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Continental introduces some new tires on a strangely disorienting road track

On 17 May 1943, a squadron of Avro Lancasters slipped into the night fog over the Edersee reservoir and let loose with a half dozen Barnes Wallis bouncing bombs. In what might have been the most technologically adventurous air attack in the European Theatre, the dam busters skipped their bombs across the water and into the face of the 400-metre wide Edersee dam, blowing a hole in it that sent a torrent into the valley below and turned off the lights for that part of Germany.

The lights were on again as I sat on the terrace at the Waldeck castle and gazed out at the reservoir below, glistening there like blue steel in the late afternoon sun. The repaired Edersee dam was only a few kilometres away. A pretty waitress delivered to me a long-stemmed glass filled properly with good German wine, maybe even the Merlot I had asked for. I sipped gratefully and thought about those RAF lads in their thundering Lancs, on a night 69 years and one week before, braving streams of firey ack-ack in a war that was anything but won. We had made our own attack that afternoon, not on a dam but on the autobahn, a parade of Americans, Brits, and Canucks on German, British, Italian, Austrian, and

Japanese motorcycles, flashing across the German countryside at speeds that might have almost kept up to those attacking bombers.

The whole adventure, in fact, was an attack. Conti Attack Days 2012, it was called, a splendid little romp for journalists who had come from away to sample the new motorcycle tires by Continental, the smallest premium motorcycle-tire manufacturer and a company that, we had been told, is going to "attack the motorcycle tire market much harder" in days and years to come. Continental had some new tires and some new technology to show us: the Sport Attack 2, the Road Attack 2 CR, and the Attack SM, as well as some others that will only be available in Europe, for racing applications.

We had been driven to the Contidrom earlier by a young Continental employee who seemed to think that everyone else on the autobahn was put there to get in his way. "Stupid driver, " he would mutter, then plunge the accelerator pedal nearly through the floor of the Mercedes van and bound into a sudden gap of 100-mile-an-hour traffic. We were teaching him some foreign expressions. FUBAR, and SNAFU, we started with, and he nodded, more or less understanding. "What means, uh, clusterfuck?" he said. "I think it's when one man and two women ...?"

2009-06-20 11:25:17 by delayedendeavor

Need to buy cheap bike. have no clue

Ill be going into the military in 3 months and im looking to buy a bike that is good for exercise and park trails. i have no clue on what to buy because ive personally never bought a bike. there is no way in hell im paying over $200 for a small piece of aluminum with wheels. i dont understand these bikes going for $500+. personally id buy a motorcycle if i had that kind of cash.
im 6 foot 4 so the bike needs to be larger. a hybrid mountain/road would be nice. meaning i want shock coils but not huge fat tires and a super heavy mountain bike. help would be much appreciated.

2009-06-29 13:47:36 by EmailNBheleu

For what it's worth...

For those of you interested, here is the e-mail I sent Phil Williams (he's very responsive), and underneath I will post the reply I had from him (yes I asked his permission to post it).
My e-mail to him:
While in office, one of the things I hope you could change is the State's stance on obesity, fuel conservation, and cheap transport for the citizens of Alabama. One of the things that stands in the way of all of the above is Alabama's laws concerning motor assisted bicycles which defines any modification to a bicycle such that it is powered by something other than human power to be a motorcycle and thereby subject to all the laws of a motorcycle (turn signals, obtaining a VIN, DOT approved tires, license, etc)

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