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by fizzgig
Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Fizzgig gets Fitter
Replies: 15
Views: 5282

Re: Fizzgig gets Fitter

Thanks for the info Nath. I suspect that muscular endurance would be more helpful for me - the muscles that are actually applying force generally gain enough strength just through regular riding. It's the muscles that are just providing stability (and occaisionally doing a bit of shock absorbing whe...
by fizzgig
Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

It's still a pretty low end bike, but yeah, overkill for the riding you're doing. I bought it so I could keep up with my boyfriend (who was riding a mountain bike) when we did longish road rides - turns out that the advantage of a road bike over a mountain bike (on-road) was just about the same as t...
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

Indeed I do
The more current models are red though, so obviously they go faster.

And yes, everything counts. I know of people who only put 3 (instead of 6) bolts in their brake rotors in the name of keeping weight down. This is not a practice that I recommend.
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9382432

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

(Stuff about my job interview) I find out in a week if I get it. Fingers crossed! I had my interview at 7 AM this morning and I just received a phone call (its now 1PM) from the manager offering me the full time position. I accepted. *happy dance* That's awesome, congratulations! I had an interview...
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: BIKE 10,000 miles
Replies: 261
Views: 166702

Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

60 + 15 = 75
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773318

Re: Today I Learned

I like my family and get on with them fine, but I'm not sure I would want to actually live with them. I moved out when I was 20, mostly, I think, because my idea of sensible behaviour at that age involved a lot more drugs, sex and rock n roll than my mum's idea of sensible behaviour. And by the time...
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Fizzgig gets Fitter
Replies: 15
Views: 5282

Fizzgig gets Fitter

So I need to shape up a bit and I figured that making one of these keeping track/asking questions type threads that are all the rage these days couldn't do any harm. I'm about 5'3" and weigh 68kg (150-odd lbs). I'm not really sure what kind of weight I should be aiming for though. My main goal ...
by fizzgig
Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

that carbon fork probably gives you at least 5 pounds advantage over a comparable aluminum one. Eh? I don't think so. I don't have an aluminium fork to compare, but a steel mountain bike fork weighs about 1.5kg, and I can't see how an Al road fork could weigh more than that. In fact, the heaviest f...
by fizzgig
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

That said, weight isn't really all that important. It only really matters during acceleration (you wont feel the difference during steady-state threading), but considering most road biking, acceleration after having to stop can be fairly important. Incidentally, this is also why lighter tires *do* ...
by fizzgig
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

Tom, I think you're wrong about that. You're mincing the words 'road bike' and 'racing bike'. As I understand it, a road bike is anything meant for going along paved roads, and a mountain bike is anything with fatter wheel forks and shocks. Generally, a mountain bike will be sturdier, but that does...
by fizzgig
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

Yes, I know it's aluminium. That's why I was comparing the weight of my bike, which is also aluminium. That bike that you linked on ebay is a) marketed as a DOWNHILL mountain bike b) A pile of shit. You'd be taking your life into your own hands to ride that off road, and it would be the worst thing ...
by fizzgig
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

Rofl, no, it's really really not. 29 pounds is heavy for anything but the crappiest of cross country bikes, or something like a downhill mountain bike. I don't think I've ever owned a mountain bike that weighed more than about 12kg (26lbs). I have one bike that might weigh 29lbs, but it's made out o...
by fizzgig
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Everyday Bike Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 6151

Re: Everyday Bike Recommendations

I hate to burst your bubble there, but 29lbs is in no way "very light" for a bike. Especially a road bike.
And the fact you ride 10 miles a day doesn't really tell us much about the durability - for all we know you've only had it a week.
by fizzgig
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: BIKE 10,000 miles
Replies: 261
Views: 166702

Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

I didn't take my Garmin with me yesterday, so I'm not 100% sure, but Google Maps says about 30km, so I'm gonna go with that.

34.8 + 18.6 = 53.4
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

nah actually, the chassis on a bug is not that big to begin with, just turn it to the side and it will fit in most places. i did have to respackle a few walls though lol. would have been easier with a second person. So you - who can only bench press 80lbs (36kg) - managed to carry a hundred-odd kg ...
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Eseell wrote:Woo I bought a house!


Congratulations! I did that just recently too, and it is, indeed, very awesome.
by fizzgig
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Makes me wonder whether that still is the apartment featuring a couch that cannot have come in though the stairways. pales in comparison to the time i completely dissasembled a volkswagen bug, carried it up the stairs to some dudes apartment, and reassembled the whole thing in his living room. man ...
by fizzgig
Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3583694

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I've used sick days before when I just really don't want to get up and I know I don't have anything important to do at work... I am lazy. But then, they wouldn't give me sick days if they didn't expect me to need them. Do those of you that never use them let them expire (mine pool for up to about 2...
by fizzgig
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9382432

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

I don't know, but nobody has replied to my "Gee Willikers please help me, my car might be dying" post. Really, I need to know whether my car is a death-trap or not. I asked my resident mechanic and he said take it to a mechanic and get them to look at it cos anything you can do to check w...
by fizzgig
Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773318

Re: Today I Learned

Indonesian is taught in schools here. Well at least one school that I know of.

I always assumed 'singlet' was somehow related to 'doublet', but I've never worked out how.

Vest in Australia can also mean a sleeveless jumper - like cricket players wear.
by fizzgig
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9382432

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

You, sir, name? wrote:Maintain: /meɪnˈteɪn/
Maintenance: /ˈmeɪntənəns/

What gives?


It's (probably) because they've got a different number of syllables and the number of syllables affects where the stress is in the word... I guess...
Like the difference between pronounce and pronunciation. Possibly.
by fizzgig
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats: Indoors or Out
Replies: 72
Views: 8644

Re: Cats: Indoors or Out

In some parts of Canberra, it's actually illegal to let your cat roam free. They must be kept indoors, or in an outdoor enclosure. This is mostly due to them destroying populations of native animals. I'm not sure why they're not just required to wear a bell, but Australian native animals aren't exac...
by fizzgig
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google translat for metric to imperial?
Replies: 78
Views: 10240

Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

Personally, I quite regularly order 0.29L or 0.43L of beer. Only I call it a pot or a schooner. I have no idea if either of those words is actually a standard measurement, and I actually had to look up how big they were. And I run into trouble whenever I order a pot in Canberra though, because appar...
by fizzgig
Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is it with red cups?
Replies: 44
Views: 7611

Re: What is it with red cups?

Where I live, Dixie cups are a kind of ice cream in a little paper cup thing. Probably not related though.
by fizzgig
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3536521

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I always liked to look at the positives of being the only girl in my classes at uni. If I turned up to a room and there were girls in it, I knew I'd got the wrong room :-) (Yes this happened a few times. They always seemed to be moving the rooms around)
by fizzgig
Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310969

Re: The radical idea that women are people

No see, if there are a group of female-appearing people, their femaleness must always be emphasized . >:| I want real neutrals. People people people. I get something similar when I'm mountain biking. Guys (of the male variety) will ride past and greet me with "mate" or "buddy", ...
by fizzgig
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Holy crap I'm going to own a house. Just think... nobody would keep you from drilling holes in the walls! Finally, after all these years... And yep, we've already got a list of improvements we want to make. Mostly outside stuff like adding solar panels and fixing fences though. Thankfully no painti...
by fizzgig
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I just signed a contract to buy a house! It was only the second place we looked at, and we weren't even really planning to buy just yet, but this place was exactly what we wanted... And we bought it at auction for $25,000 less than we were prepared to pay! The other bidders never even stood a chance...
by fizzgig
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Ah see those department store "mountain bikes" aren't really bikes at all. They're just toys that look like bikes. They usually have a sticker on them with words to the effect of "Not to be ridden off road, or raced, or jumped or ridden down gutters. Probably best if you don't take it...
by fizzgig
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Yeah Specialized make some very nice bikes.
by fizzgig
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

What did you get?
by fizzgig
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 924656

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

That's why I initially asked what one would need such a bike for. It was a honest question, I swear! Things that make bikes more expensive: Being made of exotic materials like carbon fibre or titanium, which supposedly make them lighter or improve the ride quality, or something Suspension (front an...
by fizzgig
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apocalypse shopping
Replies: 82
Views: 10788

Re: Apocalypse shopping

Anyone know how long dry seeds last? And are the seeds of plants you've grown likely to be fertile? I'd heard that garden shops breed them infertile to keep you coming back. I think how long the seeds last depends on what type they are and how you keep them. If you buy them from a place that sells ...
by fizzgig
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458381

Re: Questions For The World

In Germany there is a fine for using a cellphone while driving. Or even in fact while sitting in a traffic jam. Both these facts always confuse me, because on the other hand it's perfectly legal to eat a chicken soup or read a newspaper while driving. From what I understand, the issue with using a ...
by fizzgig
Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458381

Re: Questions For The World

How come you associate the Netherlands/Denmark/Brazil/Australia with the same drink? I mean, I get Denmark/Netherlands, but the others leave me wondering. Just curious. Well, it's probably more accurate to say I associate some lager brands with Brazil and Australia than lager in general. I would go...
by fizzgig
Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773318

Re: Today I Learned

TIL: My boss gets extraordinarily upset if someone misuses "due to" versus "owing to". What's the difference? I thought they were basically interchangeable, both meaning more or less "because of". It turns out that "owing to" is used for verbal reasons, and &...
by fizzgig
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9382432

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

I know for a fact that I'm the only one in my country with my first name. And it's probably gonna stay that way for a long time, since a few other spelling variations of my name is on the prohibited list, meaning that my parents had to argue a lot with people to get me to have that name. What kinds...
by fizzgig
Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9382432

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

People of the forum,
What genre of music would you call Blink 182? (Dude Ranch era, if we need to be specific)

Why yes I am sitting at home drinking and watching music videos from the 90s on Youtube - was it obvious?
by fizzgig
Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458381

Re: Questions For The World

When I think Indonesia, I think cheap holidays, and touristy stuff. I've never actually been there myself, but people who do go always seem to be bringing back pirated DVDs and cheap clothes. (I still haven't worked out why they don't just download the movies, if they're going to pirate them). And ...
by fizzgig
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Question your longheld stereotypes...
Replies: 263
Views: 27214

Re: Question your longheld stereotypes...

I work in IT as well, as one of three women in a team of about twenty. I've never had anyone question my abilities because of my sex, although one of the guys at work does tend to assume dumb things, like that I must like pink. I was a bit surprised the other day though, when I told one of the other...

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