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04-16-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 122
Posted By big john

I had 25% compression fractures of two vertebrae,...

I had 25% compression fractures of two vertebrae, don't remember which number, but I didn't miss any work as a car mechanic. I stopped riding for a while and when I resumed riding I didn't do club...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

I put a new chain on my Gunnar because it looked...

I put a new chain on my Gunnar because it looked really bad. I figured the rest of the drivetrain was trashed but I wanted to try just the chain because I don't ride it very often. When I put the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 751
Posted By big john

I carry co2 and a Topeak Pocket Rocket pump. The...

I carry co2 and a Topeak Pocket Rocket pump. The pump is mounted to the bottle cage mount and I rarely use it but when having multiple flats it works. If you still use tubes and you need to patch a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By big john

Cannondale road frames tend to have longer top...

Cannondale road frames tend to have longer top tube than some. I agree that if it fits and she has reasonable skills it will be a fine bike for her. There is a lot of talk about 28mm or larger tires...
04-15-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,755
Posted By big john

I haven't see the Fabulous Furry Freak brothers...

I haven't see the Fabulous Furry Freak brothers since the L.A. Free Press went away. Fat Freddie, Freewheelin' Franklin, and Phineous Freak. Oh, and Fat Freddie's cat.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

When my ex got to where she could drop me I could...

When my ex got to where she could drop me I could out-endurance her.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

A friend from the old job called me today. He...

A friend from the old job called me today. He said they would like to hire me back, part time or full time, and for more money. The manager asked if he thought I would do it and my friend said...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Very cool. You'd probably be upset if she stopped...

Very cool. You'd probably be upset if she stopped dropping you. Maybe she could let you have one once in a while.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 565
Posted By big john

It's only what, 5000 pounds? Just take a dump...

It's only what, 5000 pounds? Just take a dump before you leave the house, or leave one of your water bottles at home.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Did you marry your high school sweetheart?

Did you marry your high school sweetheart?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

I was 40 and I got married the next year. It only...

I was 40 and I got married the next year. It only lasted 6 years.
04-15-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,755
Posted By big john

Smoking anything, be it weed, crack cocaine, pcp,...

Smoking anything, be it weed, crack cocaine, pcp, or even nicotine puts that substance into the blood. This is how these substances become addictive.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Ever see those flexible spokes they sold? I think...

Ever see those flexible spokes they sold? I think they were carbon fiber or steel cable and you could roll them up and put them in your pocket. They didn't tell you if it was a drive side spoke you...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

In the beginning, I broke spokes on a regular...

In the beginning, I broke spokes on a regular basis and I used to carry spokes taped to the nds chainstay. I had different people build wheels for me and just assumed that was how it was going to be....
04-15-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,755
Posted By big john

Right. Or, even worse, legal drugs like alcohol.

Right. Or, even worse, legal drugs like alcohol.
04-15-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,755
Posted By big john

I'm not sure but it seems like if you ate a bunch...

I'm not sure but it seems like if you ate a bunch of it some of the thc would get into your blood. The simple way to release it is to grind the bud to a fine powder and then saute it in butter on low...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

That's cold blooded. A friend used to race...

That's cold blooded.

A friend used to race road bikes here and got to cat2, I think. He could make the sound of a tire blowing out and it was incredibly realistic. He would sneak up to someone and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

My kitty decided he likes Mrs John after all....

My kitty decided he likes Mrs John after all. Took him a while.
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Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

That's funny. Some guys at the shop would sneak...

That's funny. Some guys at the shop would sneak into another guy's area and add a bolt or 2 to the parts pile of a car he was working on.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

I gave all the bladed spokes I had to the buyer...

I gave all the bladed spokes I had to the buyer of my Ksryiums. I have some butted round spoke somewhere but I don't know what length they are.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

I was waiting at a red light next to a guy on a...

I was waiting at a red light next to a guy on a full-dress Harley. Light turns green and we both take off. Across the intersection is a gas station and he just turned in the driveway as though I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,961
Posted By big john

If you really want to learn stuff here first...

If you really want to learn stuff here first learn that the measurement of frames is centimetres, not inches.

Also, don't look at bike fit and think that a certain size will fit all individuals of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

The last house I was in was under 900sf. Was...

The last house I was in was under 900sf. Was there for 16 years. No garage, no back yard, (severe up-slope) and only room for 1 car on the property, although I parked my second car next door. It was...
04-14-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 586
Posted By big john

Nope. After 200,000 miles on road bikes I know...

Nope. After 200,000 miles on road bikes I know what I like. I've made adjustments over the years,
04-13-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5,954
Views: 358,918
Posted By big john

Plus, I don't think you could really say some...

Plus, I don't think you could really say some sites are competing with this one..
04-13-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5,954
Views: 358,918
Posted By big john

If it's a "competing" website you can't link to...

If it's a "competing" website you can't link to it or even write the name. I tried to link a chat of car mechanics to someone here and no dice.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Can confirm.

Can confirm.
04-13-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 617
Posted By big john

I like that. I like to say "the car didn't owe me...

I like that. I like to say "the car didn't owe me a dime".
I had an 86 S-10 Blazer for 18 years. Paid $2800 for it and sold it for $500 with almost 300K miles on it. I worked on it a little and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

The dad had a lot of neat cars in his collection....

The dad had a lot of neat cars in his collection. If there was a problem he would just have them towed to the dealer where he had 13 or 14 mechanics in his service department. He also kept cars at...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

We were scheduled to meet on Angeles Crest @...

We were scheduled to meet on Angeles Crest @ Foothill and ride to Monrovia for pizza but when my friend got there he discovered the drizzle and called us to meet in Chatsworth instead and ride out to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Oh, there are plenty of guys older than I am who...

Oh, there are plenty of guys older than I am who can kick my ass. Lighter, fitter, and have taken better care of their bodies. No to mention they train better.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

The owner at the last dealer I worked had a...

The owner at the last dealer I worked had a small, older house on a big piece of land. He built a custom 9 car garage there.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

At my age I attribute everything to age.

At my age I attribute everything to age.
04-13-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 617
Posted By big john

I can remember 27 cars but there may have been...

I can remember 27 cars but there may have been more, 15 bicycles as an adult and 4 motorcycles.
04-12-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 617
Posted By big john

That's great! I knew a guy who had quite a...

That's great! I knew a guy who had quite a collection. He had a 49 Chief which he restored and it was run over by a woman in a Cadillac, he wasn't hurt. He had a beautiful 50 Panhead, and even an...
04-12-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 617
Posted By big john

Did you collect them? Or did you buy and sell...

Did you collect them? Or did you buy and sell them? What kind of motorcycles?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

I might be interested if I lose the place I'm in.

I might be interested if I lose the place I'm in.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

The only part where you really have to be careful...

The only part where you really have to be careful is the permanently closed section where the surface is bad. Lots of holes and loose rocks and even small sections of gravel. And the gates, there are...
04-12-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 3,954
Views: 572,337
Posted By big john

Did a bit of climbing Saturday. 7 of us went from...

Did a bit of climbing Saturday. 7 of us went from 3k elevation up to 8k on mostly closed roads. I'm the oldest one, again, on the right....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Hwy 39. AKA San Gabriel Cyn.

Hwy 39. AKA San Gabriel Cyn.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Here is another pic of the lower section of the...

Here is another pic of the lower section of the first climb. The surface is in great shape and it's really a fun descent....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

It's only 5-7%, not super steep anywhere on the...

It's only 5-7%, not super steep anywhere on the route. When descending you can control your speed with your brakes. If you don't want to go fast you don't have to.

My arms and upper body get tired...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

There is a section that is always closed to cars...

There is a section that is always closed to cars and is only maintained for emergency access. It gets pretty narrow in spots and has rough pavement. I think it's about 4 or 5 miles....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Stole a couple pictures from yesterday....

Stole a couple pictures from yesterday....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

They're actually very docile. Today was the first...

They're actually very docile. Today was the first time I'd seen one run that fast, I guess he knew he needed to get out of the road. Birds get them sometimes.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Today I rode from home for a few hours. I rode...

Today I rode from home for a few hours. I rode through a stop sign and heard a cop blip his siren behind me. Crap, where did he come from. He didn't pull me over, maybe just wanted to warn me. Later,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

That's the only reason to ride near the coast. As...

That's the only reason to ride near the coast. As soon as you go inland the temp goes up. Sometimes, way up. That's why I like to go up to elevation.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Santa Monica might be your best bet for proximity...

Santa Monica might be your best bet for proximity to USC. I can ask my friend who lives there about some of the local rides she does and if she has any insight about where to stay.
For me, riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

Neighbor party kept me awake but I went to join...

Neighbor party kept me awake but I went to join the shorter ride I was whining about and I had a good time. Longish drive from home and we started part way up the canyon at around 3000 feet and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1,467
Views: 20,102
Posted By big john

I heard the rattlers are out early but I haven't...

I heard the rattlers are out early but I haven't seen one yet. Today a friend went to the trail I was on last Wednesday and she saw one....
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