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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Sep 2017

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    My only one-to-one interaction with BDW was when he was organising these. I was interested in one but was a bit short of cash at the time so he PM'd me out of the blue and offered to loan me the money out of his own pocket... he'd never met me and didn't know me from Adam. Obviously a very generous guy.

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    Not a foolish idea... I've got 2 pairs of velotoze in various states of disrepair so will have a try before my final TT of the year.

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    [...waits for thread to be moved into private forum :-) ]

  • in Rides & Races
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    Fuller interview here: https://cyclingtips.com/2017/09/cycling-­australia-left-womens-road-worlds-spots-­unfilled/

    He repeatedly says it's not about the budget (in this case), he wants people to value the jersey more and thinks that taking people to make up the numbers doesn't fit with that mindset. He also cites several teams winning worlds with a small team as evidence that you don't to take a full quota, but seems to miss the thought that perhaps Sagan won in spite of his small team rather than because of it.

    All seems weird to me.

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    Come back to me when you just walk into the kitchen and serve your own food.

    Different circumstances but my mum did that once when we were kids. We were in a hotel and she ordered an omelette for breakfast. Everyone else's food came out pretty quickly but an hour and multiple requests later and still no omelette so she just walked into the kitchen and made herself one.

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    That's exactly the drivetrain setup I would want if we had a tandem :-)

  • in General
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    Zappis (Oxford). Turns out the club doesn't exist anymore and the FB page has been replaced with a "Friends of Zappi Racing Team" (their junior/u23 development team) page with 1500 members so it's unlikely a message would get to the guy anyway...

    Hopefully our brief chat will be enough for him to double check the law... I think his bike was drilled for a rear brake anyway so it would be a pretty easy addition.

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    Just chatted to a guy on my commute who was dressed up in the kit of a local club. He was riding ss with only one brake and when I politely tried to tell him it was illegal ("hey, I'm not trying to tell you what to do but do you know that ss with only one brake is illegal?") he was insistent that "the highway code says you only need one braking system". I mentioned to him to look up the Charlie Alliston case he said he had and that you only needed one brake... It was all perfectly civil apart from his insistence and a slight "are you sayin' I'm wrong" tone to his voice and then he peeled off at a junction.

    I used to ride with his club occasionally when I lived nearer, and I'm a member of their Fb page. Should I post a comment to their Fb page politely liking the relevant section of the highway code "to the guy on the silver singlespeed" or is that a busy-body step too far?

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    I thought there was some chat a few pages back about nutrition for a 100 but I can't find it now.

    What do people recommend/expect to use themselves?

    I was thinking 1.5l of energy drink in a bladder down my skin suit, and as many as 8 gels (in IM racing I used to aim at a gel every 30mins)?

    Anything I do needs to be sorted out this afternoon as I'm just back from hols and I start at 0817 tomorrow.

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