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by mechanicaldope
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB caps - limited quantity.
Replies: 17
Views: 682

Re: BB caps - limited quantity.

You should make everyone collect them from the top of Foel Fadian in a storm...
by mechanicaldope
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The latest cutting edge outdoor gear
Replies: 14
Views: 591

Re: The latest cutting edge outdoor gear

Something about them makes me think of the Hitler youth. A very odd look.
by mechanicaldope
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Buster = cable ties.
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Dam Buster = cable ties.

Big fat long ones or small thin spindly ones?
by mechanicaldope
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3172

Re: Dam Busters.

RIP wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:20 pm
Nope. But I saw the 50mph winds one :o
Sounds rather like last year!
by mechanicaldope
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Food & Snacks
Replies: 49
Views: 1536

Re: Bikepacking Food & Snacks

Mpolo wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:39 pm
Dates, nuts, raisins all high in calories and potasium to help prevent cramp
Oh yeah. Forgot about them. Some nice yoghurt /chocolate covered raisins. Yum.
by mechanicaldope
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Food & Snacks
Replies: 49
Views: 1536

Re: Bikepacking Food & Snacks

Mini pork pies :-bd I also enjoy calling in at the Spar and buying, a packet of corn beef, a packet of tortilla wraps and some crisps. I then retire to somewhere quiet and make corn beef and crisp wraps ... lovely. To be fair, that sounds amazing! Normally have a corninsh in the bag for 1st days lu...
by mechanicaldope
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Food & Snacks
Replies: 49
Views: 1536

Bikepacking Food & Snacks

When choosing snacks for bikepacking I normally aim for something near the 500 calories per 100g mark that are relatively dense. Usually end up taking salted peanuts, peperarmi and dark chocolate covered Marzipan. Was thinking of taking something different for the winter event so wondering if anyone...
by mechanicaldope
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3172

Re: Dam Busters.

Hmm... Looks like pretty standard WE fare then! Guess the question is "is it worth it?". Only one way to find out I suppose...
by mechanicaldope
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3172

Re: Dam Busters.

Just had the most productive day of the year so far at work plotting the GRs and starting on a route. I have a bit of an itch i need to scratch though... Each year I plot a few route options, one of which always involves the bridleway up the hill to the west of llanbrynmair to Corun y Ffridd but I h...
by mechanicaldope
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2875
Views: 493649

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

The cheapest ultralight sleeping bag liner you'll ever see. eBay item # 382602499219 Your immediate reaction might be WTF, but give it some thought. Cheap, Light, Tiny pack size, Quick wash/dry, Flattering* What's not to like? * Out of that stocking he's just Walter Mitty Anyone else look a this an...
by mechanicaldope
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes

mechanicaldope wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:51 pm
Ah, OK. That makes sense.
Edit: just realised I got my original comment all arse about tit but your responses appear to have anticipated that. Cheers.
by mechanicaldope
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes

Ah, OK. That makes sense.
by mechanicaldope
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes
Replies: 15
Views: 605

Re: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes

Just been reading up on wheel building and found that spokes work in compression rather than tension. That being the case, how does a flexible spoke do anything other than provide a placebo piece of mind?
by mechanicaldope
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

Try and get a copy of Jobst Brandt’s Wheel Book. I think it’s out of print but when I read it years ago it really helped me start building good wheels. Found a pdf of this. Really good read. Didn't realise that wheels worked by compressing the lower spokes rather than by the hub hanging from the up...
by mechanicaldope
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Thumbs up to Thermarest
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: Thumbs up to Thermarest

[They will certainly get my custom in future.
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Only if they stop replacing it for free at some stage....
by mechanicaldope
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

Right.. All ordered. Black 274mm DT Comps with Black Proloc nips. Let's just hope I didnt muck up the length calculations. Rose bikes BTW were by far the cheapest, even with a substantial amount of postage on top.
by mechanicaldope
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

Thanks. Guess it's only a fiver or so for new nips so probably worthwhile using new ones.
by mechanicaldope
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

Cheers all. 274 it is then. I’m a fan of DT Proloc nipples that come with a light locking compound in them and help to keep everything in place once the wheel is built Any idea how this compound holds up once it has been broken and the nipple used again? I am thinking that the nipples I have may act...
by mechanicaldope
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wahoo elmnt ROAM -at intervals - review
Replies: 47
Views: 2199

Re: Wahoo elmnt ROAM -at intervals - review

I'm not sure... tell me more about its Viewranger and OS maps usage?? :???: Basically, one of the strong points of the Wahoo system generally is its ability to easily link to whatever gpx creation method you want to use. Viewranger is pretty good in its free version but is great when you buy the ad...
by mechanicaldope
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wahoo elmnt ROAM -at intervals - review
Replies: 47
Views: 2199

Re: Wahoo elmnt ROAM -at intervals - review

Stu, initially when I got the Wahoo Bolt and its lack of colour I did hold onto both my 1000 and 520 for off road usage. But the more I used it and the more I realised that they'd hit it on the head with off road tracks too. You do miss the coliur and detail but unbelievably mot acruslly that much....
by mechanicaldope
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

Also, the spokes I have removed appear to be DT DBs (assume competitions) but are 278/9mm. I assume there is nothing I can do to reuse these (other than choose a different rim)? The wheel they have come off is brand new so they are perfect. I think the nips are alloy though but don't really know how...
by mechanicaldope
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

According to the DT Swiss Spoke length calculator I need 274.9 left and 274.1 right with recommended lengths of 275 and 274. These are with 12mm nipples. And must be black. And DT Competition DB (unless persuaded otherwise). Trouble is, I don't appear to be able to find 275mm anywhere except one pla...
by mechanicaldope
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

slarge wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:08 am
You'll be fine, maybe just use heavier spokes?
Was thinking of dtswiss competition?
by mechanicaldope
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

Re: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

The skill of the builder is probably the thing that makes most difference at the end of the day.
In that case I really am in trouble! Never built up a wheel before!
by mechanicaldope
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?
Replies: 26
Views: 940

28h Hole Rear Wheel Sufficient?

Hi all,

Just got myself a new rear hub for my trail/bikepacking bike to build up into a wheel but just noticed it is for a 28 hole rim. Was intending to build onto an alu rather than carbon rim. Think think that this is going to be sufficient or should I return it?

Cheers.