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Member since Jun 2012 • Last active May 2022
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  • in Rides & Races
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    Has anyone ridden The White Peak Loop yet?

    Most, but not in one go. I saw the signs appear in Buxton and looked it up from there... the new bit from Buxton up to the Tissington Trail is really nice to avoid roads with quarry traffic so I use that a lot now, and it would also be fine on touring bike. I've not done the new bit from Matlock to Rowsley. The bridleway link Rowsley-Bakewell I've only done on my MTB, it is a bit rougher than the railway trails but I think still ok on a touring bike.

  • in Current Projects
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    Ah splendid, glad that ID fits. Your pic rang a bell and I searched LFGSS and found that for sale thread but actually on further browsing I think it was this thread I remembered, a lot more 1990s Scotts in this one: https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/3395­46/

  • in Components and clothing
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    I am just starting to sort some spongy cable disks so trying compressionless housing is on the list. Would you be up for posting that? (am up in Derbyshire)

  • in General
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    The track down through the Dinorwig slate quarry above Llanberis:

  • in Current Projects (non-bike)
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    yep! the cladco is all done, but a bit more to go on the rest.

    January - finished off the Cladco for the roof and 2 walls
    February - gutters and water butt for the garden, found an electrician to wire it in properly to the house and built a wood cladding detail around a window to work out what to do, then took it all off again...
    March - Window trims/linings done last weekend, then I started the wood cladding itself just this weekend. It will be slower going than Cladco, so am glad it is only 2/5ths of the surfaces.
    April? last few jobs... finished!

    Back in December once it became apparent that both lots of cladding would be slow to arrive we finished off the inside and began using it - 'moved in by Christmas' - Grand Designs classic - so that has taken the pressure off a bit to get the outside done.

    The cladco looks great and it all went on just as discussed above so again, glad to have coincided with your project and learnt from it. One thing I learnt was to think about the placement of fixings with respect to bargeboards in advance - I did the sheets, then found the bargeboards would overlap the fixings at the edge, which distorted the shapes a bit. I moved some around, but left some as a bodge, mostly you cannot tell from ground level, but I look out it from the garage window, which is up and behind the shed, and then you can see the wobbly apex bargeboard whenever I look out of the garage window...

  • in Classifieds
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    A groupset must be more than £135? in which case for me this is one of the situations that need more digging before ordering because you could be heading for the double-VAT situation and a job to claim it back.

    I just had a look, initially I could get to checkout with VAT still added on, as you say. But then I seemed to set a country somewhere and suddenly items were not available for UK GB shipping - I saw the attached screenshot, despite the cheerful banner at the top saying UK shipping was open:

    If they are shipping items >£135 with VAT still attached I could guess a few things...

    1 - They are set up for the <£135 scenario but still charging VAT for >£135 - my understanding is this leads to double-VAT and a job to claim it back

    2 - They have a UK subsidiary and can import via that (a bit like UK companies are scrambling to set up EU subsidiaries for the reverse direction) and so can indeed charge VAT for >£135 and the transaction will be hassle free. They are no longer Wiggle are they, if they were maybe that would do it. I think the new owner - Riverside - is German but could still have UK subsidiaries set up already?

    3 - My understanding is still wrong and there is something else going on...

    Also, that point 2 about importing via a subsidiary is similar to the rule about marketplaces like ebay and amazon - they are allowed to do the VAT for all transactions regardless of its value. The definition of a marketplace was reasonable, something that does more than just sell their own stuff, but also collects money on behalf of other retailers. So buying through amazon and ebay should be straightforward.

    UK / Great Britain / England is not listed on this page, which defines their VAT (I would have thought footnote 2 applies to UK) - https://www.bike24.com/shipping.html ... can't find anything else on their site apart from they sound confident about shipping to the UK

  • in Classifieds
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    It is nice to hear the perspective from the EU side, thanks for persevering! I am still really keen to shop from the EU, some thing used to be cheaper as frankenbike said, but also you get different brands / better stock levels, especially for skis but also other climbing/outdoor brands and presumably most things too. What's your shop?

    I know what you mean about the lack of guidance, I was really surprised there was not at least a single page cheat sheet to help us through it. Most of the news stories about it seemed contradictory and not helpful. Which is what set me off trying to get my head around it, and there's still more to learn (I updated my post above with your point about surcharge vs VAT). It must be worse from your side with even more hoops to jump through. Presumably HRMC are inundated and have a backlog to clear - not helped by January being tax return season?

  • in Classifieds
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    That's interesting, does it imply retailers will also be looking at the £135/euro150 split and then choosing to do >£135 only, probably because of not wanting to register with HMRC? Also that maybe they too are confused about exactly what is included in the £135 so they set a nice margin of error to be sure of being above it?