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Dogtemple

Member since Apr 2012 • Last active Dec 2019

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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Spoke key is a few quid, you don’t need a tension meter. I’ve bought two truing stands, never paid more than £10. (2ndhand)

    Unless you’re doing it pro you don’t need expensive gear.

    I’ve trued loads of wheels in the frame using brake pads as guides. Can do it that way if you don’t want to spend out but a stand would help

    Should you be in Brighton you can borrow my stand if it helps

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    it probably will go wrong, in so far as you will lace a spoke the wrong way and have to redo it or get annoyed with truing it.

    but that's just part of the process

    there are lots of how to videos out there.

    it isn't difficult, just set aside a couple hours.

    at the very least, you will have learnt a new skill and get a new wheel out of it

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    Bikes in every room of my place except the bathroom and my main bedroom. The spare rooms, under the stairs, lounge, hall, kitchen - all home to bikes that are not getting rusty or getting stolen.

    Leaving them outside is a deathwish for a bike. Everybody knows this, that’s why they’re kept indoors.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I have something similar to this in my bathroom but bigger, it's a glass tank about a meter long, about 20cm high and wide, has plants either side with water in the middle. so its kind of like a slice of a river bank. has peace lily one side and a spider plant the other. various other things have started growing in there too.

    I just keep it topped up with water and let it go wild. has been going for a few years now and pretty healthy, despite periods of forgetting to top the water up.

    the idea was to have a large wabi kusa set up. but it kind of changed a little.

    i'll take a photo when I'm next home in the day light.

  • in Current Projects
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    just out of interest, what do you use in your ultrasonic cleaner, is it just water or do you have some sort of solution?

  • in Frame Builders
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    Heat treating is only needed for certain grades of aluminium. 7000 series generally is air hardened over about a month.

    Your TIG welding is looking good btw. Stainless is well nice to weld.

    Have a go with some old 531 tubing if you want to challenge yourself

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Easily fixable, it’s just a metal tube. It’s brazed in so another can be put in its place or weld up the crack.

  • in Frame Builders
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    a lot of people go for Rtech if going new. I went with the most high end old(ish) set up I could get in my budget. I would rather spend out on quality personally than buy lower quality new stuff with warranties etc

    it's served me really well, had for years now and faultless, 200 amp ac/dc water cooled with foot pedal etc, cost around £800 I think. don't think I could have got anything close for the money that would have lasted if bought new

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    I think there’s an element of countering a left wing opinion. It’s almost like you’re not allowed to question anything to do with a protest

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Funny you say bechets. My girlfriend has been recently diagnosed with bechets and gets mouth ulcers. It’s apparently a very rare condition this bechets and little is known about it.

    She uses some toothpaste from Aldi as it doesn’t have sodium lauryl sulphate in, which can be a trigger for ulcers

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