Editorial: The Eternal Suffering Of The Spoke

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I was once on a Mavic press launch, somewhere in the French mountains. Our merry band of bike journalists was augmented by some of Mavic’s sponsored riders, including Jérôme Clementz and the flamboyant Frenchman Cédric Gracia. As we stopped for lunch at an outdoor café, I found myself sitting next to Cédric as he was talking about the stresses that wheels have to undergo.  Now, any form of spoked wheels, from three-speed paper-round-bike to road racer, are pretty flippin’ extraordinary. As a structure they can hold many times their own weight and are flexible, yet strong. They can absorb shocks...

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  • Premier Icon stingmered
    Free Member

    Until “PING!”

    ‘Goddamit spoke!’

    😀

    Premier Icon pmurden
    Full Member

    It’s stuff like this that form the huge gulf between them and us.

    Premier Icon Charlie Hobbs
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    I think it is simply great we can ride the same tech as these masters. It might come in handy if we ever find ourselves in their situation, briefly.
    I have a Campbell Brothers Bonzer surfboard. Hand sculptured by a legend. A mega refined concaved foil of uber high performance… that has spent 99% of it life grovelling in weak English waves, where any board would have been ok. But one day I found myself in “their situation”, a 20 foot point break in Morocco, wow… I could feel the fins load up and release, projecting me even faster out of every turn, energy squirting out the back… magic carpet ride. Aha… so this is what it’s for.

    Premier Icon robertajobb
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    “…It might come in handy if we ever find ourselves in their situation, briefly”

    I’m ready for the call to go ride my bike whilst getting paid handsomely in somewhere warm and uplift blessed, when ever they want me 👍

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