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Thrustvector

Member since Dec 2016 • Last active Mar 2021
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Erstwhile bakfiets rider, beard-and-Carradice CTC member, writer & academic (history/social sciencey stuff).

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    +1 for fleabay seconds; for all its many and various virtues, it's not like you buy Carradice kit for the exquisite finishing, so you might as well grab a bargain...

  • in Rides & Races
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    Came here to post that; he comes across really well.

  • in COVID-19
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    (FX: Hippy weaves along the cycle path, skulling cans of DIPA. He chucks the empties at passers-by, shouting 'CONSIDER THIS!')

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    Yeah, I remember it being ok but nothing amazing; the whisky-barrel-aged version (Ola Dubh?) is rather tasty though.

  • in Current Projects
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    In which case that's a bargain! Duly noted as a possibility...

  • in Current Projects
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    Woof! Have long lusted after a Brenn bag; how does the cost compare to say a Berthoud one?

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    Yeah, using washers means you can just flip the QR open/shut when checking adjustment rather than taking the wheel in and out of the frame - my note was me thinking aloud that the washers don't need to be exactly the same thickness as the dropouts, as you can adjust the QR's acorn nut so that it takes about the same force to close the lever.

    The tension balance depends on the hub and rim geometry rather than spoke length; if the spokes are too short, the main danger is that they won't engage with the nipple enough. As long as they reach up to the bottom of the nipple slot or just below you should be fine.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Ah, Penryn. Lovely place, fuckers of landlords...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Have been reading Mark Dredge's A Brief History of Lager (mostly very good, with slight reservations*), and was craving German food. Made Bratwurst and onions braised in beer (served with Rösti and red cabbage) tonight, and dug the most Teutonic things I could find out of the beer stash: Paulaner Helles and Franziskaner Weizen. Sadly I drank the last of the Weizenbock a while back.

    *Not finished it yet, but sometimes he assumes Lager's superiority over existing beers rather than explaining it, and I think he's not always sufficiently critical about e.g. changes to brewing methods, particularly when talking about industrial lager - sometimes they're an improvement, but other times they may simply be cheaper, with a loss of quality.

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    Basically you just put washers of the same thickness as your dropouts* on the QR skewer next to the hub locknuts; this should then mean that closing the QR compresses the axle and bearings by the same amount as when it's in the frame.

    On the spokes, I guess it depends on whether they were rounded up or down. 1mm shouldn't be critical - some spokes only come in odd increments and some only in even anyhow. Plus fractionally short is usually better than fractionally long.

    *Though thinking about this a little more, if you adjust the QR so it takes the same force to close once clamped down on the washers as it does when in the frame, it should provide the same degree of compression to the bearings?

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