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    Quote Originally Posted by biker_soldier101 View Post
    Thanks man. I have heard of the gatorskins more than once. Went for a ride Sunday and had another flat. Front tire this time. I try to avoid debris too. Fustrating. Anybody seen these?.... WTB Freedom ThickSlick Deluxe Sport Tire - Performance Sales Exclusions
    Every bike shop I have been in tells me to get the Gatorskins over the ThickSlicks, so I did. Very happy with them so far. No issues, price wasn't too bad, and the ride is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spatialized View Post
    Wrist is healed (basically) but the mind has doubts (and worries and other issues clogging up the works) and riding just wasn't fun, it was work. So I drove. When the mind's not in the game it's just not worth it to mount up. It's even a bit dangerous as I found out. Be back at it soon enough.
    Maybe a few fun relaxing rides somewhere to ease back into the saddle once your wrist is a little stronger. Hope your other worries resolve OK too, hang in there.

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    I feel like everyday recently I have another story about someone being an idiot. Yesterday on my ride home, I was on a residential side street and this lady is walking her little foofoo dog on a retractable leash. I was on the right side of the street going around 15mph and the lady was on the left side of the street. Right before I get to her, the dog pulls to the end of the leash, must have been 20-25' from the lady, right in my path, so I stop a few feet from the dog. The lady goes "You could have warned me". I said "don't let your dog pull the leash across the whole street" and she proceeded to continue yelling at me, I just rode away. Apparently we should be warning pedestrians walking on the opposite side of the street in case their dog wants to run across the street.

    Otherwise it was a really good ride. Again I dodged the rain, missed a storm by about an hour. I got home and the ground was soaked, at work not a drop of rain all day after around 7:00am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Not sure how you've got it setup, but it's worth playing around with the angle a bit. I've run my sweepy alt-bars level, angled up, angled down a bit, and angled down a lot. It completely changes the feel. For my Mary bar (which I think is pretty close to the spacebar) I tend to angle it down about 20deg. But it depends on stem length and height too. You can also flip it for a completely different feel. There's plenty of options is what I'm saying.

    As for the commute, it's too humid here. 80% is not right for the prairies.
    Definitely will fiddle with the height some. But my main issue here was with the ergons - I have been using the GA1 (I think - got in a trade) on my hardtail since going to a 12 degree bar and I don't miss the "wings" as much as I thought I would. So on these bars with a million degrees of sweep, the wings end up putting my wrist angle too far to the outside. Put on some oury lock-on grips from the same trade last night when I got home and everything feels perfect now. Hopefully it stays that way, because I am not looking forward to wrestling that bar out of my stem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^Cool trip, you went up the Maine side of Hurricane? I have only done the NH side to take the trails back down. For others unfamiliar, when you drive that road over Hurricane you say "how the heck did they put blacktop on something this steep and winding?"

    Say it ain't so on needing the lights already for the ride home from work!
    Yes, up Maine, Down NH and then on the the same stretch of road that you, me and Rodar road through bear notch. The road hits about 25% grade in a few spots. I may try to get out and explore the trails while we are out camping in that area next week.

    Light are only out because I've had to work 8:00-8:00 a few days.

    Hey Woodway, I knew which mountain that is. I've seen it a few times in person too but never close enough to climb it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    I feel like everyday recently I have another story about someone being an idiot. Yesterday on my ride home, I was on a residential side street and this lady is walking her little foofoo dog on a retractable leash. I was on the right side of the street going around 15mph and the lady was on the left side of the street. Right before I get to her, the dog pulls to the end of the leash, must have been 20-25' from the lady, right in my path, so I stop a few feet from the dog. The lady goes "You could have warned me". I said "don't let your dog pull the leash across the whole street" and she proceeded to continue yelling at me, I just rode away. Apparently we should be warning pedestrians walking on the opposite side of the street in case their dog wants to run across the street.

    Otherwise it was a really good ride. Again I dodged the rain, missed a storm by about an hour. I got home and the ground was soaked, at work not a drop of rain all day after around 7:00am.
    Aim at the dog...99% she pulls it out of the way if not go around or stop.

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    How was your commute today?

    The last few days have been really good. Been feeling like a boss, just constantly going. I'm sure that will run out soon, but for the time being, it's great. My only two complaints were yesterday afternoon on the way home, and this morning on my way to work.

    Yesterday, I was in a semi-residential area coming to a stop sign. I was about 25 ft away when I heard a car approaching from the rear. I motioned for the vehicle to stay behind me, since there would have been no way for us to both safely maneuver the stop. I slowed to about 10 mph and began coasting, while the vehicle gunned the engine. He swings in to cut me off, and even with me slamming on my brakes as hard as I could and skidding on the asphalt, I still had to steer away from his truck bed. Turned out to be a local competitor, and it gave me a great look in the back of his bed for his EPA violations. I did the typical "wtf?!" Hand motion. He blared his horn and sped away, trying to peel out.

    This morning a car making a left turn almost slams into me while going straight through a green light. Dude at least apologized, with a cell phone in his hand...

    I called the competitors regional office and spoke with the manager. I made the laws clear, as well as the fact that I noticed several serious EPA infractions that will shut down a pest control business in a heartbeat. I'm sure she didn't care, but we'll see.

    Greatly looking forward to a nice recovery weekend. The legs could use a rest.

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    Lots of nasty driver stories here lately. That sucks. I'm glad everyone is staying safe, despite them.

    My ride in today was nasty-driver free, thankfully. I'm also rolling Gatorskins this year and I love them so far. I made a small seat adjustment recently and now my lady parts are a lot happier on my rides.

    I have some weird rattling coming from my drive train area. I'll have to try and figure out what's going on this weekend. I really, really love this bike, but it's had a lot of random noises that I keep needing to figure out, which annoys me. My cheap(ish) mountain bike that I bought in 2011 has been totally quiet for all its life.

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    Interesting catching up on the forum since I haven't been on all week. Haven't been riding enough between last minute projects and a job interview. That's sad. Next week should hold good commutes.

    The increase in driver stories is interesting. I haven't had any issues in a while now, but in the stl area in general there have been at least two incidents in the last couple weeks In which cyclists are actually targeted by drivers. In both cases, as far as I know, the police refused to charge the drivers. The one that happened a few days ago was basically a hit and run by some guy who decided to get miffed while passing the fast paced group on a shop ride. The cyclists computer has his speed at 28 mph in a 30. Seems... Warranted. I read the comments too... Mistake.

    Any way, it's raining here and I have to run errands for my boss today so no ride. Coulda used a good shower.

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    Oh yeah, returned the road bike to my buddy. It was a great bike, real fast, but it was really not a commuter and I would not have felt comfortable with text books and for and clothes packed on it for the school semester. It just lacked that utilitarian swag I love so much. Looking currently for a steel road bike. This'll take a while. Craigslist is unfruitful as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    Lots of nasty driver stories here lately. That sucks. I'm glad everyone is staying safe, despite them.

    My ride in today was nasty-driver free, thankfully. I'm also rolling Gatorskins this year and I love them so far. I made a small seat adjustment recently and now my lady parts are a lot happier on my rides.

    I have some weird rattling coming from my drive train area. I'll have to try and figure out what's going on this weekend. I really, really love this bike, but it's had a lot of random noises that I keep needing to figure out, which annoys me. My cheap(ish) mountain bike that I bought in 2011 has been totally quiet for all its life.
    Glad to hear your lady parts are happy. Sad lady parts aren't good for anyone.

    Did you get it at a shop or online? If you bought it locally, I'd bring it back and tell them they should go over all the bolts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Glad to hear your lady parts are happy. Sad lady parts aren't good for anyone.

    Did you get it at a shop or online? If you bought it locally, I'd bring it back and tell them they should go over all the bolts.
    Thank you for your concern over my lady parts.

    I bought it at a local shop in Minneapolis, which is a good 5 hour drive from where I live. So essentially I did not buy it locally or online. It's only rattling when I am pedaling, not when I am coasting. I can always take it to my LBS if I can't figure it out myself.

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    No commute for me today, but I did do my big group ride. Just a hair over 10 miles, then stopped for dinner at a folk festival down near the campus. Then the fun riding began. We escorted a young lady to her car from our group, and then three guys on fixed gear bikes just tearing the town up. Did some urban exploring, went back to the festival, picked up a few more people, and then rode some more. 46 miles for the night, and I feel pretty good. I did ride right by work, not once, but twice. That is a hell of a way to spend your day off, but at least I was on my bike.

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    I don't think this thread has ever been so far down the page.

    It was pretty foggy this morning, ended up having to pull over and turn on my taillight and take off my sunglasses. It was clear by time I got to work though.

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    Rough one this morning. First day back from vacation, taking a tight right-hand turn onto another street from a downhill and -BAM- next thing I know I'm sliding across the road on my right side.

    Hit a damn-near invisible oil slick. Poor Brooks saddle now has some nasty road-rash, as does my arm and shorts.

    Ugh.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Good ride in today. KOM'd a half mile segment! 1/118 riders. This is on a old, heavy Gary Fisher hardtail 26er. I am getting stronger, and I cant wait to finish my new(2003) cannondale road bike project.

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    Got a grocery run in on the Schwinn. Last ridden with the cat. Tires needed a fair bit of air. Mostly pretty good. A couple of poor passers. Decent run, overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    Rough one this morning. First day back from vacation, taking a tight right-hand turn onto another street from a downhill and -BAM- next thing I know I'm sliding across the road on my right side.

    Hit a damn-near invisible oil slick. Poor Brooks saddle now has some nasty road-rash, as does my arm and shorts.

    Ugh.
    You might want to consider a route with less spies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Good ride in today. KOM'd a half mile segment! 1/118 riders. This is on a old, heavy Gary Fisher hardtail 26er. I am getting stronger, and I cant wait to finish my new(2003) cannondale road bike project.
    This. This is why strava kills me. To hear someone talk about KOM-ing. It's so masturbatory. I get infinite laughs about watching people run stop lights and stuff on segments because they're KOM-ing to hard to stop. I'm sorry. I'm really immature.

    Anyway, keep it up bud!

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    Yesterday's ride home was filled with tire related irony....tirony if you will.

    Last week I decided to order some new tires, so I ordered them and they were scheduled to come yesterday. I ordered them before I really needed them and was planning on using the remaining life on the Gatorskins on a SS project I'm planning.

    I realized half way on my way into work yesterday that I had put my multi-tool, which has my tire levers on it, in the seat bag on my road bike, so I didn't have it with me.

    I was riding through the Framingham State University campus (I take a detour because there's a good climb I like to do when I'm feeling motivated) and noticed the back end didn't feel right, I look and my tire was really low. I pulled over to the side, opened my seat bag and remembered I didn't have my multi-tool. I called my wife and told her to stay tuned, I was going to try to pump up the tire and see what happened. Then I noticed that one of the tire levers had fallen off my multi-tool in my seat bag. What luck! I was able to change the tube! I noticed while changing it that my current tires were completely shot. Tons of tiny cracks in the rubber and a lot of larger chunks missing from all the glass and stuff in the road. Also ended up finding a staple in there that caused the flat.

    Got home, new tires were waiting for me, put them on and road in with them this morning. Took the long/bumpy route to see how they did. I went from a 32 on the Gatorskins to a 35 on the Marathon. They both run narrow, so it's more like a 33 or 34. Part of me wishes I went with the 40, but it's not the end of the world. Maybe I'll get those when I build the SS and put the 35's on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    This. This is why strava kills me. To hear someone talk about KOM-ing. It's so masturbatory. I get infinite laughs about watching people run stop lights and stuff on segments because they're KOM-ing to hard to stop. I'm sorry. I'm really immature.

    Anyway, keep it up bud!
    Obviously don't run reds and stop signs because your strava is running. If you don't understand the benefit of competition, maybe strava isn't for you. I enjoy the competition and challenge. It adds another aspect and makes me push physically to get stronger. And just so you know, I KOM a hill climb on the way home too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Obviously don't run reds and stop signs because your strava is running. If you don't understand the benefit of competition, maybe strava isn't for you. I enjoy the competition and challenge. It adds another aspect and makes me push physically to get stronger. And just so you know, I KOM a hill climb on the way home too.
    I agree with you on the motivation and challenge point, I like competition and am a Strava premium member, but it does get out of hand... I often see people doing idiotic speeds in inappropriate places due to Strava KOM attempts.

    I saw a guy on a cyclocross bike racing full speed down a single track full of adults, children, dogs etc, shouting for people to get out of the way - all it needed was the cry of 'STRAVA!' and the scene would have been complete.

    We have a guy at work who plans his family holidays based on the number of 'easy' KOM's he could get on Strava in the holiday destination.

    I like Strava, but it can be an obsession for some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc2211 View Post
    I agree with you on the motivation and challenge point, I like competition and am a Strava premium member, but it does get out of hand... I often see people doing idiotic speeds in inappropriate places due to Strava KOM attempts.

    I saw a guy on a cyclocross bike racing full speed down a single track full of adults, children, dogs etc, shouting for people to get out of the way - all it needed was the cry of 'STRAVA!' and the scene would have been complete.

    We have a guy at work who plans his family holidays based on the number of 'easy' KOM's he could get on Strava in the holiday destination.

    I like Strava, but it can be an obsession for some.
    I definitely agree. It is somewhat of a joke for my friends. We generally just compete against each other.

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    Oh I like strava for the challenge aspect. I meant it kills me with the hilarity that people do stupid things in order to win. And, you know, all of the KOM-ing jokes.

    In reality I use it to keep records of miles for physical fitness and bike maintenance reasons. I like to track my progress and see how much I can outdo myself. It's fun but really, I don't see how some people take it so serious.

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    I enjoy the competition and challenge. It adds another aspect and makes me push physically to get stronger.
    I think the bulk of Strava users feel this way without getting out of hand. I really enjoy Strava for a number of reasons. I'm almost always riding alone so I appreciate being able to see how I stack up against other riders in my area. It allows me to track my improvement as I work to get stronger and I like using it to track the miles I have ridden throughout the year.

    Just like anything else, there will be a couple fanatics that make the whole group look bad. As mtbers and cyclists, we all should be very familiar with that phenomenon

    And now...back to the regularly scheduled commute thread. Sorry for the hijack. I drove today so I have nothing to add. Hope to get back on the bike tomorrow.

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