Yes, you can have my sew-ups, but first you'll need to pry my cold, dead fingers from them.
The Frogs like their paves....and pate..
I guess I never thought they did any maintenance on the Pavé.
I heard that there is a society of pave' aficionados who have dedicated themselves to maintaining, patching and uncovering them.
"Waiting for the crash"
Here in Mexico we have our own version of pavé, called empredrado. But instead of artisan-carved blocks, it's just plain old rocks with some gravel in between. Many streets are covered with this. It's the worst.
They should just move the race to Ohio, the last two winters have reduced the tarmac to something that would make riding on pavé seem pleasant.
Well written article, they hit the major points about the legion of volunteers that keeps the cobbles replaced and repaired, as well as the theft problem. (for those that didn't read the article.) Paris-Roubaix is my overall favorite race, not just the classics and monuments best. Those cobbles must be trying and exhausting, and to sprint in the Velodrome for the finish seems beyond expectation. Chapeau to “les forçats du pavé”, and to the riders. (No spoiler for yesterdays event.)
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^ and chapeau for no spoilers!
Looking forward to watching the race next weekend when mrs Al and I are back home. It's my favorite too.
It is a nice article...and the coolest thing? It was in the Wall Street Journal!!! Not a cycling mag or anything!
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Love it. Roubaix also tends to bring out the C&V tech - wider tires (up to 30mm), longer wheelbases, steel bottle cages, even an old Mavic Open Pro got ridden yesterday.
| The bikes and tech of Paris-Roubaix 2015
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I can't believe that guy is working those rocks without wearing gloves. Man, his hands must be rough. No wonder he doesn't have a girlfriend.
Univega, Miyata, Fuji, Kuwahara, Shogun, Ishiwata, Centurion
Many years ago, on a business trip to France, just south of Paris, I brought my Bike Friday. On a Saturday morning I set off through the countryside, point to point through tiny villages, looking for the classic black and white arrow signs to guide my way. At one point I saw a club ride coming in the opposite direction, middle aged gentlemen with rather large bellies and legs of steel, chatting each other up on a warm and sunny late spring day. At one point I seemed to ride through a see of flax, the grass growing right up to the edge of the road, golden, ready to harvest. It was like riding in heaven.
Then, nearing the end of my ride, I noted a small, dotted line on the map the hotel concierge gave me, one that started at the edge of a village and ended up on the road back to the hotel. In tiny letters alongside the line it appeared that the word "pave" was printed in italics. I wandered through the town, up and down a few dead end streets, until I found one that had a small path at the end. Wheeling my bike through the small opening in the stone fence, I could see that this was indeed the famed pave. The map showed it to be only about one kilometer, so off I went.
It was the most bone jarring ride that I'd ever made on a non-mountain bike. Pride made me not stop, but I did worry about flatting, even breaking my frame! When I returned to my hotel, my cyclometer read 120km for the day.
To think of riding not one but nearly 50 kilometers on pave, as part of nearly 300 for the day, at race speed, in cold, pouring rain is mind boggling. If you get a chance to ride in France, seek out a small section of pave. Make sure you have spare tubes, perhaps a tire folded up in your kit. Go for it, you'll have a story to tell.
When I was touring in Portugal in 1978 we purposely went out of our way to ride on a stretch of stone road built by the Romans. Within about 5 seconds we realized it was a big mistake.