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LAJ 05-01-22 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22491264)
Picked up a new bike today... for my son. His bday is at the end of the month and he's outgrown the bike that we got for him a few years ago. He'll be 11, and we were tempted to go with a 26" adult bike in an XS frame size, but REI had an aggressive sale going on for kid's bikes, so we ended up getting a 24" for him. It'll probably only fit him this year and next, but we figure that he doesn't beat up his bikes, so we should be able to recoup 70-80% of what we paid when we sell it in a couple years.

:bday: Also, I can't believe how time flies.

seedsbelize2 05-01-22 03:42 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22491280)
A couple of weeks ago, for whatever reason, the YouTube algorithms recommended a video featuring some snooker highlights. I didn't even know how snooker was played, at the time, but I'm a sucker for excellence, so I watched and went down a bit of a rabbit hole. Now I'm hitting refresh on a web page, watching the frame-by-frame recap and pulling for Ronnie O'Sullivan to take home a record-tying 7th World Championship. Oy vey. :foo:

Snooker is a tough game. Much more exacting than your everyday billiards i dabbled very briefly back in my pool shark days.

LAJ 05-01-22 03:45 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22491307)
Check out 3 Ball Pool also.

Back in my pool days, there was decent money on 3 ball, but One Pocket was the one. Generally after midnight, and it was pro tour level guys and gals.

indyfabz 05-01-22 03:45 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 22491314)
We were actually kind of mid-state, just outside Norwich. The dirt roads we used were freshly groomed.

VT has a lot of nice dirt roads.

indyfabz 05-01-22 03:47 PM


Originally Posted by DougRNS (Post 22491190)
What about car wheels on a gravel road?

https://youtu.be/YgnnrZfoZS0

When I first heard that song I thought it was cartwheels on a gravel road.

WhyFi 05-01-22 03:48 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22491326)
:bday: Also, I can't believe how time flies.

You're tellin' me. Kid's gonna be off to college before I know it.

Mojo31 05-01-22 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22491336)
You're tellin' me. Kid's gonna be off to college before I know it.

Just hope they donít move back!

Happy birthday to your son!

Mojo31 05-01-22 03:55 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22491333)
Back in my pool days, there was decent money on 3 ball, but One Pocket was the one. Generally after midnight, and it was pro tour level guys and gals.

Spent a lot of Saturdays with my dad at the pool hall. Never got into it myself.

big john 05-01-22 04:08 PM

Stole a couple pics from yesterday. Here, we are spread out because of climbing and faster riders waiting back for stragglers. This guy on the tri bike was kind of a pain later when we were all together for the 15 miles of mostly downhill. He sweeps back and forth across the road and doesn't stay close enough to the group so people behind him can get a draft. Luckily he can't climb.
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...wg&oe=6274CD83
https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net...dg&oe=62736F36

big john 05-01-22 04:17 PM

Also, some people are starting a regular gravel ride near here. It's nice to know that if I join them and post about it here someone will crap all over it.
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...Tw&oe=6273DE2F

genejockey 05-01-22 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 (Post 22491329)
Snooker is a tough game. Much more exacting than your everyday billiards i dabbled very briefly back in my pool shark days.


Mojo31 05-01-22 04:34 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22490781)
Yesterday was awesome.

The course was super dry and amazingly difficult. Many 18+ grades to climb with quite a few hike a bikers. The steepest segments were at nearly the end and the course finished with a steep 200 foot climb.

I was pleased with the effort considering I woke up at 5 and couldnít keep anything down. Didnít have enough breakfast so I had to eat a lot on the course. Took a shot of fireball from someone at mile 40 and that kept me going.

Boswell won, averaged something like 20, which is insane. I think I could have averaged maybe 15 if I had felt better in the morning and ate more- oh well, thereís always next year.

We met the owner of Mid South at a restaurant later yesterday and talked to him for quite a while. Heís really cool- I enjoyed talking to him. He said heíd put us in for 23 if we want, Iím considering it.

Official numbers for the day according to the race timing weíre 58 miles, 7350 feet and 13.8 average. All in dirt.

Hereís a crappy picture of some of the roads.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...158b5707f.jpeg

Valuable info right there.

Velo Vol 05-01-22 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22491118)
Maybe. Kinda far to ride my bike there.

Don't you have a car?

genejockey 05-01-22 04:42 PM

I learned a valuable lesson today: Make sure the valve stem on your spare tube is long enough for all the rims on all your bikes. Remember those Fulcrum wheels I was bragging about fixing the bearing preload on? Turns out the rims are surprisingly deep. Deep enough that the little stub of the valve stem that pokes out is NOT long enough for a Zefal hpx pump head to grab. I figured this out after pulling the punctured tube out, inserting the spare, and getting the tire back on the rim. Then I couldn't pump it up. I tried for a good 5 minutes before giving up.

So, back to the punctured tube. I also carry an instant patch kit, so I pumped up the old tube and searched for the leak. But it's a slow leak and I was outside on a breezy day. So after a fruitless few minutes trying to find a hole, I switched to looking for the cut in the tread, which was tough because as it turned out, it was very small, not very deep, and ran parallel to the tread. I found it. It was near the valve. I STILL couldn't find the leak, so I put one instant patch on each side of the valve, where I the hole seemed likely to be. I pumped the tube up a bit and it seemed to be holding air better, so I swapped the patched tube back in, replacing the useless spare.

It was then that I discovered that a 30+ year old Zefal hpx can be finicky. Some strokes of the pump did nothing at all. In the end, I had to hold the pump very steady at exactly the right angle. I eventually managed to get the tire pumped up to something like the right pressure. I set off for home, which was 5 miles away.

2 1/2 miles later, at a stop sign, I felt the tire and it felt a bit soft, so I decided to pump it up some more. In the process of trying to get set up to do that, I blew out most of the air that was left in it, and had to pump it up from almost empty again.

I made it home, riding gently. The whole flat fixing adventure took nearly 1/2 hour!

genejockey 05-01-22 04:44 PM

Oh, yeah! The bearing adjustment worked like a charm! MUCH better! This was especially obvious on the downhill sections.

Velo Vol 05-01-22 04:48 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22491364)
It's nice to know that if I join them and post about it here someone will crap all over it.

Post with that confidence.

Velo Vol 05-01-22 04:48 PM

Snoozeball record!


datlas 05-01-22 05:02 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22491384)
Don't you have a car?

We took the Fit. There seem to be so many areas to explore here, we may have to save your neck of the woods for our next trip.

rjones28 05-01-22 05:02 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22491389)
I learned a valuable lesson today: Make sure the valve stem on your spare tube is long enough for all the rims on all your bikes. Remember those Fulcrum wheels I was bragging about fixing the bearing preload on? Turns out the rims are surprisingly deep. Deep enough that the little stub of the valve stem that pokes out is NOT long enough for a Zefal hpx pump head to grab. I figured this out after pulling the punctured tube out, inserting the spare, and getting the tire back on the rim. Then I couldn't pump it up. I tried for a good 5 minutes before giving up.

So, back to the punctured tube. I also carry an instant patch kit, so I pumped up the old tube and searched for the leak. But it's a slow leak and I was outside on a breezy day. So after a fruitless few minutes trying to find a hole, I switched to looking for the cut in the tread, which was tough because as it turned out, it was very small, not very deep, and ran parallel to the tread. I found it. It was near the valve. I STILL couldn't find the leak, so I put one instant patch on each side of the valve, where I the hole seemed likely to be. I pumped the tube up a bit and it seemed to be holding air better, so I swapped the patched tube back in, replacing the useless spare.

It was then that I discovered that a 30+ year old Zefal hpx can be finicky. Some strokes of the pump did nothing at all. In the end, I had to hold the pump very steady at exactly the right angle. I eventually managed to get the tire pumped up to something like the right pressure. I set off for home, which was 5 miles away.

2 1/2 miles later, at a stop sign, I felt the tire and it felt a bit soft, so I decided to pump it up some more. In the process of trying to get set up to do that, I blew out most of the air that was left in it, and had to pump it up from almost empty again.

I made it home, riding gently. The whole flat fixing adventure took nearly 1/2 hour!

Epic

datlas 05-01-22 05:05 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22491389)
I learned a valuable lesson today: Make sure the valve stem on your spare tube is long enough for all the rims on all your bikes. Remember those Fulcrum wheels I was bragging about fixing the bearing preload on? Turns out the rims are surprisingly deep. Deep enough that the little stub of the valve stem that pokes out is NOT long enough for a Zefal hpx pump head to grab. I figured this out after pulling the punctured tube out, inserting the spare, and getting the tire back on the rim. Then I couldn't pump it up. I tried for a good 5 minutes before giving up.

So, back to the punctured tube. I also carry an instant patch kit, so I pumped up the old tube and searched for the leak. But it's a slow leak and I was outside on a breezy day. So after a fruitless few minutes trying to find a hole, I switched to looking for the cut in the tread, which was tough because as it turned out, it was very small, not very deep, and ran parallel to the tread. I found it. It was near the valve. I STILL couldn't find the leak, so I put one instant patch on each side of the valve, where I the hole seemed likely to be. I pumped the tube up a bit and it seemed to be holding air better, so I swapped the patched tube back in, replacing the useless spare.

It was then that I discovered that a 30+ year old Zefal hpx can be finicky. Some strokes of the pump did nothing at all. In the end, I had to hold the pump very steady at exactly the right angle. I eventually managed to get the tire pumped up to something like the right pressure. I set off for home, which was 5 miles away.

2 1/2 miles later, at a stop sign, I felt the tire and it felt a bit soft, so I decided to pump it up some more. In the process of trying to get set up to do that, I blew out most of the air that was left in it, and had to pump it up from almost empty again.

I made it home, riding gently. The whole flat fixing adventure took nearly 1/2 hour!

Ugh. I carry a valve stem extender (and a quick link) in my pouch. I have not ever needed it for myself, but it has saved several club mates whose spare tubes had short valve stems. It weighs like 2g, but worth it to be the occasional hero.

rjones28 05-01-22 05:06 PM

I carry tubes with 80mm stems on the road bikes. I only really need 60mms for the Rovals, but I like the extra length. And it's nice to be able to bail out fellow riders that need long stems.

genejockey 05-01-22 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22491412)
Ugh. I carry a valve stem extender (and a quick link) in my pouch. I have not ever needed it for myself, but it has saved several club mates whose spare tubes had short valve stems. It weighs like 2g, but worth it to be the occasional hero.

The funny thing about this is that I should have expected it. When I originally mounted the Fulcrums on the Ritchey, I swapped the tires and tubes from the old wheels, and I ended up using a pair of valve extenders to make it possible to pump them up. When I moved them to the Litespeed, I mounted a set of Vittoria Corsas, with new Vittoria tubes that have long stems, so I put the valve extenders away again, BUT I didn't replace the tube in my saddle bag with one of the Vittorias. 'Cause I'm dumb.

LesterOfPuppets 05-01-22 05:33 PM

Carshow today?
I slept through some of the Aircooled Arizona get-together, so just rode my bike up to my favorite coffee shop instead.

Anyways, here's the Hilarious Saturn Ass of the Day:

https://scontent.fphx1-2.fna.fbcdn.n...ug&oe=62732098

big john 05-01-22 05:59 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22491397)
Post with that confidence.

Your grumpy old man snark is a given.

Bah Humbug 05-01-22 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22491364)
Also, some people are starting a regular gravel ride near here. It's nice to know that if I join them and post about it here someone will crap all over it.

No matter what you do, someone here will crap all over it.


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