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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Jul 2020

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Thanks all. After two years of looking, failing to find anything suitable within our budget, being rejected and outbid, it all seems to be moving scarily fast!

    Howard, that's also a good suggestion. It's a pretty small development and only a few properties have been occupied so far, however we viewed a finished house that was identical to the one we just reserved and I know that a couple moved in the day after we saw it... If I get a moment I might put a postcard through their letterbox saying hello.

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    Solicitor question... we just got an offer accepted on a new build property but we don’t have a solicitor lined up. The developer are pushing us to use their “independent” recommended solicitor but I feel a little bit sceptical. Is it better to find our own solicitor or use their one?

  • in General
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    Do you know how https://rideeverytile.com/tiles/heatmap collects their data? there is at least one tile (edit: several) that is marked as "no visitors" when I certainly have... several times.

    All of them around Wanlockhead in the Southern uplands.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Humph... definitely a (pretty minor) dent in the rim. I can get it to seal fine in my garden but just about to take it for a spin around my village to see if riding causes it to leak again. If I survive the village then I’ll be straight out on a 3 hour loop in the Cotswolds... I can’t imagine that anything could possibly go wrong.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I've had tubeless set up on my cross bike for the past couple of years without any troubles, but suddenly a set of Schwalbe x-ones that have been installed fine for the past few months have begun to leak at one point on the rim and won't seal.

    I can't see any damage to the tyre and I'm beginning to suspect I've damaged the rim? Is there anything else I should check? Damaging the rim seems slightly unlikely because although I regularly smash them into hard things, I haven't done so recently and the leak is a new problem.

  • in General
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    I don’t think you can, no.

    I think golden cheetah might do some kind of personal heatmap which would show that you everywhere you’ve been within a given time period but I don’t know anywhere else that uses the idea of bagging tiles (or equivalent).

    FWIW, I believe the explorer stats on veloviewer are all still available on free Strava so at least you don’t have to give money to them (only VV).

  • in Rides & Races
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    We’re trying to set things up so you only need TK and marshals, and no need for any interaction at sign on or push off, so for regular club events hopefully we won’t struggle (more than normal) to recruit volunteers. We may loose a couple of our open events but I’m afraid we don’t promote a 12.

    Not sure I could be arsed with a 12 under any circumstances!

  • in Rides & Races
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    TTs probably starting early July... you know you want to :-)

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Pft! Or the ambiguity was intentional.

    Tstr is referring to the fact that some riders may be faster on frame A while others may be faster on frame B independent of the CdA of either frame on its own. In the same way that I tested faster with a giro than a lazer tt helmet, even though many people get the opposite result. So no not psychological, but I’m sure there was research saying people in red sports kit outperformed people in other colours, but I wonder how reproducible that work is and what the effect sizes are. I’d guess small but I suppose that is what marginal gains is all about.

    P.s. there was also a study about the effect of motivational/de-motivational messaging on sporting performance. There was a podcast somewhere that joked about adding demotivating slogans to the back of cycling kit to distract opponents in the peloton.

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