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Old September 16th 05, 04:20 AM
The Nottingham Duck
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.... wanky students showing off their new Treks(and their devotion to
environmental issues in the vain hope of a bunk-up)?

The very fact that they choose the one day of the week when all the
real cyclistos are out on TT's or Audax runs,proves that they are all
posers.

I don't need 'Treetrunk' or 'Jupiter Sunbeam' to teach me about the
benefits of cycling.

Try getting British cycling's newest fan(Red Ken) to organise a weekly
or fortnightly time-trialling course similar to the London stage of
the ToB.
Invite clubs and individuals from all over Britain to come down and
ride it.
I'd wouldn't mind going up and down the banks of the Thames at full
welly on a closed-off and properly marshalled street course( I've just
got some new tri bars ;- )

So if these unkempt youth got their Leninist-Maoist tree-hugging arses
in gear then they could make a real impact.
3 laps of Piccadilly Circus blowing whistles ain't gonna do it.


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Old September 16th 05, 07:55 AM
MSeries
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The Nottingham Duck wrote:
... wanky students showing off their new Treks(and their devotion to
environmental issues in the vain hope of a bunk-up)?

The very fact that they choose the one day of the week when all the
real cyclistos are out on TT's or Audax runs,proves that they are all
posers.

CMs are on Friday evenings, the last or is it the first Friday in the
month.

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Old September 16th 05, 09:10 AM
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The Nottingham Duck wrote:
So if these unkempt youth got their Leninist-Maoist tree-hugging arses
in gear then they could make a real impact.


A different type of student from any I've met - they're not like that
where I work. They're nearly all GAP wearing middle class kids with no
interest in, or knowledge about politics at all.

The Nottingham Duck wrote:
... wanky students showing off their new Treks


Our campus is full of bikes but I've only seen beaten up steel hardtail
MTBs and very old (probably their Dad's) Raleigh racers here.

If students are involved in critical mass that's great - isn't it still
good publicity even if they are doing it for not the 'right' reasons?
They may have chosen the day in the hope that it would encourage more
people to join in although it wont cause as much disruption.

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Old September 16th 05, 09:16 AM
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MSeries wrote:
The Nottingham Duck wrote:
... wanky students showing off their new Treks(and their devotion to
environmental issues in the vain hope of a bunk-up)?

The very fact that they choose the one day of the week when all the
real cyclistos are out on TT's or Audax runs,proves that they are all
posers.

CMs are on Friday evenings, the last or is it the first Friday in the
month.


I think it's the last one, 6pm so people can join in after leaving work.

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Old September 16th 05, 10:01 AM
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Hey, Mr Duck

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"The very fact that they choose the one day of the week when all the
real cyclistos are out on TT's or Audax runs,proves that they are all
posers"

Please don't think that us "non racers" are not real! Seeing as bikes were
originally made for practical transport the old lady on her vintage 20"
shopper is as much (if not more so) a cyclist as any racer.
Seems to me the real posers are the multi coloured lycra guys. But who am I
to judge. I ride a 'bent!!

Regards
SW

"The Nottingham Duck" wrote in message
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... wanky students showing off their new Treks(and their devotion to
environmental issues in the vain hope of a bunk-up)?

The very fact that they choose the one day of the week when all the
real cyclistos are out on TT's or Audax runs,proves that they are all
posers.

I don't need 'Treetrunk' or 'Jupiter Sunbeam' to teach me about the
benefits of cycling.

Try getting British cycling's newest fan(Red Ken) to organise a weekly
or fortnightly time-trialling course similar to the London stage of
the ToB.
Invite clubs and individuals from all over Britain to come down and
ride it.
I'd wouldn't mind going up and down the banks of the Thames at full
welly on a closed-off and properly marshalled street course( I've just
got some new tri bars ;- )

So if these unkempt youth got their Leninist-Maoist tree-hugging arses
in gear then they could make a real impact.
3 laps of Piccadilly Circus blowing whistles ain't gonna do it.




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Old September 16th 05, 10:39 AM
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Steve W wrote:
Hey, Mr Duck

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"The very fact that they choose the one day of the week when all the
real cyclistos are out on TT's or Audax runs,proves that they are all
posers"

Please don't think that us "non racers" are not real!



I agree! I don't race either, or do TTs. I do audax at weekends, and I
cycle every single day of the week, rain or shine, summer and
throughout the winter. I think that makes me as much a 'real' cyclist
as anyone else.

I think the Critical Mass may help to raie the profile of cycling and
raise awareness amongst non-cyclists, so any support is a good thing,
surely? Perhaps they have chosen Friday evenings, as they want to raise
awareness, rather than annoying non-cyclists by causing disruption to
people getting to work on, say, a Monday morning, which might be
counter productive. It's a difficult balance!

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Old September 16th 05, 11:50 AM
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in message , Steve W
') wrote:

Seems to me the real posers are the multi coloured lycra guys.


I resemble that remark. Why shouldn't I wear my club colours when riding
with (or, more significantly, for) my club? Do you expect Manchester
United's players to come out onto the pitch in their armani suits?

Hang on, come to think of it, would be quite [amu|confu]sing to see Man
Utd play Arsenal on 'dress down Friday'...

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Old September 16th 05, 12:18 PM
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Simon Brooke wrote:
in message , Steve W
') wrote:

Seems to me the real posers are the multi coloured lycra guys.


I resemble that remark. Why shouldn't I wear my club colours when riding
with (or, more significantly, for) my club?


There's nowt wrong with wanting to look good on yer bike. I've always
worn lycra cycling shorts and cycling specific jerseys as I find 'em
more comfortable than civvies for cycling, but I've recently taken to
wearing pro-team kit, simply cos I like the way it looks. I don't think
that's a bad thing. Just cos I'm a cyclist doesn't mean I have to look
unkempt and sweaty. (Well, OK, I still look like that even in the team
kit).

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Old September 16th 05, 04:09 PM
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Blonde wrote:
Simon Brooke wrote:
in message , Steve W
') wrote:

Seems to me the real posers are the multi coloured lycra guys.


I resemble that remark. Why shouldn't I wear my club colours when riding
with (or, more significantly, for) my club?


There's nowt wrong with wanting to look good on yer bike. I've always
worn lycra cycling shorts and cycling specific jerseys as I find 'em
more comfortable than civvies for cycling, but I've recently taken to
wearing pro-team kit, simply cos I like the way it looks. I don't think
that's a bad thing. Just cos I'm a cyclist doesn't mean I have to look
unkempt and sweaty. (Well, OK, I still look like that even in the team
kit).


The cheapest kit available in these parts is older pro-team kit, a few
years out of date.

Generally, the most expensive is non-team stuff (Pearl Iszumi,
Cannondale, Specialized etc.)
Then comes current team branded stuff.
Cheapest is team branded stuff a few years old, on clearance.

As a result of the above, and being an inverterate cheapskate, I tend
to cycle around looking like a TdF fashion victim c. 1998. I just try
and pick the stuff that won't actually sear the retinas of passers-by.

bookieb

 




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