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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    NDD is that such a special screw? Otherwise you may find a used/broken shifter that you can use to cannibilise the screw?
    Probably not but I don't know a ton of people rocking bar end shifters right now. I'll talk to my buddy who has a bike shop. I was just surprised it happened at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    A screw mysteriously popped out of my bar end shifter last night while riding the Trek around town... So it was a commute on the BStone. A lot slower, but it's a solid ride and the cro-mo frame is so forgiving on the road chatter. Now I'm hoping I can get a spare screw set for my shifter. It is a 2016 sram 500 something or another so I'm guessing they want me to just buy a new one.
    Like the flat head screw that holds it all together? I'd guess that the bike shop won't have it but you can probably (might be able to) get one a a hardware store or home improvement store. Take the one out of the other side and bring it with you.
    Certainly here if you knew the thread. https://www.mcmaster.com/standard-flat-head-screws (Navigate to: Metric 18-8 Stainless Steel Hex Drive Flat Head Screws )

    I brought the bike to ride home today. It feels like forever since I was on a real bike. I'll have to shuttle the car back home tomorrow but I'm jonesin for a ride.

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    It's actually a 4mm hex head. But yes, the screw that holds it together.

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    Just great, chilly 0C, but clear crisp and I got to see this lovely sight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy_burke View Post
    Just great, chilly 0C, but clear crisp and I got to see this lovely sight.

    Awesome, Jeremy.

    Went to the hardware store before work. Found a similar screw. Could you believe all the different classifications for screws? It's officialy an internal hex flat-head cap screw. Can't wait to get home.

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    Yes nice pic Jeremy!

    Well done NDD! Good luck fixing your bike.

    My cold is getting better already, took the bus nevertheless today. And I came home 30 min later because of traffic jam => Cycling is better.

    Have a nice weekend everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    It's officialy an internal hex flat-head cap screw.
    ... M6, 22mm, 18-8 stainless... Hopefully you found it in stainless.

    I had a good ride in but am in disbelief at how bad the road I use is. It's the worst I have ever seen it with potholes through, I don't know, 8 layers of pavement. The shoulders are impassable but once they get cleared they should be better than the road.

    Another good picture jeremy! About 0C here too but I think that may be the last of it. The next 10 days don't have any freezing temps and then we are solidly into spring. By the looks of that picture you are much further along to spring than we are. Green grass!? We haven't even seen ground yet. And the trees haven't though of budding.

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    How was your commute today?

    I found 6 new kilometers of gravel to replace tarmac on my usual route and believe it or not I was a little faster that way. It did require me to climb a nasty steep hill but for 6 more km of gravel Iíll take it.

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    Commuted on my new Chromag Wideangle with slicks... damn this thing is heavy.

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    My bike was hospitalized Saturday after Firday's commute. It felt like the freehub was slipping, kind of a klunk under load, but not changing gears ot anything. On the plus side, my Litespeed MTB commuter was ready to pick up, it has brandy new chainrings from Blackspire, the original XTRs compatible with that 20 year old crank could not be found anywhere anymore, but for some reason Blackspire
    started making compatible rings. Awesome as the alternative was a whole new drivetrain! It looks nifty, but haven't ridden it yet.

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    Winter is trying not to go quietly. Yesterday it snowed hard but didnít stick and this morning it was -3C when I left home. But I made it in and canít wait to wife home in the 17c it is predicted to be.

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    Wow jeremy, you have some nice looking spots on your commute.

    MTXB, I wish your bike a speedy recovery! I bought a whole new drivetrain for my cross bike last season but still haven't put it on since everything is working fine.

    Here are some pictures from my hiking and biking in Punta Cana. Not a lot, but more than we got out of MTXB's Puerto Rico trip. (or maybe I missed that post)
    https://thecandidcyclist.blogspot.co...K_vxX4IZIi1Yr8

    This morning was a cold spring rain. Not my fave.

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    Official Xtreme Spring commute. Just over right about 32 F (0 C) when I left, probably warmed up to 38 F (3 C) in 50 min. When I leave work it'll be 67 F (20 C). It's good to have layers.

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    ^^Yeah, I'm thinking I'll have to slip the rain pants into a pocket for the ride home or it will be a sauna. I was pretty steamy in the 30s with tights underneath. It's supposed to hit 60 this afternoon.

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    I had a great return ride today. I packed shorts in the bag for the return trip and Iím glad I did. It was gorgeous and with the warmer temps I felt fresh, I made the return trip only 0:01:20sec slower than going in. Which is pretty good when you factored in going in is mostly down hill and return trip has 400m of elevation gain in the 34km. No pretty pictures as I was hustling but still two good rides today.

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    Cold rain here too. One pic from the way in, a little stream by a car dealership was ripping. Flooding in the area today, but it doesn't look like my ride home is affected. https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Ve...508582851.html

    The other pix are older, do you like my new yellow bottle cages? I had white with black, which looked good with the white lettering, but I think I will keep these. The shot from the car is going down Hill St. from my house, it is easier than taking a pic while riding down.
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    The ride home was pretty warm! I left the rain pants at work and put the gloves in my pockets 1/3 into the ride. Still fleece tights and a rain coat over a long sleeved base was STEAMY.

    So, today I went with shorts! It was only 38F but free legs feel good! I also rode in a little early so I could ride with my wife. It is supposed to be windy this afternoon!

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    Rode my cx bike to work today and decided I dont like the seatpost rack with the trunkbag. Didnt fit everything so had to carry a backpack nevertheless. Wasnt much faster either, but I guess the difference with the touring bike will be bigger once climbing needs to be done. Well for the rest it was a great day. Sunny and 2C cold this morning, sunny windy and 16C on the way home. Didnt go for shorts yet but I had the thinnest windjacket on.

    And suddenly NBD today. Found a nice and cheap dahon cadenza folder in toen, went to pick it up immediately. It will need some work and probably new cables but frame and wheels are in good condition. That will be a new summerproject later.

    Bedwards, nice trip report. Looks like lots of fun and sun for you and RR!

    Jeremy, this is typical spring weather in germany. Winter in the morning, summer in the afternoon. The alternative would be 12C, windy and rainy all day. What is your preference ?

    Mtbx tos botzleholders are a nice touch and match well with the yellow accents on the front fork! Keep it!

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    Great commute yesterday. Had to meet at my bosses house to go do field work, so had a 7.5 mile ride each way. Got to see some new side streets and hills to climb. All in all, a pretty good ride. Although after having hiked and installed t-posts all day, I was feeling it in the way back. Having a predominantly office job has not been good to me.

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    I've been enjoying some nice weather here. I had to slam on the brakes again today for an SUV that was looking to pull out from a parking lot on me. Nothing like starting the day with a shot of adrenaline. Fortunately, the guy did stop. I was cruising downhill and had quite a bit of speed. The guy stopped at the end of the parking lot, but then started pulling out just as I was approaching him. He looked kind of distracted.

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    Ditched the seatpost rack and trunkbag today and stuffed everything in my backpack. I found it much better although I actually dont really like backpacks, but I can live with it. Again sunny but with the wind it remains cold. Even 17C on the way home did not really feel like summer yet and I kept the windjacket on.

    Public bank holiday season is here now - starting with Friday and Monday off for Eastern. Packing now, driving to the Netherlands tomorrow evening to visit relatives. We are taking the bikes and hoping to make some nice rides there.

    Jeremy, I guess you will have a long weekend too?

    Where is Woodway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    ... actually dont really like backpacks,...

    Jeremy, I guess you will have a long weekend too?
    I didnít get to ride today but tomorrow I will. I totally agree about backpacks. I love them for life and hikes but I donít like riding in one. Tomorrow I get to try out my new Revelate Salty Roll on the ride. And yes my weekend starts tomorrow evening and stretches over a week. My parents are in town for a few and we are all headed to Ireland for the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Where is Woodway?
    Good question.

    I guess it's about to get quiet around here. No holidays for me. I'm not s huge fan of riding with anything.
    - Since it is so infrequent I use a backpack when I need to haul stuff.
    - For daily use I use a fanny pack both for function and so people can make fun of me. Wallet, keys bike tools, pump, patch, phone etc.
    - Each bike gets the smallest seat bag required to carry a bike specific tube because there is no way I am responsible enough to remember to put the right tube in my pack.

    Rides have been good. Super windy last night. Near 0F this morning. This afternoon looks to be very nice. I may throw in some extra miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Where is Woodway?
    Hey All - still alive. Crazy busy at work - my company makes computer vision software and we are testing it in conjunction with a US airline...so last week I was at the airport into the wee hours of the morning installing equipment. Slowly getting back onto a routine schedule!

    Read your ride report bedwards, thanks for posting. Even if things were a bit run down, as you say it's still better to get out there and be active as opposed to sitting on a tour bus...

    Dutchman, a folder! Cool. I would love to have a folder, just cannot justify it.

    The yellow bottle cages match the yellow on the tips of the fork, MTBX. Always important to be color coordinated. It makes the bike go faster.

    Great ride home for me last night. Light rain this morning. Weathermen says it's going to be a super juicy ride home tonight...

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    I had some great rides today. It is definitely spring everything is really turning green. I am not sure if this makes me a horrible person but since this is my first spring in Germany all I can think as I hear the birds chirping is the lyrics to Mel Brooks ďSpring time for GermanyĒ from ďthe ProducersĒ musical and movie. Iím not sure my host country would find it funny but in my head it sure is.


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    ^^ Just finished "Schindler's List". The musical "Sping Time for Germany" within the musical "The Producers" is a celebration of survivors of the holocaust. Even a beautiful country can be lead astray. What the Allies were forced to do to Germany to put a stop to the war, was another tragedy. So celebrating spring in Germany has a cathartic aspect. I think Mel would be happy.

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    After 50K+ miles of reliable service I retired my old wheels for a new set of DT Swiss ER1600 Spline wheels. I've got a few rides on them now, and they feel really good. It makes me realize just how wobbly my old wheels had become. Here is my commuter with the new wheels installed:

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    I went with the 32mm deep rims for some extra beef. If these last me another 50K miles, I'll be happy.

    55F/13C and light rain this morning on an uneventful ride.

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    50K is just amazing on the wheels, the bike and the person! Nice looking bike, BTW. Mine has about 250 on it now.

    I was just looking at my totals and I've clocked in about 50,000 miles since I got back into biking in 2009. 20K miles before Strava and then 30K logged there. But those miles are spread across about 18 bikes.

    This afternoon is supposed to be pretty warm compared to what we have been getting. Oh, and I have to run a 5K tomorrow. So far I have run a total of 5K since last October.

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    ^^Hey bedwards, how was the 5K?
    (talking to myself here)
    Great, thanks for asking. My legs are really sore today because I didn't train at all but I came in about 75th out of about 500. Even with my sore legs the commute wasn't too bad. The weather is finally springlike here with low 40Fs in the morning and high 50Fs the the afternoon. But it is supposed to rain this evening. I'm hoping I can get a 22 mile ride in and get home before it starts.

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    No commutes for me. I have the week off and am enjoying Ireland. Here are some of the highlights.








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    Hey Bedwards, well done on the run AND commuting on the day afterwards.

    Jeremy, nice pics. I know that first place too with the hexagon rocks. Its the Giant's Causeway right?

    Just got back from a long weekend off. My mom had knee surgery and is in hospital, so we lived in her apartment for a few days. We made some nice rides to/along the beach and the dunes and enjoyed the perfect bikeroutes in the Netherlands. Will show some pics later this week, have to sort out my stuff for tomorrow now.

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    I'm not sure what this bright, shiny thing is in the sky on my rides into work, but it's so bright I had to change to sunglasses this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I'm not sure what this bright, shiny thing is in the sky on my rides into work, but it's so bright I had to change to sunglasses this morning.
    Can you describe it? I think I saw what you are talking about 2 weeks ago in Punta Cana but haven't seen it much since. Which brings us to my commute.

    Yesterday evening, light rain. My "longest" ride of the year so far. 24 whole miles.

    This morning, light rain. Rode in with my wife.

    I hear there is a chance we may see that bright thing sometime in the next few days.

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    After my long weekend I can say that that big yellow shiny thing in the sky makes life better. I have seen it 2 weeks in a row now already and it is so warm you need less clothes.

    Nice commute today. Rode with sandals for the first time, bit chilly in the morning but still ok. The ride home wsa sunny but it was very windy, 20kt wind with gusts upto 30kt, so no handsfree riding this time. It was 20C on the way home, but the wind made it fresh enough for me to put on the windvest.

    As promised, some pics of last weekend#s rides here:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/UYSU8GGgadEvmp8XA

    The dunes and beaches are actually a nature reservate owned by a private nature reservation foundation and it was closed except for members of the foundation. A few years ago they changed their policy, widened the trails to gravelroads and opened them for everyone, so now you can make nice biketrips there.

    My father was the local ranger and I spent a lot of time during my childhood there, so I could see how the landscape was changing over the years.

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    Bedwards you rode 12+24=36m after your run? I guess I would have difficulties walking after a 5k run...

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    The 5K was Saturday but 2 days after is always the worst for me. The riding muscles have so much conditioning that they usually function fine after runs. Who said I could walk? Morning and evening rides are 2 different rides, LOL.

    Those do indeed look like some great areas to bike.

    So you use knots to measure wind over there and not kpm? That's not even remotely metric.

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    Hi bedwards, yes 2 days but still....

    Actually it is worse for wind. Here it is expressed in beaufort scale 1-12. For comparison, 12 ist the same wind as an F1 tornado.

    I work in the aero industry where everything is expressed in knots, as in the naval industry. And in addition it is quite universal: for mph add 10%, for kph it is double. I always read the airport weather reports which are quite accurate. Those weather reports look quite cryptic but here is a site with a decoded version:
    https://en.allmetsat.com/metar-taf/n....php?icao=KPWM

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    Of all things. I was biking to the auto repair shop to pick up the car after its 4-wheel alignment and new tires, and I got honked and and sped around by a friggin Red Cross blood donation van. There was no traffic, and the lane was wide enough they didn't actually have to change lanes. My thing is, I get it, I'm a miserable bastard, but you can't act like it on work time...GEEZ
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    I've been so busy I forgot to report the guy who passed me 2 days ago on the curvy downhill from work (25mph zone too) and nearly hit the city bus head on. I know those buses have dashcams from filing a complaint with them before. It must be spring, almost all the snow is gone and this weekend is the first trailwork day. Have been able to bike in shorts for a few days now, sometimes knickers in the a.m.

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    My commute was great! A little sprinkle, but overall it's getting warmer.

    How was your commute today?-blossoms-2.jpg

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    The last cherry blossoms are finishing their bloom now. Just got my new juice built up and I'm very happy with the ride. Before I was commuting on a faux fixie, cheap steel frame with a shimano nexus 7, and a carbon Trek Domane. The juice is far nicer to commute on.

    I really wish there was some dirt along the way, but Tokyo is just a huge concrete jungle. My juice seems a bit out of place compared to all of the fendered city bikes, but whatever, I'm having fun.

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    Hey Koin nice pics. I ride along apple trees and they are blooming now too. Smells sweet!

    Warm again today. Tomorrow will be the last day, 25C is forecasted and then it will drop to 16C on Friday...enjoyed the ride today but still no shorts. Going to pack them in my bag now right away!

    I have had several similar situations the last time. Within the plant apparently an accident happened with a cyclist suddenly taking a pedestrian crossing and got hit by a car. They installed a fence immediately to prevent this. Now I have to get off the bike, walk, then get on and accelerate. Lots of drivers are too impatient and now the last weeks I regularly get overtaken too close, or even overtaken then they hit the brakes to take the next right turn...life didnt get easier on that spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Hey Koin nice pics. I ride along apple trees and they are blooming now too. Smells sweet!

    Warm again today. Tomorrow will be the last day, 25C is forecasted and then it will drop to 16C on Friday...enjoyed the ride today but still no shorts. Going to pack them in my bag now right away!

    I have had several similar situations the last time. Within the plant apparently an accident happened with a cyclist suddenly taking a pedestrian crossing and got hit by a car. They installed a fence immediately to prevent this. Now I have to get off the bike, walk, then get on and accelerate. Lots of drivers are too impatient and now the last weeks I regularly get overtaken too close, or even overtaken then they hit the brakes to take the next right turn...life didnt get easier on that spot.
    Thanks cycling dutch. Any pics of the apple trees? Now I want apple pie, lol.

    That sucks about the fence. I've always dreamed of having a pellet gun or something attached to my bike to snipe the tires of people who drive like jerks. Of course that'd just end up being a really dangerous situation for everyone, but in my fantasy head, we're all invincible like cartoon characters, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy_burke View Post
    I found 6 new kilometers of gravel to replace tarmac on my usual route and believe it or not I was a little faster that way. It did require me to climb a nasty steep hill but for 6 more km of gravel Iíll take it.

    That looks like such a nice route to take daily. Sounds like that section's a keeper!

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    ^^ Nice bike Koin! Pretty photos too.

    Hey Dutchman, I like your photos. Especially the one of your son giving the thumbs up. Looks like some great riding.

    Congrats on the run bedwards.

    Nothing exciting to report for me. Typical spring commuting weather...sometimes sunny, sometimes raining and slowly warming up. I am seeing more and more bike on the road every day.

    Bike to work month starts next week and then the bike activity will really pick up.

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    No commutes the last couple of days, as I've taken two days off to leisurely do bathroom renovation, which is gonna be ongoing....

    Anywho, another inexpensive bike in the stable: Redline Monocog Flight. Unfortunately these were aluminum, but this is a pretty darn fun bike, and will assuredly prevent me from turning the Bridgestone into a single speed convert. Bummer because I wanted to build the wheels, but also a heck of a lot cheaper. Rode around the park this morning, and I'm pretty sure this is the bike that is going to help me get back into good biking shape faster. It'll be perfect for my 1.5 mile commutes to work on days when I can't find time to put in more than an extra mile or two.

    Stay safe, y'all.
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    ^^How many bikes does that bring the total up to NDD?

    Nice pictures Koin. I have a hard time wrapping my head around climate in Japan.

    Grass is begrudgingly staring to turn green here. Today was just around freezing but undeniably one of the nicest days we've had for commuting lately. No wind, bright sun and clear blue skies.

    I tried to do a very short run after my commute to attempt to train for the next 5K. My legs told me to go F myself. I guess they need more rest.

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    That would be three. May let go of the bridgestone, but don't yet know

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    Nice rides again today. Rode with my wife n kids to school and to work after that. Varied the route home and finally rode in shorts and sandals. After all it was 23C and sunny.

    Nice find NDD. You now have your ss bike so the bridgestone can stay original. Safe rides!

    Bedwards still so cold at your place??

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