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Old 11-26-16, 09:21 PM
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I find mileage goals arbitrary and to a certain extent, are out of my control. Injury, weather, life changes, all get in the way.

My goal was to get comfortable riding metrics regularly. I think I've met that goal.
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Old 11-26-16, 09:22 PM
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Today i made vegan almond butter ice cream with only 3 ingredients

I'm gettin pretty good at this whole food thing, I can cook almost as good as i can eat now
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Old 11-26-16, 10:58 PM
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Today I decided that tomorrow I will ride out about 13 miles to meet up at the local Sheriff's office and do an 18 mile memorial group ride. They do one for every LEO that is killed in the line of duty, and this happened this past Tuesday night.

Prosecutors plan to seek charges in Wayne State officer's gun death
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Old 11-27-16, 12:21 AM
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Today i made vegan almond butter ice cream with only 3 ingredients

I'm gettin pretty good at this whole food thing, I can cook almost as good as i can eat now
Hook it up!!
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Old 11-27-16, 04:53 AM
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went back to the dropbars and 60mm stem
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Old 11-27-16, 12:50 PM
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Not today, but yesterday. Random Fixie Goon called the shop from what sounded like a phone that was taped to the roof of a pickup truck driving on the freeway while he was riding in the back.

Me: "Retrogression."
RFG: "Yeah bro, do you lace?"
Me: "Excuse me?"
RFG: "Lace...like, lace."
Me: "Are you asking me if I build wheels?"
FG: "Um yeah? How much."
Me: "How much for what? A single wheel or wheelset?"
RFG: "I've got a 90."
Me: "A 90?"
RFG: "90 deep bro. How much to lace it?"
Me: "One wheel? That depends on a lot of things. What's the spoke count? What type of spokes do you plan on using?"
RFG: "Black."
Me: "You're just saying words and not telling me anything."
RFG: "So how much?"
Me: "......."
RFG: "Hello?"
Me: "I'm here."
RFG: "So? What's up?"
Me: "Busy today. Thinking about getting some tamales for lunch. What's up with you?"
RFG: "How much? For my rim?"
Me: "We don't buy used parts."
RFG: "To build my wheel."
Me: "There you go! Now we're getting somewhere. Labor for a single wheel build is 50 bucks. As far as spokes go, the price depends on which spokes you want to use. I know you said 'black' but that's really not enough to go on."
RFG: "So?"
Me: "So what?"
RFG: "Can I get it today?"
Me: "Absolutely not."
RFG: (mumbled something unintelligible)
Me: "I don't even know what the specs of your rim are, what hub you're using or which spokes you want to use. I've also got about 10 wheel builds on deck for this week that need to happen before I even touch yours."
RFG: "So when can you do it?"
Me: "Hard to say, but the price just went up 10 bucks."
RFG: "Serious?"
Me: "Very."

Then he hung up on me.

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Old 11-27-16, 01:39 PM
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I'll bring sixty bucks and pick up that black 90 later this week.
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Old 11-27-16, 01:53 PM
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My orbea Carpe was stolen out of the back yard last night.

Guess it served its purpose?
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Old 11-27-16, 03:52 PM
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Today I did a memorial ride for a police officer that was killed in the line of duty Tuesday, while investigating a break in. This piece of garbage shot him in the head. He is in custody and should be charged shortly. I didn't know that they did this type of ride. Police Unity Tour | We Ride For Those Who Died

There were about 138 riders or so, some LEO's, some that were affiliated like prison guards, etc. and civilians. Heavy police escort for us, cars leading the way and motorcycles blocking all streets and traffic so we didn't stop. Uniformed police officers riding with us as well. Haven't felt safer on my bike in my life. Ended up just shy of 16.5 miles which was a perfect distance. I rode from my apartment out to the Sheriff's office which was about 13 miles or so. Route kind of sucked because I have grown to despise country roads and three of them were my option. Picked the one that I thought might have the least amount of traffic and I think I did alright. Was the only rider on a fixed gear. Got a few comments that I might not be able to keep up. They chose a 10-12 mile an hour pace. It was agonizing. Riding that slow in a huge group and you get that dang yo yo effect.

Regardless of what anyones personal feelings are for the police, they do honor their own and treat each other like family. Most people don't get to see this side of them and it is a shame because they should. They had a blue Police Unity jersey and everyone signed it for his fiance'. He was 29 years old. I hope that piece of garbage in jail gets what he deserves for taking the life of someone like this.
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Old 11-27-16, 04:41 PM
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Today i ran 15 miles in the woods.

nbd.
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Today I tried out the string-and-2x4 frame adjustment method for the first time. Pretty happy with the results.
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Old 11-27-16, 05:28 PM
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Today I rode my indoor trainer for an hour.
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Old 11-27-16, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
Today I rode my indoor trainer for an hour.
Why indoors? If you tell me too cold I am gonna get angry.
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Old 11-27-16, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Not today, but yesterday. Random Fixie Goon called the shop from what sounded like a phone that was taped to the roof of a pickup truck driving on the freeway while he was riding in the back.

Me: "Retrogression."
RFG: "Yeah bro, do you lace?"
Me: "Excuse me?"
RFG: "Lace...like, lace."
Me: "Are you asking me if I build wheels?"
FG: "Um yeah? How much."
Me: "How much for what? A single wheel or wheelset?"
RFG: "I've got a 90."
Me: "A 90?"
RFG: "90 deep bro. How much to lace it?"
Me: "One wheel? That depends on a lot of things. What's the spoke count? What type of spokes do you plan on using?"
RFG: "Black."
Me: "You're just saying words and not telling me anything."
RFG: "So how much?"
Me: "......."
RFG: "Hello?"
Me: "I'm here."
RFG: "So? What's up?"
Me: "Busy today. Thinking about getting some tamales for lunch. What's up with you?"
RFG: "How much? For my rim?"
Me: "We don't buy used parts."
RFG: "To build my wheel."
Me: "There you go! Now we're getting somewhere. Labor for a single wheel build is 50 bucks. As far as spokes go, the price depends on which spokes you want to use. I know you said 'black' but that's really not enough to go on."
RFG: "So?"
Me: "So what?"
RFG: "Can I get it today?"
Me: "Absolutely not."
RFG: (mumbled something unintelligible)
Me: "I don't even know what the specs of your rim are, what hub you're using or which spokes you want to use. I've also got about 10 wheel builds on deck for this week that need to happen before I even touch yours."
RFG: "So when can you do it?"
Me: "Hard to say, but the price just went up 10 bucks."
RFG: "Serious?"
Me: "Very."

Then he hung up on me.

I like how you tacked on more to the price. That is to compensate you for his obvious stupidity.
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Old 11-27-16, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Today I tried out the string-and-2x4 frame adjustment method for the first time. Pretty happy with the results.

Kind of surprising how easy it is to bend them, isn't it?
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Old 11-27-16, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
Why indoors? If you tell me too cold I am gonna get angry.
Not so much too cold as too windy. Also, wind chill factor.
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Old 11-27-16, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
Why indoors? If you tell me too cold I am gonna get angry.
Cold is relative. What I found enjoyable in my 20's is tough now that I'm in my 50's.

Older guys have to keep the cold wind off our chest and neck as we tend to be more prone to things like bronchitis and pneumonia. Aches and pains come on quickly when the temps dip. Etc.

So yeah, please don't judge a 70 year old guy, or even a 53 year old guy, buy a young guys standards. We wear scarves in June for a reason.
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Knowing full well that both of you gentlemen are in the south, you would both be dead if you tried to ride here. Today I was in shorts, and it was 43 with a steady wind, and I was breaking a sweat.
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Old 11-27-16, 06:46 PM
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I feel like this is a good time for a cup of HTFU
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Kind of surprising how easy it is to bend them, isn't it?
Well, in my case, I was surprised by how much grunting it took to move that dropout a mm or less at a time! I dunno if I should have used a longer board for more leverage or if my frame has especially stiff stays. Or maybe I'm just weak as a kitten.
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Old 11-27-16, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
Was the only rider on a fixed gear. Got a few comments that I might not be able to keep up. They chose a 10-12 mile an hour pace.
Hehe. Might not be able to keep pace with them, since you only have one gear. Because the guys with 20, 22, or 27 speeds are much faster, right?

I hope you bit your tongue every time you felt like asking them to speed up so you could get to an efficient cadence.
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
Today i ran 15 miles in the woods.

nbd.
You're kind of my hero.

No, actually I have a friend who does ultra-marathons. He'll go out and run 30, 40, or even 60 miles on trails, just on a whim. NBD.

I'll probably never get to that level, but I hope to be at your level soon, and maybe do a marathon someday. (I ran 14.3 miles yesterday, on a smooth, level, paved path. According to my legs right afterward, it was kind of a BD.)

One of the challenges is that I want to run and ride, and there are only so many hours in a week. With winter weather coming, I'll be doing more running. In the summer, I ride a lot and run occasionally. Good thing the two activities complement each other.
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
Hehe. Might not be able to keep pace with them, since you only have one gear. Because the guys with 20, 22, or 27 speeds are much faster, right?

I hope you bit your tongue every time you felt like asking them to speed up so you could get to an efficient cadence.
That pace is really slow on a fixed gear as we all know. I am running 84.2" (48x15) so I am pretty comfortable around 19-20mph or so. I didn't say anything to the people, not sure if they were kidding or not.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
I am running 84.2" (48x15) so I am pretty comfortable around 19-20mph or so.
I have 82 gear inches on one of my bikes. On level terrain, 18 mph is no problem, and I can hold about 20 mph on a good day.

My other bike currently has about 71 inches, and I like to ride it at 15 or 16 mph. I can go for hours at that pace.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
Knowing full well that both of you gentlemen are in the south, you would both be dead if you tried to ride here. Today I was in shorts, and it was 43 with a steady wind, and I was breaking a sweat.
Yeah, would have been skiing in shorts when I was in my 20's. Curious how old you are. 43 is balmy for you, no?

My Saturday ride started at 38 and it was very windy. Low temps are not a problem but I wasn't wearing shorts, that's for sure!

For the record, 49 miles with 2560 ft elevation. Now in WBM (winter base miles) mode - speed slow and heart rate low.
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