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LeChef

Member since Feb 2015 • Last active Jul 2021

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LBS owner/mechanic - Punk Bikes Cardiff

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    Casio MQ-500g - 1993

    Immaculate condition given its age.

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    It could do with a new acrylic but I love my Seiko 5 6119-7130 because of its square case and different face placements. It keeps time well too considering it’s from the 70’s.

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    Another Seiko, one of my favourite straps because it’s always smiling at be.

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    Cheap as chips but I love it

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    A quick steerer tube job for a 20” folder that had developed a crack in the threads and eventually snapped. It’s the first one of these I’ve done but I’ve seen others do it. Getting the cuts nice and square to each other took longer than actually welding it up. Stainless 1.6 rod on 45 amps did the job, with a wall thickness of around 1.5mm I think. One magnetic welding square on each side to keep it all straight.

    I had to spot it at 4 points and rotate it as I don’t have a turning setup. It’s something I’ve been thinking about making recently. Maybe something based around a variable speed motor.

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    Yeah I’m hindsight that would probably have been better for me. It’s easy enough to change the settings fairly accurately, I just have to stick to the numbers basically.

    I’m in Cardiff. I have a small shop called Punk Bikes. The workshop is part of the setup and I use it for work and personal projects etc.

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    We’ve definitely been reading the same threads then, I have the non digital version, with the CK torch and pedal. I’m really liking it so far. Once I got to grips with the upslope/downslope preflow/postflow settings I’ve found it very capable. My workshop neighbour has just got the 200 AC/DC so I’m interested in seeing the performance difference.

    Give me a shout if you’re struggling for a 1.6, I’ll stick you one in the post.

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    It’s difficult not to blow through bike tubing, it’s so bloody thin. It’s all a learning curve though. I’m enjoying the stainless though. What tig do you have?

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