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    Having succinctly put myself out of action for a couple of weeks (bragging rights: broke a blue pallet with my hip, having hit it directly on the supporting block in the middle), I thought I'd put this edit together now rather than wait. Filmed over the past few weeks. Only the first half is riding. The second is crashes. Major grumpy face at the end is because that happened two-hours deep into attempting it. Edit: Worth mentioning that apart from three clips, all of these were filmed on solo rides. That's already achievement enough for me!
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    I am starting to get comfy on it. I've only crashed once so I'm not trying too hard yet, but here is the next vlog with quite a few lines in it. I felt like I was lacking a theme with this one, so it's just riding really.
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    Fantastically light (compared to the 24" console), my new Hex, all shiny and glittering out of the box. Very good feel straight out, hardly any adjustment moving from 24 to 26", it rides so nicely! Frame: Inspired Hex aluminium Fork: Inspired Hex (15mm bolt through axle). Bars: Inspired Arcade High-Rise Riser Stem: Trialtech Sport, 90mm x 35° rise Crank: Hope Trial Pedals: Fire Eye platform. Brakes: Magura MT7 with 180mm discs. Seat: Tripod Kevlar seat with tripod. Rims: Inspired V2 Team, 26" Hubs: Hope Pro 4 Disc Chain Tensioner: Integrated Inspired Tyres: Continental Race King 26x2.2". Gear Ratio: 22/18 Wheelbase in this current setting: 1023mm Chainstays: 380mm Bottom bracket height: +20mm (50mm lower than my comp bike). A few titanium bolts too here and there... I reckon it is under 10kg
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    As the title says, stupidly small sketchy set-ups in this one. This is how I usually ride when there is no camera around. Maybe half street and half street-trials. Safety glasses were for the may flies that like to dive-bomb eye balls, but they were also fitting for where I was riding.
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    Your comments made me watch (because otherwise f**k trailers) and that was definitely cool. Still. f**k trailers, but I’m looking forward to the main thing, so yay trailers.
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    i started in the year 2000, i was 14, i enjoyed watching moto trials on TV and one day i saw a guy on a Monty 219 x Alp, i just loved that and my father bought me that bike. I've been in competitions for about 8 years then Craig Lee made me love street. Nowadays i ride in parks, street and some competitions, after 19 years is difficult to find motivation but using the bike as a reason to travel or cutting frames in half make me keep the love for this sport
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    Collected my EG6 last night. Paint needs attention but the shell is solid. K20 is out of the coupe for head gasket doing, final drive, 4th 5th and 6th year replacement and diff rebuild. Del Sol VTI arriving next month that I’m planning on robbing the B16 from to go in the blue EK shell I aquired with the unit. Business insurance in place for my unit. B16 swapped EK in for an engine rebuild over the next few weeks, EF Civic B swap is building up component wise and a few K series boxes to do. All go!
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    That one's actually bad foot and bad side. I was hoping someone would mention it so I could make excuses for how crazy sketchy it was Thanks guys
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    Thanks for your reply Sandbugg. I think I might go for the BBB brand 110mm at 35 degrees. Seems like a solid product and if its slightly too long I can always tilt my handlebars backwards (currently vertical)
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    3 of the Scottish Bike Trials club members, including myself, recently gave a little dit on trials in Scotland for STV news. So if you live in Dundee and watch regional news, you’re in for a treat!
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    Had no idea about that either - just read the article about it on Wikipedia (for those interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauda_Air_Flight_004#Lauda's_visit_with_Boeing). What a dude. Slightly on a tangent, but it's interesting to note the parallels with Boeing refusing to accept blame in that instance, and with the 737 MAX crashes.
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    The thing that I learned about him yesterday that I wish I’d learned long before was his involvement into the crash of Lauda Air 004. He essentially called Boeing out to admit fault by saying he’d go up in a plane and do what they were saying was recoverable (and what was suspected to have caused the crash). It was only when he was going to publicly put his life on the line that they said it wouldn’t be such a great idea. Big f**king balls, and a legend of not just F1.
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    U sound fit. Wanna help convert my software to hardware?
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    Is Danny dc2 the nurburgring slayer in that k20 mr2? His mate executes that's stunning fwd drift in that dc5 Got someone local on the hook to buy the fairlane, kinda dont want it to stay around as I dont want to see it driving around but a sales a sale. The idea was to put the money into my business and give cars a break for a while, then get back into it when I can afford something dream status, but my juke picker in the states has spotted a 61 Caddilac coupe deville bubbletop that's given me mild feels...
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    First of all sorry for my english and for the long story The start (2004) When I was age 12-13 my dad had a motorbike store, and I ride enduro motorbikes (yamaha dt 50cc, honda crm 80cc) almost every afternoon after school. Then after a not serious but scary crash my parents didn't let me ride motorbike alone again, so I in my free time I started to ride my MTB more. I started with wheelie stuffs, then a friend of mine showed a few 5-10 second long clips about bike trial in 2004. We started to practice hop on back wheel, and balance things with my friend. After we saw our first trial videos, (Toxicity, Otherside, Gong-li), we decided to buy our first 26" trial bikes, in 2005. We got some pallets in our garden, and we were riding like almost everyday. Then my friend stoped the riding, but I continued alone in a small town without without any connection to other riders. Competitions (2006-2010) Between 2006-2010 I started riding competitions in cadet, then junior. In Hungary we had 4-5 competition / year, usually with 50-60 riders. I loved this period. I had a really great training sport, so I improved really well. I made my first video in 2008, when I was 16. (video: https://bit.ly/2HqKvOC) Street period (2010-2014) After 2010 I decided to stop competitive trial. I was bored of the heavily forced UCI things in our country. I was young, and and I didn't understand how could I join to a club, or how could I get licence etc... I didn't had any close biketrial freind, and my parents also didn't help me in these paperworks things. I was bored of the many new ""stupid"" rules, I just wanted to ride. I loved the 09' Danny Mac video, so I decide to start street trial. I believe I was one the first riders who started this new era street ride in Hungary. I moved to Budapest, and I had some close rider friends in this period. The street was fun overall, but it was a bit frustrate to ride always alone, while all of my friends rode TGS trial, so I switched back to a "normal" trial bike in 2013. After the switch I made one of my favorite video (https://bit.ly/2WevDLk). I really enjoyed to ride with this bike... probably this was one of my top year in trial. Ride less. (2014-2017) After 2014 I didn't ride too much. I was bored to ride usually ride totally alone, and I also was busy because of the university and work. To keep trial in live in Hungary, I started to organize big city rides in Budapest, once time / year. Usually we had 30-40 riders in the city. It was awesome! Beside this I just went out 2-3 times / months with my friends, for a short ride to the city. These was my by moments from this period, when we went out with my 3-4 best friends for a nice ride, then after the ride to have a beer and some chill in the city. Without friends probably I would nearly stop the riding in this period. Back to UCI (2018-...) At the end of 2017 I discovered the UCI Live streams on youtube. I was totally amazed by Jack style and performance. I watched all the streams 2-3 times. In this period I wanted to sport more, and be more fit, but instead of going to gym, or start running etc. I decided to buy a crewkerz bike in 2018, and start ride more often and harder. My goal was to go back to my old level if it's possible, and start ride competitions in Elit category. I get back my old level much faster than I expected, then I started to reach new records. I went to a few UCI C1 competitions, and to two World Cups as well. My performance was not the best compare to other riders, but I really enjoyed to ride on competitions again, and even if I usually didn't finish any sections, I was really happy when I made a few nice moves on the sections sometimes. In the future, I'm pretty sure I'll go back to street again one day. But at the moment I enjoy the UCI stuffs
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    Good spot, thanks Adam - that's actually a screenshot from the previous iteration of the map post-adaptions but before manual smoothing which I always follow up with. 2D mode is very handy for that, taking one row or column at a time and making the transitions a little nicer There are also some regions of the map I've simply not touched (because frankly driving around on the public roads trying to hit each cell, 300kPa and 8000rpm etc, just isn't going to happen. We can't all be running bike engines you know...) Those regions are populated through a combination of a base file and a few similar engines, so are likely a little out from reality but should be in the right ballpark. Given I'll be changing displacement soon(ish) I won't really be pushing the limits here as it doesn't seem worthwhile. Rather, I'll be taking it slowly and trying to refine things and learn at stock-ish power levels. For example, while I understand the basics of VE, I'm not too sure how to best go about tuning timing yet so playing it very safe. As much as I can understand the method of pushing it a little until it knocks, then pegging it back a touch, there must surely be a more scientific way to go about things?!
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    Very interesting stuff luke. Exciting times. Tonight I'm heading to put a deposit on this. I'm putting a k20 in the back of it well excited.
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    So many good lines, Flipp! Amongst many other ridiculous lines, the hook90 on that wall / rail is just silly ridiculous.
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    Awesome as ever! Some very innovative and imaginative lines in there. The mind boggles!
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    Ah Mike, that's a PITA to say the least. Hopefully they take the nudge and step it up a notch for you. @Ads, cracking post on WSCC earlier. Hope things are good with you at the mo, had meant to ping you an email after a recent update but must have got sidetracked. I've not really updated much here for my own car lately. Bit of copypasta from another forum so excuse the fact this clearly won't flow but long story short, daily duties, MOT, blah blah blah, stripped old engine, building up a stroker to replace, fitted a standalone ECU last week (I am the weak link in this package). In fact, feck it, here's a largely photographic catchup instead. The old inlet mani gasket was still in place on the head. Can see here how the casting is slightly wonky relative to the machining. This could potentially be sorted with some grinding to gasket-match things. Here’s the worst one. Significantly better at the other end. Oh, and since I had them both to hand, here’s a quick look at the significant difference between small and large port heads. Going for a bit of a roadtrip this the weekend. Productive weekend on the most part. Didn't start so well, getting home to find Boost with is ear in bits. He'd been attacked by an bum hole Bengal cat over the road and wasn't in a great way, with his ear only held together by fur and his ear canal full of blood. Emergency surgery later and my wallet was well and truly hurting before we'd even set off. Not so much as his pride having to wear a Cone of Shame mind... Zipped up the M5, dropped off the old LCR Brembos mentioned before to the home of a certain Badger. Picked up a few goodies and left. Firstly these are what I'd swapped the brakes for. CatCams (3668s IIRC) and it's pretty apparent that there's significantly more lift and longer duration, plus these are designed to be VVT safe which will be very handy. Here they are next to a set from an AMK lump, though most are similar/the same. Not sure I'll be needing these for a considerable amount of time, if ever, but at only 400 miles old these seemed a decent upgrade to have handy rather than some scabby old brakes I'll never need. To go with those, one of these. And lastly, a new toy to play about with. Very impressed by the new housings - machined from billet, these look baller (not that you'll see it often) but mainly act as a heatsink for the black magic that lies within. Happy days! Very much looking forward to playing with this and learning more along the way. Both cars were due MOTs last week. New ticket sorted on each of them with no fuss. Did have to knock up a cat section by welding the two stock twin LCR cats in series to get it through, but emissions read super low so clearly did the trick. It’s also cost me at least 5bhp by sticking a massive restriction in the exhaust if logs are anything to go by, so whether or not it'll stay is anyone's guess... :lol: Sold my old rods. I say old, they’d been used for under 150 miles in the old engine before the head slightly intoxicated me off enough to rip it all out. Sold for more than I paid, so can’t complain really. Went up to London as Soph’s cousin was running the marathon. Mostly boring, but detoured to Bath on the way home and picked up the stuff I’d dropped off a fortnight prior. Here’s one of those bits receiving a little paint. Block has been acid and caustic dipped to clean off old paint, gunk, grease and rust. Has then been rebored to 82.5mm, honed, and decked to ensure a perfect face for sealing up. Popped off the intake mani to rework stuff. I’ve simplified the PCV setup a little as there’s no real need for the full extent of split-happy pipework the factory fitted IMO. Now just a single line from the T-piece up to the nipple on top of the TB (used for EVAP as stock, IIRC). With this moved, there’s an 8mm nipple on the base of the mani which I can use for the MAP sensor, which needs to be fitted to the manifold rather than in the pipework before the TB as I’ll be ditching the MAF and running a Speed Density tuning method in the future. Made a new friend while I was working. Someone in our road appears to have a new, extremely cute, kitten. Lovely little thing, until it started chewing on my DV line… After 4 days of our entire family being horrifically ill, I needed some fresh air. Wasn’t really up to driving or going anywhere, so the drive was the perfect location for a couple of hours in the sun playing with the standalone setup. Plugged in the new ECU to both the car and laptop, turned the key to give power and instantaneously received notice that all drivers had been installed. Always a good start. I configured the throttle pedal minimum and maximum positions, then performed basic settings on the throttle itself. Being a DBW car (Ignitron is an ME7.5 replacement) this is essential, though a number of people seem have missed these steps and had issues down the line. No wonder, really. Followed this up with a general fault code scan and nothing to report at this stage. Bonus. Checked the gauges and all appeared sensible, so time to turn the key. The car fired up and other than running rich everything seemed to be pretty reasonable. Impressive stuff from the base file wizard built into the software really, as I certainly don’t know enough at this stage to have made it this far alone At this point, unwell child woke up so car was shut off, stock ECU quickly connected back up, and the car abandoned for a while. As I’d need it in the morning and didn’t have time to play with getting things running right, it seemed sensible to have another proper go next weekend when time allowed. With wife and child both still feeling rough and going to bed about 8ish, I pinched another hour and went back outside to refit the scuttle and wipers so I could actually use the car properly for the week. Moments later, my willpower cracked and I ended up removing the stock ECU permanently in lieu of the new unit instead I ran a serial-USB line through the same bulkhead panel and the main wiring harness, so it drops down behind the dash with the main fuse panel and pops out of the cubby hole by the driver’s right knee. Waiting on some rubber grommets to tidy up the holes a little, as I had to chain drill and file due to losing my chuck key and being too impatient… Anyway, with the car back together I went inside to watch the latest episode of Project Binky before bed. Made a few tweaks to my map whilst watching - mainly VE table, warmup lambda table and a couple of minor adaption elements. Flashed this onto the car before work this morning and seems to be helping, but will check logs tonight/tomorrow and see where we are. Steep learning curve begins here! Had a little time this afternoon so dug out piston rings and got them gapped. I’ll give them another check prior to fitting but very happy with how consistent these are. Tops were extremely hard which is reassuring, but meant they were an absolute pig to file down and took considerable time, but worth doing right of course. Second rings were noticeably softer, wearing down much faster. Took it super slow with lots of checking and they are all pretty much bang on where I want them at 0.5mm top, 0.525 second rings. All now look something like this. As is standard practice, you should only ever file one side of the gap, giving a reference side to work from ensuring the two ends are as close to parallel as possible. Had time before heading out to check out the new oil squirters I picked up - these are TFSI units and the body is a slightly different profile to 1.8t variants. Shouldn’t really have an issue with either, but I liked the idea of the additional clearance, particularly since I’m running a stroker crank. Pistons are profiled to suit, as seen here Gave the crank a quick glance this weekend too. I've still got to change the trigger wheel over for a new one, as both bolts and the wheel itself are single use which not many people seem to be aware of. Given I don't know the full history of this crank out seems foolish not to, and the parts were dirt cheap from the dealer anyway so it's a no brained. For now, however, just swapped over the oil pump drive gear. Again, cheap from the dealer and you can see the difference below. These are an interference fit, so with a bit of heat the old gear popped off no problem. In order to get the new one on, it went into the oven to warm up for a bit then pressed on. Handy tip for any trials riders out there - Pro II freehub seal tool is the perfect size for this. For anyone else, a bit of 40mm pipe will do just fine. Regarding the ECU/tuning, I’m slowly getting to grips with it all. I feel like I’ve learnt a huge amount in the past week alone, though still a million miles to go yet. Only real niggle so far was having a bit of a moment in the week - there was an audible pop followed by a drop in power and reluctance to idle below 1000rpm. Serves me right for forgetting to put a clip on the MAP hose really, and the 8mpg I got for the rest of that drive home were entirely deserved as a result haha. I’ve got the VE table to a place I’m pretty happy with, though I’m well aware this is unlikely to ever be “done” as such so will continue to let it learn through use. I’ve turned down the ratios a little, so that if I do choose to apply the generated adaption tables then they have a lesser impact moving forward now that the bulk crude chunk has been done. I’ve also rerouted my ECU connection slightly, which has tidied it away inside the scuttle so it’s a little further from the wiper linkage. Wasn’t strictly necessary, but for peace of mind nice to have done. It did, however, mean that I barely had enough cable left to reach the laptop inside the car. Easy solution.
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    Easy Lads, Looking for abit of advise, I wanna drill some holes in the below for snail cam grubs, Where does everyone think would be best? I'm thinking bottom right corner of the dropout? Thanks Adam