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Addiction LXXVIII

Old 04-30-20, 04:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I wonder how my cycling positioning would be graded by the committee?

I'd probably want to go pass/fail.
No guesses from me.

The point is whether you’re happy with how you feel on the bike. bampilot06 would like to feel better.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
No guesses from me.

The point is whether you’re happy with how you feel on the bike. bampilot06 would like to feel better.
I'd feel better on the bike without bulbous knees. Just sayin'
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Sad.

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Yep. Good thing that's an active country, because what could be wrong with dipping starch into mayo?
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
agree with this, but also not an expert.

I’d also offer a slightly different perspective- when I was on a more upright endurance type geometry I found my arms were usually straight (like in the pic) as I was fighting my body’s natural desire to want to be more stretched out and lower. By getting a bike with a lower stack and extending the reach with a longer stem, I’m naturally riding with a flat(ish) back and bent arms. It may seem counterintuitive, but may be worth reducing the # of spacers to see if that helps.

Also agree on deadlifts, squats and a core regimen. It helps, a lot. I know it’s not necessarily feasible for you, but pre Covid I was working with a personal trainer 2x a week and lifting heavy really helped develop the strength to ride better. YMMV obviously.


Thanks for the input everyone. Really appreciate it. Bike came with the spacers stacked as shown, and I will consider trying to lower the stem to see how that feels. Waiting on a torque wrench currently. (bmx days we would crank everything tight, don’t want to break carbon). I have a gym at my house that I can utilize. Last summer when I first went out of work lifting was my priority, but once I started cycling that kind of took over. Now that I am at work, gyms are limited due to covid, so my focus has shifted to primarily over all fitness. Convict conditioning and cardio. I can def. incorporate heavy reads once a week, and I will add some more focus to my core.

I am glad nothing of big concern was pointed out.
Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-30-20, 07:42 AM
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I don't think I've ever put mayo on potatoes.
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Old 04-30-20, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
The point is whether you’re happy with how you feel on the bike.
Whoa, whoa, whoa - let's back up a bit. Everyone knows that looking cool is priority 1a and feeling good on the bike is 1b.
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Old 04-30-20, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I don't think I've ever put mayo on potatoes.
Sad! No Manneken Pis for you!

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Old 04-30-20, 07:51 AM
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Gripe of the day. I know it's "First World" problems, but I still am frustrated.

I use Zwift. I am not really into training or racing, but I do like the group ride dynamic (probably why I love and miss my club rides).

About 2 months ago, the "fence" feature from Zwift became broken/disable. This is a fence about 10s in front of the leader, if you go past the fence you get a 60s warning and must drift back or you get kicked off.

Now that the fence is gone, the modest group rides have become more of a race and chase, which is what I don't like. I even wrote a nastygram to Zwift, they said they are aware of the problem and they are looking into it.

For today's group ride, not only was there no fence but the entire draft feature was broken. So obviously the ride became even more disjointed. I quite the 60 minute ride after 30 minutes as the main point of riding in a group is to get the draft benefit.

I am hoping today's draftless ride was just a glitch, and also hope the fence comes back.

If not, Zwift is losing me as a subscriber.
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Old 04-30-20, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I don't think I've ever put mayo on potatoes.
I spent some time in Utah a few years ago and was introduced to "fry sauce".

1/2 ketchup and 1/2 mayo.

It's...interesting.
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Old 04-30-20, 08:03 AM
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My gripe for the day is that the rear tire on my Trek is flat.

On my Wednesday night ride it became noticeably soft but didn't go totally flat, I stopped a couple of times to top it off with my pump and after the last time it seemed like it held pressure fine, like the leak fixed itself somehow. Came out into the garage to go to work yesterday and it was totally flat.

I guess I need to put the bike on the stand and clean it anyways after getting drenched, but it's still obnoxious. I'm sure when I get to fixing it I'll be wishing I had a waxed chain like WhyFi
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Old 04-30-20, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Indeed. The latest update from community band HQ says we may not be together again until September.
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You should Zoom a band practice or two.
Yeah that would be interesting. And I want a Zoom invite.
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Old 04-30-20, 08:06 AM
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I'm sure when I get to fixing it I'll be wishing I had a waxed chain like WhyFi
...and tubeless like WhyFi.
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Old 04-30-20, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
My gripe for the day is that the rear tire on my Trek is flat.

On my Wednesday night ride it became noticeably soft but didn't go totally flat, I stopped a couple of times to top it off with my pump and after the last time it seemed like it held pressure fine, like the leak fixed itself somehow. Came out into the garage to go to work yesterday and it was totally flat.

I guess I need to put the bike on the stand and clean it anyways after getting drenched, but it's still obnoxious. I'm sure when I get to fixing it I'll be wishing I had a waxed chain like WhyFi
Nothing fixes itself-it just postpones the inevitable to the most inopportune time.
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Yeah that would be interesting. And I want a Zoom invite.
My nephew in grade school band says they are going to practice and perform a virtual song.

Inquiring as to details.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
No. My survey of her recent rides indicates she mostly rides south of the river. I do not.
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I have no gripes.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I spent some time in Utah a few years ago and was introduced to "fry sauce".

1/2 ketchup and 1/2 mayo.

It's...interesting.
so basically Thousand Island dressing without the relish?
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
...and tubeless like WhyFi.
I currently have rims and tires which in their current design iteration are tubeless compatible. Mine are at least a couple generations old, though, and I have no way of knowing whether they are designed to be run tubeless or not . I made a non-tubeless ready tire work on the rear of my MTB, but I'm willing to take more chances on that than on a road bike.

Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Nothing fixes itself-it just postpones the inevitable to the most inopportune time.
Generally I agree. Thankfully on that fateful day I was spared a flat at the most inopportune time. That would have been as I was making my way home through this:

I live just south of Poplar Grove

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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
I have no gripes.
Nor, I, though I could find some if I tried looking.

Seriously, despite that I’ve been psychologically tested a few times as an extrovert in management classes, I’m handling the current situation pretty darn well. In fact, better than pre-covid19. Despite the testing, I’m beginning to think I was really an introvert at heart... or is it really that I’m a curmudgeon and being away from people has allowed me to not be irritated by people?
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
so basically Thousand Island dressing without the relish?
Apparently, yes.

I never knew that's what Thousand Island was. I don't ever eat it.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Wait, I thought WCU is West Chester University?
heh heh heh
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Did you pay $500,000 to get her admitted? We won't tell if you did.
So you think he's actually loaded? Hmmmm, that does make sense, the wealthiest people are the cheapest thriftiest.
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My gripe is that I’d planned on getting a ride in today at 6:00AM because it was supposed to start raining around 9. Woke up at 5:15 to the sound of raindrops and ruined my mood.
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So you think he's actually loaded? Hmmmm, that does make sense, the wealthiest people are the cheapest thriftiest.
Just riffing off the Lori Loughlin/USC thing.
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