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  1. I have a bit of a horn for one of these, I don't know why. I think it's a bit of n+1, I don't really need it but I am considering adding the apex model to the fleet. Does anyone have one or have any experience with them? I haven't seen one in the flesh yet.
  2. no training today, but went to the archery range as it has been pretty horrible outside. Got in a good couple of hours of practice, worked on a couple of technique things that my coach has been helping me with. Got in some good shooting at some non standard distances as well just to keep myself sharp. I hope the weather fines up soon.
  3. Inconsiderate people are flogs. A couple of weeks ago the hawthorn velodrome was pretty busy on a Sunday morning. There was a few people riding laps, there was a young girl being taught by her father how to use clip ins on a road bike, and then a small group of riders who were taking themselves a bit too seriously turned up. I jumped off the bike to help the young girl with her clip ins, gave her a couple of pointers and basically re-enforced what her dad was trying to do (sometimes it takes someone other than a father or mother to get the message across, as I'm sure you all know). To be fair the young lady was learning her skills in the fast lane - the lower area of the velodrome is technically designated for faster riders, but the higher area is slightly steeper so not really suitable for learning cleats. It would have been more ideal for her to have jumped onto a basketball court or something like that, especially since she was stopping and putting the foot down and getting started again. But everyone has to start somewhere. However It does not excuse the 4 flogs who were buzzing the poor girl, giving her what was at most 6 inches as they blew past her at about 45, and then giving her a bit of stick for daring to use a public velodrome when they wanted to ride hard for three laps at a time. They frightened the poor girl to the point that she wanted to get off the bike and not get back on. Pretty brave of her to push through it after that I thought.
  4. hahahahahaha I see what you did there
  5. I think I saw that one - real robert mugabie stuff.
  6. Whatever happened to that evil cadence guy, he was a flog.
  7. Guy comes in to the shop and asks to look at Ultegra or Dura ace chains. He is shown the options, but sees the price tag. "I can buy them at half the price online." he says before turning and walking out of the store without another word. This guy is a flog; it is pretty well established that you can buy stuff online cheaper than in store. But if you can't wait a week and you need a chain/tube/tyre/cable right there and then, then it's like petrol on the nullabor - if you need it, it costs what it costs. Instead he wasted my time and gave me the shits. Another day, a young guy comes in with a busted back wheel on a bike he bought on gumtree. Wheel was not repairable, I quoted him on a replacement wheel. "Well, that's about double what I paid for the bike. Can I have those details you just worked out so I can go and shop around?" my reply "No, I will keep them right here, and if you want to buy from somewhere else you can do your own research." ps the price of the wheel was $79 I could go on. I may later.
  8. so you hadn't put the lock ring on properly? Or you hadn't put the smallest cog on properly? As a side note, the indentations on the splines are usually caused by not enough torque being applied to the lock ring. The lock ring says it needs 40Nm on there, most people don't know just how much force that really is (i.e. lots and lots) Try it with a long bar torque wrench some time, it's fascinating just how much force they are suggesting.
  9. nah fktard is the firebug who lit a fire in the brush next to the monash freeway near the hawthorn velodrome on monday night. This guy was just a couple of chromosomes short
  10. really enjoying season 2 of the last kingdom on netflix. loved season 1, hate being drip fed season 2 though... anyone read the books?
  11. Shattered my elbow once a couple of years ago - the end of the radius was in about 10 pieces. They had a couple of options - collect all the pieces and bolt it all back together, or clean it all out and put a synthetic end to the bone in. They decided to bolt it back together. I thought the surgery was successful until I had an allergic reaction to the dissolving stitches they put in and they had to open it back up. I am glad I asked them to take the cast they put me in off as I was concerned about the wound getting infected while it was in plaster - the infection was cleaned out and recovery continued. A few weeks into recovery and regaining mobility I was having trouble rotating my hand (I can put my hand palm down and rotate it 90 degrees to vertical) and I was not having any success increasing my range of motion. I had some x-rays and it turns out that one of the bolts in my radius was stopping it from rotating around the Ulna. I had two options, let them back in and they might be able to fix it, or leave it as is and deal with it. I chose not to let them have a third bite at the apple, save them from screwing the pooch a third time.
  12. Every now and then we all see someone who is doing something which completely ignores the potential to effect others in a negative way. This person is a flog. Eg; the guy who was on his aero bars in the big ring on the gardeners creek trail pushing hard through Hawthorn/Glen Iris today. There were ladies pushing prams, little ones on bikes, people cruising on their hybrids, walkers etc, and this bright spark was threading his way through them, not slowing down in the slightest. All it would take was one little kid to swerve his little bike ( as they are prone to do) into this guys path and catastrophe would ensue. Riders have a bad enough image as it is, this guy did the rest of us no favours. Did you see any flogs today?
  13. she wobbled a little the first time I went past. The downside of earphones I guess, can't tell when someone is coming up behind
  14. I do a bit of training at the local velodrome. It's convenient, it's fairly safe, and they've recently put a fence around it so you don't get children and dogs walking in front of you (if you ever want to find out what your maximum heart rate is have a child walk in front of you mid effort on a track bike). Generally you get a few people on in the evenings; mostly road bikes and tri bikes with riders of varying abilities, sometimes hybrids and every now and then someone does a lap or two on a vmx before giving up. Nobody really gets in anyone else's way, there are fairly clearly marked 'slow and fast' lanes which are generally adhered to, and even if they aren't then there is still plenty of space to overtake without pushing anyone off the track. Last night, there was an athlete (deliberate usage of the word there) there who impressed me greatly. She was pumping out lap after lap at a really good pace. I am guessing mid 30's, though I was concentrating more on getting my fat guts moving her session. She left her ego at home, didn't try to follow the wheels of people going past here doing shorter efforts, and at the end of her session she opened the floodgates a bit and even burned off a guy who was clearly so terrified of being chicked that he refused to let her pass him and put through a little bit more power whenever she drew alongside. If her swimming ability and running ability match her riding, I have a feeling she will do well at challenge, which she said is her next race when I had a quick chat to her after her session. If you are reading this and you recognise yourself, good luck at challenge and I hope I didn't freak you out too much when I was passing you, and If I could offer one suggestion it would be to ride a little closer to the inside of the track as it makes it easier and safer for people to overtake, and though there was enough space to go underneath you it is a big no-no and not a habit that you want to take to the boards.