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  1. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    And then we waited for UPS. After a few days they told me the package would be delayed one day. Then at 8:00am of the new delivery date, they told me it would be delayed another day.
    But...at 10:17am Mrs made me run to the door to find
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    You might be used to just picking up a bike at the bike shop. Or maybe popping on wheels and a seat, even a set of bars.
    This would take a bit more assembly.
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    I collected the necessary tools as I built it up, until I reached a point where I needed a couple of wrenches that I didn't have.
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    After a trip to the bike shop, I carried on...until
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    If you haven't kept up on such things, road cassettes can be really big now.
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    I have wireless 2x12 on the bike for good flat sprints and big climbs.

    And then a test ride. A scoot around the neighbourhood, just in case I needed to adjust something. I'll move the seat a bit further back. I may lower the seat angle for my TTs.
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  2. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Sweet Peter! What was the assembly time?
     
  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    A couple of hours, not counting a trip to the bike shop for wrenches (why was I expecting an autocorrect to wenches?).
    Then an hour to make sure I knew how everything was going to work before taking it out on the road.
     
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  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    That's killer! Of course, I especially love the shoes. I'd wear them with my Purple Hazel Cu22!
     
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  5. ducmike

    ducmike New Member

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    Got it last Friday. About 150 on it since then. Cindy completed the Leadville virtual challenge last week (she was supposed to race her 8th Leadville 100 this weekend), so we went easy since she gained over 10k elevation in the last 3 days of the week.

    We switched bikes on a really rough road with cattle grates last Sunday, I rode my bike out, and her tarmac back. Wow, what a difference, didn't even notice how rough the road was on the Giant, beat the crap out of me on her bike. So, I sold my road bike today... for 300 less than I paid new 2 years ago, covid is crazy.

    I need the zero offset seat post to get the fit exact, should be here in a few weeks, but super happy with it, and only 1lb heavier than my Emonda. I might make a few changes, but really happy as is.

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  6. tabl10s

    tabl10s New Member

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    What size bar do you use?
     
  7. ducmike

    ducmike New Member

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    I'll have to measure it. They're the stock Giant Defuse bars. They are designed to flex to absorb bumps, but it doesn't feel like the bars are moving/flexing. Very comfy, they're wider hood-hood than the bars on my Trek. The bars have a slight flare out in the drops, super stable on the drops on these.
     
  8. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

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    I got tired of the creaking in my bottom bracket and finally pulled-it apart, cleaned it, then reassembled with some fresh Ti-Prep. Last application was probably 8 years ago so it was time. I also cleaned bottom bracket area with some Scotch Brite while the crankset was off the bike. A quiet drive-train is such a treat.

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  9. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Today's grocery run was... "more". $200 worth.
    Required some strategic packing to be sure, and definitely needed the trunk bag space (not expanded).
    The load was just as easy to handle as last time, no increase in perceived weight.
    When I re-attached the rack I failed to notice that the rear bracket frame mount was too close to the rear tire AFTER I packed everything. ACK!
    Fun raising the rack as a whole with the additional weight...
    Rookie mistake number 3.
    This load was just about all the trunk bag/panniers/backpack can handle. Now I know. I could expand the trunk bag with the zipper to get a very small amount more, but...
    Screwing up and getting even more would require bags slung over the handlebars, and I hate that.

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    Oh... and it was HOT out.
     
  10. Glenn Rodgers

    Glenn Rodgers New Member

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    I have a GT Avalanche and a Marin Bobcat Trail. Both need work and it's a bit cold here In New Zealand ATM. Spring hasn't quite sprung, but at least it's getting warmer. I plan on hitting the trails on the bikes and long boarding the streets this Summer.
     
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  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Saw those on my ebike forum last year. Fabulous.
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Great share Dave
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I almost avoided it... glad I didn't.
     
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  17. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I saw it yesterday in my feed. I avoided it. Watched it hear. I'm disappointed in myself for passing on it yesterday.
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    We all need a little more kindness and smiles.:cool:
     
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  19. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Ain't that the truth!
     
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  20. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    One of my preferred charities is The Ride to Conquer Cancer. I've done the ride 4 times in the past and was signed up to do it again this year. We all know what happened to these fund raisers.
    So...on the original ride dates, I did back to back days of 100+km. Then the Ride set last Saturday as a Virtual ride date, asking people to get out and do their own ride. I signed up to do The Hammer, meaning a minimum of 100 miles. The Hammer was to be an optional, longer ride for those who don't think 100km two days in a row is enough exercise. Oh...The Hammer goes up and down the escarpment that the Niagara Falls is on.
    Saturday was forecast to be unpleasant weather so, I went to do my ride on Wednesday.
    I left early so I wouldn't be time constrained.
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    Luckily, I had some old sunglasses to go with my gold helmet - a reward for 5 years on the Ride.
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    It isn't especially easy to eat on this bike, but I had a lot of lakeshore so paused at about 45km for a snack.
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    After 65km along the lake, I was ready for breakfast. Normally the Ride has aid stations, but I was going to be self supported.
    I stashed a cooler at a place that was handy to visit from time to time. The Garmin spent the first 40km in my bike bag charging. My phone got the same treatment later in the day. I originally bought the micro-start when one of my motorcycles had battery issues.
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    After breakfast, I went to climb the moraine. It was much closer than the escarpment. As happens when nobody scouts out a route for you, you might have to change your plans.
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    Not really a problem because I know these roads fairly well. I just had to take a road with steeper hills.
    After lunch, I cruised through a couple of the little lake towns.
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    I did a few extra kilometers, just in case my metric conversion was off and finished the day at 164km.

    It was a good day for a long ride. Temperature started at 10C and finished at 20C. Light winds and a bit of overcast to minimize the sunburn.
     
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