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    Reply to: Any good youtube channels?

    Nothing to do with bikes but I like the mad scientist/inventor types
    Mark Rober
    Colin Furze
    The slow mo guys

    Or Corridor & friends for stupid fun videos with great VFX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI4NZW8q6nU

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    Reply to: Weird handlebars query

    https://www.internet-bikes.com/en/
    Dutch shop, €12 postage to UK. Not the cheapest I guess but probably better than double the cost of the bars.

    They have a massive range of handlebars of all shapes and sizes.

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    Reply to: Layback Dropper Post

    KS eTEN has layback and comes in 27.2.
    100mm drop only, there is a 125mm version but I think you’d need the shim.

    I got mine from here: https://www.bike-discount.de/en/search?q=eten
    £85 a few years ago 😉
    It was great and is easy to service but eventually died after just over 2 years.

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    Reply to: The Dalston e-bike fatal collision

    There is no speed limit for bikes. Only a limit to electric assistance.
    EDIT prosecutor doesn’t know what he is talking about unless he has been misquoted.

    Well presumably if it was over the limit for electric assistance then it’s no longer classed as a bike and the speed limit would apply.

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    Reply to: The abolition of faith schools

    My children go to a faith school and my wife teaches at a different one.

    No.

    Curious to know if there are any religious folk here who say yes?

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    Reply to: Is the human race truly happy…

    Happy is the wrong word I think, as others have said it’s a bit extreme for a constant state.
    Content a bit closer but again, if we were always content there’d be no ambition or progress.
    Can’t think of a better word though!

    sitting in a cave covered in our own shit and eating our neighbours

    Is that some kind of Brexit analogy?

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    Reply to: T-Mars dropper posts

    I’ve got one too. To make the trigger release easier you need to weight the saddle, but not your full weight… it takes a bit of getting used to coming from a ‘normal’ dropper but not that bad. Mildly annoying having to sit before raising it.

    Mine also gave up after a wet muddy ride, very easy to take apart and clean though to get working perfectly again. Normal wet is fine but the boot doesn’t seem to keep out gritty slop very well.

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    Reply to: What chain line are you using – mtb

    Muc-Off wet lube. Cos it smells nice.
    Chain line varies as I have 3×9.

    Glad I could help 🙂

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    Reply to: Save Woody the Kitten

    Something like this happened to us once – the cat was found on the doorstep late one fireworks night with injuries including a long deep cut the entire length of her tail, vet said clearly deliberately done with a knife. She ended up with her tail and one back leg being amputated.

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    Reply to: Longer shorts for the long of leg?

    Or go for a 3/4 length instead of shorts maybe? I have the Madison Trail 3/4 and like them.
    Still plenty of shin showing for the pedals to get their required blood offering.

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    Reply to: Today’s most boring post – recommend me some home insurance

    If you have any kind of account with Nationwide, look at them directly for insurance as they give a 25% discount for members.
    We just got a much cheaper quote with them for better cover than previously, with different levels of bike cover options available.

    Underwritten by RSA (same as our previous) and we had a no hassle home claim with them recently.

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    Reply to: eBay weirdness, should I be worried?

    Probably innocent would be my guess – for a pending payment like that the seller has to go to Paypal, find the payment and click accept. He probably just doesn’t realise that, didn’t see the email and is jumping to conclusions.

    I’d cancel the payment just in case if it’s not already (to stop him accepting the payment now and causing a hassle sorting it out as the sale has already been cancelled), then explain to him and see if he’s willing to try again.

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    Reply to: My son is an idiot……

    It’s either that or scream.

    I suggest punching a wall to relieve your feelings 🙂

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    Reply to: Best £400:00 hardtail

    For a new bike at £400 the Calibre Two Cubed is pretty hard to beat. I’ve still got a Calibre Two.Two (old version) and it’s great.

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    Reply to: Science: egg box + superglue = smoke

    It’s a cyanoacrylate adhesive, it breaks down naturally in the body, and is perfectly safe. I use it regularly to stick cuts together.

    From that link in the post above yours:
    Warning…
    I would just like to say now, the superglue you buy in the shops itself is not suitable for use as a medical adhesive [9]. Commercial superglue is made up primarily of short-chain cyanoacrylates such as methylcyanoacrylate or ethylcyanoacrylate which are not compatibile with human tissue. This is because short-chain cyanoacrylates degrade quite quickly and have toxic degredation products which could make the wound even worse! To guard against this, specially made longer-chain cyanoacrylates need to be used for medical applications.

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    Reply to: “Won” an eBay auction but don’t want item?

    eBay seller here, it’s not uncommon for a buyer to ask to cancel the sale afterwards (most of our listings are ‘buy it now’).

    Simple process:
    Buyer messages and asks to cancel (either before or after payment).
    Seller goes to the sale and selects “cancel”.
    This sends a message to the buyer, who has to confirm to eBay they want to cancel.
    Payment is automatically refunded through Paypal if applicable and the seller gets the final value fees refunded, as long as the cancel reason is “buyer asked to cancel”.

    No need to mess around with non-payment cases etc.

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    Reply to: Philips Park in NW Manchester shocker. HTN

    They’re both Philips Park. Leads to a bit of confusion!
    I believe that technically at the Velodrome only the pump track bit is inside Philips Park, the main bit is Clayton Vale.
    The Prestwich/Whitefield one is the ‘real’ Philips PArk 😉

    Anyway… if you’ve never been before, it’s a winch to the top up a shared path and then you have a choice of 2 routes down: Fast, swoopy & muddy or longer with (optional) jumps and rock gardens.

    Whichever bike you feel like :p

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    Reply to: Any Health and Safety professionals?

    I’ve always struggled with that one.

    Surely, if you nearly miss something then that’s a hit?

    A near miss as in near to being a hit, near as in close, like a close miss. So nearly a hit. Not a near hit (close hit?), which is a hit, I guess, but not a very good one. Nearly a miss.

    Giving up here before I die of comma overdose.

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    Reply to: I’d make a rubbish anti-semite

    Hi… just to throw in my 2p, back to the start of this thread a bit…

    From the point of view of someone who’s recognisably Jewish, as opposed to someone non-religious “disguised” amongst the rest of the population:
    I’m a religious (orthodox) Jew living in Manchester. Yes yes, living with the fairies etc, let’s leave that out of it 😉

    I experience anti-semitism all the time:
    People yelling from passing cars, “jew jew jew!”, “****ing jew!” or just screaming etc.
    People throwing things from passing cars.
    Schoolkids pretending to sneeze “aaa-jew”.
    A few times at the local country parks we’ve had groups of teens throwing stones from a distance.
    I’ve been punched in the street out of the blue twice (ok, they were drunk both times, but still…)

    I don’t know why Labour is considered anti-semitic, mainly ‘cos I don’t follow politics all that closely and simply don’t know, rather than don’t understand. I don’t doubt it’s trumped up due to politics and conflated with Israel to a large extent, however that does not excuse it from anyone. It’s probably spread more or less evenly amongst all parties, not necessarily to a large extent (just a few can make a large noise).

    Most religious jews disagree with the policies of the Israeli government, and the vast majority are strongly against Zionism. Conflating anti-semitism with anti-Israeli policies is damaging IMO and only leads to more of the kind of stuff I experience. Note it’s mostly done by Jews who are not religious.

    During the Gaza war a few years back the anti-semitism locally jumped. Once a convoy of cars came speeding down the road waving large Palestinian flags, that was genuinely scary.

    Ok, I’ve probably written a load of barely connected stuff that doesn’t make much sense. I’m tired and not re-reading it now.

    tl;dr
    Why are people anti-semitic?
    -They’re just racist in general (Jews are weird and different)
    -Israel
    -It’s traditional?
    -Easy target
    -I dunno…

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    Reply to: Home Insurance with decent bike cover?

    Do you have anything with Nationwide? They do a 25% members discount on insurance if you have an account, mortgage or something with them.

    We got a good quote including bikes but a) I’ve never claimed with them (it’s new) and b) we don’t have itemised bikes, just the regular cover of up to £1000 each, so I’m not sure how much this helps you! 🙂

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    Reply to: 180mm hardtail anyone?

    That two-tone purple/black colour scheme is gorgeous.

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    Reply to: Fancy starting your own carbon frame company?

    I think it looks amazing 😀
    Love that frame.

    He needs a bit of training in how to write a good listing title though.
    “Mountain bike” seriously…

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    Reply to: Plea to Singletrack – subscribers plastic packaging why?

    It’s probably recyclable PE anyway, with plastic bags. Any larger supermarket should accept that.

    Anyway as stated above: generally speaking plastic = worse for pollution and paper = worse for CO2 emissions and energy use.
    Apparently also now that capture systems are getting better, it’s better for the environment to incinerate plastic than to recycle it. Depends on whether your local rubbish gets burnt or goes to landfill I suppose.

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    Reply to: A plea for someone to stop being a d*** near Marlow

    Wouldn’t it create more problems, by showing other people that there’s a route there?

    Have you put up a notice to explain the situation? That seems like the obvious first course of action.

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    Reply to: Quote for apple trees prune

    Prunes are plums, not apples, silly.

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    Reply to: Non-technical XC trails near Manchester?

    I went around the Philips Park red trails in Prestwich for the first time today …

    Try the blue trail nearby, it’s pretty good. Short but if you’re very local then it’s great when you’re short on time, and you can always do laps or link the Philips Park reds in.
    Not technical at all unless you take the red optional bits, even then only one of them is a bit tricky (steep bit near the bridge).

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    Reply to: Washing Machine Recommendation – something tough for MTB use!

    We recently bought a new washing machine, after our ancient second hand Bosch (bought for £85) died after 5 years.

    Wanting a new one to last a long time we looked into Bosch based on their reputation (and our experience), however it appears their newer models are not nearly so good and often have issues with the bearings going within a couple of years.
    Apparently they’re now made in the UK instead of Germany and standards aren’t so good… dunno how true this is.

    Anyway, have a look on Miele’s outlet website. It’s where they sell customer returns, ex-display models etc.

    We got a good condition return (looks new as far as I can tell) for £400 with a 2 year warranty, costs almost £900 new.

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    Reply to: #Driving thread# . Main Beams in villages.

    I always drop to dipped beam when going through villages, so as not to shine lights into people’s houses. Nothing to do with legality. My mother taught me this many moons ago.
    Weirdo or not, I assume you dropped your lights for him? I doubt he was standing there on the lookout for drivers to annoy.

    Similar to how my driving instructor taught me to use the handbrake when waiting at the lights especially at night, so as not to blind the driver behind with the bright brake lights. Just common courtesy and a bit of thoughtfulness.

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    Reply to: need to send a parcel to Europe, with whom?

    I usually use Parcelmonkey, often cheaper than parcel2go but it varies.

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    Reply to: reverse typing update ( keylogger caught it!)

    Something to do with language settings maybe? Do you have more than 1 language pack in use?

    Might be switching to right-to-left typing, though how/why it would do this for one word and then switch back again without you noticing I’ve no idea. The default Windows shortcut to switch typing language is alt+left shift.

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    Reply to: Need some help with my fork… 🙁

    I had this with my QR forks (Rockshox XC 28) and fixed it by simply making sure the QR was done up tighter.
    If it’s loose you’ll get this issue and also maybe also the wheel twisting when braking. It should be tight enough to have to push the lever somewhat, but not TOO hard.
    Hard to describe :p

    You may also want to try centering the pads, the usual way is:
    1. Loosen the 2 bolts a bit on the brake caliper
    2. Pull the brake lever to grip the disc
    3. Tighten the bolts again

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    Reply to: Not sure I understand Amazon Prime….

    Fulfilment centre? Have you been drinking the Kool Aid? It’s a warehouse FFS!

    Just using their own terminology…  Anyway, <pedant mode> “warehouse” to me means somewhere stuff is stored only whereas “fulfilment centre” means they also pack orders and ship from there. Obviously it’s also a warehouse. (“warehouse” not excluding fulfilment, just not necessarily including it)

    Meh.

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    Reply to: Not sure I understand Amazon Prime….

    As other have said it depends on where you live (how far you are from the fulfilment centre and whether they can use their own delivery service or Royal Mail etc).

    Also not everything is stored in the UK. As they (and many Marketplace sellers) sell across Europe, the item could be sitting in a warehouse in Germany or somewhere, still eligible for Prime but may take them 1 extra day to deliver.

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    Reply to: What to do with macerated fruit?

    You could always go elephant hunting. That should fill the freezer nicely over winter.

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    Reply to: Why can’t I brake with my left foot?

    “ok, so there is no clutch, my left foot normally only does the clutch, so I guess my left foot does nothing now… oh look, there is a nice footrest for it right there”

    Exactly how it is… unless you’re driving on automatic (hoho) and not really thinking about what you’re doing.  Left foot goes down on the wide brake pedal thinking it’s the clutch.

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    Reply to: Why can’t I brake with my left foot?

    it’s a thing because most auto’s have a double sized brake pedal and starting out there is a natural conditioning for most manual drivers to hit it with ‘clutch power’ using the left foot.  Normally it is a slow speed operation thing dribbling up to a junction or something.

    This!  Exactly what I did when driving an automatic the first time. And spent the next few minutes trying to left foot brake and being amazed at how difficult it was to control.

    Actually… the very first thing I did when getting in was wonder why I couldn’t get the car to move, even to the point of getting out to see if there was a large rock under the wheel or something. What a fool I felt when I realised I’d been shoving down on the brake trying to find the bite point…

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    Reply to: .XLS. How to Id Values between upper and lower limits?

    I would use something like this:

    =IF(AND(A2 > 1000, A2 < 25000), “This one! Here!”, “”)

    Or conditional formatting to highlight them

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    Reply to: So I put a plastic water bottle in the dishwasher and this happened to it:

    Aren’t you meant to not reuse PET, in case nasty stuff starts leaching out? Seems like an odd choice for a kid’s water bottle.

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