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Old 03-24-21, 07:43 PM
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Just had what LAJ might call a “bag of nopes” moment watching a video on how to replace the drum bearings on our clothes washer. Gonna be expensive.
Yep. Ripping large appliances down sort of sucks. It's rare there's enough room to work, and that makes it worse.
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Had some blood sausage pizza in Dublin once. Maybe pepperoni next time.
I had pepperoni pizza for lunch.
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It sounds horrible, but... It. Is. The. Best. If I was okay with dying prematurely, I'd use it as a butter substitute.

Then again, butter is something like 80% fat, so maybe not too far off.... hmmmmm...
A guy I know saves the rendered fat when he cooks bacon, and uses it like that. He's not what I would call a "healthy" individual.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Just had what LAJ might call a “bag of nopes” moment watching a video on how to replace the drum bearings on our clothes washer. Gonna be expensive.
Those things go through a lot. If it's old it might not be worth messing with unless it's a quick fix. My last washer was old and the agitator support started coming apart and we would find chunks of metal in our clothes.
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I had pepperoni pizza for lunch.
I had sausage and pepperoni on the ride yesterday. It didn't affect me as much as the massive pannini did on Saturday.
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Actually that was LAST week. LAST week is old.

I've yet to record a ride this week. I'm trying to figure how to record rides on the Circuit without sullying its beauty with sensors. Probably just use the Strava app on my iPhone.
GPS watch.
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Second ride on the Circuit. 23.5 miles. I'd raised the saddle about 1.2 cm, and tilted the nose decree more nose down, as well as turning the handlebars down just a little. This made the brake levers reachable from the drops. Even though the saddle was a little higher, I felt less....interference...with my nethers. I also ran into the limitations of late 80s road bike gearing - 42 x 24 as a low gear? Suffice to say that I will definitely not be using this bike as my Mountain Goat. The brakes? Well, they sure aren't disks! But they will eventually stop the bike.
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GPS watch.
I used the Strava app on my phone. I suppose I could connect my HR strap to the iPhone. I'm dead certain there's no Stages left crank power meter in Sante......

EDIT: I put cadence and speed sensors on the Cannondale, wore my MR strap, and stuffed the Garmin head unit in my jersey, which worked fine. But so far I can't bring myself to put sensors on the Circuit.
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Second ride on the Circuit. 23.5 miles. I'd raised the saddle about 1.2 cm, and tilted the nose decree more nose down, as well as turning the handlebars down just a little. This made the brake levers reachable from the drops. Even though the saddle was a little higher, I felt less....interference...with my nethers. I also ran into the limitations of late 80s road bike gearing - 42 x 24 as a low gear? Suffice to say that I will definitely not be using this bike as my Mountain Goat. The brakes? Well, they sure aren't disks! But they will eventually stop the bike.
I had 42x21 BITD. I know some people that ran 14-19 in back.
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Second ride on the Circuit. 23.5 miles. I'd raised the saddle about 1.2 cm, and tilted the nose decree more nose down, as well as turning the handlebars down just a little. This made the brake levers reachable from the drops. Even though the saddle was a little higher, I felt less....interference...with my nethers. I also ran into the limitations of late 80s road bike gearing - 42 x 24 as a low gear? Suffice to say that I will definitely not be using this bike as my Mountain Goat. The brakes? Well, they sure aren't disks! But they will eventually stop the bike.
When I rehabbed my dad's 77 Nishiki, I built it with typical gearing of the era for that level of bike - 52/42 x 12-21. I don't ride it where things go uphill very much. The 39 x 29 on my #1 road machine, however, serves hilly needs just fine.
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The Cannondale used to have a 52/42 and a 12-21 cassette. BUT its also had a 30 tooth granny ring.
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The Circuit also has Biopace chainrings. Weird things, they are Makes setting the height of your front derailleur an adventure, I can tell you. I THINK I was feeling them a bit, riding on a slight incline in the small ring. Felt kinda surgey. Maybe. Apparently they're set up almost exactly wrong. That is, they're largest when you can only put the least power through the pedals, but apparently if you turn them 72 degree clockwise (move them to the next crank spider arm), they are almost in phase with modern oval rings, which are largest when you're at the highest power.

That's my next magical trick.
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The Circuit also has Biopace chainrings. Weird things, they are Makes setting the height of your front derailleur an adventure, I can tell you. I THINK I was feeling them a bit, riding on a slight incline in the small ring. Felt kinda surgey. Maybe. Apparently they're set up almost exactly wrong. That is, they're largest when you can only put the least power through the pedals, but apparently if you turn them 72 degree clockwise (move them to the next crank spider arm), they are almost in phase with modern oval rings, which are largest when you're at the highest power.

That's my next magical trick.
Doesn't the big ring have a pin where it lines up with the crankarm?
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I don't eat hot dogs.
Hot dogs are like White Castle once a year weather I need it or not.
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Hot dogs are like White Castle once a year weather I need it or not.
With mustard and kraut.
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Had some blood sausage pizza in Dublin once. Maybe pepperoni next time.
I had blood sausage (Morcilla) several times while touring Andalucia. Really like it, but I noticed it gave me bad dreams.
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A guy I know saves the rendered fat when he cooks bacon, and uses it like that. He's not what I would call a "healthy" individual.
Ew. I tried saving rendered bacon fat, but found that I didn't use it for anything other than to cook some eggs to go along with the bacon, so I stopped saving it.
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GPS watch.
I concur.
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I had 42x21 BITD. I know some people that ran 14-19 in back.
Standard racing gears in the early 80s in Illinois, the second flattest state in the USA, was 52/42 up front and at the most a 13/19 in the rear, often a top cog of 18 or 17. I had one freewheel with a 21 top and one with a 24 top and those were for road races in hillier states.
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I used the Strava app on my phone. I suppose I could connect my HR strap to the iPhone. I'm dead certain there's no Stages left crank power meter in Sante......

EDIT: I put cadence and speed sensors on the Cannondale, wore my MR strap, and stuffed the Garmin head unit in my jersey, which worked fine. But so far I can't bring myself to put sensors on the Circuit.
The newer Fitbit Charge 4 now has standalone GPS (previously it tethered to a smartphone for location services). It also (obviously) does HR, though not as well as a chest strap or good optical armband. Regardless, at ~$150, it's a pretty flexible and inexpensive way of tracking rides/efforts.
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This fickle spring weather is starting to get me.

I can deal with having cool weather after enjoying the warmth, but getting washed out on my riding days really blows (speaking of blowing, the wind lately ). If I could squeeze in my short daily rides, before my wife starts work, it wouldn't be so bad, but that's probably more than two months away. Now that my son is physically going to school, and starting early in the morning, and with the recent DST shift, there's just no window for those daily miles. I might have to get creative to get the work in. Maybe load the girl in the Burley for a lunchtime ride. Or maybe talk the boy in to riding his bike to school in the mornings (once sunrise starts cooperating) and riding along with him. Or maybe just abandoning the kids in the afternoon and getting in a quick ride. I just need something... anything... Ugh. I feel a sled dog cooped up in a kennel.
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This fickle spring weather is starting to get me.

I can deal with having cool weather after enjoying the warmth, but getting washed out on my riding days really blows (speaking of blowing, the wind lately ). If I could squeeze in my short daily rides, before my wife starts work, it wouldn't be so bad, but that's probably more than two months away. Now that my son is physically going to school, and starting early in the morning, and with the recent DST shift, there's just no window for those daily miles. I might have to get creative to get the work in. Maybe load the girl in the Burley for a lunchtime ride. Or maybe talk the boy in to riding his bike to school in the mornings (once sunrise starts cooperating) and riding along with him. Or maybe just abandoning the kids in the afternoon and getting in a quick ride. I just need something... anything... Ugh. I feel a sled dog cooped up in a kennel.
I'm with you - it's not quite light enough (or warm enough) when I would prefer to ride in the AM. Most days lately, I've been starting work around 5:30 so that I can bag off for a couple of hours during the day if I have no meetings. Most days, meetings pop up. Agree on the wind too - I don't know why, but effort is perceived to be so much harder in the wind for the same output level and wunderground is a liar. There have been plenty of days where the "3MPH S" wind is more like 10 from every direction.

Yesterday would have been a great day to ride if not for the rain.
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This fickle spring weather is starting to get me.

I can deal with having cool weather after enjoying the warmth, but getting washed out on my riding days really blows (speaking of blowing, the wind lately ).
I feel your pain. I don't know if it's a Midwest thing or what, but 55-65 degree days followed by several days of wind and rain is hard on the brain. I'm sure that's what threw me into a funk a week or so ago. My wife and I had several warm and relatively less windy rides in a row and then it all went to ****. As I descended in to a light depression, I started over-eating and eating junk food which creates a deepening spiral that's hard to halt.

Edit: I had to use a lot of my CBT toolbox to return to "normality."
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With mustard and kraut.
or. Chili and cheese
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So I turned in my keys today. I'd rather be back in the field. This tool room job sucks. I kept hoping it would get better but the opposite is the reality. They just keep adding and adding more and more. Nah, that's enough. Put me back on a truck.
At least this way I'm only responsible for me and whatever mistakes I make. Not everyone else's.
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