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The other day I decided to take one of my bikes on the train as I've literally not ridden since I started the new job over a month ago.

People used to think I was insane cycling to and from work as I'd rack up over 80 miles a week in all weather.

The train journey went well and I pootled off the train to work a couple of miles away. After work I then decided to cycle the 25 miles home and it was utter bliss. I got in my wife commented how my mood was amazing, (the new job is a struggle as I feel I've been dumped on), so I've not been great I felt so much better in my self.

It's sooooo much better than being stuck on a train or on shitty bus with shitty people. People who have never done it jut have no idea what they are missing with cycling.

I never took the cycling for granted but having a limited chance to do it really makes you appreciate what a beautiful activity it is.

As the Italians say "Cycling makes your heart smile".
 

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The other day at work I had changed into my cycling gear, to wit cycling shoes, full Lycra, shorts to protect the world from the sight of me in full Lycra, cycling top, hi vis jacket, rucksack, helmet and gloves in my hands. A visitor had finished his business so I said I would escort him down to sign out of the building. As we were walking he asked if I cycled. I looked at him and just said no. And he said, “ah ok, I thought from your rucksack...” seriously of all the clues that was the one that made him think I cycled? I admitted that I did afterwards.
 

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The Ambassador is spoiling us.
I've always put on a pair of MTB shorts when commuting to and from work. You have to do it being a bloke.

I'll never forget having lunch in the staff room with a colleague when another employee-cyclist came over to talk to us, in a bib at eye level and we both suddenly lost our appetite.
 
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How long (roughly) does it take you? my dear Naughty_Felid!
To get home? Just under two hours. I'm not doing it every day, not even every week.. It would be quicker it's just the cycle lanes are rubbish so you have to detour a lot.

I've just got a foldy bike which I take on the train. It's only a 15 min journey from the train station to work but it' better than nothing - It's also quicker and much better than sitting on the shitty bus which takes 35 minutes.
 

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Chris Froome has had a serious accident -

Chris Froome Badly Injured

Chris Froome is out of the Tour de France after sustaining “multiple serious injuries” in a freak high-speed accident. The four-times champion, who is in intensive care, broke a leg, ribs and an elbow after colliding with a wall outside the town of Roanne in the Loire on Wednesday.
Here's how the accident happened -

He lost control in high winds when he attempted to blow his nose while cycling at 37mph.
One assumes he normally manages that perfectly well.
 

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One tip about cycling that is invaluable is realizing that your bike goes where you are looking.
There's a Frasier episode where Frasier and Niles decide to learn to ride bikes for a charity cycle event, having never done it as children, and someone gives Frasier similar advice. He's later shown repeatedly crashing into the same litter bin.

Here's a clip if anyone's interested. It only shows one collision though, whereas the joke is that he's still crashing long after the event is over and everyone else has gone home.
 

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Sounds a horrific crash - he was reportedly doing nearly 40mph when he lost it & went into the wall.

It wasn't even during the race but on his reconnaissance of a time trial route to be raced later in the day. He was on a special time trial bike which has different wheels to normal race bikes & are more prone to catching the wind in a sideways blast. The bikes themselves are incredibly light.

Cycle racing is a pretty dangerous occupation. There's probably scarcely any who haven't crashed at some point in their career.

In the women's tour of UK yesterday, so many were involved in a mass pile-up right across the width of a road that they actually stopped the race for a while to let them regroup. Only 1 major casualty though I think.

As I've mentioned before, I hurt myself falling off at about 8mph whilst blowing my nose. No walls were involved.
 

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Froome was filmed putting on his jacket while riding the bike shortly before the crash. Techy reckons the coach or someone told him off for doing that so you'd think he'd take some notice.

Can't help thinking he's brought this pain and misfortune on himself.
 

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Sounds like Chris should have tried a really big sniff 'n' swallow. Doesn't always work, but better than breaking your leg.
They normally close one nostril with a finger and blast the other clear, woe betide anyone who is within snotshot of them. Good for him for being a gentleman although the price was unfortunately way too high.
 

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Froome was filmed putting on his jacket while riding the bike shortly before the crash. Techy reckons the coach or someone told him off for doing that so you'd think he'd take some notice.

Can't help thinking he's brought this pain and misfortune on himself.
They have to be able to take clothes on and off while riding otherwise racing would be a complete disaster. Think how often conditions can change over a few hours at sea level and they are riding up and down mountains. They don't stop to go to the lavatory either.
 

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They have to be able to take clothes on and off while riding otherwise racing would be a complete disaster. Think how often conditions can change over a few hours at sea level and they are riding up and down mountains. They don't stop to go to the lavatory either.
Footage they showed on TV showed him adding a layer of clothing and the person with him admonishing him for taking risks. Re the toilet thing, it can be a bit dodgy for TV coverage if those doing it inexperienced camera crew and directors. “Why is the cyclist moving to the side or slowing down lets keep the camera on them to see what they’re...oh, cut away, cut away”
 

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Footage they showed on TV showed him adding a layer of clothing and the person with him admonishing him for taking risks. Re the toilet thing, it can be a bit dodgy for TV coverage if those doing it inexperienced camera crew and directors. “Why is the cyclist moving to the side or slowing down lets keep the camera on them to see what they’re...oh, cut away, cut away”
:rofl2: The amateur rowing association magazine once published a photo of a large number of boats waiting at the start of a busy head race on the front cover. A man is standing up in one of the boats and, yep!
 
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