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Lessons for your own riding from this year's Tour?(2 posts)

Lessons for your own riding from this year's Tour?Coolhand
Jul 18, 2003 10:30 AM
Here are a few for me:

1. Only mark the dangerous attacks.

2. Ride close to the front.

3. Make sure you have enough water on a hot day, especially if you are TTing.

4. When riding a HC climb, do make sure your rear brake isn't rubbing before you get to the top.

5. The lastest and greatest gear may be worse then the tried and true stuff you already have- change at your peril (shoes, pedals, TT bike chainrings. . . )

6. Even if you are good, you're still going to suffer like a dog if you want to have even a chance at winning.

7. The guy with the big fat mouth isn't a threat- its the quiet guy with the modest comments.

It reminds me why I love the old cruiser so much ...Humma Hah
Jul 18, 2003 10:49 AM
Beloki's accident and Armstrong's evasion of it reminds me of why I avoided roadbikes for so long ... I feel safer on the cruiser. It could have handled that turn and surface conditions with no problem, avoiding the crash, and would have skimmed thru that field without a care (although it would have produced significant seismic tremors).

On the other hand, it doesn't have strong enough brakes to have made the following hairpin, and Armstrong's climbing bike survived the field.

And I could have done any of those climbs so far if given a day or two.