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  • caligari 24 Jul 2014 12:58:35 17,194 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Well the tour is creeping towards the end. Looks like I managed to hand over the red lantern in the mini league but I doubt I'll get beyond second but last. :-)

    Could be exciting to see whether Vortex or Caligari pick up first place, which will depens on Pinot, Sagan and Rodriguez's performances.
    The number 3 spot doesn't look quite decided yet either.

    1 Vortex 4432
    2 Caligari 4318
    3 Basmans_grob 3573
    4 WackoAK 3563
    5 Mike P 3464
    6 Emil 3186
    7 Great Googly Moogly 2783
    8 La Pirata 2576
    9 Ellbot Jim 2350
    10 Bentley Rhythm 2340
    11 Rob Forth 2100
    12 Wim B 1716
    13 grey_matters 1249
    Heh, I think my lack of Sagan will give Vortex the knock-out blow. Great fun, though - bring on the Tour of Britain!
  • MikeP 24 Jul 2014 13:01:48 2,077 posts
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    I was doing well until Contador crashed out! Pinot is bringing home the bacon for me, if he gets the white jersey that could help...

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  • Salaman 24 Jul 2014 13:06:52 19,621 posts
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    My team was Froome + a bunch of lesser gods. Excellent choice that turned out to be.

    Caligari ... tour of what now? Is that a real thing?
  • Vortex808 24 Jul 2014 13:08:12 7,589 posts
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    Yeah, Contador was a waste for me too. I'm sure a lot of us suffered from froome/bertie crashing.

    Glad I picked nibali and opted for sagan instead of cav!

    Shame sagan hasn't done well in stage wins. I had money on at the bookies for him to do well. He's been pipped so many times that's gone now. I hope he does get at least one stage win, he's certainly earned it.
  • caligari 24 Jul 2014 13:15:36 17,194 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Right folks, does anyone have any recommendations of a tiny bike lock, preferably cable if possible?

    I 'm looking for something as light as possible to pop in a jersey pocket while out on my road bike, but enough to secure a wheel to the down tube or something to ease my worry while popping into a shop to pick up an ice lolly/ double espresso to keep me going.

    Currently, my 'plop the bike outside and hope it's still there when i return' method has worked well, but you never know.

    There is no way i am carting about my U-lock or chunky chain on my road bike. Think of the extra weight, never mind spoiling the lines of my machine.;-)
    I'd be careful with (most) cable locks - I've seen those break with a few sharp tugs (ahem) on the bike's frame.

    There's always the Kryptonite Mini - never used one myself, but it gets good reviews.

    edit: ah, just read the 'keep it in a pocket' bit. Perhaps you could clip it to a chain and wear it as a medallion?

    Edited by caligari at 13:43:24 24-07-2014
  • Psychotext 24 Jul 2014 16:11:04 55,048 posts
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    Have just seen MikeP's "The Crossing" Strava details. How was it Mike? I get the feeling it would have killed me.

    Getting a taste for the rough stuff yet? :D
  • Megapocalypse 27 Jul 2014 07:11:00 5,525 posts
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    70 miles over the North Downs / Surrey today. I think its going to be hot. :)
  • MikeP 27 Jul 2014 10:15:09 2,077 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Have just seen MikeP's "The Crossing" Strava details. How was it Mike? I get the feeling it would have killed me.

    Getting a taste for the rough stuff yet? :D
    It was pretty tough, but good fun.

    First day was proper hilly, with a couple of unpleasant sections of hike a bike. It took in some of the terrain we rode on the monster miles last year.

    Second day was flatter, with more gravel roads and bridleway, but a bunch of steep stuff at the start and end.

    Weather was great for those days, the third day it had rained overnight, so it was slippery and muddy. Also, with the promise of more rain I went pretty hard to get home ahead of it. I was down off the moors before it hit, which was a good thing.

    Lots of people asked questions about my funny bike, it worked very well, although I could have done with a lower range for some of the very steep stuff. Grinding up a 20% incline at 40rpm is hard on the knees!

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  • Psychotext 27 Jul 2014 10:39:21 55,048 posts
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    Sounds like a challenge. I might have to try and find time for it next year if I can.
  • BillMurray 27 Jul 2014 23:11:12 7,913 posts
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    Shit photos ect ect. I'll post some b etter ones when I get a cahnce. Got my 60 bargain today! Needs pedals and a good service but it should be reet after that.

    Edited by BillMurray at 23:12:03 27-07-2014
  • caligari 28 Jul 2014 02:05:27 17,194 posts
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    Looks great, Bill - congrats!
  • caligari 28 Jul 2014 02:09:25 17,194 posts
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    caligari wrote:
    Salaman wrote:
    Well the tour is creeping towards the end. Looks like I managed to hand over the red lantern in the mini league but I doubt I'll get beyond second but last. :-)

    Could be exciting to see whether Vortex or Caligari pick up first place, which will depens on Pinot, Sagan and Rodriguez's performances.
    The number 3 spot doesn't look quite decided yet either.

    1 Vortex 4432
    2 Caligari 4318
    3 Basmans_grob 3573
    4 WackoAK 3563
    5 Mike P 3464
    6 Emil 3186
    7 Great Googly Moogly 2783
    8 La Pirata 2576
    9 Ellbot Jim 2350
    10 Bentley Rhythm 2340
    11 Rob Forth 2100
    12 Wim B 1716
    13 grey_matters 1249
    Heh, I think my lack of Sagan will give Vortex the knock-out blow. Great fun, though - bring on the Tour of Britain!
    Thanks again for setting this up, Sal - great fun as always.

    Can't believe I actually scraped through with the win - sorry Vortex. Good game, and all the jazz.

    Looking forward to the next one - but Fantasy Football will have to step up to fill the void until then!
  • Phil-McCrack 28 Jul 2014 02:36:10 3,395 posts
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    That bike is mint Bill, I'm already spending money in my head on gadgets and upgrades for it. :D

    Danny MacAskill gives me a boner
    Formerly OptimusPube

  • grey_matters 28 Jul 2014 09:23:43 3,863 posts
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    Thanks again Salaman for the velogames. Looks like my Giro performance was very suspect. That'll teach me to select both Froome and Contador.
  • grey_matters 28 Jul 2014 09:47:42 3,863 posts
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    For anyone interested, Paul Kimmage's documentary is on tonight at 9.30 on RTE 1. It should be on the player. You might have to bypass a geographical block.
  • BillMurray 28 Jul 2014 10:00:08 7,913 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    That bike is mint Bill, I'm already spending money in my head on gadgets and upgrades for it. :D
    I'm all ears! I figured over the next few months I'll probably replace some bits here and there so any suggestions are more than welcome.
  • MikeP 28 Jul 2014 10:08:10 2,077 posts
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    Most of you who are regulars in the thread will know that I build bikes, but I also ordered a custom build from Jason Rourke before all that kicked off.

    Now, I had a problem with the frame, the rear brake bridge was set too low, so with certain types of 25mm tyre it was rubbing the brake caliper. They rectified it pretty quickly, but I'd also decided to change the colour from green to black.

    Here it is, in its new guise. Delighted with the way it's turned out.



    Edited by MikeP at 10:08:24 28-07-2014

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  • PES_Fanboy 28 Jul 2014 10:12:08 18,999 posts
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    If I've done my sums right, I've just about clocked up my first 1,000 miles over the last few months on my cheap ass SportsDirect fixie.

    No issues to report, no attempts to steal it (haha). Brakes are, predictably, weak, but I ride it fixie so that's not so much of an issue.

    What is an issue, is the weak as shit crank and bottom bracket, which creaks and groans under any sort of load, and the spokes, which I've not bothered to tension so surely at some point will pop a couple (some are looser than jablonski's mum). The saddle was a joke, so I put my old Spesh saddle on from an old bike and it's now lovely.

    None of the above detracts really from the fact that the frame is a cromoly lovely, and soaks up the bumps like a champ. And, despite the wheels and trans being cheap flimsy crap, it has really done well!
  • Psychotext 28 Jul 2014 10:43:40 55,048 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Sexy. Also, you have too many bikes. :p
  • jablonski 28 Jul 2014 10:47:34 4,900 posts
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    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    If I've done my sums right, I've just about clocked up my first 1,000 miles over the last few months on my cheap ass SportsDirect fixie.

    No issues to report, no attempts to steal it (haha). Brakes are, predictably, weak, but I ride it fixie so that's not so much of an issue.

    What is an issue, is the weak as shit crank and bottom bracket, which creaks and groans under any sort of load, and the spokes, which I've not bothered to tension so surely at some point will pop a couple (some are looser than jablonski's mum). The saddle was a joke, so I put my old Spesh saddle on from an old bike and it's now lovely.

    None of the above detracts really from the fact that the frame is a cromoly lovely, and soaks up the bumps like a champ. And, despite the wheels and trans being cheap flimsy crap, it has really done well!
    Actually scared to read random threads now.
    Ignorance is bliss
  • Wacko_AK 28 Jul 2014 11:17:12 207 posts
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    The number 3 spot doesn't look quite decided yet either.
    :)
  • Salaman 28 Jul 2014 12:38:04 19,621 posts
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    Final results!

    Caligari`s Cowboy Club - Caligari - 6641
    I wish there was beer in this bidon! - Vortex (EG) - 6200
    Middle Aged Whiney Cockbags - WackoAK - 5887
    Lanterne Rouge - Mike P - 5099
    Basmans_Riders - Basmans_grob - 5062
    Shut Up Legs - Great Googly Moogly - 4631
    Pepperneck CC - Ellbot Jim - 3872
    Yorkshire puddings - Emil - 3733
    The High Rollers - Bentley Rhythm - 3484
    Piratas - La Pirata - 3349
    9ToWatchOutFor - Wim B - 2615
    Froome For Improvement - Rob Forth - 2448
    Autobus - grey_matters - 1728

    I like that the Autobus is in last place. Although if it would have been Mike that would have been even better of course.

    Thanks for partaking everyone.
  • Vortex808 28 Jul 2014 13:46:49 7,589 posts
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    Thanks for organising it yet again Sal, it was great fun and always adds a bit more fun to watching the proceedings too!
  • MikeP 28 Jul 2014 15:02:29 2,077 posts
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    It was good fun, I can only imagine the collective shakes of the head as first Froome then Contador went out. Glad Pinot did so well, on that form he's a future GC contender for sure...

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  • skiplevels 28 Jul 2014 19:20:56 639 posts
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    WHAT BIKE SHOULD I BUY ARRRRRRRRGHHHHHH
  • MikeP 28 Jul 2014 22:25:58 2,077 posts
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    What do you want it to do?

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  • jablonski 28 Jul 2014 22:48:08 4,900 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    What do you want it to do?
  • grey_matters 28 Jul 2014 23:17:02 3,863 posts
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    grey_matters wrote:
    For anyone interested, Paul Kimmage's documentary is on tonight at 9.30 on RTE 1. It should be on the player. You might have to bypass a geographical block.
    Looks like it wasn't on the player in the end.

    It was OK. Much like his Rough Ride book, it gets better as you go along but, unlike the book, it doesn't really take off at any point. Still worth watching at some point though, if you get the chance.
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