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Postby sogood » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:55 am

That is hilarious. Were you wearing a skirt there? :wink:
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Postby Spiza » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:58 am

-7 :shock: that's some serious commitment Ian. Do your neighbours think you're nuts? :D
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Postby mikesbytes » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:22 am

If Fit Gits was judged on difficulty then no one would be anywhere near you :D
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Postby nimm » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:44 am

But.... how many other cyclists did you see during that time?
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Postby ajh_ausnzcf » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:05 am

Finally a use for a balaclava while cycling!
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Postby Chuck » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:06 am

I'll have to keep coming back to this thread when winter rolls in down here, so I can remind myself it's really not THAT cold.
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Postby KillerHeadWind » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:02 am

brrrrrrrrr. I'd prefer to ride in 50C :D
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Postby cavebear2 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:05 pm

I reckon I'd be going hiking in the snow... with a good pair of snow shoes. 8) More chance of staying upright with less injury when I fell... I do agree with Ian's comment about the heat though...
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Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:15 pm

Killer you just need more padding! :D
I would probably go snow showing more if I had mountains closer....they are 30k awat which is fine on a bike but can't be bothered driving...walking on the flat is just to easy...sure I could do a 6 hour walk but I would probably injure myself...next year I will take up cross country sking...good work out me thinks.
No didn't see any other cyclists :lol: ...only saw about 20 cars all up...quite a few beaver things and a few dear...very little else.It was so peaceful,just riding in a white out with just the wind noise thru my hat...very peaceful!.
It was apparently about -9 by the time I got home!...yes I was feeling the cold the last hour,but nothing too painful...just the sweat on my chest getting cold.Next year I will have even better gear.It is really only the toes and fingers that get cold...but 3 hours is a good work out in this weather...much more might be a struggle.
Wish I did have a balaclava...I was wearing a hat and neck warmer up very high but stil got a bit of iceburn on my checkbones.
Yes it looks like a skirt in the pic...but no...it is a very good pair of Fairydown water proof pants that where wrecked many years when a dog bit me on a walk in the back country of Queenstown...so I cut the legs off and they are great for riding in the rain...no wet bum!...and keep my nuts form freezing!!!.
Today is totally white,not from snow but from the fog freezing on everything...nice day for a ride as I think the sun may come out once the fog lifts :roll:
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Postby Deanj » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:28 pm

I admire your commitment, however also think your bloody crazy for going out in that :wink:
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Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:36 pm

Deanj wrote:I admire your commitment, however also think your bloody crazy for going out in that :wink:


Yes maybee a bit...lucky my neighbours are all hiding inside with their shutters shut!.
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Postby Hebden » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:34 am

nimm wrote:But.... how many other cyclists did you see during that time?


Yeah TLL, have you ever seen any other err... committed cyclists out there? It seems pretty hard core.

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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:57 am

"The english are crazy"

That's assuming they don't correctly detect the Aussie/Kiwi accent.
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Postby KillerHeadWind » Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:55 pm

toolonglegs wrote:Killer you just need more padding! :D


Extra padding? I wear warmers when it's below 20. -7 would be suicidal :lol:

I guess with all the extra padding I would need, I'd get above 80kg :lol:
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Postby Alex Simmons/RST » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:05 pm

toolonglegs wrote:PS...my wifey aint much of a photographer :lol:

Maybe it's just your photoshop skills that need work.
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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:33 pm

It must be BJ that's getting your out there, otherwise, you'd be doing something indoors instead.
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Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:58 pm

So finally got into the garage today...still boxes everywhere...and what did I find lurking in a dark corner :lol: this little baby has been scavenged a wee bit over the winter but hopefully it will be rearing to go very soon...better start riding it in the next couple of weeks if it is going to get used in anger starting in March!.
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Postby toolonglegs » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:39 am

mikesbytes wrote:It must be BJ that's getting your out there, otherwise, you'd be doing something indoors instead.


It has been OK for riding since the first week of Jan...0 to 7C,seems like Spring isn't far away (famous last words!).
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Postby Archenar » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:49 pm

Crikey. Give me 30C heat and a few hills any day over snow and sleet. Dangerous stuff on those slim non tread tyres :P
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Postby dr.gonzo » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:39 pm

just for some perspective, i did a hills ride this week in 45.7! wont do that again....
as far as the minus temps your talking about, no thanks...
cant stand the cold. although i could enjoy the terain and views you have there. kudos to you.
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Postby toolonglegs » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:43 pm

It is funny what you get used to... -5 and below is painful but I can handle it for an hour or so.0 to -5 is OK but you do get weighed down with sweet which obviously never drys...and days like today,sunny and 4C are lke heaven :lol:
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Postby toolonglegs » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:13 am

Well there you go!....you talk about how you never get punctures on tubeless and what happens!!!,to be fair the rear tyre which is the same one I raced on in Sydney did have a small cut in it (yep M7 gets me from the other side of the world!!!) that I was a bit worried about...but you know the old "she'll be right!"...well she wasn't.
Turned up for for my first race,signed on no trouble,rolled out in a lovely sunny day...cold but bearable....rolled the course 17km loop...sweet,windy but not as hilly as I thought...rolled up to the start line...80 in the bunch!!!!,I have to start in division 3 been a first timer,little country roads,this will be fun.Well off we go,we have a lead car and we take up; the whole road...but it is France so cyclists are aloud to force all the cars to stop in the gutter :roll: :lol:...first lap is FAST...44 average,we catch Division 2 within half a lap and blast past them,to be fair there was only 30 in Div2.Sweet,sitting a bit far back for my liking but dosen't seem to be an issue as there is a lot of wind to deal with....look at my av heart rate...150bpm...pfff...start thinking it is time to move up and start putting the screws on...this is what I have trained for after all!...and a lot of people are suffering,we have lost 15 or so already...ok lets do it!....bang...rear tyre goes...grrrrrr...stop really quick,put the hole at the bottom...hit it with a canister....yup it seals itself up but too slowly and I have only one canister on me!!!!!!...crap can't race with 40psi or so in a tyre,if I had had two CO2 cans I would have been able to get it up to pressure again and have only dropped 30 secs....I think I could of got back on as there was still 60km to go...oh well,turn around and ride back to the car..dump my number and go home!!!....not happy...oh well there is always tommorow.
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Postby mikesbytes » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:21 am

Bummer, you had better luck at Heffron
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Postby Spiza » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:04 am

Just bad luck Ian. It could have been worse... It could have happened during the sprint finish with you in the lead. You would have really had the poos then :cry:

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Postby muggah » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:37 pm

Thats a bugger! Whens the next race?
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