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Skülly

Member since Dec 2007 • Last active Sep 2018

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    No, I’m not missing that point.

    You took a dislike to them, and they to you.

    I get it all the time, seems I’m an objectionable bastard mostly. That’s what my SO tells me anyway.

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    I’ve been wondering about doing something like this [Sugru the seams & hole of light casing). Nice one Max.

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    Parts & Labour on Lewisham Way actually stock SimWorks stuff. Rad.

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    You love it that’s why you joined a roadie club.

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    The hubs are supplied with see thru blue tape around the curves of the hub shell, so that you don’t damage the finish with the threads if your inbound spokes whilst threading up. You peel it thru the spokes once you’re finished. So maybe add a layer of gaffer around the shell (maybe with a film of grease under to stop the glue being sticky-onny later.)

    Otherwise just crack on! I love building wheels, sometimes I think I build bikes just so I can build some more wheels.

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    The length of your explanation is bewildering! But you do seem to be being pretty reasonable yes. And yes if they do take the piss publicly, I guess they should suck it up too.

    When you have your own shop rather than working for someone else, maybe the temptation is great to imagine people who seem to be wasting your time are worth offending. It’s not a good way to keep customers.

    Anyhoo I guess what I’m trying to offer, in as friendly way as I can muster, is you’re both looking a teeny bit petty. Over something I would consider a cycling consumable, maybe not like tyres but more like brake hoods or saddles are. They get a bit fucked, you replace them. As someone who’s worked in bike shops you already know this, forgive me stating the bleedin obvious.

    But sure, if you think they’re behaving shittily, of course tell us. It’s good to know.

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    @M_V you really have rubbed Practical up the wrong way huh. Is all this just cos of the bent mudguard in the post thing? (I realise you’re claiming something different from VO).

    I’m inclined to say it seems a bit odd to attempt a warranty claim on a muguard. They’re a bit of bodge to fit, usually, they get lots of wobble and stress, knocks scrapes and deformed in general use.

    I’m in no way connected to Practical except that I’ve been impressed by their good site, great stock and decent speed at sending me some stuff (pairs of mudguards, funnily enough). Are you being a bit of a whinger being public about your disagreement about packaging with them?

    Not trying to have a pop at you. Genuinely concerned that neither of you look good in this. When you leave a weak (negative) review it can be really damaging to businesses. As can posting stuff on the internet.

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    OK so where do bike shops get it right* for those who want the full service and people who are pretty well tooled and skilled at home? Being willing to get specialised stock at the drop of a casquette? Happy to do complex / specialist stuff (I dunno, like installing a Rolhoff say)? Having a coffee machine? Not taking the piss with margins on tiddly things like tubes or bidons? Actually sell a great range of tools?

    I’d love to hear what indy shop owners think about how they stay afloat (awheel?).

    *and stay in business!

  • in Complete bikes and frame & forks
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    Oops you broke a forum rule on sales. Close your thread please.

    Also (sorry to be a pro level anal retentive but) how can something be mint but already built into a bike and ‘barely’ ridden? Near-mint? #friendliestforumontheinternet #lfgssgetalifedorks

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