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Death_at_Altitude

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Aug 2022
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  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    There are plenty of Chinese 3t Scatto-alikes on the market at places like AliExpress. Same dims - 89mm reach, 148mm drop (for 36cm only, mind - narrower and that drop goes to 120mm). I got a second hand set for £50. Decent bars and really stiff.

    Other than that, you're looking at Alpinas. They pop up regularly on the Facebook track classifieds group around the £100 mark.

    If you don't mind a shim, I've got a set of 36cm Nitto B125s you can have (150mm drop)? Shim's superglued on and other than that they're only used once.

  • in General
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    Ex-cycling photographer here! Accreditation isn't really necessary unless he wants finish line/celebration shots tbh, and those are hardly portfolio material. He'll also be able to drive on the route in advance anyway because it's a rolling road closure for ToB rather than a full closure. Unlikely he'd get accreditation without shooting for a specific outlet, but a quick google gives you this:https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/about/pr­ess/

  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    I can understand it making people nervous, but I'm not sure they really understand why that case was successful. It was caused by the tyres, no doubt, but if the current guidance (no dual compound, vinegar/isopropyl alcohol etc) was adhered to, that poor guy would still be alive and no-one would have gotten sued.

    Case hinged on the publishing date of that current guidance. It was published after the accident and the velodrome's defence was "there was no guidance, so we couldn't have been negligent in its absence." Reason the case was successful was they managed to dig up an article on the BC site, published before the accident, which proved proved they already knew the tyres to be dangerous, with or without the guidance. Guessing that's why it took 7 years tbh!

    Do understand the need for caution (very scary, very dangerous) but in regards to that specific case, that window for litigation has been closed for years, so long as people enforce their own regs.

  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    Would be quite the overreaction if it was, but stranger things have happened at sea... current regs were put in place after that crash (though I'm not sure if that was a direct consequence or just a coincidence).

    That was specifically about dual compound tyres, which the current regs have already addressed? Maybe a Lee Valley risk assessment done by someone who didn't actually know about the case, or track cycling in general?

    No mention of it in the current LVVP or Manchester guidance though. Interestingly, Manchester Velodrome says the OP's choice of Rubino pros is one of the recommended ones: http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/tra­ck/information/track-bike-specification/­

  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    Doesn't need to be defined by the manufacturer as a track tyre to be useable, just not dual compound and vinegared a few times before first usage. (They do say no coloured tread as well, but try telling that to the Dutch national squad... 😂) Are they starting to say that at LVVP? May be simpler to message it that way, I suppose...? Never used to is all.

    I've used Podium TT, Sprinter and Competition tubs and various incarnations of Vittoria Corsas/Chronos on LVVP with no issue whatsoever since they opened it up to the public in, what was it, 2015?

  • in General
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    Oh my days, I had no idea this was a thread... My absolute favourite topic! (I've had more than my fair share over the years...) Had two really, really big crashes and a couple of smaller ones at HHV. My scar collection is really quite something. Here's what I've learned from nurses over the years.

    In my experience, hydrocolloid dressings are crap on larger/deeper patches. The goo has nowhere to go and you end up having to replace the dressing every 2 days, which, at damn near a fiver a pop is a bit rich. Also, had a big bit on my hip, and took 3 weeks to heal with those on. That was expensive as I was a starving artist at the time.

    You need to treat them like a burn, so you need a mesh contact layer, then a low adhesive asborbent pad on top which you can replace as it gets gunked up, while keeping the same contact layer in place. The mesh works wonders as it pretty much turns the scabs from one big one into hundreds of tiny ones, which all heal individually.

    This is the good shit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mepitel-ME29050­0-Silicone-Contact-Technology/dp/B075RCR­DDB

    This is the more affordable shit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Atrauman-Tulle-­7-5-10cm-Dressing/dp/B07ZQHWZPV

    Then tape some of these on top with surgical tape: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Value-Aid-Adher­ent-Dressing-Pads/dp/B07K7M256G

    And finally, if it's to a leg or arm, get a tubular bandage over the top of it. You can buy individual ones at most pharmacies, but they'll get icky and you'll have to replace them often, so best to buy a roll of the stuff.

    Finally, you can buy all of this stuff, or (pre-covid, at least) you can book a nurse's appointment at your GP and they'll give it all to you for free.

    Dressings were off from the attached picture in 10 days (snapped a chain at 50kph in a team pursuit, and used my leg as a brake. Welt on the top of my foot is from where the track ripped my shoe off!)

  • in Components and clothing
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    Yep - still available! Drop me a DM 👍

  • in Components and clothing
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    Full spec here: https://www.pro-bikegear.com/uk/road/han­dlebars/vibe-aero-alloy-pursuit-handleba­r

    38cm wide at the hoods, 42cm at the drops. 12 degree flare, 130mm drop.

    Condition is almost as new, only sign of wear is some text worn off at the clamping area. Used only a handful of time, but sadly didn't suit my track position.

    £60 (sorry, no offers!) Happy to post for an extra £5, pick up in person from Walthamstow, or can meet at HHV or somewhere between.

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