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  • Psychotext 16 Sep 2013 11:55:42 61,689 posts
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    Vuelta Winner Horner not around for unannounced doping control.
  • Psychotext 16 Sep 2013 16:33:02 61,689 posts
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    Seems he actually told them he'd be at another hotel.
  • elstoof 16 Sep 2013 17:07:08 18,365 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 17,583 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 61,689 posts
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    Fucking wasps. Nasty little bastards.
  • MikeP 18 Sep 2013 14:27:31 2,809 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
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 14:43:40 61,689 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 8,977 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 18,365 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 19,808 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
  • MikeP 18 Sep 2013 15:12:20 2,809 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.
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 15:37:26 61,689 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 18,365 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 61,689 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 2,809 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.
  • Deleted user 18 September 2013 18:27:27
    I want a gabba
  • elstoof 18 Sep 2013 18:33:54 18,365 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 61,689 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 61,689 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).
  • Deleted user 18 September 2013 22:43:51
    Do you guys not use muck or any any of those tube sealants? I swear by them.
  • Psychotext 18 Sep 2013 22:47:49 61,689 posts
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    I'm not currently running tubeless. I tried slime tubes and found them waaaay too heavy.
  • FartPipe 19 Sep 2013 06:46:15 5,315 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?
  • elstoof 19 Sep 2013 08:27:49 18,365 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 13,018 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 19,808 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!
  • Psychotext 19 Sep 2013 11:38:37 61,689 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 18,365 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.
  • MikeP 19 Sep 2013 11:44:52 2,809 posts
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    I think carry one is fine if you're with a group, as you can always pool resources.

    However, the fundamental rule of being able to get yourself home outside of a complete mechanical disaster still applies.

    For this monster miles thing I'm going to have to resist the urge to take more than I need, but it does mean I can put little things in like a spare derailleur hanger. The chances of breaking one are low, but they weigh next to nothing.
  • Psychotext 19 Sep 2013 11:52:12 61,689 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Maybe it's their largest profit maker, or they just said that to create some sort of buzz about it.
    Based on other things I've read about it and it's ubiquitous nature on the US cross country scene, I wouldn't be surprised if it's true.
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