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Have you ever participated in medical experimentation to aid the R&D of bike manufacturers?
A surprising number of respondents answered Yes to this,

Do you listen to music while in the saddle?
though not to this, leaving us somewhat confused about our demographic

A special note on Shania Twain:
We have no problem with Ms Twain. Indeed, her album Up! does its job admirably, and much of Come On Over is entirely without fault... these being the limits of our familiarity with her oeuvre. However, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT that you cut the first few seconds of intro from many of the tracks, e.g., "Let's Go" (from I'm Gonna Get You Good), "Here it comes" (Ain't No Particular Way), "Kick it" (I'm Holding On To Love), "Here we go, yeah" (Whatever You Do! Don't!, incidentally a great! song!), "Cool" (which sounds particularly lame for some reason on the marvelous Don't Be Stupid). In her defense, "Let's go girls" (Man! I Feel Like A Woman!) is contextually appropriate. Occasionally we even find ourselves mouthing the words, which is alarming to say the least. As for Up!, it is strongly advised that you immediately dispose of the bonus CD. It was a nice idea to provide an entire alternative album - if only Dylan did this - but you will suffer irreparable harm. You should also avoid listening to her when she stops singing, just as you should never watch Dylan act.

Our current desert island* minidisc includes:
Bob Dylan, Mississippi
Tanita Tikaram, To Wish This
Nils Lofgren, Black Books - with a sublime guitar solo
Warren Zevon, Life'll Kill Ya
Randy Newman, Dixie Flyer
also, his entire album Bad Love,
particularly The Great Nations of Europe
Norah Jones, Come Away With Me
Madreblu, Certemente
Van Morrison, High Summer
Shawn Colvin, Polaroids
AC/DC, Back In Black
Billy Idol, Dancing With Myself
Jimmy Somerville, Coming
Shania Twain, C'est La Vie
Supertramp, Take the Long Way Home
Paul Westerberg, Mr Rabbit
cuts from the BBC's Vanity Fair soundtrack
The Polyphonic Spree, Hanging Around The Day
Clint Black, The Galaxy Song - he does a good cover
* East Sussex hills, more like
spare disc in case the first one gets waterlogged:
The Band - The Saga of Pepote Rouge
Lyle Lovett - Family Reserve
Texas - Guitar Song
k.d. lang - miss chatelaine
Michael Jones - Pianoscapes
The Beautiful South - Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)
Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
Indigo Girls - Nashville
Bob Seger - The Fire Inside
The Kinks - Living on a Thin Line
Ben E. King - I Who Have Nothing
Barenaked Ladies - Be My Yoko Ono
Pete Townsend - Slit Skirts
Alabama3 - Peace In The Valley
Richard Thompson - Cooksferry Queen
George Winston - Winter Into Spring
Paul Simon - The Obvious Child
Crash Test Dummies - Afternoons & Coffeespoons
Heather Nova, Walk This World
Four Men & A Dog, Another Irish Rover
Neil Young, Harvest Moon

What would you like to see on the ideal cycling computer?
"Teenage driver in souped up Honda Civic sensor" - Brian
"Laser to zap people who shout 'yer weels goin roaaaund'" -Steve


True or false: If you fill your innertubes with helium you'll go faster
We have a strong feeling that this is true, though The Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton has stopped accepting our collect calls

Does being a cyclist gives you time off from purgatory?
There's something about this in the book of Revelations

What is a sensible amount of money to spend on a bicycle?
A trick question, of course. A recent EU directive, in language which is a striking departure from the usual legalese, has declared bicycles to be 'Necessary as air is for breathing and sunlight for seeing; henceforth and for all time they shall be free to anyone who requests them'

What's your favourite (non-cycling related) reading material?
"Anything with words." -Kingsley
"I don't quite know, but it's sure not this calculus text." - Ryan
'Smutty fanfiction." -Rochelle

We personally recommend in no particular order:
William Blum, Rogue State
John Pilger, Hidden Agendas
Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
George Monbiot, Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain
Karen Armstrong, A History of God
John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
Matthew Kneale, English Passengers
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States
David Simon, Homicide
Donna Tartt, The Secret History
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
Charles Bukowski, Factotum
Stanley Elkin, The Dick Gibson Show
Karen MacNeil, The Book of Whole Foods
Stuart Wilson, Out of It
Adam Roberts, Salt
Berton Roueché, The Medical Detectives
anything by Stephen Jay Gould
anything by Studs Terkel
anything by Douglas Adams
anything by Noam Chomsky - although not having read his work on linguistics, we may be speaking too soon
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition

Who would be your ideal tandem partner?
"As long as she's Japanese, I don't care." - Peter
"George Clooney" - Beverly
"Madonna..but she'd need to be in front" - Kingsley
"Someone who's willing to rub my back" - Steve
"Maybe you don't know the girl, but I'm keen on riding with Grit Franke" - Mathias
"That Twain girl" -John
"Anyone who wants to stoke" -Robert
"If my spouse won't find out, Catherine Zeta Jones" -Steve


Have you arrived at BR after typing something completely unrelated to cycling into a search engine?
And did you stick around afterwards?

If you've come this far we will reward your labour with our kind thoughts.
For more of same, try 20 Questions (abridged)