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Postby sogood » Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:45 am

heavymetal wrote:It's the name of that cream that they give out for fungal infections isn't it? :D :D

Close, damn close! Any more responses from the audience? :D
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Postby Kalgrm » Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:47 pm

Bianchitis (Noun)
A fungal infection of the brain causing acute depletion of the credit card. Those affected spend large amounts of money on shiny things and develop a compulsion to rabbit on and on about their toys to the other kids in the asylum.

Suffers of the disease do not realise they have succumbed to the fungus. The main symptom observed by others is the constant presence of a new appendage, referred to as a Bianchi. This growth on the backside of the sufferer is where the term Bianchitis is derived from.

The protrusion does not cause any hindrance to the mobility of the Bianchial patient: Bianchitis causes a delusion in the sufferer that the growth actually improves their mobility, despite most forum experts claiming "it's the motor that counts".

There are only two known cures. Pfeizer produces a little blue pill (in the shape of two joined triangles) called Biagra. Although the pill does in fact reduce the size of the protrusion, the side effect is greatly increased erectile function. It seems the only way doctors could wipe the smile off the faces of Bianchitis patients was to replace it with an even bigger smile on the faces of their partners. (Pfeizer sells half doses under another brand name.)

The other cure is to dispose of the growth by sending it to Graeme at Scene by Hird in Fremantle. Sadly, to date no patients have opted for this cure. The author cannot understand the reluctance.

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Postby bigbuzz73 » Sun Aug 05, 2007 4:25 pm

I'm feeling deeply hurt! :D
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Postby Mulger bill » Sun Aug 05, 2007 4:40 pm

bigbuzz73 wrote:I'm feeling deeply hurt! :D

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Postby chriscmuir » Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:44 pm

Heya gang

Just wanted to say thanks for all your help again. I picked up a set of NewWave clipless shoes the other day and I can definitely say my riding will never look back! Riding with them rocks and I love how I can now power through the up stroke rather than just the down.... so much less effort on the poor old knees.... if only I'd known earlier.

My concerns about the shoes scrapping the side of the pedal crankset were unfounded, the cleat and pedal keeps me well clear of this.

Also clipping on and off isn't really a hassle, though I can see the need for some more practice to make clipping off more instinctive for those emergency situations.

All round I'm one happy chappie :)

Thanks again & regards,

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Postby Kalgrm » Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:55 pm

Good to hear Chris. I'm glad someone on this thread was mature enough to give you advice you found useful! It certainly wasn't me!!!! :D

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Postby gsxrboy » Sat Sep 22, 2007 11:46 pm

I did my first decent distance ride with my shoes today, clipping in and out is pretty good, only a few misses here and there. What I would like to know is how much 'pull' do you use when you ride, do you actively make an effort to pull hard or is it just a part of the motions? On a few hill climbs I did a strong pull on the upstroke and I did rocket off a lot more. In general 'flats' riding for instance, how much happens and does it end up becoming habitual when you ride and your body just 'does it'? Fanx!
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Postby europa » Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:11 am

There is an old belief that you can pull UP on the pedals. In reality, only very very good athletes manage to achieve any increase in power that way, the majority of people do little more than just get their foot out of the way of the pedal, which in itself helps.

However, there is also a dead spot at the bottom of the stroke, that area of transition between the down stroke and the up stroke. You CAN pull through that using an action similar to trying to scrape something off your shoe and you are right, it has an obvious effect.

What you are trying to achieve and what the clips help you achieve, is a smooth and constant rotation with your foot - some call it pedalling in circles. By practicing the scraping movement and allowing your legs to adapt that technique, you can run some very high revs very smoothly. As you master the technique, start increasing your cadence. At first, as you approach high cadences, you will bounce on the seat. When this happens, work hard on pedalling smoothly and you will find that you can pedal at those speeds without that bounce - it's one area where a fixed gear bike can help because on a down hill run, you are forced to pedal some pretty wild cadences (I regularly top 140 on mine :shock: at those revs, any flaw in your pedalling is immediately obvious).

By developing that smooth pedalling action at high revs, you are training your muscles to do it at more sensible revs, the revs you normally ride at, and that is where you'll get the energy savings and greater power of the improved technique.

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Postby gsxrboy » Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:25 am

Thanks for the comments, mucho appreciated. I'll have a play scrap tomorrow.
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