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  • grey_matters 15 Sep 2013 15:04:37 3,690 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 1,817 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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  • Psychotext 16 Sep 2013 11:55:42 53,967 posts
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    Vuelta Winner Horner not around for unannounced doping control.
  • Psychotext 16 Sep 2013 16:33:02 53,967 posts
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    Seems he actually told them he'd be at another hotel.
  • elstoof 16 Sep 2013 17:07:08 7,016 posts
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    Apparently the testers, after going to the teams hotel and no one telling them where he was, decided to pick an Ibis hotel in Madrid at random to see if he might happen to be there. It's like the bloody Pink Panther or something.
  • caligari 18 Sep 2013 03:58:08 17,024 posts
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    I thought I'd torn a muscle when cycling earlier on Tuesday. I felt a searingly hot pain in my knee - only to look down and see a wasp 'having his way' with me. The little bastard managed to draw blood!

    Oddly enough that it the first time that I have EVER been stung by a wasp - good to finally discover that I'm not hugely allergic...just a wimp.
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 10:53:19 53,967 posts
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    Fucking wasps. Nasty little bastards.
  • MikeP 18 Sep 2013 14:27:31 1,817 posts
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    Just got my pack through for the Lakeland Monster miles. I'm going to break out the backpack with integrated Camelback.

    As it's half on/half off road and I'm riding a cross bike the Velominati can take their "rules" and shove them up their arse :D

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  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 14:43:40 53,967 posts
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    Bit odd that they say you should have two tubes and lights. I don't carry two tubes on my normal XC rides (one plus patches) and I should fucking hope I don't need lights given the start is at 07:30. If I'm still cycling at 18:00 then I'm likely dead.
  • andytheadequate 18 Sep 2013 14:46:50 8,130 posts
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    I was a bit sick of constantly scraping my knees and cutting them on my pedals so I bought some trail knee pads. I now look like a downhill rider...
  • elstoof 18 Sep 2013 14:52:38 7,016 posts
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    Most sportives tell you to take 2 tubes with you, I think it's party just to ensure you can help someone out if they're in need and I guess they say you need lights in case it's a miserable, rainy day. Which it can often be up there.
  • Carlo 18 Sep 2013 14:52:43 17,999 posts
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    I got my Condor Uno Aluminium Seatpost delivered a couple of days ago (after some chav cunt stole my pole and seat off my bike).

    I'm impressed! It's lully!

    Edited by Carlo at 14:58:16 18-09-2013

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  • MikeP 18 Sep 2013 15:12:20 1,817 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Most sportives tell you to take 2 tubes with you, I think it's party just to ensure you can help someone out if they're in need and I guess they say you need lights in case it's a miserable, rainy day. Which it can often be up there.
    I'm going to take one of those CO2 gizmos alongside my pump.

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  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 15:37:26 53,967 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Most sportives tell you to take 2 tubes with you, I think it's party just to ensure you can help someone out if they're in need
    Screw them if they're not carrying their own. :D
  • Deleted user 18 September 2013 15:40:10
    Annoyingly the wheels on the front and back of my mountain bike are different valve types. (long story…)

    Means I have to take 2 types of inner tubes out with me.

    Doing the London to Brighton Off Road on Saturday (75 miles) and will take one of each and a repair kit!

    Edited by Alipan at 15:40:27 18-09-2013
  • elstoof 18 Sep 2013 15:41:07 7,016 posts
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    Heh, make sure you blow raspberries at them as you whizz past :D

    I think The Rules of the club I'm in state that you need 2 tubes if you want to go on a club run, not that anyone's ever done a spot check to my knowledge.
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 15:54:18 53,967 posts
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    I'll probably just take my small saddlebag which has one crammed in there with a CO2 canister.
  • MikeP 18 Sep 2013 18:08:59 1,817 posts
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    Bigger bag for me, got to make sure I have enough space for my Rapha Beard Pomade and Genuine Tortoiseshell Comb.

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  • Deleted user 18 September 2013 18:27:27
    I want a gabba
  • elstoof 18 Sep 2013 18:33:54 7,016 posts
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    I've just ordered a Rapha/Chris King dynamo powered espresso maker to go with my Rapha/Chris King coffee tamper.
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 19:01:10 53,967 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Bigger bag for me, got to make sure I have enough space for my Rapha Beard Pomade and Genuine Tortoiseshell Comb.
    I'll have my camelbak too. I'm a mountain biker, I don't have to follow the stupid rules. :D
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 21:44:13 53,967 posts
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    Fairly encouraging, I've been stupidly busy with work so I haven't had much time to train recently. Did one of the trainer road routines tonight and actually managed my best performance ever on it (which is odd, because it felt like it destroyed me).
  • Bremenacht 18 Sep 2013 22:43:51 17,810 posts
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    Do you guys not use muck or any any of those tube sealants? I swear by them.
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 22:47:49 53,967 posts
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    I'm not currently running tubeless. I tried slime tubes and found them waaaay too heavy.
  • OptimusPube 19 Sep 2013 06:46:15 2,960 posts
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    Finally got myself a cheapo road bike, it was on offer at Halfords and can finally get some serious riding in, just need to upgrade the tyres as apparently they're shit, any recommendations?

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC²

  • elstoof 19 Sep 2013 08:27:49 7,016 posts
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    Just ride them. If they keep puncturing then think about changing them, but I wouldn't bother replacing them straight away.
  • pistol 19 Sep 2013 09:32:21 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    Most sportives tell you to take 2 tubes with you, I think it's party just to ensure you can help someone out if they're in need
    Screw them if they're not carrying their own. :D
    My sentiments exactly.

    I was on my last sportive of the year a couple of weeks ago and there were tons of punctures. In the first 20 miles I must have seen 5 or 6 fixing by the side of the road. One guy asks me if I had a spare tube. Bollox to that, especially after such a short distance. Some people have no idea..

    I'll always carry 2 tubes and C02 cans.

    Edited by pistol at 09:33:51 19-09-2013
  • Carlo 19 Sep 2013 09:38:13 17,999 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    Finally got myself a cheapo road bike, it was on offer at Halfords and can finally get some serious riding in, just need to upgrade the tyres as apparently they're shit, any recommendations?
    The only thing I'd say is if you're not going off-road all the time, get slick tyres (or as damn near as possible), and as slim as your rims will hold).

    It'll be far less effort to travel!

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  • Psychotext 19 Sep 2013 11:38:37 53,967 posts
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    On a random note, was reading a mountain bike mag yesterday and it stated that Specialized's best selling bike in the US is the S-Works Epic. That would be fine, but the price on the damn thing starts at £7,500.

    How on earth does a £7.5k bike find itself as the top selling model?
  • elstoof 19 Sep 2013 11:41:25 7,016 posts
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    Maybe it's their largest profit maker, or they just said that to create some sort of buzz about it.
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