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datlas 10-03-22 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22667494)
All of our hospitals / clinical settings are going to require masks regardless of recommendations for now. Our non clinical locations and HQ are “optional”

I don't disagree, and honestly I will likely continue to wear a mask at work for the time being, but I also understand patients have mask fatigue and I think it's ok to allow it to be optional.

genejockey 10-03-22 02:33 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22667429)
Can you simply stay where you are??

#inertia

No. This is the most expensive place to live in America, and without an income we couldn't afford it. We can only really afford to retire with the profit from the house.

Eric F 10-03-22 02:41 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22667495)
I'm actually thinking of trying flat pedals for the mtb.

Not being connected to my bike is weird to me. That said, there are plenty of people who prefer flats on the MTB.

genejockey 10-03-22 02:45 PM

One thing I'm finding really handy is Google Streetview. A couple times I've looked at listings that look really good, then I check out the neighborhood on Google Streetview, and it's not someplace to move to. The other things is that maps might show you how close a house is to various things like grocery stores or a such, but not what it would be like to walk there. This morning I was looking at a listing that seemed to be really close to shopping, but when I looked at Streetview, the two roads you'd have to walk along have NO sidewalks and NO provision for pedestrians. Basically 40-50 mph roads, not even at all useful for cycling.

EDIT: I should point out that we're not looking for a house to buy at the moment. We're really shopping cities and neighborhoods, to get a feel for the areas, etc. And as somebody pointed out to me this weekend, you should probably rent for some number of months in any place you haven't lived before you decide to move there. Good advice!

rjones28 10-03-22 02:47 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22667288)
It's reaching that weird time of year, when y'all Back East are wearing jackets and leg warmers if not actual tights, and I'm still wearing short sleeve jerseys and looking forward to another month of warm, dry riding.

My transition to living back there will be difficult.

I had a discussion with Mrs. GJ this weekend. She was saying that she's worried that people from Florida will move to Buffalo to escape climate change. I said if they're trying to escape hurricanes, they'll move to North Carolina or other Southern states because so many of them LEFT the North East specifically to get away from the cold. Take my sister, for example. Southern New Jersey was too cold for her, and she's now gone through 2 big hurricanes hitting within 50 miles of her. I can't see her moving anywhere cold.

Then we discussed how cold it actually is. I said, "Crawl into the freezer downstairs, and then realize that's a WARM day in Buffalo in February!", plus I mentioned the 7 feet of snow a year. She said, "You'll be retired! Why would you need to leave the house?" I said, "What if one of us needs an ambulance?"

We have fleets of snow plows. It's not a problem.

datlas 10-03-22 02:56 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22667522)
No. This is the most expensive place to live in America, and without an income we couldn't afford it. We can only really afford to retire with the profit from the house.

Ugh, that sucks. Reverse mortgage an option??

datlas 10-03-22 02:58 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22667533)
One thing I'm finding really handy is Google Streetview. A couple times I've looked at listings that look really good, then I check out the neighborhood on Google Streetview, and it's not someplace to move to. The other things is that maps might show you how close a house is to various things like grocery stores or a such, but not what it would be like to walk there. This morning I was looking at a listing that seemed to be really close to shopping, but when I looked at Streetview, the two roads you'd have to walk along have NO sidewalks and NO provision for pedestrians. Basically 40-50 mph roads, not even at all useful for cycling.

EDIT: I should point out that we're not looking for a house to buy at the moment. We're really shopping cities and neighborhoods, to get a feel for the areas, etc. And as somebody pointed out to me this weekend, you should probably rent for some number of months in any place you haven't lived before you decide to move there. Good advice!

Agree use street view. In our area, where real estate is also quite hot, there are occasionally houses that seem to be a "good value" until you realize they are at or near a major road and the traffic or other problems make them less desirable.

Trsnrtr 10-03-22 03:01 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22667301)
Roughly when does that happen? Too soon?

Roughly November 1st or whenever I have to start wearing my winter shoes. My feet are too wide for booties so I just go to CX boots for winter.

seedsbelize2 10-03-22 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22667268)
Broke a spoke on my MTB yesterday. I'm pretty sure it was impact from a rock that was bouncing along the fireroad descent we were on. It's a bummer, but I'm REALLY impressed with these Stan's Podium SRD wheels - super light (1300g), carbon rims, and way more durable than expected. Despite the low spoke count and low profile rim, the wheel stayed pretty true, even missing a spoke. Granted, a disc brake wheel only needs to be true enough so the tire doesn't rub the frame, but it didn't seem significantly different than when it had all its spokes. I pulled the rest of the spoke out through the hub, and finished my ride with zero issues.
https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net...-2048x2048.jpg

One of my bikes has been missing a spoke for more than a year. But I ride like the old man that I am.

genejockey 10-03-22 03:10 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22667551)
Ugh, that sucks. Reverse mortgage an option??

I'll have to ask Tom Selleck. ;)

Trsnrtr 10-03-22 03:11 PM

Whenever I use mtb spds on my road bikes, I really don’t notice much difference in power transfer until I switch back to road pedals in the spring and then it feels like much better power transfer. For the record, my road and mtb shoes are both the same model of Lakes, CX 238s.

Eric F 10-03-22 03:11 PM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 (Post 22667562)
One of my bikes has been missing a spoke for more than a year. But I ride like the old man that I am.

I rode this down 6 miles of mixed singletrack and road descent at a pretty quick pace. Nothing significantly harsh, however.

big john 10-03-22 03:13 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22667529)
Not being connected to my bike is weird to me. That said, there are plenty of people who prefer flats on the MTB.

When I first rode a bike as an adult around 1983, I think, it was on an old 3 speed that my landlord left in the ivy for a few years. I rode that thing for 6 months and that was the last time I rode any bike on flats.

I don't know if I will like it but I feel like I could deal with technical stuff better if I could take a foot off or twist more. OTOH it would suck to buy a pair of Five Tens and some flats and not be happy with it.

seedsbelize2 10-03-22 03:25 PM

I spent a good part of the afternoon installing the dyno wheel and lights on the Trek. It doesn't work. Trouble shooting electrical things in not my strong suit. Everything worked fine when I put it away a few years ago. I guess I can buy a cheap circuit tester and go through it piece by piece, starting, of course with the dynamo. If that doesn't put out, there's no point in going any further. I have another dyno wheel, in 27", but it's the type that uses the frame for ground, and I've never really understood how to wire it. Maybe I can get over that hump if need be.

Eric F 10-03-22 03:25 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22667581)
When I first rode a bike as an adult around 1983, I think, it was on an old 3 speed that my landlord left in the ivy for a few years. I rode that thing for 6 months and that was the last time I rode any bike on flats.

I don't know if I will like it but I feel like I could deal with technical stuff better if I could take a foot off or twist more. OTOH it would suck to buy a pair of Five Tens and some flats and not be happy with it.

I feel like being connected helps me on technical stuff. That said, I walk a lot more stuff than I used to.

From what I read on the MTBR forum, Five Tens are over-rated. I don't have any personal experience.

big john 10-03-22 03:38 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22667593)
I feel like being connected helps me on technical stuff. That said, I walk a lot more stuff than I used to.

From what I read on the MTBR forum, Five Tens are over-rated. I don't have any personal experience.

Some of the women I have ridden with use Five Tens and they make them in my size in certain styles. I think Shimano makes shoes for flats now but I don't know if in my size.

primov8 10-03-22 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22667529)
Not being connected to my bike is weird to me. That said, there are plenty of people who prefer flats on the MTB.

Same here. I built up my first SS/FG last month and I didn't even last a couple minutes on the bike with flat pedals. I made a u-turn back to the house and threw on the extra pair of Look x-tract pedals. Also, I made the switch to spd pedals on my last (4) builds and don't see myself going back to Look Keos.

rjones28 10-03-22 04:40 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22667581)
When I first rode a bike as an adult around 1983, I think, it was on an old 3 speed that my landlord left in the ivy for a few years. I rode that thing for 6 months and that was the last time I rode any bike on flats.

I don't know if I will like it but I feel like I could deal with technical stuff better if I could take a foot off or twist more. OTOH it would suck to buy a pair of Five Tens and some flats and not be happy with it.

I've ridden the single speed with flat pedals all summer. Of course, I'm riding the MUP in street clothes with Mrs. rjones28.

seedsbelize2 10-03-22 04:52 PM

I haven't actually ridden the bike though, just spun the wheel. I'll take it for a spin this evening or tomorrow morning. It might be just fine.

MoAlpha 10-03-22 05:05 PM

The thru-axles on my commuting bike like to unscrew themselves unless the levers are jammed so hard I worry I won’t be able to loosen them in case of a flat. However, the ones on my road bike never move. I wonder what the difference is…

genejockey 10-03-22 05:09 PM

Speaking of pedals, was having one of those magical days on the Ritchey on Saturday. You know, those days when every single time you start up your cleat hits the pedal exactly right and *CLICK!* you're clipped in? No one-legged pedaling while looking down, no repeatedly trying to flip the pedal just right so you get the cleat in, just *click!*.

Then Mike came up on my right side at a stop and spooked me and I had to unclip my LEFT foot. Holy hannah, but I am clumsy with my left foot! No wonder I leave it clipped in! It took me at least FIVE TRIES to get clipped in! Definitely not ambidextrous with my feet.

MoAlpha 10-03-22 05:10 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22667529)
Not being connected to my bike is weird to me. That said, there are plenty of people who prefer flats on the MTB.

I kind of enjoy the cruisers that resorts and marinas lend out. Sometimes I run errands in sneakers on clipless pedals. That’s not so pleasant.

Eric F 10-03-22 05:13 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22667690)
Speaking of pedals, was having one of those magical days on the Ritchey on Saturday. You know, those days when every single time you start up your cleat hits the pedal exactly right and *CLICK!* you're clipped in? No one-legged pedaling while looking down, no repeatedly trying to flip the pedal just right so you get the cleat in, just *click!*.

Then Mike came up on my right side at a stop and spooked me and I had to unclip my LEFT foot. Holy hannah, but I am clumsy with my left foot! No wonder I leave it clipped in! It took me at least FIVE TRIES to get clipped in! Definitely not ambidextrous with my feet.

Speedplays on my road bikes. No flippin' flipping required. ;)

genejockey 10-03-22 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22667698)
Speedplays on my road bikes. No flippin' flipping required. ;)

I almost never have any issue with Look Delta pedals, but Keos are different. They don't seem to be weighted on the back side as heavily so when you push off they often spin rather than hanging in the right orientation for the front of the cleat to catch them, like the Deltas.

seedsbelize2 10-03-22 05:48 PM

I have toe clips without straps on my Campy Record pedals, so I never have to use them upside down. MTB platforms on the other road bike. Truvative. I've had them for eons. An Ebay purchase.
New Balance light hiking shoes are my foot wear(ware?) of choice, in both instances. And wool socks. Always wool socks.


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