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Thrustvector

Member since Dec 2016 • Last active Sep 2020
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Bakfiets rider, beard-and-Carradice CTC member, writer & academic (history/social sciencey stuff).

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Nice work! Laminated yeast doughs are surely one of the most technically demanding baking techniques?

  • in COVID-19
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    In the short term they're probably easier to scale up than production at a testing machine manufacturer?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Back on the Everest.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I think that's a known weak point, of the earlier Cambiums at least; IIRC there was a fair bit of discussion on the CTC forums about the failures at the time.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Any modern threaded frame will be ISO, same as the Record.

    (Japanese and vintage frames are slightly trickier, but that won't be the case with a Bob Jackson.)

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Ah, so not too bad; think mine weighs about twice that. Would strapping a box/crate to the rear rack (with removable cable ties or the like) and using a cargo net on top work? Otherwise it sounds like the thing a Porteur rack is built for.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Printing on a bike, you say?https://www.departmentofsmallworks.co.uk­/slowcoast-1

    Edit MCamb has it I reckon - old child trailers with tatty fabric can be had cheap and converted to cargo duties fairly easily. A Porteur rack might work, but if the printer's anything like my old laser one it will weigh a ton.

  • in COVID-19
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    The more I read about the history of big 'moonshot'/infra projects, the more I think the secret to success is:

    1. Find some way of getting your teams to collaborate
    2. Be prepared to spend a shit-ton of money, as it will probably run massively over time, over budget, or both
    3. Get really lucky

    Of which 3 is probably the most important, and more common than people would like to think.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I think modern bagman models (bagmen?) have fixed most of the weaknesses.

    Mates that have the SQR for commuting duty seem to like it, with two minor reservations: with long use it can start to rub/wear the back of the bag, and to get the bag on/off it needs to pivot slightly so it drops, which means it may not work for small frames with not much seatpost showing.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    That bottom one looks like it's missing an attachment point somewhere? (Or is it upside down and the rubber-wrapped bits are meant to rest against the seatstays?)

    The seatstay-clamped ones are meant to be ok with not too big loads, though I'd pad the clamps somehow. Some more pics of various saddlebag support types at: http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-035/000.h­tml

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