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jdmitch

Member since Jun 2014 • Last active Nov 2021

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    Thanks for the advice re the Tern... I forgot to mention the other contender - the Veloe Multi - They're obviously small, new players in the bike business which makes me a bit concerned about the reliability, but um... steel is real, right?

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    Thanks for the input - was curious what you thought, having lived with the multicharger... I guess the GSD doesn't look as versatile, since it's got smaller wheels, so I have an immediate reaction that "all the parts must be really bespoke and difficult/expensive to replace" when it's probably not much of a difference.
    @chiroshi I think the bergamont models are very tempting, and the overall weight limit seems suited to two kids, but I wasn't sure whether that rear rack was long enough for two children (having just looked up a geo chart, though I see the bergamont LT cargoville is 1.314m long vs 1.25m for the R&M multi).
    Looks like it will be a test ride between the Bergamont and the Tern GSD and see what the other half goes for!

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    Looking for a family-shared ebike that could carry 2 children in a pinch (total rider/passenger weight pushing 140kg) and I am surprised to see that most are really not rated for that kind of weight. Obviously, we could go full cargo/longtail and get a Tern GSD, Surly BigEasy (if we can find one!), a Riese & Muller Multicharger, or something with a big box, but these just seem less versatile for other riding (a normal cycling day out, where the older child cycles independently/on a trail-gator). Also it seems like we'd get a lot more for our money for a "regular" bike around £2.5k than the other options that are at least £3.5k.
    I would normally be slightly dismissive of the max weight loads, but it's the little ones, and I would probably not be the main rider (I can also take both children on my own non-ebike if necessary), and to be honest I just don't understand how a bike like the Orbea Keram SUV 30, which is ostensibly meant for this sort of thing, can only support 25kg on the rear rack!?
    In writing this, I think I have basically convinced myself what I really want is the R&M multicharge, but I just don't want to spend £4.5k.
    Any advice on options I haven't thought of (or something I am missing on the weight limits)?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    any tips on basic water treatment - I am not a chemist, and I have gotten as far as getting the Thames water report for South Brent, and trying to plug in numbers into Brewer's Friend but the whole thing was a bit overwhelming, and I wasn't sure if there was something basic I could do every time I want to brew or if every different style beer I need to treat the water differently.
    Any help?!
    (for context, I do all-grain BIAB 20L batches mostly)

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    I'd love to try that Rosemary and Bay ale! Sounds interesting.

    very kind words from @Oliver Schick - I think that Belgian Tripel was indeed a success, but I would have liked to carbonate it more (it was only bottle conditioned, and I under-primed bc of a bad experience with a bottle bomb in the past).
    Oddly enough, I do actually have a CO2 tank, which I previously tried (and failed) to hook up to my sodastream, so does anyone have a cheap suggestion of how to use that to carbonate without going down the route of kegs?

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    Won’t be able to make it tonight but if anyone from wests is keen for a taste of homebrew, I am doing a little tasting of a couple Belgian style beers I brewed recently Saturday night- just DM for details 🍻

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    My two Belgian beers have bottle conditioned and I am doing a little tasting on Saturday evening- any brewers willing to travel to NW10 very welcome!
    Moules frites and other Belgian snacks provided as well 😜

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    interested in the finisterre and possibly the jetpacker...dm incoming

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    (sorry for cross-posting from Dads/mums thread)
    Some families in NW London are trying to organise an event around different family cycling options like cargo bikes, long-tails, child bike seats and trailers. The idea is to get as many different options as possible available for people to try, so if you live vaguely in Harlesden/Willesden/Kensal and have a cargo bike, or want to get a cargo bike, send me a DM please. Thanks!

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    I am back on Aug 20th so 2 weeks
    Update: looks like the trippel is at FG 1.010 and from tasting a drop (so it wouldn’t overflow the hydrometer) it seems like beer, so I might just go ahead and bottle that one as it’s only 16L - the double was bubbling away a bit more so I might just keep that going while away.

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