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  • elstoof 19 Nov 2013 14:12:11 18,350 posts
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    Good work Mike! I better get my order in soon before you're snowed under with commissions eh.
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 14:32:53 61,637 posts
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    If EG cycling thread regulars don't get priority treatment I'll be very disappointed!

    I'm not doing anything that weekend, I may have to come over and say hello. (Congrats btw!)
  • Benno 19 Nov 2013 14:37:34 11,679 posts
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    congrats mike
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 14:39:44 61,637 posts
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    Thought this was a good read on Froome.

    His cycling childhood sounds harsh, but awesome.
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 14:59:11 61,637 posts
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    Oh, and some justice vs the "bloody cyclists" tweeter.
  • elstoof 19 Nov 2013 15:22:10 18,350 posts
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    I am actually in the market for a steel SS as it happens Mike...
  • RichDC 19 Nov 2013 15:25:09 7,490 posts
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    Describing the trial as a relatively routine case of driving without due care and attention, prosecutor Stephen Poole added:


    Can't have been that simple as he lost the 'without due care and attention' part. But a good result.

    Edited by Megapocalypse at 15:25:24 19-11-2013
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 15:25:32 61,637 posts
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    Slightly strange vid about Interbike 2013: http://vimeo.com/74997576#

    Edited by Psychotext at 15:25:55 19-11-2013
  • MikeP 19 Nov 2013 16:34:32 2,809 posts
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    @Psychotext Pretty funny though :D
  • FWB 19 Nov 2013 17:08:30 53,846 posts
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    Road tax covers the damage you do to the roads,  no? Council tax pays for them.

    As with drivers, there are plenty of wanker cyclists giving us normal ones a bad name.

    Edited by FWB at 17:10:48 19-11-2013
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 17:22:31 61,637 posts
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    Yup, also, I pay more of it than most cunts anyway.

    /twojags
  • FWB 19 Nov 2013 17:23:22 53,846 posts
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    Sorry, vehicle tax. :-)  But it is to pay for damage,  no?  Road and environmental.
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 17:28:06 61,637 posts
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    Hey, thinking about it, given I pay more than most, does that mean I get to me more of a prick on the road too? I reckon I could probably manual my mountain bike up the back of someone's car with a bit of practice.
  • MikeP 19 Nov 2013 17:44:03 2,809 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    Sorry, vehicle tax. :-)  But it is to pay for damage,  no?  Road and environmental.
    VED is specifically an environmental-damage based tax, as it's banded based on CO2 emissions. Hence a Prius gets you a zero level payment.

    However, like virtually all non-local taxes in the UK it's hypothecated i.e. paid into a general pot which is then distributed across all government services.

    The whole "Road Tax" thing is a massive pain in the arse as the (IMO, deliberate) misuse of the term in the media is a direct troll for people who want to prioritise cars ahead of other forms of transport. Like the people who paid good advertising money to said media outlets. It breeds a sense of entitlement that's totally unjustified.

    I also happen to own quite a powerful car, but I try to use it as little as possible. I reckon I've done more miles by bike than car for the past 3 years.
  • MikeP 19 Nov 2013 17:44:58 2,809 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    I am actually in the market for a steel SS as it happens Mike...
    Well, perhaps we can have a chat about that :)
  • Dougs 19 Nov 2013 19:27:50 83,121 posts
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    Not hypothecated you mean Mike! But yeah, it's not been ring fenced since the 60s or something
  • caligari 19 Nov 2013 20:48:10 17,582 posts
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    For those looking for a Winter ride:

    http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B5820.html
  • Trafford 19 Nov 2013 20:52:29 7,956 posts
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    Bring back the DTT Mike!
  • elstoof 19 Nov 2013 21:01:36 18,350 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    I am actually in the market for a steel SS as it happens Mike...
    Well, perhaps we can have a chat about that :)
    \o/

    Nothing too exotic, 653 or something like that. I'm happy to have you try any techniques you may want to experiment with too :D currently got some mad ideas about copper plating a frame for the ultimate bling.
  • FartPipe 19 Nov 2013 21:25:42 5,315 posts
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    Looks like a trip to Aldi's is in order, my legs were like ice tonight so some cycling trousers are in order, might get one of those jackets as well to suit.

    Or shall I ask for them as a chrimbo present.

    Can I tough it out till christmas, I don't know it's fucking freezing.
  • caligari 19 Nov 2013 21:34:12 17,582 posts
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    OptimusPube wrote:
    Looks like a trip to Aldi's is in order, my legs were like ice tonight so some cycling trousers are in order, might get one of those jackets as well to suit.

    Or shall I ask for them as a chrimbo present.

    Can I tough it out till christmas, I don't know it's fucking freezing.
    Hah, I feel your pain, sir. I'm still braving it with the shorts - I really do hate the hassle of pulling 'tights' on and off at work - unless it's for Rocky Horror.
  • Dougs 19 Nov 2013 21:37:31 83,121 posts
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    I got some great tights/trouser things from Decathlon last time I was in France at my in laws. Great for €12, not sure they'd do on much colder than this though.

    Edited by Dougs at 21:40:19 19-11-2013
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 22:17:23 61,637 posts
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    Two of the three Athertons at Bikepark Wales:



    I've not had the balls to do the jumpy stuff yet.

    Edited by Psychotext at 22:17:46 19-11-2013
  • FartPipe 19 Nov 2013 22:33:25 5,315 posts
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    You off roaders are crazy, I'm not keen on broken bones.
  • Psychotext 19 Nov 2013 22:54:08 61,637 posts
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    I'm a pansy compared to most. I didn't really get into it young enough to build that whole fearless streak.
  • urban 20 Nov 2013 08:52:21 12,945 posts
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    Boris considering banning cyclists wearing headphones

    Speaking on BBC London radio on Tuesday, Johnson said headphones were an "absolute scourge" and it was "absolutely nuts" to wear them while cycling. He said: "I'm very alarmed about cyclists wearing headphones. I would not be against a prohibition or ban on cyclists wearing headphones. Call me illiberal, but it makes me absolutely terrified to see them bowling along, unable to hear the traffic."
    and I agree with him
  • FWB 20 Nov 2013 08:53:32 53,846 posts
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    Agree too. It's moronic.
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