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Old 05-05-24, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Another weekend with no rest.
Now I'm working on the new house.
Happy housewarming!!!

Has anyone brought you a ficus yet?
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The Older Boy tells me he has cut-proof gloves for using the whirling blades of death in the meat department. I suggested he not test them too much.
Safety. Pffft.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
A lot of larger clubs have fixed routes (which may rotate) and different group/levels as well, which helps keeps things organized and predictable. The San Diego Bicycle club has 5 or so regular Saturday rides and even some pre-ride consultation for the developmental rides (D1-D3), and ride leaders for everything but the A ride. They are all well attended.
Our club has at least 5 rides on the schedule every Saturday but these days it could be pared down to 3. The pandemic really changed the club. A lot of people never came back, especially "B" type riders. Turnout is much smaller than any time since I joined in 1989.

One guy puts the rides up on the web page and he picks from dozens of routes. When I joined a different guy controlled it. Everything was printed back then and he had to bring route slips to the ride start every Saturday and Sunday, then pick up the unused ones after everyone left. We also had a printed monthly newsletter mailed to members. We assembled the newsletter at our monthly meetings but once that was done the meetings were usually fun. We had guest speakers and free snacks, sometimes repair clinics and demonstrations.

We had separate rides for racers for years and they are starting back again. They aren't on the schedule and are very informal deals.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets;[url=tel:23231823
23231823[/url]]I record all my rides in RWGPS, and I have the apps linked so as soon as I save a ride to RWGPS it also uploads to Strava.
Mine apparently does that too. I’m getting kudos out of the blue. I kinda remember setting it up years ago
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Originally Posted by datlas;[url=tel:23231993
23231993[/url]]It’s a cold and rainy morning. I am being lazy and watching the Giro.
It was a dark and stormy night
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Originally Posted by TMonk;[url=tel:23232033
23232033[/url]]It is also raining pretty heavy in San Diego this morning, and I am reading live updates from the Giro. Looks like the elevation profile will be cause for some excitement fairly soon.

I had planned on riding my TT bike outside for an easy hour this morning, but it looks like it's going to be ITG
I had planned to watch the Giro last evening but watched a long interview with a very active session guitarist from the early seventies. Can’t remember his name.
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Old 05-05-24, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Another weekend with no rest.
Now I'm working on the new house.
Pffft, you're a young fella, you can handle it.
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Originally Posted by mschwett;[url=tel:23232280
23232280[/url]]such a beautiful day today, i decided to ignore all the injuries and ailments and moving work to do, took a bunch of ibuprofen, and went for a ride on the aethos. it hardly would qualify as a ride by last year’s standards (18 miles, 800 feet, 15mph) but it felt good. no arrhythmia. ribs hurt but completely tolerable.

i’ve only been riding eBikes lately, and while they’re nice e-bikes. there is definitely something magical about a completely silent 14lb road bike that fits me perfectly. it just disappears under you.

mood improved by about 100%. not sure if that’s addiction or therapeutic?
Can’t be both?
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
It was a dark and stormy night
I was very close to getting Dark and Stormy fixin's last night, even had the 4-pack of fancy ginger ale in my hand but then thought about having to go through the extra step of buying the rum. If I was in Safeway where you can buy hard liquor in a regular checkout I would've gone through with it.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse;[url=tel:23232336
23232336[/url]]The Strava segments-on-map feature's there, but you have to work at it:

My thing is mtb routes. The road routes I have down pat. And frankly, the three or four routes I know well are fine routes. Those who could show me routes are at work during the day and ride in the evening. I ride in the morning when it’s relatively cool
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Originally Posted by DougRNS;[url=tel:23232360
23232360]Another weekend with no rest.
Now I'm working on the new house.
No rest for the wicked. I find that drugs can help with these activities. Weed and coffee together are especially well suited.

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Originally Posted by mschwett
such a beautiful day today, i decided to ignore all the injuries and ailments and moving work to do, took a bunch of ibuprofen, and went for a ride on the aethos. it hardly would qualify as a ride by last year’s standards (18 miles, 800 feet, 15mph) but it felt good. no arrhythmia. ribs hurt but completely tolerable.

i’ve only been riding eBikes lately, and while they’re nice e-bikes. there is definitely something magical about a completely silent 14lb road bike that fits me perfectly. it just disappears under you.

mood improved by about 100%. not sure if that’s addiction or therapeutic?
Addicted to therapeutics?

I took the Ritchey, with its newly rebuilt wheels. I was expecting a volley of pops and pings when I started off, but it was just two soft *tic*s and that was all. I went 53 miles, being sensitive to it only being 2 weeks since COVID. But I've been feeling pretty much normal - apart from every so often coughing up little wads of mucous. When I started out I felt fine, then between miles 4 and 6, I was thinking, "Maybe I'll keep this under 40 miles", but then it started feeling better and better. But even though I'd had a pack of Skratch Labs energy chews at about 30 miles in, the last few miles I was running low on blood sugar. No bonk, but definitely pre-bonk feeling of fatigue. The fatigue is not surprising, though, given that there was about a 15-20 knot wind out of the NNW, right in my face the whole way North on Canada Rd. I ended up swapping pulls with another rider for about 4 miles, so that helped.

I haven't re-checked the wheels since i got back, but it seems possible that squeezing the everloving crap out of pairs of spokes, at least twice for each wheel, may have de-stressed the spokes enough. I've had custom built wheels that had to be re-trued after about 50 miles, and some that NEVER needed it, after 10,000 miles. I think the latter guy had a press for that.

The new rims are Velocity A23s, with 19mm internal width, whereas the wheels I had been using have an OUTER width of 19mm, and I think a 13mm inner width. The tires - Conti Grand Prix in 25mm - look really wide now, and not at all "lightbulb-y" They may be almost as wide as the 28s on the Canyon.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
My thing is mtb routes. The road routes I have down pat. And frankly, the three or four routes I know well are fine routes. Those who could show me routes are at work during the day and ride in the evening. I ride in the morning when it’s relatively cool
Tap on that "Unpaved" button. The paved/unpaved data is still pretty spotty in some areas though. Could always do it the ol' skool way. Split screen Strava Heat maps and google maps satellite view in order to find the most popular dirt roads in the area.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets;[url=tel:23232437
23232437]Tap on that "Unpaved" button. The paved/unpaved data is still pretty spotty in some areas though. Could always do it the ol' skool way. Split screen Strava Heat maps and google maps satellite view in order to find the most popular dirt roads in the area.
I have already deleted Strava from the phone. ****em. I also live in an area with few recreational riders of any stripe. I am the only rec road rider in a 30 km radius. That’s the distance to Merida in one direction. The rest of the radius could be 200 miles.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I have already deleted Strava from the phone. ****em. I also live in an area with few recreational riders of any stripe. I am the only rec road rider in a 30 km radius. That’s the distance to Merida in one direction. The rest of the radius could be 200 miles.
Most of my route planning is done in RWGPS on a computer. Log into the site and start planning. I switch basemaps a lot as needed. Google satellite works well for looking at stuff, and you can drag the street view guy onto the map in some places. Some areas aren't well mapped on google though, so I'll try OSM Cycling or OSM Outdoors. Sometimes I just click on "Draw Lines" instead of "Follow Roads" for tricky areas.

Then save your route, give it a good name, then click on "Send to Device". Grab your phone and make sure you download the route for offline use if you think you'll be without cell service.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets;[url=tel:23232460
23232460[/url]]Most of my route planning is done in RWGPS on a computer. Log into the site and start planning. I switch basemaps a lot as needed. Google satellite works well for looking at stuff, and you can drag the street view guy onto the map in some places. Some areas aren't well mapped on google though, so I'll try OSM Cycling or OSM Outdoors. Sometimes I just click on "Draw Lines" instead of "Follow Roads" for tricky areas.

Then save your route, give it a good name, then click on "Send to Device". Grab your phone and make sure you download the route for offline use if you think you'll be without cell service.
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Originally Posted by big john
Of the thousands of club rides I've done, it's rare for one to be this disorganized. It started weird and got weirder. When the faster hammerheads decided to cancel their ride and come with us that added another element. Then the road closure caused all the personalities to come out.

My friend who was with the other group after we split up, the group I wanted to be with, wrote to me last night. He said there were arguments, wrong turns, and guys leaving the ride in anger. Worse than the confusion in our group. Oh well. Nobody got hurt and I'm sure we can all still ride together again.
did anybody yell?
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Oh and I forgot to mention - John Scofield has a bunch of good stuff if you enjoyed that. His background is hard bob/straight-ahead jazz with some of the biggest names out there, but then he moved into a fusion / jam band kind of style, and there is a ton of great content out there. I recommend the "A Go Go" album, or anything he did with Medeski Martin and Wood (also worth checking out)

EDIT: like this. Isn't really fusion IMO (unlike much of their collective music), it's just a lot of fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?ars. v=zdj9kdpghEQ
also like. Dig the piano and the bass player laid down some funky grooves.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
did anybody yell?
No but I wanted to a few times.
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Originally Posted by big john
No but I wanted to a few times.
I've been known to yell and drop large quantities of F bombs. As I've gotten older i notice i don't take much **** and don't have much of a filter. Stuff happens.
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I've been known to yell and drop large quantities of F bombs. As I've gotten older i notice i don't take much **** and don't have much of a filter. Stuff happens.
you sound like a bad person.
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you sound like a bad person.
possibly.
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I've been known to yell and drop large quantities of F bombs. As I've gotten older i notice i don't take much **** and don't have much of a filter. Stuff happens.
I wanted to yell at this one lady who kept putting herself in danger from cars, like on a narrow road with not enough room. She's such a sweet person I wouldn't do it but her husband was there and he should have said something.

Another one was the woman who didn't know the route but kept hammering off the front, getting lost twice. I tried to make the point that you shouldn't be on the front if you don't know where you're going. It's not like I could chase her down on a climb.
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From today's ride down a dirt road in Los Altos Hills, on a gate at the end of the road:



Rough translation:

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German doggo

needs cuddles, full of love, courageous, gentle

love: 100%, hunting instinct: 75%, appetite: 100%
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Not your standard "Beware of Dog" sign.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I've been known to yell and drop large quantities of F bombs. As I've gotten older i notice i don't take much **** and don't have much of a filter. Stuff happens.
Dougs don’t like filters?
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