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Old 07-27-20, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
I had a guy in a new diesel pickup try to coal-roll me the other day but quit after a couple tries. Is it harder to belch black crap in a new diesel?
Modern diesels are not supposed to smoke, ever. I'm told they modify the boost control on the turbo to cause the smoke.
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Old 07-27-20, 03:06 PM
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Perhaps 75 miles to the Northwest I made it out the last 3 days, but it was brutal. By Sunday had nothing to go on and took a cold shower to cool down afterwards. I don't know how those south of us with humidity can cycle in the summer. Luckily looking better this week.
I do a cold shower after every ride. Unless a particularly hot century. Then I walk into the unheated pool, for the quick cool.
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WhyFi I finally got all of the parts and the nerve to disassemble my espresso machine and lo and behold, the three way solenoid was plugged. The boiler had way more scale in it than I would have imagined in 9 weeks.

I'm going to start using bottled water. I keep my machine in my work room in the basement and have been using water from the bathroom sink. I'm thinking the plumbing isn't hooked up the soft water and I can't check because my lines all under plaster ceilings though I guess that i could have the water checked for hardness.

Anyway, machine functions fine, now.
Wow - surprising. Like I said, I've descaled once or twice and I've only ever used tap, but it's always gone through one of those filter pitchers, a Brita or the like (I can't imagine that those are too effective in terms of reducing mineral content), and we've lived in cities with proud water facilities.

If you do go to bottled water, be aware that some machines don't like deionized water. IIRC, I think that it's usually the fill sensor that needs to see some conductivity or it'll think that the boiler is empty and keep cycling the pump.
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Old 07-27-20, 03:08 PM
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Hawai'i is going to allow isolation within resort grounds... but we'd still have to fly there. Eff me.
Is Hawaii still afloat? Last time I looked the islands were bracing for a direct hit from H. Douglas.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
I remember that selfie you posted.

Man, I have a lot of hair. And has my forehead really turned in to a fivehead?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Man I am still not awake. AG asked if I made myself decaf by accident, but I was drowsy when I woke up and don't have a headache now.
An overcast day after a string of sunny days can have that effect.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
PM works! Perfect fit with the Wheels Mfg. BB. Shifting with the Praxis chainwheels isn't quite as silent and smooth as Shimano, but still good.
and now I really get to creep on your intervals numbers.
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Old 07-27-20, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
Districts around here have started to release their plans, most are doing K-5 full time with 6+ going to school 1 day per week on a rotating 6 day schedule.

It’s idiotic and ass backwards in my opinion. The students least likely to keep their masks on and social distance are the ones they are bringing in full time. We take a lot of precautions to keep them safe (and us in turn) but I’m sure 50% of these kids don’t have parents as diligent as we are.
Based on recent, and of course still tentative info, older kids are more likely to transmit than younger kids. Age 9 and up, in one study, had adult levels of virus expelled (IIRC). So, it might actually make a certain kind of sense.

I do wonder if school closures and such will lead to a relaxation of the perceived need for parental supervision at all times that has arisen since I was young*. Daycare has largely vanished, and without school A LOT of parents are going to find holding two jobs impossible, even assuming both parents' jobs still exist.

*(I was a latch key kid before the term was even invented, with nobody but a slightly older sister for at least 2 hours every afternoon, and entire days through the summer.)
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Is Hawaii still afloat? Last time I looked the islands were bracing for a direct hit from H. Douglas.
Missed them by that much.


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Old 07-27-20, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Is Hawaii still afloat? Last time I looked the islands were bracing for a direct hit from H. Douglas.
Per my brother on The Big Island, they had a clean miss.
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Old 07-27-20, 03:17 PM
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Your bike lives inside the house? !
Yours don't? I thought everybody kept their bikes inside the house.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
Yours don't? I thought everybody kept their bikes inside the house.
Mine are in a finished garage we use as a family room, because they're family....

But I have to constantly fight the encroachment of Other People's Stuff. I had a nice bench to sit on, to put on helmet and shoes, but somebody put a printer on one end of it, for example.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I've had 5 of them but I don't have one now.
I had three at the same time. Actually one of them was a one ton flatbed. Three trucks though. All of them farm trucks. I did no yelling.
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Man, I have a lot of hair. And has my forehead really turned in to a fivehead?
I think that's a filter they added during lockdown; better than ten pounds.
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I don't think football has a chance, they're deluding themselves.
There are millions of people deluding themselves.
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Yours don't? I thought everybody kept their bikes inside the house.
Mine used to be in the garage (or way back in Boulder, in the storage unit downstairs), but now they're always in the house.
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Wow- I've descaled once or twice and I've only ever used tap, .
Might be that you living in the land of 10,000 lakes are getting your water from a "surface" source and it is likely that trnsntr water source is well water. Well water will have much more hardness along with Silica compared to surface water. If that well water is also alkaline, then it could scale rather easily when heated.
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Originally Posted by SwtBadger View Post
Might be that you living in the land of 10,000 lakes are getting your water from a "surface" source and it is likely that trnsntr water source is well water. Well water will have much more hardness along with Silica compared to surface water. If that well water is also alkaline, then it could scale rather easily when heated.
Def not well water and before Mpls, it was NYC - both love to trumpet the quality of their tap.
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Whatever the reason, the time zone of the group isn't controlling. My ride this evening would be well into Monday there.
Welp, it reset at 10pm here last night. 0000 hrs Minnesota time.
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I *know* that I've seen some BF kit (yeah, I said it ) and I'm pretty sure that I've seen some 41 kit, but it's been a while and I can't remember how I stumbled across it...
3 Peaks Bicycle Race mystery solved! Riders get caps with their race number on em.

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Modern diesels are not supposed to smoke, ever. I'm told they modify the boost control on the turbo to cause the smoke.
I figured in this day and age of modern computer controlled systems that that would be the case.
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Took the kids out for a ride to B&N and lunch, mostly to get them out of the house. On the way there, the boy got a little too exuberant and took a tumble when he went off the pavement and either overcorrected or had his front wheel grab that edge of the path. He high-sided, but came away with only a skinned elbow.

As we gathered ourselves together and started slowly rolling, some guy overtaking us on a road bike decided to take a shortcut through the grass rather than wait for us to negotiate the left turn. We rounded the corner just as he was hopping back on to the path about 50' in front of us, but then *his* wheel stuck and he got thrown, smacking on to the path and damn near rolling into the street. I think that there boy's bruised ego felt a little better after seeing that.

MUPs, man - they'll get ya!
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Mine live in the garage, because the garage is theirs.
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Wow - surprising. Like I said, I've descaled once or twice and I've only ever used tap, but it's always gone through one of those filter pitchers, a Brita or the like (I can't imagine that those are too effective in terms of reducing mineral content), and we've lived in cities with proud water facilities.

If you do go to bottled water, be aware that some machines don't like deionized water. IIRC, I think that it's usually the fill sensor that needs to see some conductivity or it'll think that the boiler is empty and keep cycling the pump.
I'm getting water from a basement sink. We have very hard water and a contractor finished our basement last winter. I'm guessing that he tapped the line going to an outside faucet which is separate from the softener. I can't check because the ceilings have been finished. I have a good friend who was head of my local water treatment facility I'll see if he can check the cold water from the basement sink for me.for me.
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I'm getting water from a basement sink. We have very hard water and a contractor finished our basement last winter. I'm guessing that he tapped the line going to an outside faucet which is separate from the softener. I can't check because the ceilings have been finished. I have a good friend who was head of my local water treatment facility I'll see if he can check the cold water from the basement sink for me.for me.
Some pool test strips have a hardness segment on them.
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