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rab

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Jul 2020

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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Guessing you’ve tried the obvious... tip the bike upside down, put a large flathead screwdriver into the slot on the back and correct sized torx driver in the front and twist apart? Slow and careful though, from experience those campy bolts are made of cheese and if you strip one you’ll need to buy a whole new set at around £30... ouch!

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    Black or silver, and straight or layback?

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    FWIW, the last Izumi chain I had seems below par - large amounts of stretch in the first couple of weeks and unusually noisy. Will be going back to KMC next time...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I thought Keir put in a solid performance against Boris at last week's PMQ's - he seemed to be going for the level-headed solicitor cross-examination approach? However, Labour's problems run considerably deeper than the face at the top - he's got his work cut out imposing party discipline for starters. In the meantime, at least there are (albeit feeble) signs of life for a meaningful opposition...

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Never had a problem with the Soma bars... that’s with Thomson (26mm), 3T and Deda stems (31.8mm with shim)

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  • in COVID-19
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    Yep, took my boy out for a pootle around town yesterday - Thames barrier, Greenwich, Tower Bridge etc - and felt very much like "business as usual" but with face masks. Certainly didn't have the "ghost town" feel of a few weeks ago.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    +1 Paperwhite. Have had one for years... I’m a Luddite by nature and was really attached to the idea of “analogue” books but this convinced me to move to the dark side...

  • in Rides & Races
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    Yep, same here. Had kind of written it off, so a nice surprise!

  • in COVID-19
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    This is all good advice. I've also been working from home for a few years and would only add...

    • it takes getting used to. The initial feeling is that you're somehow not part of everyday working life/society, there's no office banter (fine for me as I'm naturally a bit anti-social anyway!) but you WILL get used to it
    • bear in mind that without distractions you'll almost certainly be more productive than in an office environment. At the start, it's tempting to overcompensate, but in time you'll appreciate it means you can take more time out to do housework, go out for a run in the middle of the day and generally take advantage of "off-peak life" (empty cinemas, never having to queue etc) and still get your work done
    • definitely agree with getting dressed in the morning and being "work ready" within your nominal working hours. Sitting around in your Y-fronts (we've all done it!) makes it harder to engage
    • stay on the phone/facetime with work colleagues - this will help with any feelings of isolation etc

    I love working from home now and would really resent going back to the commute/9-5 way of operating. Once people have had a taste of this, it wouldn't surprise me if this becomes much more popular once we're through the other side of this whole thing. In the meantime, stay safe people!

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