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The_Seldom_Killer

Member since Jul 2008 • Last active Dec 2018

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    Tempting though it may be, straight there and back without putting in any other interesting stuff would put us over 100k. By the time March rolls round there could be other interesting newly resurfaced roads which give a lot more options.

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    Would people prefer 2nd or 9th of March?

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    I can't say whether or not WAIR is better than something like the Respro but their diagrams imply a fairly thin area of seal and a single point of anchoring. That in itself suggests that its claim of 100% air tightness may not stand up.

    Just so you know, the big stuff, the stuff you can smell, is the least likely to cause lasting physiological damage.

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    Peel Park for the North of England champs.

    A shortened course compared to its usual Trophy or Champs configuration but still genuinely amazing. Conditions were moderate for this venue but that still left quite a bit of up and down running and clagging up. I didn't have to change bikes but lots of leaves meant anyone on cantis was at a disadvantage.
    Fell into a three way race against riders from both the other leagues so had a really enjoyable battle near the back for minor pride. While outclassed on the technical riding sections, I managed to hold on in the straights and put distance into them on the up running to beat them to the line.

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    And how much can I get paid for this state sponsored stalking of miserable trainwankers.

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    Fair enough, I'm not really that up on the technology. I assumed that covering several of the key unique features (chin, lips, nose, etc) would be sufficient to prevent recognition but that's really just a guess.

    Might be time to look into the technology.

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    I have a respirator for work (unpowered but similar to the one pictured by mdcc tester) because I can be working with hazardous and contaminated materials. One thing that we have to do on a regular basis is to under go a face fit test. If it isn't forming a proper seal around the mouth and nose, then it is effectively useless. There isn't a single "pollution mask" for cyclists on the market that would pass a face fit test so for this reason they're fairly pointless right from the off.

    We're also advised to take regular breaks while using them in part so that the can be swabbed out of any build up of sweat and moisture from exhalation. Not going to be a lot of point to a pollution mask if you're having to take it off on a regular basis otherwise you'll just be recycling manky air.

    As mentioned by Jonny69, the masks just take out the big stuff (unless you don't change the filter very frequently) which is only a small part of the problem. So really, what they're doing is making the air smell better. If that makes you feel better about riding in the city then you absolutely should do it, but there isn't really any compelling reason other than that. In terms of exploring options, you're better off exploring different roads and riding those with less traffic on them and joining campaigns to reduce traffic and place tighter controls on vehicle emissions.

    I did use to wear one many years ago and there is one important tangible benefit. When it's properly cold outside, they're a lot more comfortable than a scarf or a buff over your mouth for keeping you warm. I suppose technically they may also offer some defence against Police use of mobile facial recognition as well if that's of concern to you.

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    I may sponsor an award for the greatest distance walked up a hill due to being overgeared.

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    Its good but bumps up the distance quite a bit.
    And if you're taking that route out there's a bunch of other climbs you should be taking in.

    If this ride goes ahead and is a success then it'll be good to have some options saved up for next time.

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    OK, here we go. Slightly shorter, slightly more climbing.

    Takes in Mam Nick, Winnats, Monsal and, just for lols, Sheldon and Curbar. There's a couple of bail out/in options to suit most abilities.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28986209

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