The Punter

They say you can measure the quality of a man’s character by his ability to admit when he’s wrong. That in itself seems wrong, since it would obviously be better to be right in the first place, but I’m probably missing the point because I’m Dutch and everyone knows Dutch people are 97% more righter 84% of the time than the rest of the world.

I must confess to a certain hubris when it comes to kitting up for a ride; I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ve gotten accustomed to making good decisions about what to wear and how to wear it. But today I strayed from the path: my socks were carefully and deliberately pulled out over the tops of my overshoes. Not only is it the most concrete evidence that my socks are too long, it looked like I had two orange gaskets stuck to my ankles. Not to mention that this resulted in only a tiny amount of my shins being exposed between my knee warmers and socks.

Sometimes we must stray from the Path in order to understand where it lies; today I have wandered far indeed but have found my way back. Do not lose faith and always seek to return to the Path.

VLVV.

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181 Replies to “The Punter”

  1. @frank

    @tessar

    @frank

    If the story of Goldilocks was based on you, it’d be all wrong. ‘Just Right’ in sock-length means it near-touches the calf muscle.

    Oh for fucks sake, what are you on about?

    Who are you, Brad Wiggins? Goldilocks means it comes just over the narrowest part of the ankle.

    Is this a 3 inch or 5 inch cuff? I can never tell…

  2. @Chipomark >>> …she hasn’t spoiled her legs by riding a bike too much. <<< Huh ?

    @girl >>> …surely cycling shaped legs would be appreciated. <<< For sure !

  3. @wilburrox

    @Chipomark >>> …she hasn’t spoiled her legs by riding a bike too much. <<< Huh ?

    @girl >>> …surely cycling shaped legs would be appreciated. <<< For sure !

    Yea, I guess I came off a bit like an asshole with that post.

    Just was meaning to say some guys like Donald Trump and me prefer thin model type legs when used in product promotion photos.

    I’ll keep my future posts away from that kind of thing.

  4. @Chipomarc

    Just was meaning to say some guys like Donald Trump and me prefer thin model type legs when used in product promotion photos.

    Not to pile on, but Victoria Pendleton could model anything and I’d buy it (Stella McCartney designed the GB 2012 kit, FWIY):

  5. @pistard

    @Chipomarc

    Just was meaning to say some guys like Donald Trump and me prefer thin model type legs when used in product promotion photos.

    Not to pile on, but Victoria Pendleton could model anything and I’d buy it (Stella McCartney designed the GB 2012 kit, FWIY):

    Agree with you on that, but sadly the professional model world is more on the anorexic look.

  6. @pistard

    @Chipomarc

    Just was meaning to say some guys like Donald Trump and me prefer thin model type legs when used in product promotion photos.

    Not to pile on, but Victoria Pendleton could model anything and I’d buy it (Stella McCartney designed the GB 2012 kit, FWIY):

    You are not piling on, you make an excellent point.

    ‘Piling on’ would be addressing the reference to ‘Donald Trump and me.’

  7. @pistard

    @Chipomarc

    Just was meaning to say some guys like Donald Trump and me prefer thin model type legs when used in product promotion photos.

    Not to pile on, but Victoria Pendleton could model anything and I’d buy it (Stella McCartney designed the GB 2012 kit, FWIY):

    Sorry, what is this post about? I got distracted.

    I miss watching Vicky tear it up on the track, she was outstanding.

    But should have walked away with 3 golds at her last Olympics instead of 1…

  8. @girl

    @pistard

    @Chipomarc

    Just was meaning to say some guys like Donald Trump and me prefer thin model type legs when used in product promotion photos.

    Not to pile on, but Victoria Pendleton could model anything and I’d buy it (Stella McCartney designed the GB 2012 kit, FWIY):

    You are not piling on, you make an excellent point.

    ‘Piling on’ would be addressing the reference to ‘Donald Trump and me.’

    The legs on the cyclist mounting her bike in the lead photo of the “Study in Casually Deliberate: Starting” are none too shabby either……

  9. @Mikael Liddy

    @RobSandy

    @frank

    @Craigyboywonder

    Sounds like the company understands exactly how shit their product is.

    Saw them with a decent review in Cycling Weekly, and for £15 I thought they were worth a go. They were so full of holes halfway my first and only ride with them they let the water in anyway. I must admit I was in some doubt about whether they’d work, and am not astonished to find that the answer is that they, in fact, don’t.

    If they had lasted through that first ride, you likely would have cleaned them off on your return home, thereby removing the powdery residue that is key to keeping the latex from sticking to itself, and ensuring that if you tried to use them again it would take nearly 15 minutes to get half way near getting them on…or so I’ve heard.

    I know Apple catches some (well deserved) shit for their inbuilt obsolescence within iProducts, but to design a product as single use & then sell it at that price takes a fair bit of gall.

    The postscript to my Velotoze story is that I wrote an email to the shop stating my concern that the product was full of holes after one ride…so they are sending me another pair free of charge!

    Now I shall have 2 pairs of the fuckers. I’ll save one for TTing.

  10. There’s been a major twitter outing today, but the rider hasn’t been ID just yet

  11. @chuckp

    @chuckp

    @frank

    @Chipomarc

    Its G himself, obvs.

    Actually, it’s not … according to G himself.  G claims it’s Froomie.

    My bad. I mis-read a Tweet.

    I’d say it’s clearly not G-man. Why would he take the piss out of himself? As we know, GT is usually pretty damn Rules compliant. GT also has a bit more meat on the  pins.

  12. @wiscot

    @chuckp

    @chuckp

    @frank

    @Chipomarc

    Its G himself, obvs.

    Actually, it’s not … according to G himself.  G claims it’s Froomie.

    My bad. I mis-read a Tweet.

    I’d say it’s clearly not G-man. Why would he take the piss out of himself? As we know, GT is usually pretty damn Rules compliant. GT also has a bit more meat on the  pins.

    It’s definitely not Froomie, as he prefers a Sidi shoe & there are nowhere near enough logos or differing closure options on those white ladies to fit that description. My guess would be a pair of Fiziks, which G has been known to wear…

  13. @Oli

    Self deprecating humour? Whilst I’m no expert on emoji usage (or at least wouldn’t admit as much here), I believe the hear/see/speak no evil monkeys are generally used when one is a little ashamed of what’s going on…

  14. @Mikael Liddy

    @Oli

    Self deprecating humour? Whilst I’m no expert on emoji usage (or at least wouldn’t admit as much here), I believe the hear/see/speak no evil monkeys are generally used when one is a little ashamed of what’s going on…

    Yep, be G, with a whole barrel of monkeys linking arms

  15. @Mikael Liddy

    @Mikael Liddy

    @RobSandy

    @frank

    @Craigyboywonder

    Sounds like the company understands exactly how shit their product is.

    Saw them with a decent review in Cycling Weekly, and for £15 I thought they were worth a go. They were so full of holes halfway my first and only ride with them they let the water in anyway. I must admit I was in some doubt about whether they’d work, and am not astonished to find that the answer is that they, in fact, don’t.

    If they had lasted through that first ride, you likely would have cleaned them off on your return home, thereby removing the powdery residue that is key to keeping the latex from sticking to itself, and ensuring that if you tried to use them again it would take nearly 15 minutes to get half way near getting them on…or so I’ve heard.

    I know Apple catches some (well deserved) shit for their inbuilt obsolescence within iProducts, but to design a product as single use & then sell it at that price takes a fair bit of gall.

    Huh. That’s a bit strange.

    I’ve got a full season of shit Melbourne winter out of mine.

    A few points to consider.  Yes, they’re latex. Yes, they can tear if you walk through gravel with them, or step on a stair edge or other such things. They could be considered fragile but certainly not “not fit for purpose”.

    I’ve said it many times on here; these are the only booties that I’ve ever used that actually keep my feet dry in anything from light rain to a full downpour. Full stop.

    Also, yes. The talcum powder that is on the inside of the booties does wash away when they get wet and they stick together like mofo’s afterwards.  Simple solution: Buy talcum powder and apply to dry latex before you put them on again.

    But whatevs. don’t let your bad experiences keep you from having dry feet. Or something…

  16. @mouse

    yeah a mate of mine does the baby powder trick. For the number of days where they’re actually all that useful over here in Adelaide, it’s more faff than I can be bothered with, not to mention the swamp foot effect that tends to develop anywhere above about 10 degrees through your sweat not going anywhere.

    Can definitely understand why you’d want them in Melbourne though…

  17. Although I’m not annoyed by having your socks exposed above your booties, I suspect this is the look @frank prefers.

  18. @Oli

    If I know Frank he’ll say that those shoe covers are way too baggy to be cred. Tighten up, yo.

    They are actually stretched out to fit over my shoes. Sugoi specs a size medium for my shoe size (43) so that’s what I got. I think the smalls would be too small (or run the risk of ripping).

  19. @chuckp

    @Oli

    If I know Frank he’ll say that those shoe covers are way too baggy to be cred. Tighten up, yo.

    They are actually stretched out to fit over my shoes. Sugoi specs a size medium for my shoe size (43) so that’s what I got. I think the smalls would be too small (or run the risk of ripping).

    Typo. My shoe size is 42. And that actually puts me on the cusp between small and medium. So I guess a size small would be a “tight” fit and medium is a “loose” fit. Still, they have to be stretched to fit. But I get your point that they are on the “baggy” side. They were a Christmas present from a friend, so I can’t complain too much.

  20. @chuckp

    10-4, thanks, I’ve been following. The cycling community indeed has cool cats that create web sites. Cheers

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