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5x15 second sprints, max effort

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:58 (fourteen years ago) link

rest 5 mins in between

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Pootling like a vicar to and from work, twice.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 13:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Mine is going to be like this: Monday: grocery store; Tuesday: Dumbo bike shop; Thurs: Local bar; Weekend: Everywhere.

Repeat 4x per month.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:11 (fourteen years ago) link

well you should also post interesting tidbits of what happens during your ride, like a great out of saddle fart or almost killing a squirrel

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

i very nearly killed a rat the other day, coming down the alley to my garage.

apparently my friend paul broadsided one a few weeks ago, but the fucker kept ticking and straggled off into the darkness

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:29 (fourteen years ago) link

i swear the fucking squirrels at prospect park have deathwishes

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:30 (fourteen years ago) link

I was overtaken by a hearse last week, I'm sure this was a sign.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (fourteen years ago) link

(PS. It was going fast, cos it was EMPTY)

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (fourteen years ago) link

WELL THEN! Last Sun I went to Floyd Bennett Airfield out at the end of Flatbush. It was a pretty meh ride, passing malls and suburban stuff, but I did run across a half-decent (paved) bike trail way out there, that followed the highway. Dunno yet what trail it was or where it goes, but it's a thought.

Also while riding down Nostrand being in love w/ the world I passed someone who started whooping "white girl, white girl". Neighborhood watch?

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:35 (fourteen years ago) link

there are some great stretches on nostrand if you hit all the greens

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I did not.

The airfield is fantastic, though, if you're a transpo/military history/aviation/old stuff geek.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah there is a hidden beach there, really weird area

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I am so badly out of shape bikewise this year. I keep getting almost fit, then something else comes along that snags my interest so I go off and spend all my time doing that and I get all decrepitated all over again. I think I def. need to buy a proper road bike and get some focus back.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:44 (fourteen years ago) link

what else is there to snag your interest? stay away from women

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Ah, you know how it is. Bike fitness takes huge buckets of time to cultivate. Sloth is so less demanding.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:13 (fourteen years ago) link

^ 'much'

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:14 (fourteen years ago) link

to work: 4.5 miles of urban commute dodging broken window glass, jaywalkers, insane taxi drivers, homeless zombies, methed-out busdrivers, light rail tracks, subway grates, idiotic tourist drivers, etc.

from work: same as above but uphill (big hills).

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:26 (fourteen years ago) link


gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:28 (fourteen years ago) link

so who takes the squirrel out

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:31 (fourteen years ago) link

bike shop charges extra for that

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:34 (fourteen years ago) link

probably should leave it in like a spoke card

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:35 (fourteen years ago) link


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:39 (fourteen years ago) link

he was just on the way home from collecting acorns :(

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:43 (fourteen years ago) link

My initial reaction was WTF fork broken, but carbon fibre really is that brittle especially with loads out of the design axis like that. Riding a steel fork would have lead to squirrel guts spread around.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I wish I were riding my bike right now.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:04 (fourteen years ago) link

that squirrel is going to be causing a tension load in the spoke, which they are designed for and a shear load in the fork which they are only designed for to a certain extent.

I am going to ride my bike in a few minutes and buy some fresh tagliatelle.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:09 (fourteen years ago) link


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh ya, 14 miles business casual and pannier, 14 to go yet. It is supposed to rain. BUt, also 20mph tailwind out of NNW!

Nothing says for better or for worse like a pair of fenders. (nicked from someone in the internets)

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire.

I have seen this, and it is THE HORRORS.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:10 (fourteen years ago) link

hunter where are you located?

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire. had it, it's pretty sad:

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:15 (fourteen years ago) link

omg the comments are sadder

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:17 (fourteen years ago) link

i was gonna say.

lolz at flags: I AM FROM CANADA

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:21 (fourteen years ago) link

commute today (a poem):

checked weather: no rain
went outside sunny and nice
rode first half happily
second half started with sprinkles
followed by drizzle
the fucking skies opened up (i was wearing thin sweater, t-shirt, jeans and sneakers)
lol soaked
now wearing samples
straight chillin

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

this is what this thread is about folks!!

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

lol soaked

Not how I do. I'm #*(%#&@~~~!!!

Cutty I'm in Denver xpo

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I see olympic gold medallist S4ra C4rrigan out most mornings on the gold coast.

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:45 (fourteen years ago) link

And Mc3wen will be ponying up and down the gold coast all summer too.

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:48 (fourteen years ago) link

No ride today. Puncture. Only got fat tubes. Can you fit fat tubes (1.5-2.2 i think) into slick tyres (1.25 i think)?

ledge, Thursday, 18 October 2007 08:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Not really, you'll be much more at risk of pinch flats.

Invest in Slime.

Ed, Thursday, 18 October 2007 09:00 (fourteen years ago) link

an hour on the rollers, sweatnet = essential

cutty, Thursday, 18 October 2007 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

quick zip in to work and back - left the house at exactly 9.30 and left work at exactly 9.30. front wheel need truing. both do probably. and brakes need some love. also some fucker in a big car tried to kill me twice this morning on tottenham court rd :/

did anyone watch the 'bike messengers are on crack' vid on youtube?

emsk, Thursday, 18 October 2007 22:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Quick zip up to the Wburg bridge, to the bar. Nice out, a little warm. The pulled pork and cigarettes slowed me down on the way home -- it might be uphill most of the way back to the Heights but it shouldn't be THAT annoying. Fuck stoplights, anyway.

Also fuck the white van that pulled over and stopped in front of my while I was cruising down Kent. They apologized as I blew by, but they weren't sorry enough not to cut me off, I noticed.

Laurel, Friday, 19 October 2007 03:34 (fourteen years ago) link

more poetry:

A little wet again
Douchebag on a rice rocket gunning it at every light only to slam on the brakes every
200 feet
I blow a red (no cross-traffic)
Almost catches me around 2 lights later
I hear a bang, look behind
2Fast2Furious doored by a work truck while trying to split traffic
Motorcycle down and skidding
Him on his ass
He looked fine (truck driver was on him already)
I keep riding

Steve Shasta, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link

i call that poem shasta keeps riding

cutty, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:56 (fourteen years ago) link

gbx, Friday, 19 October 2007 18:39 (fourteen years ago) link


cutty, Saturday, 20 October 2007 16:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks! And thanks for the link hunt3r, I hadn’t seen that yet. How much elevation on that loop?

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 20:07 (two years ago) link

Says here like 7500. It's not even that much by "mtn" standards- there's really two stiff climbs in it, going CW-- Murphys and Hardscrabble. Come touring man. I told my sluggard 15 y/o about yr kid's exploit and he was v impressed (he is musical, not endurance-sportive).

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:38 (two years ago) link

actually three climbs- i "forgot" the last one out of the ditch-- mineral canyon. it was dark when we got to it, i think i just repressed that memory, though i did hammer it with what i had left.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:42 (two years ago) link

i played with my iphone on a ride and on imovie

Hunt3r, Thursday, 10 October 2019 17:40 (two years ago) link

Cool. A lot of that doesn't look remotely rideable to me.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 11 October 2019 16:39 (two years ago) link

Ha a lot of that is not rideable to me. A lot is, in fact, not rideable, as it exists. I did a lot of that style of riding/hiking this year.

The more fakey-built shit I see, the more I am inclined by nature to dismiss the trail as space-mountain-feature-flow-track bullshit. (Reminder to me- almost all trails are built, my rules are my arbitrary rules). But I'm obviously not gravity-oriented anyway (I try to avoid hurting shit, though even on that ride, I fell on the 8 stitches that were 10-days-onward on my elbow. I got a little loose at that bizzaro 4x4 piece of random wood in the video. So I tore right through 2 of the stitches, and the rest were not so bueno either. I was almost back to civilization, but still remote enough to make quite a mess on the way). I'm good at riding and since my TBI have about 97% of my previous balance and proprioception imo.

All, I'm planning on taking a year off from riding if I can. A YEAR. I don't know who I need to be, but I guess it's more than this. Just between ILTRMB and me lol, my partner melted down so much at seeing the condition of my limb, which is obviously the latest in a perpetual string of pretty-very bad abrasions, lacerations, fractures, and lesions, that I'm not so sure we'll survive together anyway. True irony, I was planning to try for a year off anyway, before going in on the trip.

Bottom line is that I'm way out of balance in a few ways. I don't know ~what it means~ though.

I'm gonna need everyone's therapy.

Hunt3r, Friday, 11 October 2019 22:11 (two years ago) link

Good luck. You've been through a lot.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 12 October 2019 17:46 (two years ago) link

Aw Hunt3r, hope you get back on an even keel soon but a whole year sounds pretty extreme. I mean that’s a brave call and obviously you’ve gotta do whatever it takes but I dunno, maybe there’s a different way of channelling your cycling that hits on a good compromise? But good luck with sorting things out anyway. Get on with your running, Kipchoge’s thrown down the gauntlet for you there

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:22 (two years ago) link

Thx guys. I am gonna keep running and turn that up a little. i’m neither good at it nor well built for it, but it’s not from zero, i run occasionally now. Plus winter has skiing, and if i have some days, i may resume xc skiing more often, which i’m pretty terrible at but enjoy a lot. I’ll allow any commutation locally that saves time, also.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 12 October 2019 22:07 (two years ago) link

These look niiice

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:12 (two years ago) link

That’s some big ££££s. Way outside my area of experience as some fietsy shit. I tried to determine whether the Nexus referred to a hub i know, but cannot.

Speakin of nexus, the IRO bike with nexus rear upon which i was struck in 2015 is in my garage. I keep thinking of salvaging/rebuilding the wheel and selling it, but i dont want to touch it. It ruint me enuf, nothing good can come of it.

Has anyone here ridden or owned such a cargo?

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:46 (two years ago) link

I am about to head out as support crew on this.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:35 (two years ago) link

that looks great. good luck and stay well in support.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:31 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

fwiw i made it to yesterday, 160 days, 205 days short of target. throughout abstention, i felt no better, only depressed. the ride was nice.

i dunno, i’m very bikey? fractures don't stop it, tbi didnt stop it, even my inflicted emotional distress of loved ones doesn’t stop it. i guess i can only hope to contain it.

still wanna be better and different, but i also need to feel happy and myself.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 19:47 (one year ago) link

Maybe a pandemic will stop it? I'm hoping they don't ban solo cycling here in London. The weather was so bad here that I had scarcely ridden this year even before the coronavirus really kicked off in the UK. Now I'm wondering if I'll ever get out this year or possibly even longer. In the big scheme of things, I've got bigger worries, but it would do me some good if I could escape to the countryside every now and then.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:45 (one year ago) link

idk man can you bike but like ... in a less risky way? i have a friend who kept skiing in terrain parks even after the first shattered everything, the results were not great.

NBS feel the same way you do - a bit guilty to be focusing on cycling *now* but yes I selfishly hope that it continues to be an option. It feels kinda scandalous idk.

lukas, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:49 (one year ago) link

maybe everyone working from home can do their commute to work on zwift every day

*our internet is mostly shit so that's out of the question for me

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:54 (one year ago) link

lukas i am sure you're right on that. part of me is afraid of getting back in. it's a bit of "one drink is too many, but 4 (or 8) are not enough." i'm sure many obsessive nerds know this tendency and handle it fine.

i hope everyone stays safe and well, and needn't self-isolate indoors. that seems cruel and mostly-to-completely pointless to me, but what do i know?

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 03:18 (one year ago) link

fwiw, one basis- needlessly crowding hospitals:

The Spanish Sports Council confirmed the lockdown also includes a ban on riding bikes, with some cyclists stopped and fined on Sunday. Fines can range from €500-€3000 for unnecessarily being outdoors.

Carlos Mascias, a medical director from Madrid and keen cyclist, posted a message on the Twitter account of the Vuelta a España explaining the risks of cycling during the coronavirus crisis after he saw a number of cyclists out on the roads.

"Stay at home and put the bike aside,” Mascias said pleaded. "If any cyclist suffers an incident and needs an ambulance or a bed in intensive care, we are taking it away from people who truly need it, who are now arriving en masse to hospitals.

"If something happens to you now, maybe you have a chance [to get treatment], but you will be taking it away from someone else — but in 48 hours, if something happens to you, the one who is left without [intensive care] might be you, those who are now riding your bikes. Please, park the bike and stay at home."

i've seen this concern raised on mtb boards regarding moab and other small med center destinations.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 03:27 (one year ago) link

yeah that absolutely makes sense. i feel pretty okay about road rides, have been riding for years without accidents and the worst case (if i'm not hit by a car) is pretty okay.

it is definitely increasing risk vs sitting on my ass or going for a run, i just have to be okay with the fact that if i go for a road ride in a couple weeks and get in an accident, i might not get care.

dirt feels like a different thing.

lukas, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:50 (one year ago) link

i still like mtb, i still dislike putting a bike on a car, it's still 7 miles min to trailheads, i still love riding a fast dirtdrop hardtail on the road to go get durty and then ride roads/paths home again. this is the way.

today was day 2, i road the same local road/trails as two days ago. it felt so nice and normal.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 March 2020 05:26 (one year ago) link

sounds delightful

i don't have a bike that can really do dirt, but I have 28s, I can hit some trails in GGP, probably even the eucalyptus forest on Mt Sutro - gotta do this soon

lukas, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:24 (one year ago) link

with grav grav being all that cycling talks about—gravel feels oppressive, but way better than not-grav, because most cyclists have always ridden it? it’s why you have a cx bike even if you don’t cx anymore.

but 28s work. 28s were the widest tires i could find, fund, and fit on my 94 converted road>cx bike (wolber grifo sewups lol). just ride wherever you like, as you like.

i def decided that i need 2” tires to do all my things well, tho some friends who can actually ride can go down to like sub 50mm. but usually on bigger wheels.

i basically beg my pal who has a primo old 26” ti townie setup to let me really fix it up for long-range omni-terrain, in vain. but he knows what he wants, and it’s not what i want.

best thing about yesterday’s low elev, near home loops- tons of kiddos and doggos hiking and maintaining distancing space from others. it was therapeutic.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:52 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

i saw 3 offroad atvs (the kind that seat two and have full cages) on this ride, but no other bikers. based on strava, no one rides it, really. all old mining roads in varying states of decomposition. the 3000' descent off saxon mtn, which i've done before, is just _rough_, even with 100mm up front. i had a dropper down, and and it still hurt my ass. no flow at all, just as i like it.

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Sunday, 7 June 2020 05:02 (one year ago) link

yer a loonie

lukas, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 03:39 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

lots of really aggy cars today for some reason. happy to sign an executive order bringing in summary executions for all car drivers, if that is something people would appreciate

it's like, god, it's such a nice day, calm down, slow down, enjoy life a little, why so angry bro

aw naw no bolingoli anaw noo (||||||||), Saturday, 15 August 2020 18:33 (one year ago) link

Drove up to Yorkshire where the temperature was about 15C lower than what I'd left behind in London. Rode up several major evil climbs (each with sections of 20-26%) with thick fog every time I got high up. Encountered some kind of rally with old cars steaming towards me through the fog. And an elderly Yorkshire cowboy in full costume cheering me on near the top of Buttertubs.

The Rampaging Goats of Llandudno (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 17 August 2020 23:34 (one year ago) link

about to do a short cycle downtown to get my wife some medication and it's 30 degrees outside oh dear.

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 00:11 (one year ago) link

I'm out of shape and there is a hilly section on the way there

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 00:11 (one year ago) link

how'd it go?

lukas, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 03:51 (one year ago) link

Not so bad!

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 05:04 (one year ago) link

I had a family Zoom call scheduled right after my ride, so I had to hustle today if I wanted to get any lunch. Which turned out to be fun! I miss chasing faster people :/ I'm so lazy usually.

lukas, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:13 (one year ago) link

still struggling with my shoulder if I ride anywhere over 3/4 hours... in other news someone in my club just did an 11 hour/180 mile ride : /

||||||||, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 20:00 (one year ago) link

rode up to 12000ft this weekend, which was a first -- not so bad!

gbx, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 19:01 (one year ago) link

smoke from the forest fires has kept me from doing my regular rides, but air quality has been better at night, so I've been doing night rides out to the ocean. they closed the highway along the ocean to cars, rode it last night, just a straight dark road with the sound of waves crashing. now i gotta buy an actual front light (not just a flasher) cuz i almost mowed someone down.

lukas, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 19:07 (one year ago) link

also - congrats gbx, sounds fun

lukas, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 19:07 (one year ago) link

thx man

gbx, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 14:54 (one year ago) link

air quality was finally good enough to go for a ride during the day. followed by a chocolate almond croissant so unnecessarily massive that i felt the need to tack on extra climbing on the way home

lukas, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:32 (one year ago) link

Almond croissant is such a delightful sugar bomb

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:34 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Hi all. First time checking in in this corner of ilx. Got a racing bicycle three years ago and fell in love with riding it way more than I expected. December/January are the only months I don’t ride, tried using a Tacx trainer during the winter but I’ve come to accept that indoor riding is really not my thing. Rides include commuting (approx. 30km one way) from March to September, basically as soon as daylight allows it, 1-3 times a week. In most weekends I’ll make longer rides. Love doing it by myself, but with a small group of friends is great too, and often adds a nice competitive element ;)

With Spring coming early this year, this is the first time that commuting by bike started in February – feels so good to be back on the road!
Late last year a bridge specifically for bikes was installed on the route to work, cutting the distance by 5km which takes the morning commute below 1 hr. There’s a myriad of options for the afternoon rides back home, including some nice climbs (not that extreme, it’s the Netherlands I’m talking about, though I do live in one of the hillier parts of the country) that are ideal to clear the head at the end of a working day.
Anyway, blah blah, maybe more interesting stuff to share throughout the year. Would love to read your riding adventures, had a fun time reading the thread

willem, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:53 (seven months ago) link

Sounds like a great commute!

Doing more in-city rides over here. Weather's nice, enjoying being out and about. Any day with breathable air in California is one to celebrate.

lukas, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 19:28 (seven months ago) link

Does that apply to the entire state? My idea of California (I've never been there) is that it would be perfect for year-round cycling!

willem, Thursday, 25 February 2021 09:21 (seven months ago) link

It is perfect for year-round cycling ... except during wildfire/smoke season.

lukas, Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:32 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I don't believe in New Year's resolutions but I'm making an exception for once - I'm gonna ride slower on the bike path to the park. Sorry, lady I almost ran over :/

lukas, Monday, 15 March 2021 21:33 (seven months ago) link

(it's a mixed pedestrian/bike path)

lukas, Monday, 15 March 2021 21:33 (seven months ago) link

Knowing how to rein it in and where is that next next level.

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Monday, 15 March 2021 23:11 (seven months ago) link

Yeah within city limits I'm taking it easy unless I'm on a dedicated bike path without crossing potential for pedestrians.

Weather's been too wet for commuting the past two weeks :-/
Fell from my bike on the last commute, such a silly accident - was cycling with a colleague when we had to cross an expressway. With no traffic in sight, we slowly started getting across and then bumped into one another after both thinking the other was going left rather and right and vice versa. Beside feeling embarrassed, nothing more than a scuffed knee and a torn bib....

willem, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 08:53 (seven months ago) link

Did a ride with mates for the first time in a long time this mornings ending up at my local coffee shop. Five minutes later the Melbourne cycling nobility roll in (James Huang from cycling tips, all of curve cycles, former Australian cyclocross champ Lisa Jacobs etc.). Suddenly makes me feel very fat.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 21:45 (seven months ago) link

Oh, and apparently Simon Gerrans who I totally didn't clock.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 22:48 (seven months ago) link

hey, you beat them to the coffeeshop

lukas, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 01:01 (seven months ago) link

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