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off-topic: climbers who ride bicycles
8:17:24 PM
I had no trouble at all with flat tyres or anything on the bike.The only thing I did was put oil on the chain now and then. There is not really much to go wrong with a fully rigid steel bike.(Niner MCR) I ran Maxxis Crossmarks, tubeless with Stan's sealant. Yes Dalai I am sure there are lots of Bindi's out there but the sealant works well. Watch out for loose fencing wire and do a course on how to open a gate. There are about a hundred gates rarely with the same opening mechanism. Biking Bethany's Blog has a good read about a speed attempt on the Mawson Trail.

9:55:53 PM
On 9/04/2015 dalai wrote:
>I'm solo bikepacking the ~900km Mawson trail next month.

Trip report?
... With photos or it never happened.
Heh, heh, heh.
10:16:19 PM
Have to get around to putting together a trip report, but may be a little while as I raced today and will be flying up to Queensland next weekend for the first round of the National CX series...

Was a great time away and through some amazing scenery. Weather could have been a little nicer during the first week but got to ride the whole trail and can happily report not the one flat!

12:51:01 PM

Some tips to ensure maximum epicness in your TR.


3:37:16 PM
Nice! Much Epicness will be included / embellished where necessary. :-)

7:51:36 AM
Well done Dalai. I'm looking forward to your epic TR;)

I liked the link PI...

10:03:06 AM

I'm sure you could add a second chapter to the article with some climbing specific tips. I'm always impressed at how exciting you can make climbing seem (with me of all people!). If you weren't busy saving screaming houses from burning people I'm sure you could make it as a journalist in a cheesy climbing rag.

Lots of love,


10:02:17 AM
Stayed up late and watched the last several Tour De France stages...

Unbelievably gutsy efforts on the part of the participants, though I come away still shaking my head at the idiots who crowd the uphill section from about 10 km to 7km* before stage 20 finish, to a smoke (from flares) filled single track, dodging flags, idiots, etc.

Hard to imagine gasping for breath after 130+ km of hard attacking riding, & during the final steep uphill some f******s (self moderated) effectively shoving smoking flares in near-vicinity of your face.
Even as a tv spectator I found it hard to see the line ahead and could almost feel the smoke stinging my eyes(!), ... as viewed from the camera-person view-from-rear of some riders, perspective.

Given the money involved in the event (wholeistic speaking), I reckon the organisers should give the competitors a better go of it regarding that sort of thing...

(*Effectively the roadside barriers started about 7km out).

9:36:33 PM
Rod, I agree w/r/t poorly behaved spectators. However, you missed the worst of it. Richie Porte copped a punch, Froome a cup of piss. Last year a spectator tried to give a rider they liked an (uninvited) push, forcing him to unclip from the pedal and momentarily stop as he lost balance; which immediately ensured he was no longer in contention for the stage win (won by an Aussie, Michael Rogers, so I won't complain too loudly (however Rogers was odds on to win anyway I reckon)).

Its weird and slightly baffling to me how the cycling media and public play favourites, and Team Sky/Froome is most definitely not a favourite. Similarly the way some riders caught glowing are cast as the devil, and others forgiven quickly.

5:01:07 PM
I hope none of this (what you describe), is in the future of climbing...

12:19:26 AM
I'm sure there is a correlation between the behaviour and the money in the sport (I don't mean prize money, but the entire economy of the sport). Lucky for us, competitive climbing is one of the most boring activities know to human kind (almost diametrically opposed to normal climbing in this regard) so I have hope that we won't have issues like that.

Mind you certain historical events on Yosemite make me think we are pretty capable of tipping shit on each other with any need for so called 'fans' to intervene.

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