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Audax / Re: Mille Cymru 2018
« Last post by U.N.Dulates on Today at 12:39:42 pm »
With just over a month to go I could use a few extra helpers. In particular,

A couple more hands at Llanwrtyd on the nights of Thursday 26th and/or Fri 27th would be useful.
At Tintern on the afternoon/evening of Thursday 26th

But we can always fit another pair of hands in somewhere if these don't suit.

Anyone willing to help, just get it touch with me either by PM on here or via email (details on the AUK event page).

Thanks, John.
The Knowledge / Re: Specific Rack Question
« Last post by Brucey on Today at 12:27:05 pm »
I think you are right to be cautious and that you need the nod (directly or indirectly) from Genesis for this, not least because the frame warranty may be voided if you do something that genesis don't recommend.

Obviously there are any number of bikes that might be better for this purpose, but I guess 'you need a different bike' isn't a very helpful response to your customer.

I'd normally suggest a front carrier rather than a rear carrier for this sort of thing (you can better keep an eye on the little so-and-so, but having said that if they do leap out then they are more likely to come to grief...) but that doesn't look that easy either; a through axle and some mudguard eyes that are probably only good for mudguards doesn't leave you well set for fitting a carrier at the front either.

Needless to say a boring old touring bike would have zilch in terms of showroom appeal but would (of course) be far more practical than this particular bike is.

The Dark Side / Re: Trans Am Bike Race 2018
« Last post by mrcharly-YHT on Today at 12:23:32 pm »
There is no prize money, no medals.  Let riders choose whatever bike they want for the task.
The discussion about this amongst the dot watchers became quite unpleasant.
The Pub / Re: modern life is rubbish
« Last post by ian on Today at 12:14:08 pm »
Ah, meetings the things we do between email and opening spreadsheets. You know who really loves meetings? Americans. There's nothing my American colleagues can't have a meeting about. Let's get on a call, they'll announce if they're feeling really gung ho, to discuss that email. Otherwise, it's a future calendar bomb. There's some teams that practically MIRV my month. None of these meetings really achieve anything other than give people a platform to talk – and it's usually alpha-management types who just have to talk because they're alpha-management types and that's what alpha-management types do, the people that want to be alpha-management types (they always write MBA after their name, makes them easy to spot), and the wafflers. The wafflers, at least, may have a point. Or will have. Probably. The minimum unit of any meeting run by Americans in one hour, of which the first ten minutes will be spent waiting for Sherri to get coffee and bagels and then inevitable technical issues. Oh yeah, and when it finally gets going (I'm going to dial out and dial back in again!) for those on the phone, surround sound background chewing. You ever listen to twelve people eating bagels? It's like listening to a hungry hippopotamus masticate its way through a tyre yard.

The standard outcome for any meeting is another meeting. They self-perpetuate. I sat through a call the other about a product release where the delivery drone simply read everything from the screen. That's a search field. That's the login button. Click this for help. Someone needs fucking help. Honestly, this is stuff I could work out for myself in about five minutes. Or just write it down. A nice simple document that I can read in a few minutes. Job done. Hundreds of people have just saved 55 minutes. I've spent a good chunk of my working life in the US and they truly are the least productive people ever mostly because they simply can't say no to a meeting. I'm harsh when I have power – I expect an agenda, some explanation of why I need to attend, and what outcome we plan to achieve. I personally never book a meeting longer than 30 minutes, and often fifteen. That, at least, focuses attention.

I won't even start on the Town Hall. An event grimmer than a public execution. Of kittens. Do they really think there's any value in explaining the graph projected in front of us? I have a PhD, I can read a bar chart. And it's always delivered by the CFO or some such in a literally death-inducing monotone. The there's happy happy QA with über-leaders from the bridge because they really want to know our opinions. No, really. They don't and anyway, they just get suck-up questions from the wannabe alpha-management types, MBA.

I'm generally not allowed to ask questions, for obvious reasons. I'm not allowed near the bridge. Which is fine, they care about as much about what I think as I do about what they think. There's occasionally glints of entertainment, I was stuck in one of those interminable diversity things the other week (and I've no problem with diversity, but any lack thereof is systemic and not likely to be addressed by Powerpoint) where they were waffling on about 'strong female role models' in management because that's really it isn't it, women just needed to be told – anyway (I know, the irony of waffling) at the end someone raised her hand and asked very politely if a 'role model' could babysit her kids. Cue the most splendid moment of silence from our über boss.

I think our entire modern working life is rubbish.
The Knowledge / Re: best square tapered BB?
« Last post by Brucey on Today at 12:13:58 pm »
that is not a bad idea provided it doesn't push too hard against any seals there might be, which may well cause them not to work so well.

FWIW I've had good luck with using offcuts of hose meant for cooling systems on cars. Heater hoses are often about the right diameter to slip over a BB spindle.

BITD Chris Juden recommended adding a length of radiator hose between the cups of 3-piece BBs; this would (if the BB shell and hose were drilled in the right place) allow the bearings to be regreased in situ.

Ctrl-Alt-Del / Re: Debian 32 and 64 bit
« Last post by mzjo on Today at 12:13:06 pm »
I've just found out my "crappy" 7 year old Atom netbook is 64 bit!

Atom 270 were 32 bit (that's what I have, from 2009) but I think the Atom 470 (or 4xx, if it's not 470 - memory fade!) which came after was 64 bit (and dual core, if my mate who has one is correct).
The Knowledge / Re: Mercian bike fit experience
« Last post by Brucey on Today at 12:07:41 pm »

….I do use a seatpost with a 20mm seatback (with a Giles Berthoud leather saddle - BTW the rivets on this are at the sides, not on top, so can wriggle around anywhere on the saddle without discomfort, also has less flare than a Brooks) - would a seatback seatpost be a bad idea on a road bike, though?

I may well make a point that a 74 degree angle is the absolute steepest angle I want, though, and slacker rather than any steep would be preferable!

There is one good (or bad) reason for setting the bike up so that you use most of the rearward adjustment of the saddle in your 'normal' position; it allows more flex in the saddle rails. This can be bad (if you tend to break saddles anyway) but otherwise it is good, because it has a marked effect on comfort.

IMHO it matters little whether you get the seat clamp in any given place via choice of seat pin or choice of seat angle. Full-on racing frames can have fractionally shorter chainstays if the seat angle is a bit steeper, but that is about it, provided you make appropriate adjustments to the top tube length and so forth.

The Dark Side / Re: Advice please
« Last post by Tigerbiten on Today at 12:07:28 pm »
I have a 20" rear wheel which limited the choice of ratios on the HSD

Essentially the systems have the same issues
I had no problem with the gear range with my Rohloff-Schlumpf combo.
But it did take me a bit of lateral thinking to get what I consider the best chainring-sprocket combo.
I started with the 30 sprocket and used either the 13 or the 16 sprocket depending on the gear range wanted.
The 13 sprocket was used around town as the overdrive shift was around 20 mph.
The 16 sprocket was used on tour to give me a sub 10" first gear.
This worked great but changing sprockets was a PITA.
So I thought with a single sprocket and twin chainrings I can get the same combo ranges in one setup.
The minimum sized chainring on the spider is 38t which gives you a recommended 19t sprocket, but I went for the  non-recommended 21t sprocket for a sub 10" first gear.
Then for the big chainring I tried to get an exact number of gears steps above the small chainring.
A 3 gear step is 38 x 1.136^3 or a 56t chainring.
But the 56t chainring is to big for the chainguard so I've ended up with a 55t chainring.

The only downside, apart from the odd triple shift, is the spider is only held in place by a circlip, so get the shift wrong and you can pop it.
But you soon learn to treat the shift similar to a hub gear one and don't shift under load.
Thanks for that. I will have to look a bit further into this. Yes hivernation must be hibernation, this box is speaking french even at boot!

The windows partitions don't mount, aren't even accessible , at boot (I used Puppy, that looks for save files in the hard drives and it couldn't) but they were accessible once the system was running.

Having little experience of changing discs on this sort of system, what do I need to do when I swap the old disc for a new one (the whole hard drive, not repartitioning)? Will it just be found once it has been formatted (like the last ones i have replaced)? I would prefer to start with a clean disc!

Does the dual boot mention simply mean that it supports MBR and UEFI?
The Sporting Life / Re: World cup 2018
« Last post by PeteB99 on Today at 11:57:38 am »
Yes, the Refs and assistants are told to only flag offsides or award pens if they think there is no doubt and rely on VAR to go back and review marginal calls. It doesn't work if the VAR team (not sure how many are watching) fails to spot an offence in real time. Once play has restarted they can't go back and review.
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