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  • alpin
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    Reply to: Holiday cancelled because of rain

    I would love to, but we’ve only got the GF’s mx5. Picked up a Saris Bones.

    Tried fitting two bikes on the back of it. It looks comical and barely legal.

    No way we’re going to get camping gear on there, too. Besides, campsites aren’t much cheaper than Airbnb options.

    Hopefully my mechanic can get the van rolling again by mid week….

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Holiday cancelled because of rain

    At such short notice we can’t get a place…. The cheapest place we could find was 115€ a night. Most are upwards of 200€. A fair bit more than the 15€/night out would have cost us.

    Will speak to my mechanic tomorrow. Hopefully the van will be back running by the end of the week…. That’ll give us at least ten days before having to return to the grind.

    To be fair, when we’re in the van we’ll generally choose not to ride if it’s raining because showering and getting everything dry is a pain. In a hut with mod cons it’s not such a problem.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Holiday cancelled because of rain

    No, but people have made arrangements to have the week off.

    Matey boy with the hut is a friend of a friend. He doesn’t want to go, so no one goes. Kinda sucks.

    The weather recently has been pants north of the alps. One or two almost summer days (today was 31°C,but last week was on-off rain each day) followed by rainy grey days. Was 19°C on Thursday!

    I just need a holiday!

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Loud neighbours having a party few houses away…

    Thought this was going to be another post from CG complaining about her neighbours….

    Can you smell drugs?

    Nice one, OP. Live and let live.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: MX5 NB bike rack…. Saris Bones the go to?

    How does the cost of renting bikes there compare with hassle/cost of getting your bikes on the MX5? Or renting a van for the trip?

    Lots more than the cost of a bike rack. We’re staying in a hut the first week (Canazei) and then a campsite the week after (Paganella).

    Would end up strapping tent and bits on top of the rack. Might be taking just the necessaries.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: MX5 NB bike rack…. Saris Bones the go to?

    Bump….

    If I order this for it to be here by Monday I need to do it now. Bank Holiday today in Germany.

    Saris Bones 3 bike rack for 150€.
    Figure I can send it back if I don’t need it, but can’t see the van being fixed in time….

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    alpin
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    Reply to: What’s the wackiest/weirdest gift you’ve given?

    Bible at a christening. Had an intense but kinda good humoured debate on why they were getting their little un baptised. Needless to say I thought it was shit. Mum was a bit upset but dad saw the funny side.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: MX5 NB bike rack…. Saris Bones the go to?

    I thought it was the m 3 had an alu boot lid.

    We’re driving across the alps from Munich to the dolomites. There is no way I’m putting the hardtop on….!

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Another reason to hate e-bikes

    Yes.

    We **** about with nature far too much. Nature will find a way to punish us.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: MX5 NB bike rack…. Saris Bones the go to?

    Hmmm…. Bikes are Strive and Trance, so no shocks on the top tube…. Problemo?

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    alpin
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    Reply to: MX5 NB bike rack…. Saris Bones the go to?

    Oh… It needs to take two “enduro” bikes.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: That new Specialized Enduro

    Silly money…. And for the majority of people they wouldn’t know if they were riding a high end yeti /santa Cruz/Specialized or a mid range YT, Commencal or canyon if it wasn’t for the name on the down tube. Let’s be honest, most people are mincers regardless of what brands bike they’re riding.

    I always thought of Specialized as the vw of the bike World, but perhaps they are aiming for the santa Cruz market.

    I won’t be buying one because I just don’t like Specialized…. Roubaix cafe… “enduro” copyright.

    And a mate of mine worked for them for a while as a team mechanic. Got a tour of the HQ. Everyone there had drunk the cool aid. They had a guy there who introduced himself as Jumanji. Think his name was was Harold or something else inane. Good coffee machine, mind.

    Their dealers aren’t charities staffed by volunteers in premises at peppercorn rent and zero rates!

    I’ve two friends who have worked for Specialized just south of Munich. I’ve another friend who worked for Canyon in Koblenz.

    I know what the specialized bis were getting paid (mechanic and marketing /promotion) and I know what the canyon boy was getting paid. I know where is rather be employed.

    And the turnover of staff at the former is high which speaks volumes about the conditions and the culture.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Does foam trump procore these days?

    Have just installed ARD after smashing a rim and destroying an Agressor DD… The tyre would have died, but maybe my room would have been saved with it installed.

    Off for two weeks off bike parks and big alone days in Monday.

    Will report back if I don’t forget.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: How do I broach the subject that my sister is fat?

    Lots of you seem to think it my intention to upset my sister by pointing out that she has put on weight. That’s never been my intention, hence posting here, as generally the advice given is very good.

    And some of you would do well to read the whole thread before jumping to the end to post hard man (fat man? 😉) comments about what you’d do if I told you that you are fat.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: How do I broach the subject that my sister is fat?

    As a bloke prone to “providing solutions” myself I have learned over the years that offering helpful suggestions isn’t always the best way to help. Just being a receptive pair of ears and being ready to offer a little positive reinforcement/encouragement and what small assistance you can is often enough.

    Same…

    Women are from Venus, men are from Mars….. 😁

    GF keeps getting me to read it (with my ears, audio book!).

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    alpin
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    Reply to: How do I broach the subject that my sister is fat?

    ^^^ you’re right, I am quite a judgemental git at times and I know that I lack a large dose of empathy.

    Just spoken to my aunt, my mum’s closest sister, and she has pretty much told me what the majority of people here are saying.

    She’s aware of her situation. She doesn’t need me telling her that I’m concerned /think she should change. The eldest starts full time school in September and she has told people that that is the time she is going to do something about it…. She’s finding it hard to find time with two kids around her feet.

    I’m back in the UK in October. I’ll broach the subject then.

    Cheers people…. 👍 😘

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    alpin
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    Reply to: How do I broach the subject that my sister is fat?

    So do nothing about a situation that is likely to get worse? Seriously? Don’t step in?

    I love her, but I also find it somewhat sad on her part.

    If I’m really honest I find it embarrassing.

    And she is no longer the bubbly, happy person she was a few years back. Some of this I would attribute to mum’s death. They were best friends. My sister even bought the house next door to my folks!

    I’m always surprised when visiting at the portions she serves up. And the extra side dishes she orders at restaurants. And the amount of crisps she munches. To be fair, she is very good with her kids in that they don’t get their hands on chocolate very often.

    I think she needs someone to tell her, and since her fella nor my old man seem willing to say anything then I feel it falls on me. I don’t want her ending up not being able to enjoy doing things with her boys, feeling shitty at the beach/hot weather, her suffering from snide remarks from others.

    @eddiebaby thanks.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Wonky maxxis…..

    Hmmm…. Mine was fubar’d before being fitted, don’t think the tyre insert I had in there did much either way.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Shimano brake lever seals….

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    there is a blow off valve in some shimanos (xt,etc)
    it just gets rid of excess oil

    nice one…. that puts my mind at ease somewhat, but also annoys me that i replaced the front lever for nothing.

    where did you get that info? can’t find anything from shimano or in any reviews other than on forums with the odd person saying that it exists.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Brexit and other stuff

    And with reference to Eastern Europeans being less not being so enamored with British multiculturalism, I would agree.

    Their societies are almost exclusively white.

    The further east you travel in Germany, the fewer dark skinned people you will see, and that goes for Turks, if which there are many in Germany. (**** me, casual racism is very common here in “progressive” Bavaria.)

    Go across the border into Poland or Czech and you’ll not see anyone who doesn’t look Polish or Czech. Can’t imagine going further west into the baltic states it’s going to be much different.

    But, hopefully familiarity breeds some more understanding, but generally people don’t like what they don’t know.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Brexit and other stuff

    I would agree that a large majority of Eastern Europeans came to the UK around 2006/2007 were drawn because of financial reasons.

    Working on site around that time in London and Essex myself and other chippies and tradesman were looking at around £230-£260 day rate.

    The government allowed free movement of people from new EU countries (this is going from memory) whereas Germany and France put a limit on the numbers from the new states.

    Our bosses were finding it harder and harder to bid on contracts and stay competitive.

    The first trades to suffer were the painters. Low start up costs, I guess. Then it was the plasterers. And then it was the other trades.

    I remember being on one site and the site’s 110v tranny box was full of 110>240v converters with European plugs running from them. (240v generally banned on site for safety reasons.) there was a bit of a barmy with the site manager who basically said that at the prices they were charging he could afford to overlook it.

    Whereas we were looking to earn upwards of 200 notes a day, the new influx of trades people were working for £60-£80 a day,but living five or six guys to a room.

    Work dried up towards the end of 2007, in part because of the new, cheaper labour, but mostly because of the economic downturn.

    I can’t knock them for it. I’m not bitter.

    You’d be foolish not to make the most of an opportunity to earn 4-5 times as much as do at home.

    If you want to get angry, get angry about the government policy that allowed a massive influx of cheap labour to come onto the market.

    I ended up leaving the UK in 2008 for Germany (GF is German) and thought I’d go there, learn some German and return to the UK when the economy picked up.

    As it is, nigh on 12 years later, I’m not planning on returning but may well have to (application for citizenship has been turned down).

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Where to live in the European mountains? Is Morzine the default answer?

    As much as I appreciate a chair lift and a day in the park, I find the ski resorts look a bit lost and forlorn when there’s no snow around.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Crazy: cyclists banned from congregating to meet for rides outside cafe

    Get that Jake100 and his London wheelie boys to come along.

    The complainant would get his knickers in a right twist with all the youths and dark people…..

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Wonky maxxis…..

    Yup… Tyre seated evenly all round. No luck.

    Used a bit of chalk to mark where the tyre is twisted, let the pressure down and pulled about on the opposite side, but to no avail.

    Fortunately Amazon returns process is easy as. New one already in the way.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Shimano brake lever seals….

    Yes… In the bike stand at least. Lever feel it’s there. Bike still in the stand. Will ride tomorrow.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: E-cargo bikes – Radwagon

    I’d say that for 1600€ that is great value and I’d be very interested, however….

    My only problem is that I need to transport tools around town, from workshop to workshop and job to job.

    GF and I were talking about getting a Bullitt with a motor. Perfect for carrying tools, the shopping, crates of beer and picnics down to the river.

    Unfortunately they start at 1600€ without a motor.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Shimano brake lever seals….

    Right…. Have done another bleed on the rear brake, purposely over filling the system so that there was hardly any lever throw.
    Gave the lever an aggressive pull and it squirted oil again.

    Fortunately the GF is away as there is mineral oil all over the parquet floor and I may have trodden it throughout the flat, including her Persian rug and the felt rug in the hallway….. Shit.

    But that would make sense, wouldn’t it? It would also mean you can add oil to the system as the pads wear and the system is able to self level.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Shimano brake lever seals….

    Or…. Am I completely wrong and this is some kind of blow off valve to prevent the system being over filled?

    The lever did feel very wooden with very little throw. Now it feels like the other lever.

    Hmmmm

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Crazy: cyclists banned from congregating to meet for rides outside cafe

    Either that or everyone books a viewing to see their cottage.

    But they turn up on a bike. And then offer an insultingly lie price and tell the seller they are a dick. Whilst wearing a camera for our benefit.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Crazy: cyclists banned from congregating to meet for rides outside cafe

    There are plans afoot to possibly crowd source funding for the purchase of the house and convert use to a B&B.

    Of the seller knows this, it’ll help keep the price up.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: The wife has just caused a huge mess and expects me to stand by her.

    Go round and have a beer and a chat with brother-in-law and talk to niece. Try to calm the waters a little.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Brexit and other stuff

    Edukator +1

    Know quite a few Brits abroad and only one of them (out of 20+) thinks brexit was a good idea.

    The fact he’s now having to look into Italian residency, changing his driving license and arranging health care he’s not so keen.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Crazy: cyclists banned from congregating to meet for rides outside cafe

    ^^was thinking the same. Get the local Harley gang down there.

    If the house is for sale, does someone fancy putting in an offensively low offer on account of this dispute?

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Where to live in the European mountains? Is Morzine the default answer?

    My problem with Slovenia would be the language. Food ain’t bad, but I’d soon get bored of cevapcici. Doubt that would be the case with Italian grub.

    Other areas to consider would be the Apuane Alps in the northern Tuscany and the the Apennini….. Lots of fantastic areas with low population. Peace a quiet guaranteed.

    Also, have a look on Trail Forks and see how many trails there are in Italy….!

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    alpin
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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    Its hard to take you seriously when you come onto a thread about europe and brexit and then spout economic rubbish that belongs on the side of a bus.

    +1…..

    The only way they’ll suffer is if we manage to get boris and his entire cabel of erg nutters into parliament on bonfire night and re-enact the gunpowder plot, but this time do the job right.

    No need to blow up parliament…. Quite a nice building. Just need to find out where the erg bunch meet up or, even better, just take them out one by one.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Brexit and other stuff

    Luckily we’ll be dead before it matters.

    My nephews won’t. Your kids and those of friends and family won’t.

    We need more drones. Or kites.

    More people doing things like Extinction Rebellion.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Minion 2.3 or Magic Mary 2.35 ?? Width Envy

    A lot of ews riders are not on super wide rims and tyres.

    I’ve gone back to 2.3 Agressor on the rear as the 2.5 didn’t leave much room on the rear.

    EX 1501, 25mm internal rims.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Curriculum Vitae, photo or no photo?

    Photos on CVs are a thing here in Germany. I dont like the it.

    Mate of mine here works in HR and even he says that he’ll spend literally seconds reading each CV. If there is a photo included that means he’ll spend even less time looking at them if he doesn’t like the look of the person.

    I don’t think CVs should include names or gender.

    Would mean a lot more people get invited to interview and not biased because of their gender or foreign sounding name.

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    alpin
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    Reply to: Mini pump with flex hose that DOESN’T unscrew your valve cores?

    Have three Lezyne pumps, and had many more over the last ten years and this has only ever happened to me a handful of times and each time was because the core wasn’t tight.

    Give the cores a nip with pliers or, even better, get one of the valve core removers. Pennies.

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