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Last night, I retweeted this to a couple of my friends from Australia:
“@UncleKermit: What’s the Australian word for twitter? They always have funny names for things.” @rhodeskc @helloalle This is for you.
They agreed and Kris responded back with a few words that I needed to look up:
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Out with the old, in with the new. My LBS sent the bike back with the pads on the left saying, “they’re totally fine.” Guess I won’t be going back there in a hurry for service.
Shimano B01S brake pads.
Compared to the way my pads usually look by the time I change them, those are totally fine.
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Story of my life.
Forever rocking “skinny” jeans with the waist one size too big.
*weeps* My regular jeans do this.
It’s particularly tough lately since it seems all jeans are getting smaller in the legs. I find that I can get away with the “relaxed fit” jeans so that they fit in the waist and I can get them over my thighs. Anything that is classic fit or straight fit (I don’t even look at slim or modern or urban or skinny or whatever fits) is too small in the thighs if it fits in the waist.
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I don’t know how deep this joke goes, and I’m probably pushing it further than intended, but anytime someone uses “Betty” in a cycling joke, I can’t help but think of the Lupine lights by the same name.
I wonder if the author of this strip chose the name that deliberately?
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I bet I’m going to be seeing a lot more brake pads look like this soon. The sidewalls are already pretty worn down, so I think I’ll have to hit up the LBS again to teach me how to build a bicycle wheel.
This is why I switched to disk brakes on my commuting bicycle. Once they put the sand down, they don’t clean it up and even with wiping my rims each night and doing a thorough cleaning of rims and pads every weekend, I still wore through thick pads—much thicker than these on my cantilevers—in a matter of weeks and wore all the way through my rims in no more than 3000 miles.
It’s a brutal environment around here with sand on the roads, rain coming down, a hilly, short commute like I have with lots of intersections, and carrying my weight and the weight of my cargo in the panniers.
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The very first thing I’ll do if we get snow is take Betsy outside and see how she reacts to snow for the first time :).
I’ll be switching my bike over to studded tires.
Well, truthfully, the first thing I do is take Sam outside, but then I do that every morning.
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