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Old 09-17-22, 07:23 PM
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Had a nice 60ish mile ride with the club. Some new faces and abilities all over the map. One of the ladies got bad leg cramps and walked part of a longish climb, another shouted obscenities at how difficult the climb was.

One of the women had a new Emonda and her shop installed a different saddle for her yesterday and it ended up pointing way up. Try as I might, I couldn't rotate the stupid thing inside the mast and eventually turned it around and it worked! I was pretty ham fisted with it and when I got home I looked it up and the mast is $200!

I also found a discussion where they said the thing can get stuck but I guess they just forced it. A giant PITA to save some grams.
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Old 09-17-22, 07:26 PM
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A couple of months ago, my new cardiologist put me on beta blockers. On my first ride of only 10 miles my heart rate was 70 or under. I quit using them and went back to my old meds. Two days ago I saw him and he was angry because I didn't follow his directions. I explained my hobby and what I wanted to do, but it was just blah, blah, blah to him. I told him I would try them again. So today, after being on them for a day, my 33 mile ride was probably my worst ever. Started out OK, felt good, then just lost ALL energy in a headwind on the way home. The internet says I should get used to them somewhat. I'm hoping so.
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Old 09-18-22, 03:43 AM
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A couple of months ago, my new cardiologist put me on beta blockers. On my first ride of only 10 miles my heart rate was 70 or under. I quit using them and went back to my old meds. Two days ago I saw him and he was angry because I didn't follow his directions. I explained my hobby and what I wanted to do, but it was just blah, blah, blah to him. I told him I would try them again. So today, after being on them for a day, my 33 mile ride was probably my worst ever. Started out OK, felt good, then just lost ALL energy in a headwind on the way home. The internet says I should get used to them somewhat. I'm hoping so.
Beta blockers are going to reduce your HRmax and thus your performance on the bike. Best advice is to discuss risks/benefits with a physician who can help you find a good solution. Sometimes this involves a lower (or lowest) dose but really depends on the details.
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Old 09-18-22, 04:49 AM
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Rain. Should clear out for a ride later.
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Going for a ride in a few. KOM is almost guaranteed but NFW I can get on the podium this week.
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Originally Posted by Jack Tone View Post
A couple of months ago, my new cardiologist put me on beta blockers. On my first ride of only 10 miles my heart rate was 70 or under. I quit using them and went back to my old meds. Two days ago I saw him and he was angry because I didn't follow his directions. I explained my hobby and what I wanted to do, but it was just blah, blah, blah to him. I told him I would try them again. So today, after being on them for a day, my 33 mile ride was probably my worst ever. Started out OK, felt good, then just lost ALL energy in a headwind on the way home. The internet says I should get used to them somewhat. I'm hoping so.
My cardiologist was a cyclist in his youth. He hasn't put me on any meds; just told me I'm not 20 anymore and to act my age. I hope it works out for you.
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Old 09-18-22, 06:39 AM
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Well I’m stuck inside of Frenchtown with a broken seat post bolt again.
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Old 09-18-22, 07:08 AM
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Well I’m stuck inside of Frenchtown with a broken seat post bolt again.
Not an American Classic seatpost?
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Old 09-18-22, 07:55 AM
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Over thinking it again.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
Not an American Classic seatpost?
A whatever the Surly came with clamp. The call of shame has been made.

There’s actually a shop in town, but it didn’t open until 10. Assuming it has the part, I would not make it home until 5 at the earliest.
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Old 09-18-22, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
A whatever the Surly came with clamp. The call of shame has been made.

There’s actually a shop in town, but it didn’t open until 10. Assuming it has the part, I would not make it home until 5 at the earliest.
So you're missing out on the last day?

I mentioned the AC seatpost because that's the one several people have had trouble with,, including myself. On those things, it's the adjusting bolt that breaks leaving the saddle dangling unrideable. Mine broke on the top of a small mountain pass while on a solo ride. I found a ball bearing and forced it into the post to hold the saddle on enough to descend into town to find a bolt.
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good info on the American Classic seatpost - had / have them on a few bikes

have not seen one fail - but will now be aware of the potential issue

more recently have been using Thomson posts
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good info on the American Classic seatpost - had / have them on a few bikes

have not seen one fail - but will now be aware of the potential issue

more recently have been using Thomson posts
I have both, plus a lot of others. I like the Thomson for the adjustability and the solidity, but the way they make a setback post is just ugly. The AC on the Battaglin has gone at least 8000 miles without breaking. It did become loose once, so now I remember to check it.

EDIT: Because I have short femurs for the length of my legs, I tend to run my saddles pretty far forward, so zero setback posts work well for me in many cases.
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I wanted to give all my bikes more saddle time, so I started choosing one bike a week to ride for all my midweek rides, while still reserving the Litespeed or the Canyon for long Sunday rides. A couple weeks ago, it was the Schwinn Circuit's turn. That's the 22" (~55-56cm) one that's too small, but which I fitted with a 130mm stem and long seatpost to make it fit, but that leaves the bar 2cm lower than any other bike in my stable. And a couple hard rides, with lots of time in the drops left me with lower back spasms, so I decided I needed one that fit. So I bought a 23" frame with no fork, but with a Sante BB, AND a 24" frame with fork and most of a Sante headset but no BB. I found a local builder who can cut and re-thread the fork to fit the 23", so last night I took the 22" bike down.

Here are the 3 frames, side by side, from the smallest to the largest. The largest is a 1988 Circuit, which was a different color (bright red vs candyapple red), but otherwise the same. The forks are in the front.



And here's a pic of The Mighty Schwinn, as I named the 22" Circuit. Requiescat in pace. When I build up the 23"frame into a bike, it'll have to earn a new name.


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Just went to pick up my new bontrager shoes and they don’t fit. I am a size 42, I checked my foot measurement while I was there, but these shoes are significantly more narrow than the XXX and I don’t know why. I would have thought they would keep the shoe fit the same for all of their shoes. Anyways, order a 42.5 to try, but I’m not convinced. The toe box area was super tight.
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My friend who works for that startup company that makes a computer which sounds like a jumping marsupial now works for a bigger company that sounds like spam since the big company bought the startup. He has to go to South Dakota tomorrow to do some work with a power meter company which has the same name as Deep Space 9’s most famous Ferengi….anyway I did ask him, while he is there, to peek into the dumpsters and if he sees a PM size 175, to snag it for me.

With my luck he will only find a half-filled bottle of vodka.
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My friend who works for that startup company that makes a computer which sounds like a jumping marsupial now works for a bigger company that sounds like spam since the big company bought the startup. He has to go to South Dakota tomorrow to do some work with a power meter company which has the same name as Deep Space 9’s most famous Ferengi….anyway I did ask him, while he is there, to peek into the dumpsters and if he sees a PM size 175, to snag it for me.

With my luck he will only find a half-filled bottle of vodka.
Hopefully it’s one of the better ones like Belvedere.
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Hopefully it’s one of the better ones like Belvedere.
I am thinking the best I could hope for is Mr Belvedere.

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I am thinking the best I could hope for is Mr Belvedere.

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Well I’m stuck inside of Frenchtown with a broken seat post bolt again.
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I was speaking with a clubmate today on today's ride. She had been having all types of "problems" with her drivetrain, not shifting right, skipping etc.
She took it to the LBS. Turns out she had not changed her chain in over 3.5 years!! And this person rides about 5K miles/year. She was complaining that they had to not only change the chain but the cassette and chainrings and RD pulleys. I told her chains are cheap, and to use a ruler to measure and change them when they get beyond say 0.75% and/or at LEAST yearly.

She said only "a few" of her cogs/chainring teeth were really shark-finned. I advised that any is too many. I hope she gets it now.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Well I’m stuck inside of Frenchtown with a broken seat post bolt again.
Ugh.
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With my luck he will only find a half-filled bottle of vodka.
That's optimistic.
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