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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Apr 2019
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    Watch out for the police - the reflective stuff and multiple lights being illegal under Dutch law!

    Are you not allowed to wear socks???

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    It looks like he's doing a flatter route than the North Cape tarifa race, which makes sense if he's going for a time - should be pretty flat until he gets to the Pyrenees.
    Don't know him but seems a good bloke and does interesting work on stuff like blonde wigs Vs helmets.
    Hope he gets the record!

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    It's a lovely ride but I don't think of it as a very hilly one - didn't realise it used to have AAAs

    Last time I did it, it was the first time I'd used new bike with Di2. Turned out I hadn't charged it properly so had to do the last 280km single speed. Other than the climbs out of Dover and Folkestone, lack of gears wasn't much of a problem and I got round in about the same time as the previous year.

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    There are worse things that a parent can do - booze, drugs, crime, etc. But I probably agree that spending loads of time on your hobby , whether ultraracing or anything else, isn't a great basis for family life.

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    Veggie stew at the control kept me going

    That stew was excellent!

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    Yes, I usually do.

    Last year I had tubeless front and and tubed rear (spare wheel, CBA to fit new tubeless tyre). Then two weekends in succession I had a puncture in the rear (tubed) wheel. Half the people who passed me when I was fixing shouted out 'I thought you used tubeless'

    I set it up originally for PBP in 2015. It's generally been good with one failure (on TCR). As comment above, normally you can do the work in the warm at home rather than on the road. On balance it's better but not perfect.

    Main reason I switched originally is that it allowed me to run much nicer tyres in the winter than I would dare with tubes. With tubes I used to use heavy, puncture resistant tyres but have mainly used Schwalbe Ones with tubeless and they are lovely to ride on.

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    There was a guy speaking at the party start of IndyPac who had ridden with Oppy. Can't remember his name, but he's a bit of an Aussie long distance legend and has ridden across the Nullarbor about 5 times.
    He told about Oppy saying that. At the time I thought it was a bit trite but, after 8-9 days, rolling out of Port Augusta on a flat road into a gale, in the middle of the night, I just found myself starting to freewheel whenever I didn't consciously make myself pedal. I then thought back to it and realised it was one of the most profound things I've ever heard, just I had needed to ride for a week to get to the state where I could appreciate the wisdom!

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    Oppy

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    Apparently Ian To is going to give it another go this year. What was that thing about the definition of insanity...?

    Also Christine Mackenzie going for women's record in August

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