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Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-19, 04:22 AM
Replies: 4,526
Views: 130,718
Posted By Rowan

Thanks for the goodwill. I am lucky to still be...

Thanks for the goodwill. I am lucky to still be alive and to see the second birthday after the workplace accident. I really have Machka to thank for her absolutely sensational support for the past 16...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 11:58 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Strange as it may seem, that variety is what...

Strange as it may seem, that variety is what makes yacht racing so challenging as it changes, not regularly, but without much warning a lot of the time.

A huge storm in the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Have a great sail. A picture of a yacht like that...

Have a great sail. A picture of a yacht like that is always impressive, and even more so with a bicycle incorporated into the spinnaker pattern!!
06-09-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,204
Posted By Rowan

I have used Brooks saddles for many years, and...

I have used Brooks saddles for many years, and the ones with holes in the base on either side of the leather have been an option, but not for me, although I think I do have one on either on one of my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 924
Posted By Rowan

Cycling is not the most important thing in...

Cycling is not the most important thing in anyone's world. Staying alive and being able to plan to do stuff in the future is. Yes, you will lose some fitness as you recover and love to have it back...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Is that a fixed gear you rode, gnome?

Is that a fixed gear you rode, gnome?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By Rowan

Lovely. What part (asked with interest as I know...

Lovely. What part (asked with interest as I know how challenging some of the urban hills can be in Vancouver, and how nice some of the rest of it can be)?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Interesting read for me on the medical insurance...

Interesting read for me on the medical insurance side of things. In Australia, it is a little different, and while I do have medical insurance for me and Machka, it doesn't cost a fortune, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Fitting in with older bikes, I have just pulled...

Fitting in with older bikes, I have just pulled an Apollo road bike from my shed to build up into one to go on the trainer.

I got the frame from a shop at a rubbish tip for something like $30, and...
06-04-19, 12:05 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 26,035
Posted By Rowan

Oh well, that wonderful American legal system has...

Oh well, that wonderful American legal system has just ordered a weedkiller production company to pay out billions to a couple who claim to have contracted cancer from the product's use. Of course,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,179
Posted By Rowan

And now it has started pouring rain. Machka must...

And now it has started pouring rain. Machka must have the best upstairs connections to make sure yesterday and early today were so good weather wise, and now when the time limit is finished, it turns...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,179
Posted By Rowan

The ride was on my Hasa Ti bike that has actually...

The ride was on my Hasa Ti bike that has actually been on my trainer at home for quite a while. But it was built as my randonnee bike, and I fully understood why on the ride Machka talks about. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Dan, great to do the repair work before the event...

Dan, great to do the repair work before the event even though things might seem a little different. Those pesky cables and their covers can be their own problems as I found last weekend with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

So three guys started our 400 rando event this...

So three guys started our 400 rando event this morning. One is a local and practising for PBP later this year, one from down in Hobart and did his first rando before the end of last year (which is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Wonderful. Looks like son has learned a lot from...

Wonderful. Looks like son has learned a lot from Dad.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Just slightly getting back to randonnees, Machka...

Just slightly getting back to randonnees, Machka and I head to the northern part of our island state later today for her to officiate a 400km event. Considering winter weather has arrived here, it...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Maybe you should post in the Long Distance Forum...

Maybe you should post in the Long Distance Forum as people prepared to go to France for PBP.

You perhaps should indicate where the disregard by airline unloaders and security staff occurred.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

If you know how to do it properly, fix it now...

If you know how to do it properly, fix it now before the rides. You're talking about doing 200 miles in two days, and they won't be easy if something more substantial occurs. In my time as a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

I know you are a doctor, but trust me on this --...

I know you are a doctor, but trust me on this -- head protection is worth more than anything else, including the bike.
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 898
Views: 119,335
Posted By Rowan

I know this seems a bit odd, but that is a...

I know this seems a bit odd, but that is a wonderful post in its own way. I am not religiously based, but some of the most wonderful experiences for me and Machka together on touring in France and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

You're a great parent. There are many who simply...

You're a great parent. There are many who simply don't care about respectability. I hear it on the bus often over a particular route where there is continuous swearing and ill-considered stories...
05-26-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 804
Posted By Rowan

I am someone who has used 23mm-meant tubes in 28...

I am someone who has used 23mm-meant tubes in 28 and 32mm tyres for touring and commuting. Oversized tubes, such as 32mm in 23mm tyres just won't work because they don't fill in properly because the...
05-25-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,788
Posted By Rowan

I frequent a cycleway that has been around for...

I frequent a cycleway that has been around for over a decade, and is where I will be this afternoon (you will know why in a second).

Going through one part of it must be near a pub or members of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

And to put this back on proper fundamental...

And to put this back on proper fundamental cycling, I had the huge joy yesterday of riding my fixed gear, which was a Shogun 400 rescued from the rubbish dump over a decade ago and which I rebuilt as...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

As far as I know, they are required to have...

As far as I know, they are required to have pedals so they don't become motor bikes and therefore have to be registered with annuals fees, and have insurance cover. Which, frankly, I think they...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

The real clue was the unevenest in the outer edge...

The real clue was the unevenest in the outer edge of the tips -- really rounded-off around the crack, especially compared with the upper one which is nice and square on every one as a good part is.
05-24-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,788
Posted By Rowan

Great start to a thread, spinnaker. Excellent...

Great start to a thread, spinnaker. Excellent thoughts and actions and results throughout.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Can I go away and cry now, having read more of...

Can I go away and cry now, having read more of the posts today?


Ohhh... too late. Tears in the eye now.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-19, 04:33 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

I know it sounds a bit odd, but it doesn't look...

I know it sounds a bit odd, but it doesn't look like she suffered a head injury which would have much deeper ramifications. Geez, the breast cancer would have been enough. But what you have said in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Hope nephew is paying for lunch for you, too!!! ...

Hope nephew is paying for lunch for you, too!!!

Irrespective, it's so nice to read about Mrs T, and I do understand her concern about riding the upright. We don't have a trike, but the rides I do...
05-23-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,181
Posted By Rowan

Yes, it was a bit of a surprise to hear at the...

Yes, it was a bit of a surprise to hear at the time, but I am one of those who thinks his music was good enough to continue hearing despite him no longer being around. Same with a few others like...
05-23-19, 04:32 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 60,220
Posted By Rowan

Thanks to both of you -- and everyone else -- for...

Thanks to both of you -- and everyone else -- for your kindness. Yep, Machka has been a real marvel for me as I have recovered from an incident now 14 months ago that almost killed me.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Some interesting things for me happened over the...

Some interesting things for me happened over the past two days.

Machka did her part yesterday in video that explains what she understood and saw during my hospital sessions 14 months ago. She...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Her suggestion sounds so appropriate. Sorry...

Her suggestion sounds so appropriate.

Sorry to hear what happened.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Yeah. A bit of a gut wrench for me when I got...

Yeah. A bit of a gut wrench for me when I got home. I don't know nor think much about F1 these days, but he sure was a hero when I did back when he won and crashed and recovered. I don't know what...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-19, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Very few people these days ride FG unless they do...

Very few people these days ride FG unless they do track racing or a few other things that suit them. I am really looking forward to getting back on by FG which is old Shogun road bike I rescued from...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Me being silly again, but that goes close to...

Me being silly again, but that goes close to BillyD bird picture for effectiveness. It's a wonderful, basic looking knife and the marks on it add another factor.

I read the other day that the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

I'll tell you next weekend, MoAlpha. I have an...

I'll tell you next weekend, MoAlpha. I have an old Merlin CF road bike that I have yet to ride since leaving hospital, but it is lighter than all the other bikes I have and thinner tyres (28, IIRC)....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

I know I am ignorant about this, but if that is a...

I know I am ignorant about this, but if that is a fixed gear, lovely.
05-18-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,794
Posted By Rowan

If there is that change, maybe BF will also have...

If there is that change, maybe BF will also have to change the cost of everything from US dollars to pounds.

(Note: I am Australian, so the dollar is OK, but then I still have to calculate based...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Posted By Rowan

It was one of the oddest but greatest pleasures I...

It was one of the oddest but greatest pleasures I have had bicycling in a long time. It was the first time I had ridden my mountain bike since being put into hospital 14 months ago for 4-1/2 months....
05-17-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,857
Posted By Rowan

You really don't know what you are talking about,...

You really don't know what you are talking about, do you. You can make your claims about Asian made 1x12, but you don't tell what make it is, or where you ride. You've been a member here for a short...
05-17-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,857
Posted By Rowan

And any doubts about China's progress in this...

And any doubts about China's progress in this should read this article and look at the pictures on the way through:
...
05-17-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,857
Posted By Rowan

You really don't know much about the so-called...

You really don't know much about the so-called development that is going on with gear items, including single up front, and 12-13 at the rear, particularly in Asia. Tell me, who manufactures -- not...
05-17-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,857
Posted By Rowan

There are more hills to climb in some parts of a...

There are more hills to climb in some parts of a nation than others. The need for triple still exists for many riders, despite the lack of effort by lazy Asian manufacturers to meet that need. If the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Without being rude, what technical faults? It is...

Without being rude, what technical faults? It is a magnificent shot, and in fact one of the best I have ever scene of those birds in motion and really meaning what they are doing.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Cowards... We're slowly entering that period...

Cowards...

We're slowly entering that period of climate difference. I keep forgetting that in Tasmania, winter comes on slowly, and it's not until around July and August that the rain and coldness...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Work can sometimes get like that if I can...

Work can sometimes get like that if I can remember that. Hope the weather is great for a good ride and overnight.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Thanks LoP. It used to be like that in my state...

Thanks LoP. It used to be like that in my state and others where I have lived, but not anymore except for piles of old sleepers pulled up and waiting disposal.

The steel is moulded into a shape...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3,961
Views: 117,086
Posted By Rowan

Yeppo to the second paragraph. We don't have them...

Yeppo to the second paragraph. We don't have them in Australia like it is in the North American continent, but I have read of enough people being bitten become extremely ill or dying after being...
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