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Everything posted by lechatnoir

  1. LA has left an indelible mark on cycling for better or worse... if the awareness of doping and measures to counteract it today can be attributed to LA, then you can argue that his impact has been positive. Those that suffered at the time because of him will see things very differently. But I agree with @mamil - if today's crop if uber-stars are tainted in the future, it will leave a sour taste.
  2. Each time I've put on a new chain, whatever is on there reminds me of a motorcycle chain lube. Super-sticky and just waiting for a blanket to come along to stick to it too
  3. tallest tree that catches the wind... but explain that to Pog and Hirschi and see if they laugh
  4. You mean Swervy 'is that a moto in front, oh merde, it was' McSwerverton? Yeah... more Boswell Wilkie Circus than gold though...
  5. Kudos Supaman!!! well-deserved win. and Meintjies well up there too.
  6. Vuelta stages are for the strong legs. Incredible racing.
  7. Jeepers, this mountain is relentless... and Bernal pokes the Slovenian bear again...
  8. Certainly, they can unsuccessfully try, absolutely
  9. history has shown that on back-to-back monster stages, day #1 strong ou's are the same strong ou's on day #2. it remains to be seen if Rog wants to make more of a statement. I sure hope he does. Then again, I can' see anyone beating him in the TT, so what does he need to do today? Perhaps Jumbo will set Kuss off into the distance?
  10. One of the best finales full-stop I think. The way i see it, is he had everything to lose - previous wonder-finishes have been where the rider had nothing to lose. Here Rog had everything to lose - He could have blown badly, Bernal could have gained minutes and Rog could even have been swallowed up by the Movistar-heavy chasing group, pretty much putting all his hopes on the Sunday TT. But Rog backed himself and pulled off a great win. Even if he'd stayed with Mas et al, he'd still be in rojo today, but no, that wasn't enough for him. A proper dominant performance
  11. and then things like weather and to a degree, traffic, can throw a bicycle-sized spanner in the works My thoughts are that if I'm interested in getting better, then intervals.icu is all I need, though a power meter is essential. i must take the pain, spend the money and in the years to come, the improvements and satisfaction I feel will more than offset the costs I incur today. If I'm just into enjoying riding my bike, then all that's off the table and I must ride for fun
  12. West Coast wonder and heavy going on soggy roads
  13. TdF and Giro are prettier than the Vuelta - the roads and scenery are just nicer with the Vuelta doing lots of miles on wide open roads in brown countryside. But when it comes to the tough stuff and the "balls requirement" is large, then the Vuelta takes the top step with ease. Them Spanish hills are beastly. Look at yesterday's stage - 133km, lumpy a breakaway, the usual not-so-pretty countryside, followed by a character-building last km where it all kicked off and the cream rose to the top. IMO, from a bicycle racing perspective, the Vuelta is more interesting than TdF
  14. always remember, the first few rides result in sore sit bones. Give them time to ease up after each ride before riding again. after a few rides, all will be well once more. also, it's meant to be fun, so enjoy it!!
  15. I'm with Mamil. Rather take the proper route and get new cranks. Whatever savings you have upfront are likely to be horribly offset if, or likely WHEN, the crank fails. I'm not an expert on carbon cranks, but I am an expert on Youtube moments and this is surely one waiting to happen
  16. I had my road and mountain bike on a rack on a muddy road in the Cederberg. Wished I hadn't. Was the end of my Ultegra shifters
  17. I think Rog wanted to keep a little bit of powder in reserve knowing he'd get rojo anyway. Kudos to Magnus for getting the stage Interesting stage awaits today...
  18. then if you explain that vehicles aren't allowed in emergency lane (including bicycles, as I understand it), any motorist is sure to have an aneurism
  19. had similar when commuting along Rhodes Drive from Hout Bay... proper nightmare. reverted to the gravel path opposite
  20. make sure you have google maps in offline mode. probably worth taking a charger too, but that weighs little. can also charge other devices
  21. I know Mamil... He doesn't call a spade an earth-inverting-horticultural implement. He is eloquent though, so Mr Weed-Weed would have been left in no doubt as to how he'd been driving
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