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A new challenger - Miles Smith
« on: March 18, 2015, 07:25:09 am »
Looks like a new contender has thrown their hat in to the ring according to the UMCA

http://www.ultracycling.com/wp_news/?p=553

Miles Smith is an Aussie. Looks like this is going to be an truly international competition not unlike the original challenge.

Exciting times!

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 07:31:07 am »
Excellent. Will be interesting to see how seasonal differences in Aus will affect his schedule. And good to see some nominative determinism at work.

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 07:38:15 am »
Chipper.

Best goodwill to him.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 07:40:27 am »
Looks like another audaxer too :)
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2015, 07:46:17 am »
Whatever distance Steve accumulates by the end of the year, one of his legacies will be that he has kicked off a new era in international long distance cycling. He's made an impact.

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2015, 07:56:05 am »
Oh no !  Poor jo.

:-)
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2015, 08:37:34 am »
Nominative determinism or an early April Fool?

Will there be a woman's record attempt by Kilometre Jane?

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2015, 08:51:02 am »
My googling has uncovered nothing, other than a tweet about him suffering a mechanical on the SM1200, and his name on the rider list

https://audax.org.au/public/index.php/audaxregions/qld/35-all-rides/major-rides/299-sm1200riders

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2015, 08:53:07 am »
Steve has definitely tweeked the nose of the spindly killer fish!
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2015, 09:13:57 am »
My googling has uncovered nothing, other than a tweet about him suffering a mechanical on the SM1200, and his name on the rider list

https://audax.org.au/public/index.php/audaxregions/qld/35-all-rides/major-rides/299-sm1200riders

Well, with a couple of clicks I've uncovered the answer to the most important question: what's his nom de velo?

https://twitter.com/robflyte/status/511472851505799168/photo/1

Miles 'Big-Ring' Smith.

I'm sure we could suggest something better than that.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2015, 09:16:16 am »
Oh no !  Poor jo.

:-)

He should rewrite himself as a shellscript.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2015, 09:49:43 am »
Good luck to the young gentleman  :thumbsup:

And as has already been said, it seems that Steve's legacy may well be that he has revived interest and enthusiasm in the ultimate endurance cycling challenge.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2015, 09:59:39 am »
England vs Australia.

At the end, they’ll burn the bikes and put them in a small urn.

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2015, 10:39:41 am »
The size of his ring had my eyes watering, I can't comprehend the pain that pushing a ring that big must entail. He must have thighs the size of very very big thighs.




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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2015, 10:44:36 am »
Strewth.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2015, 11:05:51 am »
Pictures a bit too low res, but that looks like about 90T  :o
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2015, 11:09:53 am »
Maybe he knows of the efficiency benefits of combining a large chainring with a large sprocket, and the decrease in chain tension for a given moment being generated, which will increase component life...

Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2015, 11:22:19 am »
I wonder how much that ring weighs? To be stiff enough, it must be substantially thicker than normal rings, or made from steel.

Seems a bit mad to me. It's not unusual to get headwinds in Australia in a fenlike manner, for even greater distances.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2015, 11:37:55 am »
The size of his ring had my eyes watering, I can't comprehend the pain that pushing a ring that big must entail. He must have thighs the size of very very big thighs.




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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2015, 11:40:14 am »
His start date, 11 April, is by coincidence, HAM'R Day.   The one where Strave followers are asked to ride as far as they can that day.

Or maybe it's not a coincidence.

Anyway, hope he has fun and pushes Steve and Kurt to even further horizons.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2015, 12:15:16 pm »
Maybe he knows of the efficiency benefits of combining a large chainring with a large sprocket, and the decrease in chain tension for a given moment being generated, which will increase component life...

I can see the attraction of doing this with fixed or s/s but with disraeli gears it seems a tad strange.
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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2015, 12:38:42 pm »
Had another study of the photo. Updated.

The big ring is about 10mm smaller than the crank length, which might make it 160 mm, x 2 = 320, x 3.1415 = 1005, divided by 25.4 = 39.5”, x 0.5 = 79 teeth.

The sprocket looks a 28.

There’s another ring behind, which might be 12 teeth smaller. 67.

So a ‘low’ gear of 55”. Not rediculous if the roads have no hills.

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Re: A new challenger - Miles Smith
« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2015, 12:45:29 pm »
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