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BillyD 07-24-20 09:28 AM

Went to get examined for a new pair of eyeglasses yesterday. Turns out the left eye is significantly worse than the right eye, which accounts for the dreadful and frightening vision I experience when driving in the evening light.

Also, turns out being an AARP member saved me $150 off my new eyeglasses. :bday: So when you pups finally get old enough to become a member just keep in mind that the discounts can free up a lot of coin for bike stuff. ;) :50:

big john 07-24-20 09:34 AM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21604716)
Went to get examined for a new pair of eyeglasses yesterday. Turns out the left eye is significantly worse than the right eye, which accounts for the dreadful and frightening vision I experience when driving in the evening light.

Also, turns out being an AARP member saved me $150 off my new eyeglasses. :bday: So when you pups finally get old enough to become a member just keep in mind that the discounts can free up a lot of coin for bike stuff. ;) :50:

The right glasses made my night driving sooo much better. I can still drive in daylight without glasses, sort of, but at night it's a blur without the specs.

genejockey 07-24-20 09:51 AM

I need new glasses myself. Mine are Progressives, used to be called 'lineless bifocals' till some marketing genius realized that just the word 'bifocals' makes the wearer feel like an old. Anyway, the problem is that I'm doing so many Zoom meetings, and in order to focus on the screen I have to tilt my head back, which gives me a haughty, nose-in-the-air look. Of course, the solution is a set of 'computer glasses', but I don't really want to get that close to a stranger at the optometrist, what with all the slow agonizing death floating around. So, it's between my vanity and my health.....

berner 07-24-20 10:18 AM

One advantage of getting old enough for cataract surgery if you wear glasses is, after they pop in new lenses into your eye balls, you will only need glasses for the closest work. No more lenses fogging up at the worst possible times. For that close work, cheap readers are good enough.

big john 07-24-20 10:19 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 21604760)
I need new glasses myself. Mine are Progressives, used to be called 'lineless bifocals' till some marketing genius realized that just the word 'bifocals' makes the wearer feel like an old. Anyway, the problem is that I'm doing so many Zoom meetings, and in order to focus on the screen I have to tilt my head back, which gives me a haughty, nose-in-the-air look. Of course, the solution is a set of 'computer glasses', but I don't really want to get that close to a stranger at the optometrist, what with all the slow agonizing death floating around. So, it's between my vanity and my health.....

Bifocals also suck when descending stairs. If I'm wearing mine I take them off if I have to go down any stairs.

My avatar pic is me wearing 3 pair of readers trying to read a map in the car. Mrs.John thought it was funny enough to snap a pic.

BillyD 07-24-20 10:22 AM

I wear progressives too, but I don't have the problem you describe. And at the vision center the have a face screen between you during the exam, plus the masks. I felt secure even after also being leery. They were cool.

BillyD 07-24-20 10:25 AM


Originally Posted by berner (Post 21604786)
One advantage of getting old enough for cataract surgery if you wear glasses is, after they pop in new lenses into your eye balls, you will only need glasses for the closest work. No more lenses fogging up at the worst possible times. For that close work, cheap readers are good enough.

It's going to take me a bit longer to adjust to the idea of an eye-slicing cataract procedure. Yikes! Maybe I'll need hypnosis.

But time is running out.

MoAlpha 07-24-20 10:26 AM

I got refracted in June. Not too scary and I survived. I occasionally have stair descending issues with my progressives and I don't wear them on the bike, but they're pretty good for everything else.

genejockey 07-24-20 10:27 AM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21604796)
It's going to take me a bit longer to adjust to the idea of an eye-slicing cataract procedure. Yikes! Maybe I'll need hypnosis.

But time is running out.

I briefly considers Lasik, till I discovered you're awake for the procedure, and what the procedure entails.

MoAlpha 07-24-20 10:32 AM

People tend to forget that ophthalmology is a surgical specialty.

bampilot06 07-24-20 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21604667)
Just saw that it affected their aviation stuff, too. Ouch. Sucks to be the poor SOB who was planning a cross-country this weekend and has an out of date database they can't update.


good thing we use jeps.

bampilot06 07-24-20 10:39 AM


Originally Posted by mvnsnd (Post 21604669)
Could you try rotating the right brake lever inwards a bit to match your natural hand position?


i could but it’s the left hand i have been having issues with. The link abshipp posted is kind of eye opening. Seems both hands are wrong, and instead of lowering the stem I may need a longer one. I also might try rotating my bars forward a degree or two so that the hoods are more parallel with the ground.

bampilot06 07-24-20 10:41 AM

put in an offer, they countered, we re engaged and now waiting for a response.

Bah Humbug 07-24-20 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21604716)
Went to get examined for a new pair of eyeglasses yesterday. Turns out the left eye is significantly worse than the right eye, which accounts for the dreadful and frightening vision I experience when driving in the evening light.

Also, turns out being an AARP member saved me $150 off my new eyeglasses. :bday: So when you pups finally get old enough to become a member just keep in mind that the discounts can free up a lot of coin for bike stuff. ;) :50:

AARP is just a lobbying organization and will allow anyone over 18 to join. I joined for a year when I was 25 or so to get their unlimited 5% cashback card because that was the best at the time.

WhyFi 07-24-20 10:52 AM

Someone that chose the name Bah Humbug was an AARP member... the pieces - they're all coming together.

MoAlpha 07-24-20 10:55 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21604819)
good thing we use jeps.

Yeah, no Garmin on the boat. We use an iPad for a chart plotter.

Velo Vol 07-24-20 11:02 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21604841)
AARP is just a lobbying organization and will allow anyone over 18 to join. I joined for a year when I was 25 or so to get their unlimited 5% cashback card because that was the best at the time.

What's the best now?

Bah Humbug 07-24-20 11:10 AM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21604861)
What's the best now?

Citi Double Cash, at 2%. You can do better with Amex Blue Cash Preferred for gas, grocery, and pharmacy purchases, but for every purchase you're stuck at 2%. For a long time it was 1%; the 5% days were back before the credit crisis when the Federal Funds Rate was meaningfully above 0%, and had been for a long time and was assumed would continue so.

mvnsnd 07-24-20 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21604825)
i could but it’s the left hand i have been having issues with. The link abshipp posted is kind of eye opening. Seems both hands are wrong, and instead of lowering the stem I may need a longer one. I also might try rotating my bars forward a degree or two so that the hoods are more parallel with the ground.

Ahh. Just be aware that a longer stem will stretch you out and you will need to be flexible enough in the hips/back to ride in that position. If riding in the drops for long times is already OK, then a longer stem should also be OK.

Bah Humbug 07-24-20 11:29 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21604844)
Someone that chose the name Bah Humbug was an AARP member... the pieces - they're all coming together.

I yam what I yam.

Also, get off my lawn, turn down off that damn music, and chew with your mouth closed.

seedsbelize 07-24-20 11:42 AM

There was an intentional gravel segment to my ride today. I was on slicks, so chose to dismount for a few of the many cross the road puddles with slippery sides. Next time I'll use cross tires. It appears I will be doing more gravel, as time goes on. I really enjoy the shade. And there are lots of available routes. I find I'm quite comfortable on the 60 cm 414 in those conditions. No need to go hybrid or mtb.
Eight or nine years ago I was riding a road not yet open to traffic. This road I rode today(for the second time) starts out as a village street, turns unpaved, and finishes as a brand new, under construction 4 lane. Hard pack and ready for paving. Always a treat to find these treasures.
At the moment, it goes from nowhere to nowhere.

genejockey 07-24-20 11:50 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21604906)
I yam what I yam.

Also, get off my lawn, turn down off that damn music, and chew with your mouth closed.

And stop tracking mud across my clean carpet!

Trsnrtr 07-24-20 11:54 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21604489)
Got it. Yeah, I had to replace my valves once, the seals had just gotten old/worn, but it wasn't too bad. My grouphead design may have more easy access, though.

Edit: found some pics that I took during the process, the first comparing the old/new valves and the others in an exploded view (which is always nice when it's time to put it back together). Do you need to have any food grade lube on hand or anything? Double-check before you pull things apart.

Your second set of pics looks a lot like the guts of the valve that I'm supposed to clean.

Trsnrtr 07-24-20 11:58 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 21604724)
The right glasses made my night driving sooo much better. I can still drive in daylight without glasses, sort of, but at night it's a blur without the specs.

My wife has had both day and night driving glasses since she had cataract surgery 10 years ago. I never had a problem.

Trsnrtr 07-24-20 12:00 PM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21604810)
People tend to forget that ophthalmology is a surgical specialty.

Not me. I'm on a first name personal relationship with my eye surgeon. His name is Pete. :)

Trsnrtr 07-24-20 12:07 PM

Velo Vol We can grow anything in Central Illinois. Ever wonder where your TP comes from? :D


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...cabfddc046.jpg

MoAlpha 07-24-20 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 21604967)
Not me. I'm on a first name personal relationship with my eye surgeon. His name is Pete. :)

Does he have a Cervélo?

genejockey 07-24-20 12:36 PM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21604992)
Does he have a Cervélo?

I thought that was dentists?

Velo Vol 07-24-20 12:37 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 21604980)
Velo Vol We can grow anything in Central Illinois. Ever wonder where your TP comes from? :D

wut is that?

[Deduct ten points for picture resolution]

BillyD 07-24-20 12:38 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 21604967)
Not me. I'm on a first name personal relationship with my eye surgeon. His name is Pete. :)

:lol: I wouldn't mind that, might even invite him/her over for cookouts.


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