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Discussion in 'Northeast' started by Toshi, Apr 20, 2002.

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  1. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Recent rentals post-Transit sans suffix:


    2018 Dodge Grand Caravan GT. 3k miles from Alamo SEA.

    Pros:

    - always liked the Pentastar
    - power doors and hatch
    - navi! unexpectedly
    - great visibility

    Cons:

    - Garmin based headunit looks 20 years out of date
    - no fancy modern safety things at all: adaptive cruise, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, auto brake all absent

    Verdict: Quite ok for a rental.


    2018 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum. Also 3k miles, from Avis at a local Denver outlet.

    Pros:

    - looks gorgeous
    - familiar interfaces to me
    - decent power, as quick as my XC40 T5 (smaller vehicle with less powerful engine)
    - a bit quieter road noise than the XC40, both on 20”s
    - all the safety tech one can imagine

    Cons:

    - weird 4 red light HUD-ish thing nagging me when following too closely (but not really). I felt like Picard. “There are... four lights!”
    - key fob randomly dead so I couldn’t lock it! and could only run it with the dead fob in one particular center console cup holder marked for just this reason

    Verdict: I’d rented an Escape or equivalent. Very pleased with getting this for that rate.


    2018 Ford Explorer XLT. Similarly about 3k miles, from a local Denver non-airport Avis.

    Pros:

    - very quiet, on par with the wife’s PacHy
    - adaptive cruise, blind spot warning, and auto brake all present
    - long cargo area when 2nd and 3rd rows folded

    Cons:

    - dashboard and wheel buttons are an aesthetic nightmare
    - gutless non-Ecoboost V6
    - thickest A pillar bases of all time and medium high beltline
    - high cargo floor and narrow between rear wheel intrusions, making getting my (long, wide, bulky) bike in tough
    - questionable build quality: trim piece on 3rd row already broken despite being barely used, but there’s no upside to me reporting this (still works to recline the row, just flopping about)
    - adaptive cruise is not stop and go. Cuts out when traffic slows below 12 mph and can’t resume until 20 mph

    Verdict: For this one I rented an Explorer or equivalent as that was exactly the same price as an Escape or equivalent. I’ve had far worse rentals.
     

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  2. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Nick, did you ever snag the Shockwiz from your buddy? This thought occurred again to me today—what if my arm pump issues on Mountain Lion and Longhorn are due in part to my fork being incorrectly set up?

    https://www.bigringcycles.com/about/quarq-shockwiz-rental-program-pg108.htm

    $60 for both ends isn’t bad.

    (That said, even with arm pump today my e-bike Mountain Lion DH time was 2 sec off my PR on the 5010. :notbadobama: )
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Today's damage: the bottom, black grip. Cracked the white plastic inner housing on the Ergon grips and ripped off the outer rubber and plastic end of it. Now the outer portion is all wiggly feeling.

    Contrast to the intact plastic on the identical grip on my 5010, whose rubber actual grip surface has seen better days.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Wow.

     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Updates on the Volvo saga:

    1) I finally have a Volvo Car Financial Services account. Apparently a mailed statement went out 8/7/18. I called them today, got the account number, established my account, and made a payment today that was supposed to be due 8/9/18.



    So now I'm paying for a vehicle that I still can't drive. On the upside, the account shows 3 payments credited, only 1 of which I actually made (prior to driving the vehicle away). The other 2 apparently were out of the hide of the dealer: $1,209.94 in my favor thus far.

    2) The Denver DMV still doesn't have paperwork for the Volvo. This is not surprising: even if everything FedExed in on Monday was perfect then they take a week to process it in theory. Even if it were ready I wouldn't be able to make it in easily until this upcoming Wednesday.

    3) When I register it I'm going to submit the documents for how much said registration cost to the dealer, as they've promised to reimburse this amount. I'll also make a try of submitting my Uber and rental car receipts from July 30 through whatever date the paperwork is complete.

    Verdict: Even if I come out $1,700 ahead when all is said and done I'd much rather have made the payments promptly and had a registered vehicle back in May. At what rate I charge for consulting I'll be firmly behind between the DMV visits, phone calls, and time spent dealing with car rental.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    #7686 -   Aug 11, 2018
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Ah, to be able to fly.

    I should get a unicycle to fart about on in the driveway as my kids ride. I rode one around a gym in about 2003 and my current rides are not optimal for pedal kicking action.
     
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    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    I still think these look fantastic.

     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Today I learned that Zoic doesn't consider the crotch panel separating from the back panel of their outer baggies at the seam between the two to be a warranteeable issue. 2 years and 10 days of use for $80. Not super pleased with that, but perhaps the Korean seamstress at the local dry cleaner can do some magic and get them in one piece again.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Good stuff starts at 20 seconds in.

    No Shockwizes today, for the record--they were rented out for the week and the dude I'd emailed to reserve them was canned 3 weeks ago (yet he was still listed as the contact on their website).
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Rental car review, since I still can’t register the Volvo:

    2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited. 6.4k miles, rented from a neighborhood Budget.

    Pros:

    - high trim level for a rental! replete with EyeSight, leather, CarPlay, heated this and that
    - looks nice enough outside
    - feels light on its feet
    - quiet road and wind noise

    Cons:

    - cargo area not tall or wide: have to pull my bike’s front wheel to wedge it in
    - 4 banger is absolutely gutless at Denver’s altitude
    - dashboard is an aesthetic nightmare of differing fonts, shapes, colors, meld of center tft and conventional gauges
    - EyeSight lane keep is useless, ping ponging across the lane

    Verdict: I’m glad I didn’t go for this, although it would have been a super cheap lease...
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I just bought a single used Shockwiz off of eBay for $220 through an offer and a few counteroffers on a best offer listing. I’ll have to set up an end at a time, but on the other hand can take my time. When all is said and done then I can probably sell it for about that much, too.

    :notbadobama:

    (Will I even bust out the 5010 at all to set it up or let it languish completely? Probably the latter.)
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I emailed my neighbor requests for what I want from the Volvo dealership:

    >>>>>

    What I’m seeking is either:

    1) The dealer to compensate me for my time expended thus far (at a rate equivalent to that which I get paid for extra shifts at work, which is $XXX[elided]/hr, since that’s what this time spent has displaced), reimburse me for all Uber and rental car charges that I have incurred from 7/30/18 until today (estimated as $544), and to provide a rental vehicle equivalent to the leased Volvo (so a luxury SUV from Hertz or equivalent) from now until such date at which the DMV says I can actually register it.

    Or

    2) The dealer to take the car back: buy out my lease with Volvo Car Financial Services such that they own the vehicle, compensate me for the expense of putting a trailer hitch on this leased vehicle ($714) as I’ll be unable to use this due to the early termination of the lease, and ship the vehicle at their expense from my garage to their location of choice.

    <<<<<

    Have I mentioned my neighbor is a lawyer with a firm that handles contract law and is furthermore licensed to practice in both Colorado and Illinois?
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Does photo embedding from the Bookface work?



    Halloween costumes this year.
     
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    Paying him in Bitcoin I assume?
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Unconscious bias: she’s a lawyer. Her boyfriend is a handyman, as best as I can tell.

    I’m closed out of all cryptocurrency on Coinbase now. Came out to within a hundred or so of the Pivot Shuttle’s cost.
     
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    Mea culpa. I should know better, all the lawyers I personally know are women.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Thought of the day:

    Riding the Shuttle to work a week or three ago was amusing but the tires are a roaring, quickly wearing 20 psi mess. Instead of getting something like that 28 mph-assist Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0 I could get a 29” extra wheelset, fully outfitted with Schwalbe Marathon * tires as on the belt drive commuter, identical rotors, etc.

    The 29” DT 350/XM 331 wheelset I have on the belter would be perfect were it not for ever-changing hub standards:

    With a nice 29” wheelset for the Shuttle I could see how it feels with normal 29 x 2.3-2.4” tires, too, not that I have much to complain about with the 27.5 x 2.8” Maxxis Minion DHF/Rekon combo when on dirt. Hmm.

    Even a nice wheelset (LB ~30mm i.d. again?) would be a fifth of what an entire new commuter would cost. (Or I could just ride the belt drive commuter and the Shuttle as is, but that’s not as entertaining... got to stimulate the world economy.)