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Weekend Warmup #118 - April 13, 2021, 12:45 p.m.

Yeah, anecdotal is anecdotal, but after awhile the koolaide gets old.  

YMMV but I have been around too long to believe the latest media narrative about anything and by this time have talked to too many people who don't have to coaxed into verifying my perception. The virus is real, the panic pandemic i.e. fear flu is uncalled for.

A while ago the CDC told us that it  was 6% that actually died of corona; everybody else had 2 or more co-morbidities. But that got left in the lurch a long time ago. Too much money and clicks to be made from all the fear porn. 

Speaking of which, paying the hospitals down here 13K for a CV diagnosis and 39K if they went on a ventilator when the tsunami they expected didn't  happen, only encouraged them to grasp at diagnosing everything as CV. 

But anyway. The world is going to end in 12 years because Greta and AOC told us.

Because climate change/corona/racism fill in the blank.



Weekend Warmup #118 - April 12, 2021, 10:20 a.m.

Just putting it out there. Down here in Wa everybody I know gets over it no big deal. Likewise family members in Cali and NY. 

Yeah,  it can be deadly, but as a rule it's not. 

IOW it's not the second coming of the black plague no matter how much the media yaps about it. 


Weekend Warmup #118 - April 10, 2021, 9:55 p.m.

Dunno. Sounds like these Canucks got the panic pandemic figured out.

Wade Simmons' Pick-A-Part: Technical Climbs - Jan. 27, 2021, 12:57 p.m.

Exactly. They look doofus and dropper technology has improved so you don't have to worry about ruining them anymore which was also a big plus for fenders back in the day as far as I was concerned. But they still  prevent  that slimy gumbo of mud and rocks on your seat getting  ground into your shorts when you have to ride in slop.

Best of 2020 - Pete Roggeman's List - Jan. 8, 2021, 10:45 p.m.

Yo bro, can we keep it on bikes and leave out the politicks. Maybe the Kanadians can't see it from up there,  but for  some of the munchkins here in Amerika,  Ronald Grump - despite his many flaws -  is essentially a stick in the eye of PC, the speech code for socialism/The Powers That Be. 

As compared to the Dementia Party candidate and pogrom. 

It's called the lesser of two evils. (While one might prefer blue skies, many times the choice is to ride in the rain or just stay home.)

As for Corona1984 everybody down here that I know that gets it,  gets over it. Yeah, just like the flu or pneumonia if you are elderly or in poor health it can kill ya, but otherwise it doesn't seem to be the big deal it's supposed to be. 

Still if the borders weren't closed yrs truly , along with all the other Yankee Doodle Dandys,   would be up there clogging the trails big time. So there's that to drink to. 


cheers/carry on

Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Pack Pliers - Nov. 17, 2020, 7:52 p.m.

Maybe that explains it. Haven't found the original pliers to work that great (w. Shimano links.) They sure look cool tho,  which is why I bought them in the first place, as these ones do also.  At home I grab the Park. 

Problem is on the trail is little bits falling and getting lost. Probably will stick with my Crankbrothers M17 for now. We is late tech adopter.

Riding in Royal Race Pants - Oct. 26, 2020, 12:38 p.m.

We're late to the party, but if 32w/36l is a popular jean size and sold out a lot of times down here, Royal Race xl is 36-38w/31.75l (?!)

They might be great pants, but seriously,  I can't justify the price/size difference.

Wrapping a Fork with RideWrap - Oct. 23, 2020, 1:04 p.m.

Done 2 frames and 1 fork. Nothing professional, but got things covered. RW came thru quickly when they sent me wrong instructions for fork.   

2nd frame already had 3M underneath  on the downtube and I put the RW over it. IMO that area needs the heavier protection like 3M.

Worth Every Penny - Oct. 23, 2020, 12:46 p.m.

IIRC the problem was getting something close to the original molded up the side look. 

510 sold soles that glued on the bottom, but at $50 for the sole and $50 for the repair, I was almost back at the original price of $109 with no idea if it would work in the long run.

All the Small Things - Oct. 23, 2020, 12:46 p.m.

Long ago and far away, the Reader's Digest interviewed Chuck Noll, head coach for  the Pittsburg Steelers.  

When asked what the secret  was to 4 championships in 5 years, he said "Anybody can play football. We pay attention to the details."


Steve Vanderhoek - Gap Hunting on 5th Horseman - Oct. 19, 2020, 6:42 p.m.


Great riding.

Worth Every Penny - Oct. 5, 2020, 8:36 p.m.

The 510 uppers are quality/stout and last longer than the soles, which get chewed up by the pins. Anybody tried resoling them or is it not worth it?

Appreciate the info on the pants AJ. Sounds like they beat jeans some of us cheapsters wear. Might have to pull the trigger.


SKS Airspy Review - Sept. 23, 2020, 11:18 p.m.

Well, I used to go that route until somebody I was riding with lent me his gauge and I found out I was at 15 lb. and this was way before before tubeless/cushcore. No wonder  performance was so lame and I was always getting snake bites. 

IOW  some of us need all the help we can get.

SKS Airspy Review - Sept. 23, 2020, 11:14 p.m.

Re. presta, the Makita has a schrader adapter which I already use on my tires anyway.

SKS Airspy Review - Sept. 23, 2020, 11:13 p.m.

Good question re. tubeless. I am not sure. I'll  try and find out when I get some time Fri or Sat.

As far as batteries go, I got plenty of Makita for work which means there's always one that is charged up and which is also  why I didn't buy the Milwaukee 12 amp version, which would be a one of for me.

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