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pdlouche

Member since Nov 2014 • Last active Feb 2019

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    Found it, pure nonsense.

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    Eventually replacing the crystal, but not yet. The crack doesn’t affect its water resistance.

    Black strap needs a wash so on the orange today. Took it to a friend’s shop and polished the case on the wheel until it was as scratch-free as possible, then got to work with some jeweller’s rouge to dull it down to a satin brushed steel finish. I’d prefer it even more dull, but not sure how brushed I’ll get it before rounding some edges.

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    Sorry I mean I used a basha in conjunction with an army bivvy. Was ideal. Would recommend a lightweight tarp in conjunction with any bivvy for belts&braces.

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    I had a basha years ago, gave it to a homeless friend in the end. Would totally recommend a lightweight tarp - I rated having a basha, and suppose a tarp is way lighter same thing.

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    Only that 3 mins gopro, is the whole race up somewhere? Looked like madness.

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    Test ride to the scrapyard and back. Survived. Very few wobble issues, in fact the main one was turning too sharp onto the driveway back at the parents’ house. Managed to find that courier box dumped by the wayside, so not a perfect fit nor super light but definitely good enough for the time being.

    Kept it slow, kept it relaxed, only real wobbles were fighting against my desire to throw the bike a little uphill. So aside from that and dodgy cornering when I lose my concentration and really bad surfaces, the wobbles aren’t too much of an issue now.

    One of the guys at the scrapyard’s words were “fuuuuuck that”.

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    My various lumps are chucked into my Jurassic Park case. It would have looked like this one off ebay, had I actually kept any of the original contents safe. Really wish i still had the holographic watch.

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    Some positive news... I managed to ride it for 10 minutes or so and not die. Got dark and cold so came home sooner than planned, got the weird looks from people.

    Swapped the solid axle on the front wheel for a qr, put the (cheap/new) slick bmx tyre replacing the knobbly cracked one, fitted the steering damper spring, and tightened the bungee elastic underneath.

    Whilst forcing myself to relax, I could feel some wobble but it wasn’t deathly. Maybe with more spring tension that would be further reduced, but it was okay.

    On slow sharp turns the steering was trying to snap back straight so there was a wobble I was fighting with, but otherwise the wobble only really came out going over bumps. I noticed it a bit when applying some super killer legs power uphill, but only on the first or second pedal stroke.

    Turning takes some getting used to, it isn’t that slow, but probably me afraid to steer too deep and risk the oversteer and slam.

    Managed to go faster and it felt stable, just the wobble with all the awful uneven paths around.

    Will try my hand riding it a few miles tomorrow, to see if I can make it even half the distance I plan to use it over. Never realised how winding and hilly my routes are.

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