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    ^^I`m the LAST person who you`d want suspension advice from, but I thought the same as you.

    Byknuts, see a doctor about that tongue, dude!

    Bedwards blog: "The picture definitely doesn't do this one justice."
    If that`s true, ain`t no way I want to be looking down from the top of it

    Fairly nice today, but starting to get a little windy and cloud in time for the weekend. Tomorrow is supposed to be the worst of it, so I`ll put off riding until Sat and go work on an indoor problem with my wife`s office tomorrow.

    Though it pains me greatly to admit it, I started a simplified training program- one long and fairly quick loop each weekend, one balls to the walls 9 mile TT midweek, keep the commutes slow and mellow. Yesterday was my first shot at the short loop. Jezamahell! I must never have pulled from the depths of my soul for more than 10 minutes before (maybe never even for 5 minutes)! Had no idea what a half hour of genuine "push it till ya wanna puke" was like, but now I know why I don`t attempt any forms of racing. Honestly, I think I should shorten that route if I can come up with something smooth enough (no stops or traffic issues). I have a whole new perspecive now of what racers of any kind go through. My hat is off to all of you.
    Recalculating....

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    Serious snow fever here tonight with the forecast nor'easter. On the ride home I saw a minivan with a snowmobile stuck (mostly) in the hatch.

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    ^^Here too. They haven't had a storm this big to hype in a long time. So far it is the lightest, fluffiest snow I have ever seen. I just used the wipers to clear the windshield of the truck and by the time I hit 10MPH the rest was gone. Could be because it is only 5F.

    About the shock, see if you can find and owners manual online. That should tell you.

    Nice work on the training Rodar. Group rides are a fun way to get out there and push yourself in you can find any.

    I took my time meandering around the lake on the way home last night since that was the last chance I'll get to ride it sans snow. I'm at the mercy of the snowmobiles now to groom the trails for me but the timing is really good. Big storm before the weekend. People itching to get out and play in the snow. Maybe I'll actually break out the XC Skis

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    Awesome snow-ride in today, Super fluffy stuff that was easy to go through as long as you could stay out of the greasy car-churned part. My favorite parts were:
    1. Going down steep Hill Street with the cars all stacked up at a crawl afraid to slide out of control, and the uphill ones either spinning in place or waiting at the bottom for a chance to try their luck, while I confidently rode down with all my carbide.
    2. Going up the last ˝ mile to work and getting stuck riding the rear bumper of slow cars with cr*ppy tires that could not make it up.
    3. I got a nice shout out from my fellow bikecommuter when he saw me go by as he left McD’s.
    I did have a couple yahoos with poor passing skills and one “get off the road”, but they couldn’t ruin it for me today. I will likely take the bus from the ˝ mile point to the 8 mile point (closest stop to my house), and ride and/or walk the last 3.5 miles.

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    MTBX, I think locking it out in the down position is fine... you're just closing a valve that stops letting oil flow through little holes which control compression/damping. When it's shut, the shock doesn't care which side of the valve the oil is on... if you lock it out in the 'up' position, it's all on the 'down' side of the valve...if you lock it in the 'down' position, most of the oil is above the valve... either way, won't hurt and the shock doesn't care.
    That's my understanding at least...


    We got a dusting last night...nothing too spectacular, but there was a bit of ice out there.How was your commute today?-picture1.jpg
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    When I went to leave this a.m., the fork was way too soft and the air pressure was nil. I went back in the house and put more air back in the shock and it worked fine. Weird because it didn’t used to do that, maybe locking it puts more pressure on a seal that is not as snug as it used to be. For regular trailriding it rarely has to be aired up.

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    Well, it would compress air in there, so that's possible that a leaky air seal would be amplified by leaving it locked in the down position.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    (no excuse for that either)

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    My new parking spot is in a prime location but unprotected from the elements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    My new parking spot is in a prime location but unprotected from the elements.
    It looks so cold and lonely. I take it this is just before cleaning it to leave? And those are your footie prints messing up the pristine snow? (Remembering Yosemite Sam as Bedouin cursing Bugs Bunny's prints in Foreign Legion Cartoon as analogy.) I mean, if you just got there, you really DID get dumped on!

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    How was your commute today?

    Good rides lately. They have been cold and fast all week. Temps hovering around zero, and no snow. Plus, two friends bought fatties last weekend, so I don't feel the need to ride every trail on the way home, because I have been going on real trail rides every...single...day. I'm exhausted. Today, it started to snow again. Our snow was rock solid, and a bit stale, with some icy spots. I went in a little bit later than usually just to let the snow pile up a bit more (crazy?). On the way home there were about 4 inches down, super light, kinda slippy. I had my tire pressure too high for the townie riding. I made it without letting air out, but a couple of sections made me think about stopping. I'm guessing I wake up to another foot or so tomorrow. It will be a heavy ride over to my buddies house with my Tele skis and boots on my pack, but it is only a couple of miles. A ride after a commute, and the impending storm.


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    it was frikking AWESOME!!
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    Nice pix, byknuts, Schott & CB! On the way home I got a bus boost for almost 5 miles, and then a ride in the back of a pickup up the steepest 1 mile of Hill St. That was awesome, as it was real greasy on that section and a denser neighborhood, so more traffic. A guy at an intersection said "nice light" as I was pushing, and I asked if he was heading uphill. He said was, and did not hesitate to give me a ride - nice! ... and I noticed he went back downhill ater dropping me off. From there it was about 2.5 mi home, mostly rideable. I pushed a couple steeper sections, more because I was running out of oomph than traction.

    B'Mc, that pic was at 3 when some co-workers and I walked around the building; I started a 2x/day 10 minute "wellness walk" to try to get people out of their chairs and cubies. Surprisingly, not too many takers yet (2-5 out of 50ish people). But even the non-walkers seem to enjoy my announcement over quiet cubieland instead of emailing.

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    How was your commute today?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post

    B'Mc, that pic was at 3 when some co-workers and I walked around the building; I started a 2x/day 10 minute "wellness walk" to try to get people out of their chairs and cubies. Surprisingly, not too many takers yet (2-5 out of 50ish people). But even the non-walkers seem to enjoy my announcement over quiet cubieland instead of emailing.

    Good job! The ladies that I work with formed a chub club, and honestly they need to. It is so frustrating though that they talk about how fit I am and that I can eat whatever I want, yet they call me crazy for riding my bike to work everyday. They go and quit coffee and think that they are going to lose weight and keep it off. I try to tell them that a healthy diet is awesome, but you are never going to lose weight and keep it off without exercise. I did manage to get one lady to quit smoking again. Maybe I should start taking walks too...I really don't think it will go off very well starting in February, though...

    I got a great smile and conversation from some old guys headed into the basement at work, where senior meals are served. I thought it would be the normal "big tires, you need chains, where's the motor" conversation, but it was actually, "that's great, you feel good after riding in the morning eh, think about how much money he saved, Hey Darryl, he hade it all the way up that hill" kind of conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Good job! The ladies that I work with formed a chub club, and honestly they need to. It is so frustrating though that they talk about how fit I am and that I can eat whatever I want, yet they call me crazy for riding my bike to work everyday. They go and quit coffee and think that they are going to lose weight and keep it off. I try to tell them that a healthy diet is awesome, but you are never going to lose weight and keep it off without exercise. I did manage to get one lady to quit smoking again. Maybe I should start taking walks too...I really don't think it will go off very well starting in February, though...

    I got a great smile and conversation from some old guys headed into the basement at work, where senior meals are served. I thought it would be the normal "big tires, you need chains, where's the motor" conversation, but it was actually, "that's great, you feel good after riding in the morning eh, think about how much money he saved, Hey Darryl, he hade it all the way up that hill" kind of conversation.
    haha , yeah, perhaps February has something to do with the lackluster attendance on my walks. That guy sounds like he would be interesting to talk to, I wonder what adventures he's had. I still get the "crazy" comments, but today they were balanced a couple sincere Wows and Awesomes.

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    Awesome as always...can't think of a better way I could spend my time getting to and from the job I despise (oh well, at least I have an amazing training ride 2x/day).

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    The reports of the blizzards in the NE look pretty bad. Hang tight, commuters!

    2 to 5 walkers under those conditions doesn`t get a "lackluster" rating, in my book. You must have seriously charmed or threatened your crew. Which was it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Good job! The ladies that I work with formed a chub club, and honestly they need to. It is so frustrating though that they talk about how fit I am and that I can eat whatever I want, yet they call me crazy for riding my bike to work everyday. They go and quit coffee and think that they are going to lose weight and keep it off. I try to tell them that a healthy diet is awesome, but you are never going to lose weight and keep it off without exercise. I did manage to get one lady to quit smoking again.
    Wow, convincing somebody else to quit smoking is really tough, even for your S.O. For a coworker, I would have said it was impossible. Whatever you did to her, I hope you don`t do the same to me! Coffee is fattening? I know it isn`t exactly the best stuff in the world, but I always thought it had no effect on weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Happycoop View Post
    Awesome as always...can't think of a better way I could spend my time getting to and from the job I despise (oh well, at least I have an amazing training ride 2x/day).
    Awesome is good. Sorry it leads you to a job that you despise, but at least you get the pedaling incentive to help you on your way in the morning and to look forward to in the evening. I guess that`s worth something.
    Recalculating....

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    Well, I'm sure I wasn't the only factor, but I certainly ragged on her enough about stinking up my office. As for the coffee, I think it was the quart of cream and pound of sugar that was adding on the pounds.

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    Ah, cream and sugar. That`ll do it.
    You work in a smoking permitted office? Dang, I didn`t think there were any left! Most work places out here now have us relegated to a shed (for lucky people) or just standing out in the wind and cold. As far as I know, casinos are the only places left where you can smoke inside in my state.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    2 to 5 walkers under those conditions doesn`t get a "lackluster" rating, in my book. You must have seriously charmed or threatened your crew. Which was it?
    Neither. I think it's been their own motivations, such as knee surgery, multi-joint arthritis, and birding, but the "new office/new habits" idea and the chance to get away from the desk don't hurt either. Surprisingly, no real weight loss motivated people have joined yet. I plan to reach out to a few more people that might need personal invites to push them over the edge.

    ^^ Yeah, I think we we have places you can't smoke outside now too. Of course NH has Live Free or Die on the license plates, so Schott-land is a little different.

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    I ran into our old friend RadioActive over in the Women's Lounge

    I thought some here would be interested in her update...
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    Mtbxplorer - thanks! I did hate to give up my bike commute. I stopped posting in the commuter thread after I moved out here to NM - I guess I just got busy and overwhelmed by the change (aside from my brief 3 months in Idaho Falls, I've lived in Las Vegas all of my life until May 2011). I lived up in Los Alamos for about a year and I was able to ride to work then, but I decided to move in with my boyfriend here in Santa Fe last September and 35 miles to work each way plus the hills is just too much. I had even picked up a new commuter ('83 Trek 640) that's a blast to ride (I gave my Novara to my sister to encourage her to start riding), but now I only use it on the rare days that I get off of work early (throw it on the bus so that I can ride home from one of the other bus stops). Thanks for the tips on keeping the saddle clean! I usually have some of those wipes around for my car. It is definitely more of a challenge keeping stuff clean here in the desert.

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    No, you cant smoke inside the office, especially in a school..you can't even be on the grounds. They have to leave the property, some sit in their car....hence the stank on them when they come back inside. I don't think that smoking is allowed anywhere inside any longer. Live free or die...right. Don't have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, or a seatbelt in a car, but god forbid you smoke a little pot....

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    ^^Even though I fully see the point of your last sentence, somebody that works in a school probably shouldn't be posting things like that on a public forum either.

    Do you ever have those days when you wake up and aren't really motivated to ride in... The forecast was for 28F, they got the 8 part right. The sides of the road are mostly non-existent, the trails aren't ripe yet.. Anyway, I HTFU and rode in anyway. Not an awful ride until I turned into the wind.

    We're supposed to get rain this afternoon but since they're off by 20F on the temp I'm not so sure. I'm hoping because that would ripen the trails nicely.

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    Just speaking to the laws. Haven't smoked pot in years. That doesn't mean that I think my students should have a felony on their record for experimenting with s little marijuana. Teachers are entitled to a public opinion just as anyone else. It is a shame that we should be put under different scrutiny though, we get dumped on enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Just speaking to the laws. Haven't smoked pot in years. That doesn't mean that I think my students should have a felony on their record for experimenting with s little marijuana. Teachers are entitled to a public opinion just as anyone else. It is a shame that we should be put under different scrutiny though, we get dumped on enough.
    Well there goes your chance for public office now.
    Teachers should be entitled to a public opinion just like anyone else. And then they get fired for posting a picture of their students having fun on Facebook. It's a crazy world out there. And your right, it shouldn't be a felony or even illegal if used responsibly.

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    I don`t understand how it is that vodka is legal and pot isn`t- seems backwards to me. But it makes no personal difference. What I`d really like to see is tobaco prohibition lifted. If a coworker had tol me to quit smoking because he didn`t like the smell that followed me in from another place, I`d have invited him to kiss my butts. Of course, when the management told me I had to start wandering outside like a farm animal, I just said bah, bah, bah

    How did you guys fare with the big storms? I saw news reports that made it look pretty awful, but my sister in law in MA says it wasn`t any big deal.
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