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  • mk1fan
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    Reply to: Brawn diffuser is legal

    To be fair McLaren did deceive the Race Stewards. It’s hardly picking on them is it?

    Although, McLaren have been treated very harshly in the past.

    F1 is no longer the hot bed of design it used to be so it’s good to see that the designers are really looking at the tech regs to squeeze every advantage they can.

    Brilliant. Another Button win this Sunday???

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Alfine Build – What do I need

    Off the top of my head the Alfine has a 10mm axle.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Alfine Build – What do I need

    Do you mean chain tugs? In which case you’ll need one on each side. If you mean a chain tensioner then you’ll only need one on the chain side.

    Loads to choose from of both types, at various price points. DMR do a good, solid and quality range. You can go either up or down in price.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Brake fade on longish descent

    Using DOT 5.1 fluid as opposed to the DOT 4 fluid they come filled with would also help.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Avid Brakes – What Year

    Tim,

    Out of interest are you changing the rear hose too? As I am in need of such a hose – if it’s long enough.

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

    Have to agree that the title of the thread is wrong and misleading

    How? I put ‘Cyclists can go through red lights’, which is a shortened version of the original ‘Boris proposes that cyclists can go through red lights if turning left’.

    So, not wrong at all, really.

    It just sounded sexier than the full thing. All about marketing…

    It’s inaccurate and done to mislead. Or you did it out of ignorance and now trying to big yourself up.

    Another scenario:
    mk1fan sees Rudeboy from being murdered by angry motorists.

    Your version:
    mk1fan murdered Rudeboy.

    It’s a shortened version. There was a death, mk1fan was party as was Rudeboy. Less to print too.

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

    Have to agree that the title of the thread is wrong and misleading but that’s insignificant.

    In theory it’s a brilliant idea, along with turning all stop lights to flashing amber between midnight and 5am to allow vehicles to continue – so long as it’s clear / safe to do so.

    But, and it’s a full bodied but, people just don’t have the consideration that is required for this to work. The vast majority of road users – cars, pedestrians, lorries, cyclists etc… – don’t pay enough attention or even aware as to what is going on around them on the road. They REACT to the situation they’re in rather then planning and allowing for it.

    Until there is a shift in attitudes of the majority, aware from inattentiveness, then accidents will still occur and, unfortunately, this proposal will just add to the KSI stats.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: forks for commute

    Now they would be heavy!

    I run a 700c wheel in the Roadhog forks without issue (they’re for 26inch wheels).

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: 203/180 or 180 both ends?

    I ran 185/160 hard in Morzine last year without any problems and I’m 85kg in my birthday suit.

    ETA: Peer pressure, don’t you just love it!!

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Still having Star-fangled Nut problems

    Have you put it in the wrong way up? I don’t see how a SFN can loosen unless it is a, the wrong size or b, put in the wrong way.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Avid Brakes – What Year

    Ignore that.

    Thought you were talking about Avid hoses. Should check links before posting 😳

    If you have a split clamp lever (the lever in your picture is a split clamp) that has two bolts to fix it to the handlebars then you need the later kit (110).

    If you have a single bolt fixing the lever to the handlebar then you need the earlier kit (109)

    Ooh and being pedantic Juicy Sevens weren’t black until this year. They are – annoyingly – a very dark silver grey.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Avid Brakes – What Year

    Either hose kit will work as long as you re-use your lever bolt.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Disc brakes

    It’s definately a set up issue. A tip from Avid. Push the pistons fully back. Line up the calliper centrally by eye first, nipping up the bolts. Then pump the brake until the rotor is clamped in place. Loosen the bolts and then retighten. Nip the bolts up one at a time ie don’t tighten one up fully then do the other one. Calliper should then be centralised.

    Also, and this is true of all disc brakes, put a smear of copperslip on the back of the pads – where the piston presses it. Should dampen out alot of the noise.

    Alternatively, out ’em for something else.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Avid Brakes – What Year

    Unless you’re completely ham fisted the existing lever assembly bolt should unscrew very easily. So, yes. Use a good quality 8mm spanner and you’ll be fine. You will need a new olive and hose insert though as these are disposable.

    Should add that when screwing in the new hose to the lever it should distinctly bottom out.

    What happened to your existing hose? Might it worth upgrading to a Goodridge hose? Not a lot more ££ and comes with all the fittings you need.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Avid Brakes – What Year

    They changed the thread pitch of the lever assembly compression nut in 2005. As long as the hose has a banjo on it you can reuse the existing nut. You’ll need new insert and olive too.

    Oit of interest how long do you need? I have one at home that you can have for a lot less than new. I think it’s 700mm long.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: forks for commute

    Weight? Lighter that a suspension fork. Are you sure you should using electrical equipment?

    Cotic Rodhog’s are excellent. I have a set on my Inbred (running 700c wheels) and they ride really well. They are flexible – which is good for damping road buzz – but some maynot like this.

    The IS mount is on the wrong side and you need to invert the mount and shim the calliper to get it to fit. However this means you can fit a proper mudguard without fouling the brake.

    The only other thing is the 400mm a-c height. A bit short this – even for an 80mm travel HT. It would be great if they offered it in longer a-c heights.

    Other than that Project II from Kona or On One Superlights are good.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: is it illegal to have flashing lights on ur bike and if so why?

    Highway code only recommends that a steady front light is used. Bike lights have always been a grey area.

    Personally, I think it’s stupid to ride a bike, at night (or in the dark) with only a single, flashing front light regardless of whether you’re legally entitled to do so.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Hope Pro2 Hub failure

    rhid, you won’t get any form of customer service if you go to the shop with the attitude you’re projecting (and being encouraged in) in this thread. Wind your neck in until you’ve spoken to the Shop.

    Your wheel broke, so what, these things happen. The bike is 14-months old so I’d say it’s the Importers warranty not the Supplying shop that’s ‘liable’ – subject to Santa Cruz warranty conditions.

    As for fit for purpose – unless you’re doing drops off house roofs or 20ft road gaps then the Heckler is FFP.

    As for Pro II’s being problematic that’s nonsense. The number that are in use is, relatively speaking, immense. So a few failures are inevitable, only a moron would think otherwise. I’ve seen loads of hubs break, guess what from loads of different manufacturers.

    As for wheel build costs if you’re willing to pay £50 just for a wheel build then send it my way I’ll happily do it for that price. If you decide to change the rim then the entire cost of the re-build is yours and Santa Cruz should just supply the replacement hub.

    What I suspect will be offered is an entire new wheel in exchange for the entire broken one. Which is both fair and reasonable.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: E-Bay Advice??

    If the forks were in full working order and you stated that in the listing. Then either they have broken the forks, they aren’t using the forks right or the forks were broken in transit.

    By chance it’s not a pair of Rock Shox with a Floodgate or similar?

    Did you supply the manual with them?

    I’d ask for what is exactly wrong with the forks and what repair is being carried out and by who (as previously suggested). Saying ‘it doesn’t work’ isn’t enough detail. I’ve had a guy claiming to be a professional bike mechanic want £40 off me to pay Evans to true a pair of used wheels he bought off me that were out by 0.5mm!

    Then look through the dispute procedures of e-Bay and Paypal. Read them yourself, don’t rely on what people say on forums as to what happens. You maybe eligible for Paypal’s Seller Protection which is supposed to protect Sellers from malicious claimbacks so check that out too.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Wheres everyone riding this weekend ?

    Cwmcarn and then picking up my new ride.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: I am getting really ****** off with big brother!

    Useless idea based around the dictact that ‘Driving below the speed limit makes you a safe driver’ that has been used to raise revenue and bluff the public that Government is doing something about road safety in the last 15-years.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Disc brakes rubbing when climbing out of saddle – help!

    Sounds like fork / wheel flex to me, which is normal.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Thomson X2 or X4 stem for my commuter?

    Ended up getting an X2 – as one popped up on e-Gay – and I’ve very happy with it.

    It replaced a Truvative Hussefelt item so the 210g weight saving (!) has made the front end feel a bit light. Seen an improvement in comfort too.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Show me your Inbred re-sprays..

    Done by Argos in Bristol. Did have some Superlight forks but I couldn’t get the disc’s and mudguards to play nicely together.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Alternatives to Cove Stiffee?

    My ’03 Stiffee had terrible paint but my ’08 frames are painted as good as any other manufaturer.

    Price has become more eye-watering during the ‘crunch’.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Alternatives to Cove Stiffee?

    DMR Trailstar and Dailled Bikes Alpine not been mentioned yet. Plus the above.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Just added to my Shed

    Nice in white, I considered an STD but my Shocker was too good a price 🙂

    The Stiffee has been built up with an Alfine and has been run through the Winter. I’m off for a weekend in Wales for the first Bank Holiday weekend of May and that will be its last outing before being stripped and set up for this coming Winter.

    The Hustler then takes centre stage for the Summer inc Alpine holiday and the MA.

    The Shocker gets taken out when ever we do an uplift day.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Just added to my Shed

    Cheers mamadirt,

    Been some changes already. Changed the Ultimate rear callipers of the Stiffee and Hustler for some Elixir CR ones. Pikes are also the fork of choice for the two.

    I’m in two minds whether to build up the Sanchez at the moment. May just remain a peice of art – until I get into 4X!!! Although I can appreciate the artistic balance off having two flat black and two flat green bikes 😉

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Just added to my Shed

    flamejob,
    Big and hard, just the way you like it 😉

    I read their feedback and bidded accordingly, I’m visiting the trail centre they are next too anyway so there’s no wasted journey.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Just added to my Shed

    Flamejob,

    Is that an invitation to treat?

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Just added to my Shed

    Yes the workshop is nice – although it should be as it is a bike shop.

    I do like Coves. Had three Stiffees, a Handjob, Hustler and Shocker. Now a Sanchez.

    Credit Crunch be damned!!

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: 160 rotors to 185?

    As long as you don’t exceed the maximum rotor size of the frame or fork, then all you need to do is match the rotor size with the mount size.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Thomson X2 or X4 stem for my commuter?

    theboatman, the time would have been better spent actually reading the thread 😉

    The bike is brilliant and a very good ride. It is certainly more comfortable to ride than my old Scott commuter bike.

    The strange thing to me is that there is such little weight difference between the X2 and X4. Given that the X2 has a two less bolts and a stripped out face plate.

    Hhmmm I may just flip a coin.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Thomson X2 or X4 stem for my commuter?

    rs,

    I thought the Roadhog forks would be no different to the Superlights they replaced but they are a lot ‘plusher’. Fitting the carbon bars and seatpost also gave a noticable improvement.

    If I’m spending £60 on either of the stems then I might as well fit the most suitable one. It would be retarded not to.

    The 12g differnce was a tongue in cheek comment. I’d rather have more dampening than save weight – I’ve got 20lbs of kit to carry and my 13.5stone frame 😀

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Thomson X2 or X4 stem for my commuter?

    My commute is 130-miles a week so I ride the bike I want to ride not put up with whatever can be cobbled together.

    I’m thinking just get the X4 as the Roadhog forks and carbon bars give a lot of dampening.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: X9 shifters

    Plus, if you have split clamp Avid brake levers then you can use the Matchmaker clamps too. X-9 are – imo – very good and worth the money.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Architect fees

    Coffeeking,

    No, I wouldn’t expect a CE or an SE to know what size a room needs to be. That’s not their training or expertise – and I’d be very wary of any Professional claiming to be an expert of an element out side their specialism. Additionally, I wouldn’t give them that task (or design risk) to undertake. That’s not to say they don’t know or they could never learn it.

    I can calculate beam sizes etc… but I don’t have the PI to undertake that work Professionally.

    Going back to the medical example. If you were have a heart transplant would you want the Heart Surgeon worrying whether your anesthetic is still working or would you want an Anesthesiologist there doing the job. What about making sure the equipments sterile? That’ll be one of the Nurses then.

    Successful design depends on lots of jobs being completed and teamwork. You don’t need to understand what each member does to benefit from the end result.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Architect fees

    Pedantry mode

    ‘Also you can actually get either a Bachelors or a Bsc in architecture’

    A BSc is a Bachelor of Science. A BA is a Bachelor of Arts. An MB is a Bachelor of Medicine. All are Bachelor’s.

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    mk1fan
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    Reply to: Architect fees

    coffeeking – I think the problem you have is in your head. You come accross as a more mechanical rather than aesthetical type of person. A Civil or Structural Engineer is able to tell you how big a beam needs to be above a room but they won’t know how big the room is needed to be below it for the room to work.

    imo, good design should never be ‘seen’ and go un-noticed – just like godd service in a bar or restaurant.

    In reality a project needs experienced input from all Professional parties to make it success. Scale down the size of the project and people start to take on multiple roles.

    To put it another way, I don’t know what a Heart Surgeon does. But I know that you come out with a different heart.

    As for the OP – I read your post to be that it is something you are at the preliminary stages, of considering, perhaps doing this. I which case you’ll need to over estimate things rather than start economising. Afterall, do you really want to build a ‘dream house’ only to be £20k short when it’s time to start decorating?

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