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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Sep 2021

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    Pretty much, when new those dowl/machined inserts are mega tight, once they've been rattling around a few years you can just about pull them up. So for me normally run with a floor + BBX panels, if I spot a nice sofa/washing machine/dishwasher/sideboard that I want to take home with me, remove 4x M5 bolts, leaving the bbx panel adapters in the frame, take off actual panels and lay at the back/bottom/wherever, insert free loot, put a strap round it, ride home.
    If you've access to horse box/instrument box/chandlers materials you can get those neat 90 degree bayonet type fitting quick locks (come in M5/M6/M8/M10) so no tools required (always rattle a little though).

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Never use BT for anything I don't have to, super patchy (apart from Android carplay seems solid in just about any car/rental I jump in which is nice). But yeah, Wifi been fine until most recent update, retailer and marantz just sending me the usual universal fixes, likely not even aware yet that the most recent update is causing issues. Now have a giant patch cable stretched across the room, pretty, not.

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    New marantz network player constantly falling off the wifi since recent update. Entering password a mega ball ache every few hours, tried a static IP and something with the dhcp but still does it, running a patch cable possible but messy.
    Might try and work out how to roll back the firmware and then turn off auto update might be the easiest option!

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    Liqui poly diesel purge FTW. Hard to get in the UK, but used it on so many cars /vans to clean them up a bit. Doesn't fix bad timing /nozzles /pumps/compression. But does help sort out sticky pintels on mechanical injectors, gummed up nozzles, gummed up fuel pump advances etc.

    Noticed many modern diesels the fuel filter doesn't have a water drain. Do all mine every 6 months and always shocked by the milkshake /emulsified mess that comes out the bottom (not a lot, likely only 20 to 50ml) of a diesel fuel filter. Can imagine the havoc that any decent amount of water would cause in a hp diesel pump.

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    Both f+r get upto 3 to 5 mins of stand lighting once you've ridden far enough. Just mean that the rear stand light brightness is quite low. Checked it tonight in full regular darkness and it's fine, think I just had unrealistic hopes.
    When riding though, both lights are boss, front is as bright as you'd ever need for paved road work and beam pattern perfect (flat top, round bottom, gets good distance without dazzling oncoming users).

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Fitted. Kept the connection up the front all soldered and triple layered with different shrink wrap, should keep Scotland out of the connection for a while.

    The supernova e3 makes more light and a much better pattern, but it takes more wheel turns until there is light, front and rear which i wasn't expecting. Was expecting to have rear light go straight to full brightness with a turn of the wheel like b+m lights do, takes upto 5 until this does so will expect a lot of cars honking "you've got no lights mate". Better the rest of the time though.
    The e3 rear stand light is mega weak, even after riding several miles it's very faint, will only be seen on totally unlit roads.

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    Wanted one of those but gave up waiting for euro stock to arrive (a year late, and not to do with covid, from before that!). Got a SP instead, works fine, only powers a b+m cyo+, but makes 3w light others so would go upto a b+m top 200lm light no problem.
    A lot of folk worry about the speed of a 20" dyno hub being a problem. Think that was more for older ones that are unregulated

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    There are some companies that offer memory foam/gel type materials with all weather covers for motorbike seats, as like a seat cover that velcro's on. No idea of the names of them but they aren't that much, can probably work out what materials they use and fab your own.

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    Yeah this, can't remember the term but yeah happens in all industries. Euro car parts have Lucas and a bunch of others, now just a meaningless name that they use to pedal utter trash/parts made of cheese instead of metal to older folk who remember the brand from when it was a real name.

    The handful of folk who actually bother to research and see what they are buying don't matter when the masses just keep going back and buying more junk expecting it to somehow be better each time.

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    This, forks often go south when faced with hard use, work fine for family use though (folk tend not to put 200kg and ram them into things so much as commercial use do).

    GSD I've seen my fair share of good and bad examples (several with a literal hole in the frame, weld/burn't through, bent back ends, motor mounts not where the motor mount holes are, brake mounts so badly welded on that needed to 'adjust' them with large tools), even though, they genuinely fit everyone, the mad seat tube angle and very adjustable bar/stem comb means 4'11 to 6'2 fit fine and handle fine for folk who are not used to a cargo bike.

    Benno is a nicer bike from a riders perspective and in terms of neat details/quality of parts fitted (sell them too so am likely biased), but would suggest 5'1 is the min rider size in the real world (get the low top tube version). Benno accesories look equal in photos/spec, but in reality the Benno racks are far nicer made if your a welding perv, same for the kids rear seat pads think they are made from Sorbaphane so very comfy and long lasting, vs the Tern offering which is a thin piece of average grade foam wrapped in vinyl, backed with cardboard that will not last past 2 years.

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