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Alkali

Member since Jun 2011 • Last active May 2016
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Just got 700 miles out of £70 worth of fuel. Guess the vehicle

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Enduras look decent and you can make your own mind up about polarising lenses as they are included. Those POCs look like you've escaped from TRON in a bad way.

  • in Rides & Races
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    In similar other news, I was out last night for an after work blast and it was dry, warm and light. A wicked evening

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    @mashton

    polarised lenses are fine most of the time apart from as you rightly pointed out reading LCD displays and you might see weird lines on the windscreens of old cars, not modern cars though. They cut light reflected in a horizontal plane, so if you look at a river or shiny surface and lean your head to the side then there is a bit of a weird effect.

    The benefit of polarised lenses is in their glare reduction for drivers, though it's rare here, very strong sunlight can cause a road surface to reflect in a peculiar way. I've experienced it in France, stuck my gittish Oakley riding glasses on and BOOMSHANKA! I could no longer see the bizarre mirror image of one car atop another in the distance. Never had that here though.

    Cosmetically, Polarised lenses look the same as regular tinted lenses,
    are you thinking of lenses with a mirror or to use oakley's terms 'iridium' finish?

    Your recommendation of photochromic lenses is not so good as they work poorly behind a car windscreen due the the UV protection of the screen.

  • in Rides & Races
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    @Smallfurry

    Forgive me for not following your build with the attention it deserves, what stage are you at? Do you have the frame and rear shock yet? Did you decide on a fork?

    My suggestion is to build it with the fork length that the company recommend or it'll steer like a confused hippo, use a 60mm stem or longer or shorter if you prefer, bars of at least 745mm and a rear shock with a platform that you can switch on the shock, not on the bars.

    I assume that this will not help.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I did penhyddd and y wal last sunday at afan, best weather i've ever had there, nice. Didn't do the black descent off y wal though as i was with non-gnar dudes. How black is it?

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    @edscoble

    Disable 2 cylinders by pulling two of the spark plug leads off, it's dead easy on a diesel. Got to do two so it runs smooth. Post a pic if you're not able to spot the spark plug leads, they're tricky to find on some diesels.

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    @Farcuss

    "Any of you undertaken a MTB skills course? Heading to Morzine in August and wouldn't mind ironing out a few bad habits. Any recommendations would be most appreciated."

    As always I recommend Tom Dowie at Chicksands Bike Park, Bedfordshire. Nice guy, excellent training facility in sheltered woodland, a trail surface that dries quickly and if you're there at the weekend then a Thai food van that is second to none. I am utterly biased as I have ridden at Chicksands many times over the last few years as it's such a good venue, sadly I moved away last year.

    I think @dancing james has visited him too.

    If you're off to Morzine (I rode there last year as did @Howard I think) then it'd be good to mention this to Tom as there are a series of drops, similar to those that you will encounter in Morzine, that would be good to practice on.

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    That's right, poly is inherently uv filtering, I got all excited about this in another thread recently.

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    LOL, an easy mistake for a Latino like me.

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