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  • Psychotext 15 Jan 2013 02:12:35 52,777 posts
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    Now it's just a matter of what fiction he introduced...


    Lance Armstrong confessed during an interview Monday with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's network.
  • Psychotext 15 Jan 2013 13:22:30 52,777 posts
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    lol

    CBS This Morning ‏@CBSThisMorning
    Oprah announces she will air the Lance Armstrong interview in 2 nights, because it’s “impossible” to cut it down #OprahThisMorning
  • senso-ji 16 Jan 2013 09:23:37 5,311 posts
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    Cycling may be kicked out of the Olympics if UCI covered up Armstrong's doping
  • Psychotext 16 Jan 2013 09:25:48 52,777 posts
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    Ugh.

    Unrelated, I have a Spirometry test next week to see if I have exercise induced asthma. Should be interesting.
  • elstoof 16 Jan 2013 09:26:28 6,138 posts
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    Impossible to turn down a double bubble advertising opportunity more like.
  • Rhythm 17 Jan 2013 15:50:26 2,375 posts
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    Le Grand T'Depart route announced.

    Live stream going on, am watching it live out of the office window :-)
  • X201 17 Jan 2013 16:26:30 14,696 posts
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    "Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the Olympic bronze medal he won in Sydney in 2000, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed. "


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21062496
  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 17:10:00 52,777 posts
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    Good.

    Unrelated, I slept on the sofa last night and today my bad leg wont bend fully (and is agony). Stupid. :(
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 17:30:27
    So the tour is coming through my town (Haworth) in 2015. It's gonna be gridlocked.
  • caligari 17 Jan 2013 18:40:27 16,832 posts
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    Our 'Cycle To Work' scheme opens up for a week on Monday.

    I KNOW that I don't need any more bikes, but I'm oh so tempted by the rather nifty Specialized P Street.

    Anyone ever ridden one?

    I don't actually have anything resembling a MTB at the mo, so it's only right that I go for one of these.
  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 19:21:00 52,777 posts
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    Looks like garbage. If you want a decent bike for the same sort of money...

    Carrera Kraken
  • caligari 17 Jan 2013 19:33:45 16,832 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Looks like garbage. If you want a decent bike for the same sort of money...

    Carrera Kraken
    Garbage? Re-heally?

    I'm not expecting much for the price - just something that I can throw around a little when cycling on snowy/muddy days.

    That Carrera is okay but - I don't know - I'd just feel a little dirty riding anything that can be purchased in Halfords.

    Also, I'm not convinced by the single 'user review' - it looks like it was written by a real oddball. ;)

    Edited by caligari at 19:34:38 17-01-2013
  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 19:41:01 52,777 posts
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    heh

    Seriously though, Carrera bikes are untouchable in the low end market. They've been winning bike of the year awards from loads of places in the last couple of years. I bought a Fury for my missus and it kicks the shit out of my bike... I want it so bad. :(

    ...and yeah, garbage. What sort of a name is P.Street. I mean really, is this the bronx or something? :p

    Tektro brakes might as well be made out of best wishes, Altus gears are appalling and I know for a fact that the XCR is one of the worst forks Suntour make. Those wheels are heavy too, and the tyres are wire bead shite. The HG20 cassette isn't too bad though!

    Every single component is better on the Carrera.

    Edited by Psychotext at 19:44:39 17-01-2013
  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 19:44:44 52,777 posts
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  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 19:57:39 52,777 posts
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    Hmm... I broke the thread.
  • mal 17 Jan 2013 20:06:58 21,949 posts
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    Quick Q for you guys. I'm currently fitting a new fork after a careless driver decided to try to use the same bit of tarmac I was using. Trouble is, my old fork has a fairly wide flange which forms the inside of the bottom bearing ring cup seemingly as part of the actual steerer. My new fork doesn't have this flange, so the outside of the bottom bearing ring cup just slips over it, leaving the outside underside of the bearing ring exposed.

    What bit do I need to get to fix this? I'm pretty sure the bit on my old fork is part of the steerer, albeit blackened with crud and iron filings. Assuming I'm not being daft, what do you call this bottom bearing support?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 20:16:11 52,777 posts
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    I've never heard of something like that.
  • caligari 17 Jan 2013 20:29:09 16,832 posts
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    Flanges, bottoms and rings - this thread is getting steamy.
  • Psychotext 17 Jan 2013 20:46:42 52,777 posts
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    It's a fairly wide flange though. :(
  • mal 18 Jan 2013 00:25:35 21,949 posts
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    Hmm, on closer inspection, it clearly is a separate bit because there's air between the flange and the steerer tube. Having had a look at this image of a headset the bit I have pulled off is the seal, and the bit that's still fitted to the old fork is the crown race, and a bit of googling tells me those things are pretty well fitted to forks and are a bit of a bugger to get off and on. Oh well, might have to make a visit to my (not very L) LBS when the snow clears, assuming a bit of the old gentle persuader (aka a plastic mallet) isn't up to the job.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Trowel 18 Jan 2013 05:41:16 16,849 posts
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    So a straight "Yes", from Armstrong, but "probably too late for most people".

    He thinks it's the tardiness of an admission that might have upset people?
  • Dougs 18 Jan 2013 07:35:56 64,896 posts
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    What a monumental cunt. Still trying to justify it and denying the various intimidation tactics.
  • CharlieStCloud 18 Jan 2013 08:25:01 4,671 posts
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    I am glad he was delivering sharp and open answers as well as redirecting 'all the fault and blame' onto himself as oppose to his team (at the time) yet when he at this stage of the interview:


    He went on to say that he wished he had complied with the Usada investigation. "I'd do anything to go back to that day," he said.

    "I wouldn't fight, I wouldn't sue them, I'd listen. I'd do a couple of things first.

    "I'd say give me three days. Let me call my family, my mother, sponsors, [the Lance Armstrong Livestrong] foundation and I wish I could do that but I can't."
    It doesn't make me feel any different (about him) because he knows himself what a monumental cock-up he has made ... time and time again he denied the whole cover up and when the opportunity came to redeem himself [a little bit] he decides not to.

    Anyway, that's done and I am sure he won't be resting easy for the next couple of years, if ever.

    *sighs*

    Edited by CharlieStCloud at 08:26:03 18-01-2013
  • Salaman 18 Jan 2013 08:30:15 18,239 posts
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    Didn't see it and only caught a bit of it on the radio news and stuff earlier. I had a very active 3 year old bouncing inher seat at the breakfast table at the time so it was a bit hard to follow.

    So he straight up admitted doping, waffled on for a bit to justify it and didn't mention any other names. Not implicated the UCI, Bruyneel, etc seems to be the jist of it. Oh and general response on twitter is negative.

    Our Belgian radio has dedicated this morning's playlist to Armstrong, on the way to work I heard:
    - Sabotage, BB
    - Just say Yes (or something), Snowpatrol
    - Loser, Beck
    - I am the pope of dope (some Belgian rapper or something you haven't heard of)
    - something by Sheryl Crow
  • cubbymoore 18 Jan 2013 08:35:41 36,441 posts
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    He's going to jail for perjury then at least.
  • X201 18 Jan 2013 08:57:26 14,696 posts
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    Its a two part interview chaps, part 2 is broadcast tonight.
  • Psychotext 18 Jan 2013 09:16:58 52,777 posts
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    cubbymoore wrote:
    He's going to jail for perjury then at least.
    Sadly no, statute of limitations has passed.
  • Psychotext 18 Jan 2013 10:02:52 52,777 posts
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    So... I'm watching some stuff now and it seems to me that he comes off even worse than I imagined he would. What a slimy little cunt.
  • Jono62 18 Jan 2013 10:36:13 13,628 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    cubbymoore wrote:
    He's going to jail for perjury then at least.
    Sadly no, statute of limitations has passed.
    Interesting. Has it just recently passed?

    He will get sued until he's penniless hopefully.

    Edited by Jono62 at 10:41:29 18-01-2013
  • Salaman 18 Jan 2013 10:44:19 18,239 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    Psychotext wrote:
    cubbymoore wrote:
    He's going to jail for perjury then at least.
    Sadly no, statute of limitations has passed.
    Interesting. Has it just recently passed?

    He will get sued until he's penniless hopefully.
    Presumably this interview netted him enough money to pay laywers for a a good few years to come, stretching things out for aaaaages. Or if he needs to pay off winnings and stuff he has some more money in the bank now to do so with. :-0
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