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bracestower

Member since Mar 2007 • Last active Aug 2014
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    Eugène Christophe's story was pretty insane:

    In 1913 Christophe was well placed to win the tour when a mechanical failure cost him the race. The incident happened on stage 6, Bayonne to Luchon in the Pyrenees. The overnight leader was the 1912 champion, Odile Defraye but he had dropped behind on the climb of the Col du Tourmalet. At the top of the Tourmalet, Christophe was the leader on the road, leading by five minutes from a group containing most of his main rivals. On the descent, however, he crashed after his fork snapped. He ran several miles to a forge in the village of Ste. Marie de Campan. Once there he lit the fire and repaired his bicycle observed by race judges. The rules forbade outside help, so when Christophe asked a boy to work the bellows, the judges fined him 10 minutes. Christophe had already lost about four hours. He eventually finished seventh overall in Paris. The building on the site of the forge has a plaque on its wall commemorating the episode.

    (from Wikipedia)

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    I thought it was to make your bars look like a dogs cock (copyright Bikesnob).

    That's if they're taped the other way, with the tape on the tops and the drops exposed. Looks fucking shit IMO. Whereas half-taped in the correct manner looks the shizzle.

    i have my father-in-law's bound copies of Sporting Cyclist from the late 50's and it was all the rage then - even with roadies.

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    We've been using at work for a while to diagnose problems that our clients and end users are having. It is great, but it can be a little awkward to use if you have a different size screen (scroll bar hell).

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    I've been going to Pearson's since i was kid and I can vouch for the excellent service. They've been at that shop since about 1860 and it's still run by the Pearson family.

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    ^ + vertical dropouts!

    Well, once he's sorted that out, they'll be all over it like a rash.

    I may even consider it myself, whilst my back is still relatively lithe.

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    It's a cynical purchase I think. He's probably going to flog it to a hipster.

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    www.islabikes.co.uk are excellent I brought one for my little cousin and he loves it. BUT thats because he liked to look of it in the first place. If your little girl wants a pink bike with Barbie Stickers then get her one. I doubt she will care how much it weighs or what it is made of.

    Not necessarily true - we bought my son a matt black hardtail with tribal / skate style graphics from Halfords. He got lots of envious looks from other 7yr old boys, but it was so fucking heavy, the chain kept on coming off and the brakes kept on jamming. He just didn't ever want to go cycling.

    The Islabike is more sedate looking (actually a lot classier) but is in another league altogether and he adores it.

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