Attention whore thread
05-31-2017, 04:33 AM,
Post: #601
RE: Attention whore thread
(05-29-2017, 03:07 PM)Alien Wrote: Oh, thank fuck for that. I thought you were talking about your ball sack, again.

It's hanging slightly to the left, thank you very much.
05-31-2017, 04:35 AM,
Post: #602
RE: Attention whore thread
Did you blow out the winter cob webs?
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05-31-2017, 04:45 AM,
Post: #603
RE: Attention whore thread
Shouldn't Mrs Jeh be the one doing the blowing?
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05-31-2017, 04:49 AM,
Post: #604
RE: Attention whore thread
(05-31-2017, 04:35 AM)Alien Wrote: Did you blow out the winter cob webs?

That would imply a period of non-use.
06-09-2017, 06:06 AM,
Post: #605
RE: Attention whore thread
(03-18-2016, 10:46 PM)Jehannum Wrote:
(03-17-2016, 04:44 PM)Alien Wrote: I have those in 32mm on my tourer. Roads here are generally clean, so I can run light tubes and rarely suffer punctures. Wouldn't you be better served with the Gator Hardshell?

The GP4000S is unbelievably supple and fast. I go through a set in a season, generally. They replace my winter tyres:

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I changed to the 4-Seasons in October, after I skid into a small fence on a leaf-covered forest road. They are a little grippier and stay a little softer in the cold. The mold line on the front tread is still there after six months, and the one on the back has only been gone since the last 300K in late February. I suspect they will easily last another winter or two.
I like the gatorskin compound better.  The hardshell seems to last longer, at the expense of traction.
Well, it looks like I'll be finding out for myself, soon. I wrote a letter to Conti, complaining that for no apparent reason, this season I seem to be suffering an inordinate number of flats. Not punctures, mind you: just flats.

So they sent me a reply with the usual marketing blurb and how I should contact my supplier and that the tyre will be replaced if it is actually faulty (I doubt it is the tyre; I'm starting to suspect the rim tape, rather). And then they asked me if I want to be a tester for the "new" (old hat in the Anglo-Saxon market) GatorHardshell tyres. So they're sending me a set. If they hurry, I'll ride a 400K diagonally through the whole of the Netherlands (yes, it's that small a country) on them in July.
06-10-2017, 07:31 AM,
Post: #606
RE: Attention whore thread
(06-09-2017, 06:06 AM)Alien Wrote:
(03-18-2016, 10:46 PM)Jehannum Wrote:
(03-17-2016, 04:44 PM)Alien Wrote: I have those in 32mm on my tourer. Roads here are generally clean, so I can run light tubes and rarely suffer punctures. Wouldn't you be better served with the Gator Hardshell?

The GP4000S is unbelievably supple and fast. I go through a set in a season, generally. They replace my winter tyres:

[Image: reifen0810_sb.jpg]

I changed to the 4-Seasons in October, after I skid into a small fence on a leaf-covered forest road. They are a little grippier and stay a little softer in the cold. The mold line on the front tread is still there after six months, and the one on the back has only been gone since the last 300K in late February. I suspect they will easily last another winter or two.
I like the gatorskin compound better.  The hardshell seems to last longer, at the expense of traction.
Well, it looks like I'll be finding out for myself, soon. I wrote a letter to Conti, complaining that for no apparent reason, this season I seem to be suffering an inordinate number of flats. Not punctures, mind you: just flats.

So they sent me a reply with the usual marketing blurb and how I should contact my supplier and that the tyre will be replaced if it is actually faulty (I doubt it is the tyre; I'm starting to suspect the rim tape, rather). And then they asked me if I want to be a tester for the "new" (old hat in the Anglo-Saxon market) GatorHardshell tyres. So they're sending me a set. If they hurry, I'll ride a 400K diagonally through the whole of the Netherlands (yes, it's that small a country) on them in July.

The ride sounds like fun.  The flats, not so much.
06-10-2017, 05:52 PM,
Post: #607
RE: Attention whore thread
They aren't.

I have the GatorSkin on my tourer, so it'll be nice to compare the twain. Although on those are 32mm tyres, and the ones they're sending me are 23mm, so it can't be a direct comparison. I am building a gravel racer out of an old hybrid, so I might put that one in 32mm Hardshells if I like them on the racer.

They're quite a bit heavier than my regular tyres, and I expect them to be stiffer, too. I was surprised to see that Conti classify the Hardshells above the GatorSkins. I was under the impression they were a more puncture resistant version of the same tyre at the expense of ride quality and rolling resistance.
06-10-2017, 09:50 PM,
Post: #608
RE: Attention whore thread
Ride quality on a 23mm tire is an oxymoron anyhow.
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06-10-2017, 10:45 PM,
Post: #609
RE: Attention whore thread
My pedantic nature compels me to say that that depends on your criteria, but point taken.
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06-11-2017, 04:47 AM,
Post: #610
RE: Attention whore thread
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The chaos army seems suspiciously well organized.
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06-11-2017, 05:04 AM,
Post: #611
RE: Attention whore thread
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06-20-2017, 02:13 AM,
Post: #612
RE: Attention whore thread
Got the Datsun and the Nissan ready for the trip down to Austin for the 2017 Z convention.
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06-20-2017, 04:18 AM,
Post: #613
RE: Attention whore thread
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06-20-2017, 05:16 AM,
Post: #614
RE: Attention whore thread
(06-20-2017, 04:18 AM)Alien Wrote: PIXORITDINHAPN

I'll be sure to get some pics, but tomorrow when we set out at 3AM, I'm unlikely to do much of anything but drive and struggle against sleep.
06-20-2017, 10:18 AM,
Post: #615
RE: Attention whore thread
I might poke around the car show on Wednesday, but will definitely be waving flags at Harris Hill Raceway on Thursday then helping with registration and miscellany on Friday and Saturday.
06-20-2017, 12:22 PM,
Post: #616
RE: Attention whore thread
(06-20-2017, 10:18 AM)j_tso Wrote: I might poke around the car show on Wednesday, but will definitely be waving flags at Harris Hill Raceway on Thursday then helping with registration and miscellany on Friday and Saturday.

I'm skipping the judged car show.  Took enough abuse in 2012.
06-21-2017, 04:13 AM,
Post: #617
RE: Attention whore thread
(06-20-2017, 12:22 PM)Jehannum Wrote:
(06-20-2017, 10:18 AM)j_tso Wrote: I might poke around the car show on Wednesday, but will definitely be waving flags at Harris Hill Raceway on Thursday then helping with registration and miscellany on Friday and Saturday.

I'm skipping the judged car show.  Took enough abuse in 2012.

Did they not know it's OUR job to abuse you?
06-21-2017, 07:43 PM,
Post: #618
RE: Attention whore thread
The kind you clean up with a mop and bucket.
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06-26-2017, 10:07 AM,
Post: #619
RE: Attention whore thread
Meat life meeting. As you can see, it was absolutely thrilling.

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06-27-2017, 05:22 AM,
Post: #620
RE: Attention whore thread
(06-26-2017, 10:07 AM)j_tso Wrote: Meat life meeting.  As you can see, it was absolutely thrilling.

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That's the least blurry sasquatch pic I've ever seen.
06-27-2017, 05:34 AM,
Post: #621
RE: Attention whore thread
It looks a bit like a mugshot.
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06-27-2017, 07:38 AM,
Post: #622
RE: Attention whore thread
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08-09-2017, 12:53 AM,
Post: #623
RE: Attention whore thread
For some time, now, I've been wanting to replace my bicycle. It's starting to show many signs of wear, and after my last long ride, I discovered there's a small dent in the top tube. I have no idea how or when that happened, but suddenly it was there.

I had my eye on a particular frame that I would like, a 1997 Koga-Miyata FullPro-S, the "S" indicating "steel", as 1997 was on the tail end of (chromoly) steel bicycle frames being produced by the larger bike companies.

It's an elegant, slender frame and it incorporates all the tricks that Miyata had up its sleeve when it came to building steel frames: double ovalised tubing, double butted, spline-reinforcements, "visual spline" on the seat tube (meaning the spline reinforcement is on the outside of the tube). Chrome plated fork ends for that timeless look, the works. Here it is in the 1997 Koga-Miyata catalogue:

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So, after keeping an eye on the classifieds for a while, I came across one for sale in my size, for the right price. I quickly made an appointment, brought cash and went for an inspection. Much to my dismay, the lacquer on the frame was in much worse condition than the photos in the ad had let on. But I took it home, anyway:

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See, what I discovered, upon closer inspection of the paint damage, was that the frame was entirely chrome plated, not just the fork ends! Now, I have always had a thing for chrome plated frames. So here was my chance. I took to disassembling the thing completely:

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And then I started trying to get the lacquer off. I tried paint stripper. But, as I soon learnt, paint stripper isn't what it used to be; all sorts of nasty chemicals that were in the paint stripper of old that we know and love, have been outlawed for sale to consumers, while my frame was painted back in the good old days when nobody gave a fuck that factory workers died at forty because of the fumes they breathed. So the paint stripper was no match for the paint.

I then took it to a professional, who just dumped it into a vat of nastiness along with the body of a VW Beetle, heated the whole thing for a couple of hours and then sprayed it off. It came out looking like this:

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Now we were gating somewhere! Next time, I will try to remove the decals before the lacquer removal, but this was more like it! Out came the can of paint stripper, again, and this time it made short work of the remaining patches of paint. After an hour or two of giving me the satisfaction of feeling like I at least helped in getting the thing cleaned, it looked like this:

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And after a week of building everything back up, which consisted of about a day's worth of work and six days of waiting for tiny little parts that I didn't think I would need but turned out to be essential, it is now completely built up:

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It is awesome. It looks awesome, and it rides awesome. I am a very happy camper.
08-09-2017, 01:47 AM,
Post: #624
RE: Attention whore thread
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08-09-2017, 03:17 AM,
Post: #625
RE: Attention whore thread
Shiny.
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