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cino

Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Aug 2019
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    MAH in the morning is not doing it for me either , some relief this week with the boy ravers temping

  • in Travel & Trips
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    Direct , take pics for sure , don't forget to take pics of the door mirrors and bumpers.

  • in Travel & Trips
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    Yep , that's it , when I did have to claim, it was a case of a few emails, the hire company have to send you pictures of the damage, bills etc. One more thing , when you're at the check in desk they might try and scare you into getting their insurance , just stand you're ground.

  • in Travel & Trips
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    I've been picking up cars from Alicante Airport 2 or 3 times a year, for the last 5 years. I also have insurance to cover the excess , cost around £45 a year , so has saved me a fortune , but more to the point , they did pay out when I did indeed get the surprise 500 euro scratch.
    Don't use GoldCar , always long ques at the checkout , and have the worst reputation.
    In the last few years I've used Centauro with no problems . What you have to remember is , if you don't take out their insurance they are effectively making no money , so be careful , absolutely make sure the car is checked when you hand it back and get the back of the contract signed.
    You're unlikely to get full/full fuel unless you take out the full package , but you're getting the car so cheap best just to suck that one up probably cost you another 25 or so Euro's .
    Just booked a Ford Focus for 9 days 44 Euro's!!

  • in Current Projects
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    Last installment in my 'Ferrari for Ford Fiesta money' EPS Colnalgo build. Just a bit of unfinished business to a attend to , namely setting up the EPS gear system.There is only one set screw to adjust,
    the one on the rear mech to stop gear running over the biggest sprocket into the spokes , very important to get this right , or the first time you put it into first gear in anger there'll be an explosion of carbon fibre, probably followed by the sound of a grown man crying.I actually temporarily put the rear mech into' ride home' mode so I could manually push the the mech up onto first gear and totally make sure it didn't hit the spokes. The EPS system is not 'plug and play' so you have to go into the slightly scary world, Campag call 'Zero Setting' . Best advise here is to follow the Campag tutorial video , you really have to follow it exactly , I messed up first time and ended up with a rear gear that made a lot of noise put didn't move , no drama, just shut the system off and restart after a minute , got it right the second time and it's been perfect since.


    Back in the days when I used to race ( late 70t's to early 90t's ) I was Mr early adopter , one of first riders to use a 979 , Look pedals, Shimano STI etc , as I've got older I've become more of a Mr begrudgingly adopter , so as well as this being my first bike with electric gears , it's also my first carbon rig , unless you include a brief affair with a scarily wobbly ALAN bonded carbon tube horror . I've also fitted contemporary saddle and bars, and not stuff from the 90t's.
    What's it ride like ?, well awesome it's a Colnalgo (obvs) but being more subjective it's much stiffer than the steel frames that I'm more used to riding , even though I don't put out anything like the power I used too , I can instantly feel the frames stiffness when I get out the saddle. If anything I found it just a little bit too stiff , so I replaced the 31.6mm seat post for a 27.2 mm carbon post , using a shim , slightly surprisingly this did add just enough give and really did improve the ride.
    So , EPS worth the all the effort ? Well I'm still getting used to it , but yes they're amazing , especially the front mech, totally effortless and the self trimming is just great , no matter how sorted a mechanical front mech you have it could never compare. TBH there's less in it with the rear mech , but there are times when the speed and total accuracy of EPS comes into it's own. A real life test of this is Carbone hill , one of the ' 3 ugly sisters' around Newgate Street Herts , a fast descent into a dip followed by a sharp incline , this is where you need to make several quick a decisive gear changes to keep the momentum going , this can be tricky with mechanical gears , especially if you've already done 4 hours and your a bit fucked! (trust me on this) this is when EPS really proves it's worth , it really makes a difference perfect , quick changes even under load.

  • in Current Projects
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    Just tried this , and alas it don't fit.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Anyone used a cordless air compressor in the workshop? I've seen some of the pro team mechanics using them. This sort of thinghttps://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Air-Compresso­r-Heavy-Duty-18V-Ni-CD-Battery-Cordless-­also-for-boilers-BNIB/222092454330?ssPag­eName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p205511­9.m1438.l2649
    Just want it for topping up tyres , not inflating from flat.

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