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Old 05-12-21, 09:34 PM
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For me - it is the cutting, I just have to eat my work - A problem, I know.
Do not make an enemy of this guy... probably enjoys fava beans.
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Old 05-13-21, 06:54 AM
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Do not make an enemy of this guy... probably enjoys fava beans.
And a nice Chianti?
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Old 05-18-21, 08:11 PM
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Psimet2001 you were saying something recently about the bike parts shortage, right? If, hypothetically, someone (or their insurance agency) had to replace a rear powertap wheel for me because their car destroyed it (hoping it's just wheel and not the RD or frame), are there powertap wheels (or nice aluminum rims and spokes that a bike shop could be paid to lace to my hub if it isn't ****ed up) that can be found? I know racing online isn't your thing, but I enjoy it, and, after this evening, my wife is probably going to insist that's how I do my riding for a while (assuming I get a workable bike back), and my powertap wheel is how I transmit power data to my computer.
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Old 05-19-21, 07:37 AM
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What’s the fan you guys are using?
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Whatís the fan you guys are using?
I use 2 of these: https://www.lasko.com/products/pro-p...lity-fan-4900/

and a lasko cyclone which is a bigger 20" fan but actually weaker than the pro performance ones. The pro performance models are great, I might even get a 3rd one to replace the cyclone because I could use all the air flow I can get now that summer is coming.
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Old 05-19-21, 08:11 AM
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I use 2 of these: https://www.lasko.com/products/pro-p...lity-fan-4900/

and a lasko cyclone which is a bigger 20" fan but actually weaker than the pro performance ones. The pro performance models are great, I might even get a 3rd one to replace the cyclone because I could use all the air flow I can get now that summer is coming.
I use a very similar Lasko blower although the particular model doesn't seem to be around any more. Much more air movement than the box fan I had, more directed, and more compact to tuck into the corner when not in use.
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Old 05-19-21, 08:20 AM
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So I never gave too much thought to inner tubes, just grabbing whatever fits. I think I currently have specialized turbo tube (at least that's a spare I have, I could just as easily have another type in my wheels). I just weighed the spare tube and it's 79g, so I guess pretty lightweight and maybe comparable to the continental race light here (https://www.aero-coach.co.uk/inner-t...ing-resistance) and maybe similar rolling resistance (bad assumption, I know).

I'm attempting a PR on 100 miles in a few weeks so I'm kind of going for the low hanging fruit, I may check to see what tubes I actually have installed. I'm not really willing to try latex at the moment (just don't want to mess around with something new). Might get conti race light since there is rolling resistance data on those.
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Old 05-19-21, 08:47 AM
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I know you don't want to try something new with latex, but I've heard that their added flexibility somewhat improves flat resistance. Not sure what MA roads are like, but Kentucky roads are ***** right now. If I were trying to set a distance ride PR, something that decreased my chance of a flat without hurting ride quality might be worth considering.

I use an el cheapo box fan that's maybe 3 feet from me (close enough that I can reach over and adjust speed - though I do have long monkey arms) and is set up so the bottom of it is about saddle height. Would like something with a bit more flow, but the positioning and ability to adjust speed as the ride goes on (and the fact that I can calculate when I want to use each of the speeds often lets me take my mind off the pain) is pretty nice.
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Old 05-21-21, 06:28 AM
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today in going down rabbit holes was comparing between my 50-34 setup and 52-36 (I have an 8 speed setup, btw) and looking at gear calculators and what not to determine whether it's "worth" it. In my case it's not really about spinning out or wanting a better top gear, I think I do a lot of my sweet spot work on the road in 50-17 (77.78 gear inches) and the jump to 50-15 (88.1) seems a bit too wide at times, so I've been wondering if going 52t would help with a modest increase in gear inches at the 17t cog (80.96) that allow me to spin a bit better in 92-100% ftp range. Popular opinion focuses way too much on the top end speed and cadence, which I think kind of misses the point, but I'm not necessarily totally convinced it's really a great idea to change up either.
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Old 05-21-21, 09:01 AM
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I went up in my climbing bike from a 50 to a 52 because I was getting killed on descents and needed the bump. It wasn't so much about FTP range, more that spinning up to 120 in a 52-11 is far more effective than a 50-11. You can also run a 52-34, I believe that's what I have and no issues using eTap.
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Old 05-21-21, 03:34 PM
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Follow-up with hand surgeon didn't go great. One of the three screws needs to removed and replaced. Back under the knife again this week sometime. Joy.
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Old 05-21-21, 03:50 PM
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Sorry to hear that Enthalpic. Sucks to have to go back into surgery.
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Old 05-21-21, 04:10 PM
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Just heard back from the first bike shop I got a repair estimate from for my bike after getting hit this week. I'd hoped it was just a crumpled rim so the wheel would need rebuilding. Not so much. It's nice to hear that your possessions are priceless - the shop guy's wording and description of why he was having a hard time making an estimate - up until you have to try to repair/replace them.

Hand-built Italian lugged steel racing bike (with 80's flair like a race number hanger tag brazed on and the team paint/decals from Team PDM) in an odd size - he had no clue how to put a number on that. Do you call it what it would cost to get an equivalent custom steel bike from Italy today? The rear triangle is bumped out of alignment, so it might, maybe be fixable for $500 with no guarantees.

My rear wheel was a powertap, but the hub is cracked and they don't make powertap wheels anymore, so I'd need a new wheel and a new powermeter.

My shifters are scraped up, but you can't just replace them because Campagnolo no longer makes a 10 speed shifter that can shift a triple and shift multiple gears at once. And on and on. Feeling bummed, but still, I need to think about my teammate's story about riding in Boulder on Sunday a couple miles away from someone who got hit and didn't make it at the exact same time and how I'm alive.

Maybe my next bike should be a Kickr Bike.
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Old 05-21-21, 04:38 PM
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Follow-up with hand surgeon didn't go great. One of the three screws needs to removed and replaced. Back under the knife again this week sometime. Joy.
This needs an unlike button. Hope you get it taken care of this time.
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Follow-up with hand surgeon didn't go great. One of the three screws needs to removed and replaced. Back under the knife again this week sometime. Joy.
Bummer, hope they get it taken care of this time.
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Old 05-21-21, 05:03 PM
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Thanks guys, I will survive. Positive note my physiotherapists are super happy with my range-of-motion improvements.

My finger is in good hands, it was just really badly broken. Two other screws are doing their job perfect.. This will be a short procedure done while awake.

Surgeon is the top guy at our university hospital. More letters after his name than in his name...

BScE, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Plastics and reconstructive surgeon
Pediatric and adult burn surgeon
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Old 05-21-21, 05:27 PM
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but it's socialized medicine. Don't they get those degrees from the back of rolling stone?

Great news on the ROM. Hope the surgery goes well. Keep us posted.
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but it's socialized medicine. Don't they get those degrees from the back of rolling stone?
Out of curiosity I looked up where he did his education. Most of his post MD surgical fellowships were done at University of California, Davis. And the Shriners Hospital for Children - Northern California.

Phd in experimental surgery (tissue engineering, molecular biology, gene therapy, microRNA).

Guy fixes burnt children... talk about a hero. Must be heartbreaking work lesser men could not handle. I feel my ring finger is a waste of his time.

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First road race in forever tomorrow. On the way home from work, I broke my FD cable. And it’s stuck inside the shifter. Looks like I’ll be taking the old bike off the trainer.

And my race license was expired, even though I thought it automatically renewed last December. Turns out it renewed my son’s license but not mine.

Hoo boy.
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Camping on lake Champlain twenty minutes from home

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First road race in forever tomorrow. On the way home from work, I broke my FD cable. And itís stuck inside the shifter. Looks like Iíll be taking the old bike off the trainer.

And my race license was expired, even though I thought it automatically renewed last December. Turns out it renewed my sonís license but not mine.

Hoo boy.
Finished midpack and upright, really all I could hope for.
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Old 05-23-21, 08:04 AM
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Finished midpack and upright, really all I could hope for.
How long was the race? Were you wiped out afterward?
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50 minute crit on a course I have ridden many times. I just checked Strava and I have done 657 laps on this course, so I know where the wind comes in, where it’s safe to ride in the gutter, etc. I felt like I had zero matches to burn plus I needed to get comfortable being elbow to elbow again, so I just focused on that.

I actually felt fine afterwards. Later in the day my legs were really feeling it, but that was after spending a few hours in the car driving over to the Bay Area for my son’s track meet.
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I wondered how you felt after because of no racing for a year, or so.

Maybe everyone else was in the same boat?
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Who here races on latex tubes? Is it pretty much the standard for a race wheel setup?
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