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New career as a mechanic for notorious former pro?

Here’s one of the more bizarre videos we’ve seen recently. Not for its content, which is a reasonable attempt at showing you how to change a tube, but because it features Lance Armstrong.

You’d think after being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and other race wins, Armstrong woud be keeping his head down. He’s still the subject of several lawsuits and his testimony from one of them recently became public and implicated several prominent figures as being involved or aware of his doping.

But no, here’s Armstrong in bike mechanic mode, showing the world how to change a tube, courtesy of Outside magazine. We’d award Outside this week’s 'What Were They Thinking?' prize if US Airways hadn’t already hit it out of the ballpark for all time.

It's obvious what they were thinking, anyway: ‘Let’s get some publicity by doing a video with the man everyone loves to hate’. And here we are falling for it, so there’s that.

Twitter reactions to the video have been darkly funny.

Blogger the Broom Wagon @broomwagonblog said: “Surely Lance is fixing punctured tubes now, not simply throwing in a new one every time. Every $ counts.”

ESPN writer Bonnie D. Ford @Bonnie_D_Ford said: "Next installment: How to fix the last 20 years."

CBS Sports producer Charlie @charolyn_ said: “Good heavens... more hot air? Guess barista job is out. #beans"

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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seven [154 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't recall ever getting so all-over manky when changing a tube. Black hands yes, and maybe a smear under my nose from when I forget and have a pick. Perhaps the makeup person went a bit overboard.

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dafyddp [427 posts] 3 years ago
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you see, just a regular bike enthusiast... he wasn't encouraged to do this by a swanky PR consultancy, no sir! Next week, LA is releasing a new concept in cycle clothing - the hair-shirt jersey.

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Rupert [191 posts] 3 years ago
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He did a good job of changing the inner tube. He's welcome to be team mechanic on the ON THE RIVET VELO CLUB road racing team. http://ontherivet.ning.com  21

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Rupert [191 posts] 3 years ago
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Lance brings up an important environmental issue ! How many of us actually put the dust caps on the valve when fitting an inner tube. I know I don't  17 Should inner tube manufactures be leaving out the dust caps to help save the environment ?  39

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lc1981 [56 posts] 3 years ago
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No, because they serve a purpose when the tube is rolled up.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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In other news - anyone know what type of tyre (or tire) that is?
Been looking about for one of those old skool type tyres (are they called gumwall?) but not having much luck - the ones ive found are mainly tubs or very expensive.

Also - back on topic. Im no apologist and he has been a massive dick but isnt it time we gave Lance a break?
We revere other ex dopers and some of them are even still winning races - time to let bygones be bygones?

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Rupert [191 posts] 3 years ago
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Ah good point lc1981,  41 could the tube be rolled up in a different way ? or could there be a way of returning the valve ?

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jason.timothy.jones [293 posts] 3 years ago
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Some Fella wrote:

In other news - anyone know what type of tyre (or tire) that is?
Been looking about for one of those old skool type tyres (are they called gumwall?) but not having much luck - the ones ive found are mainly tubs or very expensive.

Also - back on topic. Im no apologist and he has been a massive dick but isnt it time we gave Lance a break?
We revere other ex dopers and some of them are even still winning races - time to let bygones be bygones?

For your first question, Challenge Tyres do gum-wall, i'm also a fan, look for the challenge open tubs, they are not cheep but are hand made and ride nearly as good as a tub from all reports

For your second question, Challenge Tyres do gum-wall, i'm also a fan, look for the challenge open tubs, they are not cheep but are hand made and ride nearly as good as a tub from all reports

http://www.challengetech.it/products/road/strada-026/en

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Joselito [160 posts] 3 years ago
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Halo do a black / skin (gumwall) version of their Courier Twin Rails.

http://www.halowheels.com/products/part/TYHAT79N

Accidently bought a pair once for the Single Speed, dunno about clearance and whether you'll get them on your Genesis though.

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brooksby [2218 posts] 3 years ago
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How many of us actually put the dust caps on the valve when fitting an inner tube. I know I don't

I thought we were supposed to put the dust cap on to, you know, keep out dust from the valve mechanism?

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Joselito wrote:

Halo do a black / skin (gumwall) version of their Courier Twin Rails.

http://www.halowheels.com/products/part/TYHAT79N

Accidently bought a pair once for the Single Speed, dunno about clearance and whether you'll get them on your Genesis though.

Got long drops on the Genesis so lots of clearance.
May treat myself for summer.  16

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Joselito [160 posts] 3 years ago
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And you may appreciate the Stymie Bold Typeface.

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DanTe [190 posts] 3 years ago
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Just'a good ol' boys
Never meanin' no harm.
Beats all you never saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born

Staightnin' the curves
Flatnin the hills
Someday the mountain might get 'em
But the law never will

Makin' their way
The only way they know how
That's just a little bit more
Than the law will allow.

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DanTe [190 posts] 3 years ago
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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Interestingly it seems to have taken Lance 30 seconds more to change the tyre than he did in 2007  39
Is that just because he is older or because he now changes tyres 'clean'  39

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Interestingly it seems to have taken Lance 30 seconds more to change the tyre than he did in 2007  39
Is that just because he is older or because he now changes tyres 'clean'  39

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Tom Amos [236 posts] 3 years ago
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Super Domestique [1614 posts] 3 years ago
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Should I run and remove the dust caps from my Spesh?

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themartincox [545 posts] 3 years ago
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Super Domestique wrote:

Should I run and remove the dust caps from my Spesh?

remove the Spesh, leave the caps  3

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offshore_dave [63 posts] 3 years ago
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Top tip for Lance - go tubeless.

It works for me.

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Super Domestique [1614 posts] 3 years ago
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themartincox wrote:
Super Domestique wrote:

Should I run and remove the dust caps from my Spesh?

remove the Spesh, leave the caps  3

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KiwiMike [1286 posts] 3 years ago
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I really must protest on two counts:

The mechanic did not leave the tube on the tyre after removal and do a test inflate to ID where the hole is in relation to the tyre, therefore making the job of finding the cause 99% easier - or if the penetrating article self-extracted, of being sure you didn't miss it with the 'random sweep of death'.

The Random Sweep Of Death itself. Shows you don't have a clue as didn't follow the above, and are doomed to re-flat in a few hundred yards as you missed the tiny, razor-sharp protuberance that snuck under the breaker belt. Try that in the North Hampshire Downs of an autumn/winter and you're likely to loose a finger. I've seen blood drawn.

and yes: valve caps are pointless.

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jmaccelari [252 posts] 3 years ago
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Cool. I'm glad to see he's cultivating his sense of humour...

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SamShaw [266 posts] 3 years ago
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Why isn't he changing a flat on the Enve rims that are fitted to his Parlee?  3

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levermonkey [681 posts] 3 years ago
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Tom Amos wrote:

Cool video but this is cooler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWCDEAYn8rQ&sns=em

Yep! Way Cooler and Hector Picard is way cooler than Lance Armstrong!

I saw this video when it first came out and my opinion of it hasn't changed. It is still one of the most inspirational videos ever put on YouTube.

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mrkeith119 [87 posts] 3 years ago
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To boost performance did he inflate the tyre with air he had sucked out of it a couple of weeks earlier

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gummo [19 posts] 3 years ago
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That video really made me feel sad for some reason.

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allez neg [496 posts] 3 years ago
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Dear Mr Armstrong,

Fuck off into obscurity, there's a good chap.

Yours,

Everybody.

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daddyELVIS [654 posts] 3 years ago
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Throw the dust caps away - good to see the champ* doesn't break the important rules!

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daddyELVIS [654 posts] 3 years ago
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allez neg wrote:

Dear Mr Armstrong,

Fuck off into obscurity, there's a good chap.

Yours,

Everybody.

why watch it then?

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