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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    Good luck at the 3 Peaks Llani... i shall be spectating... running over from Ribblehead via Ingleborough to the finish.
    Thanks Travs. Hopefully I might bump into you somewhere on the day.

    I am not particularly looking forward to it as I hate running on paved sections and I find that they can cause one to run at too fast a pace especially in long races. Only doing it as it is one of the iconic races to do.
    I'd love to get around in under 4 hrs but won't be holding my breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattPo View Post
    Great effort Llani, taking in some of Mid Wales finest scenery. Love the Llanymawddwy Valley. Have you ever been up to the source of the Dyfi?
    Thanks Matt. No I haven't but like AK have viewed it from the Arans and have dropped off the ridge through Drws Bach (little door) to Drysgol and down into Cwm Cywarch. That was over 30 years ago so a return visit is overdue.

    As we are in that area I have never been able to fathom why Llanymawddwy and Dinas Mawddwy are in the Dyfi valley and not the Mawddach!

    Whilst in Llani I called into Talerddig Bakery shop for some Chelsea Buns. Speaking to the owner she told me that when the bakery closed in Talerddig all the shops were sold off and hers is now the only one with that name which she intends to keep. All the baking is now done in Tywyn and over the border in Wem. The recipes are the same for many items including the Chelsea's which are delicious
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post

    As we are in that area I have never been able to fathom why Llanymawddwy and Dinas Mawddwy are in the Dyfi valley and not the Mawddach!
    A long time ago, when the people from the dinas and the llan walked to their nearest market town, Dolgellau, they were so strong and fit that they didn't even notice that they had walked over a bwlch into a different valley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    The forecast heavy rain arrived, so I repaired the two punctured inner-tubes and looked at the blown out one. This is what the valve looked like before I took the inner-tube out



    As it definitely had something rattling inside, I cut open, (to grievous personal discomfort as it was a top end Continental one), the inner-tube and this is what I found



    The metal part to the left is the bottom, working part, of the Presta valve and is 16mm long. Worryingly, the top part, which will be at least this long, is missing. No doubt I will put my foot on it at some time when I haven't put anything on my feet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    The forecast heavy rain arrived, so I repaired the two punctured inner-tubes and looked at the blown out one. This is what the valve looked like before I took the inner-tube out



    As it definitely had something rattling inside, I cut open, (to grievous personal discomfort as it was a top end Continental one), the inner-tube and this is what I found



    The metal part to the left is the bottom, working part, of the Presta valve and is 16mm long. Worryingly, the top part, which will be at least this long, is missing. No doubt I will put my foot on it at some time when I haven't put anything on my feet
    So much for top end Continental inner tubes and Valves !
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    Postponed from April, this weekend finally sees my favourite one day race take place. The hell of the north, Paris Roubaix is this Sunday and will of course be compulsory viewing - in fact other than an early run, I doubt much else will get done.
    The bookies favourite is of course Wout van Aart but I think he looked tired at the worlds after what has been a long season so I'm going for Mathieu van der Poel, starting to look back to near his best. However this race is notoriously unpredictable so a good outside bet would be Kasper Asgreen or maybe Zdenek Stybar and it would be really good to see Tom Pidcock cap a fabulous season off with a podium finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post

    I said planned, as I didn't get there as HS2 had shut the road again. This is the seventh time they've shut it, so far (and four of them have been unannounced), and yet no work has started - they've spent the last two years building their depot car park and building, re-building and then re-building again their village of site huts
    Ah but it's worth it. Fracking, HS2 - I guess I'm just a visionary.

    And think of the stories you will tell your grand children about how your training was interrupted by the construction of the greatest railway to be built in the UK since Robert Stephenson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnK View Post
    So much for top end Continental inner tubes and Valves !
    It's all about quality control. The top end ones will use the same valves as the cheap ones, but every tube will be inspected in some way; mostly to make sure all the parts are fitted/bonded correctly. The cheap ones will have no quality control in the process whatsoever, but it's a simple process and the chances are everything got done properly. The quality control is needed to gain ISO9000 accreditation, but costs money which gets passed on to the end user. If you're buying tubes, buy cheap; if you're buying mechs, buy expensive...you want them to be looked at closely so you don't get stranded on the A58M on christmas day trying to be the first person to ride the whole Leeds inner ring road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    As the 'incident' happened upstairs on the landing,
    Bicycle mechanical operations "upstairs on the landing" Marco?

    Perhaps I should not ask but do you live in an upside-down house?
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    I hope David has got the fire on at The Craven Arms tommorrow.
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