chris horner: no gloves, one booty and a big smile
Last Post 09/13/2013 08:39 AM by Frederick Jones. 21 Replies.
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jacques_anquetil

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09/08/2013 11:56 AM
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Gonzo Cyclist

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09/08/2013 12:58 PM
I was wondering about the one booty also, but then noticed that Nibali looks like he has neoprene gloves on, and Horner has no gloves, but he's wearing leg warmers?
the reports said that it was in the low 30's? A bunch of the riders came down with hypothermia, that's nuts
Oldfart

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09/08/2013 01:03 PM
Geez. I was looking at his butt thinking yeah he's pretty skinny. Then I saw one shoe cover. D'oh. You'd think a pro team and riders would know to bring warmer clothes for crap weather.
Orange Crush

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09/08/2013 01:07 PM
That's a funny pic but the conditions were not so funny. It actually did not seem all that bad but the change from searing heat must have been a shock.

As Spain's Juan Manuel Garate (Belkin) told Spanish television, "up to today it's been very hot, suddenly it's dropped by 30 degrees. It's ok when it's cold, but you need time to adapt." Garate spent 10 min in team car using the heated seats to warm back up and change into dry cloths before souldiering on in stage.

Basso: "When I stopped, three or four people were needed to get me off my bike. I was confused and lost, the team car did the right thing because I could have hurt myself,"

Alejandro Valverde recalled Luis Leon Sanchez (Belkin) being forced to quit because he was so cold he could not control his bike, and Spanish television said another rider in the break, Steve Chainel (Ag2R) had to stop and get in a team car to get a massage to avoid hypothermia.

Meanwhile Nibali seems to be walking away with this Vuelta without even having to try. He's just toying with everyone else.
jmdirt

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09/08/2013 01:14 PM
He rarely wears gloves. He was probably removing his booties when the pace lifted so he only got one off. He looks like he is smiling when he is breathing hard. He is wearing leg warmers because of his crap knees.
Inferno7

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09/08/2013 04:05 PM
It's been fun to watch, great race so far.
jacques_anquetil

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09/08/2013 08:19 PM
next day: still smiling.

laurentja

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09/09/2013 02:00 AM
Horner morphed his grimace into a smile years ago. Has to psyche out the competition. I remember cheering on Horner in Fitchburg MA back in the mid-90's and he had the smile back then when pulling the field along at 30mph. I wonder if he ever had gloves on during that stage...? That would surprise me if he was that casual about it with so much to lose. Usually the fingers are the first thing that goes - on the long descents you can't modulate the brakes very well, you can't even feel them and you're shaking too.
Ride On

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09/10/2013 07:07 PM
Doesn't Viagra help blood flow?

More blood flow helps keep you warm.

Old guys need it I've heard.
bobswire

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09/10/2013 09:08 PM
Posted By Ride On on 09/10/2013 07:07 PM
Doesn't Viagra help blood flow?

More blood flow helps keep you warm.

Old guys need it I've heard.

Don't believe everything you hear!
Dale

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09/10/2013 09:59 PM
heh, heh, heh... tell 'em Bob
Master50

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09/11/2013 08:46 PM
On stage 1 of the tour of Alberta a young rider went down after the feed zone. He landed on his bare palms. All week he rode in great pain and a lot of bandages. Never ride bare handed.
longslowdistance

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09/12/2013 10:46 AM
Good point.
How much body armor to wear? Why stop with gloves? Performance used to sell stretch cordura shorts and 3/4 knickers. Much better abrasion resistance than just lycra, but still comfortable. I still have my knickers. They are a bit warmer than thin lycra, which would be an issue in hot weather. Just side panels could save a lot of skin.
Yo Mike

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09/12/2013 11:33 AM
+1 Master50

Handshoe

From hand +‎ shoe, likely as a calque of Dutch handschoen (“glove, mitten”) or German Handschuh (“glove”).

Makes sense to me.

Orange Crush

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09/12/2013 11:52 AM
Good point LSD. There's a heck of a lot more incidents where thighs, buttocks or arms get scraped. Equally painful yet we chose minimal or no protection there. Hmmm.
Dale

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09/12/2013 12:24 PM
I had a friend ask if I was wearing protective gear when I crashed.. yeah, 7 ounces of styrofoam and spandex. She said I was an idiot... tough to disagree.

I think someone could use this stuff in the hip area of bike shorts to lessen the impact. Probably a mm or two would be enough to help. Some of the technical gear I sell uses this-- it's amazing

http://www.poronxrd.com/index.aspx
Cosmic Kid

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09/12/2013 12:46 PM
WAY back in the day, Pearl has MTB shorts that had hip pads built into them. The buyer for the shop where I was working (I was a newbie) brought in a bunch thinking that roadies would want them for crits.

Classic case of a buyer not understanding the demographic....no self-respecting rider is gonna show up at a crit with hip pads sticking out of his shorts. That just screams "I'm going down and taking a bunch of you fookers with me!!"

From the same time period, I remember a Cat.2 guy who would show up at local races with elbow pads.....nobody would ride anywhere near him!!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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09/12/2013 01:45 PM
I remember someone selling 'crit shorts' with padding-- looked like football pants. They collected dust sitting on the shelves. The Poron stuff is good enough that it could be thin to the point of not being obtrusive or obvious
longslowdistance

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09/12/2013 01:46 PM
Anyone else out there used to own "jamming shorts", with a pocket for a rod like thing that made handoffs easier in a team madison? I used to wear them in crits for the protection (without the jamming tool, of course).
Cosmic Kid

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09/12/2013 03:10 PM
Posted By Dale Dale on 09/12/2013 01:45 PM
I remember someone selling 'crit shorts' with padding-- looked like football pants. They collected dust sitting on the shelves. The Poron stuff is good enough that it could be thin to the point of not being obtrusive or obvious


Hmmmm.....now that you mention it, maybe they were crit shorts that she thought the MTB'ers would love. Damn old age, fogging up my memory. But yeah, they looked like football pants.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Master50

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09/12/2013 09:13 PM
recent Eurobike post of a skin suit with little features for slide protection.
Dale I suppose the question seemed appropriate but had you wore slide protection for that once in 20 year event (outside of racing of course) that you would have died of heat exhaustion at least once
I used to race crits with 2 pair of shorts on
longslowdistance

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09/13/2013 08:39 AM
Padded shorts for free riding are still around, I think. I wear goalie pants under baggies for similar protection. . . . Not a good option for the road, of course.


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