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Old 04-01-20, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I ate my lunch really quickly and then went on a 1 lap rip on my MTB at the local park.

Best lunch break I've had in a while
I'm only taking a half hour lunch and so far, I'm just eating lunch. I might mow one of our lawns if I have time after my sandwich.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
The article that Bah Humbug linked in the bar flipping thread got me to wondering.

How much weight do you alll have on your hands?

I know that there isn't a great way to quantify that and it will end up being super subjective, but would you describe your ideal road fit as having a lot of weight, a moderate amount, or as little as possible weight on your bars?

Definitely for the rando bike I want as little weight as possible on my hands, but I can tolerate it a bit more on the roadie if I'm only going to be out for an hour or two.
For me, the goal is zero, so I mostly ride like this:

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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
The article that Bah Humbug linked in the bar flipping thread got me to wondering.

How much weight do you alll have on your hands?

I know that there isn't a great way to quantify that and it will end up being super subjective, but would you describe your ideal road fit as having a lot of weight, a moderate amount, or as little as possible weight on your bars?

Definitely for the rando bike I want as little weight as possible on my hands, but I can tolerate it a bit more on the roadie if I'm only going to be out for an hour or two.
All this time on the trainer, on my roadie because my ribs still aren't right, has demonstrated that. I could sit on the tri bike just fine more or less indefinitely on the trainer until my nethers need a rest (gotten better about that on the roadie at least, hoping it will translate), but my lower arms go numb easily on the roadie. Rock and a hard place. Less weight there would be ideal, but probably more of a trainer thing than outdoors where you can and do shift your weight more. However, I definitely would like to get a zero-offset post and move my saddle forward to match the TT position more closely...
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Old 04-01-20, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I'm only taking a half hour lunch and so far, I'm just eating lunch. I might mow one of our lawns if I have time after my sandwich.
Same here with the 30 minute lunch. But luckily the park is 5 minutes away, and the lap I rode is short but still fun
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Old 04-01-20, 01:00 PM
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That would be a waste of an important medical resource.
Report him.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
For me, the goal is zero, so I mostly ride like this
Zero is the goal for me, too. Not sure if it's feasible for me with most frame geometries, though. At least at my current fitness

Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
All this time on the trainer, on my roadie because my ribs still aren't right, has demonstrated that. I could sit on the tri bike just fine more or less indefinitely on the trainer until my nethers need a rest (gotten better about that on the roadie at least, hoping it will translate), but my lower arms go numb easily on the roadie. Rock and a hard place. Less weight there would be ideal, but probably more of a trainer thing than outdoors where you can and do shift your weight more. However, I definitely would like to get a zero-offset post and move my saddle forward to match the TT position more closely...
Thanks.

I've read Steve Hogg's blog post about saddle setback quite a few times since I can never seem to unweight my hands like I want to. Reading his article I check all the boxes for someone who needs a relatively large amount of saddle setback: I drop my toes, I'm not terribly "functional" due to my desk job and lack of stretching, and I don't put out a lot of power so I'm not really offsetting much of my bodyweight backwards. I've just always wondered if I'm just overly sensitive in my wrists or I just need to suck it up and buy some bar tape other than plain cotton.

I do have a feeling that some people have a lot more weight on their hands than I do, I've never seen the need to double wrap bars with super cushy tape or anything like that
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Old 04-01-20, 01:11 PM
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... still the most fun I've had with my clothes on.
I have whitewater rafting currently holding that spot.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I ate my lunch really quickly and then went on a 1 lap rip on my MTB at the local park.

Best lunch break I've had in a while
I ate a burrito, did the NYT crossword puzzle, screwed around on Facebook a little and watched a bit of the local news.

Not particularly gratifying.

Then I tried to get some real work done but kept getting interrupted. Ended up having to bring people up to speed on a matter that they should have been informed of by, you know, people in their departments.

Frustrating. Sometimes I feel like I will be operating trains before long.
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Old 04-01-20, 01:36 PM
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Flying a plane made out of popsicle sticks and t-shirts, is the last thing on my list of things to do before I die.
first plane I ever flew was a Beech stagger wing. Essentially this. Now I fly a coke can with wings.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Thanks.

I've read Steve Hogg's blog post about saddle setback quite a few times since I can never seem to unweight my hands like I want to. Reading his article I check all the boxes for someone who needs a relatively large amount of saddle setback: I drop my toes, I'm not terribly "functional" due to my desk job and lack of stretching, and I don't put out a lot of power so I'm not really offsetting much of my bodyweight backwards. I've just always wondered if I'm just overly sensitive in my wrists or I just need to suck it up and buy some bar tape other than plain cotton.

I do have a feeling that some people have a lot more weight on their hands than I do, I've never seen the need to double wrap bars with super cushy tape or anything like that
And now it's my turn to regift the thanks to you - that was a fascinating article and I thought "man I'd like to have that guy fit me" (as I am in dire need of a roadie fit) and it turns out he has a approved fitter just north of the river here. I'll go see him when it's possible. So yeah, thanks for that!
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What about homemade? Or from non-medical supply, like the ones DeSoto is making and we have four of.
The mask does not have to meet surgical standards, but it must be clearly designed to prevent the inhalation of bad stuff.
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I wore a balaclava yesterday in case I saw a CV infected cow, sheep, deer, etc.
Same. Except today. Nor did I see a cow sheep deer etc. And the balaclava did not cover my mouth or nose so minimal CV protection. Uh oh.
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If I felt the general air were that unsafe, I'd ride inside with the A/C on.
You'll never get a kudos with that attitude.
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That would be a waste of an important medical resource.
I'm ahead of the curve.

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Sometimes I feel like I will be operating trains before long.
Do it!
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And the balaclava did not cover my mouth or nose so minimal CV protection. Uh oh.
Meh, don't worry, the rabies will kill it.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
And now it's my turn to regift the thanks to you - that was a fascinating article and I thought "man I'd like to have that guy fit me" (as I am in dire need of a roadie fit) and it turns out he has a approved fitter just north of the river here. I'll go see him when it's possible. So yeah, thanks for that!


Hope it works out for you. I like the stuff he writes. And there's a lot of it there.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
You'll never get a kudos with that attitude.
Somehow I'll find the will to live.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
The mask does not have to meet surgical standards, but it must be clearly designed to prevent the inhalation of bad stuff.

Same. Except today. Nor did I see a cow sheep deer etc. And the balaclava did not cover my mouth or nose so minimal CV protection. Uh oh.

You'll never get a kudos with that attitude.

I'm ahead of the curve.

https://twitter.com/NPR/status/1245405324615602177
Went to work today and it seemed as though everyone was wearing a mask.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
first plane I ever flew was a Beech stagger wing.
No wonder you got hooked.

My first was a Baron at a few weeks or months old.

The first I remember was a 310 going in between NM and IL.
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Positive test in my mom's quarantined independent care facility yesterday. I might have to start throwing food on her balcony.
If I'm going to take a positive out of this mess, it's the timing - if my MIL had acted with any sense of urgency and got in to an assisted living facility before stuff went sideways, my wife would have been a wreck. W'burg has a large retirement community and has been the worst county in VA.
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I did my ride solo. No mask.
Kudos. And ditto.
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I still think they’re hideous (don’t tell WhyFi), but I’d just never look down.
You spelled "sexy" wrong.
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today...the balaclava


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Who will be the first here to do a bike ride wearing a mask? You will receive a Velo Vol kudos.
On the ride today, I saw a couple of young ladies wearing fabric masks. It made me wonder when fashionable masks would be a thing. I don't think it'll be long. Like, days, maybe.
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Started to get ready for a trike ride and my wife said let's do the tandem, again.

Only 19.2 miles at 15.6 mph but that's a 50% mileage increase over Monday's outing. Did have to stop once for her to stretch her back out.

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On the ride today, I saw a couple of young ladies wearing fabric masks. It made me wonder when fashionable masks would be a thing. I don't think it'll be long. Like, days, maybe.
I have relatives who are making their own with patterned fabric, if that counts.
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It made me wonder when fashionable masks would be a thing. I don't think it'll be long. Like, days, maybe.
Agreed. I've thought the same.
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