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Old 08-11-20, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Not me. Sometime in 2021 maybe.
IKR. A friend and I were discussing this analogy the other day, it’s like kids playing on an abandoned rail line, only now there’s an invisible runaway train on the line that the kids are used to playing on, but they’re insistent on playing regardless like they’re accustomed to.

A lot of today’s “adults” are just not accustomed to any kind of constraints.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
There have been some races up here. Stage race out near Buffalo, a crit and an MTB series near Rochester. The local bike club restarted group rides a few weeks ago. They all have stated COVID safety rules in place. I haven't been to any of these events, so I don't know how that works out in practice.
There is a weekly Thursday night training crit in an office park that is right behind my neighborhood and they have been going the past several weeks. I only know because some of the people I follow on Strava are doing it, from what I can tell from Strava, the attendance is about half usual which means 25 instead of 50 riders.
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Yow. Looking at my IG feed, I see that my old client, Mr Rachel Ray, says that their house burned down.
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There is a weekly Thursday night training crit in an office park that is right behind my neighborhood and they have been going the past several weeks.
Velo Vol's office park series remains a well-kept secret.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I think it's really nuanced about group rides.
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Ditto what datlas said, on all three points. My group is a small core, 8 or so guys, with a few other regular guests that pop up now and again. Participation in recent rides has been even lower, typically 4-6.
It's totally not happening this year for me, I have a hard enough time motivating myself to go out and meet new people even in normal times. There's a club that's got their normal rides going and are open to the public, but I'm hoping that they're following the same trend as you two, where it's really the core group only. Who knows, though, I've got no idea of the usual sizes of their rides.

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For better or worse, I have decided that the population of affluent, home-working, riders in this highly precaution-compliant community are "safe" enough to ride with. The Zip Code map of cases in the county is reassuring on this point.
Ah, yeah, I wouldn't be able to describe this area in that way.
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So, not trying to be snarky here but I know it could come off that way - have we all decided that group rides are okay now?
Oh yeah. Phil Gaimon went to school with an epidemiologist that specializes in sports health and whatnot. After ranting about racing being resumed, Phil decided to step back and contact him for a video Q&A and has asked for questions to be submitted. Prolly too late to add to the questions, but the video should be out this week and should be pretty on-topic. I'll post it up when I see it.
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Ah, yeah, I wouldn't be able to describe any portion of the state of Arizona in that way.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Oh yeah. Phil Gaimon went to school with an epidemiologist that specializes in sports health and whatnot. After ranting about racing being resumed, Phil decided to step back and contact him for a video Q&A and has asked for questions to be submitted. Prolly too late to add to the questions, but the video should be out this week and should be pretty on-topic. I'll post it up when I see it.
I'll keep an eye out for that, thanks
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Like... how?
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Oh yeah. Phil Gaimon went to school with an epidemiologist that specializes in sports health and whatnot. After ranting about racing being resumed, Phil decided to step back and contact him for a video Q&A and has asked for questions to be submitted. Prolly too late to add to the questions, but the video should be out this week and should be pretty on-topic. I'll post it up when I see it.
I think Phil is just salty because he knows that taking the Everesting crown is looking less and less likely.
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So, not trying to be snarky here but I know it could come off that way - have we all decided that group rides are okay now?

I'm still not exactly excited about the idea of riding with others, but then again I've been riding solo pretty much the whole time I've been riding so that's never been a big part of my life.

Ironically I remember this past winter thinking that this year's season I'd start doing regular group rides

When my group offered I decided I would go. Usually it’s less than 10 people, and I am the youngest. Everyone else is retired or works from home. If they asked me not to participate because of my job I would respect their wishes.
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Datlas, followed your advice seems like it’s good to go. I’m gunna see if my friend will let me borrow his torque set one more day. I want to make sure it doesn’t loosen in tomorrow’s ride.

Manufacturer says 2nm for the cap, it took 6 nm before the steering was the way it was before the stem change, and the head set stopped being loose.
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yow. Looking at my ig feed, i see that my old client, mr rachel ray, says that their house burned down.
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Like... how?
I am guessing the driver pushed the wrong button.

Ever see the classic Looney Tunes episode....NOT THE WED ONE!! I will see if I can find a youtube clip. It's gold.

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Like... how?
A few weeks ago when I was mowing the lawn a guy working on a project there drove off with the back door of his minivan open.


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nttawwt


He's a really nice guy, and was doing well for himself before they met. I think that she was still small-time when they got together and her popularity exploded after.

They had a really sweet and very pampered pitbull, too, but she just passed this year.
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I seem to recall something like that happening in NJ a few years ago. Driver accidentally activated the lift and then hit a bridge.

My favorite was right here in Philly. Guy sheers the top off a semi trailer going under a bridge, but the top stays attached while the driver proceeds to drive through the city dragging the top behind him. He made it a couple of miles before being pulled over by a cop who was responding to a report called in by an early morning jogger.
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I think Phil is just salty because he knows that taking the Everesting crown is looking less and less likely.
Ha - no. He's been pretty vocal about covid and even back-tracked on some of his earlier sentiment that was made before the severity was completely understood.

He also had the current Everesting record holder on for an interview recently and they were great together. Phil's brand of humor is polarizing but the Irish fellow was of similar snark and they got on splendidly.
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Datlas, followed your advice seems like it’s good to go. I’m gunna see if my friend will let me borrow his torque set one more day. I want to make sure it doesn’t loosen in tomorrow’s ride.

Manufacturer says 2nm for the cap, it took 6 nm before the steering was the way it was before the stem change, and the head set stopped being loose.
You need more pressure to preload the stack than that flimsy cap wants to live at after the stem clamp is tightened. Make sense?
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“Ah, yeah, I wouldn't be able to describe any portion of the state of Arizona in that way.”

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
A few weeks ago when I was mowing the lawn a guy working on a project there drove off with the back door of his minivan open.


I took off with a side door of one of our minivans open the other day. I just waited til the coast was clear and slammed on the brakes. Problem solved.
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Had to make the call of shame this morning. I hit a bump, harder than I wanted to, and with me swapping out the stem yesterday I started thinking about my headset. I didn’t have any obvious play yesterday, but I honestly didn’t do a good job of checking. After I hit the bump, I checked for play and at first didn’t think felt any but I couldn’t be sure. I turned around to head home, stopping by parents for water and checked it again. This time looking at the bottom of the headset where the fork meets I could see movement when holding the front break and rocking it. I decided then not to ride it anymore.

I never felt any play while riding, should I be concerned? I plan on loosening the stem and then tightening the cap to 4 nm. My manual say 2nm, but that obviously wasn’t enough.
I had a similar problem with my Seven, couldn't keep the headset tight enough. Turned out the star nut (or whatever it's called) inside the steer tube was loose enough to creep up the steer tube. I took the cap off and the nut has a hex, I think it's 6mm, to lock it in place.
Kinda like the second one in this video.

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When my group offered I decided I would go. Usually it’s less than 10 people, and I am the youngest. Everyone else is retired or works from home. If they asked me not to participate because of my job I would respect their wishes.
When the senior softball league contacted me looking for volunteers to play this season I respectfully declined. I mean, guys in their 70s and 80s are about as high-risk as you can get.

I wish them well, so far so good as fas as I’ve heard.
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