Today Today - January 2015

joewein

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Oct 25, 2011
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I cycled to Iwai Jinja in Moroyama, Saitama. It was very windy and there was a bit of a drizzle, but it stopped after I arrived there. Had a chocolate-dipped banana at one of the stalls. Then queued and made a wish at the shrine, bought an arrow at the shop and cycled back to my mother-in-law's house.

Akemashite Omedeto!
 

leicaman

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Sep 20, 2012
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Asakadai, Saitama
Happy New Year to all. 2014 was a great year for me. So many fantastic rides with amazing people. Thanks to everyone who I rode with. I loved every second of it. Too many people to mention but you all know who you are. I plan to be back out on the bike from this January as I don't have a marathon lined up to train for. All the best for 2015 everyone.
 

GrantT

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Oct 2, 2012
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Setagaya
Just in case I had any mad ideas about going out and trying to have fun on the Earth's 4.54 billionth birthday, I ran my first half marathon yesterday, then finished off some work for a deadline, before falling asleep to Charlie Brooker telling me not to worry, because the world is just the same and as it always was.. mostly terrible. Happy New Year!!
 

kyoazu

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Nov 5, 2014
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Happy New Year all! I hope 2015 is a fruitful year for all of us. After some more time with a drop handles, I really prefer them over the standard handle bars. :D
 

theBlob

Bokeh master
Sep 28, 2011
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Happy new year everyone!
I had a great cycling 2014, 12800km with some really memorable rides.
Looking back on even those days when you question why you are torturing yourself like this with fondness.
Thanks to all those who suffered along with me!
Thanks to @thomas and @TCC for keeping the forum going!

I'm now enjoying a short break from cycling after a fairly heavy December, and relaxing up at the blue monkey lodge taking my daughter for her first skiing trip. Lots of fun!

Looking forward to the shinen megalo brevet Kai it's shaping up to be another epic!
 

jdd

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Jul 26, 2008
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How much elevation or how many km is a tossed shovel-full of snow worth? That's been my last three days.

Compensation:

 
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Half-Fast Mike

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May 22, 2007
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Finally got 'round to some maintenance yesterday evening. Among other things, I had not been impressed that the canvas on my Fizik Arione R3 saddle had torn. Noticed this a few months ago but didn't do anything about it.

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Took the saddle off and... wow

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I filed a (lack-of-) quality claim with Fizik and they replied to say that they are still on holiday.
 
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stanc

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Sep 4, 2011
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Weight limits on wheels were being discussed here a few weeks ago. I wonder if saddles also...? ;)
I havent seen any but I am now wary of "anatomical" saddles such as the Specialized Romin as my immense (92 to 98 kg) bulk has killed two of them in under a year
 

George5

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Oct 16, 2014
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leicaman

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Sep 20, 2012
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As some of you may be aware, I went on my jollies to Nepal over the Christmas and New Year period. I won't bore everyone with all the selfies I took but I will include a few bike related selfies. In the big cities such as Kathmandu, it seemed like the most popular form of transportation was the motorbike/scooter. There were also plenty of clapped out cars, buses and trucks which created a level of pollution I have never witnessed before. Bikes were used but more as a means to carry heavy objects and were not really ridden so often. Had I rented a bike in the city, I think I would have passed out from the exhaust fumes.

And on to the selfies

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This Nepali was on his Cannondale, riding in what must be one of the most amazing places in the world to ride a bike. As I took his photo, he informed me that I owed him $5.

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If only there was a paved road going up that way. Would bring a whole new meaning to Everesting.

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Starlight express. Not really anything to do with cycling but what the hell.
 

Half-Fast Mike

Lanterne Rouge-et-vert
May 22, 2007
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Finally got 'round to some maintenance yesterday evening. Among other things, I had not been impressed that the canvas on my Fizik Arione R3 saddle had torn. Noticed this a few months ago but didn't do anything about it.

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Took the saddle off and... wow

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What a POS.

I filed a (lack-of-) quality claim with Fizik and they replied to say that they are still on holiday.
Still no response from fu'ki:t customer service :-(
 
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George5

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Try their facebook page if it looks like you have no bridges left to burn. But it is still New Years hangover time isn't it?
 

leicaman

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Sep 20, 2012
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Still no response from fu'ki:t customer service :-(
What??? A whole two days over the NY period and they haven't got back to you ??? Terrible stuff ;)

Try ordering some lights from China. I ordered some on November 8th and they finally arrived a couple of days ago. Only took three months to ship.
 

TCC

Tokyo Cycling Club
Jun 30, 2013
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Why not contact the dealer you bought it from first, before going to Fizik direct?