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  1. Glad Pugsley is home and reunited with Lilith. They are adorable!!! When my nerves are shot, I do my best to remind myself of the things that soothe my nerves. Happy you & your family are doing well. Have a wonderful day

  2. first, glad to hear about the Pugsley doggo. Next, Great choices on the Garmin stuff- it’s what i run, the Radar is AMAZING. You wont need a speed sensor, keep in mind, as the gps will take care of that. But back on that radar, absolute game changer. I am putting 38’s on the Crux (gravel tires) because i have been seeing a lot more dirt road adventures on my rides i want to try out. Anyhow, glad to hear things are going well, stay safe!!

    1. many hugs my friend ty. im so excited about the new Garmin items. Cant wait to get back to long rides and tons of climbing. hugs brotha ty for keeping up with us

  3. My state is opening this afternoon, though my area (DC metro region) is still closed for two more weeks. It will be interesting to see how people will react. I think it will like you described – I imagine like Thanksgiving Thursday night at walmart for mad dash for Black Friday deals, fighting and tramping each other to death.

    1. you nailed it my friend, its sad that people are that horrible, the planet can use a purge of those type. be safe out their my friend and i wish you and your family well through all of this.

  4. Matty – totally agree with the state of humanity. It’s bringing out the best, and worst in people. It seems like the worst is just so much more prevalent. I sincerely hope that you, Annika, and your son (and the pets!) stay safe and cautious during these time. When in doubt, remember the wise words or Corey Taylor. Track 2 on Iowa. I know you feel me on that.
    Looking forward to hearing your review on the new Garmin stuff.
    Love and Hugs

    1. “people = shit”
      Here we go again, motherfucker
      Come on down, and see the idiot right here
      Too fucked to beg and not afraid to care
      What’s the matter with calamity anyway?
      Right? get the fuck outta my face
      Understand that I can’t feel anything
      It isn’t like I want to sift through the decay
      I feel like a wound, like I got a fuckin’
      Gun against my head, you live when I’m dead
      One more time, motherfucker
      Everybody hates me now, so fuck it
      Blood’s on my face and my hands, and I
      Don’t know why, I’m not afraid to cry
      But that’s none of your business
      Whose life is it?
      Get it? see it?
      Feel it? eat it?
      Spin it around so I can spit in its face
      I want to leave without a trace
      ‘Cause I don’t want to die in this place
      People = shit, people = shit
      People = shit, people = shit
      People = shitโ€ฆ

  5. Our state is opening up very slowly, little by little, to try and stop the mad rush of idiots. Seems to be working so far luckily. But then again people are a little more relaxed (in general) down here on the island. Stay safe my friend!

  6. That one, the 83% to the center of the crank is bs… I tried that one too. My inseam x 108% with the pedal down, following the angle of the seat tube measuring from the pedal spindle to the top of the saddle following the seat post works for me. I think that was a Greg LeMond method. Anyway, the heels on the pedals is a fantastic place to start. Put your bike on a Trainer, heels on the pedals and pedal backwards. Your leg should straighten WITHOUT ROCKING YOUR HIPS. If you rock your hips, even a little bit, the saddle is too high. If your leg doesn’t straighten, it’s too low.

  7. Sorry, that’d be 109%. I just looked it up again. Mine is 33-1/3″ from the floor – and you really have to jam that book up there – get your nuts out of the way, too. Anyway, multiply that by 109% and you get 36.33… but my REAL saddle height is 36.375 or 36-3/8″. Point is, even those exact measurements are just meant to get you close.

      1. We absolutely are, Matty. Thank you.

        Hey, while we’re on this, make sure you get the level of your saddle right. You want it to “cradle” you. You don’t want the nose pressing into your nether regions but at the same time, you don’t want to feel like you’re sliding off the front of saddle.

  8. yea, ok, that saddle height stuff is complete nonsense, and I am surprised it’s published.
    I have been professionally fit at least 5 times over the 14 years of riding & racing, and not ONCE has the fitter used any sort of math. I can offer this – set the fore aft of the seat first, so that the ball of your foot is over the pedal spindle. You can use a plum bob (or any weight on a string) to achieve this. THEN set the saddle height. Every time I have been fit, they raise the saddle so my leg is fully extended when on the (downstroke) of the pedal, then lower the height it until my leg has a slight bend. Often there is a specific angle of bend in my leg used, but that degree of bend is based 100% on rider comfort and flexibility. It’s also important to check saddle height for comfort in all positions, bar tops, drops, and aero bars if you have them. Saddle tilt is the final adjustment, and i always go parallel to the ground, however since the saddle issue has some sexy curves for my man parts, i put a board on top of the saddle first and use that with a level to get the setting dialed in. I tilt SLIGHTLY forward on a TT bike, since the position is so aggressively aero, but TT bikes are not really my bag anymore.
    Than i fiddle with all the adjustments constantly . I base it on my current flexibility, and injuries I am working through, and type of riding (cross, road, gravel)
    Simple put, just get it to where it’s comfortable for you. Granted to get maximum power out of each stroke (snicker) you want the fullest extension of your leg, but it’s got to start with comfort, to make riding enjoyable. Everything else is bullshit.

    Have fun, Stay safe bro!!!

  9. I have a cyclist friend who passed away a few years ago. He used to say to everyone he met, Ride and Smile Every Darn Day. I try to think of him every time I ride, and smile at folks even if I am not feeling particularly upbeat. I DO think it helps that there are those of us who aren’t interested in being jerks, just interested in sharing the love of cycling. We are out there and that does help change perception.

    1. sorry to hear of your friend Shells, much hugs to you and we will keep them in our hearts also. and yeah always stay upbeat, those that arent are just not happy people. have an epic day my friend. #teamasshole for the win ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Iโ€™m lucky. Most of the cyclists around my way are chill. Usually get a wave or nod. Even most motorists are reasonably well behaved.

    Where about on this planet do you live?

  11. I think you fixed it… just went back and it was normal again… if you need that screenshot, I can send it, but whatever happened, it’s back to normal.

  12. My bike has been taking a beating lately, too. Pretty much doubled my weekly mileage since COVID started and I’ve been able to telecommute. My tires are being held together by Bacon Strips! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. well done my friend. my goal was too however our son moved in with us again so things got busier in other areas. I’m pretty stoked to get back to cycling and hope to be back up on the mileage by fall

      1. ty so much! thats epic! if you or someone you know rides a bike, let them know about this as they can pedal and help too. youre an amazing friend Lisa! hugs

      2. thats amazing! much respects to him. Annika and I are doing one in 2025, currently paying memberships and paying our dues as we train. please keep us posted on his progress.

  13. As Mark Twain probably didn’t say: โ€œThe more I see of some people, the better I like my dog.โ€ But whoever said it, said it right.

    As soon as I read your post, I thought of this lovely song by an Irish artist called Declan O’Rourke. It’s about his dog.

      1. I’m not a big fan of folks who tell you you’re going to love this book/film/show/song/whatever, as it sets everyone up for a fall…. but… when you know it’s about his dog, I’d be surprised if you don’t fall in love with it. It’s also a beautiful song. Anyway, give it a go.

  14. Lulu: “Our Dada says that the other pets who’ve passed away come visit him in his dreams sometimes. He says it’s always nice to see them there, but sad when he wakes up and they have to leave.”

  15. Beautiful post honoring your beloved Marley. I lost my cat Pippie in 2016. We were truly soul mates. We were so connected, and I swear she spoke to me. Her death had a huge impact me as well, and took a part of me with her. I knew the end was near, she woke me up, I cradled her, rocked her, talked to her as she drew her last breath. Iโ€™ll always cherish the 14 years she gave me.

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