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Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Sep 2016

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    Have been working as a mechanic for the Pivot factory racing DH team this year, and normally too busy to take many photos at world cups etc, but was wrenching for Bernard Kerr, who just won Hardline. Managed to spent a lot of time on the course during practise, as it was a lot more relaxed with just one rider and bike. It was nice not to have to contend with the crowds, and be hanging out with the riders as they hit these massive features for the first times.
    Only had a 20mm lens with me, so interesting having to look at everything in a wide-angle perspective.

    IMG_7875 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    IMG_7837 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    IMG_7853 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    IMG_7932 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    There are loads more on flickr, if you want to have a look.

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    The moon is entirely predictable.

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    Massive, picture-heavy post:

    So, I've had a 1972, 88", diesel series 3 for a while. She's called Dora, and this is her:


    I used her as a daily driver, and adventure vehicle for a while, and she never skipped a beat (apart from one time, when the alternator seized and broke the fan belt, but fixed it with shoe laces to get home). Decided we wanted to use her for some winter climbing expeditions, so gave her some much deserved love:


    The chassis was very good, but needed a littile bit of welding. Was all painted and waxoyled. Bulkhead is also very good too, with no rust. Rebuilt the head, rebuilt the steering (box, rod ends, swivels etc), fitted new brake lines, hoses, slave seals, drums and shoes all round. Replaced the springs and dampers, and had the injector pump and injectors reconditioned. Also fitted some reconditioned diffs from a discovery, giving a higher final drive ratio for long-distance cruising. When I do jobs like this, I'm pretty thorough, especially if doing something now means not having to do it in the future, so I replaced the Hardy-spicers and wheel bearings too.





    After all the work, she drove like a dream, and even topped out at 72mph with the new diffs! We drover her 1800 miles in a week, and carried on using her as a daily driver.


    However, she was still a bit tatty, so we (my climbing partner restores classic cars for a living) decided it was worth restoring her properly, with big ideas of an intercontinental over-land trip... So in the spring we stripped her back down, and started. Had the engine and gearbox professionally rebuilt, full nuts and bolts rebuild of the rest of the car, and professional respray. Decided not to replace any of the body panels, as I wanted to keep it as original as possible. It's a 45 year old farm vehicle, at the end of the day, not a concourse show car, and a few little dings and ripples in the aluminium panels shows the character!






    My mate, Josh, has done most of the work, and he's very good at what he does. Very happy with it now! Have replaced all the lights etc (not with LEDs, kept it all original, but uprated the headlights), and the wiring is all sorted too. Not shown in the pictures, but also had the roof resprayed. Unfortunately it's cost me too much money, and I'm rebuilding a boat at the moment, so I'm not going to be able to keep it. It's kind of sad, but as I haven't been driving it for a few months, it's slightly easier to let it go. It will all be fully finished in the coming weeks, and I'll photograph it properly. Will be sold with zero hours on the engine, so will include the first service. So this is an advanced opportunity, before it's officially advertised, in case anyone on here is after a restored classic land rover.

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    If anyone is after a decent rangefinder with an extremely sharp, fast lens (45mm f1.4), this is a bargain. I was browsing ebay, because I want another one, but can't justify it right now. One of the best cameras I've ever owned.


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    I've got a Canon FD 28mm 2.8. It's in perfect condition, including original box, packaging, paperwork, and even the receipt for £61.95 in 1981.

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    I take photographs as a kind of diary. I'm not great with words, and they're my way of remembering places I've been, the things I've done there, and the friends I've done those things with.
    I don't really have a pocket-sized camera at the moment, but I do have a small surplus of 120 film, so I've been lugging my gw690 around most of the time. This has been a learning experience, and it's really made me appreciate the convenience of tough, pocket-sized cameras. I'd never dream of carrying the gw690 on a mountain bike ride, and that means I've ended up with 'blank pages' in my diary.
    Anyway, here are some snaps from the past few weeks. I've been working as a mechanic for the Pivot Factory race team, and we've been at Fort Bill and Leogang for the World Cup, and Les Gets for Crankworx. Not technically brilliant pictures, and probably not particularly interesting unless you're me, but as with all my photos: they're for me to look at when I get old.

    Our pits in Leogang, with Paul, the other mechanic, and a good friend from Australia.

    Working a late night, by car-headlight, rebuilding bikes ready for race day:

    Bernard warming up on the rollers, at the top of the course, before his race run:

    Whipping over the last jump:

    ...into the hotseat! It was his best ever world cup result, he ended up 7th:

    Bernard and Emily with fresh bikes:

    Bernard and Elliot after one run in Les Gets:

    edit: compulsory crane shot:

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    what's the camera? could be possible that every frame is chronically underexposed. some camera default to fastest exposure when the battery dies.

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    So how do we organise it? I only normally have internet access one day a week, otherwise I would volunteer to sort it out.