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Addiction LXXIX

Old 08-12-20, 07:15 PM
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I've always liked these things:

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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I've always liked these things:

How do they get off the ground out there; do they get towed like a glider?
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Ahhhh - memories. I had to dig this up off of my old google email address -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDeMy9DYu-Q
I would be too askeered of getting doored or otherwise taken out if I rode like that.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Ahhhh - memories. I had to dig this up off of my old google email address -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDeMy9DYu-Q

Good stuff!

I liked Joey Bike's vids too.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
Tire change today.
I was hoping to be back on my CAAD12 that is being held hostage before I wore this out. No dice.

It is now 3 weeks and 2 days since I bought the new frameset. Still not at the LBS. SMFH.
Scary.
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Old 08-12-20, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I would be too askeered of getting doored or otherwise taken out if I rode like that.
People get out of parked cars, not cars in lanes (other than taxis, which you do need to watch out for, but they need to stop, settle up, you'll see movement inside, etc. so there's warning). It looks like chaos, but it's (mostly) very predictable.
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Old 08-12-20, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
No, it's not that bad - I've ridden in worse in Manhattan. First, the wide angle camera makes spaces look tighter - he didn't get squeezed that badly. Second, with heavy traffic, cars are more predictable because there's less room to move - you really only need to be cognizant of when a gap opens up and who can/will move in to said gap. It's actually less stressful than free-flowing traffic.
You just gotta always make sure they can see you, don’t linger in the blind spots. In heavy traffic you can actually make better time than them.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
How do they get off the ground out there; do they get towed like a glider?
These guys have an engine on their back. Face in to the wind, inflate the wing, throttle up and run.

You can winch launch unpowered paragliders, I've seen towing by cars, too.
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Old 08-12-20, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Ahhhh - memories. I had to dig this up off of my old google email address -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDeMy9DYu-Q
Must be where you developed your sprint.

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Hiked the stone to steel trail today.

Steel (is real) Dam:


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I found out on a ride today that I have cords showing on a tire, also.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Those of us over a certain age recall “Roller Disco.”
I don't know anything about either of those things.
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Amateur bike racing is just a fun thing, as far as I know, there's no penalty for not winning.
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Old 08-12-20, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Ahhhh - memories. I had to dig this up off of my old google email address -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDeMy9DYu-Q
For the most part that doesn't look as sketchy as that Gaimon thing. Maybe that's just because I'm so biased against Pacific Coast Highway.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
what you gunna replace it with?
That's complicated, I want to use it as a spare for my CAAD12 if i ever get it back. It has to be modified from 9 speed to 11 speed then i will prolly buy a cheapish (surprise) 28 tire to put on it since the CAAD12 can accept a 28.
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Scary.
Yes, i pushed that a bit far. I think i have 1000 miles on it since the cords began to show. Last night i got paranoid and cut my ride short because i was sure it was going to blow. I vowed to change it and i swapped it with my spare wheel. As said above, this wheel will be my spare for the new bike. I think I have close to 6000 miles on that tire which is insane. It is a $25 performance tire.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I regret to inform that people on this website are wrong.
concur. You demonstrate it daily with flair.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
These guys have an engine on their back. Face in to the wind, inflate the wing, throttle up and run.

You can winch launch unpowered paragliders, I've seen towing by cars, too.
I may have mentioned this but there is a 4000 foot high hill right behind the house here and hang gliders launch from there and they have a little airport for them to land down low. It has wind socks, a big grassy area, and a graded flat area in case the grass isn't big enough. It also has rest rooms and parking but I don't know who pays for it.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Must be where you developed your sprint.​​​​​
Ha. Yeah, the riding then was a little more... punchy than what I'm used to now. I'm definitely a much stronger all-around rider now, so I don't think it's just age, but my <5sec power is down a good 150w vs back then
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I may have mentioned this but there is a 4000 foot high hill right behind the house here and hang gliders launch from there and they have a little airport for them to land down low. It has wind socks, a big grassy area, and a graded flat area in case the grass isn't big enough. It also has rest rooms and parking but I don't know who pays for it.

When I lived in Anchorage, there was a mountain behind my house, and hang gliders would launch there. The wind would flow up the face of the mountain in such a way the hang gliders would just float in one place right above the mountain for hours.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
In reference too?
See above posts.

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People get out of parked cars, not cars in lanes (other than taxis, which you do need to watch out for, but they need to stop, settle up, you'll see movement inside, etc. so there's warning). It looks like chaos, but it's (mostly) very predictable.
You a wild cyclist. I would be very nervous about doors and people on the sidelines. I suppose I could get used to some kind of riding like that, but it doesn't seem like it would be fun.

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I think I have close to 6000 miles on that tire which is insane.
Must be at least five years old.
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Got a picture from today. This cafe is the only thing up there and it's closed. We used to get fries there on the last leg of longer rides. Fries and cokes.

Looks like you were able to get a Jimmy John's delivery though.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I regret to inform that people on this website are wrong.
Please elaborate.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Looks like you were able to get a Jimmy John's delivery though.
That's funny, another guy was teasing him about the jersey, I guess there's an issue with JJ's politics, and he said he only got the jersey because it was $5.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
Tire change today.
I was hoping to be back on my CAAD12 that is being held hostage before I wore this out. No dice.

It is now 3 weeks and 2 days since I bought the new frameset. Still not at the LBS. SMFH.
Swapped a tire that looked like that on a kids bike today. Had to talk dad into dropping the $20 bucks for a safe tire for his kid.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Swapped a tire that looked like that on a kids bike today. Had to talk dad into dropping the $20 bucks for a safe tire for his kid.
I'm just a kid too. Coincidence, you decide .
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Please elaborate.
Today's lesson is that some people here are bad assessors of risk.
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