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LesterOfPuppets 01-04-20 10:51 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21269883)
Thanks for the tool tips. I will take the best unit (a mid-level Ryobi) to Home Depot and see if they have a compatible battery/charger.

I recently got 2 batteries off Amazon for $30 for my olde blue and mango era Ryobi. I was very close to just buying new drill but glad I didn't.

Velo Vol 01-04-20 11:23 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21269847)
I will do 16 hour drives. That’s one of the reasons we like the Ironmans in Chattanooga:

I would not do a 16-hour drive to the Ironman in Chattanooga.

Velo Vol 01-04-20 11:24 AM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21269923)
I would not do a 16-hour drive to the Ironman in Chattanooga.

I could ride my bike there in less time than that.

bampilot06 01-04-20 11:28 AM


Originally Posted by kissTheApex (Post 21269726)
Kids have been patiently waiting to have some since we drove back from State College after our New Year’s trip. Having fed them somewhat more nutritious breakfast, I’m going to “grill” them a slice each.


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8dc8a6b73.jpeg

the mac and cheese and chili mac is amazing!!!!

Bah Humbug 01-04-20 12:01 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21269925)
I could ride my bike there in less time than that.

I also doubt you’d want to do the race, or probably even spectate.

Chattanooga is a great town though, and the most enthusiastic host city I’ve been to. A single-transition venue and minimal lapping is just icing on the cake.

indyfabz 01-04-20 12:18 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21268981)
I have no interest in flying from Philly.

I don't have an interest in flying from Knoxville, either, but was curious of the price.

https://flights.app.goo.gl/HJGSu

They operate some of the Delta flights I have used to get there. $60 for a checked bag?!?! And it's January. Prices go up for June flights.

datlas 01-04-20 12:26 PM

Oh this is the Ryobi I have in case anyone knows tools. The battery won’t take a charge.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...af8c221fc.jpeg

datlas 01-04-20 12:36 PM

Today’s ride was cold enough that I only had one bottle of water for the whole ride, about 50 miles. I hope Velo Vol approves.

datlas 01-04-20 12:36 PM

Looks like I can get a new battery on ScamBay for about $20. Not sure the unit is even worth it.

WalksOn2Wheels 01-04-20 01:20 PM

I recently invested in a Makita brushless motor drill plus impact driver set for an automotive project. Totally worth it.

WalksOn2Wheels 01-04-20 01:23 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21269850)
I wish I could read on the plane, but there are too many distractions and as with reading in the car as a kid, it makes me motion-sick. Recently I’ve found that just listening to podcasts with my eyes closed is even better than movies, which always stretched the definition of “watch” for me on a plane.

I always have the earbuds in for the flight as well listening to music to drown out the ambient noise. Definitely nice to close your eyes and shut things out from time to time.

MoAlpha 01-04-20 01:38 PM


Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels (Post 21270101)
I always have the earbuds in for the flight as well listening to music to drown out the ambient noise. Definitely nice to close your eyes and shut things out from time to time.

I wear noise canceling headphones the entire time, whether I’m listening to anything or not.

WalksOn2Wheels 01-04-20 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21270116)
I wear noise canceling headphones the entire time, whether I’m listening to anything or not.

I've thought about those. I'm just so obsessed with traveling light that earbuds always seem like the best solution. Planes get pretty loud, though.

I actually need to get a tube put in one ear. It doesn't drain well and as a result is very sensitive to sharp/loud sounds. I went to a doctor and everything months ago and they basically said that would be the first thing to try. They had me do a hearing test and then after that work ramped up so hard I could barely find time to get groceries, much less schedule a procedure.

Bah Humbug 01-04-20 02:20 PM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21270116)
I wear noise canceling headphones the entire time, whether I’m listening to anything or not.

Yes. Also handy for clarifying to all and sundry that I am not your new best friend.

BillyD 01-04-20 02:56 PM


Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels (Post 21269732)
So last night I learned some things. I mentioned the discrepancy between what I was seeing on my new to me powertap hub (a total score on a built wheel for 200 bucks) and what I was used to seeing in Zwift. This lead me to finally RTFM on the Wahoo Kickr Snap I've owned for just over a year now. It turns out that outside of the spindown calibration, they are very specific about how many turns of the adjuster knob you make after you make contact with the tire. Yeah, it made a huge difference in power numbers. The good news is that my power isn't as weak as I thought it was. The bad news is that it's still not great and I still weigh too much for any sport, let alone this one.

Meh, don't worry about it, you have plenty of company.

MoAlpha 01-04-20 02:58 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21270168)
Yes. Also handy for clarifying to all and sundry that I am not your new best friend.

No other talks to me. I am what creepy moves to a middle seat in the non-reclining row in front of the head to avoid sitting next to.

BillyD 01-04-20 03:10 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21270039)
Looks like I can get a new battery on ScamBay for about $20. Not sure the unit is even worth it.

Of course it is. Where can you find a drill for $20?

datlas 01-04-20 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21270221)
Of course it is. Where can you find a drill for $20?

Funny you should mention it. I see the same drill as mine in ScamBay for about that.

Or I could buy a new drill and new battery combo for about $60.

Still, probably makes most sense to buy the battery to go with the drill I have.

WhyFi 01-04-20 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21270225)
Still, probably makes most sense to buy the battery to go with the drill I have.

Unless you get an impact driver. Much more funner.

kissTheApex 01-04-20 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21269760)
Immigrant from where?

I’m Turkish born.

I guess I may not be the current meaning of “immigrant” in the strictest sense as it is being used. I came to the US for graduate studies and then stayed and gained status thru H1 visa.

datlas 01-04-20 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by kissTheApex (Post 21270232)
I’m Turkish born.

I guess I may not be the current meaning of “immigrant” in the strictest sense as it is being used. I came to the US for graduate studies and then stayed and gained status thru H1 visa.

I suspect that counts.

Mrs datlas is an immigrant, from South Korea. All 4 of my grandparents were immigrants. Pretty much everyone in USA is descendant of immigrants, except of course native Americans.

We all need to be reminded of that these days.

MoAlpha 01-04-20 03:47 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21270245)
I suspect that counts.

Mrs datlas is an immigrant, from South Korea. All 4 of my grandparents were immigrants. Pretty much everyone in USA is descendant of immigrants, except of course native Americans.

We all need to be reminded of that these days.

Even the natives walked here from Asia.

My father left Germany in 1936 and came here via Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, England, and Mexico. They had to be sponsored and were very lucky. Most of my mother’s family came in the aftermath of the German revolution in 1848. This country, which was so incredibly good to my family and me now looks hard and chancy to my daughter and if she has kids, which looks unlikely, they’re going to grow up somewhere else. Sad!

datlas 01-04-20 04:13 PM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21270274)
Even the natives walked here from Asia.

My father left Germany in 1936 and came here via Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, England, and Mexico. They had to be sponsored and were very lucky. Most of my mother’s family came in the aftermath of the German revolution in 1848. This country, which was so incredibly good to my family and me now looks hard and chancy to my daughter and if she has kids, which looks unlikely, they’re going to grow up somewhere else. Sad!

Where would she be?

Every time we visit Spain my wife and I consider moving there, but more realistic idea is to spend a couple of our cooler months there and stay ‘Mercan. It’s far from perfect but still has much going for it.

MoAlpha 01-04-20 04:33 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21270306)
Where would she be?

Every time we visit Spain my wife and I consider moving there, but more realistic idea is to spend a couple of our cooler months there and stay ‘Mercan. It’s far from perfect but still has much going for it.

She’s getting a PhD in marine science in Ireland. Her boyfriend is from Iceland and will qualify for citizenship in a couple of years. They like it there, but aren’t committed. He writes software and is totally portable, but really doesn’t like it here. She just needs to be in a place where fishing is economically important and the government or NGOs can pay for research.

I like what I’ve seen of Spain.

Velo Vol 01-04-20 05:35 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21269759)
Why don't you stop in Knoxville?

Well?


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