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Old 07-02-20, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
yes. i just had my eyes check in april. It has gotten progressively harder for me to read the rows of letters on the chart. Our eye sight also doesn’t have to be perfect to fly airplanes and my eye sight is acceptable but on a personal level I don’t like that I am having trouble reading and seeing detail at distance if that makes sense.
It does. Get used to it. Its what you get for continuing to live.
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Old 07-02-20, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
It would be perfectly rational if she formally renounced the Gators. Commendable, even.


What did you do at 3 a.m.?
he did say he was sleeping with chickens... I dont judge but that's strange to me...
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I was talking to mrs datlas about the Garmin Varia radar and how a lot of cyclists I know are using it. She actually suggested I go ahead and get one.

Only question is do I get the RTL510 for $150 or the RTL515 for $200. DCRainmaker says the main benefits are the newer device has bluetooth and maybe a couple extra modes but really not much of a difference so I am inclined to get the 510.

Should I start a thread? With a poll???
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
I tried coffee-flavored beer, back when one of the local brewers made a batch. Nope.
I've had decent tasting espresso stouts/porters but I'm definitely OK with only having one every 5 years or so.
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Old 07-02-20, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
I'm still havung trouble around the Pcad thing. As in its very easy to talk myself out of going for a ride, when normally I would go without a thought. I'm contemplating becoming primarily a gravel rider. I have a bike that would convert easily to 650b. Or even a Silver Comet Fred. Though mups are rare here. I'm also contemplating getting more lights and lighting myself up like a Christmas tree in broad daylight. Would that have saved him?
Today I'm doing bike shop work in lieu of riding
There's no way to know. You do the best you can, thats all you can do.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
I tried coffee-flavored beer, back when one of the local brewers made a batch. Nope.
I love coffee stouts.
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Old 07-02-20, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
IKR. Who's going to dance on our friggin' graves now?
we can dance on each other's graves.
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Old 07-02-20, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Hey velo is Alcoa near you?
It's the town closest to the airport. I'm in West Knoxville, almost 30 minutes away.

Speaking of which, I made a rare trip there last week to pick up my dad. If you haven't done so already check out the bear in the corridor that goes to the gates. I didn't get a photo but it now has a mask on.


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we can dance on each other's graves.
<==can't dance
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I've had decent tasting espresso stouts/porters but I'm definitely OK with only having one every 5 years or so.
Stouts and porters are different. But, some of those guys still get a little crazy.
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Old 07-02-20, 12:10 PM
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Do they regularly beat your Vols?
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Nope.


Hmm.
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Old 07-02-20, 12:12 PM
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Indeed.


Hmmm.........
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I generally wave to most cyclists going the opposite way, and offer a verbal greeting to those going my way as I go past them.

Shirtless guys with homemade aero bars on their hybrid scare me, though. I try to keep my distance and avoid eye contact.




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Old 07-02-20, 12:14 PM
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If I moved to the Gainesville area I guarantee the Gators would begin losing consistently.
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Old 07-02-20, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Oh yes. And basically that was after the first ride or two. My actual thoughts are that as great as it is, I hope one day we can get one that connects to a HUD on my visor, and can track not just range but size and direction. In other words, I envy the fighter pilots their systems.
To me it feels like it's time to have something back there that can fire warning shots. Automatically.
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Old 07-02-20, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
Hmm.
You have to factor in all the sports, like basketball and rowing.
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If I moved to the Gainesville area I guarantee the Gators would begin losing consistently.
Do it.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Always been curious about the bar end ones. The helmet (actually eyeglass) mirror is nice to use since I can sweep my head and get a really good look behind me, but it's annoying that it's tied to my glasses. I've tried the helmet mount option but it puts the mirror in a spot that I don't like. The biggest disadvantage to the glasses mount is that sometimes I want to take my glasses off like if it's raining, and then I lose my mirror at the time when I want it the most!
I use the eye glasses type mirror and use zip tie to attach them to my helmet. They work great like that.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Maybe it's just me, but I usually have several stray bar plugs laying around.
Same, in fact, I keep a couple extra in the car for those negligent riders who show up to group rides missing one. I'd always heard of a rider crashing and being skewered by a bar end but never had seen it till a few years ago in a pro race on tv where a rider had a handlebar divot in his thigh. Somehow in the pile up of riders, someone lost a plug and then stabbed him. There was a pic on the web somewhere.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Always been curious about the bar end ones. The helmet (actually eyeglass) mirror is nice to use since I can sweep my head and get a really good look behind me, but it's annoying that it's tied to my glasses. I've tried the helmet mount option but it puts the mirror in a spot that I don't like. The biggest disadvantage to the glasses mount is that sometimes I want to take my glasses off like if it's raining, and then I lose my mirror at the time when I want it the most!
I have never fugured out how to like those things, either helmet or glasses mounted. I'm not big on bar end either, but of the two it's preferable. I love my old Rhode Gear mirror which sits on the hood. I tape it in place with electrical tape, like a true fred. I would love to find a couple more at reasonable prices. Or an old hood mounted Mirricle(sp?)
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Do it.
Depending what happens in the world that actually might just be able to love wherever.

But it’s Gainesville man... just be happy that Knoxville must be nicer.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
You have to factor in all the sports, like basketball and rowing.

wut
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I generally wave to most cyclists going the opposite way, and offer a verbal greeting to those going my way as I go past them.

Shirtless guys with homemade aero bars on their hybrid scare me, though. I try to keep my distance and avoid eye contact.




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As for all of the eye stuff, I'll think about y'all's problems when I get my next eyeball injection in a week and a half.

As for mirrors, I've used eyeglass mirrors for going on 30 years. However, my left eye is the one that has lost some vision and I have a hard time seeing the mirror depending on the situation. Same for looking left at an intersection. I can no longer glance left but have to turn my head and concentration what I see coming down the road.

Lastly, I've got lens implants because of cataract surgery . Originally, I was near-sighted but with the implants, I'm far-sighted.
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Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
There's no way to know. You do the best you can, thats all you can do.
Now htfu, and go ride your bike.
This time of year if I'm not in by 10:30, it's too hot. So I have to do the 'no time to think' thing. Of course I could ride
​​​​​​ at night, but the last time I tried that, I was cruised slowly on an empty secondary road.
And I'm ascared to go out early(before 8:30), and have to deal with the rural rush hour. Maybe I'm just not cut out to be a road cyclist anymore. I got some great work done in the shop this morning.
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<==can't dance
Same
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Same, in fact, I keep a couple extra in the car for those negligent riders who show up to group rides missing one. I'd always heard of a rider crashing and being skewered by a bar end but never had seen it till a few years ago in a pro race on tv where a rider had a handlebar divot in his thigh. Somehow in the pile up of riders, someone lost a plug and then stabbed him. There was a pic on the web somewhere.
We keep a bucket of stray plugs at the shop to pop into empty bars that pass through.
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