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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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    What a ride by Lizzie Deignan today! Otley's finest. Dad, John is a past V60 winner of the 3 peaks and Mum, Carol a past womens winner of the Full Tour of Pendle. Good genes must help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattPo View Post
    What a ride by Lizzie Deignan today! Otley's finest. Dad, John is a past V60 winner of the 3 peaks and Mum, Carol a past womens winner of the Full Tour of Pendle. Good genes must help.
    A fine ride by Lizzie to hold off Vos and what an addition to her palmares to be first woman to win Paris-Roubaix.
    Yes I know this race can be a lottery but that is why it is such a spectacle and such compelling viewing. I loved the fact the Trek-Segafredo got 2 riders on the podium yet the team car had a puncture.
    Hopefully tomorrows race lives up to expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    A fine ride by Lizzie to hold off Vos and what an addition to her palmares to be first woman to win Paris-Roubaix.
    Yes I know this race can be a lottery but that is why it is such a spectacle and such compelling viewing. I loved the fact the Trek-Segafredo got 2 riders on the podium yet the team car had a puncture.
    Hopefully tomorrows race lives up to expectations.
    I think her team had decided they really wanted to win it (Rouleur has an article about her special bike/gearing and how long they spent recceing) and the other teams didn't or hadn't worked out how to ride it or the riders just didn't want Vos to win so never chased Deignan down.
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    Excellent performance and win, but Paris-Roubaix? It started something like 150 miles north of Paris and 40 miles from Roubaix.
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