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31 Jul 2017, 05:28 #1

Off topic?๐Ÿค”So?๐Ÿค” What else is new?๐Ÿ™„

I am riding a bicycle almost exclusively this Summer.๐Ÿ˜€
Rain or shine excluding injury five kilometers a day before breakfast.
I have not lost an ounce of weight(still have the girth of worth)but
have gained considerable muscle mass. Fifteen inch biceps,
thirteen inch forearms,forty six in the chest,twenty four inch thighs and so on.
We won't discuss the waistline,thank you very much.๐Ÿ˜ถ

Here is the kicker though.
I am hyperextending one knee when walking.
Even when careful to keep it bent it feels unstable.
Checking on the net it seems rest keeping the knee bent
and icing are the standard solutions.

The second kicker is I am anything but a standard individual.
I am older in body than my age but younger in spirit than a youth.
when at rest I lose muscle mass much faster than I put it on.

I am thinking of isometrics while sitting cross legged and meditating.๐Ÿค”
The mediating I can see being in a meditative state most of the time it is safe to do so.๐Ÿ˜Š
When in a local nature preserve with no infernal combustion machines,
I bicycle singing like a mad Irishman๐Ÿ˜„while contemplating life and
communing with both Nature and local like minded individuals.

Come to think of it I do not think isometrics are advisable with knees completely bent.๐Ÿค”
Varicose veins come to mind.

Any ideas as to what to do?

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05 Aug 2017, 15:18 #2

Update on situation.

A little introspective in-house research has been going on.
It was decided to try the Taylor's position to alleviate the hyper extended knee.๐Ÿค”
Yep that worked but then my shin splint on the same leg was aggravated.๐Ÿ™„

So a day off from five K before breakfast was the diagnosis.
Maybe two K for the whole day tooling around doing what needed to get done.
The result while not dramatic allowed getting back to five K.
It was noticed that the weight of the ham muscle seemed to throw the knee backwards on the bottom of the downstroke.
Repositioning of the foot on the pedal did little. YouTube as well had no advice.
I do have supple knee joints. Kinda look like Steven Segal if running was attempted.
They say he runs like a girl.๐Ÿ˜‡ Those who say it don't say it to his face.
Usually it is when they are running away screaming like little girls.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
My apologies to little girls everywhere.๐Ÿค—

The horse stance to instigate muscle memory is out.
It too would cause the shin to act up. Maybe my yoga instructor has a clue.
He is tough individual with a PanAm TaeKwonDo gold medal at fourteen years of age to his credit.

Anyway I wanted to let you know the good fight is still being fought.
Five K today in the rain along a bike path to pick up bike parts.
Two hardy individuals in an inflatable kayak got the wave and
a later friendly admonition to not land at the very inviting grassy beach.
Incredible undercurrents have pulled more than one dog down.
Huge Adirondack chairs aside the tiny sign warning bathers to give it a pass.๐Ÿ™„

Now no shame or negative chi went the way of three bikers huddled under an awning.
A cheery wave with no time to mention it was going to rain all day so they may as well get wet.
They in rain suits with moi-mรฉme in jogging shorts and soaking wet goretex running shoes.๐Ÿค—

The parts got grabbed,pictures were took and I booked.
Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down.๐Ÿ˜€

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12 Aug 2017, 21:56 #3

Update on the update

My hyper extended knee issue has somewhat cleared up.
It is either due to the passage of time or a different pedaling technique.
It involves pulling through the pedal more with the hams than pushing with the quads.
Really once you get used to it the technique works great.
It gives you a more even distribution of power.
Less dead spots per cycle if that is the correct way to express it.

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15 Aug 2017, 03:14 #4

Well a necessary repair set back my plan to have the bicycle pay for itself in one Season.๐Ÿค”
Not a biggy as repairs go and it could have been worse as it was misdiagnosed as a wheel out of true.
Yes the wheel was out of true but because of a broken spoke. That can lead to more spokes breaking and
a stranded bike.

My mechanic learned of the break while truing the wheel.
I learned you have to take off the cassette to true.
Truth be told the trued wheel will roll better.
Truthfully as a consequence I will roll more.
Five days more actually to pay for the repair.๐Ÿ˜‰

Remember to tip your mechanic.

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15 Aug 2017, 11:42 #5

Here we be again.
You and I as Paleo Scientists willing to explore just about anything.
In fact two days running I have been trying to explore the Pleiades.
Well actually the meteor shower with a similar name.

Getting up at three in the morning to Crain one's neck can have an affect on spelling so bear with me.
Two days running in fact my poor aging beast of a bicycle got drug out to find a suitable spot to gaze the heavens.
Today the clouds conspired against me. Damned grey beasts billowing like bloused clowns.
I can take the rain,love it in fact. It is cleansing to mind,body and soul.
But those grey goobers kinda put a damper on things.
Then I remember grey is my favorite color.
The perfect balance between white and black,
day and night,sleeping and awake.
That waking moment.

So I visualized a grey day with rain coming down as if a Mother's tears cleansing me.
It didn't work worth a damn but techniques like that have to be worked at to work at all.

So I am going to pedal off into the storm of emotions that is my life.
Feeling that little bit better. Listening to Train sing Calling All Angel's,
singing it myself and trying not to fall off my bike.๐Ÿค—

Take a look at the official video if you like.
The singer has a white scar across his chin that tells me he is lucky to have teeth.
Been there myself actually. Lucky to have a face.
Came away with a concussion like you wouldn't believe.

Hey let us end this on a positive note.
I do have a face. The meteor shower will be there next year and
last year I saw one so close I could see it tumble.
West North-west to South South-east.
I could actually see the parabolic arc.

So Calling All Angel's both good and bad to watch over me as I make my way home.
Maybe I can see the Seven Sister's tonite, maybe.

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15 Aug 2017, 16:58 #6

just so you donโ€™t think youโ€™re shouting these into the uncaring void: i love this thread.

โ€œIโ€™ve seen things you people wouldnโ€™t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. Iโ€™ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhรคuser Gate. All thoseโ€‰โ€ฆโ€‰moments will be lost in time, like tearsโ€‰โ€ฆโ€‰in rain.โ€
โ€”Roy Batty, Blade Runner

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15 Aug 2017, 17:20 #7

Thanks Gekitsu. ๐Ÿ˜€

I am kinda using this thread as a way to express verboten topics without ruffling feathers.
The politically correct atmosphere here is refreshing but it stymies at the same time.
Tom said long ago that we were smart enough to circumvent restrictions and asked us not to do so.
Truth will out eventually so this single thread is an outlet.

There is a definite point of view couched in terms to appeal to the esoteric down to earth amongst us.

My next post will be a continuation of Calling All Angel's.

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15 Aug 2017, 17:40 #8

ition to the Calling All Angel's blather.

Well that worked,there is nothing like a cold wet drizzle to ease the mind.๐Ÿ˜€
In fact it was raining so hard I had to stop outside a secure facility and sneak inside.๐Ÿ˜‰
Did I mention I used to install technology? Anything with or without wires in fact.
It is amazing what you can do with a paperclip.๐Ÿ˜‰

The startled guard๐Ÿ˜ฎ was from Garda World an Irish based company. We chatted nonchalantly in a chalant manner.
Him deciding tackling two hundred and fifty pounds alone may not be a good idea.๐Ÿ˜ฃ
Me projecting him tackling an eighth of a ton wouldn't turn out well.๐Ÿ˜‰
It is fun being an Alpha male sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

So biblical deluge ongoing with the only thing dry being my underwear,
I sipped on a capucino in the cafeteria.
Thunder outside thumbing it's nose at me for being a wimp.
My poor steed left outside not even tied to the rail.
My very next stop to be getting the front wheel trued.
A small investment paid off in liquid assets and that broken spoke sobered me right up.
Fact is I want to ask where that spoke broke.๐Ÿค”
To see if it is at a stress point or a sign of neglect.

It is funny how we become sensitised.
A simple song calling on Angel's leading to Jewels Who Will Save Your Soul?
The simple truth being it is part of a DiskJockey selection.
The common theme Spirituality.

My next ride will be to an absolutely spiritless auction house.
The goal to get a free evaluation of a hopefully rare edition of Robin Hood.
You cannot trust these people to sell your stuff at all.
They employ what I call The Fast Hammer.
But their evaluations are pretty good.
They won't sell anything unprofitable.
I will get a rough estimate and sell elsewhere.

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15 Aug 2017, 23:04 #9

Enjoying your soliloquies Quest...I have nothing to add ...cept keep your underwear all costs.... Quillsย 
" You can't stop the waves .... but, you can learn to surf."

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15 Aug 2017, 23:06 #10

An addition to the addition.๐Ÿค”

Yeah I know,that statement as clear as a clay slip has traction.๐Ÿค”

Kinda peed off.๐Ÿ˜ My bike shop wouldn't take my money๐Ÿ˜ถnot even a tip.๐Ÿ˜‘
They said truing my front wheel was covered by warranty.๐Ÿค”
So that means the twenty they charged me for a spoke change and truing of the back wheel yesterday should be refunded.๐Ÿ˜‰
Somehow that idea didn't get mentioned.๐Ÿค—

That wasn't really what put the yellow damp on my cornflakes anyway.
On the way to the shop a Van pulled a 180 in front of me.
Now that didn't shower liquid mustard on my parade either.
It was the guy who opened his car door in front of me while I watched the guy in the Van.
You tell yourself to brake don't swerve into traffic,but you do anyway.
So it's my fault really.๐Ÿ™„

But the boys in the shop set that to rights by setting my wheel right gratuitment.
(No charge) Then I slipped down to the river to complete a trade.
Really no profit involved. I had,he didn't. Then he had and I had something else.
That wasn't good enough for me so he was given more,twice.
For some reason he was happy,perplexed but happy.๐Ÿ˜Š
Now as you guessed that wasn't what left trace on my tree either.

It was the guy who rode on the sidewalk on his near silent three wheel scooter.
Some poor pedestrian had the temerity to cross his illegal backside without genuflecting.
Mr. pedestrian got a dirty look.๐Ÿ˜‘
Then Sir Roll-a-lot rolled along a lot faster cutting someone else off.
This guy must pay says I to me๐Ÿ˜ถas me started to follow his lazy glutes.
But says me to I,maybe he is handicapped.๐Ÿค” So me watched as he
turned into a drive and stopped. He then got off and two stepped up two flights of stairs, ๐Ÿ˜‘

Oh how plots were hatched.๐Ÿค”
A spare bike lock through his spokes.
Perhaps a capacitor in series with the battery.
No idea what that would do but it couldn't be good.๐Ÿ˜‰
But no the polite Canadian went on his way.
Corn and green beans were acquired with filthy lucre.
Tracker who suffers from supporation anxiety was treated in a perfunctory manner at first.
Then his pig chew toy that makes sounds like a flatulant duck came into play.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
And everything was suddenly O.K..

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Apropos of nothing except the meanderings of a stream of unconsciousness,
is something told to me as a young child. That all the stories told,
could be reduced to seven different types of components.
It bothered me at first for childish reasons.
Then they matured from childish reasons into childlike reasoning.
The reasoning being that life sometimes should not be measured.
When we reduce phenomenae to basics they can become base.
Mathematical formulae will sometimes produce results that miss warm reason by only utilising cold logic.
Life reduced to numbers is lifeless. Stories regarded too closely lose their individuality,their magic.
Those regarding too closely lose perspective,crucial factors are disregarded.

So when the small is made small think of the larger picture.
When much is made of grand issues think of the small matters that count.

The last two statements are imperfect.
Too much Ying or Yang somewhere.
Maybe it is for you to find the discrepancies.
A kind of proving the validity to yourself for yourself.

It is late almost five A.M. I am going to go ride my bike now and
forget weighty affairs or have grave gravity weigh upon me.๐Ÿ˜‰

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Just now

Well that aspirates.ย 

I just realised formulae could be expressed as formulas,phenomenae as phenomenas.
The two latter sounding better to me at least.

Meae Culpae ๐Ÿค—

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16 Aug 2017, 14:03 #13

The approach of late is not to harvest distressed bikes,merely their parts.
Broken bikes are ungainly,impossible to transport while riding another bike,
unless a trailer is used. That just isn't in the cards right now.
But parts are another story. Derailers, component hangers,
brakes,cranks,pedals,gears,chains,levers and whatnot are small and expensive.
Most can be removed without specialised tools.

The fact is three sets of all the parts mentioned could be carried in a small backpack or pannier.
Now those parts would have to be documented. No easy task for dyslexic individuals.
The ring attaching identity to part is easy. A zip tie or twisted wire ring.
The issue is the tag. It must name type of bike and or brand name of part.
Paper tags won't cut it as they are too easily cut.
The parts are going to be oiled therefor oily so paper will get soiled.
No cross referencing or cutesy numbers aligned with a computerised indexing system will work.
Dyslexia abhors the complicated. However there can be a computerised backup.
But what about the original tag? Any of you have an Idea?

An example of info needed would be Raleigh Street Demon bike.
OverUnder derailer,harvested today's date.

Computerised backup would include pic' of bike and part.

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16 Aug 2017, 15:21 #14

ool song.

Jane Siberry

It can't rain all the time.

On The Crow soundtrack
Brandon Lee's last film.
Shot by .44 Mag during filming.

It would be super cool to layer in the sound of rain in the background.
And yes Jane it can rain all the time.

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Well dayum not that it matters but ย Jane is Canadian.
She could be Roman or Romanian and her composition would be the same.
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16 Aug 2017, 19:35 #15

The Pirate ship slipped over the horizon.
It's prize in sight completely unaware.
Slowly,ever so slowly like a great shark it closed in.
The Captain a grey bearded behemoth was goofy looking but underneath it all a clever fellow.
He steered his craft alone and unafraid.

Boarding tools at the ready he launched his attack.

First the unlucky devil's anchor chain was cut.
The rudder fell beneath the onslaught next and he was adrift.
Strike your colors roared Greybeard.
The Flag fluttered downward and the deed was done.

That little bit of a melodramatic episode brought to you by the Quest for Fire abandoned bicycle harvesting service.
Serving the Greater Montreal island waterway bike paths. My first prize gave up it's chain,rear derailler and very little else.
I have to get a decent Wescott maybe two. The front derailer and brakes require wrenches.
My Allan keys are very good but seem loose in both mine and other's bike parts.
I do not know if they are metric or standard but one should not fit the other at all.
Am I wrong in this belief?

Anyway it seems like a total strip job would take half an hour.
Maybe less if a chain breaker was acquired to replace the hacksaw used.
One step at a time.

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16 Aug 2017, 22:43 #16

Market share.

People do not get it sometimes.
My own financial advisor when not advising himself how to help himself to my money doesn't get it.
The current bicycle phenomena isn't a craze,trend,fad or cycle in any way shape or form.
It is a change that will dwarf even the baby boomer inheritance monetary transfer.
The largest turnover of funds now and forever............they think.
Look at it,the environment is the pits. Gasoline is getting to be an ill afforded luxury.
Even that luxury will pall upon us. Sure there are electric cars and thank Gawd.
But look at the cost. Even cutting that in half makes a basic bike crucial to our changing way of life.
There will be more and are right now heated bike paths.

I think the reason bike shops don't get it is simple.
A certain country is flooding the market with garbage bikes.
It is called stealing market share. They do not care if the bike is landfill in two years.
Every bike they sell is one bike shops do not sell and will almost never service.
Who can afford a forty dollar repair on a ninety dollar Bike?

One of my old bosses stole market share.
He told us install it quick. It doesn't matter if it breaks in a year.
We have the service contract. Every installation made starves our competitors.
I walked away from a good paying job with a future and never looked back

That is one reason I now harvest bike parts.
Expensive ones sure but also ones that fit disposable bikes.
Cantilever brakes are standard. I hope derailers are as well.
The reason brakes are mentioned is they are absolute crap on Walmart bikes.
(Oops did I say WALMART out loud?)๐Ÿค—

Yes the deluge will one day slow.
That is when expensive vintage parts will be King.
Even when hover bikes take over and they will,๐Ÿ˜ถ
old farts like me will want their cherry rides to stay cherry.
When marketed properly vintage is vintage not used.

So my job is to start harvesting and convincing my bike shop to take parts in trade.
The very first time they sell a part of mine it will be free from me.
I am not into profit only making a living while living my dream.
My dream being primitive skills and slowly building a bike path back to the country.
If I win all is good. If failure comes my way the parts will get traded and
.I will be a freaking expert on changing bike parts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Edited to add

Of average intelligence mostly I am a genius in certain categories.
One is recognizing patterns before they become evident to everyday people.
It borders on precognition.๐Ÿค”

Another category I excel at is convincing people I know exactly what I am talking about.
Oh and writing,some people say I have a flair for writing.๐Ÿ˜‰

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17 Aug 2017, 05:26 #17

You know as bizarre as my life is it is telling that a friend here said that my tribulations are not unique.
Living in a near ghetto means you meet the very best of people. Don't think this is a financial wasteland..
There is a Tim Hortons one minute downhill bike ride from my homey hovel.
The Gulag is one of the mind. Yes there is both poverty and excess.
People with three hundred dollars barbecues but no means to buy propane.
Financial parasites cashing welfare checks early for an exorbitant profit.
The afflicted "People of the Abyss"(Jack London)drinking their diminished gains in a few days.

There is hope though and the struggle continues.
The main goal being to remain stalwart and adamant in my refusal to give in.
Educating those both afflicted and inflicting didn't work but education of the self rarely stops.
I actually tried advising the young son of an enforcer that he strode blithely down
a path I escaped from taking decades to do it. He took it as a warning. I guess he
has learned too much from dear old dad.

My landlord profits from it.
The bathroom walls holding silent vigil over the damaged drywall inundated in the past from a grow-op above me.
Mr. Property owner claiming to know nothing.๐Ÿ™„ The renter questioned by me leering from above on the stairs.
Him saying why he leered was that he was "Dead with a smile." I wanted to drag him down the stairs but
what you create from what is destroyed is often worse. Though not what was created from the self re-educated.

Today it will be harvesting more bike parts,soon in fact.
Maybe trying to get a copy of the lease from the landlord.
The lease including access to my own back and front yard.
What a joke. The last time I asked for one he said he would get on it then
went on vacation claiming to have no memory of the conversation when he got back.
His faulty memory serving him well in the past.

Wish me luck with the bike parts harvest.

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17 Aug 2017, 14:20 #18

Broke my diet/exercise regimen.๐Ÿ˜ถ
Six wild raspberries after only three K on the bike.
The raspberries were found on a path worn by ergonomics down to the river's edge.
Path followed to sneak down on three people on surfboards.
Not surfboards really as they traversed the Lachine Rapids on them.
Questions on the coliform count were asked.

One P.P.M. in the middle with one hundred near shore.
I can attest that 100 P.P.M. tastes like a toilet looks.๐Ÿค
A quick bath during a canoe mishap soothed my thirst.๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Friendly fellows they soon mellowed once ascertaining I was harmless.
(If they only knew)๐Ÿ˜‰ The board boys went on their way.
The raspberries on the side of the path went on their way as well.๐Ÿค—
I wonder how many calories in six wild Raspberries? ๐Ÿค”
Tons I bet.๐Ÿ™„ Good thing a crab apple tree close by didn't get raided.๐Ÿค”
I never would have burned it all off.๐Ÿ™„

So diet broken I vowed to explore the crab apple for a straight growing shoot in the middle of the tree.
It looked to make a good arrow.๐Ÿค” A place to shower on hot early mornings was the next to be discovered.
A children's sprinkler with an accessible valve. It is actually set up like a public shower.

So off away home again to lament over my broken promise.
Not even hungry now,what is wrong with me.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค”

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It is my foolish idea that bitter fruit like the wild Raspberries,
have a higher ratio of antioxidants to sugar.๐Ÿค”
Anyone know about that?

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17 Aug 2017, 17:11 #19

Antioxidants are sacrificial molecules. They are much more easily destroyed than vaulable biomolecules.
In the process, the "baddie" molecule, free radical, whatever, is destroyed, also.
In any case, you make more. Such things are very difficult to absorb in the gut despite popular health news claims.

The wild raspberries contain a high level of citric acid which has 3 acid groups unlike vinegar's acetic acid with just one.
Enjoy what nature offers. We are omnivores and nibbling the landscape is always allowed.

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17 Aug 2017, 18:54 #20

Cherries were had for lunch to make up for my Wastrel's breakfast.
Supper will be fried chicken and a salad with apple cider vinegar for a dressing.
Cider vinegar dressing can be sweetened up with cranberry juice/cocktail.

Barring rain tomorrow the rest of those bike parts will get harvested.
Rain makes tools rust.

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