Mark W

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  1. Yeah, we tried. Our lettings agency are absolute f**kwits* and wouldn't budge. No option of pro rata rates or anything like that to reduce rent, even though they have to pro rata the final month because it's offset from our payment schedule. Proper piss-take. We let them know ages ago but they just kept saying that it has to be notice given on the 25th of a month to last until the 24th of the following month. Definitely not what we were told pre-moving in, but it seems that agent we spoke to was just making shit up. Thanks again for the help @Private Repress! *Fun fact: There's a local e-biker who keeps posting videos of him really egregiously Strava-lining his way down local trails, straight lining through/over turns and berms just to try and get some KOMs. He's adamant that he can do whatever he wants on them until all the trail builders involved message him personally to request otherwise. He also used the fact he apparently has 'all the KOMs in the area' (he doesn't, even with his cheat lines) to chat shit to one of the nicest guys around here, who also builds some of the best trails here - said trail builder was riding up a hill on his normal bike, and this dickhead came up behind him on his e-bike turbo'd up and had a rage at him for not moving over fast enough and ruining his time going up there. He was having a pop at him for not 'respecting' him and his KOMs enough by taking too long to move out the way. Turns out that guy is the son of the family who own the lettings company who we deal with, and is an estate agent for them. Suddenly it all made sense.
  2. Holy smokes. We might actually have a completion date... We have to give a months notice on our rental place that has to apparently run from the 25th of a month (which is a sloppy bag of dicks in and of itself), and completion is looking like being the 25th - it means we have to pay a full months rent here while also paying for a mortgage and stuff but it is what it is really. Moving house is a needlessly expensive process so it's just more imaginary money going onto the big imaginary bonfire. The plus side is it does give us plenty of time to do the small bits of decorating we want to do and choose a day/some days to do the actual moving part of it without having to do it all in a mad rush.
  3. If you go for the RockMan, please change that half-link chain immediately. To be fair you should probably do that on the Zoo too, but half-link chains are not ideal on a trials bike. The bar/stem on the RockMan also looks pretty random. It's fairly short and low for a frame with that geo. Out of the two, I'd probably go for the Zoo just because it seems decent overall, but is also a good amount cheaper. Second hand bikes quite often turn into moneypits as you find bits and pieces on them that could do with being changed, so having an extra $500 would be useful. The Zoo bikes are decent as well in fairness. The only 'problem' with them is that they use a somewhat proprietary BB setup, so you'd have to get either the Echo or Trialtech Spanish BB for it if you need a new BB at any point. That's not the end of the world, but it does mean further down the road spares might be trickier to get hold of.
  4. The HTs are a bit flatter and broader than the DMRs. I think they're a little thinner too. I'm quite fussy about pedal shapes (I like a little concave) and they work really well for me. The pedal axles should be fine on those realistically, it'll just be a thick bit of steel. With the thickness of the pedal, they can get a decent diameter axle in there too so they won't be using a little skinny one.
  5. Composite pedals can be plenty good enough. If you go super cheap on them they probably won't be great, but pedals like the HT Nanos are nice. I've used them on all my bikes for the past 4-5 years or so and they've been reasonably faultless. One developed a little play, but tightening up the nuts worked fine. I killed it by hitting it into a rock really hard, pretty fast on my mountain bike. It upset something in there, possibly a bent axle or something... they were a good few years old at that point though, and I don't think many pedals would have dealt well with it. The new DMR composite pedals (with the metal pins) seem decent too, although I do kind of prefer the platform shape/size of the HTs. For metal options, Hope F20s didn't feel great to me when I had them, the Crank Brothers pedals have felt like they had minimal grip on every bike I've tried them on, Inspired Team pedals are strong and grippy but don't have the biggest platform, and the new-style DMR V12s are in a similar position to the Inspireds. The bigger DMR pedals may be worth a look though.
  6. Think you may be reading a little too much into that there... Anyway, he's posted a clip from Brendan Fairclough showing him ride legs akimbo into it. Doesn't look like a huge amount of fun, although still hard to work out how it actually hit him that hard. Worth sticking around to the end of the clip for the "He got a pole in the dick" report... Seemed a decent race in the end, glad Brosnan got it done. It'll be interesting seeing how everyone's riding on a slightly more consistent track.
  7. I did indeed, yeah. Actually rode pretty well to be fair, mainly because the reach suited me much better being a little taller.
  8. The GoPro clips in this do a good job of showing how heinous that course is. Even the 'easy' bits look nails! The little section about 6:58 in looks death if you mess that up... Think it'll be like the Worlds where it's just a case of whoever manages to piece together a half decent run. The last woods looks absolutely brutal, and somewhat of a lottery. Supposed to have showers over the next few days so I can't see it getting any better. Should make for interesting viewing...
  9. Any of you nerds going to be watching? Just read an article about a French rider who got hit in the balls so hard by a course pole it split the sack. From seeing practise clips that course is hard enough, let alone having your balls flapping around to boot. Any predictions on winners?
  10. Didn't need one before, don't need one now. That drop-stay proto frame on the other hand...
  11. That was the Fourplay from the original one in 2007-ish through to the change in frame design in 2011. They made the chainstays shorter and lowered the BB, as well as tweaking the front reach measurement. It was just to make it a bit more contemporary, for want of a better word. I think the original Fourplay was almost a translation of the geometry of the 26" street-orientated trials bikes people were riding at the time, with the 2011 and onward versions taking what they learned from that to then improve it for a 24" wheel. I really didn't get on with the first 2011 Fourplay I had for the reasons I mentioned above. I think us riding in different ways may make more of a difference on that though - if you're pedalling into a lot of stuff it doesn't make as much difference, but if you're not pedalling into things it does as I think the underlying 'feel'/'handling' of the bike is more noticeable then. Using the manny 180 reference I made above, doing them on the 2011 Fourplay before I modded the geo wasn't great. As before, it just felt like my feet were too low through the bike, and it was really hard to get it to turn and do what I wanted it to do. It's hard to explain, but when you could feel the balance point and the way you had to carve it, it felt like the lower BB was stopping that from happening as it basically just wanted to go in a straight line more. If I'd been cranking the 180 it wouldn't really have been a problem as the carve and pop parts are so different to non-cranked ones. That was around the time I was transitioning from pedalling into spins and hops up stuff into bunnyhopping everything so I guess that may have highlighted it more, but it's also something I notice whenever I've had a go on a Fourplay or Skye. That geo works for some people, but definitely not for me. Changing bar and stem for a lower BB doesn't really do much to change the underlying characteristic of the bike as such, in much the same way that a higher bar/stem on a high BB bike doesn't stop it from feeling like a high BB bike - it just mitigates the change in body position a little. It's not really the body position on the bike that's the problem for me with low BBs, and if anything dropping bar height would have made it even worse. It's definitely not the defining characteristic of a bike though, so I do fully agree with you on that bit. Much like how people used to judge bikes solely on WB, it all needs to be taken into consideration. Correct Original Fourplay - CS: 385mm, BB: +35mm 2011 Fourplay - CS: 380mm, BB: +20mm 2012 Fourplay - CS: 375mm, BB: +25mm
  12. They are, but then again they're ridden backwards compared to the bikes of old. Back in the day nobody on a 20" really did anything on front wheel, but now most of the moves he does are based on going to front in some form so the change in geo, parts and body position does make sense. To someone used to old/mid school mods it does feel horrendous though Felt like a really capable tool, just not a tool I'm able to use well.
  13. Ridden his actual bike, can confirm I could not ride it like him.
  14. The original Fourplay was +35mm... I prefer a slightly higher BB, the +25mm on the Arcade was as low as I wanted to go. Any lower just feels too 'stable' somehow. I prefer a bike with a bit of inherent instability because that way when you harness that it makes the bike more agile, rather than having a really stable bike that you have to wrestle more. When I first went to the 'new' Fourplay after the original Mk1, I hated it at first because the big drop in BB height made it feel hard to do a lot of things on. Things like manual 180s in particular - it felt like my feet were so low/into the bike that it was hard to get the carve and preload on the go. It's always seemed to me that the 'you need a really low BB for street' came from the way everyone used to use old MTB frames for street bikes, rather than it necessarily being the best for the intended purpose.
  15. You've got a bit more leeway with a 20" bike, so something cable pull like the BB5 or BB7 would be fine, or something like the MT4s or Hope Tech 3 Trial Zones. They'll all have plenty of power, and should all have some upgrade pad options like the Trialtech or Jitsie pads to help bring a bit more performance if you need it. I've used BB7s on a mod before and didn't really have any complaints, although they do take a bit more maintenance to keep them in the sweet spot than hydraulic brakes do. It's not like they're hard to work on though, so it isn't much of a disqualifying feature. EDIT: Forgot to say, but seem to remember that there aren't any IS to PM 160mm adaptors that'll work for the MT5 or MT7 brakes.