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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Sep 2020

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    First frost overnight, brrrr, keep those two wheels down folks!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    The two wheeler might do well, seen the pricing, very close to existing competitors but any shop in the UK can get them.
    The three wheeler, I can just imagine the size of the chunk missing from the saddle when my arse bites it during a death wobble, I'd like to be wrong :/

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Gravelkings are great in the gravel, hardpack and grass, if you run around on hot tarmac in summer through they will get eaten alive before you get to any gravel.
    Find they size up generally OK

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Still loads, the lean angle of the bike has to increase a lot more to get the last bit. Generally you'll only run to the edge of the tyre on a track where speeds are much higher, and the corners are long and sustained. Don't go trying to get rid of your 'chicken strips' on public roads just for the sake of it, seen plenty of folk come a cropper trying to do that. No one who actually rides cares, just some bellends standing in a pub car park on litre bikes that only do 500 miles a year lol.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Conti contact plus is a direct competitor to marathon plus, same weight same protection, less milage but slightly better grip below 10c ime
    Used to see them for much less cost wise but Conti has now stopped pushing them into UK at such a keen price so they now sit pretty equal

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Been watching documentaries and news cuts on it, most noticeable is interviews with fire fighter /bush fire guys who have been at it 30 to 40 years who all (regardless of area or country) are saying the same thing, the "fire season" is getting longer and fires that do break out are more extreme, ability to do really anything meaningful is low.
    Even with new tech, real time satellite reporting, planes, new retardant additives, more man power on the ground, the fires are more extreme.
    I took Australia has more fire awareness, most non urban dwellers live in Bush land, and any fire massively threatens their way of life. California seems to be the opposite, so many started from avoidable human reasons (cigarette stubs, parties, vehicles, power lines/utility issues).
    Oregon only been once and it rained constantly for 3 weeks, just like home :p
    There's a free docu on YouTube "black Saturday" which is from the 2009 Victoria mega fires where a number started on the same day, loss of property, life and animals and their habitat was already high, then wind changed 90 degrees and it got much worse

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    What's left of the swing arm bolt

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    Anyone remember my fleet of bikes withy seized swing arm bolts? Well this one we got out. Drilled it out from one side and a 700nm + air impact from the other (after over a month in kroil) finally broke it free. New swing arm, bearings and bolt fitted then find the brand new yamaha ignition barrel has internal corrosion, fixed that and now runs like a champ again. Mate it taking it on as their first bike, its not pretty close up but mechanically and electrically its now as good as it can be.
    So long little rev box, 110mpg will be missed but that's about it

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Bags worked well, the pod sac/on one bar bag itself was great, zero issues. The holster for it was way too floppy before I added plastic inside, would waggle constantly. The bar/frame a attachment velcro that came with it went straight in bin, used some better stuff. Added two extra straps to hold bag up against bar instead of hanging below. Worked perfect zero flappage even on some decent descents.
    Rear bag was a madison own brand "caribou" bag in large. Packing it well gavr a decent shape. Wrapped an old tube on seatpost and over frame to add grip and reduce chance of ripping on qr. Added one extra strap around saddle rails and the bulk of the bag, made a big difference to swaying and the bag wanting yo slide down seatpost.
    The smooth drybag inside the outer works really well, makes getting stuff in and out a quick job. Not gong to last a rtw trip, but totally fine for us occasional riders who maybe use it 5 to 10 nights a year

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    It's just a lot of pushing and carrying, every 10m in some places, hundreds of drainage ditches with sharp edges that are just a bit far to bounce over or up hill etc. Can't see much as its deep in trees so not really interesting
    After the ferry to ardlui its more rideable, more open.
    Done it now, don't need to do it again lol. Would prob take train tk ardlui and start from there. Add an extra 30 miles of Gravel on by taking some farm tracks around bridge of Orchy /talla/blackwater instead

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