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  1. 11 points
    Scrapr

    N+!

    yay! Decided if I'm going to do bike therapy I better have a bike in Bend & another one in Portland. SoI got a used Kona Honky Tonk. New wheels, new gear set for a nice price.Steel is real baby. Took it out for a shake down on the Portland MUP. Not bad. My Trek has a triple (that I never use the bottom end) The KHT has a double.I kinda liked it. Not sure if it's going to have enough low end but the top end is good. At least on the MUP. On the MUP I saw today a fire truck washing down a small fire in a homeless camp a ambulance on the MUP. Guy was talking about getting a gurney. Don't know what that was about. Most likely homeless A deer.wtf??? all dogs on leashes and well mannered a lot of horse poop a guy on an electric bike with what looked like motorcycle tires lapping me a bocce ball event at the Paesano club. Looked like a good time.There was a lot of Paesano's there a crapton of d*ck picture graffiti on the MUP. Is this gang bangers??? 4 teens walking across the entire trail not as many homeless as I imagined and I got a tattoo
  2. 8 points
    Square Wheels

    Good news

    I need to take it easy for a week or so, but I can do whatever I want for exercise. It may cause bladder spasms and bleeding, but the same can happen watching TV. The future still looks bleak for my bladder, but for now I can go back to what I was doing.
  3. 8 points
    Airehead

    One year ago tonight

    I got the call. The one no pilot’s wife wants to hear. Arrived at the hospital waiting for him to arrive by helicopter. So scared and helpless. We soon knew all the ribs and a few parts of the spine were broken but there was no head injury and soon after arrival he could fee his toes. 8 hours of surgery later I found myself able to breathe. All the bones have healed, he can walk and the pain continues to lessen. We are Blessed to have had fabulous surgeons and even better friends.
  4. 6 points
    I have some idea of what you are going through SW. At fifty I was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and told that I'd be put on the operating list but until that time I would just have to put up with it. The problem is that the Doc forgot to put me on the list and I put up with it for three years until I was admitted as an emergency. Now I have a ruined bladder and have to self-catheterise six time a day. Again, like you I have internal bleeding and they are unable to pin-point the cause in my case. This means that a double knee replacement for me is not recommended given the need for blood thinners. Has self-catheterisation been suggested as a partial solution? It sounds dreadful but the reality is not as bad as you would imagine and heaps better than your present predicament. Again, I'm aware that for a young and active person the idea of a urostomy pouch is scary for you but the reality of this may be a welcome relief from your present position. My friend who is an ex-pro ice hockey player has had a stoma from the age of thirty and has been a competitive bike rider for many years with no problems. I know how difficult this must be for you and I hope that you find some solution which will make life more bearable.
  5. 6 points
    ...when you are snarky, it makes me giggle.
  6. 5 points
    petitepedal

    What an upgrade

    I wanted a fruit snack..I have grapes & cherries and should try to have a few of each...I needed a divided dish...Well..I am worth using the good dishes on..besides they will all go to a junk store when I die..so I say use them
  7. 5 points
    bikeman564™

    Today's project

    Finally washed, waxed, and put on new prologo tape and Hudz damn fine looking IMO. Taping took a few tries to get the stripes to show at the top. First time using prologo tape, it feels quite comfy.
  8. 5 points
    maddmaxx

    It's a look

    I'm sure when the nurses found out that they had a patient named longjohn that the gathered round quickly.
  9. 5 points
    Longjohn

    Me and all my friends....,

    I always rode century rides by myself. The groups of friends riding together does look like fun and if they are experienced roadies you can trust it makes the ride a lot easier because you can draft and share the hard work. one year I got some riders from my club to sign up for a century I was doing. They rode exactly like they do at the weekly club rides, averaging 18-20 mph. At the first rest stop at 25 miles in I told them their pace was too fast for me and to go on without me because I’m too old to keep that pace for 100 miles. I caught up to them at the lunch stop. After lunch they were still hanging around. I asked the. If they were ready to roll. They said they were done and had called spouses to come pick them up they were whupped.
  10. 5 points
    You must not abandon your wife to Cheese, either. This is important.
  11. 4 points
  12. 4 points
    Have a Nice Day

    Kids bodies just work

    I am a bit envious. In the playground with RO, and the kids have great posture, no joint problems, and positive expectancy in all situations. I wish I was a kid again.
  13. 4 points
    late

    Good golly Miss Molly

    The wife keeps getting better. We went out to lunch today, tried the Impossible Burger. It's a really good fake, but like Jezzer said, you'd never confuse it with meat. I had a couple bites, that was hers. I got some ridiculous thing that had a burger dusted with coffee, candied bacon, fired onions, an egg, thousand island sauce (I told them to hold the mayo), and a couple kinds of cheese. It was really tasty, and about a million calories. We went to Goodwill, got a couple books, the first Game of Thrones book, and The Last Full Measure, the sequel to the amazing Killer Angels. If you haven't read Killer Angels, you really really should. Really. Definitely going to have to do a long bike ride manana. Saw a Youtube video on how to defeat the limiter, so the motor will still keep cranking past 20mph. Tempting, that would be helpful in traffic. Do you ever screw up Netflix? I am a hopeless The Expanse addict and I missed disc 3 of season one somehow. Although I am getting annoyed with the show. Over the last year I've become something of an expert on the books. So now I can't go 5 minutes without saying that wasn't in the books, or it was completely different. The big thing is my fave character is Avarasala, a small Indian woman who is a force of nature. In the TV show she does things like torture. She is a badass in the books, but she is always trying to find a way to get to her goals without violence. For my 2 cents, best scifi ever, and I don't mean the tv show. Knock on wood, maybe things are settling down. You can get tired of reality biting you on the ass every couple days.
  14. 4 points
    Square Wheels

    Kids bodies just work

    I will whine and complain about my latest ailments. When I'm done with my pity party I will get right back to where I was. I'll run, I'll ride, I'll go to OTF. I refuse to let age win.
  15. 4 points
  16. 4 points
    Square Wheels

    Happy Saturday

    Happy happy day, they pulled the catheter out!
  17. 4 points
    Zephyr

    Me and all my friends....,

    And to make matters worse, I already had the shirt, they gave it to me the day before
  18. 4 points
    Yet, you do so much for everyone here. Never give up, Cliff. We all love you, buddy.
  19. 4 points
    Trust me that EVERYONE here is more than willing to give you a chance to "feel sorry for yourself", but it really isn't coming across as that to me. You've got some tough and serious stuff you're dealing with, and I think we all can relate to it either first hand or through our loved ones. Feel free to vent, look for support, look for a distraction, or whatever helps you the most. You've proven you're one tough dude, so a rough patch feeling sorry for yourself is understandable.
  20. 4 points
    Further

    I'm in agony

    The in laws & I chartered a deep sea fishing trip, the boat launched at 5:00am, at 6:00am the mate climbed down from the pilots station to get a Bud Lite from the fridge. He got a fresh one every hour, on the hour, for the entire 11 hour trip.
  21. 4 points
    jsharr

    It's a look

    You did let them know you drive a convertible BMW, right? They will use the A team nurses for the sponge bath.
  22. 3 points
    I try to ride at least one fondo a year, and try to pick different ones, which is harder than you would think living here. My wife is not a long distance rider and maxs out at 100k(60 mile) rides, so I always end up doing these 100 mile rides alone. Which is fine, a large percentage of my rides are done by myself. I do, however, admit to being a little jealous seeing groups of obvious friends doing these rides together and having fun and making a day of it. This year I decided to see if I could get some company for the ride so I reached out to a number of people in our program who ride some (most around the 25 mile mark) back in March and tried to get them to do this ride for me. I had 4 yes'es, three of them had never rode over 80k before. Starting in March, I provided them with training plans and have been in contact and encouraging them throughout. Then they started to drop. One boss cancelled one guys day off for that day to fill a shift. Another has had some personal issues so she had to back out, another had an injury and had to stay off the bike for the last four weeks. So it was down to two of us. I just found out today when he signed up he signed up for 100k, not 100 miles. Oh well I tried. I will just spend my 100 miles thinking about not being such a dick all the time and maybe getting a few friends.
  23. 3 points
    Airehead

    Medjool dates and kadota figs

    Together will make some excellent cookies for Mr Aire’s lunch. I forgot the filling takes about two hours to simmer. Oops. Now I have to mind the pot instead of unpacking the garage stuff
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    wilbur

    One year ago tonight

    I knew what this was about just by the title. I am very happy things are getting better!
  26. 3 points
    Probably the most brand loyal group of people are truck buyers, then snowmobilers, them motorcyclists. Its really kind of amusing. I know guys who have temporarily switched brands to bash and complain, just to confirm (in their minds) that their favorite brand is best. My dad is one of them. He can look you in the eye and tell you for 50 years his favorite brand never left him stranded. Though my memory is much, much different. Part of my decision making process while choosing a vehicle is to find which group has the most loud and obnoxious brand loyalists, and then buy the polar opposite. If for no other reason then to watch them go into a tribal activated frensy when they see my new purchase.
  27. 3 points
    onbike1939

    Me and all my friends....,

    I don't believe in allowing cycling to become an ego thing.......too much of the pleasure of cycling is lost by doing this. I've never been interested in speed, and to me it's all about enjoying the effort, enjoying the countryside and being on the bike. I've always loved loaded touring with a light-weight tent and being free to roam the countryside for a couple of months. No strict route, but just a destination to reach by using the smallest and quietest roads which avoided all the large towns. I never had a day on tour in France when I didn't cycle, and have never felt more liberated than when I knew I had a thousand miles to go and only myself to rely upon to get there. It's something I still miss every summer.
  28. 3 points
    Further

    Happy Saturday

    Spent a couple hours on my bicycle in the early morning light. Great start to the day
  29. 3 points
    Square Wheels

    Me and all my friends....,

    Now that's bad ass, stupid too, but I have more respect for you now. Willing to die for a t-shirt.
  30. 3 points
    Zephyr

    Me and all my friends....,

    A century I did a few years ago, it was 100 degrees out. You could not drink enough water. There was a 7mile climb at the 60 mile mark that was pretty gradual but had a 1/2 mile of 12-18% grade. It was so hot, it made rhe water in my bottles warm, and the warm water made me feel sick. Feeling sick I stopped eating and drinking. By the time I got to the next stop I was so dehydrated I could barely stand. I quickly got fresh water and hit the road because I didn't want the medic to stop me. I limped the last 30 miles. My wife had done the 60 miles and was waiting for me. She said I looked terrible when I got back and asked me 'Why didn't you just stop?" I told her it was against the rules. My other hill story, on a ride from Vancouver to Whistler, at one steep hill there was a guy with a sign that said "Remember, you PAID to do this to yourself"
  31. 3 points
    Longjohn

    Me and all my friends....,

    Finishing early on a century is ok but on a week long supported bike tour there are advantages to slowing down. Your luggage is easier to find and you don’t have to unload the luggage trucks.
  32. 3 points
    Square Wheels

    Me and all my friends....,

    Same rules on a tandem. There must be as many watts as you think you can manage, +5%. It's only 100 miles. There is no giving up There is no getting a ride back. You have two choices, ride really hard the whole time, or ride even harder. Stop your bitchin. Of course if I rode with you @Airehead we would stop and make a daisy chain necklace with the dandelions. It would be a fun ride, as relaxing as you wanted, unless you said, let's push it, then you better bring your legs.
  33. 3 points
    JerrySTL

    Me and all my friends....,

    Years ago I had a couple of riding buddies doing their first century ride with me. They also took off like a bat outa hell. I told them it was a mistake and let them drop me. I caught up with them around mile 70. They were really suffering. To their credit, they did finish but about 40 minutes after I did. It was the old tortoise and the hare thing.
  34. 3 points
    maddmaxx

    Went to a car lot today

    It's Merica you damn socialist and here we consume as much gasoline as we want. Some of us even tune our trucks to make smoke. Now take your prissy little motors and go mow the lawn with them. Proud owner of a Toyota IM getting 40 mpg.
  35. 3 points
    onbike1939

    Me and all my friends....,

    Over here in Scotland, the CTC hold a veterans' 100 mile run for those over fifty. This runs over a lovely part of Scotland...the Trossachs, a bit hilly though, and ends with a dinner. I've done this a few times, last time with a seventy year-old woman friend and it was a great day.
  36. 3 points
    There are no answers or solutions to my problems. Sometimes I just need to have someone listen, and in this case it can't be someone I know, or they'd have me committed, again. I've been suffering from increased bladder pain for almost 17 years now, at this point it is ruining my life. I like running, but suspect that is now a thing of the past. During my last century I tried to count how many times I had to stop, I lost count after 20 (still did the 109 in 6.5 moving hours though). I avoid activities where I know there won't be a bathroom. There are many things I won;t even consider doing. Tuesday I had another poke around the bladder to see how it was going. During the procedure he tried to inflate the bladder with some saline, didn't get to 250 mls before the skin started cracking open and bleeding. He said he'd not seen that before. At this point I've lost track on what I've tried. Many urologists, acupuncture, meditation, many different drugs, prostate surgery, Botox injections in the bladder, physical therapy (twice), chiropractor, diet changes... Again, I forget what else I've tried. When this first started almost 17 years ago it was frustrating that I would need to pee every few hours. Now it can be every 5 minutes. If I go on a run, it's a crap shoot if I'll be peeing blood when I get back. Now it's happening with riding. Sometimes I pee blood and clots even if I don't exercise. I've been in the hospital since yesterday (unplanned) and should be going home tomorrow. Two different docs have said I might be looking at removing the bladder at some point in the future. I won't do that. I'll give up before that. Honestly, a lot of me already has given up. I feel like I'm faking it each day (again) to make others happy. I love my wife, I love my kids, I love my family, but it barely gets me through the day at this point. I may not make it much longer, and sadly, this does not make me sad. It sounds like relief to me. Finally, relief. Thanks for listening, no replies are needed. Honest.
  37. 3 points
    ChrisL

    Hey Sheepherder

    Ever see a Bengal Sheep????
  38. 3 points
    ...some horses are pretty smart. When you get under them to trim their hooves and re-shoe them, the wise asses will lean on you. Just a little at first, then if you don't smack them and ell them to stand up, they gradually shift more weight onto you as you hold up one leg.
  39. 3 points
    I was getting ready to sign the papers on a new car one time that was advertised with free rustproofing. The salesmany said that was not included in the model I selected. I got up and walked out. When I got home the owner of the dealership was calling me to apologize for his moron salesman and told me that it was indeed free with the car I selected. I told him I didn’t want it anymore.
  40. 3 points
    Never worry about venting to us. We can be a snarky lot frequently, but there are also a lot of good people here who really care about you. I wish there was something I could suggest, and I hope there are some alternatives that can improve your situation. I am so sorry you are dealing with this. Just remember that we love you and would miss you very much.
  41. 3 points
    Please do not leave us prematurely. I am so sad to hear of this pain you have. Wish it was better for you.
  42. 3 points
    Thinking of you with compassion. Oh and that cool new hug thing too.
  43. 3 points
    MickinMD

    And the day is finally here...

    My neighbor had two first floor bedrooms and decided to make a huge bath/shower room out of one of them with a jacuzzi, stand up shower with jets all over, etc. He proudly showed me the finished product. I stupidly asked, "What are you going to do with the old bathroom, knock down one wall to add the space to your kitchen?" His wife's eyes lit up and for the next month or so he glared at me every time saw me as he walked into his house after work.
  44. 3 points
    Dirtyhip

    We went truck shopping today

    I hope that I will make a decision fast than @petitepedal.
  45. 2 points
    Add another W for FKCC.
  46. 2 points
    jsharr

    Kids bodies just work

    Go in there and tell them to cherish this because soon it will turn to a shit show.
  47. 2 points
    We have had nothing but trouble with Ford trucks in our fleet. the last 2 were F350's.Gas pot that we tried propane/gas solution. If the propane ran out the gas would take over. First one blew a engine at 98k miles. We asked Ford for warranty relief. They said oh, no that's just for diesel. We sucked it up & put a new engine in for about $8-10k. The sister truck bought at the same time then blew an engine within 200 miles of the previous truck. Yeah,nothing wrong with those engines right Ford? We sold that one.
  48. 2 points
    Airehead

    Me and all my friends....,

    Last century we did was dead ass flat for 100 scenic miles on Maryland’s lower shore. At mile 89 Mr Aire got the bad type of cramp where you can’t get off the bike. It was then I realized I should help by pedaling. Honestly, I am not the fastest but I am a bit hard headed about wanting to get long rides done. I don’t linger or mess around. Only goal is completion as fast as possible.
  49. 2 points
    Dirtyhip

    We went truck shopping today

    Traffic? What the heck is that? LOL
  50. 2 points
    Apparently it's as much a pain to explain to your bosses how you ended up with an extra vehicle as it is to lose one. I studied Cognition and Learning under a professor who had been a U.S. Air Force Pilot during the Korean War. At one point, he was assigned to a base in Canada and was asked to go out near a dock and count the jeeps. He came back and said there were 12. "Can't be. We only have 11. Go count them again." He came back and said there were definitely 12. "OK. Then drive one off the dock into the water. We're only supposed to have 11."
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