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  • mal 5 Sep 2013 16:08:24 28,116 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Just found myself (quite innocently) typing "should I lubricate my nipples" into Google. :D
    Kryten?

    As I understand it, rims should be steel and nipples something else (often aluminium), which wouldn't meld or alloy, so seizing shouldn't be a big problem.
  • elstoof 5 Sep 2013 17:12:34 18,354 posts
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    Rims are either alu or carbon, nipples either brass or alu, spokes steel or alu.

    Definitely grease the thread of DS rear spokes and all front spokes, you won't get them to the right tension without twisting the spoke a lot otherwise. NDS rear you generally don't need to, the tension is pretty low and they might even undo themselves if greased.

    I'd just used the same grease you use elsewhere on a bike personally.

    Alu nips on alu rims should have a bit of grease on the seat as well to avoid seizing.
  • Psychotext 5 Sep 2013 17:48:34 61,642 posts
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    How fucking much?

    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/50000-fairwheel-bikes-travel-case-38281
  • MikeP 5 Sep 2013 19:17:10 2,809 posts
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    Alloy nipples are a pain in the arse. Marginal weight saving, but they are prone to rounding off. I recommend brass.

    Use machine oil like 3in1 on the collar of the nipple where it interfaces with the eyelet (apply with a cotton bud), use a decent grease on the spoke thread.

    Use chamois cream on your flesh nipples. You're welcome.
  • MikeP 5 Sep 2013 19:19:14 2,809 posts
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    Also, just finished the Way of the Roses ride. It's terrific.
  • BillMurray 5 Sep 2013 19:56:32 9,038 posts
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    Starting to find the limitations of my single speed. Trying to keep up with friends on their multi-geared road bikes is a bit of a pain when I get up to certain speeds and my legs are spinning around and going nowhere. On the plus side I reckon i've lost half a stone in the past month which ain't bad. Might celebrate with a cheap bottle of plonk.
  • elstoof 5 Sep 2013 20:20:00 18,354 posts
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    Just change your back cog for a smaller one.
  • caligari 5 Sep 2013 21:09:25 17,582 posts
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    MikeP very kindly sold a beautiful (and oh-so-comfortable) Fizik saddle.

    I just need a snazzy new carbon seatpost to go with it - any recommendations?

    I unfortunately screwed up my older Specialized post by sawing through a rusty/seized-up bolt that turned out to be 'built in' to the post itself. Genius!
  • FartPipe 6 Sep 2013 06:43:02 5,315 posts
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    BillMurray wrote:
    Psychotext wrote:
    I really don't have any words for this... but I thought I'd share it anyway:

    http://dirt.mpora.com/news/regis-a-bike-film.html
    That was brilliant. Probably the most French thing i've seen in a long while.
    Thoroughly enjoyed this. :D
  • Psychotext 6 Sep 2013 12:26:06 61,642 posts
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    Lakeland Monster Miles route is up, I copied it to Ride with GPS / Map my Ride for ease of viewing:

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3291347

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/283846839

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:29:10 06-09-2013
  • pistol 6 Sep 2013 12:47:55 13,018 posts
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    caligari wrote:
    MikeP very kindly sold a beautiful (and oh-so-comfortable) Fizik saddle.

    I just need a snazzy new carbon seatpost to go with it - any recommendations?

    I unfortunately screwed up my older Specialized post by sawing through a rusty/seized-up bolt that turned out to be 'built in' to the post itself. Genius!
    I have as it goes, as just put one of these on my winter training bike.

    Get very good reviews and mine has a 20mm set-back

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fsa-sl-k-carbon-seat-post/
  • MikeP 6 Sep 2013 20:29:20 2,809 posts
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    @Psychotext Hiya, can you make the Ride with GPS route public? It's private at the mo.

    Edited by MikeP at 20:29:32 06-09-2013
  • Psychotext 6 Sep 2013 21:50:51 61,642 posts
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    Can't seem to find an option for it. This should work though: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3291347?privacy_code=9gjIme9DZWEhx59t
  • MikeP 6 Sep 2013 22:06:42 2,809 posts
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    62 miles, more that 50% of it off road, 7,000ft of climbing. No getting pissed the night before, I reckon.
  • Psychotext 6 Sep 2013 23:22:36 61,642 posts
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    I think I'll bring an oxygen tank, just in case. :D
  • Vortex808 7 Sep 2013 19:29:41 11,548 posts
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    Anyone watching the vuelta today? Absolutely chucking it down. Mental descents still at about 60kph whilst skidding about.

    Yeesh. My buttocks would be gripping the saddle for all they were worth in fear if that were me!
  • Trafford 7 Sep 2013 19:53:09 7,956 posts
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    @Mike, nice one on the Way of the Roses. Where did you do the overnights?
  • canazaris 8 Sep 2013 08:26:56 25 posts
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    If anyone is interested in buying a quality cyclocross and lives in the Black Country (Dudley Borough basically) type 'Whyte Dorset cyclocross' into your desired search engine.

    I am also 'canavaris71' on ebay if you want to check rating/trustworthyness (not put the bike on there yet, will do later if no sniffs).
  • Salaman 8 Sep 2013 10:01:36 22,713 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Anyone watching the vuelta today? Absolutely chucking it down. Mental descents still at about 60kph whilst skidding about.

    Yeesh. My buttocks would be gripping the saddle for all they were worth in fear if that were me!
    Didn't see it. The write up sounded mental.
  • Deleted user 8 September 2013 11:54:47
    looked absolutely horrible! ratto was descending in the rain, taking corners with one leg unclipped at one point o_O

    should be a good stage again today; been a good vuelta so far imo

    trying to decide on a touring bike to ride from glasgow to istanbul; swithering betw. surly LHT, spesh AWOL and a custom build from the local bike charity

    Edited by cozeny at 11:58:32 08-09-2013
  • Psychotext 12 Sep 2013 18:48:05 61,642 posts
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    An update on Martyn Ashton's condition (that guy who does those awesome bike jumping / stunt vids like Road Bike Party):

    During one of the stunts on the Animal WD40 Action Sports Tour, Martyn fell backwards off of a three metre-high bar and hit the ground with significant force. The impact caused severe damage to his spine, dislocating the T9 and T10 vertebrae. After paramedics stabilised him at the scene, Martyn was swiftly airlifted to Coventry Hospital where he received emergency treatment and was admitted to Intensive Care.

    The initial prognosis is not positive: Martyn has currently lost feeling below the point of injury. He has now been moved to RJ&AH Hospital Oswestry’s Specialist Spinal Care Unit where he is receiving treatment and undergoing further tests to assess the extent of his injuries and to map the road to recovery.
    Hopefully they'll be able to fix him. =/
  • Trafford 12 Sep 2013 20:55:11 7,956 posts
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2418873/Which-Premier-League-footballer-involved-alleged-crash-cyclist-subject-Twitter-campaign-involving-Sir-Chris-Hoy.html


    Who'd want to live in Hale, with people like Steven N'Zoni and Michael LeVell roaming the streets.
  • Psychotext 12 Sep 2013 22:16:04 61,642 posts
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    See those window lickers over in the comments there are all talking about how the cyclist was clearly too close.

    Maybe, just maybe the car was overtaking as they generally like to do and then decided to pull in right in front of them and stop. Would it also be the fault of a driver if someone pulled in from the outside lane right in front of you?

    Muppets.
  • elstoof 12 Sep 2013 23:04:25 18,354 posts
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    I was trying to find out who it was when I first read the story, and sadly ventured onto a Man U board - they had some shocking ideas about cyclists and cycling on there, mostly from fans based in London. Frightening to read.

    Very sad news about Ashton. Just read that too. Hopefully he'll be ok.
  • MikeP 14 Sep 2013 16:02:18 2,809 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    @Mike, nice one on the Way of the Roses. Where did you do the overnights?
    Started in Morecambe, then to Settle via the Ribblehead Valley, Ripon, Pocklington, Bridlington to finish.

    Days 1 & 2 were hilly (12% gradients, my arse) 3 was pan-flat, 4 was rolling. It was a grand trip.
  • elstoof 14 Sep 2013 16:08:14 18,354 posts
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    New groupset ordered, just a few more bits and pieces and I'll have another build ready to go...
  • Trafford 15 Sep 2013 12:09:40 7,956 posts
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    Tour of Britain starts today. Just in time for a turn in the weather.

    @Mike, some nice stops there. My mum lives in Morecambe so have toyed with the idea.
  • pistol 15 Sep 2013 14:11:44 13,018 posts
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    Vuelta's always good to watch and it can sometimes be the most exciting of the 3 Tours IMO. Unreal what Chris Horner ha done if you accept he's clean. Oldest GT winner at 41 (nearly 42). Awesome performance.

    TOB looks pretty windy today up in Scotland.

    Edited by pistol at 14:14:08 15-09-2013
  • grey_matters 15 Sep 2013 15:04:37 4,296 posts
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    pistol wrote:
    Vuelta's always good to watch and it can sometimes be the most exciting of the 3 Tours IMO. Unreal what Chris Horner ha done if you accept he's clean. Oldest GT winner at 41 (nearly 42). Awesome performance.

    TOB looks pretty windy today up in Scotland.
    Horner, at 41 with no contract for next year and a very dodgy history wins the Vuelta easily.
    Beating such climbers as Nibali, Valverde and Rodriguez.
    Hitting the second fastest time ever up l'Angliru (faster than Contador in his 'prime').
    Matching and exceeding the power output figures that Froome (who, of course, also rose to sudden prominence from nowhere at the Vuelta when he had no contract for the following year) achieved in this year's TdF.

    There is no possible way that I could believe that performance.

    Edited by grey_matters at 15:05:31 15-09-2013
  • MikeP 15 Sep 2013 16:32:48 2,809 posts
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    Clean or not, it just doesn't look credible. Given cycling's chequered history that's a big problem.

    I don't know why, but on some of the big climbs I feel like Horner was sandbagging, he just didn't looked troubled at all.
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