Cycling

chava

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My dad cycled semi-pro and worked at a bike shop for a decade when he was younger. Last summer we restored an old frame I had found and turned in into a sexy retro looking thing. It was a nice time, sitting there taking apart all those small parts and cleaning them and seeing it come together.

I fucked up my ancles so I can't run but I like exercise. I borrowed his racing bike the other day and felt really dumb with all that lycra gear. But fuck me they go fast those ones. Weigh nothing at all.
Weight doesn't mean a thing when its flat. You can basically still win Paris-Roubaix on a steel frame bike. Not that along go they stopped using them.
 

jenks

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Weight doesn't mean a thing when its flat. You can basically still win Paris-Roubaix on a steel frame bike. Not that along go they stopped using them.
Roubaix has seen lots of innovations to counteract the pave - most high end carbon bikes now have dampners with degrees of adjustment to cope. I wouldnt imagine anyone has raced a steel bike there for a very long time.
Indurain won the TdF in 95 on a steel Pinarello - i think that was pretty much the end, i know they had a flirtation with high end aluminium - especially for climbing but carbon has been king for the 21st C. a few years ago a domestic team - Madison - rode 953 steel bikes in Prems but it was an experiment which failed pretty spectacularly.
I ride both steel and carbon and i know which one i'd want to use to go fast on. The stiffness along with modern design of forks/BB/seat posts mean steel may well be real carbon is quicker. However, nothing beats the beauty of a decent steel bike.
 

chava

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Roubaix has seen lots of innovations to counteract the pave - most high end carbon bikes now have dampners with degrees of adjustment to cope. I wouldnt imagine anyone has raced a steel bike there for a very long time.
Indurain won the TdF in 95 on a steel Pinarello - i think that was pretty much the end, i know they had a flirtation with high end aluminium - especially for climbing but carbon has been king for the 21st C. a few years ago a domestic team - Madison - rode 953 steel bikes in Prems but it was an experiment which failed pretty spectacularly.
I ride both steel and carbon and i know which one i'd want to use to go fast on. The stiffness along with modern design of forks/BB/seat posts mean steel may well be real carbon is quicker. However, nothing beats the beauty of a decent steel bike.
Yeah, I exaggerated a bit there. The carbon obsession among amateur cyclists is just a bit silly in my view. A 10g reduction does not make such big a difference on the weekend circuit.
 

luka

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i think i was saying on the wheelies thread cycling videos are a nice way to travel round a foreign city
 

HMGovt

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i think i was saying on the wheelies thread cycling videos are a nice way to travel round a foreign city
I went on a stag weekend in Berlin some years back and The Lads had arranged to go on the bike bar. Some tragic pedal powered pub. I wasn't up for that and fucked it off. Hired a bike instead and spent the entire day cycling around the whole city. It was very eventful. Saw a genuine car chase, cycled into a huge beer street festival on Karl Marx strasse and then into a huge occupy/cannabis march to the Reichstag. It left me sober and energised for an all nighter at tresor later.

I always hire bikes in cities - vienna, Groningen, San Sebastian, Tokyo, New York, Amsterdam. No better way to get a feel for a city. Berlin was up there with the best though, it's a very open plan place, plenty of parks and not too much traffic.
 
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