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Chris Davies (cd34)
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Death Ride is July 11th. 129 miles, 15k' of elevation and some of the nicest descents I've seen. If you missed registration, they are having a second registration opening on April 16th.

I'm riding it, but, perhaps you have friends that like riding, but, perhaps not the Death Ride. +Lynne Watanabe was thinking about leading a social ride around Lake Tahoe (just under 81 miles) starting in South Lake Tahoe.

Strava map of her route last year:
https://www.strava.com/activities/165159817

Descents from the Death Ride:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mCLVGLyBPs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TDtjXGJY3Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6a9eW64oDE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_9LDZPagdA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8BtWlJh8P0
We invite you to participate in Death Ride, one of the premier cycling events in the West. Enjoy the majestic views & warm hospitality of Alpine County!
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That sounds pretty sweet. Out east we have the Diabolical Double (200k, 16k ft climbing) which sounds like a similar challenge. Also some fantastic descents and beautiful scenery, though we dont have the big long climbs that y'all have out west; ours tend to be short but steep. Definitely recommend the DD or any of the Garrett County rides for those bout east.
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My daily commute - shortened to under three minutes since I left my camera in time lapse mode.
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Before moving closer to work I lived 20 miles away, and I've got to be honest... the thought of biking in never crossed my mind (even though on bad days the ride home could be the same time as your commute).
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From Strava:

To let everyone know, +Lonnie Wormley was hit from behind by a car a couple days ago.  He has undergone surgery for a broken hip and will have a long recovery.  The initial reports is the lady was on her phone and did not see him on his morning commute.  Stay safe and keep your head on a swivel.
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+Lonnie Wormley  You have our prayer. 
 
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The build I've been working on for sooooo long. Handlebars are not wrapped until I get the fit done. Front rim is indeed the same, but, has about 500 miles on it and the machined brake track anodization scrubbed off due to the brakes. I suspect a few descents and the rear rim will have that same pattern.

Took it for a quick spin - hit 25mph without even realizing it. Powertap hub works like a champ. It is light and responsive. Saddle height in the picture here was about an inch too high.

Still needs a few tweaks, but, overall, I'm extremely happy with the build. Once I get it dialed in, I'll post a final build picture with a breakdown of everything.
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Looks great Chris! How tough is it to build wheels? I want to build up some LB carbon's for my MTB and I'm trying to decide if I should do it or have a shop do it.
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Front wheel in for brake adjustments. Handlebars in, almost all cables reasonably adjusted.

Easton EC90 SLX 3 handlebars
SRAM Force22 groupset
HED Belgium Rim, Alfine Dynohub, Sapim CXRay bladed spokes
temporary stem and spacers until bike fit

Working on the rear wheel currently: Powertap hub, HED Belgium rim, Sapim CXRay bladed spokes

It is possible I'll be able to test ride it this week.
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That bike looks crisp... Nice
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Saldades do meu tempo de BMX
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Hey +Sam Haddad, here's the entrance to Toll Road... it's a fun one. :)

http://www.strava.com/segments/2621857
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Awesome. I need hills 
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I bought a titanium frame from a chinese builder and in the last 7800 miles it cracked on the seatpost mast. This is a time lapse of me swapping the frames.

I bought a second, will send the bad one back for warranty repair and build it up as a second bike - probably with a different drivetrain.
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I liked the ride but I think the frame was a little too small for me. I also think the crack may have come from when I got hit by a car - 21mph impact into the side of the car.

Looking back, I think I would probably opt for a road frame to get another 10-15mm of top tube length and more seat tube angle. For TT's, this bike would probably do very well. As a general commuter/climbing bike, I'm starting to affect steering with the longer stem.
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I always thought of myself as a safe rider. I stop at stop signs, stop at stop lights. Will look down at my bike computer when I see someone that might try to wave me through a 4-way stop. I stay on the shoulder, signal when taking the lane, etc.

So, it was a bit of a shock to be riding home Tuesday night on a four lane road with bike lanes on either side at 21mph and have a Volvo take my right of way.

I knew there was a car somewhere behind me but I didn't have time to look back. I heard the truck behind the car honking his horn to warn the driver of the Volvo. I decided to ride down the road she was turning on to sideswipe rather than hitting head on. Twelve feet from the impact my rear wheel locked up in a skid, three feet from the impact my front wheel locked up and wham, I hit the rear passenger door, shattering the window with my shoulder, bending the door at the pillar, putting two dents at the top of the door where my helmet hit. I bounced and ended up about eight feet from the impact site, on my back, wind knocked out of me.

The bike sustained minimal damage - brake hood bent inward, bar tape slightly torn, scratches on the Garmin and a front wheel that needed truing. I suffered a sprained finger, contusion on my wrist, received a tetanus shot, sore shoulder, sore neck that feels like whiplash. My left hand, shoulder and leg took the brunt of the impact and my fingers hurt for the first two days. My laptop was 'folded', my phone screen is cracked. Ambulance showed up, checked me over, checked her son over (he was seated in the rear seat and cuts on his leg from the glass exploding when I impacted) and gave me the 'We should take you to the hospital, but, you really seem to be ok.' talk.

The insurance company called the first day to offer an immediate, one-time settlement offer of $750. At that point, my finger was still hurting and I didn't go to the ER until that evening.

To add insult to injury, I paid $16 to get the police report and find that she was found in violation of a traffic violation, but, wasn't sited. I recall the officer leading her into 'the sun was probably in your eyes' which is on the report. I am thinking of leaving slightly early so I can get there at the right time and take pictures because I don't believe the angle of the sun would have been an obstruction. Jersey had a few holes in it, but, was fairly well protected because of my backpack. Bib shorts have a few holes that expose parts of my assets. As soon as I was able to stand and walk around while waiting for the ambulance, I stopped the GPS (didn't want to have to crop a ride on Strava), took photos of the damage and her license plate. I should have taken more photos from other angles because the extent of the damage isn't as visible due to the poor contrast in the photo.

In any case, I rode 80 miles on Monday, commuted in today and while I'm still a little stiff, I'm doing fine.

I'm going to get a Garmin Virb, but, I'm really disappointed in the police which seemingly led her into "the sun was in my eyes and I didn't see him."

I think the lesson here is, be prepared and try to have options for your exit should something happen. Had I gone into the street, there might have been a car behind me. I think she was trying to make the turn before the car, but, just wasn't paying enough attention to see me there.
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looks like all things considered, you came out of this ok. Sorry about the crash.
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Powertap rear rim in place. Chain too long (but broke my chain tool).

So much for riding Sunday - closest chain tool was in Arizona... MIGHT get it Friday if I am really lucky.
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I have no idea... This chain breaker was my dad's and is probably as old or older than we are.
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There's the anxiously awaited frame on the stand with the brakes, crank, front derailleur and rear derailleur mounted. Titanium blade frame, SRAM Force22 Groupset, Richey UD fork with 45mm rake (temporary until I decide whether I want 45mm which I designed for, or 43mm for a slightly more responsive ride). Easton EC90 SLX3 bars will go on. Stem and saddle will be purchased at the fitters. Speedplay Zero pedals.

And yes, it is a compact. :)

I have not pressed the bearing on the fork yet - it is only sitting there to allow the bike to be worked on.

Park Tools PRS-21 stand.
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Going to be a rocket ship.
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finally... 

now to build the wheels.

cc: +Sam Haddad 
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