You know you have lost perspective when...

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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby casual_cyclist » Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:38 pm

cavebear2 wrote:* You consider the possibility of breaking the Australian Audax Oppy 24hr trial team record distance of 780km with a small group of fellow riders.

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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby VictorE » Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:39 pm

All of the above just confirms I haven't lost my perspective (and I've done many of them)! :mrgreen: Cycling means everything to me.
“Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization”
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby Ant. » Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:45 pm

You sell your stethoscope to buy a new saddle.
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby zozza » Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:09 pm

Whenever you're in the car you are preoccupied checking the condition of the shoulder :|

You exile the family cat from the garage for knocking over your pride & joy :roll:
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby LittleWheelsandBig » Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:08 pm

cavebear2 wrote:* You consider the possibility of breaking the Australian Audax Oppy 24hr trial team record distance of 780km with a small group of fellow riders.


The Australian record is 770 km in 1993, the world record is 778 km by the French a couple of years later.
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:27 pm

First thought when contemplating a smokebox purchase is how well the scoot will fit in the back.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby cavebear2 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:19 pm

LittleWheelsandBig wrote:
cavebear2 wrote:* You consider the possibility of breaking the Australian Audax Oppy 24hr trial team record distance of 780km with a small group of fellow riders.


The Australian record is 770 km in 1993, the world record is 778 km by the French a couple of years later.

OK! - our goal just got so much easier! Then again, we may as well stay with our original goal and break the world record. 8)
It's easy to say isn't it? :roll:
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby casual_cyclist » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:35 pm

cavebear2 wrote:
LittleWheelsandBig wrote:
cavebear2 wrote:* You consider the possibility of breaking the Australian Audax Oppy 24hr trial team record distance of 780km with a small group of fellow riders.


The Australian record is 770 km in 1993, the world record is 778 km by the French a couple of years later.

OK! - our goal just got so much easier! Then again, we may as well stay with our original goal and break the world record. 8)
It's easy to say isn't it? :roll:

Are you for real? If you rode for 24 hours with no breaks at 30km/h you would only cover 720km.

You have lost perspective when you consider breaking that record! :wink:
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby cavebear2 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:52 pm

casual_cyclist wrote:Are you for real? If you rode for 24 hours with no breaks at 30km/h you would only cover 720km.

You have lost perspective when you consider breaking that record! :wink:
Yes it would seem to be a bit difficult, perhaps I'm just "Walter Mittying"? I've worked out that I could easily cover 550 kms without drafting in 24 hrs based on the time that it took me to complete 443 kms last September. Therefore extrapolating that to a 40% (very generous :roll: ) efficiency with drafting in a team, we should be able to manage 770kms.

- If the course is flat.
- If the winds are favourable.
- If the team rides very cohesively. (high skill levels & good communication)
- If all riders are well matched.
- If all riders are suitably prepared.
- If there are no mechanical faults.
- If there are no rider health issues.

On second thoughts perhaps the odds seem better with Lotto. :wink:
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby fatherofmany » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:34 am

There's no more room in the garage for another bike and you have to decide which one has to live outside under the carport, and feel sad for the old trek 820
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby miyata84 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:43 pm

....when you have 13 bikes between the two of you in the bike room and are surprised when friends remark on how many bikes you have, then have to explain to the increasingly incredulous person that you still love and ride each one.( but one is the very favourite....)
....when you have a clothes drawer just for jerseys.....
....when you can mix and match jerseys with gloves....( I think I need help on this!)
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby bepboy » Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:22 pm

..... you get knocked off your bike and when you hit the deck, through the blinding pain your first thought is.."is the bike ok????" was me on Sunday 28th.
And yes, the bike was I ok - Im still a bit sore
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby casual_cyclist » Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:55 pm

bepboy wrote:..... you get knocked off your bike and when you hit the deck, through the blinding pain your first thought is.."is the bike ok????" was me on Sunday 28th.
And yes, the bike was I ok - Im still a bit sore

Glad you are ok. (and the bike :D)
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby toofat » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:10 pm

your bike gets to visit the countryside every weekend and your 1000cc motorbike is relegated to trips to the hardware shop
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby micl » Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:35 pm

You can measure any distance to within a few metres - without your cycle computer
When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby miyata84 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:53 pm

....when you wake up in the ambulance on your way to hospital after your bike accident and your first thought is "Thank god I wasn't on the Pegoretti"
....when your partner turns up to the hospita, leans over you and says "I bet you are glad you weren't on the Pegoretti."
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby LittleWheelsandBig » Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:43 pm

cavebear2 wrote:Yes it would seem to be a bit difficult, perhaps I'm just "Walter Mittying"? I've worked out that I could easily cover 550 kms without drafting in 24 hrs based on the time that it took me to complete 443 kms last September. Therefore extrapolating that to a 40% (very generous :roll: ) efficiency with drafting in a team, we should be able to manage 770kms.

- If the course is flat.
- If the winds are favourable.
- If the team rides very cohesively. (high skill levels & good communication)
- If all riders are well matched.
- If all riders are suitably prepared.
- If there are no mechanical faults.
- If there are no rider health issues.

On second thoughts perhaps the odds seem better with Lotto. :wink:


I've done just over 600 km in an English 24 hr time trial but have my doubts that I could do much over 700 km even with drafting. That is a long way to stay in an aero tuck and very few teams (three or four?) have ever gone past 700 km. The riders' bad patches usually aren't syncronised, so the team loses a little ground to the schedule each time. I've ridden some distance with one of the Australian record holders and he was seriously fast.
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby BandedRail » Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:14 am

When you're cycling home early from work due to your flu reaching the "60's flashback" stage and you still stop & spend 10 minutes in the pouring rain trying to isolate the cause of that new annoying noise from your bike [it was a loose headset - they should put that in the manual]. And yes, you're only 15 minutes from home at the time.
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby Bantam Roosta » Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:40 am

you sleep curled up in your riding position because it feels more comfortable than lying flat.
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby casual_cyclist » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:38 am

its 5:30 AM, pitch black, freezing cold, you have a busted knee and you are awake because you are planning a ride this morning... and you're looking forward to it :mrgreen:
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby twizzle » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:05 pm

You are forced off the bike by illness and within three days become an evil miserable ba$tard that no-one wants to be around.

Really weird part - first day I drove to work after deciding I had to stop riding, and I nearly had four accidents in a 9km drive, not one of them my fault. The third one involved a bus swerving around me because he left his braking too late in the wet and was going to pancake me into the back of the bus in front! And they say cycling is dangerous.
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby casual_cyclist » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:11 pm

casual_cyclist wrote:its 5:30 AM, pitch black, freezing cold, you have a busted knee and you are awake because you are planning a ride this morning... and you're looking forward to it :mrgreen:

And you finish said generally utterly miserable ride and a few hours later can only remember the parts you enjoyed :mrgreen:
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby cavebear2 » Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:07 pm

You rack up about 1400 posts on BNA forums in about 4.5 months. :wink: :wink:
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby Starfesh » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:21 am

You know you have lost perspective when your wife walks into the study and you Alt+tab up a porn site as you don't want her to know you are looking at bikes again!
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Re: You know you have lost perspective when...

Postby casual_cyclist » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:33 am

Starfesh wrote:You know you have lost perspective when your wife walks into the study and you Alt+tab up a porn site as you don't want her to know you are looking at bikes again!

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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