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Member since Jul 2012 • Last active Dec 2022
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    We used silverback stretch tents, based in Kenilworth. IMO stretch tents are way nicer than marquees anyway, and they were v reasonably priced and professional. https://www.silverbackstretchtents.com

  • in Complete bikes and frame & forks
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    bump for an absolute steal & great seller!

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Seeking some advice / intel re a double storey extension.

    @grog and I are buying a terraced house and would like to square the rear off to create an open plan kitchen/dining space - current floorplan attached. We also want to extend the floor above i.e. a 2-storey extension. At the moment, the kitchen juts out on the ground floor. No other houses on the street seem to have 2-storey extensions so there's no precendent.

    As far as I can understand from the (rather confusing and conflicting!) guidance online, we wouldn't need planning permission as it's less than 3m from the current boundary, as well as being to the rear of the house. Not sure this is correct though as we have also read that it can be problematic if it blocks light into neighbouring houses.

    Would there be any issues / could we run into hurdles with party wall agreement? Is there a reason that there are so few 2-storey extensions?

  • in Travel & Trips
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    The drivers are crazy in Sicily!

    SE: Cavagrande. Huge gorge that you hike down into, beautiful cold natural pools at bottom. Pure heaven and a must do if going in the summer.

    Caseificio Borderi in Siracusa market - best sando of my life: the queue can be an hour, and generally I don't queue, but it's worth it.
    Duomo (Piazza del Duomo) the church has a Baroque facade stuck onto the original Greek temple.
    Fonte Aretusa (Via Picherali) a freshwater spring at the edge of the sea
    Palazzo Bellomo
    Parco Archeologico della Neapolis -the Teatro Greco particularly
    Out of town a bit, plan a day (bring a picnic) at Pantalica, a necropolis of over 5000 tombs dug out of the surrounding cliffs. Make your way to the bottom and follow the lovely cold stream until you find your perfect picnic spot (you'll come across some places deep enough for swimming)

    Trattoria Casalinga: get the vongole
    Book a tour of Palazzo Biscari. Principo Ruggero Moncada, the heir and tour guide, takes you through this gem of Italian ostentation with pride.
    and, of course, Etna.

    Piazza Armerina The Villa Romana– serious mosaic vibes

    Ragusa Ibla a lovely Baroque town on its own little mountain and great gelato

  • in Current Projects
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    Do it! Those two bumbags above were made for me and my partner @grog

    So impressed with the construction, quality of materials, and attention to detail - would highly recommend :)
    Also I am 5'5 and @grog is 6'1 and the bags fit us both really well. They pack up small when empty, and can expand to take a fair bit in cargo for snacks etc.

    Thank you Dan!

  • in Complete bikes and frame & forks
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    Still available, price drop £680 ONO - despite paint chips this is genuinely such a fun/light bike and needs to not be collecting dust unridden as it is currently!

    Can fit pedals and saddle for test riding in Bristol.

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    Bump & price drop to £700.

  • in Complete bikes and frame & forks
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    Selling my Giant Avail - this is an absolute joy to ride; fun, comfortable and fast. Super light too at 7.3kg with pedals & saddle (not included in sale).

    Frame - Giant Avail Composite 3
    Full ultegra 6800 groupset (165mm cranks, 11/34 gearing at back)
    Superstar wheels
    PRO PLT bars (380mm)
    Gravelkings 26s

    Frame stack 533mm and reach 361mm.
    I was riding this with a 90mm stem and am 165cm, so it'd comfortably fit someone shorter.

    Some caveats:
    The steerer has been cut down, cosmetic paint chips on the frame: one on top tube, one on the underside of downtube from mudguards, and hoods have some wear (please see photos, I have tried to reflect this where I can).
    The frame was repaired by the previous owner (on the seat stay tube) at a professional carbon frames repair centre in Hackney Wick. It is safe to ride.

    £750? Bristol-based pick up or I'll be in London in January.