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  • mk1fan
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    Reply to: Another easy bike ride. Hants/Surrey border. Tell parents/partners/friends!

    May well be up for next months ride – although I’ll be really over biked on a Hustler as the OH will be using the HT. May bring the Shocker for a laugh.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Changing the ratchet on a Pro 2

    If the sprung pawls that sit in the freewheel body are broken then you can get these as spares from Hope.

    If the freewheel body that the sprung pawls sit in is broken then you can get this as a spare from Hope – although if I read your post correctly you have this.

    If the ratchet is broken then this is also available (part number hub518) but I don’t see how it’s fixed in place. It may well be a ‘proper’ press fitting so returning the wheel to Hope maybe your only option.

    Not wanting to sound condescending but have you spoken to Hope? They’ve always been very helpful to me when I’ve rang them. And you would’ve got a quicker answer to your question.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Anyone compared a 456 and a Prince Albert?

    I appreciate that personal preference comes in to it and what you stated above is a sizing issue not a performance one. That doesn’t make the PA better than a 456 it just makes it better for you.

    In a similar vein it could be argued that the 456 is better because it can take up to a 150mm fork whereas a PA can’t.

    I was wanting to highlight something that rarely gets considered when people ask about frames on here and that’s the quality of the finish and the ergonomics of the frames.

    In overall summary there is nowt between them in physical performance. They are both very good handling, steel trail bikes. In reality the OP will be happy with the ride of either (correctly sized) frame. However, the 456’s finish tends to look tired or used very quickly whereas the PA’s doesn’t.

    Again, if it were my money, I’d be going for a PA because of the high quality of finish and better cable routing.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Anyone compared a 456 and a Prince Albert?

    Funny how it was changed after you dismissed it as being irrelvant to your customers. It’s an improvement to the frame. The paint finish is still shocking though.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    From a family of qualified Professionals and my Practice I applaud your sterling efforts to devalue the term Professional.

    I don’t see how my behaviour was strange but then again I expect you’d say the same. You’re the one that got ‘personal’ about things. You asked in a condescending way why I capitalise certain phrases, I responded. You choose to use less formal english, I don’t. No, it wasn’t self-important of you to ask why I capitalise things, but it was to state ‘don’t require it’ and similar. You started the ‘I’m better at English than you are’ childiness. I merely responded in kind.

    You’ll demonstrate this flaw further by responding to this.

    OT:

    S176 of the Highway Code contains ‘If the traffic lights are not working, treat the situation as you would an unmarked junction and proceed with great care. [Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10 & 36]’

    As the sensors do not register a bicycles approach then the lights will not change. This is the not working bit. Although, I would argue that this doen’t mean that they are broken. I would also argue that the proceed with great care bit means Give Way. If they said Give Way then, as the average motorist is inept and interprits this to be ‘give way to other cars’, I would foresee pedestrians being run over.

    I am fully aware that the Highway Code is not a Statute but the interpretation of current laws (noted after). I have merely opened the door it is for the individual to walk through it.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    In your poor version of English, yes my replies may not warrant capitalisation but then again, as I said, I have higher standards. If you want to use lazy grammar then that’s your call and no doubt in 100-years time English will be signifficantly different.

    If a person makes the effort and sacrifice to become and remain a qualified Professional then capitalising their title is reflective of their effort. If you choose not to show such courtesy then, again, that’s your call.

    There’s nothing you could do not to sound like a self-important ****. I’m sure though that STW members appreciate you trying though.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Gravity dropper

    Is it a 27.2mm? I’d say 80-100mm. but that’s purely a guess. Although I’d like to know as I’m picking up a Descender post on Saturday and I need an 80mm insertion.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Anyone compared a 456 and a Prince Albert?

    There’s nowt between them in terms of physical performance.

    PA, however, is better finished (paint) and has better cable routing (imoho). A comment I made before on here that prompted a reponse from Brant. Although I note that new 456’s have revised cable routing copying that of the PA.

    I’d go PA simply because of the better finish and the small (again imoho) price different warrant sit.

    My resprayed Inbred is loverly though.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Regulars at Cwmcarn

    Used to ride 1.8 XC Pros. Then 2.1 XC Pros. Now 2.35 High Rollers.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    You’re doing it on a lot of words that dont need it, such as “Picking Up” (used in the RTA non-capitalised if you look) and Civil Engineer. There’s simply no need, however it was more of a passing observation than a criticism.

    I capitalise words that require it. It maybe old fashioned but I prefer that to inacurate, slap dash approach to English that most people like to use nowadays. The incorrect use of their, there and they’re is something that should be left behind at school. But your poor English is just an observation I’ve made over a lot to threads. Secondly, out of courtesy a Professional title should be recognised with capitals.

    I never claimed to be, I raised the question and asked you to prove it since you’re so insistent.

    You are claiming to be by the contents of your posts. You haven’t raised a question you’ve stated facts about all traffic lights and stated that I’m wrong. You back this up by saying that you’re right because you’re related to a CE.

    If they stop/fine/prosecute you under the rule that you’re not meant to be passing red they’d be wrong.

    But I won’t be prosecuted because you are allowed to pass. Although, and this is my reference to the Police, I doubt a ‘Beat Bobby’ would be aware of the excemption. I would be reported, my statement taken and the CPS would drop the case as no offence had been committed.

    I’ll look tonight.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    I’m capitalising the words because they are a specific term [in this case legal] and have a specific meaning as opposed to having their normal (noun / verb etc) meaning. A bit like Building Owner in reference to the Party Wall Act.

    I didn’t say the the Police were ‘wrong’, just possibly unaware of an obscure item of Law.

    I didn’t realise that you know a family member who – I assume – is a Civil Engineer of sorts therefore you must be fully conversant with all guidelines, laws, regulations and standards. How could anyone else know anything?

    Oh, by the way they’re is ‘they are’. Did you mean ‘that there are’?

    I will gander through the RTA and find it.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    As for light timings they are more than guidelines.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    Coffeeking,

    They’re not broken, they are brand new well 8-months old and have always worked like this.

    Road Traffic Act – I believe the current version is 2006. You’ll be amazed at what you can and can’t do on the Public Highway. Like the difference between Parking, Waiting, Picking Up and Dropping Off.

    To all – Educate yourself and become a safer Road User.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    IdleJon,

    Normally if you’re standing there for ages and then a car arrives and the lights change within 10-seconds. Induction loops can be seen through the road surface and look a bit like Corporal / Sargent stripes accross the lane. There’ll be two loops too. One set about 25M back from the lights.

    There aren’t many of them in the UK – the vast vast vast majority of lights have a default timing sequence and some have sensor overides to aide traffic flow. If you can’t figure it out then ask the Highways Dept about specific lights. I only proceed through the Red Light at the bottom of my road becuase I know that the lights are not activated by my bike and therefore I am allowed to under the RTA.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    There are standard ‘times’ that systems need to adhere too. As much of a ball ache as it is, you should report these things to the Highways Dept responsible for the section of Highway.

    ETA This is a reply to the post above Idlejon

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Another easy bike ride. Hants/Surrey border. Tell parents/partners/friends!

    Out with your son?

    Is this going to be a monthly / regular thing? Can’t make this month but next might be a goer.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    No you’re not breaking the Law as the Law allows you to proceed as if it were a give way – to both pedestrians and road users. Although I doubt that Police Officer would be aware this section of the RTA.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Changing the ratchet on a Pro 2

    Do you mean the freewheel that the cassette slides on to?

    That just held on with the pushed on end cap. Very simple to get off but a ball-ache as it’s an intetionally tight fit. MBR did a strip down in their Workshop Section three months ago. Mail me at mk1fan@aol.com and I’ll send you a pdf of it. They used an XC hub but I did three Pro II’s over the weekend and it’s the same.

    The teeth the freewheel works against are machined into the hub body though.

    ETA took me an hour to strip, clean and reassembly the three hubs.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: What do you eat before that early morning commute, and when?

    Glass of water at home, fruit / cereal when I get to work.

    Can you really not ride 10-miles without eating first? That’s weird.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    coffeeking,

    What’s the simplist way to put this? Oh, that’s it, you’re wrong. There are plenty of lights in the UK that are controlled solely by sensor. I have a set at the bottom of my road (controlled solely by induction loop).

    Normally, as I approach there is a car / van / bus to activate the lights but there have been plenty of occasions where I have passed through as if it were a Give Way. And before anyone suggests it, yes I’ve tried leaning the bike at an angle over the loops. It doesn’t work at these lights (and that’s with an On One Inbred).

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: What SS Steel MTB Frame?

    Or you could get a bolt in Hope Pro II Trials hub.

    That Genisis frame seems a bargain price at the mo.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Edinburgh biking

    How about this?

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    mk1fan
    Member
    Reply to: Traffic Lights and the green man.

    samuri,

    In the circumstances where fixed lights (ie not temporary lights like at roadworks) are controlled by a sensor (like an induction loop) that does not register a particular user group (like cyclists) then that user group can proceed through the red light (if there is not a suitable vehicle coming to activate the Green signal) as if it were are a Give Way junction.

    It’s worth writing a letter to the responsible Highways Dept informing them of the problem. They may fix it but, more importantly some may say, means they have to act to resolve the issue or become liable for compensation should a third party suffer loss because of the fault.

    Does that make sense?

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    mk1fan
    Member
    Reply to: alfine “review”

    I’m happy with mine – other than the bolts coming undone whilst going down Windy Point.

    Bike feels better balanced now the Talas have been replaced with some 426 coil Pikes.

    MTFU I say.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Rapairing carbon fibre

    Cheers.

    Happy trails,
    mk1fan

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    mk1fan
    Member
    Reply to: Rapairing carbon fibre

    Is it possible to fix CF? I have a lever blade that has cracked but hasn’t / doesn’t flex open (if that makes sense).

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    mk1fan
    Member
    Reply to: Which frame for commuting and bashing about on???

    Errr… there’s isn’t one. A bike set up for trail riding will be a ball ache to ride regularily on the road and a bike set up for commuting won’t be fun on the drops.

    Which one are you prepared to compromise on?

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    mk1fan
    Member
    Reply to: Avid Juicy brake help! Please help

    Without pads in the calliper spray some gt85 or wd40 on the pistons – not alot is needed. Then put the old pads back in. Give the lever a gentle partila squeeze to square up the pistons. Then with a large flat bladed screw driver ease the pistons back.

    DOT fluid does absorb water but old when expossed to it. It doesn’t suck it into a sealed system!! If it did, my car wouldn’t move.

    You’ll need a kit to bleed them. But you shouldn’t need to. Try a bit of finese and patience

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Banned!!

    North Shaun banned for using the North’s only computer for trivial purposes.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Cyclists can go through red lights- Boris Johnson content.

    You’re not sorry at all and my itchy ring is nothing to do with this thread 😉

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: What should I put in my seat-tube?

    soobalais,

    I see what you did there, you joker you.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: What should I put in my seat-tube?

    Oh, and as noone else said it, your cock. Lubed or un-lubed take your pick.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: im going to say it out loud….

    I’m there on three bikes. The other two, nearly and not even close.

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    mk1fan
    Member
    Reply to: Alfine Build – What do I need

    Hey, I’m just an ideas man.

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    mk1fan
    Member
    Reply to: Alfine Build – What do I need

    Use chain tugs that don’t loop around the axle but butt against it?

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