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Velominatus: McTyke

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A Yorkshireman living in Scotland, I own 5 bikes: Charge Mixer 11 for daily commuting/utility use; Specialized Crossroads HU8 now semi-retired and shod with studded tyres for use in snowy/icy conditions; Tifosi CK7 triple for winter road riding and touring with luggage; Ribble Sportive Carbon Centaur Compact for day rides or supported tours; Specialized Rockhopper Disc for off-road riding (I don't use it much!)

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  1. Surely there are some disadvantages to non-round chainrings? If you set up the front derailleur to change optimally when the effective radius of the Q-Ring is in the middle of the range, won’t it change less well if you happen to change when the maximum o… »

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  1. The most important attribute for climbing well up significant mountains like the Stelvio, assuming you’re in reasonable physical shape, is MENTAL STRENGTH. You’ve got to accept that you’ll be going up an 8% gradient (+/- a few percent) with no respite for… »

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  1. @Deakus You’ve provoked a serious case of bike-envy in me, Deakus! Great to see such fabulous work being done in Yorkshire. I’ve been drooling over the photos on the Feather Cycles website and was most impressed by this custom dropout: »

  2. @strathlubnaig I could excuse your rear mudguard, but not ‘fender’, when riding in Scotland! »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. @Roark Is this the ramp of which you speak? I was very glad I had a 34-30 the day I rode up that beast. »

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  1. @strathlubnaig Miles Per Hour ;-) »

  2. And talking of overcooking things, this was the sad result of misjudging an S-bend while descending the Col du Pre in the Northern Alps last year. The accident report suggested I slid up to 50m, which I find hard to believe. I was only going about 40 kp… »

  3. @JohnB Cairn o’ Mount is my local climb. The photo records my highest speed (in mph – sorry for the rule violation!) descending the south side towards the Clatterin’ Brig one day in July 2012. It’s a tricky descent, because a couple of bends have adverse… »

If I spent half a summer riding with one hand on the tops and one on the hoods, I spent the other half riding with each hand deliberately gripping the hoods differently. As any young Cyclist growing up in the United States in the late 80s, I had a major thing for Greg LeMond.I imagined Greg to be the perfect Cyclist, as youth often does of their...

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  1. @actor1 Yikes! Descending without brakes and without full control of steering? Don’t your mountain roads have any bends? »