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brokenbetty

Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Aug 2019
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    The Newspeak demonisation of the tag "Liberal" has been growing in the US with the rise and rise of right wing Neo Con extremism over the last 3-4 decades.

    I find it a very useful indicator for whether I am talking to someone who has formed views through their own knowledge of British culture and politics, or someone who has picked up views via social media.

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    Is it a sturmey with the threaded indictator rod?

    If so check that the chain comes out of the nut in line with the cable. I find if the chain is at a slight angle to the cable I can never get the gears properly adjusted

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    Last weekend there was a camp out in the community playing field, like a mini festival for precocious

    We had urban maypole in South Tottenham once, does that count?

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    There are party wall companies who trawl the council planning notices and cold call the neighbours about how they NEED a party wall surveyor. Our neighbours got spooked and engaged one.

    TBH we were quite glad in the end. They document the "before" state so it protects you as much as the neighbour. We had no issues but felt safer knowing there was no possibility of malicious/mistaken claims of damage, and in the grand scheme of extension costs it wasn't that much.

    Not much consolation today I know, but a bit.

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    My friend had a business in late 90s and early 00s buying skate brands from TK Maxx and selling through an Ebay shop, made a reasonable living for a young'un in Newcastle

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    Could you stretch to an electric one with remote control?

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    We had that one. Husband reckons you’d be risking fingers to let it down from above. He also pointed out there’s no legal justification for a top-operated loft ladder. Under building regs, loft ladders are ok for storage areas but you pretty much need a staircase for a habitable room. So from the manufacturer’s POV, it’s not an obvious feature to design in.

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    Maybe if I'd have the money and skills to do that :)

    It's unbelievably easy if you buy a pre-built wheel from somewhere like Taylors wheels. https://www.taylor-wheels.com/bike-wheel­s/28-inch-bike-wheel/28-inch-rear-wheels­/?laufrad_hr_nabe=327

    it is literally just a wheel and shifter change, then adjust the chain. (Ok if you have a double or triple crankset you might want to swap that out as well)

    This is my husband's 1998 steel mtb converted to hub gear. This one is not a beauty I know, but shows it can be done as a straight switch. https://www.lfgss.com/comments/14255088/­

    Belt drive is not simple, but just IGH is probably the easiest switch you can make.

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    Fuck off Thames Water closing the safest cycle route into the West End from N /NE London for months and just sticking up "Cyclist Dismount" signs and thinking that's good enough.

    Company can get fresh drinking water to every home in London but can't work out how to keep 3 feet of road open? Total bollocks.

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