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Old 08-09-20, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Not a regular here, but wanted to share an interesting bit.

In "The North American Indian" by Edward Curtis, there is a photograph of a southwest woman polishing a pot.

The caption reads: The potter is polishing a vessel. The smooth pebbles used for this purpose are found in small heaps among or near deposits of fossil bones. They are the stomach pebbles of dinosaurs. Tewa women prize them highly, refuse to part with them, and foresee ill luck if one is lost.

That's all- carry on.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
It should.
If we could agree on a formula that accounted for all the variables (temperature, light, power, off-road, drafting, bike type, elevation, altitude, FTP, and probably more), well, that'd be an interesting formula to see.
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This promises to be a pleasant day in the saddle. Perhaps I'll do that climb I haven't done in at least 6 years. What's the point of having a 36x34 if you don't go up?

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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Yep, dinosaurs had gizzards. A reminder that they didn't all die out, and you can eat dinosaur at Popeye's.
Mammals still taste better.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
If we could agree on a formula that accounted for all the variables (temperature, light, power, off-road, drafting, bike type, elevation, altitude, FTP, and probably more), well, that'd be an interesting formula to see.
That’s a big if. So many variables: group vs individual, wind, temp, elevation, moon phase....

I reckon we have to live with an imperfect metric.
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They FINALLY restored power to our corporate office so the electronic medical records system is restored. Guess what I have planned for Sunday afternoon? Hint: it ain’t napping
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Just checked and today's ride put me just a hair over 2100 miles for the year... which also makes this my highest-mileage year ever. And it's early August.
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This week will be the last with a crew here. We might even finish early. The little woman heads north, for a month, beginning Thursday morning. I will be alone for that month. I won't have a smoothie to make at 6:30, nor a crew to welcome at 8. Perhaps I can do some early morning riding.

I will use no power tools, except for my cordless drills and my bench grinder. I plan to build a set of rollers, to see if I can still ride them. I had a set many years ago. Back in my spandex days. They will come in handy, here and there, I hope. I'll have to buy some skateboard bearings and nothing else.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Just checked and today's ride put me just a hair over 2100 miles for the year... which also makes this my highest-mileage year ever. And it's early August.
Now that’s a pissing contest I can beat you in, probably. I am at 5500 so far. Expect to end around 8-9K, depending on how nasty the weather gets in late fall/early winter.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
That’s a big if. So many variables: group vs individual, wind, temp, elevation, moon phase....

I reckon we have to live with an imperfect metric.
I didn't see rain and mud in the formula
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
This week will be the last with a crew here. We might even finish early. The little woman heads north, for a month, beginning Thursday morning. I will be alone for that month. I won't have a smoothie to make at 6:30, nor a crew to welcome at 8. Perhaps I can do some early morning riding.

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You can make budget rollers with 3 wooden rolling pins. I saw it on YouTube.
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You can make budget rollers with 3 wooden rolling pins. I saw it on YouTube.
A) Rolling pins are like hen's teeth in these parts
B) I wouldn't trust the bearings anyway.
C) I've got a large selection of pvc scrap in various sizes, scrap lumber, allthread, and a set of holesaws
D) And time. Lots of free time
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
A) Rolling pins are like hen's teeth in these parts
B) I wouldn't trust the bearings anyway.
C) I've got a large selection of pvc scrap in various sizes, scrap lumber, allthread, and a set of holesaws
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Ok, but be careful with the tools! Post pics of final product?
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There are parrots in the hills all over this area. They squawk and chirp and imitate other birds. They are invasive and deprive other birds of food but nobody has figured out what to do about them yet. Some speculate they came from Busch Gardens when it closed years ago.
Going up the road last Saturday there were 6 or 8 of them on a small tree watching me.
that's creepy.
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Now that’s a pissing contest I can beat you in, probably. I am at 5500 so far. Expect to end around 8-9K, depending on how nasty the weather gets in late fall/early winter.
Oh yes. Remember, I only started riding outside in the morning when I literally killed my trainer, and that required being unable to do tri training (bum heel, swimming much more difficult due to Covid restrictions). Even so, it takes focused weeks to beat y'all serious cyclists.

However, based on what I'm reading, it looks like tri might be off next year as well. With Bar Mitts and maybe a gravel bike, I could really pound out some miles next year. We will see. Long-term, I'd like to get back to tri, but I'm not swimming in open water with a bunch of people or grabbing cups at aid stations until we have a known-good vaccine and I can be sure I'm protected while doing it.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I've a sunset ride planned, but it'll be flat as a pancake.

I think I'll ride 'til 10:01 and see if it counts on this week's total or next week's.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
If we could agree on a formula that accounted for all the variables (temperature, light, power, off-road, drafting, bike type, elevation, altitude, FTP, and probably more), well, that'd be an interesting formula to see.
what if we factored in awesomeness? Asking for an awesome friend.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
what if we factored in awesomeness? Asking for an awesome friend.
So you're saying Cervelo miles count double? I could get on board with that.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
If we could agree on a formula that accounted for all the variables (temperature, light, power, off-road, drafting, bike type, elevation, altitude, FTP, and probably more), well, that'd be an interesting formula to see.
No.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
So you're saying Cervelo miles count double? I could get on board with that.
Not exactly.

Miles on my bike should count more since it is 16 years old and I'm still waiting for my CAAD to be repaired. I have been waiting since late May. SMH.
Oops, sorry I went off topic. It just helps talking about it.
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Mammals still taste better.
A friend/neighbor is a geologist for our county, basically working outdoors. He got bitten by a tick, which had him develop an allergy for mammals’ meat. If he has a single bite, he breaks in hives and puffs up.
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what if we factored in awesomeness?
What if you got a negative score?
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Ok, but be careful with the tools! Post pics of final product?
Indeed on both counts
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I've a sunset ride planned, but it'll be flat as a pancake.

I think I'll ride 'til 10:01 and see if it counts on this week's total or next week's.

In other pancake news, 2nd breakfast was a nice Dutch baby with warm nectarines
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I think I'll ride 'til 10:01 and see if it counts on this week's total or next week's.
Rides are posted by start time so it'll be a late ride.
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