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by mechanicaldope
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hydraulic v Cable Disc Brakes.
Replies: 11
Views: 666

Re: Hydraulic v Cable Disc Brakes.

EDIT: I had a fully seized one [hope mini]and you can force the piston out with air pressure/compressor into the caliper and then lube seals etc and re insert - only ever happened once though. I have hy-RD hydraulic fluid caliper disc brakes They are more powerful than the cable they replaced and m...
by mechanicaldope
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Beast sightings??
Replies: 28
Views: 1381

Re: Beast sightings??

Read thread title, got excited, realised I had miss-read threat title, was disappointed.
by mechanicaldope
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Face Masks.
Replies: 58
Views: 2834

Re: Face Masks.

Had two items on my panic buy list. Number 1 was a trailshot in case the water supply goes down (might also be useful for bikepacking). Got that no problem. Number 2 was some nice whisky to replace the bottle I finished yesterday. Was less successful with that. Not that there wasn't any in asda, jus...
by mechanicaldope
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)
Replies: 159
Views: 7073

Re: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)

Mine is ported from STW where it was originally chosen around the time hidden motors in race bikes started to be rumoured. That combined with my general mechanical clumsiness and mucking about on bikes having replaced my youthful dabbling with various things led to the birth of mechanicaldope. Or To...
by mechanicaldope
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)
Replies: 159
Views: 7073

Re: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)

TheBrownDog wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:04 pm
Have to say, chapeau Shaf for the most entertaining forum topic we've had for some time.

Gone off at a bit of a tangent though hasn't it! I feel a bit left out having been on the metal head side of things :cool:
by mechanicaldope
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone looking for a Columbia Outdry?
Replies: 22
Views: 1334

Re: Anyone looking for a Columbia Outdry?

Conversely I am usually a medium/large. Brought a Large featherlight and it was like a tent. Huge. Couldn't get a featherlight in medium so brought a medium reign. Much better but definitely not an athletic cut.

I'm about 5'10 and 11 stone.
by mechanicaldope
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB caps - limited quantity.
Replies: 17
Views: 1522

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: 1308

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: 790

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: 5644

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: 54
Views: 3799

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: 54
Views: 3799

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: 54
Views: 3799

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: 5644

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: 5644

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: 3409
Views: 587915

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: 1317

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: 1317

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: 1317

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: 1930

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: 998

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: 1930

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: 1930

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: 1930

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: 3367

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...