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Old 05-10-24, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
How did I miss out on the leather handlebar tape thread? Retirement has made me soft.
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All I got from wrapping leather bar tape on a customer's bike was a really poor opinion of the stuff.
I never opened that thread because it seemed like a mundane topic. After seeing Indy's post this morning I went and read it. New heights for Larry.
I gotta hand it to him, he keeps surprising me.
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VO2 max intervals this morning, "just because". Seems weird since I'm not training for anything specific this year, and well, they're hard. I think I just wanted to test myself and see how I responded.

I rode:
1x4'
1x3'
1x10'
1x3'

Hard starts and then I let myself settle into a moderate pace that was a few watts below target by mid interval. Was able to push up at the end and hit my targets each time. The last interval it wasn't so "intrinsic" and I sort of had to press the issue (pun intended) to hit my target, gasping at the end. Running out of AWC.

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Originally Posted by big john
Cleveland Cavs just beat the Celtics in Boston. Cray cray.
I predicted that … not

and the Mavs downed the Thunder …

two underdogs won on the road …whowouldathunkit … the Cavs were especially a huge underdog in that game

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Originally Posted by TMonk
VO2 max intervals this morning, "just because". Seems weird since I'm not training for anything specific this year, and well, they're hard. I think I just wanted to test myself and see how I responded.

I rode:
1x4'
1x3'
1x10'
1x3'

Hard starts and then I let myself settle into a moderate pace that was a few watts below target by mid interval. Was able to push up at the end and hit my targets each time. The last interval it wasn't so "intrinsic" and I sort of had to press the issue (pun intended) to hit my target, gasping at the end. Running out of AWC.

Good workout!
hmmm … #beingafatherisstronger … ???
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Originally Posted by t2p
hmmm … #beingafatherisstronger … ???
Perhaps this the arrival of the fabled #dadwatts

My volume is down 33 - 50%, but my power is not really that far off from my best. Def. a higher fraction of intensity in my total volume as a result.
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Cav had a good day.
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I know it's a longshot, but I really hope Cav can get another sprint win at the TdF!!!
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Originally Posted by abshipp
All I got from wrapping leather bar tape on a customer's bike was a really poor opinion of the stuff.
I did a sew-on leather bar wrap on Mrs. Peel, which was a PITA, but looks great. I only did it because that's how the Lotus Supreme originally came in 1982. It's not especially good padding, though probably no worse than the cellophane bar tape of the era. Leather bar tape? Why? It probably dries poorly, it probably stains easily, and it probably rots if it doesn't dry out after a good soaking.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Awesome, I gots no love for anything Boston.
It seemed like a really strange place when I was there last month, but of course I only saw a small part of it. I was at a swanky hotel in the Seaport section, which was on Summer St, which is raised about 30+ feet above the surrounding area, so that you had to go down a lot of steps to get to the rest of the neighborhood. Once you did, you run into a typical "old city" problem - streets that run at oblique angles to each other, and curve, and where often more than two streets cross at an intersection. Between that, and the 30' separation between Summer St. and the rest of the area, I figured I could get lost in 3 dimensions instead of the usual 2.
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I'm listening to some jazz fusion on Spotify this afternoon. 2 tracks from weather report I found acceptable from the black market album. Title track and Herandu. I better stop soon, it might make me crave weed.

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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I'm listening to some jazz fusion on Spotify this afternoon. 2 tracks from weather report I found acceptable from the black market album. Title track and Herandu. I better stop soon, it might make me crave weed.

#DougsDontDoDrugs
Black Market is sweet. Really everything from Mysterious Traveller through Mr. Gone is pretty good. I go through phases where I'll listen to each of those albums successively.

Now I have the bassline from Barbary Coast stuck in my head, what an ear-worm!

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Also, my Grateful Dead binge is waning for sure, but the vibes are still flowin'

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Originally Posted by big john

Cav had a good day.
It was a good win with some other good sprinters in the mix. That said, Groenewagen is an a-hole. He's going to seriously hurt someone...again.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Today is graduation day at USC. Heidi is allowed to the ceremony but she will not be awarded her degree yet. We have to wait for administration to address these silly charges against her and we have no idea how long that process takes.

The “big” graduation ceremony is canceled but her school (School of Cinematic Arts) will have its ceremony in the Shrine Auditorium which is not even technically on campus so her “ban” from campus would not even be a barrier. It’s still a mess but we are trying to stay positive.
I get the impression that each "school" is doing their own graduation. A good friend's daughter is graduating from USC today, too (Cog Sci), and will have a ceremony. Not sure where.

Good luck with Heidi's situation.
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I have no comment about cav, cavs, vo2 or leather handlebar wrap or other undisclosed topics.

This Spotify list might be sus. The have the soft parade by the doors on the playlist. More psychedelic rock if I were to slap a genre on it.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Caffeine
I think you are suffering adverse effects from this:

Originally Posted by datlas
Today is graduation day at USC. Heidi is allowed to the ceremony but she will not be awarded her degree yet. We have to wait for administration to address these silly charges against her and we have no idea how long that process takes.
Pic?
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Originally Posted by genejockey
I did a sew-on leather bar wrap on Mrs. Peel, which was a PITA, but looks great. I only did it because that's how the Lotus Supreme originally came in 1982. It's not especially good padding, though probably no worse than the cellophane bar tape of the era. Leather bar tape? Why? It probably dries poorly, it probably stains easily, and it probably rots if it doesn't dry out after a good soaking.
The stuff I used was the Brooks tape. It's not a single piece of leather - several sections of really thin stuff attached to a base material, maybe 2 or 3 very obvious butt joints in the leather veneer.

Didn't look good, didn't feel good, didn't wrap well either. Was a constant battle of stretching it enough to lay down but not too much so that I snapped a piece of $75 material.

Sew on is classy as can be in your application.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Pic?
Graduation is later today. Heidi did come to visit us at our AirBnB yesterday so here is a pic of the graduate:

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I attempted to send a message in a bottle this morning but it didn’t make it. Our housekeeper arrived from a smaller, outlier village. They have been without power since Tuesday. And no power means no water. No internet since yesterday. This morning we had no internet, but later learned it was due to sabotage by another company, so we’re being told.
Meanwhile, the feds tell us to expect mote of the same, while temperatures remain high( at least through next week. May15, they say, begins hurricane season. In the past it had always been June 1. Wishful thinking mayhap
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Are south Texas and Florida suffering high heat?
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Originally Posted by datlas
Graduation is later today. Heidi did come to visit us at our AirBnB yesterday so here is a pic of the graduate:
In cap + gown?
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Originally Posted by abshipp
The stuff I used was the Brooks tape. It's not a single piece of leather - several sections of really thin stuff attached to a base material, maybe 2 or 3 very obvious butt joints in the leather veneer.

Didn't look good, didn't feel good, didn't wrap well either. Was a constant battle of stretching it enough to lay down but not too much so that I snapped a piece of $75 material.

Sew on is classy as can be in your application.
My preferred tape for final wrapping (once I'm happy with things like brake lever placement, cable runs etc.) is Fizik Microtex 2mm. It has a nice leathery look while also being reasonably tough. It's minimally stretchy so it takes some effort to wrap cleanly, but I never worry about it tearing.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Today is graduation day at USC. Heidi is allowed to the ceremony but she will not be awarded her degree yet. We have to wait for administration to address these silly charges against her and we have no idea how long that process takes.

The “big” graduation ceremony is canceled but her school (School of Cinematic Arts) will have its ceremony in the Shrine Auditorium which is not even technically on campus so her “ban” from campus would not even be a barrier. It’s still a mess but we are trying to stay positive.
I, of course, can clearly see the other side, being the codger that I am, and no skin in the game. I was a senior in high school when Kent State happened, and of course I saw it only from the other side from that perspective.
Best wishes for a workable outcome.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Are south Texas and Florida suffering high heat?
Chilly here. Again.


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