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    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.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Head angle, stem & offset relationship

    Orange Alpine 160 2016 MY so 650b wheelsize.

    Head angle – 65 degrees
    Fork – Bos Deville 160mm travel with 555mm axle to crown and 41mm offset.

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    Reply to: Mechanics in the house? Starter motor woes

    Yes, tried rocking it etc. Can’t tap it as it’s too hidden away behind engine & under battery tray.

    Will definitely replace it. & see what happens next.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Mechanics in the house? Starter motor woes

    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…

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    mildred
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    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.

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    Reply to: WiFi to an insulated outbuilding (Google WiFi?) – NetworkTrackWorld

    Those BT ones are one of the priciest put there, so it may be a case of you get what you pay for??

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    Reply to: WiFi to an insulated outbuilding (Google WiFi?) – NetworkTrackWorld

    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.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: PSA. Bos

    I’ve currently got devilles & a Kirk shock fitted to my orange alpine 160. They’re amazing & would recommend them any day of the week.

    I’ve previously owned 2 other sets of Deville & a Vipr shock – never had issues with any of these either.

    Reliability wasn’t really the issue, more the after sales service. I’m fairly certain this is now a thing of the past with Jungle being the main distributor & service centre.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Lines from TV or film that have shocked you

    A bit of a theme developing here on the C bomb.

    Saturday Night fever when John Travolta calls Annette a ****.

    Is THIS what you wanted? You proud of yourself? Now you’re a ****!

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    Reply to: Jeremy Corbyn

    On a side note did anyone watch Hardtalk interview with Jack Straw this week? It was primarily focussed on the current Iran issue but included a fairly damning assessment of Corbyn and Labours chances of re-election.

    I was never a particular fan of Straw but it was interesting to compare him to current MPs Who seem utterly rag tag and amateur in comparison.

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    Reply to: I’m all for Chinese carbon parts but even this is pushing my limit…

    That shimano calliper appears to have half of an avid tri-align washer stack on top of it?

    My 180mm rotor Shimano adapters came with these (from Wiggle).

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    Reply to: Tour de France 2019 – The end of the race thread

    Adam yates was not on form, Simon seemed to be carrying better form after the Giro and as a result I’m undecided whether he’ll going to smash the Vuelta or crumple

    I’ve got to wonder about Mitchelton Scott’s coaching staff & what they do so the riders hit form at the right time. Do they taper, do they go to altitude close to the start; do they ramp up intensity but reduce miles… whatever it is isn’t working this year. Simon only looked good after a week of doing bog all but riding at the back of the peloton; by mid week two he was well rested and was meant to support his brother as a super domestique. Was this following some hard “training” at the Giro?

    However, I think Adam detrained during this time and lost his form. It seems that when one peaks the other doesn’t, yet the one who’s form is dipping seems to be the team leader at this point. It’s weird.

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    Reply to: Tour de France Stage 1 – Bruxelles > Brussel

    I don’t think they’re “crashier”; the 1st week is always crashy because everyone is slightly nervous, everyone has got good legs/form, and nobody wants to lose time this early. This means that physical exhaustion hasn’t yet thinned the field towards the pointy end so the road is naturally more crowded, speeds are high and everyone wants themselves or their leader to get across the line 1st because it’s a guaranteed yellow jersey.

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    Reply to: The Tour de France 2019 thread (spoilers inevitable!)

    “(Don’t pretend you could see his potential 😂 )”

    God No..! I’d not heard of him until his decision to race as a GB rider.

    Yes, Hugh Carthy is a great talent; he had a good Giro & was looking good at TdS but I’m not sure what someone as young will have left at the tour (is he riding the tour?). I really hope he’s not another Dan Martin who’s good for the odd stage but never really looks able to maintain form over a Grand Tour. I think his current team & their management style/decisions will be key in how he develops & what type of rider he becomes.

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    Reply to: The Tour de France 2019 thread (spoilers inevitable!)

    “I’d suggest that Froome is a talented rider who had the luck to ride for the richest, most powerful team ever known in Grand Tour history”

    Disagree with this – I’d suggest that it’s absolutely nothing to do with luck that he rides for Ineos – they hired him based on his numbers – once he worked out how to stay on the bike (remember everyone calling him “Crash Froome?) D.B. knew how potent he would be. He’s now considered to be one of the best bike handlers, his numbers are still amongst the best so it’s no surprise that he’s the finest grand tour racer of his generation.

    Nibali have his all in the Giro to get 2nd. It’s been shown time again that in the modern post Armstrong era it’s nigh on impossible to maintain the same level of form into the TdF after being consistently at the pointy end of the Giro.

    Both Yates’ have looked a little off condition this year.

    Bernal is an interesting proposition as it seems like Columbians excel when they’re younger and wane earlier in their careers than Europeans. Could well be a genetic reason??

    It’s hard to look past Thomas. His biggest drawback is lack of race miles but he does have good support and it is 3 weeks… plenty of time to get back up to speed (or crash).

    However, Pinot is looking very strong this year and it’s been good to see Bardet push on a bit recently too. Are there many Valley floor after a fast descent finishes this year? If so Bardet is an absolute lunatic on a descent..!

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    Reply to: Mark Field MP grabs protestor by the throat

    And yes, that she is a female of smaller stature in evening dress with few places to conceal a weapon would be considered in this. The Police refers to this has “impact factors”.

    Everything from body language, physical size shape, specialist knowledge (martial arts etc) are all examined/considered in making a decision to use force or what level of force to use. For example, an OAP ambling towards you with a carving knife vs a MMA fighter with a vegetable peeler. Both represent a potential lethal force but the way you would deal with them would be very different, based on impact factors.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Mark Field MP grabs protestor by the throat

    Cougar has nailed it; it’s a common assault.

    Common assault does not even need anyone to lay hands on the other – it’s merely a requirement that that a persons “apprehended immediate unlawful personal violence”.

    If Mark Field was to use the S3 Criminal Law Act defence of preventing crime or effecting or assisting the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders he must also need to demonstrate that his use of force was “reasonable in the circumstances.”

    A Police Officer would be particularly examined on this and would likely fall back to his/her use of force continuum:
    Officer presence & tactical communication etc.

    In this case it could be argued that a reasonable use of force would be to ask her to stop. To appeal to her, engage in some sort of dialogue… spell it out what she is doing is not allowed and so on. I would also think that a reasonable response would also be to stand up & bar her way (without laying hands on) & telling her she does not have permission to go past or be here. All of this is considered reasonable – to jump up and roughly grab hold (wherever) and March her out cannot be seen to be reasonable IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

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    Reply to: Megève

    Oh and a free bus from Beaufort.

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    Reply to: Megève

    If you’re in that neck of the woods Forget Megève and visit Col Des Saisies – there’s loads of good trails including an epic down the Albertville. Great little campsite in Beaufort just down the hill, which is a lovely little village with cheap eateries and a little supermarket.

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    Reply to: Yvette Cooper

    She might not be ‘exciting’ but she is one of a few credible politicians left.

    She’s incredibly perceptive and subtle, never overreacting or adopting the current tendency for scandalising everything – there’s a reason she chairs the home affairs select committee & was unopposed at the last election to this role; it’s an utter joy to watch her question colleagues and systematically dismantle any poorly presented argument. It’s like watching a surgeon at work.

    If Labour could just see sense and realise that as any party drifts left or right they begin to alienate the majority then she’d make a very capable and respected PM who I’d vote for in the drop of a hat.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Having a great day at BMCC until I took out a sign post with my face! (4K POV)

    Great video and you looked like you were enjoying yourself – hope you’re ok.

    That’s a brilliant example of target fixation – where you stare at something and that’s where you end up going. Happens a lot with piste skiers and lift uprights, and unfortunately summmer motorcyclists (where it can be fatal).

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    Reply to: Who fancies doing a fast Nurburgring lap on a Honda Africa Twin, then?

    That rider knows the ring well – doesn’t miss a single apex & doesn’t chase the car – simply rides their own ride. Fast.

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    Reply to: Frame flex to help handling when angled over

    This is very much horses for courses & based upon. What exactly you’re trying to achieve (comfort vs performance etc).

    Many years ago I was involved in Karting & quite a few school karting teams used wooden chassis. They tended to work very well; stiff chassis would invariably lift wheels when cornering but because wood has so much flex it enabled all four wheels/tyre to remain in contact with the ground, thus maintaining the grip of all tyres, thus enabling the driver to maintain higher cornering speed. Very effective when done right.

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    Reply to: Sell Commencal Meta AM to get a Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 – Good idea or pointless?

    Those tyres are big & heavy – swap them both & get rid of the tubes if they’re fitted.

    Though small weight loss at the wheels doesn’t sound like much, you’ll see more benefits whilst trail riding than any other situation. If you think of trail riding as just a load of slowing down then accelerating, this is when you notice a difference. If you were merely steady pace road or canal towpath riding then you wouldn’t notice much difference with a lighter wheels setup.

    Also, big sticky race tyres are exactly that – big & sticky. They’re designed to grip the surface on which you’re riding, thus creating more friction/drag etc. Fast rolling dual compound tyres are great this time of year. I also find tyre pressure has a big impact.

    As mentioned above, there’s not a lot between the bikes and I wouldn’t put much faith in the comparative magazine tests either – you’d need to try both yourself. There’s a lot you can try on your current bike before spending any big chunks of cash.

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    Reply to: What to do with concrete paving slabs

    These were my patio; council slabs on a 300 year old house looked shite. Replacing them with stone.

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    Reply to: What to do with concrete paving slabs

    Will give freecycle, gumtree et al a try – and yes, having lifted and moved them all by hand they’re bloody heavy!

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    Reply to: Buying a used shock

    I’ve always trusted to the pics and never been let down.

    If it’s genuinely been used so little he won’t be able to produce service proof as he won’t have had one yet. If it’s a good deal and a decent chunk less than new then go for it; worst thing that will happen is you having to stump up for a service.

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    Reply to: Cost for ski patrol rescue – France?

    Forgot to mention that my lad broke his arm on the 1st day this year in Morzine. Clinic were more than happy to fit hi-tech removable cast rather than the above elbow version. Clinic were brilliant but really couldn’t care less about E111 – just chuckles and said claim from insurance.

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    Reply to: Cost for ski patrol rescue – France?

    Where the **** can you get off piste ski insurance, which also includes park, for a family for twenty quid?

    Dream on

    We pay 3€ per day on our ski pass and it covers the lot. This is with snowrisk. Honest, it’s not a dream..!

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

    She’s burnt the bridges with the people who for some utterly bizarre reason were keeping her in post. The tory remainers don’t have any option now if a new no confidence vote is called by Corbyn, as it surely will be if her MV3 is defeated or no deal looks likely

    The “utterly bizarre reason” is that everyone knows this is a poison chalice & spells political death, irrespective of the outcome, for anyone who takes the job in during this shit storm.

    Corbyn is looking increasingly ineffective and hasn’t offered anything other than political posturing, and the Lib-Dems lost credibility long ago in many people’s eyes. Who/what is the alternative to May. I think she’s viewed within her own party as a necessary idiot and is currently serving a purpose for which nobody else in the Conservative party has the appetite.

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    Reply to: Returning a lease car, how’s it gone for you?

    I handed my Skoda back early & based on how much their letter focussed upon how much rectifying any issues would cost me, I was quite worried when the bloke from BCA arrived.

    He got to my house late and it was now dark so he just got in and drove away saying he’d inspect it the following morning. I wasn’t too worried as it was immaculate – I hardly used it and only did about 3k miles per year, which was part of my decision to get rid of it.

    Anyway, fast forward a month & I still hadn’t heard anything from Skoda until one morning a letter arrived entitled final demand, demanding full and final payment of money owed. I’d been sat waiting for an invoice or bill, and the original letter stated that if I was happy with the amount I didn’t need to do anything as the money would be taken by direct debit within 14 days. I hadn’t received any other correspondence from VW finance so I paid the amount owed, which amounted to 5 months rental (handed back 5 months early).

    I thought nothing more of it until a further month later when I got a credit reference rating through which showed that I’d gone from excellent and above UK average to poor..! VW finance had reported that I’d made 5 months of late payments.

    I eventually got this overturned but couldn’t get them to see my point of view – they reversed it because they said their letter did not state that late payments will adversely affect my credit rating, whereas my issue was that they never told me how much to pay and when to pay it. I never received any correspondence outlining this. They simply couldn’t see that this was an issue, it was more the wording of their “final demand” (which, incidentally was their only demand) that they admitted was at fault.

    All I’d say is check every bit of correspondence to the smallest detail.

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    mildred
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    Reply to: Raceface aeffect cranks loosening!!

    Mine did this when I first got the bike (Cube reaction). As mentioned, you need to torque them a lot more than you think – I mean A LOT more.

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

    that 12.9m includes EU citizens (i.e. not a UK passport holder) who live and work in the UK and therefore pay taxes and vote in everything else, but were excluded from voting. can’t find the specific number via google

    According to google there were 46,500,001 eligible referendum voters and 33,551,983 actually voted. That leaves 12,948,018 people who were eligible to vote but did not. I would guess that a great many of those didn’t even realise they could vote.

    Even so, it’s a huge number of people to ignore/forget and pretty stark when you consider the 16.1 million who wanted to remain.

    It’s not a competition with winners and losers (though that’s how it’s being portrayed) & whatever the outcome we’ve all got to live here, so I just don’t get how a vast majority can be ignored by the the idiots in Parliament who essentially failed in their 1 responsibility in our version of democracy.

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

    There’s several ways of “honouring the result” without just blindly following the will of a statistically insignificant majority.

    Actually it’s very definitely statistically significant; from memory the breakdown was akin the lines of:
    17.6 million Leave
    16.1 million Remain
    12.9 million non votes

    I totally agree with your point though, but what is ridiculous to me is for everyone across all parties and political beliefs (including the media) to repeat the mantra “will of the people”, when in fact it’s the will of 17.6 people or just over 1/3rd of those eligible to vote.

    What is more tragic is that about 29 million people (otherwise known as the majority) are now being ignored. Their hopes, wishes, desires, fears and futures are being totally ignored. Astounding.

    This is disenfranchisement at its biggest, in your face worst. For no politician to recognise that 29 million people or almost 2/3rds of the electorate are being swept under the carpet is utterly bizarre.

    I include the 12.9 million non-voters in this because people rarely not vote for no reason or idleness. Whether we think those reasons are valid is largely irrelevant – reasons are reasons. I suspect, given the public unrest over austerity measures and crumbling public services, many people felt totally hacked off with the whole
    Political process in this country (actually other countries too – Trump didn’t get in by happy chance) so didn’t want to engage, though it was interesting how big the turnout actually was, meaning there is very strong feelings over this from all sides.

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

    Yet we don’t mention it… straight bananas are a bigger headline ☹️

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