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Old 03-30-20, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
John Prine got the virus and is on a ventilator in grave condition.

Truly sad.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OVhA01J0Zsg
Truly
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just saw this. The turns are unreal, how far he leans it over.
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And Joe Diffy passed yesterday.
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Originally Posted by Jack Tone View Post
My wife and I haven't left the house for over 3 weeks. We've been on each other's nerves now and then, but nothing too extreme yet. Probably because she's never ridden the tandem I bought her 36 years ago.
You've had an unridden bicycle for 36 years?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
You've had an unridden bicycle for 36 years?
Just about. When I was racing, a team member and myself road a century on it. SUPer fun! But, no, she's never been on it. It's been out maybe 4 or 5 times.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I keep seeing people comment about this.

What did they do?
They were bought and the old brain trust left. The new bikes were technically good, but the fits became much taller and shorter. They’ve slowly been reverting to classic geometry, but there were years when most of their bikes had really relaxed geometry. And people who had been riding them for the old geometry were
upset.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I keep seeing people comment about this.

What did they do?
Relaxed geometry and tall HTs. All the race geometry was gone and I couldn't fit a Cervelo without a -17 stem, which looks silly. I think the Specialized Roubaix came out around this time as well. My R3SL is the old geometry and fits perfectly.
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
Those medical ships are incredible. I've been on the Mercy and have hats from both, although the Comfort's hat is cooler.

I lived in Dubai as a kid. The UAE has always been a major US base and the US presence was the only reason we didn't get invaded during the Persian Gulf War. As a kid growing up, there were always frigates, destroyers, aircraft carriers, and medical ships in the docks.

We would have US servicemen over during holidays - Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas. My mom would feed them and my dad managed the housing complex we lived at, so they would all go down to the beach and use the pool. One year for Thanksgiving, we had the doctors over.
So good.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Old 03-30-20, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
You've had an unridden bicycle for 36 years?
It’s not called a bicycle anymore, it’s called a clothing rack.
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Old 03-30-20, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
It’s not called a bicycle anymore, it’s called a clothing rack.
I have an oldie in my shed, now called utility storage.
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Old 03-30-20, 12:13 PM
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We’re the steadying influence, right?
You guys do help.
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Old 03-30-20, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
It’s not called a bicycle anymore, it’s called a clothing rack.
Close. It hangs upside down from the garage ceiling. Bars and pedals are tire storage.
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Old 03-30-20, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I keep seeing people comment about this.

What did they do?
I crashed my R3SL in 2015, which happened to coincide with the return of the old Cervelo geometry. I wanted this bike as my crash replacement. Cervelo customer service loved my old R3SL and convinced me not to do it. He said some of them had been working there a long time and believed the early bikes were their best.

I was also running out of time with my wife. I fixed the R3SL, bought a NIB 2008 SLC-SL from R&A, returned it, and then bought the TMR01. I got my aero bike.


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Old 03-30-20, 12:27 PM
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"Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko proposed having his drivers deliberately infected with coronavirus in the hope that they’d be immune by the time the Formula 1 season starts."

Then there's the other side.


https://racer.com/2020/03/30/marko-w...-for-immunity/
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
SPDs on an aero road bike
I went to SPDs on everything I own after a tandem tour in New Mexico in 2002. A week of walking duck footed off the bike in the desert cured me of my vanity.
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How much easier is it to inadvertently mangle a latex tube when installing? Thinking about lightening up my flat kit with one.

(Yes, being stuck inside has me thinking about all kinds of dumb marginal gains.)
I did ok with it but takes a lot of patience. Worth doing IMO for your "nice/fancy" wheelset/tires.
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
I crashed my R3SL in 2015, which happened to coincide with the return of the old Cervelo geometry. I wanted this bike as my crash replacement. Cervelo customer service loved my old R3SL and convinced me not to do it. He said some of them had been working there a long time and believed the early bikes were their best.

I was also running out of time with my wife. I fixed the R3SL, bought a NIB 2008 SLC-SL from R&A, returned it, and then bought the TMR01. I got my aero bike.


BMC makes a great bike. Coach John has a TM01, and that thing is way cool. The engineering is something.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Old 03-30-20, 12:37 PM
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My stock portfolio thanks you and I bet you're not as well stocked as you think. You probably need 3-4 more trips this week.
Nope. We're well stocked. Even with produce atm.
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In other consumerism news, I ordered a product that just shipped from a New Jersey warehouse. It should take about three days to get here, but I'm considering leaving it in the box for an extra day just for kicks.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
They were bought and the old brain trust left. The new bikes were technically good, but the fits became much taller and shorter. They’ve slowly been reverting to classic geometry, but there were years when most of their bikes had really relaxed geometry. And people who had been riding them for the old geometry were
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Relaxed geometry and tall HTs. All the race geometry was gone and I couldn't fit a Cervelo without a -17 stem, which looks silly. I think the Specialized Roubaix came out around this time as well. My R3SL is the old geometry and fits perfectly.
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I crashed my R3SL in 2015, which happened to coincide with the return of the old Cervelo geometry. I wanted this bike as my crash replacement. Cervelo customer service loved my old R3SL and convinced me not to do it. He said some of them had been working there a long time and believed the early bikes were their best.

I was also running out of time with my wife. I fixed the R3SL, bought a NIB 2008 SLC-SL from R&A, returned it, and then bought the TMR01. I got my aero bike.
Gotcha. Thanks.

How extensive was the repair?
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During the month of March, I have given up sugar, gluten, and dairy. And I have joined the ranks of the intermittent fasters. My energy level is through the roof. And my focus too. What with not having coffee or breakfast, my mornings are much more productive. I might just get caught up on my long list of projects during this isolation period.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
I went to SPDs on everything I own after a tandem tour in New Mexico in 2002. A week of walking duck footed off the bike in the desert cured me of my vanity.
You've earned it.
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In other news, we have had clouds two mornings in a row. Could it mean there is rain in our future?
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I mean, frankly, I’m amazed I’m not a complete wreck. I fee on the verge of total despair
Me, every morning.
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I went to SPDs on everything I own after a tandem tour in New Mexico in 2002. A week of walking duck footed off the bike in the desert cured me of my vanity.
I'm moving that way as well. Right now I've just got the bog standard two-sided Shimano MTB pedals on a couple of bikes, but I think the Trek is going to be the first recipient of some nicer single-sided SPD pedals with more of a platform.

I'll probably keep the regular road pedals on the roadie for the foreseeable future, as it's a bike that I clip in once and don't get off the bike until I'm back at home. Plus I've still got a pair of road shoes and cleats with lots of life left in them, and using one of those 3 bolt -> 2 bolt cleat adapters doesn't really give me any advantage over what I've got now.
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