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  1. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Just saw an Audi e-tron in the flesh, exiting my neighborhood. (There are a bunch of 3s here, several Ss and Xs—we are a prime EV target area.)

    It looked pretty good. Seems in profile to be half between a Q5 and an allroad. Too bad about its disappointing range and price.
     

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    First results back:

    - I am not diabetic (A1C 5.2)
    - normal TSH
    - most likely have a fatty liver (AST 87, ALT 214, ferritin 736)
    - somewhat high cholesterol (HDL 47, LDL 177, tri 187 but not fasting)
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    True. Staying in the far right lane does help there. People are scared to merge and would rather wait in line.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Peculiar car sightings tonight, coming home from a movie in Westminster:

    - car club exiting the mall, with a new gen NSX, a B6 S4, then three R35 GT-Rs
    - passed at high speed (theirs, not mine) by a Chevy 2500 with what sounded like the spool up of a giant turbo
     
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    They, and the local Nissan dealer have both told me there is a similar CSU rebate. I'm actually currently attempting to deal with Tynan trough Costco, but they are sure super slow to respond. :think:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    When I did the Costco Auto Program (for our 2013 Leaf) I found it best to print off the Costco form and plop myself in person in their showroom. Only then did they divulge the price.

    Ultimately I didn’t use the Costco discount as I was eligible for their VPP instead. Check if your employer is on their list…

    https://www.mikesmithnissan.com/images/vpp-mike-smith-nissan.pdf
     
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    My employer is not on the list. :disgust:

    I actually got Tynans to send me this a couple months back:


    This particular model sold just a couple days ago, but I'm very curious to see what kind of price I might get now. Can one get the costco price on top of what they are offering now? Cause that would be sweet.

    The local chevy dealer was not so forthcoming, and were actually pretty shitty to deal with. Plus, with tax credit on a bolt being half of the leaf, I don't think I want a bolt.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    The discount on that quote from Tynan itself is actually better than on the advertised offer. The $5k instant state should apply without a question, and the "Nissan Xcel Energy Fleetail Customer Cash Rebate" sure sounds like a Nissan incentive, not the dealer, so should apply, too.

    So your equivalent quote would be $24,535 + TTL.

    You should find their internet sales person and ask for just such a quote… or go Model 3 after all :D Or go buy a Land Cruiser. I approve of that, too.
     
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    Hey @dan-o : You mentioned you bought a 24" for one of your kids at the Trestle sale. Is this a September end of the season kind of deal? I can't find any info on such a sale in a quick online perusal, just their regular bikes for sale at the moment. TIA.
     
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    Done, but Jebus wont let car dealers be open on Sunday. :rolleyes:

    As for model 3, if I thought the jeep would last another year I could swing enough savings to bring a payment down to palatable levels, but as much metal as I found in the rear end this last weekend it feels like a gamble hoping it lasts to the end of the month. :dead:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Ah, I was wondering what had prompted that Strava-ed ride to the diff shop…
     
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    Professional consultation ride.
     
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    This would be where you pop some Rockwells or at least Unimog portals under it, right?
     
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    If I was that sort, I'd have done it a long time ago, I suspect.
     
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    No one selling a diff who's "upgraded" from their stock one?
     
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    Yeah, there must be a pile of OEM D30s and D44s from the dude-bros lying about somewhere…
     
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    Undoubtedly. It also pegs the shit out of my give-a-fuck meter when I contemplate parts cost + personal labor/time into a 22 year old, 14mpg, kidney beating Wrangler. I've loved driving it and I do have an embarrassing emotional attachment to it, but the labor I've put into it in the last year, and now this news, makes it feel like it's time to let it go.
     
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    Yes, it was end of season.
    I’d taken him there riding and he liked the kona we rented.

    I did try to purchase another for the youngest another time but was told they’d switched to a 2 season rotation on the kids bikes. Not sure if that’s still a policy.
     
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    TIL that a resident two years behind me in my program out in NY ended up buying a house 12 doors down from me here in Denver.

    I think he's stalking me. If you see someone wearing my skin as a suit now you know the backstory
     
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    Emotional attachment is a real thing. It's not costing you anything to keep it up on blocks in your front yard with a busted diff, eh?

    :D
     
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    It's been discussed, but I've been lead to believe that it would cost me half of everything I own and a number of years of alimony and child support. :busted:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Just over halfway through my late shift at work. Somewhat bored.

    I would like for Pivot to get on with replacing my Shuttle's rear triangle already. Then GBS will have the following goodies for me to pay for once they button everything all back together:

    - 29" EX 511s, 2.5" DHF in EXO+, 2.4" DHR II in DH casing with Cushcore out back as well for good measure
    - new chain and cassette, as I or more likely the assist motor had broken off a tooth on the 2nd cog over the 450 miles I'd put on the bike
    - new 800 mm crabonz handlebars without the weird cutout thing at the end that the 760 mm OEM bars had (I will plan on having my handlebars replaced every year out of caution when I drop off the bike for a tuneup, as they didn't stock any alu options)
    - Ergon grips now that the bars are normal, to replace the weird textured WTB Padloc grips that were stock
    - redone seals here and there, and the bearings if they were deemed to need attention. I made note of my Shockwiz-ed good suspension settings before turning in the bike so will be able to get back to those easily.

    Once I get it back in my paws then I'll mount up the Mac Ride seat and see who fits it. All of my girls have large heads and long torsos--I guess they are mine after all!--so it will be interesting to see how useful this is in terms of me being able to peer over them.

    I think it would be good for Yuna to come riding along with me a few times on some tame trails (Green?) so that she can overcome her fear of downhills. Given that she's without fear on skis one would think this would translate to biking as well, but she hasn't had it click that with working brakes and a non-hamhanded braking finger she can go down hills just fine.
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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    behind you, don't wait up.
    Seriously.
    How long has it been now?
     
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    In my house we call that ‘a touch of Maine’.
     
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    dan-o Turbo Monkey

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    Good god, who specs that crap?
    Kill list.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Solid month thus far. June 14.
     
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    I'll look into picking up a 27.5" DH sled from them if priced well. After my experience with their rental fleet last time up with the @6thElement s it's pretty clear I'll have to bring my own gear if I want something remotely well-set up for my weight. Their DH rentals are coil sprung and preload adjustments can only go so far. I'm pretty sure I clipped a pedal while pedaling on flat ground on their bike.

    Pricing context:
    https://www.commencalusa.com/dh-c102x3044428
    https://us.yt-industries.com/products/bikes/downhill/1279/tues-al
     
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    That was my experience too.
    My rental Demo was not enjoying its undersprung life.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    The wife-bot has approved of a DH bike purchase.

    Based off of my 425 mm reach 5010, 445 mm reach Shuttle, and tooling around on Nick's 458 mm reach Chromag I think I'd like about 450-455 mm reach or so. DH geometry hasn't caught up in all brands to that of the trail bikes.



    YT Tues 27 CF Pro. $4,199, 451 mm reach in L. Hmmm



    Pivot Phoenix Carbon Zee build. $3,899, 455 mm reach in L. Obtainable through GBS, too.
     
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    6thElement Schrodinger's Immigrant

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    My Fury is an L, 455mm reach.
    S is on an M, 435mm maybe...

    Welcome to throw a leg over.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    So GBS doesn't carry any DH bikes. No V10, no Phoenix. Plus the reviews on how the Phoenix feels are not positive.

    I'm thinking that I might test how deep the reach rabbit hole goes by demoing two Commencals:

    - L Supreme DH 27 at 455 mm reach
    - L Supreme DH 29 at 470 mm reach (!)

    I just need to figure out some days when I can escape the family. It seems that if a kid doesn't have something scheduled then the wife does.


    Edit: August 12, 13, or 14 might work. Anyone want to head up with me? :D
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Tail light trend I do not care for: Tiny LCDs of very high intensity. Example of this is the latest gen RAV4.

    The hockey stick is mostly running light. The only part of this that’s the brake light is a 3 x 3 ish cm portion at the tip of the hockey stick’s blade. The area is roughly like this:



    Anyway, this led me to wonder if FMVSS 108, regulating lighting area and intensity, was updated, and apparently it was in 2012 for LEDs:

    http://www.intertek.com/blog/2015-10-28-fmvss-108/

    Therefore the designs we are seeing now are an outgrowth of this rule change one product cycle ago. Hmph.
     
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    In contrast, my 100 series. Only the lower outer portion is brake light proper but it’s probably 4x the area.

    (2006 and 2007 100 series got LED taillights. The 200s regressed—I’m not sure if even the current ones have them.)
     
  40. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I don't think I've ever said this to anyone before... but I think you may get too much vacation. :think: :D
     
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