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    Reply to: Sram Code R brake levers – is there a right way up?

    Same levers as the Guide, right? In which case, ambidextrous 🙂 Crack on!

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    Reply to: Spinoff from how much to fill up, Whats your MPG

    Big ugly Saab does about 27 I think.
    RX7 works out to be about 9 once you take into account the cost of the 2 stroke. Probably much less when you look at what else you have to replace pretty much every fill up like oil, filter and Apex Seals.

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    Reply to: Orange Five Frame Damage serious or Typical?

    I’d file that under ‘a-ok’.

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    Reply to: Wheel jig – buy, build or use frame?

    Built at least 4 pairs using frame, Blu tac and a cocktail stick.
    A jug would be nice so I didn’t have to have a bike in the house, but it costs money

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    Reply to: STW mechanics, what would cause this?

    As above, don’t panic. It is classic HG, but it can also be caused by condensation from breathers. My car does it really badly as it’s left laid up for ages.

    Is the car in regular use?
    If keep an eye on it, and be tempted to dump the oil and take a look at the condition of it. See if it contains significant amounts of water.

    Depending on the car, some have water/oil coolers that can rupture and cause both to mix as well.

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    Reply to: Engine Braking?

    When was that? How old was the car

    1998.
    1998 Polo, 4 up on the approach to Friston from the East.
    Take a look at most modern family hatches and they have small discs all round (some even still have drums on the back)
    You can’t change the laws of physics, with a full car it’s relatively easy to cook the fluid or pads on most modern cars.
    There’s nothing wrong with engine braking. It’s better than pumping unnecessary heat into the braking system.

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    Reply to: Engine Braking?

    The brakes are for stopping, the engine is for going.

    I see this trotted out a lot
    Imho it’s bad advice in areas with big descents. Getting halfway down a hill with glowing, overheated brakes that are starting to boil the fluid because they’ve been dragged the whole way isn’t a nice feeling.
    When I was leaning to drive I cooked my brakes doing exactly that in the bloody South Downs.

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    Reply to: Engine Braking?

    Having had a DC2 Integra and an FD RX7 with lightened flys through multiple Winters, I can confirm it’s a) possible and b) pretty****ingscary to lock up wheels on ice/snow through engine braking.
    Never had it on a car with a normal fly though.

    In response to the original question, jack up a 2wd car without an LS and leave one of the driven wheels on the ground, make sure it’s in neutral, and you can turn the other driven wheel no probs.
    Which logically extrapolates that yeah, one will lock up in the op’s scenario.

    Also, on snow, lock up are better for stopping in a straight line than ABS.

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    Reply to: PSA…Craghoppers Compresslite lll Hooded Jacket. £26.00

    Cheers for the PSA 🙂
    10% off this weekend, and the blue ones being £19.99 in S has tipped me over the edge. Just over 20 quid delivered for a post ride warm up. At 5’10 and just over 62kgs hope it fits.
    Thanks again 🙂

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    Reply to: Bigger chainrings for road 1x/Grrrrravelly towpath

    Cheers peeps.
    I probably should have also stated a preference for NW. I head cross country on my commute sometimes and decent chain retention would be a boon. Concerned that just sticking a normal ring on with a non clutch mech (Claris) would lead to very little in the way of security.

    And before anyone shouts ‘why?’ it’s because the rings on the chainset are worn out, the BB is knackered, and the mech is all floppy. I’ve got as much as I can out of this setup, I really have!

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    Reply to: Exhaust manifold…. Quick fix?

    Realistically, anything pre turbo is going to be under pressure and force out anything like paste etc.
    I’m sure there will be people who have had success, but in my experience these are fringe cases I’m afraid 🙁

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    Reply to: Welcome to the future…

    surely specialized will integrate a bladder into the frame; Tactical Water Access in Top Tube (T.W.A.T.T.)

    Did you know that Trek have an equivalent to SWAT?
    Not joking, btw.

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    Reply to: Car registration/previous owners conundrum

    Honestly, for that sort of car I wouldn’t even give it a second thought. They’re often bought as runarounds for a summer then sold on when people realise they’re a little impractical. My wife’s had multiple mx5s with high numbers of owners, all of which were fine. Bar one. Wich had 1 previous. And lots of ‘previous’.:D
    I bet it’s something to do with private plates. My old 200sx had something similar but I can’t remember it dammit!

    Only thing I can remember about those -is it a 190? Did that engine come in those ot was it just the Celica? Something about them in my memory banks, can’t remember what. But I seen to remember they only came with the 160.
    Brilliant cars though, do it. You won’t regret it. Better in every single way than BL’s horrible equivalent.

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    Reply to: Gxp bottom bracket

    As I’ve said on numerous other threads, my uberbike GXP had some really bad tolerances, so put recess preload on the bearings and lasted minimal time.
    Replaced with SRAM and it’s had at least weekly rides whatever the weather in some truly atrocious conditions, no issues. Halfway through it’s second winter now. Think it was about 15 quid.

    My other recent bike purchase came with a race face bottom bracket fitted:-(

    I’m sorry for your imminent loss

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    Reply to: Car registration/previous owners conundrum

    I’d say the opposite. The more owners a car has, the less certain you can be of the history, and the more likely at least one of them has abused it.

    A 14 year old car might be a cheap throwaway to some, but for many it’ll still be up there amongst the most expensive and highest risk items they’ve ever bought.

    I pretty much exclusively buy cars of the nature the OP is buying as they’re all I can afford .
    At 14 years old and 5 owners that’s still only an owner just under every 3 years. And even under average mileage that’s still North of 29k per owner. It’s not like buying a 5 year old M3 with 7 owners.

    I’d much rather that than a 14 year old 20k car that’s been bounced off street furniture by an 85 year old and used for 2 mile trips, never warming up, then left to right in a garage.

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    Reply to: Car registration/previous owners conundrum

    At the risk of sounding like a total arse, it’s a 14 year old car, number of owners is pretty much irrelevant unless it’s something incredibly special tbh.
    Buy on condition and recent history if there is any.

    I seem to remember odd stuff happening with private plates and registered keepers on cars I’ve bought before, can’t remember the nature of it. I really wouldn’t worry.

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    Reply to: Stripped upper bleed screw thread – shimano

    Right, only front I’ve got is an m395. I think the caliper may have a leak.

    View post on imgur.com

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    If the general consensus is it’s compatible and it’s any use to you then drop me a message and I’ll pop it in the post tomorrow 🙂

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    Reply to: Stripped upper bleed screw thread – shimano

    I’ll go dig in the garage shortly dude. I vaguely remember there being something about different hoses being used at different levels, no idea if that applies!

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    Reply to: Stripped upper bleed screw thread – shimano

    Front or rear?
    I’ve got a number of basic Shimano levers with leaky callipers. You’re welcome to one if they’re compatible with yours.
    Will need someone on here to confirm though!

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    Reply to: Mid life crisis car

    Ugh, engine swaps. Take one time estimate, multiply by 4. Take one cost estimate. Do the same. I remember the days of someone I vaguely know putting an RB30 into an s15. That didn’t go well.

    It’s always the little details that you never can quite get to work that take the shine off 🙁

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    Reply to: New Bike Build: Which Frame?

    I’d get the Enduro just because its a little less dentisty.

    Have you seen how many root canals you need to do to buy even a normal ’20 Enduro with a crap spec?!

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    Reply to: 10% British cycling discount at CRC and PayPal credit

    10% discount hasn’t been a thing for a while unfortunately.
    It’s now £10 off orders over £150.

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    Reply to: Hunt customer service – thumbs up

    If appreciate if a few less of these stories appeared thanks, they’re not helping my overwhelming temptation to put down a deposit on a Privateer 161.

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    Reply to: Bin collection and BHs

    A lot subcontract out, a lot don’t but those that do don’t do it like you’ve set out. And even if they did they’re still ultimately paying the bill so it’s relevant.

    I deal with Local Gov waste contractor related stuff quite regularly – all the ones I’ve dealt with have had their contracts set out like that TBH. Maybe it’s just my limited sphere of experience. 🙂
    Yes, they are paying the bill, but it’s up to the contractor how they send the people out, so it’s kind of moot.

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    Reply to: ‘Modded’ ’17 Fox 36 RC2 v’s stock ’20 Lyrik Ultimate

    I’ve got a ’16 36 with an MRP FulFil valve and a TF custom Push tune (which made a massive difference) -it feels like a really good fork now. However, at the weekend I spent a bit of time on a mate’s ’20 Lyrik Ultimate, and even taking into account it was set up for a rider 5-10kg heavier than me, it was a quantum leap better.
    Get the Lyrik.
    (Disclaimer: I’m a scrawny bugger, so if you’re nearer the other end of the weight scale, you may see a different result)

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    Reply to: Bin collection and BHs

    Sums up councils I suppose Drac. Rather than contracting staff to work bank holidays have them work for over time rates instead. Complain of not having enough funds.

    I’m going to make my point again…
    A lot of councils don’t do waste collection themselves. It’s sub contracted out. They pay £x per property/street/postcode per year/contract period. How the sub contractor chooses to pay their employees in terms of bank holiday pay etc is nothing to do with council ‘wastage’ in this scenario.

    But hey, let’s not let facts get in the way of the usual public sector bashing.

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    Reply to: An unusual “what’s it worth”.

    Nothing like the amount of time, love and energy it looks like you’ve put into it.

    You’ll regret selling that the moment it goes, don’t do it.

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    Reply to: Bin collection and BHs

    And finished by 2pm

    So contracted for an 8 hour day, like a lot of people.

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    Reply to: Bin collection and BHs

    Generally they work longer hours and put more crews on. In some instances they’ll work weekends.
    Cue lots of posts about lazy workshy council layabouts having to work hard for once etc. Bear in mind they usually start at or before 6am.
    (A majority of councils contract out their waste collection to third parties…)

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    Reply to: Help removing 2016 orange five shock

    More helpfully, I can’t zoom in on my phone, but is there absolutely definitely not some form of sleeve through the centre that’s still there, as above?! Does it move even the tiniest amount?

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    Reply to: Help removing 2016 orange five shock

    Make sure you’ve got all the other drawers closed first.

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    Reply to: Small bump to Hope Tech3, leaking fluid, WWSTD?

    To be fair it wasn’t just a little drop of fluid after the crash, I straightened it on the bar, straightened the stem, flicked the levers a few times, and my mate went ‘err, your not going to want to hear this…’
    You could see the drops forming.
    I’ll rebleed and throw some talc at it, good plan, ta.

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    Reply to: Sticky dropper post (new bike)

    Obvious and possibly patronising answer – have you backed off the seatpost clamp bolt a bit?

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    Reply to: Small bump to Hope Tech3, leaking fluid, WWSTD?

    So what you’re basically saying is ‘you need to nip it up, bleed it, then do an awful lot of riding over the next couple of weeks, you know, just to be sure’. Right?

    (Fwiw, the shroud cover was reasonably loose, the actual fitting into the lever body barely, so I backed it off and tightened a few times to reseat)

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    Reply to: Tubeless winter road tyre

    GKs are tubeless ready. You need to get the TLC version though. Non TLC aren’t.

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    Reply to: Used short travel (100-120mm) 29er suggestions

    Not wanting to pee on a sale, but the OP explicitly states he wants something with a long top tube and low standover, that kinda instantly rules out an Anthem.
    Smuggler would seem ideal if you can deal with the heft.

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    Reply to: south downs single track

    Whereabouts? South Downs are pretty big! Only bit I know is Friston, and there’s heaps around there. Have a look on Trailforks.

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    Reply to: Flat pedals 50 quidish

    Two pairs of Nanos here and love them both. Grippier, lower profile, nicer shape, and last way longer than v12s. I won’t miss that familiar death rattle when the bushes expire after a few months.
    Tempted to try some Burgtec composites to see if they help warm my feet in the winter though. Desperate times and all that.

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    Reply to: Falling in love – with the “wrong” person

    Even if she’s emigrated, it’s still illegal to enter into relations with your own sister.

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    Reply to: There’s a rat in my garage, what am I going to do?

    Poison is a horrible way to kill a rat.
    We have chickens like some of the other posters, and rats are pretty much mutually inclusive. Luckily they are a long way from our house, but they are still capable of causing significant damage (they’ve caused a fair amount to the wiring in my car)

    I refuse to use poison because a) it’s indiscriminate(we have all sorts of other things living in our garden), and b) it’s not a humane way to kill a rat in any way.
    Cage traps/drowning is just as bad imho.
    I’m using snap traps at the moment in boxes but they’re only catching smaller ones, and I’ve had a particularly nasty incident where it appears it trapped the leg of one, which it then gnawed off to escape…
    Seriously looking at one of the GoodNature ones now.

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