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I was driving through Kew Boulevard on Sunday, and there they were ...
The Monty Python knights had coconut shells instead of bells, for the benefit of 'Holy Grail' fans.
But for effort, the two guys in the pantomime horse outfit - on a tandem - won my heart.
Times are bad for the rebels. Millennium Falcon out, Reid Falco in.
I know we're still a few months out but rego closed the other week, any BNAers signed up this year?
I'm making the trek over from Perth, been wanting to do it for years and managed to organise a family visit to coincide. Now to convince my little brother to join me.
Considering running my new Repco Lo-pro but I'll only get to see/touch the bike 2 days before the event and I've no experience with tubulars.
I'll be doing it on my Kona Paddy Wagon.
Still considering dressing up, just at a loss for good riding costumes.
2010 Malvern Star Oppy C6
2012 Cube LTD Pro 29er
2012 Merida TimeWarp 4
2013 Kona Paddy Wagon
Barely enough time to prep the bike. Apart from the other usual suspects on a second hand bike, cables, brake shoes, bearings… You've got to learn about tubulars.
I'd be pulling the tyres off and re-gluing them on principle, even if the tyres are still ok. Never trust someone else's glue job, their skin isn't on the line. If possible find out what brand the previous glue was. Mixing glues isn't a good idea either.
It's a good idea to have spare tubulars on hand, they can be hard to find and expensive if you need one immediately.
It's certainly looking unlikely. I'm assuming the tyres and glue are 20+ years old. Pretty sure this has been hiding in a dark corner of the seller's parent's shed since the early '90s. Bike came with another set of unused tubulars but again, 20+years old. Don't think I'll trust my front teeth to them, might be good for practice. Cheers for the tips, you ain't seen the last of this beastie.
Having signed on to a few of these my observation is that you can be pretty relaxed about missing out on a paid spot.
If you feel like doing it on the day I'll just ride along, Fyxo don't mind (unlike others they're just happy to see lots of bike participation) and it's not like there is a lot of support anyway.
A great day out though and not to be missed - for those that haven't done it think social. Just a big day out socialising with Melbournes cyclists and riding the back lanes of Melbourne inner (with a few too many pub stops thrown in for my crew).
I hope not.
20 year old tubulars don't enthuse me greatly. Believers in ageing tubulars might be more attracted to them though. A lot depends on how you want to ride it. If you're not cornering hard then your teeth are not in too much danger, even blowouts don't cause crashes when you are travelling in a straight line.
Put some air into them (slowly in case the tube is stuck together) and see what they look like, then inflate to full pressure for a day or two before you make a final decision.
Sadly CA won't let you race even a TT with different sized wheels UCI bike regs 1.3.006 however not all clubs enforce the equipment rules to the same extent particularly at club level. The AVCC is less clear, since their rules actually don't allow any known bicycles to be used (!) 6(d) so any attempt to single one bike out might cause a halt to all racing. TA at least specifically allows the use of a different sized front wheel 3.12(f).
2 MORE SLEEPS!
Looks like my little brother is out due to health issues so I'll be riding solo. =[
Trying to sort out transport on the day, coming up from Geelong I've got 2 options:
- Take the tain & ride to and from Southern Cross Station before and after the event.
- Or if I can borrow a family member's car I'm thinking parking at the Brunswick Velodrome finish line & riding 15km to the start line in Hawthorn.
Any idea what parking around Brunswick is like? Will the car be safe for the day? I had a look on Google Maps & there's some roadside parking by a park nearby, opposite a church.
Anyone else coming from afar, what's your plan for the day?
If you drive from Geelong, you have to be sober to drive back to Geelong.
That's not how my Roobaixs have ended up.
Southern Cross is nice and central. It's an easy enough ride out to Hawthorn for the start, and an easy ride back in from Brunswick after. Or you could even get a metro train out to Glenferrie or whatever that station close to the velo is... Melbourne trains are included in your V-line ticket.
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