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genejockey 12-23-21 01:22 PM

It occurred to me recently that with all the riding I've done since the start of the Pandemic, I have finally reached the point where I could start thinking in training terms, like periodicity, build periods, etc. Maybe time to sign up for one of the online training programs that will help my build my fitness, work on my weaknesses, etc.

Or I could just ride.

rjones28 12-23-21 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22349416)
Is that a Manitou fork? I had one of the last elastomer sprung Manitous and I bought a damper/spring kit from Manitou and it made a huge difference. I recently gave that fork to a friend but I don't know if he used it, or if it still works. I brought it up because if you can get the parts those forks can be quite nice. Elastomers suck.

According to our shop shock guru, it's likely a Manitou Ti SX.

big john 12-23-21 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 22349534)
walking around queens yesterday, I came to the realization that I could never live in a City.

What's it like where you live? Where I am it's old suburbia but right on the edge of the hills. I feel like I can escape into the hills if need be.

big john 12-23-21 01:54 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 22349619)
According to our shop shock guru, it's likely a Manitou Ti SX.

I think ti means ti springs, so no elastomers. Should be plush if it's in good shape.

Trsnrtr 12-23-21 02:01 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22349550)
Agreed. I do enjoy new tires. However, my Explorer eats tires at kind of an alarming rate.

You guys are reminding me that I need tires for my Odyssey.

datlas 12-23-21 02:01 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22349571)
Hey Trsnrtr - I think that you should buy either a direct-plumbed La Speziale Vivaldi II or really ball out and get a La Marzocco Linea Mini, so that I can live vicariously through you. Being at the in-law's, with lots of time to sit on my ass and browse for toys online, has me jonesing for a new machine and close to doing something stupid.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...11b9cd5358.png
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...eb6de54000.png

The second one costs 5 large. :twitchy:

Trsnrtr 12-23-21 02:08 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22349571)
Hey Trsnrtr - I think that you should buy either a direct-plumbed La Speziale Vivaldi II or really ball out and get a La Marzocco Linea Mini, so that I can live vicariously through you. Being at the in-law's, with lots of time to sit on my ass and browse for toys online, has me jonesing for a new machine and close to doing something stupid.

I’m not familiar with either of those but when I was shopping for a new machine last summer, I talked with a couple places and they all talked me out of a high end machine. I’m the only one in the house that drinks coffee and I never do milk drinks. Seattle Coffee Gear suggested a Rancilio with a pre-installed PID. I’m extremely happy and it was way cheaper than I was willing to spend.

Direct plumbing would be great. I could get behind that, for sure.

WhyFi 12-23-21 02:12 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22349639)
The second one costs 5 large. :twitchy:

Yup, you could get a pretty snazzy bike for that money... but I still want it.

The Vivaldi is undoubtedly more practical - half the price, probably very close in terms of performance and has some nice bonus features... but still.

Trsnrtr 12-23-21 02:19 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22349648)
Yup, you could get a pretty snazzy bike for that money... but I still want it.

The Vivaldi is undoubtedly more practical - half the price, probably very close in terms of performance and has some nice bonus features... but still.

Rapha has a Rocket espresso machine for $2700. Thatís cool.

WhyFi 12-23-21 02:21 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22349646)
Iím not familiar with either of those but when I was shopping for a new machine last summer, I talked with a couple places and they all talked me out of a high end machine. Iím the only one in the house that drinks coffee and I never do milk drinks. Seattle Coffee Gear suggested a Rancilio with a pre-installed PID. Iím extremely happy and it was way cheaper than I was willing to spend.

Direct plumbing would be great. I could get behind that, for sure.

Oh, I thought that you did milk drinks.

Yeah, whenever I do upgrade, it's gotta be plumbed, have a rotary pump, dual boilers with great steam power and really good temp stability. Volumetric, like the Vivaldi, or flow profiling would be nice bonuses. Lookin' magnificent, like the Linea Mini, would be nice, too :love:

I think I'm done with E61s and I know I'm done with vibe pumps and filling a reservoir.

WhyFi 12-23-21 02:26 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22349658)
Rapha has a Rocket espresso machine for $2700. Thatís cool.

Yeah, I saw that, but I think you're off by $1000. :o

If I were to do another E61 (see above), I think I'd do Profitec/ECM; everything I've seen and heard indicates that their build quality is better than Rocket (and I'm not a fan of the big logo knobs).

But I think that I want a semi/saturated grouphead.

datlas 12-23-21 02:28 PM

I am sticking with my French Press.

#Thrifty

rjones28 12-23-21 02:29 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22349545)
Never got into performance stuff on my cars, always just kept them stock and just kept them running.
I was trying to recall the most I ever spent on a car at one time. Pretty sure it was the $600 I paid for a rebuilt 5 speed trans on my S-10 Blazer. It was cheaper than buying the parts to fix it because the shafts were junk.
I think the second most ever was $400 for tires on the Trailblazer in 2014. They're still on there but might need to be refreshed soon.

Besides being in the business I've generally had great luck with cars.

I think my largest repair bill was around $4,000 for a top-end rebuild on my Mercedes V8. About half of that was labor.

Trsnrtr 12-23-21 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22349660)
Oh, I thought that you did milk drinks.

Yeah, whenever I do upgrade, it's gotta be plumbed, have a rotary pump, dual boilers with great steam power and really good temp stability. Volumetric, like the Vivaldi, or flow profiling would be nice bonuses. Lookin' magnificent, like the Linea Mini, would be nice, too :love:

I think I'm done with E61s and I know I'm done with vibe pumps and filling a reservoir.

I was going to buy a dual boiler machine and the shops I talked to said, “Why?” I didn’t know why. :lol:

Seriously, I pull about 5 doubles and a couple more decaf doubles daily and a single boiler machine with PID works fine. I do dislike filling the reservoir, though. I also hate dumping the drip tray but I’m pretty sure that I can hook a drain up which may be a winter project.

BTW, when we have company, I make them drink Keurig dishwater. :lol:

WhyFi 12-23-21 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22349674)
I am sticking with my French Press.

#Thrifty

I save hundreds per year by making lattes for myself and my wife instead of going to Sbucks.

#rationalizing

Trsnrtr 12-23-21 02:33 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22349672)
Yeah, I saw that, but I think you're off by $1000. :o
.

Was it 2700 euros? Off to recheck.

Edit: £2700!

rjones28 12-23-21 02:34 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22349632)
I think ti means ti springs, so no elastomers. Should be plush if it's in good shape.

I'm going to pass on that frame. I was checking parts availability for the things I don't already have and it's going to be more trouble than I'm willing to deal with.

WhyFi 12-23-21 02:37 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22349678)
I was going to buy a dual boiler machine and the shops I talked to said, ďWhy?Ē I didnít know why. :lol:

Seriously, I pull about 5 doubles and a couple more decaf doubles daily and a single boiler machine with PID works fine. I do dislike filling the reservoir, though. I also hate dumping the drip tray but Iím pretty sure that I can hook a drain up which may be a winter project.

BTW, when we have company, I make them drink Keurig dishwater. :lol:

Yeah, if you're not steaming, there's not much reason for a dual boiler.

I currently pull fewer shots than you, but if I were to get a single dose grinder, I'd probably pick up some decaf and have that later in the day, as well.

You're cruel to your guests. :cry:

Trsnrtr 12-23-21 02:37 PM

I have Rouler espresso cups coming. I dropped a Campy cup a couple days ago and broke a handle off. :cry:

WhyFi 12-23-21 02:38 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22349683)
Was it 2700 euros? Off to recheck.

Edit: £2700!

I think it's RCC exclusive, too, so another couple hundred if you're not already a member.

Trsnrtr 12-23-21 02:38 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22349689)
Yeah, if you're not steaming, there's not much reason for a dual boiler.

I currently pull fewer shots than you, but if I were to get a single dose grinder, I'd probably pick up some decaf and have that later in the day, as well.

You're cruel to your guests. :cry:

I have a cheap Rocky for decaf. It works fine if I use my homemade clump tool.

rjones28 12-23-21 02:54 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22349690)
I have Rouler espresso cups coming. I dropped a Campy cup a couple days ago and broke a handle off. :cry:

Sad

genejockey 12-23-21 02:54 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22349648)
Yup, you could get a pretty snazzy bike for that money... but I still want it.

The Vivaldi is undoubtedly more practical - half the price, probably very close in terms of performance and has some nice bonus features... but still.

EXACTLY what I thought about that bassoon!

I felt bad paying $100 for another coffeemaker when ours was kaput.

WhyFi 12-23-21 02:55 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22349690)
I have Rouler espresso cups coming. I dropped a Campy cup a couple days ago and broke a handle off. :cry:

Rapha had an espresso set in the Archive Sale recently... If they're still there, maybe I'll get a late stocking stuffer for myself.

genejockey 12-23-21 03:07 PM

UPS Tracking SUCKS!!! I don't know where the Litespeed IS. I only now where it ISN'T - Nashville, since 8:14 AM yesterday.:twitchy:


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