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For tool freaks, OCD freaks, regular freaks or a combination thereof
A few months ago, an Oppo posted about his tool labeling project. Another Oppo informed me that ultra fine point oil based Sharpies exist. Sorry, I can't remember your name but feel free to take credit. I had to order them but they arrived and I've started labeling. My eyes have difficulty seeing the stock labels and I have OCD tendencies so this project ticked the right boxes.
I like it. It's quite easy. Wipe with alcohol. Spend some time tracing the recessed numbers. It doesn't really matter if you don't have a steady hand which I don't.
I've done a few different methods in the past. Those label maker labels eventually tore. I tried paint but never got the timing of wiping off the excess right. Too soon and the wiping removed the paint in the recesses. Too late and I had to use steel wool and that scuffed the chrome.
This works well on the larger numbers. It's not as visible as I'd like on the black oxide impact sockets especially the deep socket impacts which weirdly have the smallest numbers. It remains to see how long this lasts.
I got new wheels!
I ordered these a month ago and they just arrived a few minutes ago. I completely forgot I need new tires and other parts. I plan to use my old Plus wheels for snow so I ordered tires, rotors, and a cassette on Saturday and they'll arrive later this week. I'm a little annoyed I don't get new axles for how much the wheels cost.
Now I'm getting anxious that I screwed up something in the order and these are not going to fit. Centerlock rotors, HG driver, Boost spacing should be correct. The one thing I don't know for definite sure is a 29" wheelset fitting my 27.5" Plus bike. The 29" tires are "supposed to be" only 1/4 - 1/2" larger in radius than the 27.5 Plus tires so it "should" fit.
On my kitchen scale: 757 grams rear, 641 grams front. 1398 grams total with tape and valves but no axles, rotors, tires, or sealant. Curious to see how much lighter they are once they're all set up.
These are from Nobl Wheels in BC, Canada. Current trendy wide 27mm internal diameter carbon rims. DT Swiss 180 hubs which has all kinds of fancy tech crap I can't remember. The ratchet noise is quiet which I prefer. Although a loud ratchet is nice on bike paths. The scalloped rim contour is weird. I assume it's mostly for looks although I'm sure Noble claims some kind of strength benefit using physics.
I've been looking to dump money on a new, lightweight mountain bike for a while. I test rode a Specialized Epic EVO and a Yeti SB115. I liked their low weight but was surprised that my 2017 Scott's geometry was right in line with the new ones. So that would not be an improvement. An Oppo reminded me that my Scott's Plus wheels are hugely heavy. I know from long experience that a quality lightweight wheelset can completely change a bike but had totally forgotten that in this case.
I ended up ordering from a smaller and newer wheel brand. All of the major brands were out of stock for exactly what I wanted. Roval, DT Swiss, etc were not available. The plan is that a lightweight wheelset will keep my current bike going for another year or two and when or if I feel a need for a new bike, I can get a frameset and build it up and carry the wheels over. Or maybe I'll feel the aluminum Scott on these wheels will be good enough.
Bikelopnik: New wheels installed
The parts I forgot to order with the wheels came in and are installed. I know there are true bike experts here but I'm still climbing the learning curve with this new tech. Other beginners like me may find this info useful though. All of this is a new experience for me.
I like the Centerlock system compared with the 6-bolt. Slide on, install lockring, torque to 40Nm and done. That there are internal and external splined lockrings is just silly though. I like buying tools so having to buy a shiny new lockring tool is actually a plus IMO. Even better is that my cassette lockring and bottom bracket tools don't duplicate this one. That would have been irritating.
Maxxis Rekons installed easily. Tubeless was super easy to pump up with my floor pump. Even though it's suboptimal for mountain tires as it's a road bike pump (high pressure, low volume), it worked fine. No need for the compressor. This concept of hookless rim beads is unclear to me. Intuitively, it's a bad idea but apparently I'm not an engineer because it works. There's no "POP" sound of the bead seating compared with the stock hooked rims. If anyone knows how hookless rims work vs the old hooked rims, please let me know!
It's about 1.2 kg lighter with the carbon wheels and 2.4" tires replacing the 2.8" and 3.0" tires. It's easier to wheelie but otherwise I can't tell the difference riding it up and down my street.
I'll see if I can tell any difference in real world use on Monday. Inaugural ride will be at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space where @MUSASHI66 rode last week. Looking at the route plan, the distance seems too short for a decent workout. But 2300' of climbing and absent fitness after 3 months of being off the bike will probably have me wishing it was shorter. There's plenty of trails so we can add more loops if my inner Puritan hasn't suffured enough. I suspect this loop will suffice.
Edit: For anyone buying new Shimano rotors for low end Shimano brakes. I tried to throw money at Shimano for high end rotors and they wouldn't have it. The newer and higher end brakes use "narrow" rotors. There are only two cheap Shimano rotors that fit my low end "wide" type pads/calipers.
Rin vs Elk
Rin: "hmm, they look bigger than the usual rabbit. I'll stay safely behind this fence and keep very very quiet.
Elk: "Should that wolf over there concern us?"
Smarter elk who keeps up with the news: "Don't be silly. There's only been one or two reports of wolves in Colorado, they only just passed the reintroduction law last year. That's a Malamute"
Malamutes are not as dramatic as huskies.
Rin doesn't talk much. She has a few high priority items that she lets me know about. Food time is one of them. (yes! house desperately needs to be cleaned!)
I was reminded of this by @Rusty-Vandura 's recent video of a husky being dramatic in the tub. Rin is rather polite in comparison. https://opposite-lock.com/topic/9804/vincent-malamute-bait?_=1615857734184
RE: Oppo-Law question
He got in contact with the dealer and they said they weren't aware of it, but can see that the VIN is the same, they offered him a buyback + $1000 towards a new truck if he thinks that'll make it right.
Dealer sounds honest and that response is way more than I expected. Faster, less expensive, better solution than getting a lawyer involved.
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RE: How Old is the Average Opponaut?
Going a bit further id guess around half are middle class or at least 50k per year, with 30%-ish or more having college level educations or a certified trade.
I'd be curious to see if a poll would confirm what you suspect. But no, I don't actually want a poll about that stuff, too personal. I'm just speculating.
RE: Here's to Continued Employment
That seems like a dumb way to handle contracts and employment. Seems like you should just get hired and you understand that you either quit or get fired, like almost every other job.
I mean, it's not like you're uncertain about getting a contract every year; by the time that rolls around you'd know if you weren't welcome back. Still, I agree, it's weird.
I'm feeling that it's a private school thing. Without unions, they can get away with that, like paying lower salaries. So they do. I'm not casting shade on this particular school since it sounds like they treat their teachers well.
RE: How Old is the Average Opponaut?
He is on the Discord : https://discord.gg/NYTGZ24z
I don't understand being on the Discord but not here. But then I'm too old to understand Discord.
There were several who decided not to do new Oppo for whatever reasons.
Fair enough and I get it. The end was... complicated.
I actually don't understand the reasons those few people who decided not to make the transition. Do you know why?
RE: Tips on Changing a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid HSG Belt?
What's an HSG belt?
If I'm going to keep this car for another 20-30k miles should I invest in a manual or Chilton subscription or whatever the fuck it is you do now?
How much routine maintenance is going to be called for in that 20-30k? I usually feel owning a factory service manual is essential for any car. But 20-30k isn't for much longer and an FSM probably isn't worth it.
A lot of them have gone to the subscription model like for my 2011 Toyota Sienna. $25 for 24 hours and people usually download every possible pdf they think they'll need in that time. Or pay Toyota $1200 for their printed FSM!!