Using the newspaper in the TDF???

Discussion in 'The Bike Cafe' started by Xandre, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. Xandre

    Xandre New Member

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    Okay okay...I was watching the TDF "again" (I have Tivo) I'm a fanatic, but I could've sworn that I saw people handing out the newspaper to racers in the middle of a stage? Could someone please explain this to me? What in God's name do they use it for? When they run off into the woods to have a BM? (bowel-movement) Read and Wipe? Please someone explain this to me!! Thanks....

    Am I on drugs?? Yes or no?
     
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  2. Duckwah

    Duckwah New Member

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    In the mountain stages the riders stuff the newspaper down the front of their jerseys for wind protection on the descents and ditch it for the climbs

    alternately it migt be to see how many times they get mentioned.....
     
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    SERIOUSLY? Shows what I DON'T know about road riding (tons by the way). And all this time I've been using Windstopper to stop the wind. It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world (at least here in Oregon apparently). You learn something new everyday...

    K.:)
     
  4. Duckwah

    Duckwah New Member

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    yeah seriously

    if they wore a windstopper they would have to carry it up the next hill and thats 500gm extra to carry

    newspaper is free and its sort of a tradition i guess
     
  5. Xandre

    Xandre New Member

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    hahah....great! i thought i was going crazy!
    Damn...i'd like to see that along side an ad for nike windstopper gear! $100 my ass! Gimme a quarter to buy the paper! and for the really really cold days...toss me the Sunday paper...Thanks for the info! Anythin other wierd bits of info that most of us probably dont know?
     
  6. Duckwah

    Duckwah New Member

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    Ooooh i don't know if you want to go there, i'm a sink of useless information
     
  7. Ratface

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    C'mon Duckwah - surprise us :-D
     
  8. Xandre

    Xandre New Member

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    yeah yeah...share the wisdom!! : P
     
  9. Shabby

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    The other use for newspaper is for drying wet cycling shoes - stuff them with sheets of paper, then remove the paper after an hour or so. This suck a lot of the moisture out of the shoes, and is quickler than drying them in front of the heater (not good for leather).
     
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    hmmm...keep em coming!
     
  11. Duckwah

    Duckwah New Member

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    well i don't know where do you want me to start, i' not a big cycling history freak but i know a bit about materials science, aerodynamics, a lot about chemistryetc

    pick an obscure technical question and i'll see if i can give you an answer

    *note to self, what the hell have i just got myself into*
     
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