Ali C

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About Ali C

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    Alpaca packs pretty plates properly packed
  • Birthday 02/18/84

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    alastairclarkson@yahoo.co.uk
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    http://www.tartybikes.co.uk

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    anything bikes, Art, Rock climbing, getting wet, getting dry, eating worms, hanging from trees upside down eating icecream and shouting Dave! DAVE!!! (<thats a good'un)

    I also enjoy swimming in raw sewage and going on dates with hippos
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    Blackpool

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    Lancashire
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    Alastair Clarkson
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  1. 24” saved trials! They give a far easier route into the sport rather than slapping out all the cash for a funny looking bike that can’t be ridden anywhere. I’ve seen a big surge of new riders in the last few years and most of them get a streety style bike to try the sport out, comps have died down but I’d say that was due to the nature of social media making street riding in a city look more appealing than driving for hours to pay to ride on a hillside. Not to diss comps as they’re a great way to get a lot of skills that’ll help every rider but you’ve got to admit that to the masses they’re more confusing and time consuming than just messaging your mates on fb and riding your local town. I don’t think anything’s killed trials, it’s just evolved with the times. If you want to do comps they’re still around, want some in your area? Put the work in and organise them. Forums are getting dated these days too, I don’t use any forum other than here and mostly talk to/organise things with social media. The lack of posts here don’t represent the strength of trials as a sport.
  2. The Zee won't fit as they don't have small chainring mounting options, neither do the modern Saints (you'd have to find an older set). The SLX are great cranks and unless you're hucking massive drops they'll be plenty strong enough. I'd also recomment the Sram Eagle GX cranks...light, stiff and strong (cheap too) plus you can use the Inspired one piece bash and sprocket to neaten everything up.
  3. Can you guys clear up why you'd chose a DJ bike for pumptracks/skateparks/jumps over a bmx? (or even street trials bike)
  4. yeah, 2 spacers drive side and then a 2-3mm spacer on the axle before sliding it through the bb. Also if the teeth on the chainring are quite tall a very quick blast around with a grinder to reduce the height gives a few more mm as well.
  5. yeah, that guys a total c unit.
  6. I pretty much avoid any channels that use click bait titles, as such I've not seen any of his videos (yet).
  7. I agree with Tested, I like Adam's one day builds mainly. For some reason I like metal forging channels, Re-Forged is good and so is Alex Steele. I like film review channels too but different ones like Cinema Sins/Win and GoodBadflicks Can't go wrong with Failarmy (pun intended) Gamesprout really makes me laugh for some reason Top5s is ok for the odd spooky list WhatCoulture and WatchMojo can give an entertaining list too
  8. good work! solid barspin and video I don't pinch my seat when I try them but I do pinch my cranks, my main issue is my throwing hand, I have trouble getting it to a good position to catch the bars again, I've come as close as it's physically possible to land them without actually landing them just because my hand doesn't grab the bar (my brakeless video where I tried barspins were not my best efforts) I don't seem to have much issues with my feet...throwing the bars later so you and the bike are falling seems to keep the feet under control.
  9. Yeah, can't imagine doing 19 shows per week!! Glad you're getting on well with them, I'm surprised they didn't jazz up the bike at all but I guess there did seem to be an industrial theme going on. I can believe the pay is good from what I've heard from my flatmate who is designing a couple of Cirque shows at the moment...they've got massive budgets!
  10. Looks incredible! One of the nicest Ashtons I've seen
  11. Joe's make car type tubeless valves if you are allergic to presta. I thiiiink it should still work with wider trials rims. The main thing that would make me lose air is folding the tyre, I run narrow rims so folding a tyre is pretty easy at low pressure. I think with a wider rim it should be fine. Basically if you fold your tyre now with normal riding, you might struggle with tubeless but if you rarely fold your tyres from the rim you'll be fine. I run my tape to just before the beads.
  12. Glad it went well You may find the tyre deflates at first, this could be because the tyres are not meant for tubeless and are porous until the sealant full seals them. If this happens then I'd recommend giving the wheel a spin and a shake to make sure the sealant is evenly spread and then leave the wheel resting flat on each side for half an hour...this worked perfectly on my MTB. Also I don't think cut outs are vital in the foam, I left my second foam strip solid and it still works fine.
  13. Finally getting a website sorted, I bought a .com domain last year so I go on godaddy to confirm it's mine and move to the next step...easier said than done! I have an email receipt confirming my .com domain but the link doesn't work. I log onto godaddy and check my account only to find I've no domains registered (I bought a few). I check my expired domains to make sure and that's empty too! I tried to phone their customer support but that line doesn't work. I then went to 123reg who say they can transfer domains to them for free, I go through the process and they end up charging me £12! I then waited for my confirmation email I was promised but got nothing, not even in my spam. So now I'm stuck, I own the domain I want but I can't get access or even contact the company to shout at anyone! So frustrating!
  14. The clicking will be the spokes unwinding and "clicking" into place. The spokes will slightly twist when tightening/loosening, flexing the wheel at the end of the build eases the tension for a moment and lets the nipple twist back to position. It can be hard to fully do this if it's a stiff wheel so don't worry about it too much. You can always re-check the tension if they've made a LOT of noise. Actually just re-read what you said. The clicking could be the spokes...Ti is more elastic than steel so there could be some movement between them causing the noise. some oil on the contacting spokes would tell if this was true. Not too sure about the tighter spokes when tensioned, perhaps the rim profile is acting like a cantilever...the tyre could be pushing on the rim beads pushing them outwards causing the centre of the rim to be pulled up? Would make sense in my head if it's a single walled rim. I wouldn't get too anal about spoke tension, you're probably right to keep it under the rims load but it'd probably be ok. I've never checked a rims max loading weight and I always get the spokes as tight as I can and I've not had any issues (mainly Spank rims though which are pretty tough! I perhaps wouldn't go as tight on lighter weight stuff) Half ti spokes doesn't seem like a great idea...ti spokes are notoriously weak and have more stretch than steel spokes possibly making the wheel go out of tru easier...just speculation though. Either way Ti spokes don't save all that much really, not enough to make the risk of snapping one higher as well as the costs.
  15. yeah, high bars makes for easier hops, not higher hops.