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Pathetic polluting cyclist

By troll-sniffer 24 January 2010 27

Northbourne Debris

Spotted this from my bicycle on the nature strip of Northbourne Ave a bit up from Space if I recall correctly.  This kind of unthinking rubbishing of the landscape is typical of a small number of the lycra brigade who cannot be bothered to take their detritus with them but no doubt would scoff and point and anyone doing the same with a Maccas bag.

The valve is a Presta style, normally used by the lycra warriors, rather than the ordinary car type of valve used by the casual cyclist.

Pathetic really, cyclists normally pride ourselves on being environmentally conscious, but obviously not this self-absorbed specimen.


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Danman 2:33 pm 28 Jan 10

Err puncture resistant tyres not tubes…

Clown Killer 2:30 pm 28 Jan 10

Maybe these road cyclists need to sactifice a little bit of weight* for reliability

Reminds me of the old saying when it comes to bike stuff: Strong, Light, Cheap. Pick any two.

Danman 1:34 pm 28 Jan 10

Postalgeek said :

Judging from the thin presta tube it’s been left by some wnker roadie cursing at all the broken glass that’s ruined his Very Important training

I roll on prestas and ride a hybrid – Reason being is that my rims are built to withstand +110 PSI. Prestas were invented so that you have more structural integrity on a thin rim, because the valve stem is considerably thinner than schraeder (Your typical car valve)

Higher PSI = lower rolling resistance – v/improtant for a +100kg dude like me.

Not everyone who rolls on prestas is some kind of closed mind elitist tool.

Standard practise for me is to carry a ready to inflate spare tube and if I get a puncture is a straight up swap and pump w/ a C02 canister without any need for roadside puncture repair. The flat tube replaces the good one in my spares saddle pack and gets repaired on arrival at my destination.

Now that I roll on continetal gatorskins, I am yet to have a puncture on my daily ngunnawal-braddon-ngunnawal commutes. It used to be every 60km or so, and twice in 16km on occasions. Maybe these road cyclists need to sactifice a little bit of weight* for reliability

*puncture resistant tubes by nature of kevlar lining/sidewall belts weight more.

Grrrr 9:05 am 28 Jan 10

typical of a small number

.. and the detector becomes the emitter! It’s a shame that you had to spoilt it with this contradiction.

Postalgeek 5:48 pm 27 Jan 10

I actually agree with you trollsniffer. It’s bad enough having slobs throwing crap out of cars, without cyclists undoing the work that’s been put into cycle advocacy. All my cycle circles, roadie and mtb, frown on discarded tubes.

Judging from the thin presta tube it’s been left by some wnker roadie cursing at all the broken glass that’s ruined his Very Important training, who then decides that an act of contempt should be met with another act of contempt. As he obviously doesn’t like to patch, I’m sure karma will catch up with him and he will have forgotten to replace the spare when the next puncture comes along. Hopefully that will be past Tidbinbilla.

In the meantime, trollsniffer, a word of advice. If you want people to remained tuned to a post related to cycling, drop the lycra BS. It’s not elitist, many casual cyclists wear it, and if we all thought it looked cool we’d wear it to the pub. It’s functional, comfortable, and safer than loose clothing. Be at peace with that fact.

I-filed 3:00 pm 27 Jan 10

The cyclist probably forgot to pick it up. Better to assume “no environmental malice intended”. Or perhaps it was dropped by a non-cyclist who was carrying it somewhere, for some purpose. I can think of several uses for a bicycle tube. In fact, if I had come across it on a nature strip I could well have been pleased with the opportunity.

Jim Jones 11:38 am 27 Jan 10

Well, that settles it then: all cyclists are obviously vicious sociopaths.

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