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    Adonis in Spandex (an observation)

    This morning at the Stop-N-Rob as I sat sipping coffee a group of bicyclists stopped. They were resplendent in Warp Five helmets and Spandex. I asked Adonis, the natural leader of the pack, if he had used airfree tires of polyurethane foam that have no air tube. He turned, somewhat surprised that I had dared to address him, saw that I am only an old peasant in denim, and deigned to reply. Noblesse oblige, you know. He, from the massif of the great knowledge with which he was born, declaimed with absolute certitude, " You don't want those. They are heavy. You want an air tube. They ride better." I told him that I have used them for eight months and find them satisfactory. He shook his lordly head in annoyance, and dismissed me by turning to address one of his splendid friends.

    I am properly chastened.

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    Ahh, Vlad...........

    We all know that you are just a crank.............

    please, give it a rest.

    We don't want no stinkin' airless tyres!!!!!!!!!!

    :irritated
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    Well, if good 'ole tubes are good enough for Lance, they're good enough for me.
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    This should be in shameless promotions
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    I, too, wish the airless tyres thing could be given an extended rest.
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    If you already use airless tubes and like them, why are you going up to complete strangers and goading them into arguments?

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    What about tubeless, anyone ride on those?
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    Airless tyres probably make sense for kids' mountain bikes, beater/commuter bikes, or casual cyclists' cruiser/hybrid/comfort bikes. I am sure they have improved considerably over the past 30 years, but they are not ready for prime time on serious riders' machines, although I certainly wish they were!
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    Originally posted by vlad
    This morning at the Stop-N-Rob as I sat sipping coffee a group of bicyclists stopped. They were resplendent in Warp Five helmets and Spandex. I asked Adonis, the natural leader of the pack, if he had used airfree tires of polyurethane foam that have no air tube.
    Vlad,

    You really should go easy on the young folk.

    You might have well have asked virgins which condoms they preferred.
    No worries

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    Your supercilious post will not spur any vitriolic response from me; even though asinine it may seem, your post reveals much about where you store your hot air.

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    Vlad, I think you get the idea that you're the only one that's interested in airless tyres.

    If we're missing out on the best thing since sliced bread then that's our problem.

    I am so glad you've found something that works well for you and I thank you for letting us know about it. But in reality, most of us have no desire to use airless tyres and repeatedly trying to sell the idea to us will do more harm than good.

    We know where you stand on the subject. You know where most of us stand. Let's agree to disagree and just discuss all the good things about cycling.

    It's great having you as part of the forums and I'm sure most of us enjoy your posts when they're not about tyres.

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    Originally posted by MediaCreations

    It's great having you as part of the forums and I'm sure most of us enjoy your posts when they're not about tyres.
    You could almost say we're getting tyred of hearing about it!

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    Huh...
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    Originally posted by Richard Cranium
    Your supercilious post will not spur any vitriolic response from me; even though asinine it may seem, your post reveals much about where you store your hot air.

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    I had an airless tire this morning, had a sticker in it. Karl
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    Originally posted by RacerX

    As funny as this picture is, it kind of makes me feel a bit sad for that little girl, unless it's not really a school picture. Poor kid .

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    Actually, I am quite interested in airless tires...

    Please Vlad, do continue...

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    Originally posted by Rich
    Actually, I am quite interested in airless tires...

    Please Vlad, do continue...

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    " Actually, I am quite interested in airless tires... Please Vlad, do continue..." (he said, deadpan whilst all the others rolled their eyes and tore their hair and moaned, "Oh GAWD.... NOT AGAIN." ).

    that was almost funny.

    humor in spandex???????

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    It's the fight in the man Rich's Avatar
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    Vlad,

    You're ok in my book mate!

    Rich
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    I`m trying to work out what a Warp Five helmet is

    Did they use those to cycle in the Enterprise

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    Originally posted by Rich
    Vlad,

    You're ok in my book mate!

    Rich
    He's OK in my book too. (It's those darn tyres I have trouble with.)

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    Who cares about airless tyres!

    I gave up using tyres years ago. I just ride on the rims, flats are no longer a problem. The rims do make a bit of noise, but they aren't too bad as long I avoid corners. Braking can also be a problem, so can sprinting. It all looks very cool at night when I hit the brakes and sparks start flying everywhere.

    Actually, when I saw the thread heading I thought you were referring to me.

    It must be Friday.

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