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Chopsicle

Member since Sep 2007 • Last active Apr 2021

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    Sounds like a grout thread is needed!

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    no no, not at all - I'm in agreement with you, you can't fault the mission for exposure, but yes, it just seems a bit hollow ....an image the sport doesn't seem to be able to shake. Irreverence needs the right balance.

    Was also acknowledging the success of cycle sponsorship outside of racing, if it's influencing my mundane purchases!

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    True, but I guess I'm not in their target market* - maybe this lands better with teens who blame anyone but themselves for stupid mistakes, and are in the market for language skills.

    *Full disclosure; I did buy Soudal adhesive and Mapei grout last week....

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    Yeah, I'm stumped about what design guidelines it makes a hoohaa about and is trying to provoke? There's barely any rules a jersey design has to comply with - the World Tour logo has a specific size/place/colour, champ stripes have to be signed off/used in a certain way, it's got to have sleeves/made from a jersey knit fabric, but that's about it.

    Have the UCI clamped down on logo-to-zip distances this season? It's been out of control for too long!

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    yes, great, good idea - and exactly that, an re-seller of a quality/volume source would be perfect. Thank you

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    ...and I tried a few places in London, and have given up with a central London place, which one order went missing in the post (even after I chose/paid for a premium postage option), and the charge for a guaranteed delivery of a single roll is £12!

    Would like to find somewhere that I could order as-and-when, but without this kind of uncertainty and cost!

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    Any recommendations for tapes? Looking for

    • narrow, 10, 15, 20mm
    • 'fine' plain weave, or grosgrain rib, ie looks quality
    • basic colours, black olive, dark blue - ideally a colour-card/swatch book option
    • 100m+
    • matt
    • nylon or polyester,
    • wouldn't be load-bearing (well, the fabric will give up before the tape)

    Everywhere I've looked is either, heavyweight ribbon which looks like it'd be for xmas presents, coarse polyprop for industrial/work webbing, or limited q's/expensive because it's deadstock. I've got some options in China, but high volume, and would prefer to start small and nimble with a UK source atm ....any help gratefully received :)

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    lovely colour! The difference between those machines and current domestic models is amazing.

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    Just picking up on a chat from a while back on 'semi-industrial' desktop. Agree with whoever called this out as misleading, but dropping in as a reminder,

    I got hold of a Pfaff 1222 a few weeks back, and it's a pretty remarkable machine for it's size. It was completely gunked up, with a few broken components and the usual build-up of compacted thread and fluff. It's It's largely mechanical, so super-easy to work on, order spare parts, clean, and repair.

    It was made in '78 and is solid-as, weighs possible 3x a modern domestic machine. The motor is also way more powerful than a modern domestic, but still easier to control/use than an industrial. It has the option to drop-down a small walking foot, something Pfaff called IDT 'Integrated Dual Feed'. It does really good quality bar-tacks and zig-zags, plus a host of other stitches, some ornamental/fancy and others for hem-tacks etc, but not used any of these (and probably wont either). Having used an industrial bar-tack, there's definitely a convenience in using this machine for lighter-weight materials.

    Thought I'd post here incase anyone was looking into these types of machine - would definitely recommend for a highly versatile desktop. There's a couple of variants and later models, which essentially got more electronics as time went one.

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