thing.
Happy birthday. A whole new world opens up at 70. Welcome!
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I don't know about them, but for me it's affordability. I don't relish the idea of living like a pauper in a house worth north of $2 million.

Others talk about wildfires and mudslides and earthquakes, but every place has its own flavors of disaster.
velo vol's doing just fine. Ask him.
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IMO wildfires are far and away our largest danger. Mudslides, earthquakes pale in comparison to the danger and damage we get from fire. Before we bought this townhome in 2022 (850k townhome....) we had looked at neighborhoods with big trail/open space networks nearby, like Tierrasanta. In the past year or two, some of the insurance providers out there have full on dropped wildfire coverage. Like not scaled back, but dropped. Makes you think twice. In 5-10 years from now when we are ready to afford a single family home in a nice, central neighborhood, fire risk will be a BIG component to our decision.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Happy birthday. A whole new world opens up at 70. Welcome!
Thanks! A new world of aches and pains?
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Originally Posted by TMonk
IMO wildfires are far and away our largest danger. Mudslides, earthquakes pale in comparison to the danger and damage we get from fire. Before we bought this townhome in 2022 (850k townhome....) we had looked at neighborhoods with big trail/open space networks nearby, like Tierrasanta. In the past year or two, some of the insurance providers out there have full on dropped wildfire coverage. Like not scaled back, but dropped. Makes you think twice. In 5-10 years from now when we are ready to afford a single family home in a nice, central neighborhood, fire risk will be a BIG component to our decision.
Before the covid thing I looked into buying a house in the mountain area where I used to live. No major insurance company would even consider covering a house up there. I found some small broker and he said he could get coverage from some unknown company. The alternative is the California Fair Plan. You have to prove you were rejected by 2 carriers, I think, and the coverage, while not cheap, covers the structure only.
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Well well well, it looks like I’m a serious cyclist after all.

It says ‘mineral oil’. Dot 3?
I was looking at adjusting the rear a little tighter, and when I pulled the boot back to get at the barrel adjuster, I found a hydraulic connector. Is that middle one a fill hole?

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Originally Posted by big john
Thanks! A new world of aches and pains?
I just dropped an Ibu 600 to deal with the aches from today's softball game. Likely everyone on both teams did similar.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
velo vol's doing just fine. Ask him.
No disasters to worry about here.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Well well well, it looks like I’m a serious cyclist after all.

It says ‘mineral oil’. Dot 3?
I was looking at adjusting the rear a little tighter, and when I pulled the boot back to get at the barrel adjuster, I found a hydraulic connector. Is that middle one a fill hole?
Mineral oil is mineral oil. Do not use Dot 3. No barrel adjuster on hydraulic brakes. Probably the bolt on the right is the bleed port.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Well well well, it looks like I’m a serious cyclist after all.

It says ‘mineral oil’. Dot 3?
I was looking at adjusting the rear a little tighter, and when I pulled the boot back to get at the barrel adjuster, I found a hydraulic connector. Is that middle one a fill hole?
Mineral oil is definitely not DOT 3, or brake fluid for that matter. Can't help with the holes but some levers have reach and other adjustments at the lever.
If there is air in the system it could make too much lever travel, or if the caliper is off centered that could do it, too.


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You seem obsessed.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I don't know about them, but for me it's affordability. I don't relish the idea of living like a pauper in a house worth north of $2 million.

Others talk about wildfires and mudslides and earthquakes, but every place has its own flavors of disaster.
I'm thinking about the Winslow area for some cheap land. There ain't much to burn out there either. Only bummer is not much public land out there so
​​​​ you've gotta drive a half hour to get to good MTB trails. I guess that's better than Portland though, 45 mins to the good trails from there
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Well, Mrs. GJ is positive. I expect The Boys will catch it anytime now.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I guess that's better than Portland though, 45 mins to the good trails from there
Dangit. I'll be there in July for 4 nights surrounding my sister's wedding. Was hoping to rent a MTB and ride to some trails. Not sure I'd want to bother with renting a road bike, although I suppose I could do that too and find some of the local hammer rides or something
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Waiting for my ship to come in. Saw a bald eagle this morning.

your ship will need a captain


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Dangit. I'll be there in July for 4 nights surrounding my sister's wedding. Was hoping to rent a MTB and ride to some trails. Not sure I'd want to bother with renting a road bike, although I suppose I could do that too and find some of the local hammer rides or something
Best thing about Portland Summers is TONS of bike racing. STXC going on Monday nights. Crits on Tuesdays. Usually weekend stuff too.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Best thing about Portland Summers is TONS of bike racing. STXC going on Monday nights. Crits on Tuesdays. Usually weekend stuff too.
I thought the Bach organ festival was the big draw in the summer ?

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Originally Posted by rjones28
Mineral oil is mineral oil. Do not use Dot 3. No barrel adjuster on hydraulic brakes. Probably the bolt on the right is the bleed port.
Drug store mineral oil then?
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So I guess I’m just gonna have to do some homework, starting with that video upthread.
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* I'm closing on my new home May 1.
* Today our old house went on the market and we got a full price offer. It seems sus.
*I've got jury duty the week of May 20th.
*Roscoe is in bad shape all of a sudden and we are taking him to the vet tomorrow at 11 AM
*At some point I want to schedule my trial run on my spinal cord stimulator. Probably going to push it back until June once things on my plate clear.

A lot going on. Some good some bad.
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