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Reply to: Urgent child passport woes
Thanks 👍🏻 😁
The Mrs has genuinely not eaten since Saturday & seems to be surviving on stress and tea.
Nope, not blue – must admit I’m confused about the whole colour thing. That it’s a “thing” just baffles me. Wouldn’t have even thought twice about until it came up in the whole Brexit bollox.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: PSA Raceface Aeffect Cranks £60
My Aefects OEM on my Cube reaction, and would come loose every ride. If you refer to the installation instructions you’ll see the torque values are about 50 nm whereas Shimano, SRAM etc. are just 12nm torque.
I tightened mine on exactly to spec & they haven’t budged since.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: Whyte S-150 sizing
I got one of the light blue 2018 from leisure lakes then upgraded the fork by having them fit a debonair air spring & charger 2.1, which made it a similar price to the newer version (they didn’t have a large 2019 – deffo a nicer colour). I was also happy to have the “posher” Reverb.
However, 2 rides in and the reverb was creaking and groaning like mad, with about 1 cm side to side at the saddle tip and about 8mm up & down movement. The forks also feel very “lazy” too.
I’ve never really liked the feel of RS suspension; I feel they have too much high speed compression damping and I’ve experienced arm pump, which is something I’ve never had with my personal favourites Bos & Marzocchi. I particularly dislike MC damping and find it dead and lifeless. I’d hoped the changes I made would help the feel but if I’m honest they still feel over damped everywhere. It’s still early days and I’m hoping the over damped feel is down to the forks still being new & them not yet being bedded in.
If I were buying again I’d probably still buy the cheaper bike but not spend the extra on the damping & spring but maybe save up for some different forks altogether. I’ve swapped the rear shock for a CCDBinline coil, which is a world different to the deluxe rt.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: Whyte S-150 sizing
I’m 5’11” on a large – medium felt very small and I felt perched.
As much as the Whyte looks long on paper it feels very “normal” once on it. Certainly being on the correct size does create that “sat in” feel. If it helps my 18” 2016 Orange Alpine 160 Feels longer.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Thanks everyone; a mixed response then.
My train of thought is that it’s the shifter that dictates the amount of cable pulled, and therefore the amount it pulls/moves the derailleur. If the derailleur is simply moving in a smooth linear fashion (i.e. not affected by a cam etc.) then it’ll go wherever the shifter puts it along its range of possible movement.
I think I’ll give it a go & report back.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: 29ers. Real world v 26??
identical bikes, bar wheelsize: the 29er will have more rubber, more rim, more fork, more spoke, more frame, more sealant, more rim tape! More weight – there absolutely has to be!
non-identical bikes, sure, you’ve got options.
He never said his mate wanted an identical bike, did he?
You missed out the second part of that sentence you took my quote from:
all depends on the type of riding & bike chosen.
My point is that things have moved on a whole lot in the last decade and even lighter weight xc bikes are more capable than many older 26” trail bikes.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: 29ers. Real world v 26??
There doesn’t have to be any weight penalty as far as I can see – all depends on the type of riding & bike chosen. Around the 30lb Mark has always been my target weight for a trail bike, though I’ve had lighter & heavier and the weight never really effected my enjoyment.
I certainly think bikes are more capable these days for a given travel etc. For example, my current Whyte S150s is about 34lb whereas my old 26” Norco A-Line was around 50lb. The Whyte is just more capable in any situation, even downhill.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
I know it’s same travel but I’m mighty impressed with my new Whyte s-150s I’ve just acquired through C2W scheme. I got the blue 2018/19 MY in the sales.
Downside to me was the RS suspension so I managed to get a CCDBcoil in-line & have the Revelations turned into Pikes by binning the MoCo damping, fitting Charger 2.1 RCT3 & having the debonair air spring fitted; all for slightly less than the original RRP when totted up (<£2500).
It’s phenomenally composed & feels like it’s got about 180mm travel.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: Line of white lights in sky
Damndest thing, if I’d not known what they were I’d have thought aliens were invading.
Despite all my extensive research of watching sci-fi films (particularly Star Wars in order), and realising that an alien invasion spelled certain death to the planet and all inhabitants, I was disappointed to learn it was Elon Musk.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: Persistent ringing in the ears.
Had tinnitus since a car curtain airbag went off about 1cm from my ear.
Had tests, MRI etc. & told there’s nothing ‘mechanically’ wrong.
If I’m in a crowded place the background noise drowns out anyone speaking directly to me. Also, any droning noise such as aircon, washing machine, dishwasher, extractor fans drive me over the edge. Oddly my hearing ability has barely changed when measured in the cubicle at work’ OHU.
Looks like it’s here to stay too.
And as if taking the piss our new neighbour has a dog that barks continually whilst they’re out; to sleep I have to shove ear plugs in yet when I do this the shushing whistle is amplified 🤬🤬🤬Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Coil shock on Whyte S-150
I’ve had plenty of coils over the years and have a very nice PUSH tuned Dhx5 sat in a drawer doing nowt. Too long for the frame unfortunately.
I genuinely can’t abide RockShox air shocks and have never had one that feels right to me; at 98kg kitted I think I’m at the upper limit of their capability. With the the exception of a Bos Kirk I just prefer coil.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Anybody on 3 having data problems?
Been shit all day for me in Notts (NG5, NG8, NG6 & NG15) – couldn’t even send iMessages. Came back at about 4ish.
It’s been generally shite for a couple of weeks now. From memory they had a mast down, which seemed to effect more than one mast ought to. Very much relying on Wi-fi since then.Posted 3 months ago | Go to post
in fact it looks to me like a Nottinghamshire car and if its on the bridge between Lazonby and KO then its a long way from home.
Yes it’s Notts; That particular car was only a few days old & was on a blue light run on the M1 when someone swerved across his lane. The driver took avoiding action and ended up the embankment. Bit of a legend for writing off the 1st Cossie.Posted 3 months ago | Go to post
There are way too many unknowns in the Dalian Atkinson case. What is notable is that the IOPC investigation was concluded Oct 2018 & its took this long for a charging decision.
From close experience the IOPC have a great deal of influence over CPS decision making, far more influence than the Police have when seeking a charging decision. There is a real desire to make examples of the Police as it has great political value. It’s rare that politicians or the press express any sympathy towards the Police or the job they do in an ever more challenging world, and both actively seek to make villains of them. With that in mind it’s not surprising they had “two bites of the cherry” with the headline seeking charge of Murder and the more rational charge of manslaughter. It is highly unlikely, if not unthinkable that the cop attended this incident with the intention of killing or seriously injuring Dalian Atkinson.Posted 3 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Weighted blanket how much!!
I need one of these – I sleep hot but need something weighty on me. I think it’s a throwback to when I was a kid & we didn’t have duvets or continental quilts, just a shit load of blankets piled high.
I didn’t even know they existed until we spent a few nights in a cottage that had one. Best sleep I’ve had for years.
Also called gravity blankets.Posted 3 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I have as many as I need…
3 pairs Altberg Field & Fell for workPosted 4 months ago | Go to post
Derry Boots for work
A pair of Altberg Tethera walking boots
A pair of Brasher boots
4 pairs cycling shoes (flats, clipless, road)
3 pairs running shoes
2 pairs Colombia’s
1 pair converse
Dachstein walking/snow boots
Clark’s desert boots
2 pairs of formal shoes
2 pairs flip flops
Reply to: Flight prices & skiing hols
Train is coming up very close to flying cost wise (we’re Notts).
I’ve driven there loads and don’t mind it that much – flying is easy and quick but when I look at flight times, last time we did this we set off from home at 1.30am in order to get parked and to the terminal in time for a 6.30am flight. The transfer took about 2hrs and we arrived in resort at about 1pm – that’s a long time travelling, sitting around spending money in airports etc.
Last year we set off at 7pm on Friday, got the overnight ferry (harwich – hook of Holland) and got in resort for 6pm Saturday. That included 7hrs asleep in a comfy bed. I’d book it tomorrow but I only have 5 seats in my van and there’s gonna be 7 of us travelling this year.Posted 4 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Fiamma bike rack on a Transit Custom
Yes please – pics would be good. the Fiat Ducato, Peugeot boxer type has an internal rail that spreads the load but I don’t know about the generic version. I am trying to avoid drilling but if that’s the only way then I’ll have to swallow it.Posted 4 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Fiamma bike rack on a Transit Custom
I don’t actually know if I’d need to fabricate any brackets; the best info’ I can get from Fiamma is:
“it is unlikely the profile of the custom door would match the profile of the transporter door”
Which isn’t particularly helpful.
There is a generic version of the rack that would fit but also involves drilling through the door, which I’d like to avoid.
aP – if you want to email me about yours my address is mark2404 AT iCloud DOT comPosted 4 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: BMX
Apologies for the shameless plug but here’s my cruiser, which is for sale:
I’ve ridden/raced BMX on & off all my life – I’m 49 in December. The last time I got back on one I had difficulty with 20” so tried a cruiser. The difference was night & day – I felt much more at home after years of MTB.
The dialled I’ve linked above is definitely not for tricks and what have you, and is a very quick race bike. It seems to gather speed from nothing – it’ll teach you plenty about cornering and jumping but I wouldn’t try any stunts.Posted 4 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Head angle, stem & offset relationship
Swapped to a 50mm stem & took out a 10mm spacer. The bar height feels no different and it does feel less floppy.
It’s a nice compromise but any longer would have me feeling like too much reach. I’m 5’11” with a short body & long legs.Posted 5 months ago | Go to post
Drop test is same as a load test or whatever: battery connected to a testing unit, which then puts a big load on it for about 30 seconds (similar to starting the engine) This tests battery’s resilience and performance against what it is when new. That is, how much it’s performance drops under load.
I can’t replicate the problem with the starter off the car. It engages every time. I wonder if heat is affecting it.
My train of thought is that it started ok when cold. I then had it ticking over for 5 minutes whilst paperwork’s done; I then thrashed it a bit for 5 miles before stopping for fuel. It then wouldn’t start.
About 40 mins later it started…Posted 5 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Car insurance nonsense
Going on holiday is covered by the “social, domestic & pleasure” element of an insurance policy. This is standard throughout the insurance industry.
It is only not covered if the policy wording specifically states this, otherwise it is implied in the umbrella phrase SDP. It is impossible for an insurance company to state every instance for which you may use your vehicle so they use this umbrella wording and apply a “common sense” test. It’s easier for them to say what isn’t covered. That is, it is entirely plausible & foreseeable that a person would use their car to travel on holiday, therefore it would be entirely disingenuous to refuse cover or a claim based on the proposer using their vehicle to go on holiday. Unless the policy specifically states otherwise.
This is from my neighbour who has been a loss adjuster for his whole working life.Posted 5 months ago | Go to post
Those BT ones are one of the priciest put there, so it may be a case of you get what you pay for??Posted 6 months ago | Go to post
So my garage has its own “fuse” box but comes off the main box. Would those magic by plug thingys work for that?
Mine is plugged in the living room socket near the router. The mains extension to the garage is a heavy duty armoured cable that is taken from the fuse box in the kitchen. It travels 30 odd metres underground and feeds into a garage fuse box. From this there is circuits for lights and a ring main. The second BT come out of one of the sockets nearest a smart telly. We then used Ethernet cable to the telly. We just followed the BT instructions to link them and it works perfectly despite the distance and despite it going through two separate fuse boxes. Even after power cuts they find each other.Posted 6 months ago | Go to post