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Bored?

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 10:54 am
by europa
Feeling bored? I know a lot of you are because you're camped on the forum and not posting anything. Well, here's something to really annoy your boss while you're entertaining yourself during working hours, a collection of bicycling patents ... and some other stuff

Richard
don't blame me when you're sacked :wink:

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:52 pm
by Hotdog
You evil man, I've just spent ages reading through that lot when I should have been working! :evil:

Re: Bored?

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 2:38 pm
by heavymetal
europa wrote:I know a lot of you are because you're camped on the forum and not posting anything.


Maybe they are swapping PMs and talking about us crazy people :shock: :D

Nice collection of patents if I could see them :shock: The entire forum must be reading them as I can't connect

Kev.

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 8:34 pm
by stryker84
Ooh... I'd rather like to build myself one of them recumbent floaty couches... and then I gotta find a place to ride/float it...

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 9:34 pm
by DrEvil123
There is soo much there to read!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 9:53 am
by MichaelB
Isn't it amazing how old some of the "new ideas" are !!

I love some of the simplicity and the simplstic nature of them

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 10:11 am
by Hotdog
That's one of the great things about bicycle technology, it's extremely clever and effective yet for the most part it's still elegantly simple enough for someone to understand how it works just by looking at it.

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 10:53 am
by europa
Like automotive technology, many things were invented long before the materials were in place to make them effective. But yes, in cycling, everything develops towards the most simple solution, regardless of the starting point. Maybe that's why I like it so much.

Richard

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 1:15 pm
by mikesbytes
Go for a 200k ride, including all the roads that madgreek rides.

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Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 1:46 pm
by Hotdog
mikesbytes wrote:Go for a 200k ride, including all the roads that madgreek rides.

Am I being dense or is this a complete non sequitur?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 1:53 pm
by europa
It's just Mike being Mike. Just take a deep breath and the pain will go away :D

Besides, I'm months away from tackling the corkscrew ... actually I'm not. Been thinking about it. The trick is the time to do it. Maybe the next time the kids are away - I'll drive to the lad's match, drive to the start of the gorge, ride the bottom of the gorge, up the corkscrew, down Montacute Rd and back to the car. Hmm, wonder what the madgreek is doing that day.

Richard
working hard to be a sucker for all mad suggestions :D

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 2:28 pm
by europa
europa wrote:Besides, I'm months away from tackling the corkscrew ... actually I'm not. Been thinking about it. The trick is the time to do it. Maybe the next time the kids are away - I'll drive to the lad's match, drive to the start of the gorge, ride the bottom of the gorge, up the corkscrew, down Montacute Rd and back to the car. Hmm, wonder what the madgreek is doing that day.

Richard
working hard to be a sucker for all mad suggestions :D


Here's the profile for the Corkscrew Loop - parking at Thorndon Park Resevoir, up Gorge Rd, up the Corkscrew, down Montacute Rd, along Schultze Rd back to the resevoir. 20km - not long but it does have that wee climb in the middle :shock:

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The Corkscrew itself is that steep bit from 10km to the top. A lot of it is switchback hairpins. Fun ride. Coming down will be fun too - nearly tossed the motor bike into the blackberries a few times on that run :roll:

Richard

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 2:38 pm
by MichaelB
europa wrote: tackling the corkscrew ... actually I'm not. Been thinking about it. The trick is the time to do it. Maybe the next time the kids are away - I'll drive to the lad's match, drive to the start of the gorge, ride the bottom of the gorge, up the corkscrew, down Montacute Rd and back to the car. Hmm, wonder what the madgreek is doing that day.


I'd be interested in joining you - so keep in touch.

Suffering is much better en-masse - helps to push that little bit more ....

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 3:04 pm
by MichaelB
europa wrote:Here's the profile for the Corkscrew Loop - parking at Thorndon Park Resevoir, up Gorge Rd, up the Corkscrew, down Montacute Rd, along Schultze Rd back to the resevoir. 20km - not long but it does have that wee climb in the middle :shock:

Image

The Corkscrew itself is that steep bit from 10km to the top. A lot of it is switchback hairpins. Fun ride.

Richard


What is the gradient on the steep stuff ?

Is it a public route on Bikely ?

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 3:13 pm
by europa
The gradient is somewhere between OMGosh and 'Wait a tic while I expire'.

Here's the map. I knocked it up just for this exercise. Now that bikely has been sold into commercial hands, I'm not as interested in putting the work into the routes that I used to and hence don't bother to make them pubic.

It starts and finishes at the Thorndon Park car park - I chose that simply because I know you can park there and anywhere is convenient if you're riding a loop. It goes straight up Gorge Rd which I'm not so happy about as it puts you on a narrow and busy road for part of the trip, but I'm not sure there's a convenient way around it. It'll do. If I find myself doing the loop more often, I'll sort that out - this route is good enough for a one off.

Richard

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 10:07 pm
by mikesbytes
europa wrote:
europa wrote:Besides, I'm months away from tackling the corkscrew ... actually I'm not. Been thinking about it. The trick is the time to do it. Maybe the next time the kids are away - I'll drive to the lad's match, drive to the start of the gorge, ride the bottom of the gorge, up the corkscrew, down Montacute Rd and back to the car. Hmm, wonder what the madgreek is doing that day.

Richard
working hard to be a sucker for all mad suggestions :D


Here's the profile for the Corkscrew Loop - parking at Thorndon Park Resevoir, up Gorge Rd, up the Corkscrew, down Montacute Rd, along Schultze Rd back to the resevoir. 20km - not long but it does have that wee climb in the middle :shock:

Image

The Corkscrew itself is that steep bit from 10km to the top. A lot of it is switchback hairpins. Fun ride. Coming down will be fun too - nearly tossed the motor bike into the blackberries a few times on that run :roll:

Richard


That hill looks pretty mean on the graph, definently not fixie territory. I've been up it in a car and could see that it was quite a climb on a bike.