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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    That is pretty cool. What keeps them in the pen? It looks like they could hop over it like it wasn't there.
    Nothing. It is just the back yard of a church, and open on the other end. They could easily have hopped over the fence at any time. After a few minutes watching them bounce around, I decided it may not be a good idea to be standing so close.

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    Glad it's Friday.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I can see just packing a bottle in a race situation and just not bringing the tools and what-not.
    Normal ride commute or otherwise...water bottle...and a seat bag...I also have very large pockets in my coat so I can carry lots of other stuff two...

    Commuting about all I carry is a new pair of underwear to work.

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    Mornings are getting a bit cool but if I put on a jacket, I have to take it off after a couple of km, so I don't bother: still riding in shorts and T shirt.

    Here, kids of 15 can get licences for light microcars. Yesterday, one of those was turning right into a school parking area across the sidewalk/bike path. The driver let a couple of other cyclists pass, but I was sure that I wouldn't be noticed coming from behind. I was wrong. The car didn't move. As I got close, I could see this girl with long blonde hair turned in the seat to make absolutely sure that she was crossing the path safely.

    Well done!

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  5. #11005
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    44, raining...Let It Snow!!!


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    No commute today so I didn't get to test out my much lighter backpack. Going to hit the Blue Diamond trails hard on both days this weekend, so I figured I needed a rest day today. Much as I want to, riding bikes seven days a week takes its toll on me and eventually a rest day has to be fit in somewhere. So what better day than a Friday. . .

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    Set a new pace record on the old 36-pound 4 speed. Saw two foxes early this morning in the dark, they crossed the road separately about 50 yards apart. Must have been engaged in a pheremony of love. Carry on...

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    I stopped to snap a pic of the huge dead raccoon on Friday. This picture doesn't really do it justice. I think the smoking finally did him in.
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    Friggin cold this morning, in the high 30s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chomxxo View Post
    Set a new pace record on the old 36-pound 4 speed.
    36- pound four speed? Must be old. English? I think we need some porn here!

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I stopped to snap a pic of the huge dead raccoon on Friday. This picture doesn't really do it justice. I think the smoking finally did him in.
    Hypothermia took over from Emphysema about tive years ago as the principle cause of death among smokers. Now it`s moved to truck tires?
    Recalculating....

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    That is a weird pic bedwards... looks like he's standing up walking under your bike. ...and he looks plenty fresh to me.
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    Oh, he was not fresh.

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    haha.

    And cool deer action, JChasse. Looks like something I'd see on my commute. The bucks are getting frisky around here too... Weird how they will all hang out together until late summer, and then they'll start running each other off. Your vid reminded me of this vid someone showed me:

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    Oh, it was okay today. Glad to be back on the bike after Friday's fiasco. Suffice it to say, after rebuilding the rear hub yet again, I'm starting to wonder if it is me or what. So, Friday morning I head out to hop on the bike and the rear wheel won't move. I mean, it'll move, but is quite stiff, as if the brakes are applied. I loosen the brakes all the way and no go. So I pop the wheel to check the hub, even though I had just checked it two nights before and it was good. Or seemed good anyway. So with the wheel off I try to spin the axle and no go. So I quickly spin off the lock nut and the cone nut and pull the cone out. Immediately I notice that the grease is packed with metal shavings. Not good.

    The cones are destroyed - but the races in the hub look good - smooth. So, as I am a bit cash poor right now, I go and get new bearings and new cones and rebuild the hub over the weekend. I have a nice little ten miler on Saturday through mud and gravel and such and the hub seems to be performing fine. This morning there were some grinding and grating noises, but I can't determine if they were coming from the hub or from my cranks - as those are starting to feel a bit gritty as well. Suppose I'll need new bearings in that soon as well.

    I assume that my hub is basically shot and that I'll be rebuilding it every few weeks until I can afford and convince the wife that I need a new hub or a maybe just a whole new wheel set. What absolutely perplexes me is that I had the same model hub on my old NRS and in 6 years never had a single issue and now with the Pugs I've replaced one hub and had to rebuild the other twice now - all the the course of a year. The first hub I never touched myself - had the shop service it each time prior to it's self destruction, so I don't think it is me doing something incorrect when servicing it - I leave it with just a touch of play when locking the nuts so that when the QR is bound it takes the play out without binding the bearings. Prior to the current build taking a crap on me I was riding through some deep mud and water, maybe a foot deep or so and I didn't service the hub afterwards, so that could very well be my fault.

    Anyway. Enough about hubs. Good commute today. Still feeling the residue of my last week's illness. Starting to hock some nice luggers as I cough the crap out of my lungs.

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    Maybe your seals are just worn and letting water/grit in. With how many miles you have on that Pugs, it wouldn't surprise me that its time to upgrade?

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    If it ain't one thing it's another....

    Monsoon season down here in S.E. Az, and the way it's been working out, often times the rain starts 1-2 hrs before I would leave for work, stop, then start up again an hour before I get off. I dislike riding in the rain for visibility reasons ("Windshield wipers? Yeah they're in great shape, been using them since 19xx."). So been riding when I can, when I had to cough up for a new phone, then lost all internet capability for several weeks. Now that the rain has found a different pattern that will allow me to ride more consistently, the crank retention bolt (FSA cranks if you hadn't guessed) decides to back out and start to strip, @ 9 miles away from the house. Had to finish the ride stopping every 2-3 miles to re-tighten the bolt. Just received the new bolt yesterday, and found out my profit sharing bonus gets paid this week so I can buy the new commuter bike right? Wrong, checked Nashbar and the bike I was gonna buy is sold out in my size and they're not planning on/or unable to restock. So now I gotta rethink what to get, while not listening to the little voice in my head telling my to just try the next size up ("Go ahead, try it. The ETT is only a few cm more. O.K. the standover is too high, but when are you just standing over the bike without it leaning anyway, huh?).

    I know it's not the worst that could happen, and could be even worse, but this summer has not been my best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    Maybe your seals are just worn and letting water/grit in. With how many miles you have on that Pugs, it wouldn't surprise me that its time to upgrade?
    Now that you say that, I think you are right. I've not replaced the seals ever. Very likely worn. As a stop-gap I think I'll run over to the shop and see if they have any on hand.

    I think (hope) an upgrade is in my near future. Christmas is coming, after all. Saw some beautiful UMA III wheels built up at Backcountry Ski and Cycle in Palmer when I went to get my cones and bearings. I could handle some of those laced up to a Hope FatSnow. Now, the challenge - convince the wife that I "need" them!

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    Well your lucky enough that almost any 135mm hub fits on your pugs. Hope FatSnow is 170. ;p But great choice on the rims, id get the 90's and run Dillengers if I were you. ;p

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    Junior, what nashbar frame are you shopping for? My 'X' Cyclocross frame is officially for sale. It's the older one with 135mm rear hub spacing. You know you want it.
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    Oh yeah, the Deer Circus was funny! The elk version, too
    I haven`t ever needed to replace hub seals. Does that put me in the minority, or is it only necessary in harsh environments?

    Smoke has been way better for the past week or so. Now my biggest complaint is the overhead traffic- practice runs and qualifying for airplane races going on in my neighborhood. At least I`ll be gone when they break out the jets.

    I did some experimenting with new loading methods for my bike. The lack of a top tube is a bigger pain than I ever would have expected, but the funny design sure makes for some cool luggage options.
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    Recalculating....

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    Threw this together last night. Mostly from parts I had laying around. Still needs the correct tires. Will be used to commute on and maybe CX.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    Well your lucky enough that almost any 135mm hub fits on your pugs. Hope FatSnow is 170. ;p But great choice on the rims, id get the 90's and run Dillengers if I were you. ;p
    Good point. Although, maybe that just means I need to start lobbying for a FatBack...

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    Rodar: You made me smile. I like it. That scares me.

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    Got caught in rain this morning on the ride in. A little annoying riding with rain splashed eye glasses. Also, because I don't own a single item of rain gear, I arrived to work pretty wet. And of course the lack of fenders left me a bit dirty. Nevertheless, with rain so seldom an issue I don't see any need for fenders or rain gear. I'll just count on getting wet and dirty a few times a year and hope it happens mostly on the ride home.

    Bought a hydration pack from Sam's Club this weekend. Saw it while browsing down the seasonal aisle. At only $15, I had to roll the dice on it. For now, I'm just using it as a small pack to get my lunch to and from work and the other items formerly in my panniers. Funny thing, with my bike lightened up, I shaved nearly five minutes off my seven mile commute on the way home and barely noticed the pack on my back. For now, this seems workable and even preferable to the panniers.

    The problem I'll run into is when it starts getting colder out and how to get my jackets, gloves, etc., back home in the afternoons for the next morning's chilly ride. In Vegas, a chilly thirty degree morning can often turn into a sixty degree commute home. Will need to use a bigger pack or get the panniers back into service for the winter for jacket transporting purposes. . .but for now I'm enjoying the fast-rolling, clutter free bike rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Junior, what nashbar frame are you shopping for? My 'X' Cyclocross frame is officially for sale. It's the older one with 135mm rear hub spacing. You know you want it.
    I was gonna get the Schwinn Slicker in large. Sure 520 Reynolds ain't the best, but good enough for me, and I liked that tall head tube. Plus most discerning bike thieves would turn up their nose at a mere Schwinn . Too bad for me that I had to wait too long and they're all sold (the large anyway). I'm tempted to try the x-large but the stand over is a bit much, and the ETT is @ 15mm shorter than my mtn bike which I don't believe would be short enough once you take the drops into account (could work around that with a TT seatpost but just better to buy a bike that fit in the first place). What's really bad is the 2013's are flat bar and sell for $150 more, and the 2014's are flat bar, sell for $200 more and they replaced the 105 rear derailleur with Sora.

    Oh well I have other options, I just kinda had settled on that one in my mind, and had already decided on what changes I was gonna make (like a Sugino X600 crank, and Microshift STI's).
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    Oops, I did it again!

    I bought another bike, Felt F4X. It was just too good of a deal to pass up from my regular bike guy. I must say it is awesome! At least it was awesome until I flatted a mile and a half from work on the trails and found that my pump was crap. On the plus side, it is really light to shoulder through the trails.

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