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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Apr 2021

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    The proper bullitt garage is nice, but also quite a bit over £100.
    Most full size motorbike covers are going to be fine, lacks the exact shape but will fit. Just beware, don't seal it up entirely, your bike will rot, only cover from above, leave air to circulate.
    Spend £20-40, a fully waterproof taped seal job is nice, but aim for tear resistance rather than packability.

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    Was mad into trucks for a little while but then competitiveness of tenth touring got me, started in a nitro class but quickly found my way into electric. They were so much more competitive, however never was that consistent on the shorter courses (almost dispractict) so went back to tenth nitro. Then just kinda won't quite a lot lol, eventually fell out of it. Still got a few cars floating about. Last car was a hpi proceed, which is eighth scale, only used it a few times as there were never enough others in the class to make it work up in the North. But on its massive foams it really was a mad thing.
    Think most of the local clubs closed down due to noise complaints (from folk who bought new builds in a field on side of an a road, next to a rc car track) or lack of new growth.

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    So many folk turning up /trying to get their basically "fake" scooters repaired.
    Recently had one that some poor sod had paid £1800 new for this cdm crapper, yeah it kinda looked nice from a distance, but once close you could see just how nasty most of it was made. The importer to UK likely made a tasty £1500 on that £1800 sale. A fair price for a fair product, many of these things are not.

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    Oh stealing that, never thought of it, often used two zip ties to achieve similar but a washer looks better for sure.

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    Had a customer bring in a bike with a beautifully shrink wrapped and then zip tied outer gear cable, honestly took me a few minutes to notice what they had done. Shifted perfectly, but as soon as you snipped the two zip ties it started bursting out
    But yes, they had literally replaced the inner, within a fully split open outer, after the fact, and patched it with shrink wrap and zip ties. Guess they didn't have any outer!

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    Weather last few days has brought ALL the bikes out. Where I was working earlier in the week there were more mbikes on the road than any other type of vehicle. Over the road and engine noise you could literally hear the riders going 'weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, fucking yes mate', all having a great time.

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    Aren't those 6 pot calipers renowned for just seizing up at drop of a hat anyways? 44t guys had the same one and ended up changing out calipers for 4 pots off a newer bike?

    Remember 6 pot Ti that hope used to make 10+ years ago? Utter nightmares, they were fine for the 1st year from new, but so finicky that most folk gave up with them and just went back to M4 with 200/220 rotors or Formula Gustav's I think were the other DH brake of choice at that time.

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    This.
    Some folk want the extra tyre width potential and a number of other things the wifi brings, the rest are quite happy with a regular classic bike.

    Would suggest getting a whole bike or a frame kit + parts in a one go, unless you already have everything you need in a box.
    Things like headsets, bb, shifters, rear mechs, chainsets are just extremely hard to get, especially in UK, so don't assume you'll just pick these items up from an LBS or a national retailer.
    I've just ordered 60 chain sets from a shop in Germany as there are zero available any other reasonable method.

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    We put our microwave in a cupboard, regular one nothing fancy, as it used to be in the hallway in old kitchen (tiny kitchen is tiny), apart from the very odd time when forget to leave the cupboard door open to vent it, zero issues, love that you don't have it hogging up a huge chunk of worktop (attracts filth and clutter, ever seen a kitchen without something sat on top of microwave?).

    Only have a single oven, and a bit of a pan drawer underneath it. At time we wanted maximum storage so opted out of a double split oven job in favour of a pan drawer. Turned out we went overboard on storage, now have THREE places to store pans and trays, under and above a full height built in fridge (under is big, above it is fecking massive, 600x600x 400 high) so COULD have gone for a double oven.

    For me, 2/3 main oven + 1/3 smaller oven + small microwave in a cupboard is the ideal (which wish had done). You don't often need that second oven, maybe a few times a month, but you do miss not having it. If for nothing more than heating plates

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    Ah fair enough!
    Stick it on its side and feed it kroil every few hours for a week, then get a decent air impact and just blast away back and forth. You'll get it eventually, don't use a socket and a huge breaker bar, higher risk of snapping it

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