I'm certainly showing signs of Old-buffers syndrome - there are three symptons: you get slower, it takes longer to feel better afterwards ... and I forget what the other one is :)
My references above come from signs that Phil's slowly going ga-ga. Murray become well loved for his ability to trip over his tongue and to get excited - Phil seems to be going the same way and like Murray, I reckon he'll be loved for it as well.
One of Murray Walker's favourite sayings during a race was: "And unless I'm very much mistaken ... yes, I'm very much mistaken". I was a flag marshal for three of the Adelaide GPs and for two of those, was lucky enough to be where the drivers, etc crossed the circuit to the pits. One afternoon, Murray Walker was waiting to cross and while waiting, was chatting and joking and signing things with us flaggies. One of the girls asked him to sign her t-shirt and he asked her if she wanted anything on it. She cheekily asked for the above quote. Murray laughed and immediately wrote it on the shirt. A many who loved his motor sport and didn't take himself too seriously.
I wonder how many times a maggy has to swoop you in one hour before it gives up and puts you on the 'don't swoop' list.
Anyone tried this method?
That sounds like TROUBLE to me .
I remember seeing a video (damned if I can find it now) where someone tried different helmets and covers, zip ties etc - I think one even had a fake hand on it. He got attacked every time. Except the one time he rode past the maggie sans helmet.
Now I'm not advocating no helmet, or trying to start yet another debate. But I do wonder if its the helmet maggies are attracted to.
Simon, you could test your theory by wearing a wig over your helmet.
He could test that theory by riding without a helmet - it wouldn't work for me, my 'full head of hair' resembles a helmet without the air vents.
Simon, I'm sure you're referring to this video...
Been swooped plenty of times walking the street, and I tend not to wear a helmet then.
I very rarely seem to get swooped. I like to think its because my black and red helmet makes me look like something dangerous. Although I've been told that the magpies probably see my pedaling style and think, there's no point swooping that creature, whatever it is it's half dead anyway. Ouch...