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Mojo31 02-21-22 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 22416818)
Business?

For some reason, that post picked up the title of a blog article I wrote 6 months ago. Have no idea how or why that happened.

LesterOfPuppets 02-21-22 02:20 PM

Ooooh, semi-moderne (fat headtubes, but still QR dropouts and caliper brakes) framesets for only €850. Kinda tempting.

https://static.wixstatic.com/media/1...2f503~mv2.webp

genejockey 02-21-22 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22416773)
That's a sad commentary on people and their conspiracy theories. One of my friends I've known for 50 years just drinks these theories up. Like he'd rather believe some nut job he read on the web over mountains of facts presented from all other sources.

"he'd rather believe" being the key.

datlas 02-21-22 02:43 PM

Hey Eric F and/or big john we are coming to Pasadena in a couple days. Before I take on Mt Wilson or Mt Baldy etc., I may need to warm up with an easier ride.

The Pasadena TrekBikes wesbite has several routes suggested and this one looks easy but it's urban so I wonder about traffic. Comments??

​​​​​​https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32007712

Velo Vol 02-21-22 02:55 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22416665)
If I can find you, imagine what Mother Earth can do.

Nope.

Originally Posted by DougRNS (Post 22416806)
mend your evil ways.

I'm mostly harmless.

Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 22416816)
Do you still stand by this statement?

Yes. It's the least bad option.

Eric F 02-21-22 03:00 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22416868)
Hey Eric F and/or big john we are coming to Pasadena in a couple days. Before I take on Mt Wilson or Mt Baldy etc., I may need to warm up with an easier ride.

The Pasadena TrekBikes wesbite has several routes suggested and this one looks easy but it's urban so I wonder about traffic. Comments??

​​​​​​https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32007712

I would never ride that route. The first part heading east on Colorado Blvd. is the main drag across town. It's heavy with cars and stoplights. It leads me to believe that route wasn't created by someone who knows the area. If you're looking for something about that long, with about that much climbing, I can map a better route for you on Strava. Is the Trek store your starting point? It's kind of a rough place to start from.

One another note, I have a personal issue with Pasadena Trek Bikes. This is the corporate-owned Trek dealer. They are new to town, and in direct conflict with Pasadena Cyclery, who has been the local (and loyal) Trek dealer since before I started riding. The corporate store is a kick in the teeth to the family that owns PC.

datlas 02-21-22 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22416885)
I would never ride that route. The first part heading east on Colorado Blvd. is the main drag across town. It's heavy with cars and stoplights. It leads me to believe that route wasn't created by someone who knows the area. If you're looking for something about that long, with about that much climbing, I can map a better route for you on Strava. Is the Trek store your starting point? It's kind of a rough place to start from.

One another note, I have a personal issue with Pasadena Trek Bikes. This is the corporate-owned Trek dealer. They are new to town, and in direct conflict with Pasadena Cyclery, who has been the local (and loyal) Trek dealer since before I started riding. The corporate store is a kick in the teeth to the family that owns PC.

Thanks for the offer. We are staying in the "Bungalow Heaven" section of Pasadena. I am looking for one route that is "easy" and not too hilly, 30-40 miles for a starter. The second ride I think I already know we are going to try to go up Mt Baldy, not sure if we will stop at the Visitor Center and turn around, or try to go all the way up to the resort, will depend on temps and road conditions and how strong we feel. A friend of mine is coming to ride with me on Thursday and Friday (and possibly Saturday), but then I will be on my own for daily rides, weather permitting, for Sunday-Tuesday.

p.s. if I have any LBS needs, I will be sure to go to/support Pasadena Cyclery

Trsnrtr 02-21-22 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22416471)
My buddy got stuck in 35/10 yesterday because his batteries were toast.

Batteries, plural? SRAM?

Eric F 02-21-22 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22416907)
Thanks for the offer. We are staying in the "Bungalow Heaven" section of Pasadena. I am looking for one route that is "easy" and not too hilly, 30-40 miles for a starter. The second ride I think I already know we are going to try to go up Mt Baldy, not sure if we will stop at the Visitor Center and turn around, or try to go all the way up to the resort, will depend on temps and road conditions and how strong we feel. A friend of mine is coming to ride with me on Thursday and Friday (and possibly Saturday), but then I will be on my own for daily rides, weather permitting, for Sunday-Tuesday.

PM me your address, and I'll map a route starting from where you're staying. If you're looking for "not too hilly" you would not have liked the end of that route from Trek - lol.

phrantic09 02-21-22 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22416915)
Batteries? SRAM?

Yes. Both of the coin cells.

Trsnrtr 02-21-22 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22416644)
I read an interesting thing about earthquakes Back East - apparently the waves go considerably farther without attenuation than they do out here, which is why the New Madrid quake could ring bells in Boston. A 2.4 out here, basically you'd feel if you were standing over it.

The New Madrid is overdue and all of the brick buildings that fell down in St. Louis and Memphis got rebuilt with... bricks. :rolleyes:

Trsnrtr 02-21-22 03:35 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 22416768)
Ideal weather for MTBing. 55-60°, steady 8 kts breeze, sun's out, guns out!

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f5e6dfc6be.jpg

I saw this pic on Strava and thought that you bit it big time.

Trsnrtr 02-21-22 03:36 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22416822)
French Press FTW

Don't listen to him, Seeds; that's barely girlie coffee. :D

big john 02-21-22 03:37 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22416850)
"he'd rather believe" being the key.

But why?

Trsnrtr 02-21-22 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22416918)
Yes. Both of the coin cells.

I'm not familiar. My Red eTap batteries are rechargeable though the brain uses a coin cell which I have never replaced in 11,000 miles. I keep thinking about it but never have.

genejockey 02-21-22 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22416927)
But why?

I don't know. There are lots of things I'd like to believe but am unable to convince myself of. But if I could, I'd be lousy at my job. So, there's that.

indyfabz 02-21-22 03:48 PM

13.4 miles today. Woot! Woot!

A train was blocking a path exit. Had to take a pedestrian overpass with great views of a very popular dog park. So much fun to watch. While hanging out I saw a woman who had been in my group for an overnight bike/camping trip a few years ago.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1e93f77ef.jpeg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...852950f48.jpeg

big john 02-21-22 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22416868)
Hey Eric F and/or big john we are coming to Pasadena in a couple days. Before I take on Mt Wilson or Mt Baldy etc., I may need to warm up with an easier ride.

The Pasadena TrekBikes wesbite has several routes suggested and this one looks easy but it's urban so I wonder about traffic. Comments??

​​​​​​https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32007712

There is supposed to be mountain snow tomorrow night into Wednesday and as low as 3500 feet. The smaller roads to Baldy will probably not get plowed if there is any snow. Angeles Crest will get plowed but Mount Wilson road will probably not. In any case, if there is enough snow to stick and then the sun comes out those roads will be a wet mess.
You can still do a climbing ride one way or another.
btw, I would ride that urban route you posted. It's busy, no doubt, but it's not the worst around here.

LesterOfPuppets 02-21-22 04:08 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22416775)
And stay away from that cholla!

It's been a while, I'm probably due for a cholla encounter.

BillyD 02-21-22 04:17 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22416698)
I think this is the first picture of me. Even so, they had to include my nearest older sister. God only knows what she was doing to me.

Apparently even then you were hard to take.

Eric F 02-21-22 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22416949)
There is supposed to be mountain snow tomorrow night into Wednesday and as low as 3500 feet. The smaller roads to Baldy will probably not get plowed if there is any snow. Angeles Crest will get plowed but Mount Wilson road will probably not. In any case, if there is enough snow to stick and then the sun comes out those roads will be a wet mess.
You can still do a climbing ride one way or another.
btw, I would ride that urban route you posted. It's busy, no doubt, but it's not the worst around here.

Not the worst, but definitely some options I would not take. I sent datlas an alternate, but similar, route that is a little more bike friendly.

big john 02-21-22 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 22416957)
It's been a while, I'm probably due for a cholla encounter.

I learned about them the hard way during my dirt bike days. If you get a clump stuck to you, resist the urge to pull it off with your hand.
https://s.yimg.com/fz/api/res/1.2/om...qlt=80&pid=3.1

datlas 02-21-22 04:57 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22416949)
There is supposed to be mountain snow tomorrow night into Wednesday and as low as 3500 feet. The smaller roads to Baldy will probably not get plowed if there is any snow. Angeles Crest will get plowed but Mount Wilson road will probably not. In any case, if there is enough snow to stick and then the sun comes out those roads will be a wet mess.
You can still do a climbing ride one way or another.
btw, I would ride that urban route you posted. It's busy, no doubt, but it's not the worst around here.

Yeah I know there is a cold blast coming midweek, but I am hopeful we can still do some decent rides. Will catch up in a couple days.

BillyD 02-21-22 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22416942)
13.4 miles today. Woot! Woot!

A train was blocking a path exit. Had to take a pedestrian overpass with great views of a very popular dog park. So much fun to watch. While hanging out I saw a woman who had been in my group for an overnight bike/camping trip a few years ago.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1e93f77ef.jpeg

Gawd. I can just see Karens jumping out of the woodwork. :lol:

DougRNS 02-21-22 05:14 PM

My shifters don't need batteries. They are host powered. Of course I'm on the PUP* list going on 14 months.

*Physically unable to perform

big john 02-21-22 05:46 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22417015)
Yeah I know there is a cold blast coming midweek, but I am hopeful we can still do some decent rides. Will catch up in a couple days.

It never snows in the Santa Monica mountains and rarely snows enough to stop any rides that I do. And it never gets cold by your standards unless you go up high.
Will you have the use of a car?

bampilot06 02-21-22 05:52 PM

Did my first bit of 30/30 todays. 3 sets of 10 with 5 mins between each set.

Was actually a lot of fun, and wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be which means I prolly didn’t go as hard as I could have. Some key points that I learned.
LAJ warned me not to have a bunch of data showing, I ignored him, and chose to have 3 sec power, lap power, lap average speed, heart rate, and cadence. Well LAJ was right. I didn’t need all that data it was distracting and told me nothing relevant. Also 3 sec power caused me to over shoot each time I started.
I forgot to ask my Coach what to do the 30 “off seconds”. So I just down shifted and spun up and focused on catching my breath. I made no attempt to maintain a power during the 30 seconds off. I was also on a 3 mile road so I would have to turn around every now and then.

The creaking got worse on the madone, so I took both bikes to the shop. Madone BB is done but should hear more about it tomorrow. Mechanic got my brakes on the cervelo to stop rubbing but once I got home the front brake started rubbing again. The bolts that hold the caliper on are really stiff, and hard to gauge if they are tight enough. I think when I use the brake it causes it pull to a side and then it starts to rub. Solution, remove the front brake.

Ordered a pair of GP5000 28mm for the MadOne, those should come in tomorrow, and I had the mechanic re wrap my bars on the Cervelo.


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d3889a65d.jpeg



Went and watched the Todd Stadium Crit yesterday, Looks a lot like a lot of fun, but I have to admit I think I would like a road course more than a Crit.

Velo Vol 02-21-22 06:11 PM


Originally Posted by DougRNS (Post 22417038)
*Physically unable to perform

Sad.

datlas 02-21-22 06:13 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22417073)
It never snows in the Santa Monica mountains and rarely snows enough to stop any rides that I do. And it never gets cold by your standards unless you go up high.
Will you have the use of a car?

Yes we will have a car so we can drive to ride start if needed.

indyfabz 02-21-22 06:41 PM

Once again got the final Jeopardy! question after seeing only the category, which was Famous European Families.


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