Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Spyrunner 43T is going....

go on a shopping spree (read all 6 entries…)
I bought

myself some snowshoes. We had so little snow that I’ve only taken them out once to try them out. I was able to walk up a step snowy hill, and I crossed a tiny stream. I’m quite happy with them.

I’m currently pricing bikes. I want a very comfortable bike that can travel on gravel bike paths.

DW and I are considering getting a top of the line dehydrator. Our current one requires much babysitting. Dehydrated food would make camping and backpacking easier.


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joie de vivre Here, now and until the end

What AFrayedKnot said is SO true

If comfort is a goal…

If you buy a bike at *mart, there’s usually only one size, and no one to adjust it. This makes as much sense as a store carrying one size of shoes. And you buying those shoes, and hoping that you won’t get blisters. You should buy a bike from a bike shop that will help you fit the bike to your body. If they give you any sort of unhappiness (some bike shops can be snobby), find another one that’s nicer to you and understands what you want.

I’m always amazed at how small adjustments to one’s bike’s geometry can make a world of difference in terms of comfort. Your body and bike are a system. For example, having the nose of your saddle tilt a little bit forward causes you maybe to prop your upper body up with your arms, and then your fingers go numb. You think it’s something with your handlebars, but it’s really your saddle adjustment.

Some times people buy really squishy saddle because their crotch gets sore or numb. You don’t want an ass hatchet, but you also don’t want a sofa cushion. Having a saddle that’s too squishy means that the gel gets squished over to the wrong parts of your heinie, causing further numbness or pain. Instead, you need a saddle that supports your sitz bones. The saddle nose is important to steering and balance, even if you aren’t aware of it, so don’t buy a noseless saddle. Instead, you need a firm saddle that supports your sitz bones. If it has a slit or depression down the middle for squishy bits to go, that’s OK.

Where you need to invest for bike comfort, beyond the bike itself and the fit: where your body contacts the bike. Quality bike shorts (no underpants) gives you a longer time in the saddle. Bike gloves improves hand comfort. And god, I believe so strongly in wool socks, even in the summer, to keep feet cushioned but ventilated. Without ventilated and cushioned feet, I get “hot foot”, which is no fun.

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Spyrunner 43T is going....

Thank you

for your suggestion.

This is a really detailed, specifically tailored reply for spam.

Sessygail Will be forever grateful for 43Things.


What are we coming to. Now the spammers are disguising themselves as interested in our goals and comments. This guy is out there spamming spammers. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Spyrunner has gotten 9 cheers on this entry.


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