Numpty IM Bike Thread

Bike ponces only welcome if they don't speak in tongues

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26/07/2005 at 10:30
i prefer tubular tyres for safety reasons. if you're going fast and clinchers blow out, you're screwed. i had a blow out at only about 40mph and i did a triple summersault with the bike still attached to my feet. luckily i always wear a helmet.

if you're doing more than 50.... well, maybe you should pin a note to your saddle saying what music you'd like to have played at your funeral.

tufo clincher tubs are safer, but they are a pain to fit onto clincher rims.
26/07/2005 at 10:32
only 40mph! help
26/07/2005 at 10:37
FB hit 70mph in switz didn't he?
26/07/2005 at 10:39
that's gravity for you!
26/07/2005 at 10:42
thud!
I get scared doin' those kind's of speeds in a car with a 5* safety rating ... what's it gonna be like when all that's between me and 6 months in a cast is my wits?
26/07/2005 at 10:43
I was meaning to ask you all about that - do you think that was for real or something interfering with the computers. It does seem awfully fast - how steep was the hill?
26/07/2005 at 10:46
109.2kph or about 68mph was my top speed...............a PB by 7kph!!!

the thought of coming off at that speed - whatever tyre I had - does not bear thinking about.............

that speed is close to the top speed recorded in the TdF by Sean Yates at about 73mph on the descent form the Col du Tourmalet..........

strange - both Sean and I ride Omega bikes!!
26/07/2005 at 10:47
frighteningly steep. the first time down i got into a shimmy, the worse one i've ever seen (even worse than the one i got into at IM Lanzarote tearing down a volcano on a horribly bumpy road with a 40mph tail wind!). i tried to brake but it just got worse, so i just had to stay on.

half way down i saw all the ambulances attending two mangled cyclists.

near the bottom, a marshall made frantic "slow down" gestures to me. i'd love too, but how?

rosey did close to 55mph there, but both barlist and fb beat it. both are, err, of generous proportions!
26/07/2005 at 10:51
pops - the hill I recorded the speed on was pretty steep and smooth so rolling resistance was low..................although the computer may not be absolutly accurate it certainly "felt" like 70mph........and I was close to that speed on all 3 descents according to the computer so I guess is pretty true...........plus I am close to 16stone so have a very good gravity effect!!
26/07/2005 at 10:52
Rosey is a pretty fearless descender too - sounds nasty, take it there were no bends to negotiate. I think I'd bottle it before 60mph.
cougie    pirate
26/07/2005 at 10:52
My speedo only hit about 45mph there, but its not working properly. Frickin' Cateyes. I finished on 103 miles or something.

It was a good hill Pops - faster than anything I've ridden in the UK.
26/07/2005 at 11:00
pops, there was a sharp left at the bottom! the hills were quite bad, as they all had twisties at some point.

the reason that austria is much faster as the descents are more gentle and straight - so you can get down on the tribars and go for it. oh, and the hills aren't as long.

i understand that Germany is pretty much similar to Austria, or at least closer to austria than it is to switzerland
26/07/2005 at 11:01
Jo - I would think that 6 months in a cast would be the best case scenario if you came off at that speed.
26/07/2005 at 11:01
8o(
26/07/2005 at 11:01
Thank goodness for that! (Gumps the bottle boy)
26/07/2005 at 11:02
no need to lose your buckers, germany is nowhere near as steep as switzerland
26/07/2005 at 11:05
Q. (Course Related) Is the Deutschland, bike course best suited to TT or road bikes? ie will I have a good excuse to buy a TT bike which I'll also use for a series of local TTs as well.
26/07/2005 at 11:10
TT according to richard, but it doesn't make any significant difference to be honest. i suppose that having gears where your hands will usually be is convenient, but i've used bar end shifters on the two hilliest IM bike courses in the world and it didn't hurt.
26/07/2005 at 11:11
going past the marshall waving his flag whilst going flat out with a manic grin on my face was truly fun...........bit like a cartoon............and then came the mad braking for the hairpins........
cougie    pirate
26/07/2005 at 11:12
I would have thought that the Beast was better on a road bike to be honest - it was a decent climb. Must get some bar end shifters for my tt bike though.
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