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    ^Good stuff boys. Nice photos HPI, looks like a great place to ride. And Chaz good to hear you’re getting used to the dropper. I had 3 days off but no riding for me, I had to spend them with my 87 year old father. He had back surgery on Friday so I spent the day at the hospital. And then the next two I had to help him around. He’s doing surprisingly good though, should be fine on his own from here on out.
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    Chaz, did you guys get 8th this year, or back in 2011? Either way, glad you guys had a good race, and that you're getting more used to the dropper.

    DJ, I hope your Dad continues to do well. Back issues are nothing to mess around with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    And I did ride today, third time with the dropper and I'd say I am accustomed to it now. I was bombing some rough down hills with a lot more confidence and speed.
    Be careful using that dropper. Next thing you know, you'll be more concerned with having fun on your rides, (looking for little dips and bumps to pop off of), rather than setting a PR on STRAVA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    Chaz, did you guys get 8th this year, or back in 2011? Either way, glad you guys had a good race, and that you're getting more used to the dropper.

    DJ, I hope your Dad continues to do well. Back issues are nothing to mess around with.
    We got 8th out of 18 in this year's team male, 26th out of 131 overall. Looks like there were 44 teams with the rest being solo. When I did the race before, I was solo.

    This year the race was bike The Mill trails, run all of Explorer, bike Avalanche.
    When I did it before it was bike Avalanche, run the first two loops of Explorer (third loop didn't exist) and then bike Avalanche again.
    Comparing times, even with the longer run the faster Mill trails dropped the overall times by about 10 minutes it appears. They also did a better job of spacing out the groups at the start and the groups had more room to get a bit spread riding up to the Mill trails before hitting the single track.
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    So cool...she finally added this one to her set list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    DJ, I hope your Dad continues to do well. Back issues are nothing to mess around with.
    Thanks HPI, his operation seems to have helped him a great deal. Still too early to tell, but I think from what I’ve seen and his explanation of the pain, he seems to only be suffering from healing. Thanks for your concern.

    Chaz, good to hear of the changes for the better in that race. Good to hear of your adventures, keep them coming.
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    Yeah, sux about your old man's back, DJ.
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    Your dad's about a year older than mine is, DJ. Great that he could get the surgery to improve his quality of life rather than suffering.
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    Thanks guys, hopefully it will improve, he’s been in torment for about a year now. He even gave up his 3 day a week golf with his buddies. It’s tough being old like that and having the one joy stripped away due to pain.
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    Start this video at 1:50. Then sit back and be amazed.

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    New used bike day. Photos coming soon. Primarily a gravel grinder and touring bike but may take on single track. Two things that scare me: bar end shifters and hydraulic disc brakes.

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    ^ Well you could at least tell us what it is! Why are you scared of the brakes?

    Rode 31.6 miles on the fixed gear after work today on a greenway. A roadie (as in one with gears) picked up on me and we traded drafts for a few miles before he cut off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    ^ Well you could at least tell us what it is! Why are you scared of the brakes?

    Rode 31.6 miles on the fixed gear after work today on a greenway. A roadie (as in one with gears) picked up on me and we traded drafts for a few miles before he cut off.
    It's a 2016 Trek 920. The brakes because I'm afraid of potential maintenance costs.

    Inaugural ride indicates a hell of a ride on gravel, but I flatted 2.5 miles in. Booo. Did a couple of wheelies on it, which seems difficult considering the drop bars. I'll probably try it on some single-track soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    It's a 2016 Trek 920. The brakes because I'm afraid of potential maintenance costs.

    Inaugural ride indicates a hell of a ride on gravel, but I flatted 2.5 miles in. Booo. Did a couple of wheelies on it, which seems difficult considering the drop bars. I'll probably try it on some single-track soon.

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    Congrats on the new ride. Hydraulic disk brakes is a night and day performance gain over rim brakes. As far as maintenance costs there really isn’t any unless you ride long grueling down hills on a regular basis. For a normal flat land rider the pads last last ten times longer and bleeding and changing the fluid in normal riding like that is very minimal. Like every several years. A huge improvement over rim brakes all around. No rim wear and they work far better in all [wet] conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Congrats on the new ride. Hydraulic disk brakes is a night and day performance gain over rim brakes. As far as maintenance costs there really isn’t any unless you ride long grueling down hills on a regular basis. For a normal flat land rider the pads last last ten times longer and bleeding and changing the fluid in normal riding like that is very minimal. Like every several years. A huge improvement over rim brakes all around. No rim wear and they work far better in all [wet] conditions.
    Fair. I know I like my bb7 mechs but hydraulic? I'll take your word for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Fair. I know I like my bb7 mechs but hydraulic? I'll take your word for it.

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    Sorry, I thought you were going from rim brakes to disc brakes. You are already familiar with disc. Yes hydros are very minimal maintenance as far as fluid changes and bleeding goes. Once again that only has to be done every several years unless you ride grueling down hills on a regular basis. With that kind of riding the fluid heats up and breaks down. Normal flat land riding the fluid will last for years without having to change it or add any.
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    Is it the matte olive drab? Looks like a very cool bike. If it were SRAM Elixir brakes, I'd be worried too but it looks like it has TPRs which I'm not that familiar with but I think they are good.

    I wish my CX had discs, you'll be glad you have them when descending on single track. I swapped out the cantis for mini V-brakes which are a little better but it's hard to get the leverage when riding on the hoods, really have to get down into the drops which can be a bit scary when descending. I also added cross top brake levers but as I feared, my hands end up so close together when using them that the steering control is lost so I don't really use them except when sitting up and riding on the flats.

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    Yes it's the flat green/olive drab one. I'll post pics in a while. Gotta fix the flat and put new pedals on it. Posting pics is a process for me. My phone camera doesn't work and I'm rarely by a computer, so I have to take pics with my actual camera and wait until I get home. I usually forget then.

    I'll try taking some this week on my gravel hill climbing route (highest peak in Carter Country, Missouri!) and then post them maybe Thursday.

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    I love that matte / satin olive look, very stealthy in the woods.
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    Couldn’t figure out why my fox float evol shock wasn’t getting full extension. It was like 186mm long when it should be 190mm. Turns out the evol chamber was mostly full of float fluid and the tiny air transfer port was clogged with it. Glad that was an easy fix.

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    Yep, so I did only 9 miles today, but Strava thinks I did almost 1,100 feet of climbing. If so, then I'd say, not too shabby for a quick ride before dusk. The bike feels absolutely great on gravel, and I think I can get used to the drop bar thing. It rained yesterday and last night, so the gravel roads were a weird mix of sticky, sloppy, loose, and firm, which almost sounds like something else... :|



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    NDD, Nice looking ride.

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    Shifting with barend shifters while riding steep uphill sections, tho... Gah!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Shifting with barend shifters while riding steep uphill sections, tho... Gah!
    I’m sure that’s a challenge. You may even like them once you get some more time on it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I’m sure that’s a challenge. You may even like them once you get some more time on it though.
    I'm sure. I like them enough considering they're more simple/cheaper to replace than integrated shifters. I can tell that I'll like this bike for longer rides, too. Hmm, maybe I'll load this bike up this weekend and ride. I'm going squirrel hunting some time. Why not bike/hunt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    I'm sure. I like them enough considering they're more simple/cheaper to replace than integrated shifters. I can tell that I'll like this bike for longer rides, too. Hmm, maybe I'll load this bike up this weekend and ride. I'm going squirrel hunting some time. Why not bike/hunt?
    You're welcome to come to Georgia and ride around my driveway and shoot all the squirrels you want. Chipmunks, too.

    On second thought, I think we have a law against doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    You're welcome to come to Georgia and ride around my driveway and shoot all the squirrels you want. Chipmunks, too.

    On second thought, I think we have a law against doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    You can't hunt squirrel in Georgia?
    Not in the suburbs. Unless you want to use a pellet gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Not in the suburbs. Unless you want to use a pellet gun.
    Oh yeah, the suburbs. I forget I'm living a much more rural life now. Currently during the work week I stay in a county that has about 6,600 people in all. On top of that I'm down in a valley smack dab in the middle of a conservation area, much of which is often closed to the public, though there are "elk viewing" roads and public hunting land.

    It's actually pretty sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Oh yeah, the suburbs. I forget I'm living a much more rural life now. Currently during the work week I stay in a county that has about 6,600 people in all. On top of that I'm down in a valley smack dab in the middle of a conservation area, much of which is often closed to the public, though there are "elk viewing" roads and public hunting land.

    It's actually pretty sweet.
    That looks to be a good size tree you're leaning your new bike against.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    That looks to be a good size tree you're leaning your new bike against.
    Black Walnut, buddy. Probably would actually be a hell of a tree to harvest.

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    A ride last night and this morning. Last night I started in the valley and rode to the nearest peak. Almost 800 ft of climbing in 4.5 miles of wet, slushy gravel roads makes for a slow ride with my wimp legs. This morning was cold enough the roads were hard. A quick loop climbing a smaller ridge and dropping down. It feels really really good to ride before work while watching the sun rise.

    In all, the bike is doing wonderfully, and I'm pretty sure this is the exact bike I'll want for gravel and light dirt touring in any weather. Haven't taken it on single track yet, but may not want to... nah who am I kidding, I wanna at least try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
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    Wait what?

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    LOL ^

    NDD, sounds like you’re bedding in to your new ride, like a new pair of brake pads.
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    NDD needs to load some stuff on those racks, make use of 'em. Pack a big lunch, field guide to fungi ('cause he doesn't need it for regular plants), bunch of photography gear, maybe a laptop and hotspot so he can report to us from the field.
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    Wait what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    NDD needs to load some stuff on those racks, make use of 'em. Pack a big lunch, field guide to fungi ('cause he doesn't need it for regular plants), bunch of photography gear, maybe a laptop and hotspot so he can report to us from the field.
    Hmm you might be on to something. I'm thinking something more like tent, hammock, and food.

    Anyway, I should probably take more pictures. I'll try to bike again tomorrow morning and snap a few photos to upload in the evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
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    The persistence of memory! Lol.

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    I've been trying to post pics from Sunday's ride at Fire Mountain, but the latest IOS update pretty much shit the bed on image transfer all the way around. It was a grunt going up, there's a 3.8 mile climb that nets you 1550ft. That's the fire tower climb, and it's the first time we've done it after getting directions from a friend. I'll get the pics eventually maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    I've been trying to post pics from Sunday's ride at Fire Mountain, but the latest IOS update pretty much shit the bed on image transfer all the way around. It was a grunt going up, there's a 3.8 mile climb that nets you 1550ft. That's the fire tower climb, and it's the first time we've done it after getting directions from a friend. I'll get the pics eventually maybe.

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    Nice! Looks like a great outing.

    I haven’t had any issues with the new IOS update. In fact there’s some pretty cool new features I’ve found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Nice! Looks like a great outing.

    I haven’t had any issues with the new IOS update. In fact there’s some pretty cool new features I’ve found.
    I've been an Apple/IOS fan (I have Android devices as well) for almost 7 years, and I truly effing hate IOS11. Both of my phones (one for work, one is my personal phone) have had issues since 11.0 rolled out, and thus far patches haven't fixed some of it. The biggest is the new high efficiency image format (HEIF) that isn't compatible with, well, almost anything to be honest. There is supposed to be an option under settings>camera to change it, but that option isn't there on either of my phones, so HEIF is being forced on me with no way to revert to JPEG. And I use my phone for a camera a LOT for both work and play.

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    OK I'll just say it. I forgot my camera. Beautiful sunrise ride up the mountain, too.

    I broke one of the most important rules of biking in the cold. Insulate the extremities (not the core). I got really hot climbing and took off my stocking cap, earmuffs, and gloves. On a 30 degree morning with reasonably high humidity, the second I started back downhill I instantly regretted it. Next time I won't wear a coat, just a sweater and sweat wicking base layer.

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    I've been an Apple/IOS fan (I have Android devices as well) for almost 7 years, and I truly effing hate IOS11. Both of my phones (one for work, one is my personal phone) have had issues since 11.0 rolled out, and thus far patches haven't fixed some of it. The biggest is the new high efficiency image format (HEIF) that isn't compatible with, well, almost anything to be honest. There is supposed to be an option under settings>camera to change it, but that option isn't there on either of my phones, so HEIF is being forced on me with no way to revert to JPEG. And I use my phone for a camera a LOT for both work and play.
    Whenever I have an issue posting a photo here I simply da a screen shot it of the photo. The new IOS11 allows you to crop it enhance it and write within it in seconds. Hit done and save to photos then it’s easily posted on this site. I stumbled upon that feature and love it.

    Korn, remember the black borders? That was prior to this discovery. No more black borders to yell at me about.

    NDD, good to see you breaking in that new steed on a regular basis. Riding in cold conditions and getting the dress attire correct is a tough thing to figure out. There’s some forums on this site [not sure which ones] that you could pick through to get some great info on that. The Vintage forum sticks out as one that seems to have some long time cold weather commuters that could help you out there.
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    DJ, I had my cold weather attire on point when I commuted every day regardless of conditions. I think I only commuted a hand full of days last winter because I was so busy.

    Anyway I'm getting soft and forgetting how to dress. For shame.

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    ^^Great shot!!

    So I was in GA over the weekend for my niece's birthday. So I met up with Chaz Saturday morning for a ride at the Olde Rope Mill trails. It was a balmy 46 with 15-20mph wind gusts when we rolled out, kind of a rude introduction to fall riding season given the amazing weather we've had up until now. I was warm after the first climb though, and I had more ride time this go round, so I got to ride everything there. Lots of fun, very different from Blankets Creek, and my new bars are just what I've needed. I also had time to grab some Mexican food with Chaz at Willie's and BS for a little while afterwards, which was nice. As always, thanks a lot for taking me riding Chaz, I had a blast!

    Fall is definitely here

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    Short break before running Turbine, Powerhouse and Raceway trails.

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    More like ride in the wind, but whatever!

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    Baja chicken burrito and all the fixins' for lunch

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    Way to game of thrones, guys!

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    More like ride in the wind, but whatever!
    And then ride with the wind after all this:

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    I enjoyed it as well, HPI.

    When we first started, the trail hadn't been ridden much and though I am very familiar with these trails, I hadn't ridden in this direction in a long time. With all of the fresh leaf litter, there were several times I was looking around trying to figure out which way the trail went. I also pointed out and asked HPI when the last time he saw a bride mid ride was; Olde Rope Mill is a popular park along the Little River and there is a paved path that goes a little ways up the river. We were on a trail up above and through the woods could see a bride and groom having pictures taken at one point.

    Here's a few photos I snapped toward the end of the last trail we rode. HPI is passing between a couple of big rocks and then an immediate hairpin turn. I should have stopped a little quicker so I'd have better shots through the rocks.

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    Thanks guys!

    Yeah Chaz, there were a couple times I had to almost stop and look for your tracks (Chaz is a lot faster than me) to figure out where to go. And that one time I almost took the drainage ditch to the bottom. LOL

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    Good time boys. Chaz you mentioned being confused because you rode it in the opposite direction. Having ridden it numerous times in the other direction. I’ve had that happen as well. It’s a weird feeling being on a very familiar trail and riding it the opposite of what you’re used to and losing your bearings. It gives you the sense of riding a completely new trail.
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    A nice fall day at 71 degrees. Nine miles of urban assault with 70% concrete and 30% dirt. There’s a concrete pathway that circles my city in and out of wilderness. I’ve ridden most of it, but they added more in recently. I happened upon a BMX skateboard park. Pretty sweet setup. Some young kids there with one somewhat talented biker on a crappy bike. I’d like to see what he could do on a nice ride and some fresh energy. He was pretty burnt out from riding all day by the time I happened upon him.

    They were all checking out my bike and egging me on to drop in. LOL- sorry boys those days have since past me. I did a little bit of the small jumps but nothing too impressive. Check out the 2 videos and the concrete Redwood Tree stump. I asked them if they have to sign a waiver to ride it. “No” it’s a free for all and if you get hurt it’s on you. Nice to see such a thing in today’s sue happy society.
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    This site won’t allow 2 videos in one post.

    Here’s another angle of his talent. Landing on the Redwood Tree concrete stump.



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    Good stuff DJ! Is that a white tail or a mulie? That's one big damned deer.

    I bought a dirt jump bike a couple years back for riding at the pump track. Not far from here we have a nice outdoor concrete skate park that's like that as well. I've been tempted many times, but deep down, I know at my age that's just a bad idea. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    Good stuff DJ! Is that a white tail or a mulie? That's one big damned deer.

    I bought a dirt jump bike a couple years back for riding at the pump track. Not far from here we have a nice outdoor concrete skate park that's like that as well. I've been tempted many times, but deep down, I know at my age that's just a bad idea. LOL
    Mule Deer and he was impressive. I was just 50’ from him and he stood there for 10 minutes. I didn’t have the equipment to get a clear shot.
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    Glad to see you got out, DJ! I know it'll be colder from now on till spring, but I'm still gonna say it; keep it up! Did you ever manage to get that chainring taken care of?

    Chaz and HPI, cool to see you guys got to meet up and ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Glad to see you got out, DJ! I know it'll be colder from now on till spring, but I'm still gonna say it; keep it up! Did you ever manage to get that chainring taken care of?
    Nope still working on doing that. Have had other more important financial obligations. But I have been getting out pretty regularly but just not any major mtb riding where there’s climbing involved.

    By the way I filmed that bike jump / skate park with you in mind.
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    Good to hear! Next time I wanna see your pov riding thru the skate bowls.

    Let us know if we can use our Google-FU to locate what you need when the time comes.

    Sadly; I've been off the bike for longer than I care to admit, and I'm not sure when I'll get the motivation to ride again. Been busy with a career change of sorts which is taking up a lot of my time, and is why I haven't been posting as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Good to hear! Next time I wanna see your pov riding thru the skate bowls.

    Let us know if we can use our Google-FU to locate what you need when the time comes.

    Sadly; I've been off the bike for longer than I care to admit, and I'm not sure when I'll get the motivation to ride again. Been busy with a career change of sorts which is taking up a lot of my time, and is why I haven't been posting as much.
    Career change? A ride is always great for clearing your head and relaxing!
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    More of a shift than a change, I guess, like moving from the granny up to the big ring. I've already shifted from residential painting to decorative painting while still doing a bit of regular painting, woodworking, etc to keep things diversified. Now I'm making the move into visual arts. I think I need to get used to managing my time a little differently, which is hard when there's so many options for things to do at any given time of day with less and less 9-5 as time goes on. I need to find a way to create some structure, or figure out how to live productively without structure.

    We're topping out at 72° today, maybe I'll have to not think about it and just make it happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I need to find a way to create some structure, or figure out how to live productively without structure.
    It's a hard thing to do. Without clear limits when to start or stop work, some people are inclined to just keep working. And then there are some days that somehow never get started, but hey.

    That's how I got through grad school. 5-6 days a week, 12-14 hours a day. I don't think I've recovered yet, in that I'm always finding some ways to learn things or otherwise be productive. Today, though, it's 07:00 already and the only thing I'm thinking about is maybe taking a bike ride and hopefully going to the bank if my paycheck comes in the mail. If that's the case I might do two bike rides, since there is a mountain bike trail north of our biggest city here.

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    Sorry, I'm a little unclear as to what decorative painting and moving into the visual arts would be, painting murals?

    I was just trying to get motivated to go run. The showers are out of commission at work so I can't stop and trail run on my way in. Trying to get motivated to go run around the neighborhood but just checked the temp and it is 36 degrees; screw that. It would be no problem doing a trail run but can't get up for it running on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post

    Go ride, I bet you'll be glad you did.
    ^ agreed. Make it happen Corn.

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    ^ And what is this going to be, Mr. *OneSpeed*?

    Are you riding that road bike you picked up?

    Korn: I'm currently doing what is possibly my absolute least favorite job; finishing sheetrock. I know it won't make up for a bad job, but I want to use a high build drywall primer once I get the mud to a point I can live with (or maybe I'll just install really low wattage lighting). Can you recommend any particular primer, or should I just go with one of the Home Depot Kilz/Zinnser primers? I've already touched up some places I scuffed the paper with some Zinnser oil-based I had. I'll need to roll/brush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    It's a hard thing to do. Without clear limits when to start or stop work, some people are inclined to just keep working. And then there are some days that somehow never get started, but hey.
    I'm discovering that it gets even harder when what you're doing for work is what you've wanted to do your whole life for enjoyment, and now you can, to some degree anyway. I'll just have to take it one day at a time till I figure it out, I guess.

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    Sorry, I'm a little unclear as to what decorative painting and moving into the visual arts would be, painting murals?
    Decorative painting = faux painting stuff at peoples' homes, and visual arts = painting/sculpting/etc on canvases and such to be sold to people to hang in their homes, lol!

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    Like a kid in a candy store, lol! At least it's a tasty color!

    I'll make a solid effort to go ride this afternoon, I appreciate the encouragement!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    ^ And what is this going to be, Mr. *OneSpeed*?

    Are you riding that road bike you picked up?

    Korn: I'm currently doing what is possibly my absolute least favorite job; finishing sheetrock. I know it won't make up for a bad job, but I want to use a high build drywall primer once I get the mud to a point I can live with (or maybe I'll just install really low wattage lighting). Can you recommend any particular primer, or should I just go with one of the Home Depot Kilz/Zinnser primers? I've already touched up some places I scuffed the paper with some Zinnser oil-based I had. I'll need to roll/brush.
    What I do is get the mud at say 85-95% finished, hit it with a coat of primer, than fine tune the remaining imperfections. It's almost impossible to make drywall perfect before paint, unless that's your trade and it's expected of you. Much easier to anticipate a final tune after primer going in and spot prime after. I take the metal end on the handle of a taping knife and circle the imperfections so I know where to spot prime after sanding.

    I get the 2 gallon buckets of Zinsser 123 waterbase primer. Works good for a lot of stuff including drywall and it's cheap, plus you get a reusable 2 gallon bucket. You can also get it in single gallons and 5gal buckets depending on how much you need.
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    Ok, thanks! I was using the green lid all purpose and switched to the blue lid but it didn't seem to feather as well. I haven't tried adding water, may do that.

    Funny, I did a lot of reading up on them and some people swear by one, some the other, some use both; especially green for the first coat or two and then blue, which is what I am trying. Blue is supposed to sand easier but now I've got edges I'm going to have to sand a good bit. Trying to avoid the "put too much on, sand most of it off" cycle. I had this faint hope that somehow this process would be improved from when I did it last time many, many years ago. I did buy a sander that connects to my shop vac so that helps a lot with the dust.
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    I mainly use the green one, and yeah, more thin coats will be easier to deal with than sanding off excess mud, depending on your technique and if you really are putting on thin coats and tapering off the edges.

    If you really want to know how you're doing, get a light and shine it across the wall to see where you need mud and/or sanding. Be careful if you're a perfectionist, you may see things you can't un-see, lol!

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    Unfortunately, I am a perfectionist. I'm having to fight with myself on really stupid stuff, like mudding and sanding areas that will be covered by trim or behind a bath vanity, "well, I'll know it's not been finished underneath" I think. Then sometimes "you're an idiot, don't do it" but it is a fight. And then I look at the crap job the former homeowner did on some remodeling and I'm probably already ahead of their work. And it is just in the basement and my wife is far from being a perfectionist on this stuff, she'd rather it just get done ASAP.
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    You could tell yourself: "Well, if I ever take the vanity out for a remodel, I won't have to do much work behind it after I remove it."

    I just watched that Canadian's sanding video all the way thru and I think he was pretty thorough. I've added a little red tint to mud instead of food coloring which would work good too. I do like sanding from the bottom up tho, keeps you from having to deal with all the fallen sanding dust at the bottom if you go top down. I'd mainly use the light to find missed mud spots, fill them in, and then sand the wall oot by feel.
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    ^ agreed. Make it happen Corn.

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    A steel frame, a balaclava, and 2 tubes of a$$ lube ??? Give 'em hell Buddy!

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    Hopefully it’s for biking in a cold climate.

    Nice ride OneSpeed. How many times do I have to say this in a 6 month span?
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    ^ This guy gets it!

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    Hopefully it’s for biking in a cold climate.

    Nice ride OneSpeed. How many times do I have to say this in a 6 month span?
    Hopefully once more around tax return time. That's going to be a big one though. This one is an itch I had to scratch. I'm pretty excited to get it rolling and go for an adventure. I'm thinking Japanese components in polished silver. We'll see.
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