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Motivation

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Or rather, motivation from one's fellow riders. To be specific, Dylan's futumpch!

I'm so glad he posted that.

See, I had hoped to get out on today's Manly Dam ride, but had to do some work first. After that, was contemplating sitting around but saw Dylan's insane time and got fired up. Guess the fact the TdF is on and I'd watched the highlights earlier might have helped too.

New road bike build - an epic project

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I've been doing a lot of road kays in the last couple of years for training, and even though I rebuilt my year 2000 Trek OCLV last year, things have moved on. Wheels & frames have become lighter, more compliant, groupsets smoother - 10 speed etc.
So after getting a frame fit from Steve Hog, I knew my ideal size and geometry and stated looking for a new frame.

Cracked 3 hours

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It looked to be a miserable day when I woke at 6am to the sound of rain. Headed over to the start where I met up with the other NobMobers and we ended up heading of at 7:30 on the dot. Stopped with Gary at the first stop (about 35kms I think) which wasn't planned but they had changed the route from the previous year and it was a little confusing which way we needed to go. Straight after we stopped Harry and Pikey turned up. Pikey's first comment was "Hey, I thought you were going to be trying this year". haha... Anyway, a quick photo shoot and Gary and I were off again.

3Peaks Review

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I didn't ride casue of gastro and a cold. A friend summed it up as "you dodged a bullet" and that says it all.

As usual there was a lot of talk at the start but we DID NOT comprehend the enormity of the ride nor the incredible weather conditions. I am lucky I played it conservative and didn't ride, the intensity of the 2009 Angry Doctor was nothing compared to this. I spent seven hours driving around like one of the boys from Top Gear making sure that the people I knew and had actually spotted on the road were okay.

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Eating is an art form

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So I woke up nice and early only to discover I didn't have any bannana's and bread, I though that cereal would suffice....... I have been doing these ~150km rides for a bit now and seemed confident that i would be right with my intake of energy, fluids and salts. How wrong was I!

New Headset Bearing for Bianchi

Nothing to see here... am just making a note that today I replaced the lower headset bearing on Bianchi.

The top one is still OK, but suppose I should order in a spare just in case.

Change of plan... Ouch!

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Well - this morning's ride was... erm... interesting.

It all started out so well - the first 5km or so Eye-wink But then we got lost in Artarmon (despite the fact I'd ridden this route many times before). Not a drama. Then we got lost in St Ives. Still no drama.

Scum tyre change

Today I changed the tyres on the scummer... erm... I mean crosser that is used for scum training.

It was about time, think they had about 6400km on 'em, which isn't a bad effort at all.

Main reason though, was this split in the rear:

Split Tyre

I'd noticed that before xmas but forgotten about it and been riding on it since them. It looks to have grown noticeably over a couple of rides (100km or so) so probably just as well it's now gone to join the great tyre graveyard in the sky - on our back balcony Eye-wink

3 Gorges and Brooklyn on the Single Speed

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What a glorious day for a ride, 10 degrees at 6.30am, clear skys, and warming to a comfortable 15-18 degrees over the morning.
The 'scummer' is in the process of a respray and rebuild - nearly finished, but not quite, so I took the single speed out for a 'challenge'.

Loop The Lake 2009

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Well, I did Loop The Lake today around Lake Macquarie. 3 Hours and 17 minutes for 87km's. I got there early to meet Harry, Pikey and Brian. We started a little later behind the main pack but as this was no Sydney to Gong ride it didn't really matter. In fact, with heaps less riders (compared to the 14,000 riders in the last Gong ride) it made this one a lot more enjoyable. Once we had started and what felt like only about a few kilomters I had dropped the others. I seriously get too exited and need to at least allow time to warm up Smiling.

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