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  1. Who was the Jack of Hearts?

    Who was the Jack of Hearts?
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    Road bike geos are pretty dialed now (within...

    Road bike geos are pretty dialed now (within categories - e.g. racing vs. relaxed/endurance), and carbon frame quality is generally good across the board. So I think it generally comes down to...
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    Seems like the consensus recommendation is to be...

    Seems like the consensus recommendation is to be very gradual about returning to exercise post COVID. I'm used to shrugging off a cold or flu and jumping back into training once the worst symptoms...
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    Yeah, the short Jewish billionaire running on...

    Yeah, the short Jewish billionaire running on climate change and gun control would have really killed it in the Midwest and the South. The guy who tried to ban the Big Gulp? Even New Yorkers didn't...
  5. I rode the chair back to the gondola lot once...

    I rode the chair back to the gondola lot once when the gondola broke down - there was no snow on the offramp so you needed to carry your skis and jump off onto the carpet. I now have one of the...
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    All of your gears will increase by 6.7%. If...

    All of your gears will increase by 6.7%. If you're currently topping out at 24 mph, you'll be able to do 25.6 mph at the same cadence. Good if you don't use your lowest gear much. Or if you do, and...
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    I'd probably ride that as is - I run tires with...

    I'd probably ride that as is - I run tires with 2-3mm of clearance and you're much more likely to get interference at the rim than near the hub. Though with radial spokes you have a little less...
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    My dog loves to eat toilet paper - chews it off...

    My dog loves to eat toilet paper - chews it off the roll like it’s a corn cob or something. Caused some issues early in the pandemic when TP was hard to come by and she got into the bathroom and ate...
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    My bike wash method - if it's just dirt or a...

    My bike wash method - if it's just dirt or a splash of mud I don't bother with water, just wipe down stanchions and chain and re-lube the chain and derailleur pulleys. Pull brake pads and clean pads...
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    Sort of. Wages have increased slightly but...

    Sort of. Wages have increased slightly but college costs are much higher (in inflation adjusted terms). So total loan amounts are much higher and it takes longer to pay them back. Which does increase...
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    I think that's working as intended (from the...

    I think that's working as intended (from the point of view of the brat and bun makers).

    Just need to find the least common multiple. Packs of 4 & 6 -> buy 12. Packs of 5 & 8 -> buy 40.
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    3 feet of new snow this week certainly helped....

    3 feet of new snow this week certainly helped. Grooming at that spot is ending this weekend (and access is somewhat restricted), but anyone in the Tahoe/Reno area should check out Nevada Nordic - a...
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    Not over yet! 414108

    Not over yet!
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    Pulled the trigger on a Ripley v4. First new bike...

    Pulled the trigger on a Ripley v4. First new bike since 2000 (previously riding a 2014 OG Ripley but I bought that used). I was dithering but Ibis just bumped the MSRP on their website by $500,...
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    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FIX9uNkXwAcUei_?format...

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FIX9uNkXwAcUei_?format=jpg&name=small
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    T = F * r * sin(theta)

    T = F * r * sin(theta)
  17. Too late:...

    Too late: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_match-fixing_incidents
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    Not sure it will make much difference. Last time...

    Not sure it will make much difference. Last time I flew (a few weeks ago) probably half the passengers had masks off ("eating") for most of the flight, were wearing chin diapers, bandana masks, etc.....
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    BD Dawn Patrol. DaKine Heli or Poacher. Generally...

    BD Dawn Patrol. DaKine Heli or Poacher. Generally look for packs in the 10-15 liter range.
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    No boats, pastels, or flamingos but some cool...

    No boats, pastels, or flamingos but some cool tattoos and some other eye candy.
    https://vaguevisages.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Tokyo-Vice-Cast-HBO-Max-Rachel-Keller-Samantha-One.jpg
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    It doesn't seem that far off, assuming they were...

    It doesn't seem that far off, assuming they were going to replace the rotors as well. A new set of XT brakes (levers+calipers) are around $400, another $100 for rotors, $100 for service (mostly...
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    Can't comment on the ankle fit (I haven't noticed...

    Can't comment on the ankle fit (I haven't noticed an issue there but everyone is different) but for the velcro strap issue frorider's invention might be of interest:...
  23. Now do flip-flop hubs, chain tensioners vs...

    Now do flip-flop hubs, chain tensioners vs eccentrics vs. horizontal dropouts, and 1/8” vs. 3/16” chains.
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    Also Xander Guldman (formerly Sugar Bowl...

    Also Xander Guldman (formerly Sugar Bowl Academy). Super nice guy, great skier, stoked to see him make it.
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    Anyone tried the Pomoca Race Pro Grip skins in...

    Anyone tried the Pomoca Race Pro Grip skins in warm weather? Had a race last weekend in slushy conditions (late afternoon, 50F temps), on the steeper climbs I was having to paperboy to avoid...
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    Big fan of the PNW droppers, particularly the...

    Big fan of the PNW droppers, particularly the Loam. Short stack height, light weight, and works great. Also have a Bike Yoke Revive 2.0 which is a little smoother but ~$150 more.
  27. Thread: Firing People

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    I interview managers from time to time. If they...

    I interview managers from time to time. If they have a few years of experience I like to ask them about a time they fired someone (managed them out, whatever).

    Some people say they've never had to...
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    Single Malt Scotch.

    My wife (not a scotch drinker) saw these in the liquor cabinet and said “why don’t you pour one into the other to save space.” Lol.410399
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    Broke the boa cable on my Alien RS boots....

    Broke the boa cable on my Alien RS boots. Fortunately I have a pair of F1 LTs with the same BSL since I have a skimo race next weekend. Assuming I can order a new cable from Scarpa, is this...
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    New snow earlier in the week, a couple...

    New snow earlier in the week, a couple melt/freeze cycles, and morning cloud cover made conditions perfect for off-trail skating (aka crust cruising) today:

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    With V1 you have a hang arm that's higher with...

    With V1 you have a hang arm that's higher with the pole closer to vertical. The arm on the other side (push arm) is lower and plants further back. Plant both poles and the ski on the hang side at the...
  32. East wind was blasting pretty hard on the summit...

    East wind was blasting pretty hard on the summit last night, I imagine any snow that was loose is now in Cisco Grove or maybe Auburn.
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    You can also call or email them, I've gotten...

    You can also call or email them, I've gotten parts from them that weren't available on their website.
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    Pretty happy with the Backcountry Empire shorts,...

    Pretty happy with the Backcountry Empire shorts, good cut and length, a little stretchy, and the pockets are dialed. I can carry phone, keys, and energy bar without feeling loaded down or having...
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    The "hut" is currently closed but looks pretty...

    The "hut" is currently closed but looks pretty nice. Note that grooming is mostly on the weekends, we went on a Friday and the conditions were pretty variable (refrozen ruts from the aforementioned...
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    From a few weeks ago - skate ski out/back on...

    From a few weeks ago - skate ski out/back on Glacier Point Road, 21 mile round trip. Had the track to ourselves after the first couple of miles (aside from a couple of sno-cats that cruised through...
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    I blew up a Novatec axle like that. Replaced it...

    I blew up a Novatec axle like that. Replaced it with a steel axle which lasted for about 9 months until I heard another crack and the wheel stopped turning. Figured it was the axle again but it...
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    Sounds like the Wren 88? Don't think it sold well...

    Sounds like the Wren 88? Don't think it sold well though (since it was only around for a year or two).

    I picked up Enforcer 88s as a firm snow ski, and was surprised how much better they edge than...
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    I find kick turns a little easier with a shorter...

    I find kick turns a little easier with a shorter ski, but I suck at kick turns so someone with better technique (or flexibility) might not have an issue. Also helps with tight terrain as mentioned.
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    Self-signed doesn't help, Chrome etc. will still...

    Self-signed doesn't help, Chrome etc. will still complain when doing https to a site with a self-signed cert. (Also it makes you vulnerable to DNS spoofing attacks, but who would want to do an...
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    Need to discuss the all important question of...

    Need to discuss the all important question of whether the poles should point left or right. And do you sit on the grips or the tips.
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    Community Snow Observations

    Interesting idea - using crowdsourced snow depth data from BC skiers, snowshoers, etc. to make snow surveys more accurate. I'm not going to submit full pit observations every time I go out but might...
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    Glad you're enjoying them, picked them up when I...

    Glad you're enjoying them, picked them up when I was thinking of going down the TTS rabbit hole but ended up getting lured away to the dark side by 1kg boots and 140g bindings.
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    Same here, not a patroller but I broke a couple...

    Same here, not a patroller but I broke a couple of the orange Freerides (both developed frame cracks). Never had an issue with the black ones. I also liked how the Freeride skied better than Freedom.
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    Cripple Creek has the Race 2.0 62mm for...

    Cripple Creek has the Race 2.0 62mm for $29/meter. https://cripplecreekbc.com/collections/skins/products/pomoca-race-pro-roll-by-the-meter
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    Sandra Day O'Connor went to Stanford undergrad...

    Sandra Day O'Connor went to Stanford undergrad and law school. As did William Rehnquist. And Earl Warren went to Cal undergrad and law.
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    Of course the smoke detector with the low battery...

    Of course the smoke detector with the low battery is the one at the top of the vaulted ceiling 20 feet up…
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    Ordered a bunch of wine, scotch, and bourbon...

    Ordered a bunch of wine, scotch, and bourbon online, the delivery went out a week ago. Checked with the delivery service today to see why I didn't have my booze yet and it's marked delivered and says...
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    That MedRxiv link is missing a character, here's...

    That MedRxiv link is missing a character, here's one that works:

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.01.13.22269243v1
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    https://twitter.com/EricTopol/status/1482026194623...

    https://twitter.com/EricTopol/status/1482026194623086596
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