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dancing james

Member since Aug 2010 • Last active Sep 2015

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    @anidel

    Vulpine often suffers from over fussy detailing, and I have had to return a much higher percentage of garments due to stitching failing than with Rapha. I am not such a fan of their choice of colours - though Rapha do have a track record of some pretty poor colour choices, they tend not to be across the whole range.

    I frequently find their stuff to be close, but no cigar. Odd cut, strange fit, or weird details that don't really help. The magnetic closure on a trouser pocket did not work as the pocket flap developed a crease and it meant the flap did not line up correctly for the magnets to work.

    It feels they are the poor cousin of Rapha, trying a little too hard to both emulate but set themselves apart. They are a brand that I'd like to like more but given their near Rapha prices I know which I am more likely to buy.

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    Had been meaning to return my fat bike alfine hub for a warranty issue, managed to just get it in before the warranty period expired. Been told today that I am getting a brand new hub. Did think about upgrading to Di2, but alfine Di2 is not warrantied for offroad use, so sticking to mechanical.

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    Torque wrench is a must.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Had a panic with my rs685s, after the recent deluge my front calipers pistons got very sticky and then seized yesterday. A few accounts on the interwebz said when shimano pistons seize the caliper needs to be replaced.

    I also found a few people suggesting to carefully pump the pistons outward and to wipe them clean with isopropyl alcohol. Then whilst the piston is out to wipe the sides with mineral oil and then push them back in. I tried this last night but it did not seem to make any difference. So I ordered a replacement caliper.

    Repeated the process this morning and hey presto, pistons are retracting nicely and I have working brakes again. It probably means I ought to clean the rear ones before I get the same problem. Now I just need to go in to Evans and tell them I wish to cancel the order.

  • in General
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    but, commuter racing!

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    most of us here work (to afford) to cycle

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    my bad confusing you with the naming of the evening repast

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    agreed, straight to sale, do not pass go or wait until the end of season

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    i want to see you team it up with your purple shorts for that proper naf naf look.

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