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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active May 2022

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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    WD40 = basically shite, hasn't got a lot of uses, but lots of people buy it!

    If you want a penetrating oil that literally pays for itself time and again, Kano Kroil, even PB Blaster from USA if you can find it. Or make your own, acetone + auto gearbox oil basically.

    Kroil works out around £25 a can. It probably earns me a few hundred per can in the number of things it removes quickly and without me loosing my sanity (worth £25). In the USA its more like £10-14 a can, but import duties yo. Worth it.

    Then follow what everyone else has said, having very good allen's helps too, Wera ones are slightly oversize in the corners to help with bite, PB allen's are perfect sized and made from very high quality metal, park tools are shite since around 2009, or tap a decent Wera/Wiha torx into it and work back and forth until free*

    *After leaving for 24 hours soaked in Kroil.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Omniums can do the job, weight is just higher up. Suits smaller kids in a baby seat as can stick two of them on a cargo and >1 on a mini max (1 proper mount 1 kind of make it yourself). Still stick a regular kid seat on the back, Thule Yepp with frame will clip onto seat tube just fine.

    With the price of premium cargo's being kinda high, if you already have a frame and it fits you then go with that and modify away!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Is it though? Basic hub motor, basic parts everywhere, not terrible, but not some amazing deal, once we get into 2023 you have zero chance of getting any other accessories for it as Decathlon will discontinue it and leave you hanging*
    Yuba longtail (spicey curry or the other one) or even Xtracycle if you can get them over here over that Decathlon long tail, in the 'budget' (anything under £5k is kinda budget unfortunately in this super niche corner of bikes) cargo bike market Yuba are pretty good, some folks on here have them and rate above Kona/Surly for real world performance (i.e. not a wet noodle).

    *Source. I worked there for my sins for a bit, they give absolutely Zero Fs for most of their staff and their products once beyond the season that a quirky product was launched in

  • in General
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    Thats actually quite fast. Last year the piss was taken so much, by our own customs persons! 10 weeks was the longest that I can prove they fucked me over by.

  • in General
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    Huge exodus of European mates has been insane the last few years, pretty much the last of the last of them have left this year.

    Been to a few touristy parts of the UK the last month, and every single town/village/tourist trap location is absolutely on its knee's, operating on less than minimum staffing, or just full on closed down, as the remaining staff could just not operate the business (cafe/pub/hotel/b+b/attractions) on their own without pushing them over the edge. Various reasons , but the exodus of good workers has been a large part of it.

    Most tourists can't understand it and try to blame everyone but themselves (for voting tory over and over again), but then most of them look quite gammon so probably a waste of time trying to argue with them.

  • in General
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    In terms of labour yes, but parts and margins not so much. Worked for one large company that basically suggested unless we push the junk parts with the highest margins (because they are junk, £0.50p brake pads being put on folks bills for £6-7 a time, and the fact they are junk so just dissolve within 50 miles) to keep the parts margins super high for every single week of the year, we are all out of a job, as for some reason parts was a key metric for them.

    Fact I didn't stay working for them long, and the several that followed me stayed even shorter amount of time might have been the hint they were cunts, but to this day they still do it, and somehow still have a good rep bizarrely.

  • in General
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    Its possible to generate those kind of numbers, but requires some serious focus, something I would guess most of us in the bike industry don't really have, hence why we are in this game.

    If their metric's are being calculated/looked at by someone not in the bike industry they'll see the bad days/weeks/months and then start worrying and cutting staffing/wages, not realizing its pretty damn normal to be all over the place, not the kind of industry for reliable/consistent revenue generation, its properly swings and roundabouts.

    My best month for the last 5 years has been a totally different month in a different quarter each year. Only logic I can apply is its when the highest number of "all season commuters " bring all their rusty scrap in it and it needs everything replaced instantly money no object kind of a job, 50x of them back to back.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Not needed for a key, but worth running a RO type sander or a big flat sheet over it to knock off any small dross thats latched itself on there. Easier to spot once its got a guide coat/mist of paint on it any defects TBH.

    Fixed a 140 year old wall recently that I thought for sure was a gonna. Utterly done with having to rebuild every single wall I come across so thought I'd try chemically stripping the old wall paper gunk, chipping off the CEMENT that had been used to fill the bigger patchs, then in the loose areas just flaked them out, tied back to lathe, bonding and rebuild with minimum materials. Paint, easifil, sand, repeat until good. 1 day = 3 decent sized walls saved and looking as good as when they were laid in 1880. Instead of around 3 days of effort to strip back and rebuild in modern materials.

    Tip, buy a desiccant dehumidifier, makes working in winter warmer, makes working the rest of the year a lot drier = materials dry like they say they do on the tin, not half a week like it ends up being in the 80% RH that UK seems to have all the time.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    The new one (2019>) is great, buy it and put the regular stand back on a hybrid or something. It won't tolerate rider sitting on it for a smoke/hang out for the ultimate mess life insta opportunities, but it will hold the bike up while you strap a dishwasher to it.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Not had that before, unless some components are used/setup from previous install and maybe have some mad coding on them?
    Recently been doing the charge port in one bar end and the bluetooth module in the other, and not using the Y cable. You have to shave down the little nubs on the bluetooth module but fits nice, range is around 3-4m which is fine by me, means you don't have to look at the bloody thing or try and o-ring it to a stem or seatstay etc.

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