Pretending to be a cyclist

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  1. Bah. I have a beautiful Claud Butler that is hanging in my garage, wondrously light and clean and slick and going nowhere because Sydney roads are crap.
    I could get some ‘sensible’ wheels but that’d be like fitting a towbar to an MG. You just wouldn’t do it.

  2. I was in a similar position to you, Jonathan. I have a Specialized Hard Rock Sport Disc in the shed that I bought about two years ago. More recently, I have been getting out in Macc Forest with a friend of mine from AstraZeneca. Our usual loop starts with a tremendous steepening pull up a road, onto a bridleway and culminates in an improbably steep section of road that crests with clear views across the Peak District.
    The first couple of time I did this route, I was having to stop and push at least threee times during that climb, while Jon just powered ahead and waited patiently for me to catch up. After 1 month of that military fitness lark however, I can do that climb in one go with no halts. Admittedly, on that last bit of road, I have nothing left in my legs at all, but the difference in my fitness is astounding.
    Unfortunately, I have fitness class tonight … in a heatwave. Last week two people had to stop to be sick …

  3. Bah, ya wuss, Richard! I’ll wager Glasgow’s roads are at least as bad, and I’m riding them on 120psi 21mm tyres. Admittedly, they’re on these super-fancy Shimano whacko wheels that, despite having clearly too few spokes to ever work properly — heck, the spokes are in the wrong way round, idiots — appear to be nigh-on bombproof.
    Oh, and, come to think of it, the ride does shake me to bits. Fabulous on the smooth stuff, though…
    As for your military fitness lark, Nigel – you know, frankly that scares me. Not, I fear, something I’d enjoy personally…

  4. Tell you what JJ, come over and try the Sydney roads.
    Failing that, check out the Uncyclopedia entry for Sydney – it’s all true. My wheels are Vuelta Crossers, which sound pretty much like your Shimanos; maybe you could email me (Mr Zero Unread) the specs and I’ll see if there’s a local supplier?

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