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youramericanlover

Member since Nov 2009 • Last active May 2019

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I loved that video, great slow-mo.

    Two separate issues:
    1) is the Hofding doing what it is supposed to? Looks like maybe not.
    2) would have anything saved that dummy facial reconstruction? Quite hard to say.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I'm not a fan of the Hovding but in those two tests I don't think a traditional helmet would protect the rider any better. I'm especially not sure what is to be done about the second test when the dummy uses its teeth and face as a brake. That's full-face helmet territory at minimum.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I'm in for tonight. Are we doing Hills or extending to White Bear and Beyond? I want to plan my snacks.

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    fair

  • in Midweek Evening Rides (TNRC, WNKR)
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    I am now out. Family stuff. Sorry all, enjoy!

  • in Rides & Races
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    Italian racing teams plagued by doping allegations, British teams plagued by doping allegations, Belgian cyclocross riders accused of doping, Russian state sponsored doping with a borderline erect-a-Lenin-style statue for Vinokurov and his dodgey reputation (and doping ban), an American being the most notorious doper of all time. It's almost as if the sport itself has an endemic problem and not countries or teams.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Yeah that was really fun. I need to go explore that area a bit more. Cheers for the leading rob and everyone else for the good chat

  • in General
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    You are of course right in the context of good riding, which is to hold one's line.

    But I guess this question of 'how can I ride safely around unpredictable and aggressive riders?' is all in the theoretical, and doesn't have one answer. Someone clips your front wheel and you think 'I would have liked to get myself out of the way if that douchebag doesn't give people space' or if you create a small bit of space on your right and then get cut up the inside you think 'I should have held my line. What kind of douchebag undertakes?' So I'll walk that back a little and agree: holding one's line is generally the best course of action. But also giving myself a bit of space has saved my front wheel a few times in RP, eg when Billy Big Balls overtakes on the rise to the zoo then fades and drifts in too early. And also as recently as a week ago when I was out in the lanes, I was glad I didn't hold my line then. It's all split second stuff and the best one can do is ride reasonably and hope others behind follow suit.

  • in General
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    Drift a little to the left so you aren't elbow to elbow. Obviously if someone is going a lot faster then yeah nothing to be done, but if I hear someone coming from behind or is overtaking at medium pace then I'm going to give them more than an arms length.

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