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Old 08-11-20, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Bike must be on the ground, as you state. Even then, it seems to take a lot of force to get the play out of the stack, so I back off the cap after I nip up the stem.
Makes sense. My first try with the Bianchi, I didn't use enough force, and it needed adjustment again a couple rides later. Next time, I gave it a bit more oomph - not 6nm, but more than just snugged down - and it's held up better.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I don't feel my skeleton is up for that even at my age.

Maybe don't pet it because the cat doesn't like it?

How long since you lived in the U.S.?
19 years come November
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Seems like it's either no clouds or raining/threatening to rain.

Why can't there be partly cloudy?
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Some how, some way, the kids need a classroom. I see the people I deal with, and I know they have kids at home, and I know there is no discipline at all to not only encourage the kids, but enforce the online rules. Heck, I've heard of a dress code now, yet their parents can't even get out of their jammies to go to the store.
We are probably the exception and not the rule, but my 7 and 8 year old have had a consistent schedule since school closed in March. We created a ton of extra materials for them and thought them math, ELA, music, art etc as much as we could. They received more 1:1 instruction out of school than they were in a classroom. We’ve continued this over the summer with 1 hour a day of reading and writing summaries of what was read, math activities and more.

But my wife isn’t working, so we had time to do that. If they go back to remote learning, I hope the district has figured out an effective way to make it like in class learning or I’m going to be very displeased.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Makes sense. My first try with the Bianchi, I didn't use enough force, and it needed adjustment again a couple rides later. Next time, I gave it a bit more oomph - not 6nm, but more than just snugged down - and it's held up better.
Do you push the bike with the front brake engaged? As datlas points out, that's the most sensitive way to detect play.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Yup
that bridge is brutal.

For a time I lived right across the street from the Basilica off of West Genny. The overpass there was always shearing the tops off of trucks.
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I have a severe amount of anxiety about them going back. Their desks are going to be 6 feet apart and they are required to wear a mask all day, but I just don’t trust other parents to do the right thing and be truthful.

Every morning we have to fill out a health questionnaire and I’m positive other families will not be truthful about where they’ve traveled or if the kids have fevers.
The flip side of that is out here, none of the schools are doing in-person, but they're being a lot more formal in their approach to distance learning, so especially for the younger kids they want an adult sitting with the child during the 'classtime', rather than just setting the kid in front of the screen. This impacts the folks who work for me, who are already working odd hours so the lab isn't full of people, and doing their data analysis at home. If they have to be with their kid and paying attention to the teacher, they can't be working on data.

It's all totally nuts.
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I have to admit that I used to have a huge crush on her.
She’s too huge to crush now.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Do you push the bike with the front brake engaged? As datlas points out, that's the most sensitive way to detect play.
Yeah, that's how I first figured out it needed it. This was after a ride where it really seemed "buzzy" and clunky over some 'textured' asphalt. The first time passed the 'rocking' test okay, but I think it was just not quite tight enough. So the next time, as I say, I tightened it more. I also made sure the stem was really loose before I tightened the cap bolt.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
But my wife isn’t working, so we had time to do that. If they go back to remote learning, I hope the district has figured out an effective way to make it like in class learning or I’m going to be very displeased.
The disorganization at the end of last year was easy to understand, but yeah, I hope that they have something better slapped together this go 'round.

....though, at the same time, I understand that some families, in a school as socioeconomically diverse as my son's, will have challenges even when it comes to something as simple as "daily zoom meeting from 10:00 - 11:30," so concessions will have to be made, some how, some way.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
I have a severe amount of anxiety about them going back. Their desks are going to be 6 feet apart and they are required to wear a mask all day, but I just don’t trust other parents to do the right thing and be truthful.

Every morning we have to fill out a health questionnaire and I’m positive other families will not be truthful about where they’ve traveled or if the kids have fevers.
I would be concerned about that too.
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She’s too huge to crush now.


Savage.

(I haven't seen any recent pics)
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
I have a severe amount of anxiety about them going back. Their desks are going to be 6 feet apart and they are required to wear a mask all day, but I just don’t trust other parents to do the right thing and be truthful.

Every morning we have to fill out a health questionnaire and I’m positive other families will not be truthful about where they’ve traveled or if the kids have fevers.
Wait - what's the plan for your schools? Going back to school? Hybrid?

Mine is continuing to do distance learning with the hopes that they'll get in to the schools later this school year.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Bike must be on the ground, as you state. Even then, it seems to take a lot of force to get the play out of the stack, so I back off the cap after I nip up the stem.
My MTB fork has two star nuts in the steer tube from using this technique but going just a bit too far. Snapped the alloy top cap bolt inside the threads but didn't have anything long enough to push the old nut out through the bottom of the fork, nor any good way to get the broken bolt out.

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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Yeah, that's how I first figured out it needed it. This was after a ride where it really seemed "buzzy" and clunky over some 'textured' asphalt. The first time passed the 'rocking' test okay, but I think it was just not quite tight enough. So the next time, as I say, I tightened it more. I also made sure the stem was really loose before I tightened the cap bolt.
Also, make sure the spacer situation doesn't need to change. The new stem likely had a different stack height than the old one.
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Wait - what's the plan for your schools? Going back to school? Hybrid?

Mine is continuing to do distance learning with the hopes that they'll get in to the schools later this school year.
They’re going back on 9/14. K-5 are split between the 4 elementary and middle schools M-Th with remote on Friday. 6-12 alternates on a 3 week schedule of one week in class out of every 3 weeks.
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Just install these at school entrances.

Problem solved.

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Also, make sure the spacer situation doesn't need to change. The new stem likely had a different stack height than the old one.
(The new stem was on the Ritchey, which has a threaded headset and so a quill stem. There, the problem was the old one of threading the bar through the clamp. That's what I loved about that Salsa stem - it had a separate, 2-bolt clamp, which is rare for a quill.)
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Just install these at school entrances.

Problem solved.

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That does bring up a question, though - my new Canyon has ended up with 2.5 cm of spacers above the stem. Should I have the extra cut off? I can't imagine raising the bar much - it's been totally comfortable on my longer (for me) rides on Sundays, including a big climb and accompanying descent, plus a couple miles either in the drops or the tops of the hoods, grinding into a headwind. So, keep the smokestack? Or not?
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
That does bring up a question, though - my new Canyon has ended up with 2.5 cm of spacers above the stem. Should I have the extra cut off? I can't imagine raising the bar much - it's been totally comfortable on my longer (for me) rides on Sundays, including a big climb and accompanying descent, plus a couple miles either in the drops or the tops of the hoods, grinding into a headwind. So, keep the smokestack? Or not?
With a cf steerer, the most important thing is that the compression plug supports the steerer where the stem is clamped. If the periscope is too long, many compression plugs aren't long enough to reach down that far, which means that you need to trim the stack (or get a loooong compression plug).
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Apparently Colorado HAS TO clean people....
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They’re going back on 9/14. K-5 are split between the 4 elementary and middle schools M-Th with remote on Friday. 6-12 alternates on a 3 week schedule of one week in class out of every 3 weeks.
**** me. I have enough trouble keeping track of the recycling schedule, which is every other week. If I had two kids in different schedules? Oof.
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They’re going back on 9/14. K-5 are split between the 4 elementary and middle schools M-Th with remote on Friday. 6-12 alternates on a 3 week schedule of one week in class out of every 3 weeks.
That's a good schedule because if anyone gets infected, they're sure to be symptomatic by the time they would go back. I hope they're keeping them in cohorts and not mixing them up, though.
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