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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:53 am 
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pastronef wrote:
Bretagne-Seché... Kemo bikes are very lucky, and the Feillu brothers too :mrgreen:


Bretagne-Seché has no chance in my view since they dropped KTM as the bike sponsor.

I'd like to see MTN as a wildcard on any grand tour tho!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:29 am 
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wingguy wrote:
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lokk at this K-Edge Garmin mount for UHC team

https://twitter.com/UHCprocycling/statu ... to/1/large


I saw one of those the other day and thought it'd be useful on an MTB where you might not have room on a short stem or riser bar for a normal mount but what's the point on a road bike?

Possibly useful with some one-piece bar/stem setups where it would be hard or impossible to use some of the normal mounts? Seems a bit unnecessary in that photo though... Maybe UHC are sponsored by K-Edge? :noidea:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:39 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:21 am 
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petal666 wrote:
Used by the Drapac mechanic, does anyone know what the 'chain whip' tool is? I know the cassette removal tool is an Abbey Bikes tool, but I'm interested in the other one.

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This or some variation of it.

http://pedros.com/products/tools/cassette-and-chain/cog-wrench/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:52 am 
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This is it.

http://www.jastein.com/Html/Hyper-Handle.htm


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:03 am 
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pastronef wrote:
micky wrote:
How about the TdF wild cards?


IAM was sure when they hired Chavanel
Cofidis not even a doubt
well earned wild card for NetApp-Endura
Bretagne-Seché... Kemo bikes are very lucky, and the Feillu brothers too :mrgreen:

Which teams were turned down as TdF wild cards?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:29 am 
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pastronef wrote:
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Quintana is a better climber hands down. Both have good TTs. If you ask me Quintana is the man to beat. Porte is not nearly as consistent either.


I agree with you
but, along with his family, friends and girlfriend, team Sky riders and staff, and some Australian fans, I'll be one of the few cheering for Porte.


Quintana is definitely better over long climbs than Porte, Porte probably has a decent edge in the ITT though. What'll be interesting will be all the shorter punchier climbs where Porte may have a tiny edge. I reckon Porte holds the pink after the Barbaresco-Barolo ITT and then Quintana eats away in 30 second chunks throughout the last week to take it.

I hope I'm roadside for the TT drowning myself in some of my favourite vino!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:22 am 
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lippythelion wrote:
pastronef wrote:
micky wrote:
How about the TdF wild cards?


IAM was sure when they hired Chavanel
Cofidis not even a doubt
well earned wild card for NetApp-Endura
Bretagne-Seché... Kemo bikes are very lucky, and the Feillu brothers too :mrgreen:

Which teams were turned down as TdF wild cards?


Not many candidates this year, the only "big" Pro Conti left out are basically MTN,United HealthCare and Wanty, but have no idea if they even presented a request.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:35 am 
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Fingers crossed for MTN getting a Vuelta entry.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:10 pm 
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MTN would have been way more exciting than Bretagne, which will be about as interesting to watch as Sojasun. Basically a bunch of French "talent" that never went anywhere as riders and spend the entire race hanging out together at the back of the bunch. I get including home teams, but they're just a waste. I don't think they have won a stage since they were Agritubel. MTN at least has some talent and have riders that have won on the WT level.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:41 pm 
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petal666 wrote:
Used by the Drapac mechanic, does anyone know what the 'chain whip' tool is? I know the cassette removal tool is an Abbey Bikes tool, but I'm interested in the other one.

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Looks like this one http://www.jastein.com/Html/Hyper-Handle.htm to me....


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:31 pm 
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ANddd.... this looks so much better than the oltre. WHy didnt they fo something similar for that?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/ ... ike/290680


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:45 pm 
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Tinea_Pedis article on Ridemedia

http://www.ridemedia.com.au/ride-featur ... ums-place/


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:07 pm 
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davidalone wrote:
ANddd.... this looks so much better than the oltre. WHy didnt they fo something similar for that?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/ ... ike/290680


very good looking steed
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:13 pm 
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Bit like Giant equipped teams, Bianchi also seem to produce very "pro" looking bikes

Also, really nice article from Nick which was a nice read. I'd be interested to know the route the guys at the very top go through to earn a spot on the pro teams. Presumably most come through some form of Youth development??? How do most make the jump from good amateur to pro? Fighting for a pro contract at 30+ must be super tough. All the best Nick!


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