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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Jan 2021

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    Bikes afaik are counted as a frivolous leisure toy (in legal terms) not a legit form of transport or way of earning a living in uk. Have seen 1st hand what happens to someone who's way of earning an income is stolen, they quickly fall through the system and end up in very rough situation. However my junk 20 year old car is stolen and it gets a lot more weight on the legal system brought against those involved.
    Local shop to us robbed at weekend, again, near £50k this time. Minus excesses they'll get their trade value back, but not loss of income, normally that sucks but its the norm. But this year with stock so hard to come by, it hurts a lot more and you can't insure that. Suspected from an organised gang, the stock will go out of the country within days.

    Really good to see they pirates rescue that Pearson and help bring about an orderly arrest, good job for keeping the high road and staying civil guys, its hard to not resort to other methods but hopefully the result is they are put infront of a magistrate and it gets them some punishment.

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    Both are each others competition basically. Douze can be broken in half (fairly easy once you've worked it out) and has a cable steering system = tighter turning circle, no death position and no flez induced steering.
    Bullitt has a bigger following, good resale value and loads of used and new options from 3rd party vendors for them.
    Ride both and choose the one you like the most! Not much between them.

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    Honda nt700, mid size shaftie. Few come up for sale locally, High miles but just after a commuter and occasional mid distance tourer. Think they are all of 60hp from a 700cc v twin, but proper pillion provision on a not 1200cc bike appeals.
    Anyone had one? I imagine they are like a heavier slower nc700

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    Ep8 delayed due to mftr issues (same for everyone! Everyone wants that motor and shimano can't make them fast enough).
    Ep8 and e6100 weight very close, few hundred grams is all I think. The old e6000 was about 1.5kg heavier (4.5kg vs 2.8kg). Considering a normal ht2 bb and an xt chainset is going to weigh around 1.4kg, the 2.8 is pretty good going!
    e6100 has walk assist im pretty sure,useful for moving the bike on steep ground when loaded.

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    Will be stolen, they come with a charger, usually the first way to tell, no key and no charger = dodge.

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    Denon /marantz still do a £500 all in one system, now has some mild streaming capabilities too. Ruark (or whoever owns that name now) also do one, see them in john Lewis occasionally

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    Seen growing numbers of them in Glasgow, looks like they will take over from bikes as most hated form of road user.

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    Not yet, tried a balance it and then add the mftr suggested 0.75 to 1.5g.
    Tried right from 0.75 to 5g, defo better on the brush front at the full 5g but then doesn't sound great either. Took brush off and running at around 1.25g to 1.5g range (+/- who knows how much) and sounds fine.
    I think your right, cart just doesn't look happy in this headshell, means the brush is sitting at a steep angle. Will try and get another headshell and start again.
    Impressed with isolation though, wooden floors here vibrate when upstairs are running about (can't hear them but certainly feel it) which made any previous turntable skip about.

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    Got one!
    A 70s technics sl 1300 (not really anything in common with a sl 1200,but built well, weighs 10kg, decent isolation, tone arm bearings feel light and zero play, motor holds speed like a rock after bit of pot exercise).
    No sound from lh channel, found bad rca plug, resistance was all over the shop suspect a number of broken pieces within length of cable. Replaced with a spare from another dead machine and away we go.
    Has a stanton 681eee cart on it, has a little brush on it which only seems to make fart sounds and skip along the record surface, guess its worn or just a bad idea? Will try removing it or taping it up, as otherwise playback is excellent.
    Suspect this 2 bolt cart doesn't work well with this 1 bolt headshell as it has quite a noticeable downward angle, put an extra felt mat on and reduces artifacts but suspect a different headshell would help fix that. Photo is with extra mat underneath.

    Edit. Worked out how to remove brush with stylus half off, way way bloody better. Either brushs in general are a shit idea, or this was a replacement one whose bristles are way too stiff

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    Cheers! Saw in the search results that someone on here had one.
    Worn sus parts is a given round here, anything with air bags gives me the fear (£££) but looks like there are loads of pattern parts available and then from bmw they are not mad money and easy enough to change.
    Will go find some and see what turns up

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