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Old 12-23-06, 10:58 PM   #1
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The smell of burning rubber, timber and flesh

Brilliant spill in the scratch race as a rider dipped down onto the duckboard coming out of the bank, skidded sideways, bringing the rider alongside of him on top of him.

I was the wheel behind watching the wheels and limbs fly in slow motion (which is actually 50kph)

Next lap I caught a wonderful blend of timber, rubber and skin in the air.

No reason to stop the race, chased hard, pulled in a 'turd' place.



I *love* the track
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we have a concrete track.
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Track riding? What do you think this is... the 'Track Cycling' subforum?

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Old 12-26-06, 05:38 PM   #4
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double ouch.

Do you have the 'roll the tyre = 3 months suspension' rule in North America also?
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Old 12-26-06, 06:29 PM   #5
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yo mrwhite - never heard that rule, nor seen it enacted at the locate Chicago velo (seen 3 tire rolls, too)

anything interesting come through the post for you?
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Old 12-26-06, 06:43 PM   #6
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double ouch.

Do you have the 'roll the tyre = 3 months suspension' rule in North America also?
what does that mean?
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Old 12-26-06, 06:45 PM   #7
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what does that mean?
when a tubular tire is improperly glued, it can roll off the rim in a turn. this can lead to the carnage mrwhite described in the OP.

AW: got any pics? my schadenfruede (sp?) is curious...
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If a tubular tire/tyre rolls off the rim during a race, there is an automatic 3 month suspension enforced to the offending rider.

this is probably documented online somewhere

The old heads told me about this when I had some suspect singles on a set of wheels. 'Make sure they dont come off or you'll get a 3 month holiday' was the call.

At the recent Melbourne Cup on Wheels, a riders front wheel came out (insufficiently tightened!!!) and caused a major crash.

He was fined $500 + 3 months.

Jitensha: Sorry no pics. I was riding

165: Still waiting
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I am sure you will be amusedly pleased!

oh - and Harpy Hollerdays, you criminal
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Oh man, get some brakes!
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