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Old 10-29-21, 09:24 AM
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Second new pump head for the PFP 5. My only complaint with this pump is the distance to the gage. It is said that this pump head is better than original equipment. It is certainly more ergonomic. It's first pump went quite well. The kit even came with a new O ring for the plunger. It could prolly stand a new one every ten years or so. I put new grease on it while I was in there.
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Old 10-29-21, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
I still hear about it.
In the early 90s I used the first gen Time pedals. Out on a ride I stood up to get up to speed after a red light and the right side pedal snapped off and I landed on my back, to the amusement of the other riders. OK, a fluke, we figured and Time gave me a new set, no problem. Couple months later I'm accelerating and I feel the pedal axle break but since I was sitting it didn't rip the pedal all the way off. I stopped and a friend went and got a car.

The local Time rep was concerned so he upgraded me to a more expensive set of pedals. Stuck them on my new bike and I was on a Sunday club ride and stood up to hammer and the right side pedal snapped off and I landed on my back in a bunch of broken glass and debris. When I tried to stand up I almost fell because the pedal was still clipped to my shoe and it slid on the pavement. My wife was there and she was annoyed at having to go back and get the car. The Time rep was worried about a lawsuit so he told the LBS to give me a set of another brand of pedals at his expense. I chose Look Delta pedals.

Haven't broken one of them but I was climbing a canyon and the pedal body came unscrewed and suddenly my foot was stretched out by the front wheel. Didn't go down and was able to thread it back together and finish the ride.
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I drink a lot of day old coffee. I wouldn't say it tastes fine to me but still better than water
I was given(sold) day old coffee at a donut shop one time. I don't remember which one. I complained, and she was completely unaware.
There used to be a restaurant out in the boonies that used the same grounds for three rounds. To save money. We found out this bit of info, having been served the third round
It was around then that I began carrying a small amount of instant, to stiffen up restaurant coffee. I recommend it.
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Just got done with a Zwift interval session on incline mode, rather than ERG. Yeah, so much better. I don't know what it is with ERG, but it's so unnatural that I can never get in to a rhythm and that's just detrimental to me trying to focus and wring out an effort. In fairness, this was a Sweet Spot session, so it was pretty easy overall, but the RPE for each interval was more in line with what I'd expect.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Indeed. I haven't stepped up to the Crème de la Crème of coffee makers, so you can take this with a grain of salt. The Ninja with a ss carafe is pretty darn good, in my book.
Hey, a couple of those Ninjas look interesting for me, I'm investigating. I can't speak for Mrs. BD.
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Oh, and after a Zwift simulated ride yesterday, I decided that I wasn't really enamoured with that whole thing, either.

It, again, just doesn't feel quite right for me, on my trainer. Something about the inertia, or lack thereof, on the simulated terrain. Things like, if I'm going downhill and there's a little roller/bump, the change in resistance in the pedals is just too much and/or too abrupt - for me, that roughness around the edges takes it out of the realm of an immersive distraction and just makes it an obnoxious distraction, which isn't terribly fun.

Oh, and sprinting totally blows. For someone with snappy acceleration IRL and a power curve that skews to the short durations, it's a total wet blanket.
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Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
I still hear about it.
I had a near miss that would have been pretty embarrassing. I was rolling up to a stop light, and standing up getting ready to put a foot down, and squeezed the front brake just a bit too hard, when I wasn't braced for it, shifting my weight forward. I'd have gone ass over teakettle at 5 mph in front of a bunch of cars and other cyclists, but I managed to let up on the brake and shift my weight back and down, and come to a somewhat graceless stop.
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Old 10-29-21, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 View Post

Second new pump head for the PFP 5. My only complaint with this pump is the distance to the gage. It is said that this pump head is better than original equipment. It is certainly more ergonomic. It's first pump went quite well. The kit even came with a new O ring for the plunger. It could prolly stand a new one every ten years or so. I put new grease on it while I was in there.
It's a total splurge, but that Hirame pump head is such a pleasure to use. I cannot recommend it enough.
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Got it. I wonder why they prefer SS carafes, we both prefer glass. Anyway, she was already familiar with the Technivorm but not sold on it. The Breville looks interesting, it's techy.

Considering how fussy she is about her coffee I'm not going to gift her one, she's going to have to make that decision herself. I mean, for example, I believe she's tried virtually every brand of coffee in the supermarket, looking for euphoria, or something. She calls it "discriminating". I can't deal.
Has she left the supermarket and explored local roasters?
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Just got done with a Zwift interval session on incline mode, rather than ERG. Yeah, so much better. I don't know what it is with ERG, but it's so unnatural that I can never get in to a rhythm and that's just detrimental to me trying to focus and wring out an effort. In fairness, this was a Sweet Spot session, so it was pretty easy overall, but the RPE for each interval was more in line with what I'd expect.
Looks like your intervals were at around 92 cadence. When using erg, just get your gear selected and cadence and let the system catch up. It should feel the same. In erg mode you can just chug along and the trainer will adjust power as the interval requests and there's no need on your part to do anything but meet the resistance the trainer makes.
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That caught my attention, too. Same. I'm famous for drinking leftover coffee from yesterday, tastes fine to me. Sometimes she'll leave over enough that I don't have to make my own.
Does not compute.
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Just shopping is at your own risk at Walmart anyway.
My ex worked for Walmart and she helped open and set-up a new store near here. I know retail sucks but Walmart attracts a certain breed of customer. The stories she would tell of people's rudeness and entitlement were amazing. Then there's the disgusting things they do in the store aisles. OMG.

She actually liked working for the company. The money wasn't very good but they treated her well, gave her a department to run and freedom to do it how she wanted. We also got good discounts on everything including tires and other car stuff. When she moved to the east coast they helped her transfer to a store there.
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Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
Looks like your intervals were at around 92 cadence. When using erg, just get your gear selected and cadence and let the system catch up. It should feel the same. In erg mode you can just chug along and the trainer will adjust power as the interval requests and there's no need on your part to do anything but meet the resistance the trainer makes.
My cadence depends on how I feel and what kind of effort I'm doing. Sometimes it takes me a little bit of time to settle in to how I want to skin a particular effort. The easy 12 minute efforts? Yeah, low 90s is comfortable. The 1m efforts slightly above FTP at the end, though, I prefer to be slightly higher, closer to 100.

And I know that it should be the same and, with my penchant for hunting for the right cadence, ERG should be beneficial... but it just doesn't shake out that way for me. If my stop for a second to adjust myself and my cadence drops, the trainer'll jack up the resistance and I'll momentarily feel like I'm a sled dog, trying to break free some runners that are frozen in the ice. If my mind wanders and my cadence increases, the trainer adjusts, making it easier and I spin even faster until consciously slow down. But none of these are seamless and transparent for me, even on the micro side of the scale, so I'm adjusting, waiting for the trainer adjustment, then adjusting again. In dumb-dumb mode, if I need a little more power, I spin a little faster. If I need to adjust myself, I do so and then I spin back up. My cadence doesn't tend to need as much attention to keep from wandering, either, because it's more obvious to me that the effort is harder or easier. *shrug*

I'm not saying that others shouldn't use ERG, but it's pretty obviously not for me.
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ERG mode is even dumber than running, IMO. It's merciless.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Just got done with a Zwift interval session on incline mode, rather than ERG. Yeah, so much better. I don't know what it is with ERG, but it's so unnatural that I can never get in to a rhythm and that's just detrimental to me trying to focus and wring out an effort. In fairness, this was a Sweet Spot session, so it was pretty easy overall, but the RPE for each interval was more in line with what I'd expect.
ERG is definitely unnatural. It forces you to put out X watts, regardless of your gearing/cadence/wheel speed...or die trying. Incline mode puts the control in your hands...uhhh...legs.
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They have to have a "billing provider" which can be a doctor, a noctor, or a pharmacist. The amount paid by insurance is the same, regardless.
There is one of those.
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Speaking of; last week I missed the Fall heatwave because of work. This week I'm missing out on the crisp sunny Fall weather because of injury*.
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My ex worked for Walmart and she helped open and set-up a new store near here. I know retail sucks but Walmart attracts a certain breed of customer. The stories she would tell of people's rudeness and entitlement were amazing. Then there's the disgusting things they do in the store aisles. OMG.
I go to Walmart every now and then and I am not rude or disgusting.
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I go to Walmart every now and then and I am not rude or disgusting.
Obviously not everyone there is rude or disgusting but those that are stand out.
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They are failing.

This shot of Roscoe is handy.
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OMG, I'm listening to the Southern Command Change of Command ceremony, and Milley just said ...Seamen, Marines, Airmen, Space Guardians...

Hearing military say that is going to keep me chuckling for a few years yet.
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I've watched this multiple times and can't make it out. What is that sticking out into the corner/roadway? And why does the guy in front of you move towards the wreck and not follow the guy in front of him?
Jeezly crow was your bike ok? Which bike? (I shouldn't have watched so much lol)
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So you want to race crits?
No. No sir I do not.
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Epic
That was on one of our, "Men's trips" to Kentucky. Lucky for me a guy crashed out the day before and loaned me a wheel for the next day. I couldn't get into 1st gear. Broke something internally in the shifter mech.and found the crankset was cracked at the pedal bushing when I got home. That little feet cost me easily over $600.00
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And why does the guy in front of you move towards the wreck and not follow the guy in front of him?
Looks like he instinctively grabbed a heaping handful of brakes and just skidded right into the dogpile.
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Has she left the supermarket and explored local roasters?
I think yes to some extent, but I’ll ask. She’s on an organic kick lately. Why not, everything else is organic. smh
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This shot of Roscoe is handy.
Since adopting a young German Shepherd, I've come to appreciate dogs like Roscoe even more. Not so small that they are fragile and yappy, and not so big to take up too much space on the sofa...or eat things off the kitchen counter. Sport-coupe size.

My knuckleheads, Riley and Ranger...
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