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blighty

Member since Jun 2012 • Last active Sep 2013
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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    There's a Levis + Charge Bikes + Kinoko promotion tomorrow:

    +1 for the heads up, I work near there so will give it a go.

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    Coasting down the hill towards a red light, it changed so I rolled through. A second or two earlier and it would have been a bit cheeky but it was no longer fully red and was at a turn-in a one-way street. This apparently displeased the mug on the On One waiting at the lights, because he overtook me and aggressively cut in front missing my front wheel by about an inch. I mentioned this to him at the next lights;
    Him: "Yeah but you jumped the red light back there so you're giving the rest of us a bad name, so as far as I'm concerned you don't exist."
    Me: "So if someone does something wrong in your eyes they don't exist , and I'm giving us a bad name?" God help any pedestrians in front of this guy.
    Him: "Go on, jump this light, I really really hope you get hit by a car, that would make my day that would." Classy.

    Perhaps if he didn't cycle with mirrored sunglasses to match his silver cycling outfit like some kind of bargain-basement Robocop he might be able to tell red from yellow.
    Fashion tip: mirrored shades are not a strong look if you have a face like Gareth Southgate having an allergic reaction.

    A chippy was unloading his van and was delighted to see cyclists arguing with each other instead of him so at least it made his day.

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    I've been thinking about it and you're right that I should expect some criticism, and I knew that people wouldn't like my bars or the black bits, but I thought I'd avoid it by only posting it in the Gazelle thread. Perhaps that was naive. I was even initially going to say I knew the chainring wasn't ideal and how I'm going to take the black bits off and out them on a beater etc when I posted the pic but I thought "why apologise?", I built it and I'm pretty chuffed with it, there's the pic and thanks for all the advice.
    Anyway, somehow I've fallen into the trap of arguing on the Internet, which is the new pissing into the wind.

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    That would be a fair point if it was a reasonable criticism, but what actually it was just "get some new bars". If it had been "I don't like your bar arrangement" or "Christ that's ugly" that would be fair enough, it's a reasonably expressed opinion, but it read to me like a pronouncement from on high and I don't respond well to those. There's no such thing as wisdom without humility. I didn't post it for a pat on the head, I posted it because I asked for some advice a couple of pages back, it was kindly given, and those who gave it expressed a desire to see the bike when it was finished, which is why I said "here you go then" and not "PROSTRATE YOURSELVES AND MARVEL AT THE MAGNIFICENCE OF MY CREATION PUNY MORTALS".

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    Yes if I was going to spend any more money on it I would have bought a nicer chainring and chrome brakes as planned.
    I got as far as buying the seatpost but then it turned out my old wheels couldn't be trued and replacing those cleaned me out, so no chainring, I'm not made of money. Its already cost me more than a complete 2nd hand bike. On the plus side, the old wheels would have been black too (although they were lighter than these Mavics) so it looks better than it might have done.
    TBH I didn't buy the frame for its very nice looks, I bought it because it was the right size and clearly in very good condition, I've (literally) fallen foul of rusty frames before.

    No, given the handlebar arrangements and other bizarre contraptions I see on the street, and on this site, I'll do what I like without a second thought. I mean, who's doing the marking and what do you get if you win first prize?

    If you don't like that then you're really going to hate what I'm going to do to my Langster when I get it, deep drop track bars are pretty but no use to me.

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    Couldn't give a monkey's mate, that's what's comfortable for me. I'm not buying new bars or new levers to put on an old frame.

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    Here you go then.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Top Tip: If you're having trouble getting a crown race in at home, I can recommend the extension tube from a Henry hoover.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Thanks very much, yes I'm going to do it all myself on Saturday. Unfortunately I forgot to measure the stack height last night.
    It probably doesn't matter for today as the only 1" threaded headset available retail in London is the ugly Miche one at CycleSurgery, or whatever they have at Kinoko but I'm not paying those prices without measuring. I have to come into town tomorrow to try to find a helmet anyway.

    Quick question - can I use the same grease on headsets and bottom brackets? I've only got Lithium grease at the moment but can buy more today.

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