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Emilia

Member since Jul 2008 • Last active Dec 2012

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  • in Complete bikes and frame & forks
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    Beautiful Salsa Casseroll road bike. 53cm (though Salsa claim it's 49cm, weirdly). Shimano 105 groupset. Triple (30-50/12-25). Cane Creek S-3 headset.

    Wonderful ride, suitable for commuting, club rides, randonnees and touring (though perhaps not up to a RTW trip involving the Himalayas, which is why I'm reluctantly selling it). Also suitable for fixed/SS conversion, if that's your bag.

    One careful lady owner. Yes, I've couriered on it, but not to excess. It's mostly been sitting in the living room being admired. It's had several full services from Brixton Cycles (where I bought it; full documentation available), and has only done about 200 (non-courier) miles since it was last in the shop.

    It's had two new wheels fairly recently - with a Rigida Grizzy rim on the front and a DT Swiss TK 7.1d on the back (Shimano Tiagra hubs), and is generally in very good nick.

    I spent £1,500 on it just over a year ago, so I'd like to get at least £1,000 for it. I can probably throw in saddle, pedals, rack, and other odds and ends I have lying around too, if you fancy.

    It's a gorgeous bike. I'll be sad to see it go.

    More photos here.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Oh wait - have I missed the point entirely? Ahem.

  • in Rides & Races
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    i have to be in Warwick for 10:30 on 17th so I am out and my place on the coach is available. not sure what the procedure is?

    Shotgun! How much?

  • in LFGSS Ladies
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    Awesome. I'll be there.

  • in LFGSS Ladies
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    Idiot question (have not UTFS): if I just turn up on the spur of the moment this afternoon, will it all be pointless if I haven't done an induction beforehand? How newbie-friendly is this?

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  • in General
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    Chap on Vauxhall Bridge Road --> South Lambeth Road this evening, at 6ish. White Condor, silvery Sidis, and really really nice green baselayer. We leapfrogged a bit, I was working up to asking you where you bought it next time you overtook me, but you must have turned off.

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    Back briefly to comment on this, even though gender-related threads bring me out in hives.

    Yes, I think there should be a women's sub-forum. Because it's nice to be in a majority for once (men often find this difficult to understand - I guess the best analogy would be to point out that in the real world, cyclists are usually a minority). It'd be nice to join in with conversations without everyone either assuming you're a man, or knowing you're a woman and making other assumptions based on that. And without any contribution you make being read as a woman's opinion, rather than just a person's opinion. Although it shouldn't be the case, in some single-sex environments, gender ceases to be so much of an issue. (This is a regular argument for segregated schools, where apparently girls do much better at traditionally 'male' subjects, etc.)

    And I'd like there to be more women's events - simply because I spend my working life surrounded by men, and although I enjoy it 90% of the time, a change is as good as a rest. Again, it would be reassuring and refreshing to turn up for a ride knowing you wouldn't be part of a very conspicuous minority.

    It's not all about nice easily-paced rides and asking stupid questions. I'm not slow or stupid. I'd like to meet more girls I can race up hills and talk bike-geek with. At the same time, it would potentially be a much better environment for newbies. Four years ago I barely knew one end of a bike from another, and if it weren't for some very inspiring and supportive women, I'd probably still be commuting on a £99 hybrid from the Argos catalogue.

    And yes, it would be nice to have somewhere to discuss period pains, and the whole shaving/waxing/depilating issue, without people going 'eeeeewwwww!', or making stupid jokes.

    And yes, to be very clear about this, I left this forum because of the sexism. (Though I've got a lot out of it in the past, including lots of very good friends, and I'm grateful for that.)

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