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    Is that for reall, or is it from The Onion? ...

    Is that for reall, or is it from The Onion?

    ... Thom
  2. An attempt at squirrel-proofing:...

    An attempt at squirrel-proofing:
    https://youtu.be/hFZFjoX2cGg

    ... Thom
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    Damn! This is SO geeky. Translation: why NOT? ...

    Damn! This is SO geeky. Translation: why NOT?

    ... Thom
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    Makes sense. He also mentioned that the clog...

    Makes sense.

    He also mentioned that the clog had quite a few dings in it, and that one of the resolers (I don't think it was Dave) expressed a concern about the longevity of a repair as a...
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    Thanks Greg! I just got off the phone with my...

    Thanks Greg! I just got off the phone with my buddy to pass the information to him. It ends up that after exhausting all of the local Colorado options, he sent them to Dave and he couldn't do it. ...
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    Has anyone had success getting TLT 8 Carbonios...

    Has anyone had success getting TLT 8 Carbonios resoled?

    My buddy has gone to many of the usual suspects in Colorado and they've told him that they can't source the thin sole material used for...
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    I don't know the size you need, but you can find...

    I don't know the size you need, but you can find assortments of stick on rubber feet on Amazon.

    ... Thom
  8. Considering Salomon's mature manufacturing...

    Considering Salomon's mature manufacturing capabilities, it sounds as if the design is predicated on tight tolerances - tolerances that aren't easy to hold in production.

    I won't repeat the...
  9. I'd use hex drive, round heads, or socket heads...

    I'd use hex drive, round heads, or socket heads rather than set (grub) screws.

    Another thing to consider (before you've mixed up the epoxy and it's started to cure) is a means of measuring the...
  10. I've always ordered non-die cut black, because...

    I've always ordered non-die cut black, because it never made sense to me to cut a base into pieces, no matter how precise the process, and black because it's a lot easier to see where you need to...
  11. Does it come with a pair of Billy Goats?

    Does it come with a pair of Billy Goats?
  12. Yup, definitely only the up. Glad you mentioned...

    Yup, definitely only the up. Glad you mentioned that.

    Folks with illusions of a conversion for downhill use would do well to reread about the Salomon Quest fiasco.

    ... Thom
  13. I vaguely recall Dawson doing this, some 10 years...

    I vaguely recall Dawson doing this, some 10 years ago. It might be worth searching Wildsnow.

    ... Thom
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    Ya ... I didn't spend all that much time with...

    Ya ... I didn't spend all that much time with them. Interesting behavior on refrozen barnacles, and surprisingly, they were their wonkiest in long radius turns (go figure - with a 40m radius). ...
  15. @ISBD's 2014 BGs (the last year of the 186...

    @ISBD's 2014 BGs (the last year of the 186 length) are a softer ski than the next gen. (184) which I also owned. How much of this has to do with use (I bought 'em from @lucknau and passed them along...
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    I had similar reactions to the LD102s that @ISBD...

    I had similar reactions to the LD102s that @ISBD had, to the extent that I gave them a chance. I bought them for Spring, and one key criterion was hard snow performance - for those times when you...
  17. Ullr was on my short list, and I ended up...

    Ullr was on my short list, and I ended up ordering +10 GPOs. We'll see how good a decision this was in 6 months ;-)

    ... Thom
  18. I knew there must be a reason I didn't tune into...

    I knew there must be a reason I didn't tune into his podcasts.

    ... Thom
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    ^^^ this ^^^ I got diagnosed with the flu back...

    ^^^ this ^^^
    I got diagnosed with the flu back in 2005. After that experience (felt like I got run over by a truck), I knew the difference.

    ... Thom
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    So, this but add a flushing step, plus completely...

    So, this but add a flushing step, plus completely drying it out before lubing?

    Something doesn't make sense. Perhaps you did this?
    ...
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    Good news. Not necessarily related to your...

    Good news.

    Not necessarily related to your situation, but I wonder if we're gonna see a big bump in colds and such, as we begin to de-mask ... like when folks come back from a stint in...
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    Thanks. His first name is Ralph. As I recall,...

    Thanks. His first name is Ralph. As I recall, he ran in '93 & '94 (I lived in the Sac'to area from '91-'95). I met Gordy Ainsleigh through him & Gordy used to crack my back.

    I remember once...
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    That was exactly what I was going to ask. Also,...

    That was exactly what I was going to ask. Also, don't most runners in ultras have pacers who run a few legs with them? I seem to recall a buddy having a pacer when he ran Western States in the 90s....
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    Hang I there, KQ. on a related note, it seems as...

    Hang I there, KQ. on a related note, it seems as if the US doesn't have the monopoly on crazy:...
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    Got mine. A bit pricey at $30 plus shipping, but...

    Got mine. A bit pricey at $30 plus shipping, but hey! I saved so much on gas alone by taking a off year for COVID (not contracting it, thankfully), that it was a drop in the annual expense bucket.
    ...
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    Thanks everyone. My buddy just got back into...

    Thanks everyone. My buddy just got back into town. He has a hard-on for the BillyGoat version. I have no idea what his plans are (in terms of wanting/needing Verts or BGs for the Ruth), but that's...
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    Lemme ask him. He's on a plane ride back home at...

    Lemme ask him. He's on a plane ride back home at the moment.

    So, the Verts can't be used with crampons, but they have more float?
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    I assume @jorion got the verts. While...

    I assume @jorion got the verts.

    While Googling to find "Verticals" that aren't Dynafit, I found an online shop that has the BGs in stock and pointed my buddy to them. It's all on him now.

    ...
  29. I didn't even notice since I'm a "basic black"...

    I didn't even notice since I'm a "basic black" guy. It makes base repairs so much easier.

    One thing I could never stand is ON3P's clear over green. With my eyes, I had a tough time seeing the...
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    I'm not familiar with those. Similar item, I...

    I'm not familiar with those. Similar item, I assume?

    ... Thom
  31. I know you were replying to @meter-man's...

    I know you were replying to @meter-man's provocative comment ...

    I might as well expand on my "right tool, WRONG guy" comment. While I don't think Shifts should be universally indicted, I do...
  32. Looks like the right tool for the WRONG guy. ...

    Looks like the right tool for the WRONG guy.

    If I were he, I'd unquestionably be on CAST ... before this incident.

    ... Thom
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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    ISO Billy Goat Ascender Plates

    A buddy and his friend are headed to the Ruth Glacier in mid-June. Billygoat ascender plates are all sold out. Anybody holding?

    ... Thom
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    Grilled cheese samiches at the next BBI. Now...

    Grilled cheese samiches at the next BBI. Now THERE's an idea!
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    Masks should be required until we reach 75%...

    Masks should be required until we reach 75% vaccination. Why? Because Trumptards will lie about having been vaccinated.

    This is so blatantly obvious, but the political pressure to show that...
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    Because it's their establishment, and for all you...

    Because it's their establishment, and for all you know, they have an immune compromised employee whom they value, and who is uncomfortable about this. It starts with science, by but goes beyond...
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    Can it also work for mass producing grilled...

    Can it also work for mass producing grilled cheese sandwiches ;-)

    Incredible price. I could see myself going down a rabbit he with this and never having free time to ski. Good thing I don't have...
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    So I take it back. Carlos found himself on...

    So I take it back. Carlos found himself on Scarlett ... and then Billy rips it upon Aiko.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ3Mc-UZvGE

    ... Thom
  40. I mocked them up as best I could. Placing the...

    I mocked them up as best I could. Placing the heels behind the existing heels on my GPOs and deploying the brakes, I'd estimate you could get do the low 120s (123-124?) without bending or grinding...
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    Lotta big boyz on TGR. Something doesn't make...

    Lotta big boyz on TGR.

    Something doesn't make sense. It surely sucks to walk out of your skis in consequential terrain.

    I wonder if these Clydesdales have experience on Comforts or Verticals...
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    If my natural stance were more upright, the Q...

    If my natural stance were more upright, the Q could have been my cold, dead hands ski.

    I loved them in deep stuff. On consistently l hard snow, I could adjust my stance slightly rearward and be...
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    Exactly my thoughts as well. After Billy...

    Exactly my thoughts as well.

    After Billy would rip it up, Carlos would do something interesting for maybe 12 bars. Then, the "Billy effect" wore off.

    He was basically out of his element.
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    Praxis BC? ... Thom

    Praxis BC?

    ... Thom
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    Pretty much where I fall with Zero Gs ... maybe...

    Pretty much where I fall with Zero Gs ... maybe as flat as 5mm (Helio 200/Haute Route with the adjuster plate) and as ramped as 11mm (Vipecs).

    ... Thom
  46. Yup, I ordered those binders with 120s, for...

    Yup, I ordered those binders with 120s, for fatties.

    It's tough to determine how they spread without mounting them. I assume I may have to do some bending, but perhaps not.

    ... Thom
  47. My Christmas present was a pair of Raider 12s...

    My Christmas present was a pair of Raider 12s that are sitting .. and waiting ...

    ... Thom
  48. Only one sample for me - a 184 Freeride ...

    Only one sample for me - a 184 Freeride HH/Veneer/#4.

    In comparison with Enduro, it took more energy to load it up and pop into a turn. You'd expect that.

    Hand flex of the HH felt the same...
  49. Sounds as if I'm looking at 2000g. or more for my...

    Sounds as if I'm looking at 2000g. or more for my rig. Maybe I'll just use double-sided tape for bindings to save weight ;-)

    ... Thom
  50. Will do. I'm hoping to land in the 1950g. range....

    Will do. I'm hoping to land in the 1950g. range. We'll see in 3-4 months ;-)
    And, after comparing notes with @dub2 who bought my Protests (and also sold them), I'm thinking that we've never...
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