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Member since Jun 2008 • Last active May 2017

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    When I said re- reassignment I wasn't stammering!

    I did ask my partner if she would wait for me (to re-reassign), but she mumbled something I didn't quite understand about latent lesbianism.

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    Records

    Great discussion - more than I'd expected, but some action is needed if anything's going to come out of this. Although it's not really in line with forum practice I think you will need an actual meeting to make decisions about how this might work.

    The C Word
    I hesitate to mention this, but it's beginning to sound like a committee. However, if a meeting could reach a decision, the agreement (whatever you have decided) could be put forward with more authority than any one individual posting his own ideas. With luck you'd only need one meeting to start with - perhaps in the future you might also have an end of season meeting to ratify any record claims for that year, and possibly some kind of presentation for the (revived) forum BAR at the same time.

    If this idea is accepted I don't think I should be present, for the following reasons:

    1. I'm unlikely to be competing myself.
    2. I'm on enough committees already.
    3. You don't want to be told how to run your affairs by an aged dinosaur.
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    That's clearly the same ride. As I said, I can't give any authority for my story at the moment, but I will make enquiries.

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    Is gender re-reassignment allowed?

    If so, I'm interested in finding a partner (either gender obviously) for the Ladies London - York tandem record, which has stood at 10 hours 43 minutes since 1937. (See RRA website).

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    Hippy's MG Bike

    I believe that Tony Doyle's 56 (Crabwood event 1980) which put the record on the shelf for 19 years was done on a geared road bike with the gear mechs stopped down to give 72" as top.

    Most of the MG record info is here:

    fixedwheel.co.uk/medium%20gea­r%20history.htm

    But I don't think that site mentions the road bike aspect of TD's record.

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    Well, not completely.

    Alo Donegan did a 59 in 1934, but that was in Ireland where they didn't have to wear those ridiculous jackets.

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    Hippy,

    I feel pretty certain that if you said you had ridden an event on a 72" gear, everyone here would accept it.

    I'm sure Nic's time is beatable, but I think you will need a good course and a good day.

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    Don't run yourself down too much, tommmm.

    You can't know how you will improve in the future. Many riders achieve ambitions near the end of long careers.

    Ron Brown (yes, the same one as the Hounslow's Ron Brown Memorial 100) started racing before the war (born 1922) when a sub hour 25 was almost unheard of. He achieved this goal as a vet.

    Ron was remarkable in many ways, but perhaps his most notable feature was the lack of a right arm.

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    I certainly agree with cjr that this should be fun.

    Getting over serious leads to the whole project being swamped with rules.

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    MG records in MG events only?

    The Lea Valley event referred to above had a medium gear section within a normal event. I don't know whether there was any scrutiny of the bikes, but I will make enquiries.

    It does seem to me that of all the possible records there might be, for this forum the MG 25
    (and possibly MG 10) should be high on the list.

    Irrespective of any claim my clubmate may have, I'd be inclined to take these claims on trust (I mean for these records generally). There's no money involved, and in any case what sort of person would want to cheat at this?

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