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Old 11-30-21, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by dmanthree View Post
Love it. I bet Naples Maine won't be so good, either! "My" maples will be in the high 70s low 80s.

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Oh! Geez, I fell for it! Thanks!
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Old 11-30-21, 12:21 PM
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The tripod needs to go. It's clashing with the rest of the room.
OMG, I know…you should see the rest of the space; it’s quite the mish-mash hodgepodge down there!
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Old 11-30-21, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Perfect for yielding sap to make syrup.
I'll see if I can get a photo of some sap buckets hanging off the Cypress trees.
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Old 11-30-21, 01:26 PM
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Y'all have my sympathies. Around here, it's the best time of of year for cycling.

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Old 11-30-21, 01:42 PM
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chaadster , nice looking Fiat. I always liked that model.
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Old 11-30-21, 01:58 PM
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I wash and wax my bike every 2 or 3 rides, touch up any scratches. I like working on stuff almost as much as riding it. Nice set up OP.

ETA. I have the same seat on one of my bikes. Good saddle
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Old 11-30-21, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Rdmonster69 View Post
I wash and wax my bike every 2 or 3 rides, touch up any scratches. I like working on stuff almost as much as riding it. Nice set up OP.

ETA. I have the same seat on one of my bikes. Good saddle
Damn, that’s fastidious! I pride myself on riding tight, clean, quiet bikes, but being honest, only wash as needed and only wax every couple of years. I do touch up dusting, wiping, and spray detailing fairly regularly, though.

Thanks for the compliments!
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Nope. It ain’t all bad at all.




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Old 11-30-21, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by dmanthree View Post
I'll see if I can get a photo of some sap buckets hanging off the Cypress trees.
Isn’t that how the rednecks out in the panhandle say it, “sap-riss”?

I tease my friends in the panhandle…I tease!
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Damn, that’s fastidious! I pride myself on riding tight, clean, quiet bikes, but being honest, only wash as needed and only wax every couple of years. I do touch up dusting, wiping, and spray detailing fairly regularly, though.

Thanks for the compliments!
I can't help it. Bikes and MC's are usually very clean. My cars look like crap. My mountain bike usually stay pretty dirty but its kind of a beater.
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Old 11-30-21, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
Nope. It ain’t all bad at all.

Sun in winter! Major feels happening over here…! Awesome!
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Sun in winter! Major feels happening over here…! Awesome!
Yeah, the sun comes out here about 3 times between November and March. I got lucky that day.
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Old 11-30-21, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Isn’t that how the rednecks out in the panhandle say it, “sap-riss”?

I tease my friends in the panhandle…I tease!
Got me. I'm one o'them damned yankee snowbirds haunting Naples.

:-D

Haven't been to the panhandle...yet.
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Old 11-30-21, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post

Is winter a time you do anything in particular to the bike?
I ride my bikes outdoors. because that`s what bicycles were designed for...I don`t use indoor trainers and I don`t wax or polish my bikes.
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Old 11-30-21, 05:14 PM
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I ride my bikes outdoors. because that`s what bicycles were designed for...I don`t use indoor trainers and I don`t wax or polish my bikes.
But you do know what wax, polish, and indoor trainers were made for, of course… 😂
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Old 11-30-21, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Same for the punching bag.
And the fan needs to be behind the the bike. No need to pedal into the wind.
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Old 11-30-21, 09:31 PM
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Are those just gravelking slicks on the kinesis? How much snow do you tackle with them? I'll be mounting up the SK's in 650b soon.

Probably pull my 29er out and get it ready -- spent all last winter on a treadmill. Don't think I can use the treadmill consistently this winter without something else to spice up the exercise routine.
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Old 11-30-21, 11:08 PM
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What?! Where are you that the snow ain’t stuck yet? Here in Ann Arbor, we just got another inch or two on top of what we got the other day! I wouldn’t be surprised if it melts off before spring, of course, but I’d call it legit winter snow!

I hear you on the temptations, though… I nearly pulled the trigger on a pair of King Manythings fork racks in pink anodize the other day, and I’m waiting for some new carpet and other interior bits for a winter garage project for the Fiat.



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Gorgeous car. My step brother had one and did something like this - but then I enjoy modifying cars which is not for everyone.

I’ve got a Sprint cam, dual downdraft carbs, and an Ansa exhaust, but yeah, otherwise stock. I’ve thought about Euro-spec bumpers, but my in-laws purchased the car new, so I feel an obligation to maintain it in pretty much original condition. I mooted a CF hood to my wife, but she doesn’t like the racer look. I think your brother’s looks cool though!, especially with the shaved bumpers and uprated wheels!
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Are those just gravelking slicks on the kinesis? How much snow do you tackle with them? I'll be mounting up the SK's in 650b soon.
They are, yes. How much snow I’ll ride them in depends on the type of snow, but generally I only ride it if the roads are clear. Some fluffy freshfall is no big deal, nor is a little slush, as the tires knife through that to the pavement.
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OOwee! Now that's one eye catcher of a bike good job fixin that beauty up!
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But you do know what wax, polish, and indoor trainers were made for, of course… 😂
I'll tell you that bike needs to be waxed and polished and I wouldn't even ride it in the rain if it were mine! Too dang nice!
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Maybe don’t ride *all* of them…?!

Back in spring, I sold my trusty commuter of sixteen years…I don’t recall why, exactly, but it was dumb, as the bike was perfectly set up for MI winter rides, and was well past the point that I much cared whether I trashed the drivetrain with salty slurry and grime. That said, I always had a garage to thaw the bike in, and all the bits lasted really long. It was still on original derailleurs, and I think I only changed chain and cassette a couple of times in that period, yet it ran and shifted great. In fact, the guy I sold it to actually said he couldn’t believe I was selling it for $500 and thought I could get a lot more! It was an ‘04 Novara Buzz I paid $650 for new!
I made the mistake of selling one of my bikes and it still haunts me, never again, if I don't ride it I just like seeing it!!
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And yes I wax and polish it too!
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I'll tell you that bike needs to be waxed and polished and I wouldn't even ride it in the rain if it were mine! Too dang nice!
Thanks for the kind words! The Venturi really does need to be, as the kids used to say, kept “on fleek” and shiny, because otherwise there is a definite sense of something being off or not quite right, even if it’s not visibly dirty. I’ve got
other painted bikes which are not quite so sensitive, perhaps because of paint quality or color, or perhaps because the bright bits aren't quite as bright and shiny as these are. I picked Campagnolo Athena Carbon, with its bright silver brakes and derailleurs and carbon fiber crankset, to complement the juxtaposition of modern and classic design elements in the frameset, but I’m a long time fan of Campagnolo’s famously jewel-like, silver finishes anyway.

In any case, I do ride it in the rain, but my maintenance habits, combined with the component quality and durability, seems to allow the bike to take it. It’s coming up on nine years old in a couple of months, and I think it still looks pretty good. There are two good-size chips on the seattube from a downhill crash with another bike…in the rain. One of these days, I’ll try to find an automotive touch-up paint that kinda matches and try to make it look a little better.


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