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  1. Good news! We all have brain farts like that sometimes! Here's one of mine from yesterday that nearly caused enormous trouble...
    8 points
  2. New frame, ready for paint. Reynolds 853 front end, 631 head tube, Columbus stays, home made dropouts. Came out at 1.98kg, which is very light for a modern steel 29er.
    7 points
  3. It was a place called Sculpt. I have an update though…turns out I’m just a colossal muppet and couldn’t work out that MY OWN LOGO was upside down! I’m so embarrassed
    7 points
  4. Recently painted my hex in Volkswagen white silver. Will be changing a few more bits such as tyres, pedals and the tensioner to a new one. Overall happy with how it came out
    7 points
  5. More faffing... Decided I didn't like the twisted spoke in the end. Felt like it was a bit brutal on the spoke when forming the eye, and the thick to thin section felt wrong (stress riser). Had a mini failure at just over 200kg where the solder started to 'peel' away too. I hadn't prepped the spoke at all (normally I would sand it down with 120 grit and degrease with acetone) which is the likely culprit, but belt and braces... Ended up making a hybrid of the 'in line' eye from way back and the twisted one, which puts the silver solder more in shear than tension, and ensures the two lengths of spoke are touching for a good distance to allow proper soldering. Decided to go straight for a destruction test, so loaded the bugger up... BANG. Sapim spoke snapped at the first thread. This was at just under 150kg, so 300kg in the rope one. The rope held fine but the eye stretched a bit, necked down to 1.4mm from 1.8 at the very bottom. If any of these spokes see 150kg even momentarily during their life I'll be surprised, so that'll do me. Then went on the destruction testing warpath, and loaded one up to 115kg and attacked it with a file. The failure is actually quite boring, the strands just gradually detangle and the bury splice slips. At this point I'd put 20-25 firm strokes across the rope with a coarse round file, and it was still holding over 80kg. So I'm happy the odd rock strike won't cause issues! Need a new jig for the new eyelet type now...
    7 points
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  7. 6 days in, wallpaper is all off, imperfections filled, walls have been sanded (including sanding down two big lumps from the fitment of the air vents), walls prepped with a plaster sealing primer, woodwork scrubbed, carpet removed and some paint tested…it’s coming along!
    7 points
  8. Sorry guys, been busy with another part of the same project... but I have started on the spoke-making jig. Spoke progress will resume once the frame is finished, unless I get annoyed / bored with it in which case I'll come back to the spokes for a bit! Full build thread here: https://www.mtbr.com/threads/diy-steel-29er-singlespeed-frame-build-arse-29er.1196810/
    6 points
  9. Some clips from a ride today with Jamie where neither of us could properly get in to gear. Decided to try and film one line at each spot for motivation. Didn't work amazingly, but fun was had
    5 points
  10. also an update, I rang the carpet place and explained how we weren't happy wit hthe join. They agreed there shouldn't have been one and are replacing the carpet. So that's two of my angry items sorted.
    5 points
  11. I've recently just purchased a house, also had no issues with tripping switches or flickering lights, while messing with other stuff and running network cable etc. I have found some scary shit including: 6mm cooker cable live and not attached to anything behind the cupboards The kitchen was just a spur off the ring main A socket in the kitchen was wired with 1mm 4 core lighting wire with the extra core just bent over Spurs on spurs on spurs in most bedrooms (the record was 6 double sockets on a spur in a small bedroom) Loose connections in sockets/switches and even in connectors under the floorboards The most annoying thing that I have found so far I only spotted the other day when moving some stuff that had been dumped in the spare room, how the f**k you can fit a radiator like that and thing "that will do" is beyond me, It has also been attached to the wall with M5x1.0 bolts, I have no idea how that is still on, I only know what bolts are used as one is at 45 degrees and only half in. Some people should not be allowed to do any kind of DIY. All the dangerous fire starting shit that has been found has been fixed and we are now finally able to decorate the living room, I think we have gone for a similar colour to Ali as it fits in with some built in furniture that's in there. VID-20211111-WA0007.mp4
    5 points
  12. I got homesick and want to go back to the Alias. I did, however, go out for one last outing on the stock with Adam (who deserves thanks for his apparently endless patience). Filmed some clips. Mostly dropgaps!
    5 points
  13. Thanks Luke, thanks Mike! I must admit I'm really pleased with that joint and the colour, looked amazing in the sun today. Many hours of faffing with rope later... I am told the spoke tension will drop now as the spokes creep, so it'll need a retension tomorrow. Can add more details / photos if anyone is interested
    4 points
  14. Nice work Dave! Looks really neat and using old knackered stuff is always a win I ended up taking a flap disc to my dropouts and they came out nicely. Just a little shaping to break up the industrial look... Then I lobbed some paint on. Its impossible to get a good representation of the colour indoors using a phone, but its an orange clear coat over a coarse metal flake base. Need to order another can to finish off the orange, but I'm looking forward to seeing what its like in sunlight once the lacquer has been applied. In theory should be like this...
    4 points
  15. I know this is an old post, but just wanted to let you know she’s still going strong. I’ve owned it since 2018 and this is the how it’s currently setup. not quite true to the original, but I love it.
    4 points
  16. Carpets are all pulled up ready for the fitters to fit new ones.
    4 points
  17. Lockdown so I don't have to go see anyone, can just stay home and get merry
    4 points
  18. Painted this backboard white and removed the decades old fluorescent tube light fittings from behind and replaced with a Govee LED strip. I added a diffuser to take any harshness off and I’m very happy The advantage is that it’s way cheaper to power, less likely to kill us and I can control the colours from my phone or with Alexa (if I choose). Can’t wait for it to get dark so I can really see what it looks like.
    4 points
  19. Not a farm house by any chance is it Cap? You should see the kind of corners that have been cut in our place, needless to say I'm ecstatic (and also shitting myself) that we have a date for moving down the road! Father in law told my wife earlier that we move on the 1st December, just need to sort out money transfer and get all the bills changed over to my name.
    4 points
  20. Laced the Spank to a spare chris king singlespeed HD I picked up a few months back. I had my old chris king / Onza series front wheel kicking around for the last decade since I dropped front disc, so that went straight on. Blagged a spare set of trialtech disc forks to replace the inspired… much prefer the shape of these. Also bought a 110x35mm stem from Adrian too to make it a little more trialsy. Fitted my old middleburn rs7 super pro TI cranks , with a reset TI BB. Spent an hour making a 74kingz tensioner to suit the new ratio.
    4 points
  21. Should've gone with a green screen colour. Imagine the vlogibilities.
    4 points
  22. Not sure about the deburr, but I'm doing it anyway to be certain. I tried some glued spokes and wasn't really keen on the results. I would also then have to find a way to stop the spoke rotating while building, that didn't involve gripping it with mole grips or something equally crude. Then I remembered silver soldering! My first 3 attempts, straight after soldering / brazing, covered in flux. This is much less temperamental and a lot easier than welding, plus gives a much neater result IMO. Flux removed and scrubbed with wire wool. Love the way the silver flows! Checked the condition of the rope where it went through an eyelet. This had done 10x cycles to 140kg and a couple to 200. No fraying so I think that's acceptable. And finally, loaded up a soldered eyelet to 200kg, then have left it at 130kg for the weekend to check it doesn't fail.
    4 points
  23. 3 points
  24. I'm shocked you're not 'friends' with him!
    3 points
  25. I've been not well lately and I went on this trip to seek enlightenment haha! Got some riding in too. Trials and MTB in this one.
    3 points
  26. Time for new wheels already! The ebay gods were particularly nice to me so i rolled that windfall into some carbon wheels for the Marino/Silex. I looked into BERD spokes after reading Adam's thread about them, but the pre-made spokes only go as short as 240mm and I didn't want to go 4x fo make up the extra length and NO WAY am I gonna splice and solder my own. Who's go that kind of free time these days?!? Anyway, new wheels. Industry Nine Hydra to Lightbicycle Recon 24 and Extralite Hyper JF to Lightbicycle Moto Cruiser 24 with Sapim spokes and nips.
    3 points
  27. May end up with something in here in the end! Have decided that I don't really like the Gusset design as it puts the torque from the rider through the M32 x 1.0 thread that the XD 'lockring' sits on- something it's really not designed to do and there's only about 6mm of thread there (I've stripped trials sprockets before and I sure as buggery don't want to do that to a Chris King driveshell). Soooo... my plan is to make my own version of the Problem Solvers Zinger setup. I'm going to get a little HG sprocket carrier waterjet cut at work along with a few spacers to fiddle with the chainline and I've bought a dead XD cassette on eBay that I'm going to rip apart to pull out the 'lockring' thing from inside it. In theory the lockring will keep the carrier in place (and the carrier and HG spline then carries the torque) with an 18T Gusset sprocket bolted to it to give me a single speed setup. In combination with a dual wheel Acor tensioner I think we should be good. I was surprised that the XD standard still used the HG spline for the end drive part but I guess if it ain't broke... Just waiting for the parts to arrive now to trial fit some 3D printed mockups of the carrier and spacers as I think the lockring will need to be modified slightly (or possibly one of the spacers) to work right but we'll see.
    3 points
  28. Welcome to the world of even more fun and less maintenance @monkeyseemonkeydo I started on 32:20 but now on 32:18. Most people say 32:16 is a good place to be, but not sure if that is bravado! This is with 26" wheels. General rule is to add 1 tooth to the rear for 650b, 2 teeth for 29er. Its pretty hilly round here, every ride is more than 1000ft of climbing per 10 miles to give you an idea, but everything is cleanable if you do your best BMX race start impression on the very steep stuff You need a bit of time to retrain your brain mostly - at first it feels really weird grinding away at super low cadences, but eventually you learn that you can grunt it out. Trials helps a lot I think, as you have good low speed balance while standing up and good core strength to keep the bike pointing where you want it to. Momentum is everything and pedal strikes are killer. Higher speeds - I find it absolutely fine 99% of the time and keep up with geared mates with no issue. You learn to carry momentum better on the flatter / slightly downhill stuff, and you'll find yourself sprinting at short sharp climbs rather than going into autopilot and shifting up the cassette. The only time I find it a bit lacking in speed is really fast, smooth, slightly downhill sections - you simply can't spin your legs fast enough to get any drive. A small trade-off IMO. I love it so much I'm building another (with big dirty wheels this time)! https://www.mtbr.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.mtbr.com/attachments/screenshot-2021-11-15-at-19-13-21-luddite-ss29-png.1956965/ https://www.mtbr.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.mtbr.com/attachments/20211116_061444-jpg.1957113/ https://www.mtbr.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.mtbr.com/attachments/20211117_170334-jpg.1957326/
    3 points
  29. had an offer accepted a beautiful little townhouse, luckily the vendor found a property with no chain right away and wants to be done and dusted by xmas! were about 10 days in now just playing the waiting game with paper work and stuff at the moment
    3 points
  30. That would drive me mad My update is that my desk top arrived, I’m building a custom one with a sit/stand base and wanted a solid wood top. Went with a beech kitchen worktop with beveled edges and oil treatment. I then found a similar shelf (which hasn’t been treated yet) as a monitor raiser with some white IKEA legs too match the white frame. I’ve bought an 80mm auger and once I know where my monitors and computer will go I’ll drill a nice grommet hole for the cables. Got a carpet fitter coming to measure tomorrow, we’re hoping my measurements were accurate as it means we can use their largest size to fit with no seams in the long hall and also fit the office…for less than £300 too (minus underlay and fitting costs)…can’t wait to have the carpet in and be able to get my desk built!
    3 points
  31. rimpact could make you one, I had them make me a 26" version of their plus size rim...fitted my carthy rim perfectly.
    2 points
  32. Pfft, call yourself a reformed weight weenie, you could have taken those dropouts back to the plate and you know it Now you'll just collect 15g of mud in there!
    2 points
  33. Here we go! 3D printed test run. I bought a knackered XD cassette on eBay and whipped the lockring out of it (a bit more dremelling required than I anticipated but got there in the end). One 5mm thick HG spline spacer that the lockring clamps on plus three 5mm spacers with relevant sized bores gives the correct chainline and we're looking good. Will get the bits waterjet cut at the start of this week hopefully and get it together properly soon .
    2 points
  34. FFS Dave, you practically invited the spam bot in here!
    2 points
  35. Vitus came back in stock and they randomly delivered it today (told me it would be next week!) looks pretty cool but the tyres are mahooosive! Going to get something smaller to roll around the neighbourhood on and get used to it.
    2 points
  36. I’m using home made adapters and they work pretty well. Why don’t you try and make your own? It’s good fun and you can experiment with the design.. I have some spares incl a full v-brake setup and I have alu material + pivot bolts as well if you wanted to try and chisel a set.. let me know if interested?
    2 points
  37. @Ali C I’m so pleased you got your hall carpet sorted. It made me angry on your behalf.
    2 points
  38. CJBike 24 Frame set: Story rims Novatec XD262SB rear wheel hub FUNN ridge crankset Chinese pedal pads (ztto, sixsixone clones) Vaid G3 rotors Shigura deore/mt2 Generic Vans grip parts mostly from Taobao, so I assume from China. Overall bike is solid for me,
    2 points
  39. Don't do it. Just get the Z1eHX. Chains are not a component with which you want to be dabbling in inferior products. I personally had a lot more issues with the more curvy chains like those. 610 is no longer made. It was replaced by the Z1e. It is possible to but a Z1e or a Z1eHX. Be certain to get the Z1eHX type. It means it's been heat treated and makes it MUCH stronger, and stretches far less.
    2 points
  40. i can vouch for this man's Vee brake expertise.
    2 points
  41. I listened to a radio call-in yesterday discussing the Austria restrictions. A woman called in saying she totally agrees with it and would like to see it in the UK. The reason being that her 16 year old got Covid and the jab wasn’t available. I was sat there wondering if her health was good, did she get out much, was she overweight etc. She then dropped that her daughter “shouldn't have got Covid because she’s a gamer and never goes out” (but then said she had recently got a job working retail). Blaming her bad Covid purely on the fact she wasn’t vaccinated seems to be a view shared by many when we should be talking about her vitamin D levels and general health. If she’s a gamer that never goes out then that suggests her health isn’t the best. If people want the vaccine that’s fine but I can’t believe we’re all ignoring other factors that are extremely important.
    2 points
  42. Fitted my new ceiling light, quite cheap but matches my white and wood vibe I’m going for. I’ve put a couple of smart bulbs in which I can control from my phone (brightness, warmth plus colours) or with Alexa if I wanted. I’m very pleased with it especially for the price
    2 points
  43. Also means I’m back in business for another hobby of mine, I play on the decks every night so a few weeks without was horrible
    2 points
  44. So, I picked up this Hex back in May after losing a bit of love for pure trials. Managed to get hold of it for a pretty decent price from Rob Lawrenson with a worthwhile spec: Hope Pro2 evo hubs on ex721s and maxxis Holyrollers shimano Saint m810 crankset hope tech m4 W. 203 icetech rotor. magura 2005 HS33, phat pads , braided hoses, trialtech 4 bolt booster inspired Hex mk1 frame, powder coated black. inspired hex mk1 disc forks 90x35 trialtech stem trialtech high rise bars plastic “insane” pedals some bmx seat chris king Rasta headset
    2 points
  45. They do get sick. There's two different ways to look at this. Your experience, or what's actually going on. My coworker told me the other day that 99% of the people in our city hospitals sick with covid right now are vaccinated. Obviously completely untrue, makes no sense and couldn't tell me how she learned of that information other than her sisters daughter works at one of the hospitals. But that's the only information she needs and all the other information out there is manipulated because "that's what they want you to think". You know more people who've had issues with the vaccine than covid because you know more people who've had the vaccine than covid. This is why anecdotal evidence does nothing more than allow people to express their opinions as facts.
    2 points
  46. Haha. Well, thanks... I don't think this is out of the realms of a regular DIY-er, just I tend to go a bit to far with these things. More nerding here (Berd's patent): https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=10661598 - they do use cyanoacrylate to glue the spoke into the rim end. Scary. @Ali C, the patent only covers the USA and it would make an interesting video... just sayin'...
    2 points
  47. Since May I’ve been using my phone data as my sole source of internet, this includes uploading my vlogs (some were 30 min+ 4K!), my last video took almost 24 hours to upload due to poor connection speeds Today I had broadband fitted, finally some decent Wi-Fi and an Ethernet cable for my office, this will make life so much easier!!
    2 points
  48. In general, they live a little differently from in large cities. They have a lot more personal communication and physical activity. People there have less money and some opportunities, and they value more the opportunity to practice a new sport. Children and one adult were engaged. They bought one cheap used mod and one used stock and I gave my Crewkerz bike for the duration of the training. This summer they started from scratch. The video is just a snapshot of moments from 2 workouts.
    2 points
  49. I looked at that... I think the torque from pedalling and braking might be affected significantly as only one of the pair would be pulling tangentially then (hard to explain). Also knotting this stuff really ruins the properties - can't remember exactly but it reduced breaking load by at least half! I think Berd have put a lot of time and effort into these. All the conclusions I'm coming to seem to match what they've done...
    2 points