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Sam_Doman

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Dec 2017

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    My ratty beater with metal spiked ice tyres on. Was good fun in the brief cold spell recently.

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    Replaced the lost bar end plug... and it only cost me 4p!

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    The bottoms of my salopets have Vero straps, and overlap the top of the overshoes just enough to make a pretty reasonable seal. Also helps keep them away from the dirt of the chain.

    Fitted the wet weather tyres, and they look really small in the big mudguards! They're 1.6 inches wide, compared to the much higher volume 47mm horizons. I'm interested to see the difference in ride quality and feel, between the two tyres.

    In other bike related news- I'm going to get round to making these racks, but a set of super C panniers, and ride from southern Spain to southern Morocco. Over the high atlas mountains and down to the desert. Flying in and out, but otherwise just the equipment we can carry between 2 bikes. Probably 3 to 4 weeks of riding, from January into February. we're looking at routes involving quite a lot of unpathed road, and extremes of conditions from high mountain passes with the potential for snow and desert heat, so it should be an interesting trip.

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    It's served me very well, but has recently been replaced by my first ever smart phone. It was super reliable- waterproof, drop-proof and idiot proof. The battery still holds a charge for over a week. Nice patina too. Might be worth something to a collector: the type that buys a beaten up old bike, entirely impractical compared to the modern equivalent...

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    Very nice. I think walnut is my favourite wood, and the proportions are very elegant.

    I've been working on something a little different recently... I've made some foils, and a carbon fibre centreboard case, for a racing dinghy. It's foam cored- not something I've tried before, but it's actually quite an easy way to make something strong, light and pretty. Will have to do a back-log post again soon. Lots of projects finished recently, including the spars for Annelis.

    This photo was taken just after laying the top layer of cloth on to the wet resin. It looks a bit better than that now! Finished pictures soon...

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    Also glued the sole back together on a shoe, using polyurethane wood glue. I tried it with proper shoemaker's glue a while ago, but it never seemed very solid, and failed again recently. The pu glue seems rock solid though. Very satisfying bodge.

    These past two posts were just yesterday's work. My life is a continuous stream of bdodges, but I never realised we had a bodge thread! I'll try to dig out some of the best ones...

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    The rubber button on my light was useless, and kept falling out- cheaply made to poor tolerances. Obviously it wasn't super waterproof either, so spent litteraly 5 minutes making a new one from a boxwood offcuts. Sealed around the edges with sikaflex. Works perfectly and can't fall out.

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    Mudguard report: i've ridden in torrential rain, fresh snow and thick, slush, and my bike looks like its just been cleaned (except the wheels) I was regretting going for the 60mm over the 50mm, as they're a real pain to fit in the frame (and still need a bit of tweaking), but I'm now pleased to have chosen the wider ones, as they work so well. Previous bikes I've owned have only ever been set up with fenders slightly wider than the tyre, but the little bit of extra width makes a huge difference to their performance. Very pleased with the flaps too- the front one keeps my feet very dry, and the back one is the perfect height, so it only just scrapes during wheelie (this should be the industry standard way of setting the rear mud-flap height).

    Edit: still riding on the horizons, as the other tyres haven't arrived yet, but they actually gripped better in the snow than they do on wet tarmac (Not hyperbole, there was literally better traction). Looking forward to some better wet tyres, but for now I've re-assembled my old beater with a set of schwalbe winter spikes on. The roads around here can be pretty treacherous, and I'll just ride that when it gets really icy.

    Edit 2: my prediction for the future of wet weather cycling gear is: everyone will eventually realise being warm, dry and comfortable is way better than looking good, and start riding in ocean racing oilskins, paired with neoprene overshoes.

    PS. I took some proper photos, on a proper camera, in the snow. I'll put them up when the film is developed.

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