Smelly Swiss Dilettante

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bigato
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Definitely get your foot attached to the pedals somehow. I can't even imagine how you drive a fixie without being strapped/attached. I ride clipless pedals nowadays.

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I don't know either. Riding downhil to town, I lost my pedal three times. It's a bit scary. I've got two brakes so it's still ok, but I need to find a way. I don't wan't to buy so I'm still thinking. Riding to work is 7-8km, kindaflat so I'm ok without them. I don't like clipless (my last bike was a 90's time trial bike with clipless), because then, you need an extra pair of shoes and you can't ride barefoot. My dislike was accentuated by how stinky my feet were after wearing those shoes. My stolen fixie had straps and it was great, I could wear whatever I wanted, barefoot or rubber boots, even ski boots.

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Also, I've been exposed much more than I would like to to asbestos. 2 weeks ago, we detiled an asbesto tile roof and a colleagues grinded some plates. The dust cloud went straight to me and I wasn't wearing a mask.
Today we detiled an other roof. I wore a dust mask. We unfiled a container containing tiles onto a truck and it made a lot of dust. I'm angry against my boss for not giving a fuck about it, and me for not leaving the site when I saw those plates, and worried about my futur health of course. I probably have a lot of it in my hair too.
I would like to compare the increase in chances of getting lung cancer to something more easy to grasp, like a number of cigarettes smoked.

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Ok, apparently, the risk is doubled when you breath 25year*fibre/cm^3
I breathed asbestos for two days.
Grinding asbest results in a concentration of 10fibre/ml.
So worst case scenario, my cumulated dose is 10/120.
Which correspond to an increase of my cancer risk of less than 1%.
Ok, I probably have a higher risk of dying due to an accident because I lack sleep because I was worried about asbestos, thant because of a lung cancer caused by inhaling asbestos....

bigato
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Back to worrying about pedal security then!
One thing that might work are nylon straps such as those seen in backpacks, with their acompanying locking plastic piece. There are also some belts which are made of fabric instead of leather, and you close them with a system that looks a bit like that from the backpack straps, although simpler and safer. Basically some just use a couple of metal big rings (not sure what the proper word is here). That could give you some ideas.

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Search for "pedal straps" and "toe clips" for what you need (one or the other). The straps would be easy to make but they are cheap to buy. You could probably get the toe clips given to you, they are usually removed.

You guys must have huge quads, my single speed is geared at 38/18 and that is enough for me.

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my gear are at 46/17, so the maximal inclination I can climb with only my weight on the pedal is 6%. As stated before, quads are at 24.6 inches, but I don't know if it's considered huge. I find them big. I'm curious about bigatos quad and yours to see if there is a direct link between gears ratio and quad size.

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I don't have a measuring tape available, can I send nudes instead? :-P

Just kidding, but I don't think the correlation goes the way you think; it's more like your quads will increase if you give them more work. Although I know of very skinny guys who can climb walls and their quads are not huge. If there is a correlation, it is between quad size and body weight. Also, size <> strength and aerobic is as important as strength.

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I made an offer to buy about two acres of forest in one of my ideal location. I'm very excited.

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Wow! This is an interesting development. Is land in Switzerland expensive?

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Quite expensive I'de say. About ten times more than in France for comparable plots. I'm not investing, but it will provide me with wood and a plot to start my gardened forest. I made an offer way above what I thought was the market rate (because sales are rare), but apparently some people made higher offers. The man selling the forest is hesitating because I live in the village where the forest is (and not some random place in switzerland). I don't know if I should make an higher offer.

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I offered to deliver some wood or do some other work for him this fall to compensate my lower offer.

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I realised that my apathy isn't that bad. I only get excited when progressing toward my goals, which can't happen very often due to the nature of those goals. I spend most of the time waiting for an opportunity to realise those goal, and what I'm doing while waiting changes a lot. But in the end, I still have the same goal I had ten years ago: living in my forest and have childrens. I progressed toward those goals and when i find an opportunity to progress toward those, I'm always very motivated. It's like a hunt, most things happening in the forest don't durably catch my attention, but when I'll see a deer, I'll stay focused on it until I'll catch it or it outrunned me. Staying in situations where I'm happy is probably enough of a short term goal, cause my instinct will catch up for the long term ones. It's funny that this possibility of buying this forest happens 1 week after the first time in three year where I had enough cash to buy it.

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Jean wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:50 pm
the forest don't durably catch my attention, but when I'll see a deer, I'll stay focused on it until I'll catch it or it outrunned me.
When you are The Deer Hunter, how long does it take you to catch the deer? I'm thinking the deer is winning the sprint, but you're winning the marathon. I mean, you're methodology is to tire the deer out until it's just like panting to death, right? How long does this go on, you out in the forest trying to outmaneuver a deer? Where I live, if you want to kill a deer you just drive around for a while and before you know it, bam, you got a deer head sticking through your front windshield.

And good luck with the forest and the raising kids in the forest thing. I think Stephen King wrote a book about that. Or maybe it was corn. Either way, it's kind of the same thing.

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Hunting is heavilly regulated, but taking a nap in the forest, you're likely to be waken up by a deer passing at throwing range.
I'm really thrilled at the perspective of stewarding this forest. I'll throw the biggest party I ever threw if I get it. All shall hail Yarilo for a whole week.

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I visited the forest. It's mostly beech, with some spruce. I was expecting mostly spruce with some beech.
It was about 3am and feeling was great. I hope I'll be able to buy it. I should get a definitive answer this weekend
Freedom never felt so close. I feel like reaching home after a few lives of roaming. Trees are going to own me. I might become human again. This light is blinding me.

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Jean is l'homme de pomme de pin

Приветствую Ярило

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We set the deal. We'll Rise our wooden pints and fight and dance to the morning.

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Happy to hear it! congrats, Jean!!

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Congrats Jean, this is excellent news.

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