Bicycle Maintenance and Riding by “Feel”: Know Thy Steed(s)

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Over the winter I had a new chain put on the Venge.  I also took the steering assembly (head set) apart, had it cut down then cleaned it up, lubed it and put the front end back together.  I also completely cleaned and lubed every component on the bike that could need it….

Saturday two weeks ago I took the Venge out for a spin with my wife and buddy, Phill.  On the way home my saddle didn’t feel right…  It was squishy.  We stopped by the local bike shop to say hi and I looked at my saddle.  This is what I saw:

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No big deal, right?  Well, I’m sitting there wondering what would make the leather rip like that…  Sure enough:

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I was lucky, the shop had the exact make and model (even year) in stock.  I had the new one put on and we were on our…

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SRAM Recalls Zipp Bicycle Quick Releases Due to Crash and Injury Hazards

Be careful everyone.

Recreation Law

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-Bicycle-Quick-Releases/

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Zipp® bicycle quick releases

Hazard: The quick releases can fail to engage in the closed position, posing crash and injury hazards to the rider.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should immediately stop using any bicycles equipped with the recalled quick releases and contact SRAM or their local bicycle dealer for a free replacement quick release.

Consumer Contact: SRAM at 800-346-2928 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Fridays, or visit http://www.sram.com or http://www.zipp.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

Recall Details

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-Bicycle-Quick-Releases/

Units: About 6,400

Description: This recalls involves SRAM’s Zipp stainless steel or titanium quick releases. They were sold as aftermarket components or as part of the 202 DB V2, 303 DB V2, 404 Firestrike V2, 202 Firecrest V3, 303 Firecrest V3, 404 Firecrest…

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What Training For A Triathlon Taught Me About Personal Finance and Investing

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Weiswampach_triathlon_2007_Peter_Croes_Stijn_GorisI completed my first Triathlon in 2014 and started training for my second late last year. The sensation of movement is something I greatly enjoy and the combination of sports in the Triathlon (swim, cycle, run) plus the challenge of completing the event makes it very appealing to me. Athletically, I’m average (and possibly below average on the bike) but once again regular training has become part of the fabric of my life. Whilst some recreational triathletes will train 20hrs+ a week, I have to get by with about 5-6hrs a week more due to competing demands from my Ph.D./Masters and teaching commitments than lack of drive (usually 2hrs in each sport, swimming, cycling and running is the most I can manage). As I’m tapering my training over the next couple weeks I’ve spent some time reflecting on the past 4 months of training, and, in particular, the similarities between…

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Emotional Freedom…Can Tapping Clear Your Emotions?

Empaths Empowered

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Happy Easter! I Hope you will be spending the weekend doing something that makes you happy and puts a smile on your face. I love this time of year. Spring is in the air and the nights are getting lighter… Time to come out of hibernation and time to learn another healing technique…

You may have read or seen a clip on YouTube about the emotional freedom technique (EFT) known as Tapping. The premise is by tapping certain acupressure/meridian points on the face and body it can help release blocked energy and suppressed emotions. It also helps with addictions, chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and persistent thoughts.

The origins of Tapping lie in Eastern medicinal techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure, both of which use the body’s meridian points to aid in healing. It is claimed by tapping these points with your fingertips it activates the body’s own healing power.

Although many…

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Thought I Let It Go?

Looks freaking awesome. Now I must check it out.

Secondrate Cyclist

Not a chance. This video, like the others, is nothing short of spectacular. Jackson has GOT to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, at least in the top ten. Monday is over. Tuesday is well . . . Tuesday, so sit back and enjoy. Personally, my favorite part is around 04:09, but don’t jump to there. The whole thing is scrumptious.

Bon Vélo!

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Confident and Fearful Dogs

AlyZen Moonshadow

(From my ISCP Diploma in Canine Psychology coursework assessments):

Q:
How do you know when a dog is confident or fearful? Give examples of dogs you have observed.

A:

A confident dog appears open and friendly, and will come up to you happily, even exuberantly. A fearful dog will cower in a corner, with its tail tucked between its legs, and avert its gaze. A dog’s body language speaks volumes about how it feels, or what type of personality it has.

Otto the mixed breed dog at the Refuge I’m involved in is an example of a confident dog. The minute he sees me near his kennel, he comes right over, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and sticks his nose out the opening of the door. If I put my hand in, he’ll give it a snuffle and a lick. If he’s feeling super happy, he’ll jump up and down…

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