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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-10-20, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
prolly to advance the tape past the leader so it will not miss any of the recording.

I have a bunch of TDK SA90 cassettes. I still can play them too. Going on 40 years old, that is unimaginable. Good thing I recorded them when I was 2.
Nope. That's to get the tape back into the cassette after the player has wrapped the tape around its spindles a few hundred times
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Borrowed a friends torque wrench and put the new stem on. Dropped a spacer as well. Ill give it a try tomorrow to see how it feels.
Missed the stem story: Longer? Shorter? Angle?
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Old 08-10-20, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Im really tired of this heat and humidity. 21 days of 90+ in July. Today will be a bit better, but back to 100+ heat index tomorrow. Managed to get in about 30 this morning.

Sue me for complaining.
I know what you mean. Here in the SF Bay Area, we've been suffering with low-to-mid 80s and almost no humidity. And then, when the sun goes down, we cool off to a frigid 65-67 degrees. It really sucks
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Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
I know what you mean. Here in the SF Bay Area, we've been suffering with low-to-mid 80s and almost no humidity. And then, when the sun goes down, we cool off to a frigid 65-67 degrees. It really sucks
We're gonna head up to Williams, AZ for a couple of nights escape from the brutal heat down here. PHX is looking at 110, 109, 113, but Williams has proper weather:

UE8/11


85 /54
Mostly sunny and warm
0%

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4%

THU8/13


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But you already have that at your race track
For a couple of hours on Tuesday evenings during part of the year. And I was stipulating a 20-mile loop. COTA is only 3.4 or so.
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Old 08-10-20, 04:32 PM
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I have heard that story before and I think something similar happened to my own father, but he was pretty rough already.

Loss of a spouse is a major risk factor for vascular disease and probably also for Alzheimer-type dementia. Unsurprisingly, an immune/inflammatory mechanism is suspected.
Dad's mother and grandmother both had dementia starting in their 80s, as did his sister - not sure about his brother. Dad stayed a lot clearer than a lot longer, but it finally got him. Other than that, his health was astonishing - how many folks in their 90s don't have a bunch of prescriptions?
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Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
I know what you mean. Here in the SF Bay Area, we've been suffering with low-to-mid 80s and almost no humidity. And then, when the sun goes down, we cool off to a frigid 65-67 degrees. It really sucks
I know, right? But then there's the afternoon winds.
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Per ride?
Oh yes. I'd be thrilled to be able to drop $5 and ride a century on a good surface. Cheaper than driving to the normal training grounds.
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How often do you guys beat up RD hangers? Shop called and said mine was bent. I suppose that could be from the topple on Thursday, but man, it seems like mine is bent any time anyone looks at it.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
How often do you guys beat up RD hangers? Shop called and said mine was bent. I suppose that could be from the topple on Thursday, but man, it seems like mine is bent any time anyone looks at it.
Its designed to sacrifice itself and save your frame.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Oh yes. I'd be thrilled to be able to drop $5 and ride a century on a good surface. Cheaper than driving to the normal training grounds.
Even I would pay that.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Its designed to sacrifice itself and save your frame.
So I suppose bent ones should be buried with full honors?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Oh yes. I'd be thrilled to be able to drop $5 and ride a century on a good surface. Cheaper than driving to the normal training grounds.
I pay enough in taxes of one sort or another that the state and/or county should PROVIDE ME with a good surface!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
We're gonna head up to Williams, AZ for a couple of nights escape from the brutal heat down here. PHX is looking at 110, 109, 113, but Williams has proper weather:

UE8/11


85 /54
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Warm with partial sunshine
9%
Fellow Sun Devil!! Finished my undergrad at ASU long before Lake Tempe existed. So, I am very familiar with the brutal weather in Phoenix (and then, in the winter, riding my motorcycle down Scottsdale Rd. to campus having to navigate thru 2 ft. of flooding on the north side of the bridge over the Salt River). Also took my Triumph out to Parker Dam on a Labor Day weekend and nearly passed out by the time I got to Quartzite, it was so hot and draining (I10 stopped at Tonopah). Also took a trip *around* the Superstitions 1 day. Rode out to Apache Junction (no freeway back then) over to Roosevelt Dam (mostly gravel road), down to Globe/Miami and back around to Apache Junction. Great day ride but for the run out to Roosevelt Lake.

Learned to ski at the AZ Snowbowl. Loved the Verde River/Valley, Oak Creek Canyon, Superstitions. Always amazed on 17 heading north popping up onto the plateau and on into Flagstaff with all the pine trees. Beautiful country, lots of good memories...but glad to be in the Bay Area.
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Its designed to sacrifice itself and save your frame.
I know the theory, but it seems like mine are constantly out of alignment. There must be a way they can be made strong enough to not bend under normal use.
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I know the theory, but it seems like mine are constantly out of alignment. There must be a way they can be made strong enough to not bend under normal use.
That I'm aware of, I've never bent one.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
How often do you guys beat up RD hangers? Shop called and said mine was bent. I suppose that could be from the topple on Thursday, but man, it seems like mine is bent any time anyone looks at it.
I've tweaked a few. Bench vise + Crescent wrench, or hammer + garage floor, then fine tune with a park Derailleur hanger alignment tool or by screwing a 10mm axle of a rear wheel into the derailleur bolt hole and eyeballing things.

Hammering on them or bending them back does increase the chance of complete hanger failure, but I like living on the edge.
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I know, right? But then there's the afternoon winds.
True, that. But then I learned a long time ago that getting out and riding at sunrise is usually quiet (occasionally there's a bit of a breeze), fresh, cool air, and minimal traffic (and idiot drivers on the road...increases the odds of survival on a ride . Breezes usually don't start until early afternoon.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
I know the theory, but it seems like mine are constantly out of alignment. There must be a way they can be made strong enough to not bend under normal use.
The one on my Ellsworth seems to mysteriously tweak itself out of alignment on occasion. I wonder sometimes if it's about to kick the bucket. Not totally sure if that's an indicator of such, however.

Since it's had an unknown life before I got it I suppose I should dig up a replacement or two sometime.
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Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
True, that. But then I learned a long time ago that getting out and riding at sunrise is usually quiet (occasionally there's a bit of a breeze), fresh, cool air, and minimal traffic (and idiot drivers on the road...increases the odds of survival on a ride . Breezes usually don't start until early afternoon.
You lost me at "sunrise"
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One depressing thing as I get older is thinking about the increasing number of events I don't remember. Like, last week the family was reminiscing about my sister's graduation at a boarding school hundreds of miles away. I drove out there with a friend, the only time he was ever there. You'd think an unusual weekend like that would stick out in my memory, but I barely remember any of it.
see, it's happening already.

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Those storms were rolling through like on a freight train. Temp went from 92 to 69 in a few minutes, blew the Hell out of everything, and scooted on across the state. A friend lost soffit and a tree. I just had to run around and get my patio furniture out of the neighbor's yard.
Total devastation here:



But really, I think we lucked out. Nasty images from not too far away.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
I know the theory, but it seems like mine are constantly out of alignment. There must be a way they can be made strong enough to not bend under normal use.
If you're bending it on a road bike and not banging it into anything maybe you could have someone make one for you out of a stronger metal.It's one of the few things I haven't had trouble with. I was in the mountains with some people I didn't really know and a lady bent hers somehow and I encouraged her friend to bend it back and it snapped off. Oops.
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Although on my route home, one of the main roads is undergoing some full depth repairs on the concrete.

Big lane-width sections taken out all the way down, looks like around 18" - and I saw what happens to a minivan if you attempt to drive over one
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