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hampsteadbandit ollyforster's article
Jul 25, 2016 at 22:39
Jul 25, 2016
Five Ten Sam Hill 3 Shoes - Review
@nojzilla: still rocking my Karvers - been wearing them for summer trail clearing maintenance - mainly raking and cutting back foliage, can't do that comfortably in the disco boots (spds') ;)
hampsteadbandit hampsteadbandit's photo
Jul 25, 2016 at 1:12
Jul 25, 2016
yes an amazing talent, but a very regular person too, sadly a life cut short :( I used to see her walking about in my local area (Kentish Town / Camden, NW London); she pulled some pints for my buddy and I in 'The Hawley Arms pub' by Camden market, and my girlfriend stopped to have a chat with her and take the obligatory selfie. Very honest and refreshing "celebrity". Convenience store owner across the street has some fond memories of her coming into the store barefoot at 1am for 'refreshments'. At her old place in Prowse Place (less than 1/2 mile from where I live) I vividly remember after walking past her place coming back from the local supermarket, and seeing about 20 paps outside - cars, motorbikes, cameras, laptops. I looked up (it was a 2 storey flat) and saw her staring out of the window at the mob outside, she looked spooked and for good reason. As that flat opened onto the street, there was no privacy at that location, an eye-opener to the downside of celebrity,

hampsteadbandit mikelevy's article
Jul 23, 2016 at 0:41
Jul 23, 2016
Cane Creek's New C-Quent Shock Explained
@mrleach: even the big boys sub out components manufacturing on forks - typical example the magnesium alloy fork lowers, which is a specialist operation; a number of first class operators in Taiwan produce most for in-country assembly or shipping to an off-shore assembler. bigger companies typically have their own staff in the supplier's factory, or supplier's staff trained and working exclusively for them, to maintain a cost effective QA process. this article and Cane Creek's honesty about their QA is refreshing. I don't ride a FS bike at the moment, but would definitely check out their shocks if I get a FS bike, I've tried the original DB coil and very impressed on a short test ride.
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Jul 19, 2016 at 23:29
Jul 19, 2016
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hampsteadbandit ardor's article
Jul 19, 2016 at 23:23
Jul 19, 2016
Blackspire Badger C Carbon Crankset - Review
@Blackspire-Super-Components: I'd advise your crank users- always use 'hex-end' of your wrench, never 'ball-end' sure fire way to cam out that small bolt even at lower torque decent hex-end from Bondhaus you won't have any issues http://www.bondhus.com/bondhus_products/tool_categories/l-wrenches/goldguard_hex.html
hampsteadbandit ardor's article
Jul 19, 2016 at 23:20
Jul 19, 2016
Blackspire Badger C Carbon Crankset - Review
@Blackspire-Super-Components: smart move. fretting corrosion is seen on many crankset axles. Shimano anti-seize is great for metal/metal crank installs because it stays put and doesn't effect the torque setup. I'd advise all your crank users to never use a ball-end hex key on the lockring clamp - quick way to cam out that small hex bolt. always use hex-end on that size ;)
hampsteadbandit hampsteadbandit's video
Jul 18, 2016 at 22:41
Jul 18, 2016
ha! not heard that phrase before :) sadly, no visible Police enforcement, not seen as a priority in the UK? research tells me a limited number of prosecutions for helmet cam footage, unless accident has occured. this can be changed with social pressure, needs a successful campaign similar to "Drink Driving" and "Seat Belts" we had in the UK. the real 'sh*t scare is when you see guy driving 20 tonne tipper lorry fast through busy junction he is busy holding his phone with one hand and glancing at screen :(

hampsteadbandit mikelevy's article
Jul 15, 2016 at 0:36
Jul 15, 2016
Favorite Tools of the Mechanics - EWS Round 4, La Thuile, Italy
@Lannarchy: cheers! The torque wrench on the bench is 3-15nm 1/4" covers most bicycle build/repair jobs we have 12-60nm 3/8" under each bench for crank bolts, BB cups - you can see the tool bits on the far left of the back board
hampsteadbandit mikelevy's article
Jul 14, 2016 at 23:54
Jul 14, 2016
Favorite Tools of the Mechanics - EWS Round 4, La Thuile, Italy
@Lannarchy: this is one of our workstations in our bike shop http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p6pb12529829/p5pb12529829.jpg we have needle nose, side cutters, cable cutters, combi pliers as well as lots of circlip pliers and other specialist pieces for particular jobs
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Jul 14, 2016
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