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mashton

Member since Apr 2007 • Last active Mar 2017

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I started with a 1000/3000 double sided one, which is great for edges that are still sharp and need touching up.

    I now also have a 200/800 which I can use to bring back edges that are well and truly blunt.

    I also have an 8000 which I only really use for my razors, but I have put a kitchen knife over it too, just for shits and giggles. I shaved today with my Kamisori (see shaving thread) that I took up to 8000 grit. Best shave ever.

    Worth mentioning that I also have a Belgian Blue finishing stone, which I am slightly cynical about.

    Now that I'm getting quite good at this sharpening lark, and am doing knives for friends, my thoughts are turning to launching a business. I'll have a day a week free come September and am going to offer a local, sharpen in your own home service. I might try for some local hipster restaurant trade as well.

    I'm gonna couple it with basic bike maintenance, punctures, chain clean and oil, brake tensioning kind of thing. Aimed squarely at the "family bikes in the shed with a puncture" market. Am in two minds about this bit as to do it properly I'll need insurance; which means qualifications; which means outlay; which means fiscal risk.

    Best thought on name right now is "Steels and Wheels", although "Sharp as Fuck" is also highly tempting.

    Would love to hear any thoughts.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Caroline Sherry at Glazer Delmar in East Dulwich.

    Do say that Matt Ashton sent you, I should start getting commission soon...

  • in Announcements, Help & Testing
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    Deleted everything and banned him.

    I warned him verbatim that this would happen. Oh well.

  • in General
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    Really lovely to see some long lost faces and some more recent friends too. I snuck out pretty early as the grand slam had done for me. I think @LongAndWinding was actually propping my tired form up at the end. Managed to ride home though, with judicious application of jelly babies to face.

    Another set of happy happy memories to add to the insanely deep #lfgss collection.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Wow, yesterday was exactly as it should be. Riding bikes in the sun, with people I love, having so many laughs, memories that will stay with me for another ten years at least.

    I was a bit worried about heading out, just silly things like not having the legs, or being the sober "fun bobby". What a twat. If this place has taught me anything it is how inclusive, supportive and down right wonderful people can be.

    Viva the forum. Viva the Grand Slam.

    Here's my route, as best as I can remember it:

    gmap-pedometer.com/m/?r=7044­531&rf=1

    The Never Ending Story!

  • in Rides & Races
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    Just finishing up at the stonemasons. I'm dropping kids off at pool as I type.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I am soooooo pleased that was the first (only?) reply.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Shout out with music suggestions I'll get some downloaded before we set off

  • in Rides & Races
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    Plus rain cape. Can't be too careful daddyo.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Yeah, i was wondering about tunes. I can bring a speaker if needed?

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