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EdwardZ

Member since Jan 2013 • Last active Jan 2017
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    Oliver.. SDCs will indeed reclaim urban property. They transform motorcars into a service platform. Just we see the data center being shifted to some PaaS we also see vehicle ownership disolving into consumption of a service provided by some utility. SDCs don't need parking slots. Personally I see the future of SDCs being as a kind of public utility-- if not in many cases as a state operated service. Issues of road costs, taxation etc. parallel the issues with metropolitan rail, public bus services, electricity etc. in the last century. Sure we have seen re-privatization of rail and other services such as post and electricity in many places but other than telecommunications these moves have all failed-- often miserably. I might suggest the only reason that telephone communications has not crashed and burned was due to the extreme level of technological developments (and massive public investments)-- not that there has not been loads of crashes and burns in the telco sector (Colt, KPNQwest, WorldCom, Cable and Wireless, ....)

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    I'm surprized.. Just checked it seems that the 650c GPs are these days only in black-- back when they had brown sidewalls everyone seemed to cry for black and now.. But the Panaracer you mentioned still seems around.. 18 EUROs from Berlin: sella-berolinum.de/shop-teile/rei­fen-zubehoer/650c-571mm-reifen/2434/pana­racer-pasela-650x-25c-schwarz/-beigewand­ (NOTE: it is an old school wire rim and not folding tyre!)

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    This may be unobtanium for a variety of reasons but: 650c clincher gumwalls/skinwalls. Do they exist?

    Of course.. Conti Grand Prix.. Best deal, however not gumwall, is the Rubino Pro G+ from Rose (~20 EURO): rosebikes.de/artikel/vittori­a-rubino-pro-grapheneplus-rennradreifen/­aid:867094

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    Anyone got any recommendations for LBS's east ish for fitting tubs? If not I'll just bite the bullet and get learning!

    The best and most convienient local bicycle mechanic can be YOU. Learn! With a little bit of experience you'll be much better than the majority of bicycle shops..

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    tried sticking a patch over that bit, which helped, but the tubes still poking out a bit.

    You can't "stick a path" over it. You can boot it from the inside and use latex milk to keep the fibres down. I'd typically view the tyre as spent and keep it for spare materials-- such as boots.

    how likely am i to kill myself riding on it for a couple more days?

    If it is the front it is quite dangerous since it'll probably blow and you can loose control.. Rear.. It'll just blow.. not saying you can't loose control but generally...

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    They wear out much faster, in a matter of weeks rather than months, and I've also gone and lost the left side one again as they don't seem to hold as well.

    That seems to be an endemic problem of these covers..

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    In the above photo. A := Zero, C:= LA. The Zero does indeed have the two float adjustment screws but the LA covers also have room for them.. The difference is really so minimal that it hardly would make sense to use multiple moulds.. especially without functional improvement since the design needs to be sufficient for the Zero and since the screws can adjustments on can't use them as part of the retention..

    Attached picture of Zero cleat inserted into LA cover...

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    No idea! I bought some £5 knock off walkable covers from J&L on eBay and they seem to work fine for both...

    I got a pair of those too.. Cost less than the postage alone demanded by the KeepOn Kovers-- which are also "Made in China".. and increasingly less competitive than Speedplay's own take.. The rubber bits from the Chinese knock-offs and KeepOnKovers are all for both Zero and LA.. Speedplay, however, for their aero cleat covers, like with the coffee caps, seems to offer different versions for the Zero (multiple colours) and LA (gray).. Why???

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    Carogna tape last week. Easiest tyre job I've ever had to do and stayed on the rim on Sunday.

    It is really the first glue tape I've ever seem that is really good in its use case.. It has taken over cross by storm...

    If I get through a whole season with it then I'm never going back to glue.

    For cyclecross I'm convinced it is a good choice but not for road or track-- if you don't get banned..

    Can also recommend the glue remover they do, old mastik 1 + conti carbon mess came off in one nice strip

    The glue remover is expensive but does perform exceptionally well.. It needs to since the tape only works on a pristine rim.. With mastic, by contrast, you DON'T ever want a pristine rim.. Like a good cast iron pan you need to season it.. The glue one removes is just the dried flaky stuff so its relatively easy..

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    Trying to figure out the physical differences between Zero and Light Action cleat covers. Seems like a relatively modular design between their cleats using the same metal covers. It seems that Speedplay produces two different covers.. The LA covers also provide room for the float adjustment screws found on the Zero and Pave so why have two models beyond livery?

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