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noBlakes

Member since Oct 2012 • Last active Apr 2016

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    Had a really heated debate about this the other day with a "why don't they just let them take all the drugs" view holder.

    My reasoning is that whether there is or is not a benefit from taking it, it's legal if you follow the correct protocol, and if there is a tiny gain to be had even though it might be unethical, then as an athlete they should take it, it's not their responsibility to make the rules. When it's legal if you follow protocol - a line in the sand is drawn. In Yates' case, he tripped over the line and crossed it, but still crossed it (I may have run with that metaphor a bit too much)

    In the same way that most athletes who took Meldonium probably didn't have a heart condition, most athletes that take asthma drugs probably don't have asthma. The problem is that asthma is very much on a continuum and putting a line along that, where some are asthmatic and some aren't, is extremely hard. In the case of Yates it seems he genuinely does have asthma; if Owain Doull is a reputable source:
    twitter.com/owaindoull/status/72­5973890221137920

    (how on earth do I embed tweets on here btw?)

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    ^when whipskids are life

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    @plexarice #strongasbull , joking, just saying I might get closer to it, with everything else I may drape off the bike

    @amey cheers

    @andy_k if it is this has all been in vain

    Cheers for your help though all, convinced me to go with them :)

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    @amey they okay riding down kerbs etc.?

    @plexarice cheers, everything seems positive so far

    My main worry is that me at 80kg + backpack etc. will bring me close to 110kg and then everyday riding might take it's toll on them. That said all reports seem to positive so far, and they're so cheap that if I do break one, it's still cheaper to replace than buy a pair of Grails

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    Mind me asking how they are in terms of flex under weight? They'll be on a daily bike with me + backpack and I noticed they have a 110kg weight limit

    @swedeee Kinda, they're for the track bike and I'm putting a front brake on that more for aesthetic purposes over a rim to be honest. As far as road bike goes, I'm currently happy with rim brakes on an alu surface, at least for the summer, might change next winter though

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    Has anyone built some wheels with DT Swiss R460 rims?

    bike24.com/p2155362.html

    I'm after something mildly shallow and trying to work out whether some Stans Grails are worth the extra £50 or so

  • in Rides & Races
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    To be fair I think the backstage pass will feature much swearing from Matt White this time round

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    Enjoyed yesterday's race, absolutely gutted that Albasini didn't win as I had him at 125/1, but Poels was a worthy winner and I'm happy for him, leading out the sprint was a big move too.

    Also, Mr. Cool, Calm and Calculated Davey B went a bit mental at the win here...
    twitter.com/TeamSky/status/72426­0112924311552/video/1

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    I think it's clear now how much they dislike each other, Gerrans didn't even cover any of the attacks, it was Bling who was the closest chaser as Valgren and Gasparotto went over, and then Gerrans was Awol when the chase was on

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    Not the dual touch unfortunately mate, the other one is though

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