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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:51 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

28s!!  That's practically a car tyre!

Seriously, I've only just progressed from 20s to 23s.  That's about as heavy ... I mean wide ... as I want to go!!  I have good friends who swear by a 22 on the front and a 23/24 on the back.

Oh ... and thanks for the ringing endorsement SR! I consider myself merely mildly eccentric.  Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
I consider myself merely mildly eccentric.  Wink


Oh dear... Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a serious undertaking Bartali, best of luck with it.  I fear it might be an undertaker for me if I were to ever attempt it.

Does it come in cobbled? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha ha ... I don't do cobbles cos I'd only fall off and hurt myself! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
28s!!  That's practically a car tyre!

Seriously, I've only just progressed from 20s to 23s.  That's about as heavy ... I mean wide ... as I want to go!!  I have good friends who swear by a 22 on the front and a 23/24 on the back.



It was even better when I first turned up at the club with my only road bike at the time, an old Roberts Touring bike.  Brilliant bike many ways and product of much experimentation.  Well they thought it was a joke.  The gaps between wheels and frame.  The gearing (which was carefully chosen in many respects and suited me fine) and the huge tyres.  I think then I had 32s.  I was just and only a cycle tourist.  I am still like that, but I ride a Colnago instead.  They really did take the piss, in a gentle a friendly way.  I quickly change the tyre size, and when the chance to get the Colngao came up I went for it.  Now there are not so many comments, until they realise the leather saddle, the double bar tape on top and the fat tyres.  But by now we know each other well enough, and I can be the strange, ignorant foreigner that they tolerate.  One day I will go one of the many regional sportives and see if anyone says anything.  I am really a fan of 28s now.  

If you had a buggered back and neck like me, you might try that stuff.  Doesn't make the pain go away, but it postpones it.  anyway I don't really go fast or far enough to try to have the fastest or best.  Medium will do me fine.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if someone turned up to ride with me on a 32, i think i'd be applying some gentle ribbing all the way around the route as well Very Happy

A colleague of mine joins me sometimes to head into the lower carpathians... its a win win, i can drag him to the good bike trails on the false flat, and he'll disappear up a few dirt track short cuts while i have to take the longer route around the road hairpins. But i still take the piss out of his fat tyres Smile

Having said that, respect that despite your body issues, you've still found a way to get out and enjoy your biking. Kudos.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in Blighty all safe and sound.  6 days from Lake Geneva to Antibes and a whole lot of col bagging!

Col des Moises (1118m)
Col de Terramont (1080m)
Col de Jambaz (1027m)
Col de la Ramaz (1557m)
Araches Les Frasses (1008m)
Megeve (1107m)
Col de Saisies (1,633m)
Col du Pre (1740m)
Col de Meraillet (1605)
Cormet de Roselend (1968m)
Col de L’Iseran (2764m)
Col de la Madeleine
Col de Mont Cenis (2,081m)
Col de Sestriere (2035m)
Col de Montgenevre (1865m)
Col d’Izoard (2361m)
Col de Vars (2111m)
Cime de la Bonette (2802m)
Col de Raspillon (2513)
Col de Fourches (2261)
Col de la Couillole (1678m)
Col de Valberg (1673m)
Col de St Raphael (876m)
Col de Bleine (1439m)
Col de Castellaras (1248m)
Col de Sine (1108m)
Col de Ferrier (1039m)
Col du Pilon (786m)

I'll let you all know how it went after I've had a little lie down Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Back in Blighty all safe and sound.  6 days from Lake Geneva to Antibes and a whole lot of col bagging!

Col des Moises (1118m)
Col de Terramont (1080m)
Col de Jambaz (1027m)
Col de la Ramaz (1557m)
Araches Les Frasses (1008m)
Megeve (1107m)
Col de Saisies (1,633m)
Col du Pre (1740m)
Col de Meraillet (1605)
Cormet de Roselend (1968m)
Col de L’Iseran (2764m)
Col de la Madeleine
Col de Mont Cenis (2,081m)
Col de Sestriere (2035m)
Col de Montgenevre (1865m)
Col d’Izoard (2361m)
Col de Vars (2111m)
Cime de la Bonette (2802m)
Col de Raspillon (2513)
Col de Fourches (2261)
Col de la Couillole (1678m)
Col de Valberg (1673m)
Col de St Raphael (876m)
Col de Bleine (1439m)
Col de Castellaras (1248m)
Col de Sine (1108m)
Col de Ferrier (1039m)
Col du Pilon (786m)

I'll let you all know how it went after I've had a little lie down Wink


FFS Bart thats 45,876metres of climbing.. (150,512ft in old money) that's mindblowing...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Back in Blighty all safe and sound.  6 days from Lake Geneva to Antibes and a whole lot of col bagging!

Col des Moises (1118m)
Col de Terramont (1080m)
Col de Jambaz (1027m)
Col de la Ramaz (1557m)
Araches Les Frasses (1008m)
Megeve (1107m)
Col de Saisies (1,633m)
Col du Pre (1740m)
Col de Meraillet (1605)
Cormet de Roselend (1968m)
Col de L’Iseran (2764m)
Col de la Madeleine
Col de Mont Cenis (2,081m)
Col de Sestriere (2035m)
Col de Montgenevre (1865m)
Col d’Izoard (2361m)
Col de Vars (2111m)
Cime de la Bonette (2802m)
Col de Raspillon (2513)
Col de Fourches (2261)
Col de la Couillole (1678m)
Col de Valberg (1673m)
Col de St Raphael (876m)
Col de Bleine (1439m)
Col de Castellaras (1248m)
Col de Sine (1108m)
Col de Ferrier (1039m)
Col du Pilon (786m)

I'll let you all know how it went after I've had a little lie down Wink


FFS Bart thats 45,876metres of climbing.. (150,512ft in old money) that's mindblowing...


Only if he started from sea level for every climb right?? Razz

It is an absurd list. You must have treetrunk legs like Evans!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali must have the data for the climbing.  With all those bikes he must have a gizmo that does total climbing.  Whatever the final number it will be very high.

But it's no big deal, he took several days to do it.   Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Back in Blighty all safe and sound.  6 days from Lake Geneva to Antibes and a whole lot of col bagging!

Col des Moises (1118m)
Col de Terramont (1080m)
Col de Jambaz (1027m)
Col de la Ramaz (1557m)
Araches Les Frasses (1008m)
Megeve (1107m)
Col de Saisies (1,633m)
Col du Pre (1740m)
Col de Meraillet (1605)
Cormet de Roselend (1968m)
Col de L’Iseran (2764m)
Col de la Madeleine
Col de Mont Cenis (2,081m)
Col de Sestriere (2035m)
Col de Montgenevre (1865m)
Col d’Izoard (2361m)
Col de Vars (2111m)
Cime de la Bonette (2802m)
Col de Raspillon (2513)
Col de Fourches (2261)
Col de la Couillole (1678m)
Col de Valberg (1673m)
Col de St Raphael (876m)
Col de Bleine (1439m)
Col de Castellaras (1248m)
Col de Sine (1108m)
Col de Ferrier (1039m)
Col du Pilon (786m)

I'll let you all know how it went after I've had a little lie down Wink


FFS Bart thats 45,876metres of climbing.. (150,512ft in old money) that's mindblowing...


Only if he started from sea level for every climb right?? Razz

It is an absurd list. You must have treetrunk legs like Evans!


Figured that but even so........
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's savage climbing! Well done, hope you enjoyed it.



Nutcase Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slapshot 3 wrote:
FFS Bart thats 45,876metres of climbing.. (150,512ft in old money) that's mindblowing...

Shocked ha ha ... no, only 16,300m in 740km - bloody hard work though!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Well done mate. Looks like a shocker. Seriously well done.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you did that lot for a rest??? Don't want to steal Mr SRs thunder by pre-empting his usual post holiday ramble but it puts my efforts in Bourg de Oisans to shame.  Embarassed
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And you did that lot for a rest??? Don't want to steal Mr SRs thunder by pre-empting his usual post holiday ramble but it puts my efforts in Bourg de Oisans to shame.  Embarassed


For a fee, I am prepared to lie shamelessly in my "ramble" to preserve your honour. The usual terms apply... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
That's savage climbing! Well done, hope you enjoyed it.



Nutcase Very Happy


Seconded!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
I'll let you all know how it went after I've had a little lie down Wink


Looking forward to a good read.
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i know it's one of those cliche things that web-forii are always arguing about, like shimano/campag and h*lm*ts, but i'd like to strongly disagree with the OP. i rather like marmite.
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maffy wrote:
i know it's one of those cliche things that web-forii are always arguing about, like shimano/campag and h*lm*ts, but i'd like to strongly disagree with the OP. i rather like marmite.


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