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Old 05-07-20, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
It’s something like $8 to ride up right? I don’t mind paying, bigger concern is whether or not the road will be open
Yeah something like that. It's almost all straight, with one switchback at the top. I expect you will be able to ride up, even if the road is "closed" but do check.

BTW the descent can be as scary fast as you want. I rode my brakes some because I get nervous when my speed goes over say 40MPH but you can certainly go much faster than that if you dare.
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The bears here are still hibernating if they're smart. #Winter

https://twitter.com/WVLTWeather/stat...57047067848710
It was around freezing in many parts of the park this morning. Even the Columbian Ground Squirrels have come out of hibernation. If your bears are still hibernating it means they are lazy.
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If your bears are still hibernating it means they are smart.
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BITD my Bianchi Grizzly had "Bianchi Superset"

That one bugged me more than Ritchey Logic.

Hard to imagine I spent $1300 in 1993-ish dollars on a full rigid MTB.
My wife has a Bianchi Grizzly. Her town bike. Her only bike. We paid US$75 at a yard sale in Merida. Yes, we paid the premium, because it was already here.
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Me too. I had no idea Sandvik dealt in steel. I see Sandvik and think Ti.
Swedish axes are the best, according to my German friend.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Yeah something like that. It's almost all straight, with one switchback at the top. I expect you will be able to ride up, even if the road is "closed" but do check.

BTW the descent can be as scary fast as you want. I rode my brakes some because I get nervous when my speed goes over say 40MPH but you can certainly go much faster than that if you dare.

I thought they were pretty strict on the 25 limit?
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Old 05-07-20, 10:24 AM
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This one kills me. I don't know what kind of bread this is, how old it is, etc, etc, but it doesn't matter - this is sharp.

It's pan francais. Almost as popular as tortillas.Soft skin, soft inside.
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Old 05-07-20, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
It gets deep - the metals alloyed with the iron, even in small quantities, have huge effects on the carbides (the bits that make it steel instead of iron) and huge piles of other metallurgical terms I barely understand. A very lightly-alloyed steel, for example, can have very very fine carbides and can be easily sharpened to a fine edge, but that edge can be so smooth it has a hard time "biting" into tough pepper skins. Hitachi calls those "white" steels. The "blue" steels contain more added metals like bits of chromium, vanadium, and tungsten, by my memory. This gives it carbides of varying sizes (and a longer edge life) that gives it a "toothy" edge that bites into tough skins. It's slightly harder to sharpen, and won't take the sort of edge a sushi chef would want.

The trick with stainless is it's gummy - when you try to sharpen it, it feels nasty on the stones. Worse, instead of easily grinding off a layer of steel, it rolls a gummy sliver of steel to the edge, where it hangs on and then just flips back and forth as you try to sharpen each side. It sucks. The newer stainless steels (R2 especially) are much better about that, but still don't feel as good and aren't as easy as non-stainless. It's worth it for some things like paring knifes and the knife I use for pineapple, though.
That same (East) German friend sharpens his scythe by peening it. And he knows more about steel than most. His job in the machine shop was to decide which steel for which application.
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Is there a TL;D(W)?
TL;DR = knife talk.
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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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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
That same (East) German friend sharpens his scythe by peening it. And he knows more about steel than most. His job in the machine shop was to decide which steel for which application.
I've binged some scything videos on YouTube in the past (don't judge ), including one with sharpening via peening. Fascinating stuff.
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Knifes are dangerous.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
That same (East) German friend sharpens his scythe by peening it. And he knows more about steel than most. His job in the machine shop was to decide which steel for which application.
That is indeed how scythes are supposed to be sharpened. There was an old one in the shed when I was growing up, but it was rusted into oblivion.

Fun history fact: the imagery of the Grim Reaper arose during the Black Death as a metaphor for death reaping people like blades of grass. Apropos of nothing, I assure you.
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Is everyone actually busy working? The thread's gone awfully quiet.
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Knifes are dangerous.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Is everyone actually busy working? The thread's gone awfully quiet.
That and extended walkies with Benson.
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We have to now list our temperature before coming to work.
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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 Bah Humbug View Post
Is everyone actually busy working? The thread's gone awfully quiet.
Just got back from a windy tandem ride.
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Two Zoom meetings and paperwork all day.

But I did get email confirmation from FedEx: wheels have been delivered! It would be a bike-building weekend but I'm going to wait for the power meter to get here, too (backordered).
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Everyone thinks they have had a long strange trip, until they look at other folks' journeys. Then they realize everyone has had a long strange trip, just using different modes of transportation.
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I thought they were pretty strict on the 25 limit?
Not that I saw.
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Is everyone actually busy working? The thread's gone awfully quiet.
I had to run to Twin Six to pick up some bandanas and then to the store for.... stuff.

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Two Zoom meetings and paperwork all day.

But I did get email confirmation from FedEx: wheels have been delivered! It would be a bike-building weekend but I'm going to wait for the power meter to get here, too (backordered).
Wheels?

Powermeter?
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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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Wheels?

Powermeter?
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Wheels?

Powermeter?
I realized a couple of months ago that I was going to have some actual honest-to-god free time on my hands as I finish up grad school. And I'm tired of puttering around on my parts-bin bicycles- I want to get better at it and maybe, you know, actually physically fit. So I've "invested" in some new stuff (while still using the C&V Bianchi frame that I like the feel of):
R7000 group set
Conti GP5000 tires
PSIMET wheels
Garmin 830
Garmin Varia
Stages Left crank PM
New handlebar, stem, and pedals to tweak the fit a bit.
I feel like there's something missing...oh, I got new shoes, too.

Also, y'all are a bad influence .
Pictures were going to be shared as before and after once everything is in hand.
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