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Papier mache aero kit and 'Hulking' - will it make one ordinary cyclist hit super-speed?...

“I found I don’t really fit in with cyclists around here,” are the first words from the mouth of this chap in a green gimp suit. No sh*t.

I could cycle 100 miles in a day, he goes on to claim, but that’s not what he’s into.

Speed is where it’s at.

Cut to a bedroom laboratory, where a man dressed as the Incredible Hulk is testing home-made aero helmets.

It’s spray-painted green for aggression, apparently, he explains, before inspecting a map of a straight stretch of road in Cumbria.

All this, in pursuit of a speed limit; one set by a fluorescent yellow roadside speed trap, set to 45mph.
Does he manage it? Watch the vid to find out.

 

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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lookmanohands [119 posts] 3 years ago
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 24 24 24 24 genius, love that! Perhaps he could join sparticus and martin in an hour record attempt  21

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Trull [81 posts] 3 years ago
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He'd smash it on a recumbent, mind you there's a 40 speedcam on the downhill A90 into Aberdeen...

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faqibg [16 posts] 3 years ago
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The question of "is he actually serious?" makes me laugh even more  24 .

I'm sorry but 5 mins online can make you recognise some of the blatant mistakes so easily.

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koko56 [330 posts] 3 years ago
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Is not it nigh on impossible to set off a camera with just one bike? I went through a 30 camera at ~ 45 on a downhill many times but everytime - nothing. Even if I sat up just for it in hope it would have more to register.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone wanting to try and repeat this should look up Morphsuits http://www.morphsuits.co.uk/

That's what he is wearing, rather than a "gimp suit"  3

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mrkeith119 [87 posts] 3 years ago
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koko56 wrote:

Is not it nigh on impossible to set off a camera with just one bike? I went through a 30 camera at ~ 45 on a downhill many times but everytime - nothing. Even if I sat up just for it in hope it would have more to register.

You can get ski jackets with radar plates in so you can be found after avalanches. I've always thought it might possible with one of these. But quite hot to try.

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rich22222 [165 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm going straight to Argos to invest in a wind tunnel...

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Northernbike [229 posts] 3 years ago
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I fear that helmet could get him into trouble should he bump into Sigourney Weaver on holiday in Cumbria with her neutron blaster.

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Jack Osbourne snr [567 posts] 3 years ago
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0.4 mph short.  13

Surely some green aero lycra shoe covers over his trainers would fix that?

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sm [392 posts] 3 years ago
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Love it although I'm pretty sure that helmet is not UCI approved.

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Simon_MacMichael [2466 posts] 3 years ago
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koko56 wrote:

Is not it nigh on impossible to set off a camera with just one bike? I went through a 30 camera at ~ 45 on a downhill many times but everytime - nothing. Even if I sat up just for it in hope it would have more to register.

I set off a camera on way down Cumnor Hill coming into Oxford once - and I'm not exactly Vincenzo Nibali when it comes to descending. Proud moment  3

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Scowel [50 posts] 3 years ago
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Isn't it totally irresponsible to be advocating a cyclist breaking the law by speeding on this site? Ha ha ha, whatever...

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Al__S [1081 posts] 3 years ago
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Scowel: he's breaking no laws. Speed limits legally don't apply to bicycles!

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koko56 [330 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
koko56 wrote:

Is not it nigh on impossible to set off a camera with just one bike? I went through a 30 camera at ~ 45 on a downhill many times but everytime - nothing. Even if I sat up just for it in hope it would have more to register.

I set off a camera on way down Cumnor Hill coming into Oxford once - and I'm not exactly Vincenzo Nibali when it comes to descending. Proud moment  3

Teach me your ways!

What could help? Wearing all white? Although I could be wasting time as I'm not sure if that camera is working even.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1345 posts] 3 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

Scowel: he's breaking no laws. Speed limits legally don't apply to bicycles!

As long as he doesn't try it in Richmond Park! They'll throw the book at him there - if Fenton doesn't get him first.

There's a road I know of where motorists seem to hit 60-70 mph late at night or in the early hours. There's one of those pointless speed readout display things, that gives a frowning face if you go over 30. I almost never see it do anything but frown at a motorist (what _is_ the point of it?), but have never managed to get it to do so at me (not even close)

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belgravedave [270 posts] 3 years ago
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Good to see some pisstaking, I sometimes feel the cycling world rather like rugby is going the way of soccer and becoming self serving and far to serious for it's own good. The wind tunnel and aero helmet was my favourite bit, reminded me of all the crap promo's manufactures produce for their latest bike launch. Really looking forward to part two.

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BertYardbrush [57 posts] 3 years ago
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Most villages in Nottinghamshire tell you how fast you are going as you pass a speed indicator board. Normally we fly by at 14mph.

The film  24 definitely fits the desciption of "bad cycling".

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Wolfshade [197 posts] 3 years ago
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I've been doing it wrong.
With this latest research from sports psychology I will improve my performance.

You won't like me when I am angry.
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mooleur [537 posts] 3 years ago
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Anyone know if they'll be releasing replicas of that helmet in time for the BCTT Nationals next year?

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drfabulous0 [409 posts] 3 years ago
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Rather than a custom paper mache bike perhaps he could get that little extra speed by say... using the drops.

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timothy [38 posts] 3 years ago
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Bet Brailsford has been in touch already

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WolfieSmith [1327 posts] 3 years ago
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The whole morph suit craze is a weird one. On Halloween the doorbell went and our neighbour's kid was stood there in a full cover pink morph suit - his mate in a black suit. Both looked like gimps - which for 12 year old boys is a bit alarming. Reminded me of the very funny Wayne's World version of Madonna's Justify My Love.

Great film guys. Maybe you can check out the Club Rider cartoons on Spin Cycle Magazine and do a film series on cyclist weirdos?

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Matt eaton [742 posts] 3 years ago
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Love the film, cycling needs more of this!

I watched a vid of a rollerblader getting flashed by a camera and he found that the camera could only 'see' him when he was wearing a high-vis tabard. I'm not sure if this is to do with colour, contrast or surface area but it worked for him.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 3 years ago
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Some time ago I managed to get the 30mph camera on Salthouse Road in Barrow in Furness to flash me  24