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Addiction LXXVII

Old 01-25-20, 05:19 PM
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My tires square off and feel like junk before they're really worn out. Fortunately I do few enough miles that I don't really care. I also hate flats enough that I'd rather change tires a bunch sooner.
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I think tire life is too dependent on size and compound to discuss in the abstract.
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Warm afternoon, so I set out for a ride with minimal kit - no tights, no jacket, no vest, no gloves... And about 3 seconds in to my ride, my bare palms felt a sharp poking... datlas can guess what it was.
i feel like i should know, but i got nothing.

edit: now i know.

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I think tire life is too dependent on size and compound to discuss in the abstract.
Rider weight, power, surface...
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Slow night. Everyone must be celebrating.

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Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

​​​​​This was my first time working with internal cables, but I obviously had the advantage of the cable already in place. I couldn't secure the new cable to the old one, too damn slippery, so I had to use the old cable to pull through dental floss and then use the dental floss to pull the new cable through. Other than that, pretty smooth sailing - just a one-beer job.
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Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

​​​​​This was my first time working with internal cables, but I obviously had the advantage of the cable already in place. I couldn't secure the new cable to the old one, too damn slippery, so I had to use the old cable to pull through dental floss and then use the dental floss to pull the new cable through. Other than that, pretty smooth sailing - just a one-beer job.
Nice, I was wondering how time consuming this was gunna be. Glad it wasn’t worse.

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Old 01-25-20, 07:31 PM
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Slow night. Everyone must be celebrating.
​​​​​​Some of us are working on our broken bike bits that were worn out though repeated, vigorous exercise.
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Old 01-25-20, 07:35 PM
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I would also like pizza recommendations in NYC. Most i found were pretty average. I usually go to Sal & Carmine, also on the upper west side, but I feel like there could be better pizza than that.
Can’t help you with Manhattan, it’s been too long, I’d have to send you to my fav spot in da Bronx.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

​​​​​This was my first time working with internal cables, but I obviously had the advantage of the cable already in place. I couldn't secure the new cable to the old one, too damn slippery, so I had to use the old cable to pull through dental floss and then use the dental floss to pull the new cable through. Other than that, pretty smooth sailing - just a one-beer job.
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​​​​​​Some of us are working on our broken bike bits that were worn out though repeated, vigorous exercise.
That reminds me, I still need to determine my saddle width to replace mine, broken by repeated vigorous use.

I also have cables that are rusted, not necessarily from vigorous use.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

​​​​​This was my first time working with internal cables, but I obviously had the advantage of the cable already in place. I couldn't secure the new cable to the old one, too damn slippery, so I had to use the old cable to pull through dental floss and then use the dental floss to pull the new cable through. Other than that, pretty smooth sailing - just a one-beer job.
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Ok, so some minor details. I finished pretty well, but just wasn't really in a large, competitive group. I got 12th overall, about 16 minutes behind first. A couple of guys got in just under 2 hours. Got second in my age group, which I got beat by something like 10 minutes.

So yeah, it sounds good but it's also only like 60 or so people that did the short route and I'm sure a good chunk of them were just joyriding. But for me, who has not been back on a bike consistently for a long time, to finish strong after only about a month of riding again feels like a big accomplishment.

I should mention that in the past I did these events and blew up big time early on just to crawl through the second half. I think it might have been rjones or laj that might have pointed to the fact that I needed to learn how to fuel on the bike. This was ages ago on an addiction thread. I did work out a system and I credit my ability to maintain the effort to that big change.

But the biggest thing for me was digging deep and still managing to have a really fun ride. I was worried going hard would just sap the fun out of it, bit it was quite the opposite.

Now if I can keep improving power and take off some of this weight, I might just be able to start training for longer rides and try to do well in some 100k events.
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Keeping yourself fueled is absolutely key, especially when rides get long. I credit my best ride last year to eating a lot more than I thought I needed to.

With my success in completing two 200k rides last year I definitely want to try and get faster. My usual 200k time is around 10-11 hours total but that's a long day out. If I can cut an hour or two off of that this year I would be really happy.
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Slow night. Everyone must be celebrating.

Year of YOU!
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

​​​​​This was my first time working with internal cables, but I obviously had the advantage of the cable already in place. I couldn't secure the new cable to the old one, too damn slippery, so I had to use the old cable to pull through dental floss and then use the dental floss to pull the new cable through. Other than that, pretty smooth sailing - just a one-beer job.
How did you attach the floss “messenger” to the old cable?
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How did you attach the floss “messenger” to the old cable?
I just coiled it around the cable a couple times and tied a knot or two. It stuck pretty well, though I was still cautious whenever it got a little hung up.

I should mention that I was using my favoritest floss in the world - Listerine-branded soft, woven stuff. It's great for teeth and bikes.

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I just coiled it around the cable a couple times and tied a knot or two. It stuck pretty well, though I was still cautious whenever it got a little hung up.

I should mention that I was using my favoritest floss in the world - Listerine-branded soft, woven stuff. It's great for teeth and bikes.
I use thread when doing internal cables. Works ok through the frame. But does not work well with threading through shifter.
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I use thread when doing internal cables. Works ok through the frame. But does not work well with threading through shifter.
Hmm. Do you need to thread through the levers? With the last few that I've used, you can see through pretty easily; just poke the end of the cable through, get that end in to the sheathing, pass it all through and work the nub in to the cradle.
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Hmm. Do you need to thread through the levers? With the last few that I've used, you can see through pretty easily; just poke the end of the cable through, get that end in to the sheathing, pass it all through and work the nub in to the cradle.
My shifters (Ultegra 6700) are not always quite so easy to thread. Takes a bit of patience. Wireless shifting is looking better and better!
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I keep hoping next generation Di2 will be wireless. Prolly not gonna happen.
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My shifters (Ultegra 6700) are not always quite so easy to thread. Takes a bit of patience. Wireless shifting is looking better and better!
Ah. It's been so long since I've serviced my old 5700 levers that I can't remember much about the process.

But yes, wireless shifting would be snazzy. But not SRAM. No, no - not SRAM.
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I keep hoping next generation Di2 will be wireless. Prolly not gonna happen.
It's going to be so freaking expensive whenever it does arrive, though. Hell, I can't even justify Di2 as it is
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It's going to be so freaking expensive whenever it does arrive, though. Hell, I can't even justify Di2 as it is
IKR

I am likely to get a new drivetrain for the Habanero for NEXT year. The SRAM Force Etap will likely cost $2500+ which is too mucking fuch. So may stick with mechanical shifting.
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Time to ride. Black ice warning expires in 30 mins so I think we should be ok.
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