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Old 04-23-19, 09:44 PM
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Poppa, momma, and baby bear bikes. We rode to the pet store to get guinea pig supplies this evening.
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I ordered a stem for my wifeís bike last weekend and itís supposed to be here Thursday. The frame is a good size but the lady who owned it before was about 6Ē taller than my wife and had installed an aftermarket 110mm stem at some point,
the new one is a 60. I hope itís an improvement for her. She doesnít do a ton of riding but I want her to be able to enjoy it. Riding a bike with too long a reach is kind of a drag.
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I put over 4,000 miles on that Raleigh commuting. It’s still in my garage. The rear wheel is dying. I broke one spoke and then two more trying and failing to take the freewheel off to replace the broken spoke.
I feel like I got my money’s worth out of it. The frame is the right size but something about how it rides is off. I think the forks might be bent or the headset needs replaced or both. It’s a pretty light frame for what it is. And the left crank arm pedal threads are stripped. And the chainrings are bent. Etc etc etc.
Headsets can go out of adjustment surprisingly fast, they need to be checked regularly. And that banging around, water, dirt and grime take a toll, and cause them to get stiff and notchy in what seems like no time. I would take off the front wheel and check it. Fork does not look bent from the pics.

I used to consider headsets an fairly unimportant component, which I guess they are in a way, but there is no way you are gonna be able to ride no-handed on a bike with a bad headset. Definitely check it, and don't hesitate to replace a bad one, I bought a $20 Tange Levin last week, slapped it on, and wondered why I had put off replacing such a cheap thing for so many years.

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I donít mind changing my mind about things. Or people. But itís easier to not make up your mind in the first place.
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@Lemond1985 Iíve overhauled a few but never replaced one. The one on that Raleigh Iíve overhauled a couple times and itís still a little notchy, I think I even put new ball bearings in it last time. Iím sure itís the original one and Iím pretty sure it just needs replaced.
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Various pond pics and critters I've photographed at work.
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All winter long I was planning to take my bike out on the frozen pond with my studded tires but never did it. I'm not sure I missed much.
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Various pics taken while commuting over the last couple years, in no particular order.
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I have no training or aspiration to be a photographer but I like to take pictures. I've been thinking about getting a cheap used DSLR and a handlebar bag to put it in and taking lots of pics on some of my non-commuting rides.
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Photography is about like playing guitar for me. And riding a bike, too, I guess. It's hard to do any of them really well, I don't have a passion for any of them but I find it very satisfying to do a mediocre job at all 3.
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Oh and being employed at a job, too.
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More random commute pics, except the one on top I must have been in a car, see reflection of cup in cupholder or something in lower right corner.

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I had what they called lymphedema in my left leg for a few months after the tumor was removed. The doctors prescribed these cotton bandages, they were $20/pc and I had to buy 6 of them, it took 3 to wrap it and I needed two sets. I donít remember why I had to pay out of pocket for them. I had an older cousin who got breast cancer and after the mastectomy got lymphedema in her arm that never went away. I told the docs that it seemed like the wraps were causing or exacerbating the swelling but they advised me to stay my course because it would only get worse if I didnít keep it wrapped. I took them off and the swelling went down after about 3 weeks and I didnít need the crutches to walk anymore. I have no idea how long it was until I rode a bike. I think they nicked a lymph node during the surgery, and also a nerve. I didnít have any feeling on the inside of my leg for close to a year. It still feels weird 6 years later, pins and needles occasionally.
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It started when I started noticing some range of movement issues in my left leg, I couldnít cross it over the right one. And there was this sort of knot just above my knee on the inside of my leg.
I first went to the chiropractor and he gave me some exercises to do. The knot was really sort of slowly getting bigger, and the exercises werenít making for any improvements. I took my concerns to my family doctor. He said thatís a collapsed muscle, your adductor is torn at the top, nothing to worry about, not cancer or anything like that, scheduled me for an MRI, went to the MRI and they called me back in to the office to say theyíre pretty sure itís cancer, a weird rare one called Myxoid Liposarcoma. A biopsy confirmed and a surgery was scheduled to remove it. They said that due to the size and location and everything that they ďmay not be able to save my legĒ but excising the tumor is the first step. It was roughly lemon-sized and shaped. Because the family doctor had originally classified it as a sports injury (torn adductor), they sent us the full bill for the surgery and hospital stay and all the MRIs and everything else up to that point, $57,000. The 45 minute surgery was $36k. Insurance eventually got things straightened out.
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They had me set up to go to radiation treatment but I couldnít make it work. At the time my wife was attending college full time and we had 3 children in the house. My income was our only source, and money was pretty tight. The only treatment center in network was on the opposite side of town, a 50 minute drive from work, and it was a 3 hour appointment in the middle of the workday, 5 hours total including drive time. I couldnít physically swing the 13-14 hour days to make 8 hours of pay. My boss (the guy my dad hated) was willing to work with me on the hours but it was another $50/wk in gas.
The docs said there was a 40% reduction in chance of metastasis if I went to radiotherapy. I asked what were the chances in the first place? They replied thereís a 40% reduction in the chances of metastasis if I went to radiotherapy.
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Anyway, there was a lot more to it and overall was just a terrible experience that I donít like to remember and had an easier time forgetting honestly until I decided to start riding my bike to work.
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I donít really have a story or a narrative about it, or about bike commuting or anything really. I just have things Iíve experienced and remembered. I canít decide if I think bike commuting is a good idea or not. There are times I agree with how anybody feels about it. I donít enjoy doing it every day, but on days I donít enjoy it I seem to appreciate it - meaning I am not optimistic by nature, it requires great effort, being optimistic, that is - and there is so much about bike commuting that can inspire all sorts of pessimism and skepticism (the weather, the abuse, the stress, advocacy and safety, to name just a few) but spending that time on my bike always seems to inspire me to want to make other good decisions about my life. It gives me time to actually give my life some time for serious contemplation. But itís a benefit that I didnít and couldnít have realized until I slowed down and stopped caring about my average speed.
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The facts are that I work a job my estranged dad did for a living. I do it in my hometown, which I hate. I do it for my kindergarten classmate, who drives brand new cars and takes 10 trips to Florida yearly while I ride my bike past the trailer court of broken dreams to keep his shop running while heís away and I and my coworkers watch our numbers dwindle along with the incoming work. I even let it slide that I havenít had enough work to get a paycheck big enough to pay for a haircut (which now Iím not so sure Iím going to do now, thank you very much) since 2018. I must really really enjoy the time I spend on my bike.
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There are days riding my bike to work feels like the best decision I ever made and some days it feels like the worst. I seem to try harder to remember the good ones.
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When I have better days, I see lots of cool opportunities in my situation.
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But they're saying they're praying about it a lot, every day.
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I just read a thread about a fellow BF member who passed from cancer a year ago.
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