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dsut4392 charleyboy14's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 23:36
Feb 20, 2017
Randoms - London Bike Show 2017
@mik91: Sure, but for someone who only uses it for bike washing a cheapo one may be good enough. Have had my $99 Karcher (not a portable one) for 8 years, how much would I pay for a good quality one with an alloy pump?
dsut4392 charleyboy14's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 23:30
Feb 20, 2017
Randoms - London Bike Show 2017
@markg1150: you're probably right, but 24 hours run time is a lot if you're only using it for bike washing. I've had the absolute cheapest Karcher (AUD$99) for 8 years now without an issue, and use it for cleaning moss off the driveway and footpaths as well as bike washing. Might be getting up to the 24 hours now, so it will probably die the next time I use it, but still reckon this model was at the right end of the value equation for me :) Completely agree re the load of bollox, never killed a bearing with the pressure washer despite firing it right at frame pivot bearings. Best tool in the shed for cleaning the chain, cassette & jockey wheels too, just give it a good blast from all directions then re-lube, no need for scrubbing, solvents, degreaser or detergents.
dsut4392 charleyboy14's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 23:16
Feb 20, 2017
Randoms - London Bike Show 2017
@KiwiXC: Having lived in the UK and taking your question seriously, the English need pressure washers because in many places water only comes out of the tap at a dribble - nothing like the pressure in NZ or Oz. _Portable_ pressure washers are an unfortunate necessity for many people because it's impossible to go for a ride without getting filthy, and if you live in a flat you probably don't have access to an outdoor tap. When I lived there I bought my own hose and fittings, and used to disconnect one of the washing machines in the common laundry to hook it up - ran the hose out through the ventilation hole for the tumble dryer because the windows didn't open! FWIW, back home in OZ I bought a pressure washer (cheapo non-portable karcher from bunnings) for cleaning a mossy driveway, and it's the bees knees for cleaning bikes, way faster than hose & bucket. Couple of minutes with the sprayer (keeping clear of bb and hub bearings) re-lube the chain and job done.
dsut4392 mikekazimer's article
Feb 9, 2017 at 22:42
Feb 9, 2017
Spotted: Radon's Revised Slide 160 Carbon
Is this even a physical prototype? The images all look a bit computer generated, too much depth of field.
dsut4392 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 9, 2017 at 22:10
Feb 9, 2017
Downhill Secret Revealed: Flat Tire Defender Foam Inserts - First Look
@RichardCunningham: these ones might be, but the ones you buy on eBay next week? If there's a market at this price, you can bet there's someone in China who can do a similar looking product at half the price for the same gross margin.
dsut4392 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2017 at 23:06
Feb 8, 2017
2017 Intense Tracer - Review
@tigerteeuwen: I think you're talking about Intense earning themselves a bad reputation, but if your shop was hyping them as a great brand only to drop them stone cold the next day then the shop isn't looking too shiny either.
dsut4392 parker-squires's article
Jan 16, 2017 at 19:45
Jan 16, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Maintain Your Full Suspension Frame?
Friend of mine has a Tallboy and is on his third set of bearings in 3 years. Looking at how much his back wheel was wagging around last time I rode with him, they are either worn out again or loose. He's very happy to have the lifetime warranty on them. On the other hand, I'm happy I've never had to find out what Giant's warranty on suspension bearings is, as I have never had a problem with them, either on my current 3 year old Trance, or the Reign I had for 7 years before that (*the Reign did eat a DU bushing every year)
dsut4392 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 16, 2017 at 18:39
Jan 16, 2017
Behind Cam McCaul's VW Adventure - Video
I own a late 2012 Outback 2.5 petrol manual, had a 2011 2.0 diesel Outback for nearly 2 years before that, and spent a month in a 2016 Passat 1.6 TDI manual on holidays last year, and have demo'd and had shorter hires in auto Passats. Never had a problem in any of these cars, but a friend did have a 2011 diesel Subaru liberty that about two months of it's first year in the shop with engine problems. The "vw spends all its time in the shop" argument is tired and old, while it had some basis in truth, it applied only to specific engine/transmission models and not across the board. The only area of clear superiority for the Outback is ground clearance; the Outback rides 5cm higher and has shorter rear overhang which gives it significantly better approach and departure angles. This is enough to make a real difference. It's capable enough off road that it's disappointing that Subaru no longer offer dual-range transmissions. If I didn't actually take my car off-road as much, I would take the Passat Alltrack in a heartbeat (and probably will for my next car anyway unless something better comes out in the next 12-18 months). The VW is nicer to drive in basically every respect. Better handling & cornering (duh, it rides 5 cm lower), smoother ride, less engine and road noise, and the diesel engines (I've driven the 1.6 and 2.0 TDI) are far more tractable that the Subaru 2L, much more usable torque band and ample power. The VW 6 speed manual is much nicer to use than the Subie. Real world fuel economy is fairly equal between the two (comparing manual transmissions in both, not much time in the automatic Subie). I could get the Subaru diesel down to 5.5L/100km on extended highway usage, but long-term average was around 7.8L. A month in the Passat 1.6 TDi gave me 6.2L/100km, this was mostly highway use but included some enthusiastic driving over Alpine passes. The VW interior feels better quality - less hard plastics, nicer feel of the switches etc, and the factory satnav/entertainment unit is far better than either the 2012 Subaru units, or the factory-fitted Eclipse AVN 827 (maybe not a fair comparison as the VW units I have used are 4 years newer). In terms of usable internal space, they are fairly similar. Agree with the "brand loyalty is stupid" comments. I want a wagon/estate style body with low roof height (loading bikes/kayaks on the roof) with capability for light off-road use. It has to have a full-size spare, as it will often be 150km from the nearest tyre shop, with 50 of those km on dirt road. Options right now seem to be Audi Allroad (A4 expensive and a bit small, A6 very expensive ), Volvo XC70 (expensive, heavy, underpowered), Subaru Outback (a bit agricultural), Skoda Scout (a bit small). Pity there aren't more options in this space.
dsut4392 mikekazimer's article
Dec 15, 2016 at 23:21
Dec 15, 2016
Pinkbike Poll - How Much Dropper Post Travel Do You Prefer?
I'm 184cm / 6'1" and 125mm drop is enough, even though at max height it's set up the same as my road bike. I don't ever feel like the seat height is getting in the way of me putting my weight where it needs to be. I could probably live with 150mm happily as well, but any more than that would be too much.
dsut4392 mikekazimer's article
Dec 7, 2016 at 18:04
Dec 7, 2016
Stans Flow MK3 Wheelset - Review
@WAKIdesigns: your wives all share one bike?:)
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