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Addiction - August 2012 addition

Old 08-21-12, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by v70cat
Just ask the dealer to match the price.
I threatened to walk without the wheels. They called my bluff. They won't budge on those effing things.
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Originally Posted by Soloist Assassin
Jen, just buy some of these.
Too ricer. Just debadged the "JETTA." Left the "TDI."
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I like the VW wheels, but when you can buy some as nice for a third (or more) less, I can live without the VW logo.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Ask a dealer to match the price of a set of used tires and wheels?
My bad thought they were new.
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Originally Posted by v70cat
My bad thought they were new.
They are.
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I had the opposite wheel problem. I refused to pay $700 for the upgraded "chrome-clad" rims, yet all the remaining trucks in the state were spec'd with them. They were plastic and I was worried the mag chloride would destroy them after a couple winters. I assumed I wouldn't get warranty coverage.

After the sales manager (Packers fan from Madison) realized I wouldn't budge, he told me Colorado wasn't supposed to get the upgraded wheels b/c of the mag chloride. We worked out a deal where he would buy them from me and I would use that money to buy aftermarket rims. He admitted he bought the alloy rims whenever they showed up on craigslist because this issue had come up before.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
Found ECU software flash. +50 hp, +60 ft lbs torque.

Temptation.
More HP and TQ never hurts. Well, almost never. Get on Fred's TDI forum and see how big a boost the stock clutch can handle. That's a big torque increase for a car that already has quite a bit of torque.
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Debadged. Well, partly.

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Did you use fishing line and some Goo be Gone?
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985
Did you use fishing line and some Goo be Gone?
Floss and yes.
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You could always Plasti Dip your rims. youtube has a lot of videos.
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Originally Posted by Soloist Assassin
Jen, just buy some of these.

Surprised your involved in the mini car talk...I mean for a girl it's a great choice but for dudues to be so enthusiactic is a bit weird..Big gas burning Ford is where it's at. Great for hauling lumber, bears, deer, firewood, rifles, Harleys, bicycles, etc... A mini car, not so much....actually for some of you here, after further thought, it does make perfect sense!.....
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
Windows will be tinted Thursday. I was mistaken earlier, my last Jetta had 15%. I may go with 18% this time.
Don't know about the percentages - just make sure it's not so dark that you can't make eye contact with a cyclist when you need to, or that the person who let you into the line of traffic can't see your friendly wave of appreciation through the rear window.
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Originally Posted by nondes
Don't know about the percentages - just make sure it's not so dark that you can't make eye contact with a cyclist when you need to, or that the person who let you into the line of traffic can't see your friendly wave of appreciation through the rear window, or that the cop doesn't mistake your movements and shoot first, ask questions later.
Fixed.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
Too ricer. Just debadged the "JETTA." Left the "TDI."
There is nothing "ricer" about TE-37s. They are a classic lightweight racing wheel. $1800 would only get you like 4 15x7s with no tires. Your size would be a little bit more.
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH...
Surprised your involved in the mini car talk...I mean for a girl it's a great choice but for dudues to be so enthusiactic is a bit weird..Big gas burning Ford is where it's at. Great for hauling lumber, bears, deer, firewood, rifles, Harleys, bicycles, etc... A mini car, not so much....actually for some of you here, after further thought, it does make perfect sense!.....
I have a big ford but I have a little Honda too.
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Like sbxx would say, excellent.

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I used to roll with mirror film on my old Fiesta, now I hate all tints.
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH...
Surprised your involved in the mini car talk...I mean for a girl it's a great choice but for dudues to be so enthusiactic is a bit weird..Big gas burning Ford is where it's at. Great for hauling lumber, bears, deer, firewood, rifles, Harleys, bicycles, etc... A mini car, not so much....actually for some of you here, after further thought, it does make perfect sense!.....
I know that you're just stirring the pot, you ol' codger, but the SportWagen has more usable cargo room than most mid-size SUVs.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
Like sbxx would say, excellent.

The CarGo mat with the velcro corners = best $2 invention ever.
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I had the first set of bronze TE37s in North America, back in the day.

Anyhoo, listen up kiddies, 'cause I've got some seriously cool ****e to lay on you today:

A buddy's sister is doing a PhD on rehabilitation of paraplegics/quadriplegics/amputees and is trying to work out test protocols for a bunch of physical markers. I got volentold to be one of her control neutrals so I go through the same massive battery of tests - and I get the data.

So today we did the body scanner and a VO2Max test on a bike.

The body scanner uses a pair of very low power X-Rays at different frequencies. The difference in rate of absorption gives you density, and because it is 3D, you get volume too. It then cross-references densities against the known windows of density for different tissues, and you get proportions of each tissue type. Long story short, this thing can tell you exactly how much of you is bone, lean tissue, and fat - and it breaks it down by area of the body. It can tell you the bone density of individual bones - or even cross sections of individual bones.

And it can give you body fat percentage.

Well it turns out I have the hip bones of an 18 year old. That is offset somewhat by having the body fat percentage of a side of bacon - 22.1% Yurk! And it is spread pretty evenly through all my body parts, less my touque. 45 lbs of fat all told.

But this tells me my absolute minimum weight - at 0% body fat percentage, I'd be 165 lbs. That's not healthy, nor attainable. But 8% is reasonable, and that's 178lbs. So now I have a realistic and scientifically derived target weight. I've got a long way to go to get there.... but now I know for sure what that weight actually is.

Yes, yes, too fat for this sport - got it.

Then over to the bike for VO2Max. Their bike friggin' sucks; it's a piece of junk. Like an exercise bike you'd get at WalMart. Apparently it is the industry standard model and costs like $30k... but it's junk. Uncomfortable as all hell and crappy pedals.

Anyway, the test protocol is to make you breathe through that tube thingy that's the gas analyzer while they ramp op the load on the bike. 2 min at 50W then it goes up 2W every second.

I had my LT tested last year and it came out 270. I've been busting my ass and I think it's higher now - and the data shows it. I didn't really start working until it hit 350W

But then I started getting the leg burn and leg fatigue. I was also breathing pretty hard because you have to breath through that tiny little tube instead of the ram scoop that is my yapper, but it wasn't that deep-down, taste blood heaving rasp you get with a big finish at the end of a run. I wanted nothing more than to drop a gear, stop for a split second and clear out the lactate and keep going, but that's not the test protocol. So I got to 430W and popped.

I still had room aerobically... but it's their test...

By way of proof, max HR was only 163, and I'll see 173-174 on a Strava attack easy

Well, that VO2Max number turned out to be a 60.1, which is good - better than most NHL hockey players - but entry level for a pro cyclist. Thor apparently tested out in the low 80s.

The thing is, I don't think I actually reached VO2Max. I think there's more in me. So we're going to try again next week, but let me take little breaks to clear lactate and see if I can push more watts and drive the VO2 number higher. I think I can break 70 - but we'll see.

The other cool thing is there is a curve in the VO2 Max data... I forget what it is called, but it is a measure of the switchover between sympathetic and parasympathetic systems... I'm not a biologist, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night... Anyway, by looking at this curve they can estimate LT. It's not as accurate as a direct LT measurement, but apparently it is pretty good. Anyway, this test said LT is ~350W, which if anywhere near true, means I raised my LT like 80W this season. I don't trust that at all - I think it's too big a jump. So I have to have that tested soon.

Not bad for a 42 year old ******.

This **** is really cool.

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Surprisingly, I actually read all of that.

Sounds like you had a fun and productive day.
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tl;dr?
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My dad, who is the most important person to me, evar, was upset that I bought the car. It's been weighing on me.

He called to ask about it today, and replied well to the pictures I sent him.

Eyes got foggy.
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Put on my third local time trial this evening. Only 8 people showed up but everyone hated / enjoyed it.
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