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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Apr 2021

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Our house is at a reasonably prominent spot on a new build estate. The other day a salesman came around from ADT security offering us a deal on a home security system. The deal is that they fit the system for £50 (down from ~£400), and then we pay a £40/month monitoring fee (I think 18month contract). The idea is that given our prominent position, having an ADT burglar alarm box on the outside of our property might encourage other people to buy an alarm too.

    The question is, are these forms of monitored alarm systems worthwhile?

    I may just be naive but I never previously considered getting one, and being a country bumpkin means I'm not even particularly convinced about locking our doors, but I know there have been thefts recently - the building site portion of our new build estate was apparently burgled a while back and recently the village manor house was burgled for agricultural machinery.

    But £40/month seems like a lot of money and if the salesman is right that that a burglar alarm box reduces the risk of getting burgled by 90%, then why don't people just stick a faux box on the wall?

  • in Rides & Races
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    Just watching on catchup, we had a long chat about how good Dan and Adam were and then when we started listening back in it had switched to k*rby... much disappointment.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Saw this on Strava, very well done!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    What’s the second hand market in smart trainers like? Anything in particular to be wary of?

    I’m currently using an old minoura(?) turbo that cost £100 15 years ago but a 2nd hand Elite Direto has just come up locally for £280. It seems this model costs £499 to buy new so 280 doesn’t strike me as too bad, but coincidentally I opened this thread on this post where @sumo is suggesting that the calibration can shift over time and the belt may need replacing. Is this a common issue?

  • in Rides & Races
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    The marked holes on my bars are all threaded and the clamps need replacing.

    It’s a long shot, but before I spend £90 on a new clamp set (including a load of bits I don’t need), does anyone have a set of clamps from a disused set of 3t Ventus ii bars?

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Well that’s shit. :(

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Thank you, lower bearing was completely seized in place so it’s currently soaking in penetrating fluid at the bike shop.

    Next stop on the TT bike service is to check and grease all the bolts in the cockpit. All going well until the female part of the threads started stripping with almost no pressure (torque wrench set to 3nm but stripped before that). They were stiff to remove and now 3 out of 4 are gone and I’m scared to try the 4th more than finger tight. Is this a corrosion (sweat?) thing? Visually they don’t look too bad. Do you think it would be possible to re tap these holes?

    Not impressed with £90 to buy replacement parts!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    @gbj_tester can you remind me what headset I need for the old style (2007) p2c? After 13 years of neglect mine is totally seized but google sent me to some radically unhelpful American forums.

  • in Rides & Races
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    27 Jun Oxonian CC

    Good chance I’ll be marshalling or riding. Come say hi.

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