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    swim buoy, anyone use one?

    I would HIGHLY recommend you use one of these if you're out swimming in open water. At the end of summer I was coming in slowly in my small boat in past the Cerberus wreck when I spotted one of these buoys. I was going very slowly but there was some chop and the swimmers were almost impossible to see. Once I saw the one buoy, I then spotted a number of other swimmers. The guy doing breast-stroke with no swim cap was the worst. Could have easily been disaster in a different boat with less visibility.
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    Electric bikes

    I'm crossing to the dark side and I've decided I need an electric bike, mainly for commuting. Does anyone know much about these, namely removing the 25kmh "governor?" As far as I can tell, they *generally* come with Bosch, Shimano or Boefang motors, with the mid-drive models being the longer lasting better quality option with the rear wheel drive not ideal in comparison. Battery life appears to be fine for what I need. I've got a Giant TCR advanced now and whilst I'm a competent and experienced rider, I simply can't ride to work more than 2 times a week, or 3 at best due to the distance which is 25kms each way into the city. Yeah yeah, I know it's not that far, but to ride in and be at work for 9-10 hours and to ride home is simply too much for me. My dilemma is though, that on the Giant, I average 27kmh or thereabouts, with speeds of up to 40+kmh on the Gardiners creek trail and a mix of roads. Therein lies the problem... these electrics are limited to 25 kmh for "legal reasons" and the problem is that they are so darn heavy, some 23 kg's or similar, that to go faster than the 25 takes a hell of an effort. The electric is affordable, around $1,800 is the best I've seen for a hybrid model in a quality frame which makes it well and truly economically viable. I don't need 50kmh, I pretty much need 30kmh roughly. I can't see why they are limiting them when you can buy cars that can do 300kmh and I could be using this bike on private property for all they know. What are my options here... does anyone have any suggestions that I haven't thought of, or do any of you know how to "upgrade" these motors through the software?
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    Electric bikes

    I took the plunge for a commuter and purchased a mountain bike, good brand, Bosch motor, hydraulic disc brakes, I never thought I'd buy a mountain bike, but it's really great! No stress of running off the edge of the bike path. Performance is amazing, with battery life around 40 kms. Best $3k I've ever spent. It will pay for itself very quickly as it was costing me near $50 a day in Melbourne to drive in, park and citylink. I've never been able to ride more than a few days a week as it's 25 kms each way and it's simply too much to ride and work all day, however in my first week I rode 5 times in a row. My ride time is down from 58 minutes to 40.
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    Dashcams

    I've tried about 10 of them and they never last. Some last a while, others don't, but I've never had one long term. It's probably the heat that gets to them in the end. Garmin and similar make good ones, just don't spend a fortune. Not really necessary to have one with speed and GPS. Don't be worried about having masses of storage as they usually just have a 2 minute loop and you leave it running all the time whilst driving. If something happens, you just press the stop button and unplug the camera.
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    Mobile plans - which one?

    Telstra $30 or $40 plans. The data on the $30 plans has recently been raised to 2.5gb per month.
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    Tracing a cheque

    Bank cheques don't work at auction because you don't know how much you'll need it to be for!
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    Subaru Forester 2.5i-S MY18

    Subaru Forester... the most common triathlete's car. NYC - I'm jealous on one hand but on the other probably not. It sounds like a great idea and I'd love to but I don't think the wife and kids would be up for it. What type of employment gets you a transfer to NYC ??? Had a mate that went to Atlanta nearly 20 years ago working for Sensis. Loved the local church so much he has zero plans to ever return.
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    Tracing a cheque

    So how do those of you without cheque books buy a house at auction these days?
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    Electric bikes

    That website is looking promising! Thanks!!
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    Electric bikes

    That would be interesting! I'm brave, but I draw the line these days in the low 50's, unless it's got a 250cc engine :-) I'm suspecting that there are plenty of home-made ones out there and whilst I'm not adverse to the idea of it, I reckon it might be easier to get a factory job, but good to hear what he says as it may be the same motor and controller.
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    Local Pool entry fee

    I used to use a 25 metre pool at one of Melbourne's most luxurious hotels, but they put an end to that a while back when they started asking to see the room pass/key, lol.
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    Has anyone here lived in New York?

    If the salary good and living won't cost you a fortune and you can get away without a car and it won't unsettle your kids too much (if you have any) and you don't mind being away from your family in Australia for years and you aren't concerned about selling up and losing money (assuming you may sell up), then go for it!
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    What to do with swim caps?

    I've got one signed by Grant Hackett that I saved during a garage clean-up on the weekend. Would that be worth anything?
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    Need to replace Giant PSL0's

    My TCR something has only done 5,000 kms and I've torn the rim near where one of the spokes attaches. I know it happened the other night on the ride home from work and I have no idea how as I didn't hit anything or ride any harder than normal. These are the standard issue wheels on the Giant TCR's. What should I replace it with that won't cost a fortune.... I "think" they are $250 each. Are Mavic's possibly a bit stronger? I bought the bike for road, but I'm finding myself commuting on it regularly now which involves the Gardiner's Creek / Capital City trails and some roads, so whilst not super smooth, pretty reasonably. Whilst I need to lose a few kilos I don't think I've gone over the SWL and I always jump over any known bumps so it gets treated well. The LBS looked at my wheel before selling me a spoke spanner but didn't notice the inch long tear in the rim.
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    Regrets - Do you have any?

    My regret was that I hadn't done anything for work other than boring old IT and and I had no cool stories to tell in the caravan park when I retire. I changed careers to what I thought was the ultimate dream job, working in a very high profile Government job. It didn't work out due to a number of issues including a workplace injury. Now I'm back in IT and not loving life as I was in my new old career :-(
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    Under 1 minute. Impressive

    Mine are like that, VERY difficult to change it. I should have bought tires that fitted properly.
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    Hair Loss

    I'm just over 40. Getting fat, bald, old and grey all together.
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    Cool number plate

    Please don't post photos of my car without my permission. lol
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    Heart checks, stress test etc

    The stress test shows how well the valves are working too. Once you see it done you'll get some confidence that you've been fairly thoroughly checked. When I did the echo stress test I started walking on the treadmill, but my heartrate started to rise fairly quickly, I didn't want to look unfit so as I got faster I carefully controlled my breathing, increased my stride and relaxed. The more I relaxed and the faster I went, the lower my heartrate went (to a point). The nurse said quietly to the doctor "he must be fit." The doctor then said to me "you do a bit of running do you?" That was my finest pretend James Bond moment :-)
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    Work stuff ups.

    I got accused of lying to my employer, because I proposed a hypothetical scenario that came true. Therefore they believed that I lied to make it happen. Long story but I pretty much lost my job over it.
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    Weird cop moment

    They had nothing better to do than to get in front of you and thus annoy you. Slow day. They were just waiting for you to do something so that they have half a chance of meeting their quota.
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    Who is in the wrong?

    The pedestrian is clearly at fault for not checking that the road was clear of vehicles. No further correspondence should be entered into. Prince - technically you are not correct... the pedestrian was the required distance from the marked crossing. It is not an offence to cross a road away from a pedestrian crossing. Depending on the state laws, it could be 30 metres from the crossing for example.
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    Plantar fasciitis

    I've picked up this "condition" from an incident in the workplace early last year. It's still hanging around as painful as ever. I do physio once a week and he stretches the crap out of everything, calf etc. I am aware of what all the websites say about treatment and how to alleviate the pain, but I'm not getting a lot of benefit. Has anyone had this condition and what worked for you to *fix* it or at least reduce the pain? It's very painful, I can't run, I have pain when riding and walking around even at the local shopping centre is extremely painful.
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    Plantar fasciitis

    Who said that I was seeing a single health care practitioner? Have seen multiple GP's (same practice), Physio, Osteo, Specialist Surgeon & additional doctor for cortisone.
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    Plantar fasciitis

    I've had an ultrasound and an MRI and it's confirmed - low grade PF. I usually wear casual Nike's with arch orthotics plus a soft gel one on the heal. Wore my Brooks beast imports yesterday without orthotics and they were surprisingly good.
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