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  • Salaman 19 May 2013 14:46:47 19,312 posts
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    Galibier today. Should be a good one!

    /camped out on the sofa for the day
  • elstoof 19 May 2013 17:54:23 7,819 posts
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    That Betancur is a bit talented isn't he! Great to see some good young Columbian riders making an impact again.
  • Fab4 21 May 2013 17:04:16 6,118 posts
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    Stupid bint.

    http://news.sky.com/story/1093752/drivers-twitter-boast-about-hitting-cyclist
  • mal 21 May 2013 19:46:05 22,727 posts
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    Slap a round of ABH on her and see how she likes that.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • elstoof 21 May 2013 20:40:52 7,819 posts
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    Another report of the story from a more cycle centric source, and great comments from the cyclist.

    http://road.cc/content/news/84212-norwich-police-seek-driver-who-tweeted-about-collision-cyclist

    "I have a sore elbow, a bruised knee, nettle stings from riding through the hedge, but nothing serious... there's bits of nettle in the chain, but I think the bike is intact."
  • pistol 21 May 2013 20:45:12 13,019 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Galibier today. Should be a good one!

    /camped out on the sofa for the day
    I'll be riding up the Galibier 1st week of July. Last year there was a little snow at the top (last 2 km) but most had melted.

    ITT of Giro will be interesting as it has a little kick towards the end, but stage 19 is the one I want to watch more than any other. Possibly the one that decides the winner.

    Edited by pistol at 21:00:01 21-05-2013

    Edited by pistol at 21:00:37 21-05-2013
  • MikeP 21 May 2013 21:27:02 1,966 posts
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    After considering my options I have booked in an appointment to go and get measured for a Brian Rourke custom frameset.

    Going to go for a quick road bike geo but with longer drop brakes and mudguard eyelets. Not sure on tube spec, either Reynolds 853 or possibly 953. Stainless steel gets pretty expensive.

    Have to think on about the colour/graphics scheme, but I'm going to keep it pretty low-key. They did a really simple one for the Rapha Continental.

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  • elstoof 21 May 2013 21:54:04 7,819 posts
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    Ooh, Nice. I've heard only good things about Rourke frames. 953 might take a loooong time, at least that's what Mercian are claiming due to delays at Reynolds. You going for lugged or brazed?
  • MikeP 21 May 2013 22:35:56 1,966 posts
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    They TIG weld nearly all their frames, sometimes with a little bit of silver fillet over the top to smooth things out. TIG doesn't heat the tubes to the same extent as brazing or lugs, so 953 retains more of its strength if you build that way.

    953 had some supply problems a while back, but it seems OK now. The build queue is about 6 months, so possible xmas pressie :)

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  • elstoof 22 May 2013 08:33:37 7,819 posts
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    Should be around the same time my steel arrives. Nothing better than a good, wholesome winter project eh :D

    It'll be a cracker, those wraparound seat stays he does look swish. Planning on a classic sort of build or going for a full on carbon weight weenie special?
  • MikeP 22 May 2013 13:04:43 1,966 posts
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    @elstoof

    I imagine it'll be relatively lightweight, but not silly. So good spec alloy bars/stem, carbon post, Ultegra, probably Kysrium Elite level wheels.

    I'm probably going to get a pair of rack points on the seat stays, just in case I fancy some lightweight touring.

    I'm tempted to go for stainless with the seat stays exposed, and the graphics done by masking them during the spray so they show through as the steel underneath.

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  • Salaman 22 May 2013 17:02:17 19,312 posts
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    Another second placer celebrating his victory today. :-)
  • urban 22 May 2013 18:21:38 10,984 posts
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    I went down again today, I think maybe I'm not good at London cycling...

    Flatbed van with a cage around it changed into my lane (Near the Aldgate East turn off for Heron tower) then braked really suddenly, car behind was really close so I tried to swerve around him but my handlebars are that fucking big I clipped the corner of his cage which hooked my handlebars and down I went.

    Bikes fine again but this time I heavily bruised my two V for fuck off fingers, got sent to A&E on arrival at the office to find out they were as I suspected just bruised and not fractured.

    I got off the road and looked at the guy in the van and he was holding his hand up to say sorry then gave me the thumbs up, which I gave back. Just an accident.

    The only worrying part of the whole thing was that I fell into the other lane which was occupied by an oncoming rubble haulage truck. Would've been game over, but he stopped ages before me.

    Such a dangerous bit of road that, so much lane changing and jostling for road space and cars trying to beat the lights, funny thing was I wasn't even in a rush today. Even a guy on a boris bike overtook me and I didn't care.

    First ever collision, the day before my 28th Birthday.

    Happy Birthday me?
  • elstoof 22 May 2013 19:07:34 7,819 posts
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    What's your usual cycling route?

    I have a feeling I want to be avoiding you on the road if possible.
  • elstoof 22 May 2013 19:10:57 7,819 posts
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    @MikeP

    Sounds like a good build to me. I also second the idea of having some lovely steel exposed just for teh shiney.
  • urban 22 May 2013 20:01:18 10,984 posts
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    Mile end - Whitechapel - London wall - Holborn.

    If you see a ginger beard, he's just overtaken you then crashed into something.
  • MikeP 22 May 2013 20:19:59 1,966 posts
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    In all seriousness. You can get free one-to-one adult bike training from Hackney Council, if that's where you live.

    http://www.cycletraining.co.uk/index.php?pg=199#.UZ0Z8yv71U1

    They can sharpen up your road skills, it's really not just for beginners.

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  • elstoof 22 May 2013 20:40:55 7,819 posts
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    I pass through Holborn on my most direct route to work, I'm feeling inspired to do a few more early morning miles though! ;)
  • MikeP 24 May 2013 11:01:09 1,966 posts
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    Aaaand, convicted doper Di Luca has had an A-sample test positive for EPO taken before the Giro. He got done for CERA use in 2009.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/danilo-di-luca-positive-for-epo

    These pricks never learn, do they?

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  • Salaman 24 May 2013 11:10:24 19,312 posts
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    pistol wrote:
    ITT of Giro will be interesting as it has a little kick towards the end, but stage 19 is the one I want to watch more than any other. Possibly the one that decides the winner.

    Edited by pistol at 21:00:01 21-05-2013
    No stage 19 :-(
    Looks grim from the pictures. So a wise choice by the Giro organisers.

    That's the giro pretty much done for though. Nibali pretty much had it in the bag already but without this stage there's no way anyone can threaten him.

    Roll on the Tour I say!

    In other news. My fantasy team looks like it has an equally firm grip on that last place as Nibali has on the pink jersey.

    My choice to not put Wiggo in as my main GC rider was a good one in the end. My decision to choose Cadel and Hesjedal instead was less inspired. :-(

    http://www.velogames.com/giro-ditalia/2013/leaguescores.php?league=1125018

    Good job Joel!
  • pistol 24 May 2013 11:48:16 13,019 posts
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    @Salaman

    Yeah saw that stage 19 was cancelled. Right decision if you ask me. The weather is always going to be bad but this year it's damn right crazy. It's a shame as some will say Nibali's win was easier but that's rubbish. He was clearly the strongest rider and his ITT performance yesterday just proved that. His TTing has come along a hell of a lot.

    And Di Luca's a moron. Old school and should have been chucked out the sport years ago. Also won the 2007 Giro after doping.
  • grey_matters 24 May 2013 11:54:26 3,810 posts
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    And as recently as Wednesday said something like:

    "Doping is a weakness, period. It is good that cycling and other sports have eradicated it".

    Not that anybody believed him.

    Edited by grey_matters at 11:54:54 24-05-2013
  • Deleted user 24 May 2013 11:58:54
    His TT yesterday was stunning, a full minute ahead. really good stuff. Has he said if his entering the TDF? if so hope he has some juice left.

    Di Luca! tut tut. Norwegian commentators were right not to cheer him earlier in the race.

    I was talking to someone about cycling, i'm relatively new to the sport, probably been watching it for 4/5 years, with cycling getting bigger across the world (well i guess with the uptake of populairity in britain it seems so) whether we see grand tours in other countries other than spain, france and italy?. I know traditionally they are the big three, but it would be interesting to see if they bring in an american tour or something that is off 3 weeks length. Even if it was bi-annually or something.

    I would have thought with lances achievements *Cough* that might have already happened.

    Edited by joelstinton at 11:59:31 24-05-2013
  • Salaman 24 May 2013 13:16:41 19,312 posts
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    There's plenty fo other multi stage races all across the globe. They just don't have the appeal or draw press attention like the big three.

    There's a tour down under and several in the Middle east as well as the recent tour of california, etc.
  • elstoof 24 May 2013 13:49:58 7,819 posts
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    3 GT's is enough really, it takes a lot just to do one a year let alone 2 even for the pmro's. Adam Hansen was the only man to ride all 3 last year. There's plenty of week long tours to follow.
  • Dougs 24 May 2013 13:52:00 68,545 posts
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    It's nearly June FFS, there should not be 25mph head winds out there!
  • pistol 24 May 2013 14:03:08 13,019 posts
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    @joelstinton

    No, Nibali isn't doing the TDF but concentrating on the World Championships.
  • pistol 24 May 2013 14:05:11 13,019 posts
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    @joelstinton

    Cycling isn't big in America and outside of Lemond and Armstrong I think the general public would struggle to name a successful pro cyclist. They have some races but the Mecca of cycling had always been Europe.

    Edited by pistol at 14:05:43 24-05-2013
  • Trafford 24 May 2013 14:46:57 5,892 posts
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    Road cycling Mecca perhaps.
  • pistol 24 May 2013 14:50:50 13,019 posts
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    @Trafford

    Well as we're talking about Tours I just assumed we were discussing road bikes. Of course MTB is another story.
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