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ThePeginator

Member since Sep 2016 • Last active Dec 2018
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    New record for ‘sleep contortionry’

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    She the bed.. I’ve been buying them 12 at a time... good job I’ve been sharing them around.

    In other news, someone at work baked chocolate brownies which they literally inserted halved mince pies into before baking to create mince pie chocolate brownies... I couldn’t eat them because eggs/butter but they looked mighty good, if a little wrong in principle. Bet they’d give Greggs a run for their money in the calorie department.

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    My bad, forgot it’s not disc.

    Re: lights, my only experience is exposures Revo - which is bright as balls, and do sometimes come up cheap second hand, as people generally forget exposure make a dynamo light.

    Re: charging, I bought a VeloCharger, it’s £60 odd from SPA, unfortunately I can’t say much more than the fact it works and seems to be built relatively well, with a nice waterproof gland where the cable breaks - for removal. I haven’t really put it trough the ringer though so can’t comment on reliability, but I believe it comes with a pretty comprehensive warranty. They claim they’ve had next to no failures (possibly none?), I did email the guy who designed it quite a bit before I pulled the trigger, I can dig them out and see what he said if you’re interested.

    In terms of wiring you either wire them in parallel (not series), which is fine - but means you won’t get full power from both the light and charger if running both together. Or you do what I did and wire them to a switch, so you can select light, charger or neither.

    Another option is the K-light that’s second hand on STW classifieds at the moment (although over budget), I very nearly bought it myself and still might if no one else does. It’s basically the Bentley of Dynamo lights. The Aussie chap who designs them did a podcast interview (I think on the bikepack Canada podcast) and it’s immediately apparent why they’re ubiquitous on MTB ultra races and what-not.

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    If you’re on a budget there’s this:
    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/28-front-hyb­rid-dynamo-wheel-id_8133890.html

    Not light, but it’s uses a shimano Dynamo and I imagine with the build it would survive nuclear winter. Plus you won’t cry too much if it gets pinched/totalled.

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    I was emailing John from SPA cycles about dynamos a while back and he had this to say, FWIW;

    “Shimano dynohubs were proven to be good in the past, with few failures. What failures we had were due to the cones wearing out. Only one side was replaceable, despite the hubs being serviceable which SON and SP are not. Can't comment on the durability of current Shimano dynohubs since we've only sold a small anount in comparason to SP and SON. I would say we've had a 1% failure rate with SP, but some of these have been after the 2 year warranty, but we have nevertheless underwrote the warranty.

    SP hubs should last for 20,000km+ and guaranteed for 2 years. SON for 50.000km plus and guaranteed 5yrs.

    For what it's worth, I've got a Kinlin XR26T built into a XT 785 (1.5w) centrelock on my bike, because I think it rolls much easier than any other dynohub 9noticed and commented on by the wheelbuilders), except possibly the SON Deluxe. I could've had either, but like the idea that the XT is servicable and I only use headlights.”

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    Yeh beef suet often, sadly.

    Just roll + vegan mincemeat was my plan for some super quick home made mincers.

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    Following with interest.

    Also, if anyone knows of any vegan mince meat, I'm all ears.

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    Any other good options for vegan mincers beyond greggs?

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Bluemels for £16 over at SPA; https://spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s80p387/SKS-­Bluemels-Mudguards

    Also, is there anything to rival SKS longboards in the £30 or under price bracket? Or anything that's not too much more I should consider? I want fit max protection and fit&forget for winter mile muncher / commuter.

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