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Chongo Loco

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  1. Yeah, lots of that on some rivers in some areas. You have to stay IN the river not unlike tubing the Guadalupe. And remember they filmed Deliverance on the Chatooga just south of there! 😜 That’s actually my favorite river. It’s the only one that’s “wild and scenic” in that area. I.e. no dams and no development along the river. The French broad right there in Brevard is a bit tamer. And there’s tons of spots along the road to access the Nantahala for paddling or fishing. The NOC will shuttle you up and you float back to there. I imagine they do fishing kayaks a lot now. Back in the 90’s we used to ride Tsali and Pisgah every spring and fall then run the Nantahala and sometimes raft the Chatooga if we had time. Fall in the smokies is cool to see.
  2. Gorgeous area to ride. Need to get back there for some riding and paddling too. Some the best areas in the country to see by boat/raft.
  3. Asheville is in a boom the last few years. Brevard, south of Asheville, is a growing college town. Right on the edge of Pisgah Forest and DuPont State Park. Came real close to moving there 20 years ago, but wife missed Texas. It’s grown a ton in the last decade since I was last there friends tell me. North of Asheville you have either Boone, NC (NNE) or Johnson City, TN (NNW). Both small college towns but far enough from AshVegas to not be booming like Brevard but a short hop on the interstate if you want to go bigger city. I have friends in Johnson City and they found the coolest old Victorian house right near ETSU’s campus.
  4. Yep. It’s basis, all money added in. On a home you can’t deduct it as you dispose of old cost so new cost just adds into basis. The only thing you back out is money collected from insurance. I.e. your “basis for gain” is net out of pocket costs on purchasing plus improvements over the life of property. And all those last minute out of pocket things you do to list it, cleaning supplies & equipment, paint, plants, photography, etc. are “closing costs” like real estate commission, title fees, etc. All that counts o reduce gain.
  5. Oh and if you’ve replaced a roof twice you add in cost of BOTH (less ins claim) since you’ve never deducted the first anywhere. Same goes for fences, floors, etc.
  6. I would on opener & thermostat. No different than updating permanently affixed things like light fixtures or switches. Wiring, cable, plumbing in walls definitely. If it’s directly related to making ready for a sale a lot of things like painting that are more maintenance oriented can be considered “cost of sale” expenses vs capital improvement and added to gain calculation.
  7. So the taxable gain part on a personal residence you’ve lived in for more than 2 years kicks in at a PROFIT above $500k. So if your selling price is below $500k your buy and sell closing docs will suffice. If the sales price is more than $500k but sales price is not more than $500k above original purchase again just buy/sell docs suffices. It’s when you need to add in other expenses to knock it down below $500k the details record keeping kicks in. Like AB said pics of checks is great, but just keeping a running spreadsheet of all the stuff you can recall generally works. A lot of it on examination comes down to showing a consistent attempt at record keeping, not that you pulled a number out your ass. A best guess with an approx date for things like roofs can fly if you’re showing you’re tracking it over time. And don’t forget outdoor stuff, landscaping, fencing, dirt, all that stuff adds into your cost basis.
  8. Great riding in that N GA / Chattanooga area. Raccoon Mtn is a blast and they keep adding stuff all the time closer to town. Not too far to Knoxville and there’s DH stuff all around there now. Got friends in Johnson City, TN which is just west of Boone. Nice college town and one of my friends teaches at ETSU there. They recently opened up some trails in town. If you like to paddle there’s tons of great rivers between there and south to Asheville. One of my favorites drives is along the Ocoee and Nantahala rivers between Chattanooga and Asheville. Stunning river gorges to drive thru in leaf peeper season.
  9. There’s a name for people that walk around a grass lawn all afternoon sweating their ass off, landscaper . At least that would be money in not stupid money out!
  10. I usually drink Cuerno there so haven’t had trail runner.
  11. Not bad for a really light lager. Their kolsch was kinda bland. This one closer to a love street than a lager. They call it their "golfing beer” and the can art has various non-typical golfers. 😜
  12. My all time favorite cover tune!
  13. I’ve still got a bottle of supposedly good rum from Cuba my mom got me pre-drumpf shut down. Didn’t want to make mojito’s with it but needed an occasion to finally crack it open. Kid’s graduating so may crack it open while everyone is in town.
  14. If you’ve ridden a tire for any length of time on trail the bacon strip route is much better than a tube. The PITA of it is there is usually several things stuck in the tire already and if you can’t see them from the spooge residue you’ll end up puncturing the tube in no time and be afoot again!
  15. Still have some circa 1998 747’s as backups. They’re still solid but heavier than my new XT’s with platform!
  16. Yeah, back in the mid/late 90’s when BSS was still on Toomey, Hill would sponsor the group ride. It rolled out from the shop. He and Laura showed up on a tandem dressed as Mr & Mrs Clause every year. We went thru TOL under mopac to Castle Hill then up to 37th and then back thru UT down speedway to congress. Ended with a drag race down Congress Avenue from the capitol to the town lake bridge every year. By 04/05 when I was dragging my kid in a trailer it went from 40-50 to well over 100 and got pretty rowdy.
  17. Yeah, if it’s the Garmin the owner hopped in on our group ride yesterday. His first time there so didn’t know trail but thinks he lost it after new edition lollipop heading back to redhorn. He’s been off the bike for a while so probably not on here. See his post on the suburban ninja fb group or ping me some contact info and I’ll relay it to him.
  18. Faithful navigator and handy at growling at sketchy homeless dudes that get too close to truck!
  19. Gotta ride about 6-8 feet from waterline to stay on top of the sand! PITA to get saltwater/sand out so I usually ride inland along the coast hwy to Rockport and out to copano Bay Area.
  20. At some point I have to acquiesce to the fact that I can no longer do the things I used to. Not that I just haven’t kept in shape, but I just can’t. Some people try to extend that time with money, others changes their goals. Pick a side.
  21. Yeah I would probably slip a piece of roadie toob or rubber band over it just in case. Seems I read on the non-pliers one the keychain doohickey locks the cover closed.
  22. Just saw this one from Wolf Tooth for $40. Looks like it has good leverage, 8mm, and 2 sizes of torx head. https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/collections/tools/products/6-bit-hex-wrench-multi-tool?variant=39581096345635 For $70 there’s a version with built in quick link pliers, valve tools, and quick link holder https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/products/8-bitpack-pliers the second might be my new packless riding tool! Usually just have a CO2 and carts held together with a chunk of old tube like a fat rubber band. Always ends up poking me when I try to squeeze in a multi tool.
  23. That’s called a chain tensioner aka chain tug in the old bmx world. So even with the screw well snugged against the end of the frame it’s sliding? Is the screw slipping above/below the end of frame or is it loosening up? That screw on the end is “supposed to” keep it from sliding forward without having to tighten the crap out of the slider bolts. All the chain tugs I’ve used on track end bikes have stayed put so not sure what’s up. If the screw is loosening a lock washer on it between nut and end of chain tug (black piece) should help. On the actual slider I’ve seen star washers used but they bite into the frame a bit. There’s lots of replacements available. Maybe look more in the bmx realm. Example below: https://www.danscomp.com/box-two-chain-tensioner-black-3-8-10mm-bx-ct182x10m-bk/p1272129?v=721268&gclid=CjwKCAjw9LSSBhBsEiwAKtf0n7FBz_KMokKmlz5bNBDHWIJoa6qzAs8OLUuTYW3F0AkNUwVX0tp75xoC8SsQAvD_BwE
  24. Well the bro that almost took me out was bro aged, not old and decrepit. So I’ll agree to disagree, the ebike was the speed enhancer and I doubt he would have been lead rider without it. His buddies were giving him shit for his Barney antics.
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