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  1. 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
  2. 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...
    3 points
  3. 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
  4. What do you get if you take: 1x Tom Mitchell, 1x Workshop, 114x Pallets, and a Herculean amount of effort? Then take those foundations and cap them with a three-day session with him amongst the fruits of his toil. This. This is what you get. There's more clips of me because that crash he so readily walked off made quite a mess of his ankle. Troopers will persist, however.
    2 points
  5. Frame is done and sitting around waiting for lacquer to harden... Spokes: got a bunch more photos for anyone interested, but these are the main ones... One down, 59 to go!
    2 points
  6. And we're officially singlespeed! Got the bits waterjet cut this morning and all seems good. Turned the lockring on the lathe briefly just to tidy up the Dremelling but works perfectly . Chainline seems about right too which is good!
    2 points
  7. (I might have sounded slightly passive aggressive before) I'm not sure if you could say they're trying to achieve anything in particular, but that's probably not quite what you meant. I think it's a case of minimising the hit to themselves and to high-level tory donor's / supporters. Instead of taking immediate action, they took time to figure out how best to support their own connections. The amount of dodgy companies, and tory-related companies, involved in the supply of medical goods is absolutely staggering. And they took the opportunity to push the NHS closer to full privatisation. Most people are not aware of the steps that have gradually but continuously pushed it towards privatisation, over several decades. Including actions taken by the Labour government. Sorry I'm off topic now. That's all I can assume; they're favouring their own connections over saving lives.
    2 points
  8. 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
    2 points
  9. The conspiracy theorists who keep banging on about evidence showing this and that and then linking to webpages as if what is written on the internet is set in stone make me chuckle. I had a local woman rant at me on FB when it all kicked off stating that there was all this evidence that covid was a hoax and she'd happily send me copies of the PDF she'd found online to prove it. Never realised only top government officials had the power to write a letter and convert it to PDF......
    2 points
  10. rimpact could make you one, I had them make me a 26" version of their plus size rim...fitted my carthy rim perfectly.
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  12. I'm shocked you're not 'friends' with him!
    2 points
  13. Does anyone else have the search options permanently visible in the top right since the update?
    1 point
  14. Yes I’m aware sorry. We had some issues which forced me to upgrade the board software in a hurry. I’ve not had chance yet to update the skin but it’s on my todo list.
    1 point
  15. thank you :) I must say that Holy Rollers weren't the easiest for me to inflate but I did manage it with a tubeless air blast pump. The Ikons should be a little easier but I still had to wiggle my front wheel around and physically pull one of the beads towards the rim edge for it to inflate with my compressor...just be patient, manipulate the tyre if needed and you should be ok
    1 point
  16. I reckon it will definitely make me fitter! I'm normally a fairly 'lazy' biker, sticking it in a low gear and not really trying very hard, preferring to pop a wheelie and mess around. I've been out a couple of times and I'm definitely riding faster on it because I feel I need to maintain the momentum and keep a sensible (higher than normal) cadence. It's lovely and quiet and smooth though and I've only gone for a phantom shift a couple of times!
    1 point
  17. Love this short paragraph from your link: "I’ll be blunt: there is very little within this letter that is even close to being correct, and there is almost no evidence presented to support any of its claims. I’ll now go through it point-by-point to explain where it’s wrong." - no fluffy vagaries or dressing it up. Beautiful! - the rest of the article however is too technical for me to read. Here's an alternative: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-critical-thinking-pseudoscience/doomsday-prophecy-dr-geert-vanden-bossche or https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/countering-geert-vanden-bossches-dubious-viral-open-letter-warning-against-mass-covid-19-vaccination/
    1 point
  18. I have been to few different names of brake adapters and snapped them off including the pricy one. I got the Formula (second hand) just few months ago and used without issues so far. Felt solid and heavier than those snapped. I was looking for similar as back-up but couldn't find one, instead I tried the shimano then arrived yesterday. Upon comparison, there is a slight difference in position, though clearance and centering were fine. What are the significant differences about the positions of the caliper?
    1 point
  19. Yep just tape over the old hole. 6.5mm drill for the new valve (assuming presta).
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  20. Thanks for sharing that link. I want to learn how to do bunny hop. It is my first time. Good luck to me.
    1 point
  21. Contact would lead to additional abrasion too, presumably? As it stands there's some (unavoidable) contact with the loops at the hub end which won't really move around anyway, but otherwise mid-spoke (where any real movement will be) there should be minimal friction so provided you stay on top of tension, shouldn't be an issue.
    1 point
  22. @Adam@TartyBikes is it a conscious design to not cross the spokes? Presume the tension comes from stretching the rope rather than having the spokes contact and pull against one another?
    1 point
  23. Great looking wheel! It looks more uniform than I thought it would. You'll need to re-tension 2 more times right? Or is this chord different from what BERD uses? Very excited to find out the results of all your hours labors.
    1 point
  24. Absolutely love it! Can't wait to hear how they feel on the bike. Does make me wonder how they'd perform on a trials wheel as well?
    1 point
  25. That metallic paint is stunning! I wish I had the tools & skills to produce my own frame, such a cool project.
    1 point
  26. Baller! Edit: Had to go and check out the extra info on MTBR for the frame. That seatstay/ST/TT join is absolutely lovely Ads, really well done!
    1 point
  27. Don't worry it's being worked on, minor issue over the weekend meant Danny had to upgrade the board so he just needs to tweak a few of the new bits again
    1 point
  28. Yup, also no sign in available on mobile version :) Logged in on desktop version of page without any issue then switched back to mobile version.
    1 point
  29. Oval on singlespeed... pros and cons really! I've tried round and oval, both 32T, and bought a round for the new bike - but I wouldn't change if I already had a suitable oval already on the bike. Pro: With oval I like the way you can 'flip' the cranks over into the next power stroke more easily when you're really grinding away at low cadence. Con: I don't like the way your power stroke effectively has a larger gear, which is the opposite of what you want. I think this also makes the bike a bit more 'lurchy', because climbing steep stuff SS is already less smooth (in terms of power application) than seated / geared. You could go down 2 teeth to make the ratio more 'normal', but then you lose top speed for flats and downhill. When you're maxed out on cadence you don't notice the oval at all because there's not enough resistance. Hope that rambling at least makes some sense...
    1 point
  30. Ahh takes me back, nice to see some of the older spots still going! As always, nice riding
    1 point
  31. Absolutely this! It's been very awkward talking to colleagues and I've not really gone any further than "I chose not to have it for a number of reasons". We are definitely the minority, but I feel strongly enough that I won't let that force me into having it.
    1 point
  32. Firstly let me say that the idea of these discussions at this point (for me, at least) is to try and find rounded evidence / commentary around the subject, in order to make myself (and others?) better informed. I am not trying to change anyone's mind or 'be a conspiracy theorist'. I completely agree with you there, but IMO that works both ways (eg. how do we know what's written on any website is the truth?). It can be 'certified' by whatever organisation, but how we know that is correct? Someone somewhere pays for every research study to be done. I agree with you there. I'm interested to find out what you think the government is interested in achieving, if you've considered it? I've thought about this quite a bit and my (admittedly naturally skeptical) brain hasn't come up with many positive options. Ha! I have to agree that Peppa Pig is probably pretty reliable as far as things go. The fullfact site certainly does paint a poor picture of Dr Vern, eh! I try to question the motives of any source of information, since IMO that is the very 'base'. It doesn't look like Dr Vern is out to make any money from this, and the way he has been shut down (if that is true...) certainly makes that impossible. So I guess he could be a psychopath? I couldn't see another reason for him to be so motivated in what he does - but willing to listen to ideas. It would be a very intelligent trick to write articles about how to spot a psychopath and be one yourself: https://www.vernoncoleman.com/istonyblair.htm Equally looking at FullFact, it is a charity which made £280k profit last year (£2m turnover), after 4 of the 11 officers drew personal benefits of more than £60k each (no corporation tax to pay as a charity too, of course). Approximately half of their funding comes from Google / Facebook / Whatsapp, with another 20-25% of it coming from another charity which made £5.4m profit in 2020. FullFact is a decent business. I'm not saying this source cannot be trusted, but working back to base motives it makes me question the reliability. I do agree with all of the above. Confirmation bias works both ways too, I'm sure you'll agree. So if you look at it from the other side, there are a lot of people 'dying from Covid' where there is no substantiation of the connection between the disease and the death. I haven't read about his thoughts on AIDS or masks causing cancer, but I can see on the face of it that degrades his trustworthiness, definitely. I can imagine a link between masks and cancer (breathing in tiny particles of plastic) but unsure how one could claim AIDS is fake. His website includes a page which pulls together non-biased information from normal people - which I thought was interesting, that's all. I know I fall on the 'wrong' side of this compared with the masses, but in many ways wish I didn't. It makes you feel uncomfortable being 'the odd one out'. Honestly I am not sure where the truth is in this and I don't think we'll ever really know, but I'm trying to explore all the options. The whole thing just feels... weird.
    1 point
  33. Highlight of my morning so far, watching a lad in a RWD Jag trying to get off his driveway/sideroad. Kept getting a decent run up then stopping just before the junction so he couldn't get started again. After about half an hour of trying the exact same routine he gave up and parked back up
    1 point
  34. It's odd, but equally I'm not surprised. It has been clear since the start that our government isn't particularly interested in saving lives. Here's a friendly reminder to keep up the mask wearing in busy public areas. Does it take any effort to put one on? Nope. Not at all. And yet so many people seemingly don't care about spreading it to potentially vulnerable people. Ideally we should be using ffp2 masks.
    1 point
  35. Maybe read this and see what you think: https://fullfact.org/health/Vernon-Coleman-Trafalgar-Square-conspiracy-claims-false/ Don't get me wrong, things that have happened in relation to covid do raise questions, and give me doubts, but when the suggested reading is someone such as Coleman I'd rather put my trust in Peppa Pig LOL. It's all a bit of a mess really!
    1 point
  36. The problem I have with these sites/yellow cards for people to catalog their negative experiences with the vaccine is that it just reeks of confirmation bias and anti intellectualism. To me, all these sites are just a place where people list every bad experience they have/think they have after they get the shot without any substantiation of the connection between the shot and the symptoms. Not to mention the guy that is writing all this had his medical license stripped from him, denies AIDS exists, and thinks masks cause cancer. This should be more than enough for people to instantly write anything off written by him but instead it's used as "evidence" against vaccines. I think if you're on the side of citing this guy as an expert/ a source of evidence rather than citing sources from an actual team of researchers/a credible scientific organization then you're on the wrong side of this whole thing.
    1 point
  37. So is the wikipedia page about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Coleman - doesn't exactly sound good - pseudoscientific, AIDS denialist, anti-vaxxer, conspiracy theorist Yes but what does it mean, how should we interpret it? According to Coleman: "It proves that everything that has happened since March has been a lie." which in my mind supports everything I read about him on that wikipedia page.
    1 point
  38. Hmm. Honestly haven't much personal experience of inserts - but yes, you'd need a very wide one for such a rim. Perhaps there's a fatbike one that will fit?
    1 point
  39. 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.
    1 point
  40. 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.
    1 point
  41. 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?
    1 point
  42. Good news! We all have brain farts like that sometimes! Here's one of mine from yesterday that nearly caused enormous trouble...
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  43. 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.
    1 point
  44. 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
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  45. This one has a more old school feeling I think. I really enjoyed this trip. Casual riding not worrying about set-up hops or getting it perfect.
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