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05-23-18, 01:20 PM
Replies: 51
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Posted By Flaneur

I had a close encounter with a Momma bear and her...

I had a close encounter with a Momma bear and her three cubs, about fifteen years ago. I was riding pretty quickly, down a trail in the Klamath range (NorCal). Swung round a bend....and there she...
05-23-18, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,028
Posted By Flaneur

It might just be my age.....but road bikes ceased...

It might just be my age.....but road bikes ceased to be awesome, a couple of years after this.......

Fantastic example of a great bike.
09-09-16, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,395
Posted By Flaneur

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/09/brad...

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/09/bradley-wiggins-lizzie-armitstead-no-excuse


Excuse me for preferring this guy's take to yours.......


I've been hearing this BS from riders for...
09-07-16, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,395
Posted By Flaneur

Communication breakdowns are a bit lame, in the...

Communication breakdowns are a bit lame, in the modern era. Queuing outside a phone box and sending a handwritten postcard, are things of the past. I'm fairly sure Lizzie has a smartphone and knows...
07-24-16, 02:13 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 29,590
Posted By Flaneur

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/23/team...

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/23/team-sky-tour-de-france-dominance-chris-froome


Detail. 'Marginal gains'.
07-11-16, 01:59 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 29,590
Posted By Flaneur

As usual, Sky are prepared to take responsibility...

As usual, Sky are prepared to take responsibility and control the race- even when they don't have the jersey. They have one, undisputed leader, which is usually an advantage. It also helps that...
12-27-15, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,422
Posted By Flaneur

'Merckx: half man, half bike'.... by William...

'Merckx: half man, half bike'.... by William Fotheringham.
07-27-13, 12:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,321
Posted By Flaneur

Bike shop 3 minutes away is the best way to go:-)...

Bike shop 3 minutes away is the best way to go:-) Buy the best steel frame you can afford, that fits. Everything else is disposable.
07-21-13, 03:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 579
Posted By Flaneur

Bravo Maillot Jaune, 2013!

I've waited long enough for someone to post something positive about this fantastic edition of the Tour and it's worthy winner............. and we've had plenty of negative threads to wade through.
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07-21-13, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 975
Posted By Flaneur

The key words are 'last year' and...

The key words are 'last year' and 'Vuelta'.........
07-21-13, 02:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,470
Posted By Flaneur

All the winners you mention had strong teams...

All the winners you mention had strong teams dedicated to their service (Greg Lemond, notwithstanding........). By the end of the 80s, guys like Fignon and Mottet were struggling for quality depth...
07-21-13, 02:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,168
Posted By Flaneur

The Tour consistently drew a better field than...

The Tour consistently drew a better field than the Giro, in the post Merckx era...... and significantly better than the Vuelta.

The worldwide fanfare began with Lemond bringing 300 million...
07-21-13, 02:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By Flaneur

A thought for Lieuwe Westra

Having to abandon the Tour, with 39 kilometres to go, is a bitter pill to swallow.
07-21-13, 02:26 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 29,121
Posted By Flaneur

Froome deserves better than a coda to the 17...

Froome deserves better than a coda to the 17 pages of bitterness, ignorance and paranoia in this thread, though, doesn't he?
07-21-13, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,470
Posted By Flaneur

Riders like Hinault and Anquetil don't come along...

Riders like Hinault and Anquetil don't come along every day............ or every generation.
07-21-13, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 953
Posted By Flaneur

Well, it looks like Froome was the strongest and...

Well, it looks like Froome was the strongest and his team was the smartest- husbanding their diminished resources and shepherding the Yellow Jersey to Paris.

If the numerically stronger teams had...
07-14-13, 10:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,827
Posted By Flaneur

Are we talking about the same Carlton Kirby who...

Are we talking about the same Carlton Kirby who described a rider's drug ban as 'sitting on the naughty step'?

Kelly and Sherwen are worth hearing. Everything else is just waffle.
08-25-12, 09:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By Flaneur

The openness of the racing is probably caused by...

The openness of the racing is probably caused by uncertainty about Contador's fitness, race stamina and the upper limits of his explosivity and power, if he is riding clean. Can he still time trial...
08-06-12, 03:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,085
Posted By Flaneur

With humility.

With humility.
08-03-12, 04:55 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,245
Posted By Flaneur

Well it's a good list- but most of that stuff...

Well it's a good list- but most of that stuff isn't luck, is it?

1 The route always suits some riders more than others. Virtually all modern winners are good Time Triallists.
2 If you are a...
08-01-12, 06:46 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,245
Posted By Flaneur

I missed the memo about Cancellara, by the...

I missed the memo about Cancellara, by the way............

If he hadn't fallen off in the Road Race, I'm assuming he would have been up there with Wiggins. Does that make them both dopers, or...
08-01-12, 05:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,930
Posted By Flaneur

The riders make the race, not the course. Some...

The riders make the race, not the course. Some of this year's contenders didn't have the legs and some didn't have the tactical acumen to ruffle Sky's feathers.

Sorry if that upsets some of you...
08-01-12, 05:20 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,245
Posted By Flaneur

Wiggins has won every TT he has ridden this year...

Wiggins has won every TT he has ridden this year (prologues don't count), so yes, he was lucky.........
07-29-12, 06:00 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,694
Posted By Flaneur

Spare tube, Mafac toolkit- with a screwdriver and...

Spare tube, Mafac toolkit- with a screwdriver and a couple of Allen keys and a chain tool added. Fits in a pocket easily.
07-29-12, 04:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 914
Posted By Flaneur

Well the teams that were most active- The US, GB...

Well the teams that were most active- The US, GB and the Netherlands- were represented in the break, which is a reward for organisation, effort and commitment. The Italians were a bit unlucky with...
07-28-12, 05:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,109
Posted By Flaneur

Your analysis of the race is quite plausible- but...

Your analysis of the race is quite plausible- but not of it's relative importance. Being the most successful ever sprinter at the Tour (winningest?) is a massive achievement, which no professional...
07-26-12, 01:22 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,707
Posted By Flaneur

We wait to see what kind of rider Contador is,...

We wait to see what kind of rider Contador is, without dope; he will certainly be past his 'best'......:-)
Schleck has had years to improve against the clock. He seems incapable of doing so, or...
07-25-12, 06:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,167
Posted By Flaneur

Too soon to say, isn't it? Sagan has a ton of...

Too soon to say, isn't it? Sagan has a ton of talent and a killer instinct- but is not going to mature into both a prolific stage racer and classic winner. If he did, we'd be talking Bernard...
07-25-12, 06:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,084
Posted By Flaneur

I think this is the greatest ever single sporting...

I think this is the greatest ever single sporting achievement by a British person. I wonder if the tabloids would agree with me, were the Sky team not part of the Murdoch image rehabilitation...
07-25-12, 06:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,162
Posted By Flaneur

Look no further than a Spanish winner. Froome...

Look no further than a Spanish winner. Froome will have trouble maintaining condition, after such a strenuous TDF. Contador has no racing miles in his legs and without the benefit of cheating, may...
07-25-12, 06:06 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,707
Posted By Flaneur

The very idea of this thread is pure comedy. ...

The very idea of this thread is pure comedy.

The sheer range of criticisms levelled at Wiggins on the forum has been more revealing about posters than it ever has about the rider.

Wiggins is...
07-21-12, 02:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,732
Posted By Flaneur

Bernard just threatened to punch me, for bringing...

Bernard just threatened to punch me, for bringing his name into this.........

now, you were saying- 'Implied honour'?
07-21-12, 02:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,429
Posted By Flaneur

262688I disagree................

262688I disagree................
07-21-12, 09:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,732
Posted By Flaneur

Are you saying Wiggins hasn't behaved honourably?...

Are you saying Wiggins hasn't behaved honourably? Please elucidate.
07-21-12, 09:29 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,732
Posted By Flaneur

Sorry to offend you- it's just some slang I...

Sorry to offend you- it's just some slang I picked up, hanging around with Bernard Hinault............
07-21-12, 09:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,732
Posted By Flaneur

You're welcome:-)

You're welcome:-)
07-21-12, 09:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,732
Posted By Flaneur

This It's the responsibility of the other...

This

It's the responsibility of the other teams to make the race entertaining for the public-i.e., competitive.

See Anquetil, J and Indurain, M.
07-20-12, 04:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,732
Posted By Flaneur

To borrow a saying from NEW England............ ...

To borrow a saying from NEW England............ and it's the refrain of disrespected or unregarded winners of all kinds-

'How do you like them apples?'
07-20-12, 04:22 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,440
Posted By Flaneur

I think you've pretty much made your point -...

I think you've pretty much made your point - again- that you don't like Wiggins. That's your prerogative. If you don't think his turn on the front of the bunch changed the outcome of the race, I...
07-20-12, 03:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,440
Posted By Flaneur

Killer sprint... and another one for the...

Killer sprint... and another one for the uninformed observers that attribute Cavendish's successes to his leadout train.............
07-15-12, 12:09 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,751
Posted By Flaneur

If Froome has the mental strength of a Leader, he...

If Froome has the mental strength of a Leader, he hasn't shown it yet, if today's L'Equipe interview is to be taken anywhere near face value.......
07-15-12, 11:51 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,194
Posted By Flaneur

65" in summer, 60" in winter- fixed road bike,...

65" in summer, 60" in winter- fixed road bike, 700c wheels.
07-15-12, 11:26 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 20,382
Posted By Flaneur

+1 for a 1A.......... nothing quite so ugly...

+1 for a 1A..........

nothing quite so ugly as a modern, slightly upturned Aheadstem...............
07-15-12, 11:19 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,206
Posted By Flaneur

Before a morning ride, i always have a bowl of...

Before a morning ride, i always have a bowl of muesli with milk- it gives me lots of slow release energy. I would usually have a couple of cereal bars and a banana in my pocket. I only drink water,...
07-15-12, 09:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,017
Posted By Flaneur

Some good old traditional skullduggery today-...

Some good old traditional skullduggery today- just not by the riders:-)

In the pre-earpiece era, a Patron like Hinault would have chased Rolland down personally and made him the offer he couldn't...
09-27-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,483
Posted By Flaneur

Not at all accurate, at the moment. The Aussies...

Not at all accurate, at the moment. The Aussies are still pretty dominant in the restricted world of Rugby league, however:-)
09-27-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,483
Posted By Flaneur

Tremendous effort by the British team,...

Tremendous effort by the British team, controlling so many bigger teams for so long and delivering Cavendish to the finale in good shape. It's a great achievement to win the worlds, as a lone wolf...
07-26-11, 08:10 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,849
Posted By Flaneur

Unlikely- unless he learns the lessons of 2011. ...

Unlikely- unless he learns the lessons of 2011. Time trialling can be improved - but if he was ever going to be a truly explosive climber, this would already be apparent.
07-26-11, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By Flaneur

I've had suede finished saddles in the past,...

I've had suede finished saddles in the past, where the finish wore smooth, over time. Perhaps this will solve your problem?

Slippery shorts would help, maybe? Do you like lycra?

You might...
07-26-11, 07:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,691
Posted By Flaneur

oh yeah........... the other advantage of...

oh yeah...........

the other advantage of bottles is that I can put water in one and something else in another.
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