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Addiction LXXVII

Old 01-22-20, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
I like the Apple watch, simply because I can make phone calls on it. That's Maxwell Smart stuff, and that's cool.
Ditto. And, it has a calculator.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
We had a fantastic club ride today. Start temps were around 18 but slowly warmed up and was in the mid 20s within an hour. The sun was bright, the wind was calm, and the route had only a few small ice patches. We only had 6 riders but still 100% fun and way better than the trainer.
I envy your weekly rides, in a way.

I usually ride by myself, and whenever I do ride with others I find myself painfully slow. I'm not competitive in any meaningful way, even with myself, so I never put in the effort to get any faster.

The last open to the public group ride I went on was a 30 mile gravel ride during which I was way off the back almost the whole time. The ride organizer kept hanging back occasionally, which I appreciated, but I could tell that I was holding him back from the ride with his buddies that he really wanted. It didn't help that I was underbiking a bit with 38mm tires on a 35lb touring/randonneuring bike with fenders and luggage. Perhaps a dedicated gravel bike would make things a bit better.

There is one club that does scheduled road rides through the spring and summer, but I haven't ever made it out to any of them, somewhat due to paragraph 2 above. At least I do have a true road bike that wouldn't be totally out of place.

Maybe this year.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
If they keep that sort of thing up, they'll go out of business.
At the worst. There'll be a slump in production for sure.
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Ah, much better. Decent little post-lunch ride. It would have been nice if the wind would have worked with me a little more, or if it hadn't been a factor at all, but it still felt good to exorcise the stir-crazies.
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I envy your weekly rides, in a way.

I usually ride by myself, and whenever I do ride with others I find myself painfully slow. I'm not competitive in any meaningful way, even with myself, so I never put in the effort to get any faster.

The last open to the public group ride I went on was a 30 mile gravel ride during which I was way off the back almost the whole time. The ride organizer kept hanging back occasionally, which I appreciated, but I could tell that I was holding him back from the ride with his buddies that he really wanted. It didn't help that I was underbiking a bit with 38mm tires on a 35lb touring/randonneuring bike with fenders and luggage. Perhaps a dedicated gravel bike would make things a bit better.

There is one club that does scheduled road rides through the spring and summer, but I haven't ever made it out to any of them, somewhat due to paragraph 2 above. At least I do have a true road bike that wouldn't be totally out of place.

Maybe this year.
I encourage it. I am lucky in that my club has LOTS of group rides, some are fast, some are medium, and some are really quite sedate. I hope you can find a supportive group to ride with. It makes me feel safer on the road, plus it’s fun to talk bikes or life with others.

edit plus drafting
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Hey bampilot06 - did you say that you've got a regular group ride? If so: what day? where? do they welcome riders with questionable skills and modest abilities?
Asking for a friend, of course.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Others can chime in, but I would guess the brake track specs are the same for calipers and V brakes.
Angle of attack is different if the pads are not adjustable in that plane. The rim might have bit of a V profile to accommodate brakes that pivot below.
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Ah, much better. Decent little post-lunch ride. It would have been nice if the wind would have worked with me a little more, or if it hadn't been a factor at all, but it still felt good to exorcise the stir-crazies.
Even though you kicked me off the Addiction podium, Kudos.
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Even though you kicked me off the Addiction podium, Kudos.
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If I kicked you off the podium, it's been a pretty damn lazy week for Addiction.
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Old 01-22-20, 02:13 PM
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If I kicked you off the podium, it's been a pretty damn lazy week for Addiction.
Its the off season and its only Wednesday. But looks like I may not break 100 miles for the week based on work schedule. Sad!
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
I like the Apple watch, simply because I can make phone calls on it. That's Maxwell Smart stuff, and that's cool.
A mi tampoco.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I encourage it. I am lucky in that my club has LOTS of group rides, some are fast, some are medium, and some are really quite sedate. I hope you can find a supportive group to ride with. It makes me feel safer on the road, plus it’s fun to talk bikes or life with others.

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I looked on the local club website. Looks like there is typically a Monday evening and then Saturday/Sunday morning rides that would be options for me. Slow/Med/Fast groups. Everything else from them is Tuesday/Thursday/Friday morning breakfast rides, when I'm at work. Sad!

Local-ish gravel ride is on Tuesday nights. Unfortunate thing is that they meet in a town about 45min away from me.
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The only analog watch I ever had was a Swatch like this.


VV is a Saints fan???
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I hate wearing watches. I did it when I had to for work, zinc plating things
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Quite a superpower being able to look at someone and know there's something wrong with them.
Not really, I do it all the time when in the city.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Ditto. And, it has a calculator.
Pffft, Siri does all my calculations for me.
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Not really, I do it all the time when in the city.
That's why things like that are referred to as "subway diagnoses" in clinical circles.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I looked on the local club website. Looks like there is typically a Monday evening and then Saturday/Sunday morning rides that would be options for me. Slow/Med/Fast groups. Everything else from them is Tuesday/Thursday/Friday morning breakfast rides, when I'm at work. Sad!

Local-ish gravel ride is on Tuesday nights. Unfortunate thing is that they meet in a town about 45min away from me.
Do check it out. For a long time, I only rode alone and I enjoyed it. I still enjoy it, but there is a different, fun dynamic riding with others... when you're in the mood for it (I still feel free to skip out to ride alone with my thoughts, sometimes). You should be able to find a group of like-minded people that aren't looking for a hammer ride.
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The only analog watch I ever had was a Swatch like this.


Swatch has some fun Bauhaus-inspired watches out right now - I'm tempted to grab one of those, too.
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VV is a Saints fan???
French Canadian, eh?
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Its the off season and its only Wednesday. But looks like I may not break 100 miles for the week based on work schedule. Sad!
I really don't know what the week will bring. It's a very weird holding pattern.
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We’ve got two days of weather crap coming Thursday and Friday so my week will definitely not be a 100 unless I count fake miles.
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VV is a Saints fan???
Nope. It was back in high school. I think the two primary factors were: (1) it seemed "different," and (2) it cost less than some of the trendier ones
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French Canadian, eh?
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The Garmin 935 is the only one to persuade me to wear a watch. I still don't understand the Apple Watch - I'd rather just use the phone.
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That's why things like that are referred to as "subway diagnoses" in clinical circles.
Easy as pie, no degree necessary - "THAT dude is crazy!"
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