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Old 04-24-20, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
I thought they were saying it's just a li'l ol' flu and the old folks should (wo)man up and croak?
Agree. Do your part to be one of the 2.2 million projected.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Our shop has been pretty busy with repairs.
My rig needs help. Among other things, it's creaking going uphill. The BB only has like 2000 miles on it.
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Still no urgent need for grass cutting here.
How about snow blowing?
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I'm usually the bad guy in the house that trims the cats' nails. I should really do it more often but neither of us like doing it.

Frankie used to get on top of the cabinets all the time, when she was younger and smaller. She can still get up there, but just chooses to stay closer to the ground nowadays.


My boy was definitely a percher. One time I moved us to an apartment where the kitchen ceiling was lower and there was no space above the cabinets. As soon as he discovered this, he climbed to the top of the fridge and howled his disapproval down at me.

Somehow I didn't get any pics of him up on one of those, but here's one of him on a bathroom shelf shortly after I moved to Boulder.

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Jack, who passed in the fall, used to open doors all of the time when we lived in Brooklyn. Whenever we had guests over, we had to tell them to lock the door when they used the bathroom. Not everyone listened, though, and Jack walked in on a few people while they were in the middle of takin' care of business.
Growing up we had one who figured out doorknobs. She tried to teach the others, though only one learned.

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Old 04-24-20, 11:26 AM
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Our governor extended stay-at-home orders through May 30.

Masks in public become mandatory starting May 1.

Additionally, some state parks are going to be opened up again and I got excited, but my local one is not on the list
As of this week, masks mandatory away from home. But There are still some holdouts. As of today, only one person per car, unless going to the hospital, and all occupants must be masked. In Merida, Walmart an Home Depot open, but not for people over 60
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Telework extended through 31 May.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
My rig needs help. Among other things, it's creaking going uphill. The BB only has like 2000 miles on it.
Are you sure it's the bike?

How about snow blowing?
Nope. Haven't had enough at once to need that in at least a month.
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Old 04-24-20, 11:35 AM
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Agree. Do your part to be one of the 2.2 million projected.
2.2 million? Last I heard it was60,000/ Once italics is turned on, it can not easily be turned off
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Old 04-24-20, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
My rig needs help. Among other things, it's creaking going uphill. The BB only has like 2000 miles on it.
Did you ever get your shifting problems worked out?
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Old 04-24-20, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
As of this week, masks mandatory away from home. But There are still some holdouts. As of today, only one person per car, unless going to the hospital, and all occupants must be masked. In Merida, Walmart an Home Depot open, but not for people over 60
I'd say overall, general masked population is around 25-30%.

Interesting to see if that changes May 1.
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I'd say overall, general masked population is around 25-30%.

Interesting to see if that changes May 1.
here it’s close to 100% based on my observations
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It almost came to that. He would not let it go.

Sigh.
Here. Hold my beer.


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Here. Hold my beer.


Be sure to check the use-by date.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Are you sure it's the bike?
My creaking is less audible.
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Did you ever get your shifting problems worked out?
I haven't had another multi-attempt fiasco as I did right before I posted that, but sometimes it still takes two clicks.

Someone here suggested it may be a cable-related, which is plausible, as my cables are old. I sprayed WD40 on them to the extent possible.
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A local guy posted a ride yesterday that included a ~17 mile loop/Strava segment. I decided to check it out today.

That was dumb. I could not, for the life of me, find my lungs until I was 12-13 miles in. Then there's being at the mercy of the lights - I hit a full traffic light cycle literally one block in to the segment and another four or so significant traffic light delays throughout the loop. I'll probably ride it at tempo every once in a while, just for the variety of having a new-to-me short route, and then try to turn myself inside-out again in another month or so.
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A local guy posted a ride yesterday that included a ~17 mile loop/Strava segment. I decided to check it out today.

That was dumb. I could not, for the life of me, find my lungs until I was 12-13 miles in. Then there's being at the mercy of the lights - I hit a full traffic light cycle literally one block in to the segment and another four or so significant traffic light delays throughout the loop. I'll probably ride it at tempo every once in a while, just for the variety of having a new-to-me short route, and then try to turn myself inside-out again in another month or so.
That sounds like it just shouldn't be a segment. We have a few long ones on the tri-training highway, but they have essentially zero cross traffic. Lights? No.
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Money is worthless except in the context of what it can buy you. Doesn’t take much thought...
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That sounds like it just shouldn't be a segment. We have a few long ones on the tri-training highway, but they have essentially zero cross traffic. Lights? No.
It's one of those "it is what it is" deals. There might be some sections of bike path along the river that are a few miles long, without a traffic light, but there sure isn't anything longer than that within... probably a good 40 miles of me. I'm willing to accept that there's a roll-of-the-dice/do-you-want-to-be-an-idiot factor associated with longer segments - I'm not threatening the leader board without an accompanying paceline and I'm not going to take any of this **** serious enough to put myself in jeopardy.
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roll-of-the-dice/do-you-want-to-be-an-idiot factor
I was thinking about that looking for how many left turns across the oncoming traffic lane that segment had.

At the end of most of my rides I have to make a left 90° turn across incoming northbound traffic. The pavement is nice and smooth and it's tempting to take at speed in order to beat oncoming traffic, but I have this mental image where I screw up the turn, crash, and slide into oncoming 55mph traffic. I chicken out every time.
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Also, can you spare a few degrees of your Fahrenheit, WhyFi ?

Not sure how you're 20 degrees warmer than we are right now
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Money is worthless except in the context of what it can buy you. Doesn’t take much thought...
Agree to disagree.
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I was thinking about that looking for how many left turns across the oncoming traffic lane that segment had.

At the end of most of my rides I have to make a left 90° turn across incoming northbound traffic. The pavement is nice and smooth and it's tempting to take at speed in order to beat oncoming traffic, but I have this mental image where I screw up the turn, crash, and slide into oncoming 55mph traffic. I chicken out every time.
I think that there were only one or two left turns, so not bad on that count. But yeah, a left in front of oncoming traffic is usually something that I'll give myself a bit of margin for error.

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Also, can you spare a few degrees of your Fahrenheit, WhyFi ?

Not sure how you're 20 degrees warmer than we are right now
Honestly, that was giving me problems. I was wearing bibs, base layer, ss jersey, sun sleeves, cycling cap and light (but full fingered) leather gloves... and I was too hot. I'm still acclimated to 40° riding. I went through a similar thing last year - I'd ride solo 2-3x per week in the cooler mornings, but then the warmer evening group rides would kick my ass until I got used to it in the late summer.
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Agree to disagree.
What else would you do with it? You can't eat it, as they say. Even saving it only has value in terms of what you or someone else could buy with it in the future.
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It's 95* here; I'd be happy to loan someone up to 15 or maybe 20 of them.
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