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The Knowledge / Re: frame cable protectors
« Last post by Torslanda on Today at 01:56:37 pm »
Available in colours
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The Knowledge / Re: frame cable protectors
« Last post by Paul H on Today at 01:56:07 pm »
I have some cable covers similar to those Kim links to, there's versions on ebay for less than a quid each.  I've found they slow down the paint wear rather than stop it, I don't use them where there's a lot of rub like on the headtube, they're fine where there's less movement.  What they are good for if you have a long cable run is removing the clatter.
I'm experimenting with tapes after asking a similar question elsewhere, though my intention is to cover much of a frame to avoid general chips and scrapes.  It seems not all helicopter tape is the same, especially if you buy from ebay where it seems to have become a general term.  The tape 3M recommend for bikes is HS 8671, it's on a backing so easier to cut to shape and can be applied wet to make positioning easier.  I have a sample to play with, there's a knack to getting it perfect that I haven't mastered yet!
Another 3M product one I've been advised to look at for a matt finish is Ventureshield.
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Racing / Re: Tour de France 2018
« Last post by Exit Stage Left on Today at 01:53:24 pm »
The Tour de France and Audax share a common root in Henri Desgrange. He's the bloke whose ideal Tour would have only one finisher, and introduced 'Touristes Routiers' into the race to spice it up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Desgrange

The Tour was run with Brevet cards, the cut-off times were fixed, and if you didn't make a controle in time, you were out. The components were essentially the same as a randonee.

Some people judge Audax as a race, I judge the Tour as an Audax. This Tour is like the Pendle 600, as opposed to the Two/Three Coasts 600s. The Pendle assumes a high attrition rate, The Coasts are more inclusive.

I don't want everyone to finish the Tour, it has to be demanding. In the past, with 9 man teams, you could afford to lose a prologue specialist, or a sprinter. The specific circumstances of this Tour are tending to lose too many riders.
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The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by Beardy on Today at 01:50:56 pm »
Radio Gaga - Queen
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The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by madcow on Today at 01:48:29 pm »
Radio,Radio-Elvis Costello
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The Pub / Re: what I have learned today.
« Last post by Jakob W on Today at 01:43:10 pm »
Racists throughout the ages have considered it a race - e.g. converting to Christianity wouldn't save you from a pogrom or from the SS - but then race is a deeply dubious concept anyhow.
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Racing / Re: Tour de France 2018
« Last post by sg37409 on Today at 01:38:39 pm »
I tend to read the tour as if it's an Audax ....

I love the opening lines to your posts, ESL
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Audax / Re: Random audax questions
« Last post by frillipippi on Today at 01:36:48 pm »
Does anyone know where I can find the official route of LEL from last year? I'm looking to ride to Edinburgh next week from London and want to follow it.
I'm not sure they're the official ones, but you can find them on ridewithgps.com using the names of the controls as keywords (e.g. "Loughton StIves").
If you're definitely looking for the official ones, PM me and I'll attach them to you
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Health & Fitness / Re: Cross training: Kayaking
« Last post by mrcharly-YHT on Today at 01:32:39 pm »
Yes, in Cambridge. Friendly club.

TPMB12, the paddles are like aerofoils, I'm still getting used to them. Very very different to the asymmetric paddles I used in the past. Harder on the hands (very rigid shafts with no give), easier to paddle with in some ways but difficult to use truly efficiently.
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Racing / Re: Tour de France 2018
« Last post by quixoticgeek on Today at 01:31:03 pm »
It's now Powerbar branded.



That's not an overabundance of bottles to hand out. Assuming the bike is symmetrical, it's only 8-10 bottles. I'm guessing there is more in the big box on top, but he'd have to stop to access.

Or is this like the neutral service bikes and he goes from stage to stage often without actually being used. ?

J
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