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Old 03-20-20, 10:16 AM
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Nurse appointment this morning. Word is that I'm getting extra mouse medicine.
Indeed I did. Doubled to 400 mg. The witch doctor did a drive-by and told me I should have started at that level, but insurance won't pay until you try the lower dosage for a while. So it goes.

While I was in the infusion chamber a staff member brought a poodle pup in. wut Better than a cat, I guess. I might have been attacked.

For the first time in a year, my weigh-in was less than the previous appointment. 147.

If my mouse med would do it's job, there's still hope for me to be a lean cycling machine like the good old days.
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Old 03-20-20, 10:30 AM
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I went out first thing this morning to get an 8 pound bag of bird seed at Ocean State Job Lot, a discount store, for the birds that live and carouse in a small patch of woods behind my apartment. To my surprise, I was able to score two rolls of TP.

So far the schools, colleges and library are boarded up but other than that, social distancing is the main deterrent to contagion. I feel for lower paid workers who with the slowdown of economic activity are having a hard time making ends meet. I joked in an earlier post about using a stimulus check to buy bike gear but I would rather use it in some charitable way. Suggestions?
I believe in fate. You'll know when it's time, and when you see it. If said check shows, hang loose, and see what happens.
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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 bampilot06 View Post
consensus on tiagra? Would you guys settle for tiagra if you were buying a new bike? Comparing the 4 that i’m interested in, seems there all priced around the same between 2200 to 2800 for 105, but if I settled for tiagra, I could get the bike for 1450 to 1800.
Is there a huge difference between 105 and tiagra?
Is it something I would have to replace earlier on down the road where the 105 would last longer?

Realistically with me being back at work my average monthly miles will probably drop to 250 or less. And I would like something that will last atleast a year before I even have to utter the word bike shop or parts.
I would settle for Tiagra. Good gruppo. 105 is not worth twice the money.
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Old 03-20-20, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
happy wife happy life........
I was mentally composing a response about how the urge to upgrade would say more about you than about Tiagra, etc, etc, but then something struck me an I felt the need to circle back -

With the price differences that you're talking about, are you looking at the same frame and similar trim (wheels, bars, seat post, etc)? And have you decided on disc vs rim? The reason that I ask is that, even with hydro disc, which is more expensive to upgrade, you could get Ultegra levers and calipers for under $400, new RD/FD for another $100 and then a cassette for ~$50. In theory, you could grab a Tiagra bike and upgrade it to Ultegra for less than $600, if they frame is worthy.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Indeed I did. Doubled to 400 mg. The witch doctor did a drive-by and told me I should have started at that level, but insurance won't pay until you try the lower dosage for a while. So it goes.

While I was in the infusion chamber a staff member brought a poodle pup in. wut Better than a cat, I guess. I might have been attacked.

For the first time in a year, my weigh-in was less than the previous appointment. 147.

If my mouse med would do it's job, there's still hope for me to be a lean cycling machine like the good old days.
That's good news.
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Old 03-20-20, 10:43 AM
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Busy day today. I am converting over to tele-medicine almost exclusively. I have (as of now) 12 appointments and only one is in real life.

Sadly, my usual Friday volume is more like 20 so we are still losing money. We officially had to furlough 3 front office staff today, with the understanding that we want them back when operations are back to normal.

My head is spinning.

Good news is my father turns 86 today and is still reasonably healthy. Dad!
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Our Governor is speaking in two minutes. Colorado is going to shut down. I ran to the bank and got two sandwiches at Lolitas.
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Our Governor is speaking in two minutes. Colorado is going to shut down. I ran to the bank and got two sandwiches at Lolitas.
How shut down are you currently? Are restaurants and cafes still open for dine-in? Retail shops (non-grocery/pharmacy) still open?
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The sandwich guy at Lolitas got 3 ft of snow at his house.
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How shut down are you currently? Are restaurants and cafes still open for dine-in? Retail shops (non-grocery/pharmacy) still open?
I expect we'll get a San Francisco like order. Shelter in place. We're already pretty shut down. It was me, the homeless, and the snow crews out on the streets.

Edit: those experiencing homelessness
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Old 03-20-20, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
Our Governor is speaking in two minutes. Colorado is going to shut down. I ran to the bank and got two sandwiches at Lolitas.
I keep hearing murmers about Illinois getting locked down as well. I wonder if they will follow the lead of CA and start with major cities before moving to a state-wide thing.
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Old 03-20-20, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
I was mentally composing a response about how the urge to upgrade would say more about you than about Tiagra, etc, etc, but then something struck me an I felt the need to circle back -

With the price differences that you're talking about, are you looking at the same frame and similar trim (wheels, bars, seat post, etc)? And have you decided on disc vs rim? The reason that I ask is that, even with hydro disc, which is more expensive to upgrade, you could get Ultegra levers and calipers for under $400, new RD/FD for another $100 and then a cassette for ~$50. In theory, you could grab a Tiagra bike and upgrade it to Ultegra for less than $600, if they frame is worthy.
Yea I was looking at about four bikes to give a price to the wife.
Al Emonda
Sl emonda
Domane sl 5
Giant Defy advanced
and ferrazi empire comp.
All of these were hydro disc 105 and all were between 2000 and 3000.

She wants it under 2000, so I believe that would eliminate the trek bikes which isn’t a deal breaker, after looking around they seem to be a little more expensive than average. The giant and the ferrazi both come same frame and wheels but with tiagra and that brings the price down below 2000.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
giant and the ferrazi
Giant looks the best aesthetically IMO.
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They have a 56, which I think was your size.

https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp...jor=1&minor=35
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
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 03-20-20, 11:16 AM
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They have a 56, which I think was your size.

https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp...jor=1&minor=35
******g buy it now.


....or I might.
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Busy day today. I am converting over to tele-medicine almost exclusively. I have (as of now) 12 appointments and only one is in real life.

Sadly, my usual Friday volume is more like 20 so we are still losing money. We officially had to furlough 3 front office staff today, with the understanding that we want them back when operations are back to normal.

My head is spinning.

Good news is my father turns 86 today and is still reasonably healthy. Dad!
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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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They have a 56, which I think was your size.

https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp...jor=1&minor=35

That is a nice looking bike. Sent it to the wife.
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New York state is shutting down on Sunday. But, we can still ride bikes.

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They have a 56, which I think was your size.

https://www.excelsports.com/main.asp...jor=1&minor=35
I love Excel and their closeouts.
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I love Excel and their closeouts.
Me, too

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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Yea I was looking at about four bikes to give a price to the wife.
Al Emonda
Sl emonda
Domane sl 5
Giant Defy advanced
and ferrazi empire comp.
All of these were hydro disc 105 and all were between 2000 and 3000.

She wants it under 2000, so I believe that would eliminate the trek bikes which isn’t a deal breaker, after looking around they seem to be a little more expensive than average. The giant and the ferrazi both come same frame and wheels but with tiagra and that brings the price down below 2000.
I would look through the closeouts at Excel. I'd buy a Cervelo over any of those above, except maybe the Giant. A couple Cervelos are/have been owned in this thread, including me. I have a 2009 R3SL and it kicks ass.
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uh....
Cute.
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how could we forget doglet?
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While I was in the infusion chamber a staff member brought a poodle pup in. wut Better than a cat, I guess. I might have been attacked.
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I would look through the closeouts at Excel. I'd buy a Cervelo over any of those above, except maybe the Giant. A couple Cervelos are/have been owned in this thread, including me. I have a 2009 R3SL and it kicks ass.
I will def. consider it. I’m happy with the price. I still would like to get officially sized. And the only downside would be I would like to test ride it, but again not deal breakers and I can go to my LbS to get sized. I’ve done several online sizing sites and it always varies between 56 to 59. I am all arms and legs really short torso.

Of course the wife is asleep at the current moment.
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