Slack Randoms: Universal Grip Heaters, Viral Tattoos & Chaotic Council Meetings

Feb 6, 2021 at 7:28
by James Smurthwaite  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.


A Chaotic Viral Council Meeting from the UK


This video of a Handforth parish Council meeting has taken the UK by storm this week. During the meeting, which took place on 10 December, Jackie Weaver had been called in to host and "support" councilors after fractious previous meetings. She emerged a stoic hero after the meeting descended into name-calling, shouting and eviction. It really has to be seen to be believed.

You can watch extended highlights of the meeting, here.

Universal Heated Grips


We've seen a fair few attempts at producing heated grips throughout the years, including some homemade-hacks from pros, but the problem has always been that you can very rarely find a heated version of your favourites. Yes, your hands may be warmer than Bernie Sanders in knitted mittens but if you're trying to cling onto cheap rubber with an unfamiliar tread, you may well be better off with frozen fingers.

That might all be about to change thanks to Polar Plug. Polar Plug is a rechargeable heated handlebar plug that sits inside a standard bicycle handlebar and provides up to four hours of heating at 40°C. As it slots in your handlebar like a bar end, there's no need to change whatever grip you currently run.

At the moment, Polar Plug is on Kickstarter and the pre-order pledge amount is $99, with retail price expected to be between $150-200. More info, here.

When Your Mini Flip is too Mini


BMX rider Schalk Vermeulen posted this video of himself going a bit too mini on the mini flip.

Jeff Lenosky Hits the infinity Skinny on a Scooter


bigquotesI went to Florida to ride bikes and the first clip I got was riding the infinity skinny on my Turboant scooter

SpaceX SN9's "Rapid Disassembly"


SpaceX conducted a 10 km test flight of their SN9 prototype vehicle on February 2. This flight was supposed to be a repeat of the largely successful SN8 test flight, with some possible minor flight profile changes, but the landing didn't quite go to plan. This video from Tim Dodd, an enthusiastic amateur astronomer best shows off what Space X has called a "rapid disassembly".

The lift-off is at 4:24:00 but it all starts to go wrong at 4:29:00.

When You Absolutely, Totally, Completely Refuse to Unclip for a Gate


Watch the full video of Alex Howes (EF Pro Cycling) being interviewed by Scott Piercefield on a fixie while climbing over 3,600 feet on Colorado Highway 103 to Echo Lake, here.

A Full Send Horse


A Viral Tattoo With a Mistake


A gold star to whoever spots the mistake on this tattoo first.

Excavators 'Dancing' to an Orchestral Version of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters


Bertrand Ostiguy Inc, in Quebec, have picked a novel way to advertise their skill with excavators - ballet dancing. Julien Ares, the filmer and nephew of the owner, told Montreal's CTV News, "We did a Zoom for Christmas and the idea came about doing some dancing excavators. We just laughed at this but we were thinking about it all night. At the start I wanted to do something that was slow because excavators are really big and can't make really fast movements."

According to Metal Hammer, the version of the song comes from Finnish cello band Apocalytica.

A Trials Bike Prank




151 Comments

  • 230 1
 Toe-clips are upside down / back to front? And just that the whole tattoo is a mistake really let's be honest.
  • 18 5
 No rims, spokes, brakes and rider...pussy.
  • 21 0
 He asked for a nipple ring
  • 2 0
 It's a bar plug not a random for your slack
  • 16 0
 No rear cog
  • 44 0
 the toe clip in front of us,closer to the viewer is supposed to be oriented on the other direction 180.
  • 12 6
 The whole tattoo is a pretty dreadful thing, but the problem is the bottom pedal. It should be near the bottom of the lower crankarm with the toe-clip dangling in the air.

Instead, it’s too far up the crank, and the toe clip lines up with bottom of the crank.
  • 11 0
 Looking at it closer, the bigger mistake is the backwards toe clip. The angle of the toe clip makes the lower crank look to long. Nice work @cranxwork and @Totleigh !
  • 1 0
 @mtnrush666: Exactly, the chain is on but there's no wheel/cog. Dumb tattoo
  • 43 0
 No regrats
  • 30 0
 I don't mean to be a dick about this, but the wheels seem very small.
  • 3 4
 this is old news anyway well discussed on Pathetic Mountain Bikers
  • 12 0
 A pentagram may cover that up
  • 13 1
 Where to start?!
1. It looks like it was drawn by a third-grader?
2. The quill stem is dangerously adjusted well past the minimum insertion line.
3. It looks like both crank arms are on the non-drive side.
4. The chain looks to be going over an axle instead of a FW.
5. The toe clip on the bottom pedal is on backward.
6. The spider arms of the drive side crank aren't equally spaced.
7. For some reason all of the crank spider arms line up with the downtube, seat tube, and chainstay.
  • 43 0
 8. No water bottle mount


Any chance he said "Give me something badass, I'm in a biker gang"
  • 6 0
 Ya not Boost compatible that fellow.
  • 4 1
 @C206: its no ragrets but yeah lol
  • 5 0
 Jeepers, another new wheel standard.

Just when 29" ers were becoming normal, we now have to make the decision to downsize to a 1"er

C'mon bike industry, get it together
  • 5 0
 @mm732: You trying to give somebody ragrets about regrats?
  • 5 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: Pick a nipple size....
  • 2 0
 @stinky-d-lux: 7) Thats because it hurts less!
  • 3 0
 @Dropthedebt: Front and rear nipples are of different diameter and width.
  • 4 0
 Now that .... looks like a Session!
  • 2 0
 @stinky-d-lux: no tennis balls in the spokes
  • 2 0
 it is 26´´
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: I meannnn
  • 1 0
 @barbarosza: This is the right answer
  • 2 0
 He's just planning ahead for a big beer belly. He'll sit down and the pedal will flip and be upright. And it will hold a beer.
  • 147 1
 Tattoo guy:

When you get boost or non-boost axle-width depending on the air temperature.
  • 1 5
flag dookiehill (Feb 7, 2021 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 underrated comment
  • 133 2
 Foaly huck!!!
  • 4 1
 Pun of the year!! ........ but I’m simple
  • 3 3
 I fear this isn’t going to get nearly the score it deserves.
  • 3 0
 @BrambleLee: not on my watch ...
  • 56 1
 That council meeting says it all for a lot of councils in the UK. Loads of old rattlers, with nothing better to do, trying to make out like they all know best.
  • 18 1
 The worse part is this is nothing exceptional!!
However, those oldies are the only ones that can be arsed to do this kind of stuff. Same everywhere. And we wondered why our park renovation was crap Smile
  • 5 1
 Certainly describes a lot of Parish Councillors across the UK.
  • 5 0
 This was a good reminder that I need to pay my HOA dues!
  • 3 0
 I was half expecting a 'Are You Been Served?' type innuendos and double entendres but instead I got Coronation Street.
  • 61 14
 Do Tesla/Musk fanboys make anyone else super cringe?
  • 71 9
 @schofell84 only when they use words like "super cringe"
  • 22 17
 @mhoshal: So you're one of the guys that make the rest of us "cringe extra hard".

Got it.
  • 9 23
flag twozerosix (Feb 7, 2021 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 Launching their base Model 3’s at every stoplight “wheee look at my $50k golf cart” despite not actually knowing how to drive. Evaporating millions and laughing at your RUD test being one of the richest people on the planet, and saying it’s for our own good. Put them all in the next silver rocket.
  • 23 5
 Not really, just people excited about space after 40 years of wasted time on the shuttle program.
  • 2 0
 yes. was very neck beardy. SCIENCE!
  • 39 1
 I think that awesome enduro stunt horse would have landed that jump too if it weren't for some hiker's dog off it's leash.
  • 32 0
 One of the toe clips is the wrong way round
  • 30 1
 That horse video is one of the most redeeming moments that the cesspool of social media will ever experience. I haven't spontaneously laughed so hard at something in a long time.
  • 24 0
 Does the Polar Plug have a fox tail option?
  • 6 0
 Butt what are you talking about?
  • 22 0
 You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver!
  • 22 0
 The mistake is obvious... it’s doesn’t have a bottle mount.
  • 11 0
 I wouldn't mind paying around $75 for handlebar heaters, but $150-200 seems really overpriced. What is it, wolftooth components or something?
  • 11 0
 Wheels are to small on the tattoo. Pedal strikes may be an issue.
  • 14 0
 sHe's getting a boob job next week
  • 1 0
 "Striking out won't be an issue."

Fixed.
  • 8 1
 Maybe I am being pessimistic on the polar plugs, but I think there is a bit of a design flaw. You put the plugs inside your aluminum bars. AL being quite conductive to heat transfers the heat through the entire bar. To transfer that heat to your hands it has to go through an insulating rubber that is the grips. I guess you could wrap the rest of your bars in bar tape to try to keep the heat in.
  • 4 1
 The biggest issue is bar warmers have a big flaw. Two in fact. Ask any motorcyclist.
When you take your fingers off the bar to use the brake/clutch, the leaver is cold and you bring that back to the bar. Always have a cold left hand from clutching!
You need monster heat to regain it quickly to the point the grip is too hot.
Secondly, they only warm your palms. The exposed side of the hand stays so.
Surely it would be just easier to use heat packs or heated gloves??
(Would not be without mine though Wink )
  • 2 1
 "there's no need to change whatever grip you currently run" unless you run Ergon...
  • 1 0
 @ilovedust: Indeed. I found at least at motorcycle speeds (highway), handguards (I was riding a Tiger 800 at the time) help a lot by keeping the wind off the back of your hand and any exposed grip. May or may not work on a mtb, what with opinions and appearances and what not. ;-)
  • 2 0
 @iammarkstewart: handgaurds and foam grips is all I use in the winter. No batteries needed, ugly as hell but effective and cheap.
  • 1 0
 I've looked into doing something like this. The heatsink of the aluminium bars is a big worry. But Carbon bars are an option. However the biggest Li-ion batts I could find to fit in bars are 16650 2500mAh, which is 9.25Wh. So you maybe get two of those in each side (his images actually look even smaller than this).
He's claiming 4 hours. So that's 4.6Watts per grip... very hard to see how that would provide any noticeable heating effect.
  • 1 0
 @iammarkstewart: didn't Sam Hill run some a bit ago?
  • 10 0
 “I went to Florida to ride bikes....”....... ... .. .
  • 2 0
 "there's no need to change whatever grip you currently run."

Yeah, right. Not all grips have bar end plugs. My favorite grips are DMR Deathgrips and I'm not about to swap them out.

I'm trying to figure out how well this heated plug would work. Considering cold weather conditions, heating up the alloy bar/carbon then having to heat up the grip then through your gloves.

Would it even warm your hands by that point?
  • 4 0
 Tattoo miatake:
Upside down pedal.
Oh, and the whole dropout mounted to nipple thing.
  • 7 0
 "Tattoo miatake:"

This makes me smile.
  • 4 0
 The excitement of the rocket announcer guy reminds me of Space Man from the Lego movies.
  • 6 3
 So your palms are warm but the back of your hands are frozen stiff. Brilliant . how about Palmless gloves , wireless of course .
  • 2 1
 Yeah, If rather just use the cheap hand heaters that you can slip in your gloves, and they last 8 hours. They also work good for slipping into shoe covers.
  • 5 0
 Please, no scooters on PB, please.
  • 4 0
 Nobody cringed at the two finger braking on both brakes when the Polar Plug guy made his last pitch?
  • 8 0
 I cringed extra hard. I wanted to super cringe, but I didn't think it was THAT bad.
  • 1 0
 @iammarkstewart: I dunno,I found it mega cringeable myself.
  • 5 0
 There is nothing about that tattoo that is not a mistake.
  • 1 0
 Band named misspelled in article?

Apocalyptica is a Finnish symphonic metal band from Helsinki, formed in 1993. The band is composed of a trio of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso (all three of whom are graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki), and jazz drummer Mikko Sirén.
  • 4 1
 I'm uncomfortable looking at stranger's naked chests. I don't even like to look at my own.
  • 13 1
 Put some boobs on! It will make much easier to look at it
  • 2 0
 Mahomes (web from Kansas City) had a similar neck wrench a few weeks ago and was wobbly as hell afterwards. This dude took a dirt nap.
  • 6 0
 Mahomes is taking a Superb Owl nap with that 1st half performance... Eek
  • 2 0
 I was just reminiscing about the old trials days of Mr Lenosky in baggy trow manualing ledges and listening to the Gamits. Then I come here. The f*ck is this, Jeff!?
  • 1 0
 I also take exception to the "infinity" assertion. This belongs on Whacked Wednesday.
  • 2 0
 @iammarkstewart: That's just what it's called, Ray from Ray's MTB Park built it years ago.
  • 2 0
 I get random requests from companies to make videos about their stuff for my youtube channel all the time. Considering I run out of gas in my Van about once a month I said "f*ck YES" to this one! LOL, It's an awesome way to mess around post ride lol
  • 1 0
 @jeff-lenosky: just kidding, Jeff! You’re still my favourite tup
  • 1 0
 @jeff-lenosky: I was being facetious. Trust me, I couldn't get halfway to Infinity. ;-)
  • 2 0
 I watched the council meeting expecting sparks and got a bunch of old farts raising their voices, load of old bollocks innit.
  • 3 0
 Trials prank - 100% success
  • 2 0
 those grips bettwer work and they better open up flights for my trip to colarado!
  • 8 0
 I'll get you into colorado if you get me into canada
  • 5 26
flag platnum (Feb 7, 2021 at 8:50) (Below Threshold)
 @gunnyhoney: it wouldn’t bother me if our border stays closed permanently.
  • 12 0
 @platnum: how neighbourly....I'll guess that your opinion isn't representative of the masses
  • 3 0
 The seat looks like it has ED.
  • 4 1
 Tattoo is on the wrong gender
  • 1 0
 My lockdown physique disagrees
  • 2 0
 If the nipples are the wheels then he'll be rolling along balanced on his chainring
  • 1 0
 First two thoughts:
Making it universal by bar-end plug: Why did it take this long? What an idea.
WHY THE DOES IT COST THAT MUCH?
  • 1 0
 why would anyone get that? maybe if you had nipples like teacup saucers - at least it would look a little like wheels.. but this is just a dumb idea....
  • 3 0
 Toe clip on backwards
  • 2 0
 The pedal is halfway up the crankarm
  • 2 0
 that horse got bucked!


*shows himself the door*
  • 2 0
 The toe basket on the lower pedal is backward.
  • 2 0
 tattoo would work better with high flange hubs
  • 3 1
 Excavator Ballet set to Metallica. I want some more of that please,!!!????
  • 1 0
 Sure. It's called Youtube. Fill your boots. Or ditch, whatever else you do with an excavator besides make them.
  • 1 0
 The guy trying to 'ride' under the gate needs to spend some time studying the works of Tim Knoll.
  • 2 0
 lol jeff lenosky with the scooter
  • 2 0
 THE TATTOO IS MISSING A WATER BOTTLE STORAGE!
  • 1 0
 I'm assuming its a track bike from the short chain and lack of cables. Track bikes don't have bottle bosses.
  • 1 0
 Heated grip idea is good, but price is only fine if you only want to sell 10 pairs?
  • 1 0
 I understand the grip heaters can also be used as a butt plug to keep your bum warm.
  • 2 0
 Jackie Weaver my new Carole Baskin
  • 1 0
 Frame should have been raw carbon color, not black. Black frames are so 2020.
  • 1 1
 Idk if it's an error but I'm really annoyed that the crank lines up with the arm of the spider as opposed to being offset. Yeah that's an error.
  • 1 0
 drive side toe-clip is backwards, and this man has confused nipples, for hubs.......
  • 1 0
 Guy at the end saw his life flash before his eyes
  • 1 0
 It's not a DH bike. Huge mistake!
  • 1 0
 Nice try. The heated grips would not work with my bar ends.
  • 2 1
 Ummmm, it’s a road bike?
  • 1 0
 the bottom clip is on backwards.....
  • 2 1
 Is the mistake on the tattoo the handle bars are weird and curly?
  • 1 0
 Lol. Winter. What's that?
  • 1 0
 Kazimer has no authority here
  • 2 1
 Everyday astronaut is a total d bag
  • 1 0
 Bottom pedal is backwards and mounted halfway on the crank
  • 1 0
 I had several rapid disassemblies on yesterdays ride.
  • 1 0
 The dropper post is thicker at the top.
  • 1 0
 someone is going to huck to flat that and that's just a big ol' NOPE.
  • 1 0
 the wheels have plenty of nipples, but no rim or spokes
  • 1 1
 Wait, what is the mistake on the tattoo?
  • 1 0
 Oh wait, I found it.
  • 45 1
 Its a road bike.
  • 2 0
 Either that there's no sprocket at the back, or the lower pedal strap is facing the wrong way
  • 3 0
 Toe clip wrong way round
  • 17 1
 There aren't any mistakes, and that guy should have no regerts about getting that done.
  • 1 0
 @Counsel: the toe clip is in backwards
  • 2 0
 @Counsel: Brilliant commnet!
; )
  • 2 4
 @Counsel: no regerts, huh? Not even a letter?
  • 2 0
 @nug12182: Fixie or Track bike?
  • 1 0
 Clips
  • 2 2
 The pedal is halfway down the crank!
  • 1 1
 Is the photo mirrored, and the drivechain on the wrong side of the bike?
  • 1 0
 its a roadbike
  • 1 1
 Tattoo mistake: Wrong gender
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Session.
  • 1 1
 heated b*ttplug
  • 1 2
 Lol....roadies!
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