What size C-clamp do you recommend for changing brake pads?

I don't want to get something too large that doesn't fit when retracting the piston.

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Advice buying Shimano M7000 brakes from JensonUSA

Hello,

I'm planning on buying the Shimano M7000 (SLX) brakes from Jenson USA and have a few questions.

I already have a bleed kit, what things do I need to buy in addition to what comes with the brakes in order to shorten the hoses properly (I'm reading about olives, hose holders, other foreign objects, and am wondering if I need to buy any of these things)?

Also, I think the version they sell are i-spec II, though unsure. Do I need anything special to mount these brakes? My current bike has separate clamps for brakes and shifters.

Edit: Will my current b01s pads fit in these guys? Do I need to buy new pads?

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Nice things that cost under $20

Share yours.

Some that come to mind:

Schwalbe Cruiser tires. Good hybrid city tires. $15 Kool Stop Eagle II pads. Thick and fit almost all rim brakes. $10 Wald 8095 handlebars, for that 1970s campus feel. $20 Newbaums cloth tape. $6 per roll. Tape your sweeper bars. Get weird. Ball bearings. $4-5 for a handful. Make any cheap headset into a lifetime headset with these. Odyssey Twisted PC pedals. Comfy, strong, colorful. $15-20 Tektro M530 linear pull brakes. $15. The included pads are worth $10 Tektro Rt354ag levers, will pull long or short brakes. $20 Izumi single speed "For Easy Running" chain, has bushings and lasts and lasts. $15 Planet Bike Blinky 7, the best clamp on tail lamp. Not obnoxious and with 180° visibility. $16 Kalloy Uno seat post. The standard but excellent cheapie. $20 Greenfield kickstand. $10 worth of useful. Crane Suzu Bell. Big brass awesomeness. $18 Shimano UN55 bottom brackets. About $20. The hands down best value in bike parts. Shimano Altus derailleur. Laugh at it, but it works great with those big jockey wheels. $20 Megarange cassettes and freewheels for 7-8 speed. $15+ Falcon thumb shifters. Ugly but they ratchet and can clamp onto whatever with their ductile hardware. $15

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2020 Escape ... A total nightmare

Hey everyone,

I thought I'd document all of my issues here and see if anyone has had similar issues. I've had it in to the dealership numerous times and have not one thing has ever been fixed on it. It has been a total nightmare since I got it. Here's all the issues:

  • Backup camera doesn't work (pretty well-known issue at this point). Has already been replaced once; same thing happened again. A new one has been ordered.
  • Warping A-pillar molding on each side of the windshield. Can see the insulation and frame the gap is so big. C panel molding is also warping. about 3/4" misaligned from the adjacent panel. Dealer said they repaired it; was not even touched... is exactly the same as when I brought it in. Dealer told me a a new part is being made to replace the A-pillar moldings. New part is supposed to be finished this month.
  • Radio sometimes only outputs sound out of the right speakers; nothing out of the left. Balance is positioned in the center. Happens with all audio sources. Dealer couldn't replicate so they of course did nothing.
  • Brakes squeak after driving for more than 10 minutes, usually. Doesn't happen all the time, but does very frequently. Dealer couldn't replicate so they of course did nothing.
  • Caps for crossbars don't lock in and are loose. They cover the screw heads that clamp down on the roof rail. This was aftermarket installed by the dealer when I purchased the car. Caps have been replaced multiple times; still can't get two of them to stay in. Possible broken pieces inside. Dealer literally put duct tape in there to try to get it stay in. Still have never got it resolved.

Has anyone else experienced any of these issues? Does anyone know what else I could do to get this resolved? I'm at my wits end. I took it in to the dealer on Monday, got it back yesterday and literally not a single item was repaired; there was an excuse for every-single-one. I've been dealing with Ford Customer Service (corporate) and have initiated the process for Ford to buy back the car. I doubt it will happen, but it's worth a shot!

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An American Idiot forgets metric conversions

Yesterday I installed a new fork spring in my BMW G310GS (right leg has a spring, left is just damper).

Rally Raid actually specifies an air gap rather than a fluid volume, 120mm.

I glanced at it and went 'right, that's 1.2 cm' and off we went filling the fork up to the brim, pump the rod to remove air, duly measured out 1.2cm air gap, stuck the spring in and oil went everywhere.

18 hours later and I still don't know why I did that. At the time I thought it was a ridiculous amount of fork oil for such a small bike.

Figured everyone would like to laugh at me.

On the bright side I got everything installed. It was my first time removing the front wheel, forks, etc. on any bike so it was an adventure for me even though it was just 'loosen axle clamps, remove axle, remove wheel, remove brakes and ABS, loosen triple clamp, and out'.

Did a quick shake-out drive and nothing fell off. Not sure if I notice the upgraded suspension yet. Also installed an upgraded rear shock and a center stand. Man every time I do center stands I remember that springs can go fuck themselves. Is there an easy way to pull the damned things? I had to resort to a huge screwdriver and levering them on.

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If You See Graffiti Reading FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL:, Then Follow this Rule of the Road, Part 2 and finale

Part 1

It was a police car with its red and blue lights spinning.

Gabriel pulled over and the police car shined a spotlight through our back window, flooding thecar with light. Gabriel muttered obscenities and started digging for his wallet and insurance information before the cop could get to the window. His hands were shaking. We both had legal Texas driver’s licenses, but you never knew what kind of trouble you could get into if you were pulled over and got caught being brown.

“Wasn’t even speeding or driving crazy or nothing,” Gabriel said to himself.

His window was rolled down and outside crickets and frogs and other nighttime noises filled the air. There was no sound of other vehicles. We seemed really alone out here. I couldn’t even see any lights in the distance. Footsteps crunched on the gravel road towards us.

“Evening, ya’ll. Can I see some license and registration, please?” the policeman said.

I could only see the bottom half of him through Gabriel’s window, and not very well at that. He had his flashlight beaming into the car, blinding us. I thought of the time I went catching bullfrogs with my cousins one summer in East Texas and how the frogs would just stare dumbly into the spotlight they used to catch them, helpless and hypnotized by the great shining light. Waiting to be plucked up and butchered and not a damn thing they could do about it.

“Just a sec. Got it right here,” Gabriel said, handing it over as he squinted into the light.

The officer wore a dark button up shirt, and it was tucked into a pair of jeans. He wore a belt and I could see a holstered black gun and even more strange than his wearing jeans as part of his uniform was the large belt buckle. It was a large skull, that one you see everywhere on trucks and stuff. Punisher, I think it’s called. My anxiety about the situation ramped to about a thousand when I saw that. Why didn’t he have a normal uniform? Was he like a special deputy or a sheriff or something?

“Sir, do you mind telling me what I’m being pulled over for? I don’t think I was speeding.”

This was just how it was. You had to be all polite when dealing with the cops, all “yes sir” and “no ma’m” and “thank you officer” and make sure you dotted all your “i’s” and crossed you “t’s”. I’d heard friends and classmates talk about how they would cop an attitude with the police and talk back and stuff, but I never h

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Amazon bikes

Hey fellow mechs!

I'm wondering if anyone else has started to see an increase in customers bringing bikes they bought off Amazon (or other online stores) into your shops?

I noticed with covid, the bike shortage, and the increasing interest in cycling, that I've been seeing more and more repairs for them.

These bikes come in boxes, and require the customer to assemble it themselves. Most of these people have 0 knowledge, crappy tools and the bikes themselves are pretty janky.

I had a woman come in with a cheap amazon bike. Stem was loose, BB loose, fork on backwards, brakes not working, bars loose in the clamp, and she had fallen because the derailleur limit screws were not set. Her rear derailleur had wrapped itself around the wheel and was torn apart!

I know we've always dealt with cheap and bad bikes, but has anyone else noticed this trend in there shop?

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2 days in to simRacing could use some advice

sup r/simracing

Fiancee fucked up and bought me a Logitech g920 for my birthday and its fun to use but im encountering a few hiccups.

  1. The pedals are so STIFF like holy crap if i pushed down hard on the brake my gaming chair (arozzi) slide back. I saw there were replacement spring or something is there like a localized site i can visit for these springs or can you link products?
  2. I need a wheel stand, my desk is too thick for the stock clamps. Im sliding when im turning (prob doing it wrong tbh but the wheel does shift position over time) what are some good wheel stands that i can condense and possible store underneath my desk i have about 3' of clearance. I have been looking on amazon but im unsure reading reviews some are faulty, some are like my wheel still jiggles. Product recommendations for this please(the pinned thread links are broken for me)
  3. beginner games? i have assetto corsa already got that with steam gift card i heard iRacing and forza are good for beginners as well?

thanks for all the help !

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Don't pee in your dreams. It's a trap... [50,000 contest]

“GET HIM OFF ME! I screamed, desperate for breath and nearly choking on my own blood.

Another vicious shot to the ribs hit me, full force from an elbow that felt like a cinder block. Why in the hell we thought we could pull this off, I’ll never know. The man was made of fucking granite and it was all I could do to stay on him. Within seconds, what started as a rear naked choke had turned into me just holding on for dear life so he couldn’t come at me head-on. Our “simple” plan to take this asshole down and give him what he deserved had turned into that scene from Rocky III where Balboa is getting his shit ruined at the end of The Fabulous Thunder-Lips’ boot. I didn’t have much time left before my likely shattered ribs were jammed into my heart.

I was being smashed against the rough concrete wall for what felt like the hundredth time, but managed to get my legs around him and hook him at the elbows, leaving his midsection exposed. My co-conspirator Scotty picked himself up from the floor for the third time and ran at the big psychopath with everything he had left. At 215lbs or so, Scotty was no slouch, and when his boot made contact with the man’s ribs I heard a loud snapping sound. The man sagged, his arms relaxing just enough for me to regain my leg lock. Scotty grabbed an old staircase spindle and swung furiously at the man’s skull. He teetered, toppling over stiff-legged like an ancient tree in a perfectly quiet forest.

Scotty and I both collapsed, completely spent after a full five minutes of fighting. His eye was already terribly swollen and one of his teeth had somehow ended up on a nearby workbench. A large patch of Scotty’s hair was gone. I located it a moment later…in the big man’s hand.

I was positive I had at least one cracked rib and the left side of my face was completely numb. I had somehow lost my shirt, so the back side of me was nothing but pink skin scraped raw. My right wrist was most assuredly broken, as it made an agonizingly painful crunching sound when I rotated my hand.

I willed myself back to my feet and looked around for the rope we’d brought.

“This isn’t the movies. He could wake back up at any time. We gotta get him tied up ASAP and finish the job.”

Scotty found the rope beneath the man’s legs and set to work. We had him secured in just under a minute.

“I’m tying triple knots for this guy. If we have to go toe-to-toe with him again he’ll either kill us, or we’ll wish he had.”

Our plan was finally back on course, but

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I bought a 2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo - 1 year of ownership

I wanted to put this write up together for those on /r/cars who constantly preach never buy old depreciated luxury brands or those who post look at how cheap insert old german car has become

In May of 2019 my 120,000 mile 1998 Buick Regal finally decided its time had come when most of the suspension, subframe, and lower body panels had succumb to the harsh winters in the Nothern midwest. It was at this point that I pulled a complete Hoovie and bought the most depreciated luxury SUV I could find. A 2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

a few pics: https://imgur.com/gallery/FInUmzn

Here is my 1 year of ownership review and cost breakdown

despite my attempt to imitate Tyler Hoover, I didn't purchase the cheapest Cayenne Turbo in the USA, as I was also restricted by a few requirements:

  1. Must have the factory 2" towing package (the cayenne turbo has a separate towing control unit computer and I didn't want to buy a hitch and swap everything over)
  2. Must have more than 100,000 miles but hopefully less than 150,000
  3. Not the beige interior
  4. Must be fast, hence the turbo

With these requirements in mind I looked for vehicle with the best possible service records in any part of the country. Within a month I flew to the east coast to purchase a 2 owner, 119,000 mile, Jarama Beige Metallic on Black 2004 Cayenne Turbo. In addition to the car I got every service record from new, a second set of stock 19" winter rims with Blizzaks, both keys, the valet key, a box with the original radio, original navigation CD's, new upper control arms in the box (lower's already installed), and the certificate of authenticity. I Paid $10k for the car and $1k for the extra's. Not to shabby for a 4.5L twin turbo with 455 hp and a tow capacity of 7,700lbs.

Review:

2004 Sticker Price: $93,755.00

2019 Price: $10,000.00

I'll keep this brief as there is a bunch of youtube videos on this.

  • seats are god damn amazing - 17 way adjustable heated leather. Even the back seats are good.
  • it handles extremely well for a 5,000lb + SUV. It even lowers itself at 83 mph.
  • the lack of road noise and general interior build quality is top notch.
  • lol snow - the car handles amazing in snow. Put's the Subaru Outback to shame. If its starts to get a little deep I just raise the suspension.
  • its unnecessarily fast
  • 14 mpg is annoying, also premium fuel
  • lots of features that the Buick didn't have

I genuinely enjoy driving this car a

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NBD Transition Sentinel 2018

Transition Sentinel

I bought this last week and could not be happier with it. It`s not a new bike but it`s my first full-suspension bike. I`m happy though as it is in excellent condition and I don`t think I would have got a bike with such a great frame and specs with the budget I had.

The original owner took a GX spec level Sentinel and put some really nice kit on it.

Fox 36 Performance Elite fork & DPX2 PE, all the adjustability but without the Kashima coating.

WTB rims with Hope Pro4 hubs (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! )

Full Sram GX groupset

Shimano ZEE 4 piston front and rear with 203/180mm Ice Tech rotors

9point8 Fall Line 200mm dropper post, wolf tooth lever

Renthal carbon Fatbar and Renthal stem

Specialized saddle and 2.5" Specialized tubeless Butcher tyres.

Hope headset and seat clamp

I am absolutely in love with how it rides. I`m a well-built fella at 6'2" 230lbs and find that the geo of this in an XL is just absolutely spot on. I`ve felt like a lot of other Large or XL bikes I tried were a bit short in the reach or like I was on a kids bike if you get me, but this is one of those times where I agree with the reviews I read in advance of buying it. You really do sit "IN" the bike rather than "ON" it.

It rides really well and I had no issues with it on an all-day ride last weekend. It climbs really well when seated and the climb switch on the shock wide open. It bobs quite a bit when pedaling out of the saddle but I`m heavy enough and find that on most bikes when I go to accelerate hard. I found that if I put the shock in the middle setting it took away about 70 percent of that bob though. That said the steep enough seat tube and central positioning when seated meant I found climbing on it just fine. I`m not looking to race enduro or anything so I need a bike that gets me up to the top without being exhausted and this bike fits the bill.

When I read about the SBG that Transition put out in their marketing, I was wondering if it was just a bit of hype, but I have to say that I agree with it in. When going slow or climbing the bike feels fine, a little clumsy even with that 64 deg head angle. It`s when you point it downhill that it shows its real potential. There is nothing that I could throw at this bike that phased it. It didn`t neuter the terrain either and I could tell what I was goin

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New (to me) Bike Day! Specialized Rockhopper (hardtail). What should I upgrade?

Picked up this (cheap) Specialized Rockhopper the other day and took it out yesterday for its inaugural ride!

That color tho

I know it's a cheap bike, and the Suntour fork is not stellar, but I think it'll be fine for the kind of riding I want to do given the cost to upgrade the fork. I kind of want to upgrade the groupset though, and possibly convert to a 1x (or 2x - it's 3 upfront right now and that's just unnecessary). If anyone has suggestions for a step up in componentry, let me know! I'm saving up for a decent full suspension ($3000) so this is just a temporary ride to get me out on some greens and blues and do more XC riding until I find the short travel full suspension of my dreams.

[Edit] A friend suggested I'd get more use out of upgraded suspension and/or brakes, so I'm open to looking at that too. I've never had a "project" bike before so this seems like a good opportunity to lean about what components make what kind of difference, and at what cost.

Specs:

FRONT DERAILLEUR - Shimano Altus FD-M313, 34.9mm clamp, down-swing

REAR DERAILLEUR - Shimano Tourney TX, 8-speed

SHIFT LEVERS- Shimano TX800, Ez-Fire Plus, 3x8

CASSETTESunrace, 8-speed, 11-34t

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/mens-rockhopper/p/134064?&searchText=81218-7302

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Trollygag's Noob Guide to the 1000 Yard AR-15 (Update)

Foreword:

This was originally written in 2017, but I have updated it to be in line with new entries into the market.

These opinions are based off my own experiences with my own rifles as a long range, non-competitive shooter. These opinions should be largely uncontroversial to the folks who shoot long range, but this is an attempt to codify it rather than having to repeat on every ask.

The guide is targeted for the uninitiated wanted to purchase their first 'long range' rifle and get their feet wet.

If you are a competitive shooter, you know more about your sport than I do, and this guide really isn't for you.

Prices and ballistics are current as of July 5, 2020.

Additional Reading

/r/longrange

/r/SmallGroups

/r/ar15

/r/6arc

Trollygag's Stats on Barrel Length

Trollygag's Opinion on Picking a Barrel Length

On-Paper Cartridge Comparison

Borescope comparison of barrels

Trollygag's Youtube Channel with some parts review and shooting

Glamour Shots

Super Grendel

Gator Grendel

Savage in F/TR dress

Buddy

I want to buy/build a long range AR-15

5.56 NATO vs 6.5G

223 Rem/5.56 NATO

Good 1000 yard ballistics are hard to get in an AR-15. Even harder if you want it semi-auto as well and want it in a dinky cartridge.

You know when you sneeze in a stream of sunlight and dust goes swirling through the air? That's what shooting 223 Rem is like. Semi-auto is worse as you can't use a lot of the 80gr+ class bullets that beat the wind better than the common 77gr SMK.

I shoot on a 20" Rock Creek barreled LMT SLK8 at 1000 yards every once in awhile, and it is tough to see impacts, tough to make wind calls, tough to hear hits, just tough in general.

The round goes subsonic at about 850 yards. It has to contend with 11 feet of windage for every 10mph of wind/gust. That is brutal.

Cost-wise, yea, there are some cheap options out

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Brake Caliper Trouble

Hey yall, so I got new brake calipers, rotors, and brake pads, all oem. I have started the process and I cannot get to the bottom on how to move the piston enough for the rotors and pads to fit. We adjusted the bolt on the back all the way out and claped down the piston with a C-Clamp yet it still won't move, we can't figure it out to where we can get them to fit. Do yall have any advice on how to go about this? Thank you!

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Meet The Freak 8

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Wallace


The kitchen, now fully lit, was a sight to behold. Not a pleasant sight, but a sight.

Just about the only normal feature were the countertops. Some sort of white laminate, though it was coming away in places to reveal the cheap particle board beneath.

The cabinets and drawers were both faced in an awful shade of yellow, and for some incomprehensible reason, it had been paired with an orangish-red, which had been used to paint the walls. The moulding around the windows and doors, at least that was white.

It was a step back into the kitchen of my grandparent's generation. The modern art piece standing in for a ceiling lamp and the red and yellow rug on the floor of the kitchen provided yet more evidence that everyone in the seventies was nuts. Maybe it was the leaded gasoline and CFCs.

Valentine stood at the sink- at least that was normal, made of cheap stainless steel without any special finish -with the top of her flight suit rolled down to her waist. She wore a grey tank top that looked machine-made, perhaps found around the same time as her flight suit. Her two wheellocks had been taken out of their holsters, and rested on the counter next to a roll of linen bandages, a bottle of whiskey, and her torch. The curtains had been drawn to mask the light, leaving her able to tend to her wounds.

"God, Valentine," I winced, "You should have said something."

Valentine's skin was light purple, much like I might be described as being a pale shade of pink, but her left forearm was bruised to near-black where the dog had bit her. Its teeth may not have penetrated the flight suit, but there had still been enough crushing force to break the skin. She'd already washed off the dried blood, but I could still see more of the dark purple liquid seeping up from the wound. Worse than that, her arm was bent slightly, and I could still see the imprint of where the dog's jaws had clamped down.

"It's not going to kill me, Wallace," Valentine chided, "And we needed to move, and still do"

"Yeah, it might not kill you, but what the hell is gonna happen to your arm?"

I didn't have her timepiece to hand, but I knew we were hours past the point of no return. Which meant it would be... a week or more

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Pandemic Project Build - Forbidden Druid

I wanted to create and share a post about my in-progress custom build of a Forbidden Druid for a couple reasons:

  • I am extremely excited about it and it is my first custom bike build
  • None of my friends will sustain conversations to this level of nerding out over bikes.

With that, here's some background on the project. When the Forbidden Druid first launched last year, it was lust at first sight. The unique design, styling, colors, concept, performance, everything jumped at me as the bike I needed to have. My Jeffsy was killing it, helping me work through more and more expert terrain without ever holding me back and asking for more. But it just wasn't exciting to me. So the thought of doing a frame build of such a sick bike started to work its way into my brain. Started as "oh man that would be so cool," which built up to the progression of "I wonder what that would cost," "I'll just build out a spreadsheet of parts and cost as a fun way to kill time," and "hmm maybe this is actually doable," to finally getting some encouragement from friends and saying screw it and clicking place order.

 

So here's the juicy part, my rundown of components:

Build options Option Detail Comments
Frame Druid Cosmic Eggplant XL Frame speaks for itself, and how could I not pick that color?
Rear suspension Fox Float DPX2 EVOL Performance Elite 210-55mm N/a Comes stock and will do just fine, though I am very curious about trying a coil shock at some point.
Fork Cane Creek Helm MKII 150mm 44mm offset Really interested about this based on reviews and wanted to try something different. The travel adjust and air chamber adjust features are a big plus. I was super close to purchasing a Formula Selva R, but the cost and ability for service in the US factored it out for now.
Headset Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56/30 No need to splurge on this for now, and it helps cut cost for the build.
Headset spacers Funn Basic kit - black Simple, cheap.
Handle bar Tenet Bodum AL 35mm clamp, 800mm, 20mm rise, 9 deg back, 5 deg up Affordable and I don't really need carbon bars
Stem Tenet Nora V2 42mm length, umber Looks nice, not too pricey, will match the pedals. Tenet has really nice stuff
Grips DMR Deathgrip Flange/thick/soft My go to grips. Hard to find specific colors right now, though.
Brakes Hayes Dominion A4 Front and back Got good reviews, wanted to try something different than Shimano and SRAM, and th
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Is it possible for 20-23k (+/-2000) for a Budget CX Bike?

Good evening sa lahat. Dahil sa ang hirap na ng stocks for built bikes, plan ko na lang mag build sana and will greatly appreciate the help from this page para sa suggestions to complete the project. Newbie ako sa hobby kaya pa tulong na lang na ma complete sya.

Frame set: MOB/Grrit

Handlebar: ________________ (Flared Drop-bar)

Stem: _____________________ (90-100mm)

Shifter: Claris/Sora

FD/RD: Claris/Sora

Crankset: Prowheel 2x (Hollowtech)

Cassette: 8/9 Speed

Pedals: Weapon/Speedone PD-M3

Rim set: __________________

Brakes: Mechanical Disc

Tires: ____________________ (700 x 35-38C/27.5)

Hubs: ____________________

Saddle: __________________

Seatpost: ________________ (27.2)

Seat clamp: QR or Bolted

Cable: with in-line barrel adjuster

Bike specs were copied sa mga common CX na nirereview on youtube. Feel ko din kasi na mas may chance ako to have one if mag build na lang instead of waiting for stocks ng mga built bikes. Thank you in advance sa mga makakatulong and ride safe everyone. 🚴🏼

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Does this touring rig look OK?

See here: https://imgur.com/a/3tfDHDl

Breezer Doppler Team (4130 / carbon fork / Ultegra / hydraulic brakes / mud guards) set for utility and my upcoming ride to Pittsburgh from DC. Not entirely loaded, but the basic distribution is there. I believe I am on a good track - I've not run a full load yet, but will be mocking up this weekend. Stability and handling are fine, and I have nothing too far out from the fork (tend to catch things). Even did uphill single track without issue, other than picking up leaves in the works! Am I missing anything? Recommendations? I'll likely lash on sandals and swim suit, given the weather. And am considering taking a folding 3 legged stool because I'm old.

Front rack is 10" square topped Blackburn Bootlegger. Dead steady, why I don't like handlebar mounted weight. This is so incredibly secure.

Rear rack some old non-fancy rack that sat low enough. Not the lightest, but very stiff.

On front rack, in final configuration, house (tent - ancient sleeve Flashlight), and sleep (light top insulation only bag, small insulated air mattress). Both of those fit in a dry bag for actual use., which is very secure with a motorcycle spider bungy thing. Overlying that for ready access is an ancient Mountainsmith Adventure Briefcase, for lock, valuables and during the day needs, water filter, toothbrush, money (unhook one strap and it's a shoulder bag). Two stem bags for goodies while riding snacks phone etc, one can carry water if I want. There's no stability issue so long as I keep weight to the rear of the rack, either over or behind the spindle

On fork - 2 water bottles (these really add stability once I load the top)

Frame top tube bag for other misc things (might not even need this bag)

Tools: Down tube bag has tools & spares

Pump under downtube, a nice strong one with a gauge

1 water bottle on frame.

Huge seat bag (Banjo Bros Minnehaha) has full cook kit, medical supplies and room left over.

Clothes in one side of vintage small panniers, food on other side

Collapsable water container fits on rack behind saddlebag if long stretch of no water expected.

Solar panel hangs nicely over the saddle bag by two mini biners and a piece of shock cord, to top up my battery packs

Will be getting kickstand in mail shortly, center mount single. Have parking brake (old toe clip strap that slides down and clamps brake lever)

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Question about stem length vs handlebar reach vs geometry

Suffering from information overload.

I bought a secondhand Specialized Tricross that's similar vintage to my Specialized Allez. Both are a size "L" frame, 56cm. My old Specialized Crosstrail was also a Size L.

The Allez and Crosstrail both fit me like a glove, right out of the box. I figured the Tricross would be the same. Heck, the "effective top tube" on the Tricross is half a CM shorter than the Allez.

But the Tricross stretches me way out.

I initially set up the Tricross to have the same "cockpit" dimensions as my allez with a couple differences. The handlebars are a touch higher because I didn't want to move spacers, and the saddle a touch lower to compensate for the longer crank length. I used the front axle and BB as points of reference for the handlebars and saddle, respectively. I moved the saddle until the distance from the saddle's nose to the center of the handlebar clamp was the same as the Allez.

I have since flipped the stem for +8 degrees and rotated the handlebars upwards a bit to put the brake hoods in a comfortable position for my wrists. I've also pushed the saddle all the way forward, but I still feel stretched compared to the allez and the crosstrail.

The culprit is the handlebars. These are not "short reach" handlebars like those found on my Allez.

The Tricross stem is also 110mm vs the 100mm on my Allez.

Because it probably matters: The "trail" measurement on the bikes, as gleaned from the internets, is 52mm for the Allez and 64mm for the Tricross.

The Tricross also has a more relaxed head tube angle, 72 on the Tricross vs 73.25 for the Allez.

What would happen if I were to swap in an 80mm stem to compensate for the handlebar reach?

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WTS - Surly Karate Monkey SS, L https://i.imgur.com/ereh4nY.jpg

Edit: Apologies, left out the vital information.

Located in Manchester but also can be around Birmingham/Worcester area for pick up

Price £1200 ONO

https://i.imgur.com/ereh4nY.jpg

Small scratches on the frame but never ridden hard. Spent most of its 2 year life inside. Specs below

Frame Surly Karate Monkey Large Blue
Fork Included.
Headset Hope headset silver.
Bottom Bracket Hope silver bottom bracket with GXP adapters.
Chainset Sram NX 42 ring
Chain KMC
Brakes Avid BB7 mechanical, Incl rotors and mounts. Brake Levers Avid FR-5, Black.
Discs Sram rotors 180mm.
Cassette Surly cog size 16. Wheels Halo Vapour 35mm rims, Sapim silver db spokes, Hope Pro 4 hubs -silver, 6 bolt disc, and ss rear. Tyres Surly Knard 27.5 x 3”. Tubeless Set up tubeless. Seat Pin Race Face Ride. Saddle WTB Volt. Seat Clamp Surly Included (Silver). Pedals DMR V8's silver. Bars Race Face Ride (Riser). Barstem Race Face Ride length
Grips.Gusset Lock On. Chain device Snugnut.

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I get buried alive for a living. Something else is down there. PART 3, FINAL

PART 1

PART 2

We talk in whispers as I move deeper.

I can hear the half-singing from behind, faint, echoing. The soft tapping of the moth against the glass jar. The walls are covered in deep, red light. Occasionally the moth changes direction, and I’ll peer down a potential tunnel to see a figure in there, obscured in the dark, all crimson and shadow and I swear to god as I move past they turn to look.

Addict? The radio asks.

Yeah.

Overdoses?

A few times, sure, who hasn’t.

Close to death.

Sure. Why?

It’s important that we know these things.

My heart’s in my mouth. I keep moving as fast as I can, my back starting to ache. My brain works on autopilot, answering questions without thinking about it, trying to stay as quiet as possible, so as to not disturb whatevers around me. The noises from behind me change: sometimes a whistling, sometimes a low moan, sometimes I think I can hear laughter.

I see more of the eyes. I see mouths too, white teeth and pink tongues poking from the soil and when I get close, when I press myself against the wall of the tunnel I can hear them whispering to me, the sound of their tongues against their lips.

The moth taps away, flying as hard as possible into the glass, following some unseen light.

Sometimes, despite my best instincts, I turn around, and for moments see strange shapes on the floor, on the top of the tunnel, climbing the walls with more limbs than is humanly possible. I have the feeling I’m being hunted, that whatever’s after me is taking its time - taking their time.

Why me?

The radio is silent for a while.

You dream with them. They know you. You spend your life underground, dreaming.

But what does that mean? I have to raise my voice slightly, and I hear my words echo - as if mouths and lips situated in the walls of these tunnels are repeating my words, trying to learn how they taste, how I think.

The Dead dream. It’s complicated, it’s a type of language. You speak it.

I don’t.

You do. You’ve been to the other side and back, and you lie in the dark in coffins and you close your eyes and you dream.

But that’s not a language.

Languages are the way we communicate our understanding of the world. There are more than you’d think: Gutter, Tricktongue, Fae. This is just one.

Silen

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A COMPLETE Guide to Driving Stick

I’ve seen a lot of videos that try to teach how to drive stick shift, and most do a decent job, but I haven’t seen any that actually show what is happening in the drivetrain. I feel that understanding this theory would allow learners to see why things should be done a certain way, to minimize wear on the car and to prevent bad habits from forming. It would also lead to faster learning on the practical side, since you know what’s happening when you feel the car do something. So here is my attempt on a complete guide to learning how to drive a manual. I hope you enjoy and find this useful.

The first thing is that there are THREE (not two!) main parts of the drivetrain, and it’s possible for them to all move at different speeds relative to each other. They are: the engine, the transmission, and the wheels. The engine can be connected to the transmission via the clutch, and the transmission can be connected to the wheels via the shifter. Here is a diagram: https://imgur.com/iDwMLQ5

Think of the clutch as two plates attached to sticks, with sandpaper glued to the face of the plates. One plate is attached to the engine; the other plate is attached to the transmission. When you’re not pushing the clutch pedal, the plates are clamped together and rotate together as a single unit. When the pedal is all the way down to the floor, the plates are completely separated. When the pedal is part-way down, there is partial pressure, where the plates are rubbing against each other and load is going between them, but the surfaces can also slip relative to each other. This is key to getting the car moving from a standstill, which we’ll get into later.

Now let’s talk about the shifter. But before we talk about the shifter itself, let’s talk about gears and why we have them. Let’s say you’re riding a bicycle: https://imgur.com/OQtAlfv

If we replace the back wheel with a tiny wheel, what is it like to ride? Is it easier or harder to go up a hill? How fast can you reasonably go? It is easier to go up a hill because you have more leverage, but your top speed is very slow because your legs move a lot compared to how much ground you cover. The leverage also allows you to accelerate quickly.

Now, let’s replace the wheel with a huge one: https://imgur.com/Z1p5dvv

It now has the opposite effects on hills, acceleration, and cruising speed. It is much harder to go up a hill because you have less l

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EPB motor on 2017

I tried replacing the rear brake pads and rotors on my 2017 Mazda 3. I've done brakes before so I didn't expect much trouble, but this was different. The caliper piston wouldn't retract, so after some searching I found this post (https://www.reddit.com/r/mazda3/comments/cwsh23/changing_rear_brakes_on_a_2017_mazda_3/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share).

While trying to put the car in maintenance mode I accidentally engaged the emergency parking brake (EPB) . One caliper was hanging off the car when I did this. The EPB motor whirred along for a while before clicking and then stopping. The caliper piston was now out extremely far.

I removed the EPB motor from the caliper and tried manually turning the female sprocket (can't think of a better term) in the caliper to try and get the piston back. This, combined with compressing the piston with a c-clamp git it to retract a bit, but nowhere near as much as the motor pushed it out.

Has anyone experienced this? I'm pretty sure at this point I've hosed the caliper and will need to replace that (is this true?), but have I also messed up the EPB motor?

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Incredibly narrow IGH that takes disc brakes?

Tomorrow, I'm picking up a raleigh twenty folder (with original frame pump!). I want to make a sort of "ultimate commuter"; trading weight for reliability and toughness, particularly in wet/snowy/gritty conditions. I comes with a 3-speed IGH and rim brakes, but I hear disc brakes are FAR superior in wet conditions. The problem is that the rear spacing is 114mm. Is there a 3 (or, if I'm going to dream, 5) speed disc-brake IGH that can fit in such a narrow slot? Or am I stuck having the frame widened?

Also, does anyone have any decent recommendation for a bolt or clamp on disc caliper adapter (front or rear)? If possible, I'd like to avoid altering the frame permanently.

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the ultilmate bike buyers guide

Welcome to the ultimate beginners street bike buyers guide. In this guide I'll be going over everything you need to think about when buying a dirtjumper for street riding. So lets get straight into it.

When looking at bikes you’ll probably have noticed that there are 2 main options: you either buy a complete bike or u assemble a bike by buying each part individually. I’ll be going over the custom bike build first because a lot of the same things apply for when you're looking to buy a complete, and then ill explain some more about complete bikes.

When looking to build a custom bike you will probably start by choosing a frame. The two main options are aluminium or chromoly frames. While aluminium is fine, chromoly frames tend to be build for more aggressive riding and aluminium more for dirtjumping. Aluminium frames generally have wider and more squared tubes whereas chromoly are slim round tubes.

If you are new to (street)riding an aluminium frame is a good start. The difference between aluminium and steel are small and as a beginner you probably won't even notice. When you're new to the sport its likely that you'll try out the different riding styles and when you go for an aluminium frame you can go out and hit the streets as well as your local dirtjumps.

If you are a more advanced street rider or you are looking to buy a really good bike from the get go than chromoly is the way to go I'd say. The frames tend to be stronger and stiffer. They can easily take the beating your bike has to endure when riding street.

In both cases you should look for a bike with strong dropouts and weld points.(on some bikes these are reinforced so look for that) Having built in chain tensioner and seat clamp are not a necessity but definitely a plus.

BB and headset:

while you can get away with getting cheaper options for both of these I do really recommend spending that little extra to get decent ones. Look for well known brands and MAKE SURE THEY FIT. Look carefully at the specs of your frame on the site and make sure you get the right BB and headset. Don’t be scared to send an email if this is not specified.

Forks:

The first thing to do is to decide whether you want to rock solids or suspension forks. Rigid forks are more bmx like, so they are better for nose manny’s etc. but they are obviously harder on the landings. Suspension forks take away a lot of the impact of those harder landings, but they require more maintenance. If you are looking to buy suspension f

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RIP Ellen

Paige watched with wide eyes as her friend was ushered into a cage with iron bars jagged with rust.

An iron arm swung the cage over the edge of the filthy fishing boat.

Paige pressed her hands together, her eyes welling with panic.

”No, please!” she pleaded. “She doesn’t have that much money. Let’s just forget about all this, please!”

The one burly man next to the crank that raised and lowered the cage shot her a look that clearly indicated how much he didn’t care about what Paige thought of the whole affair.

“Please just let her out! Just let us go!”

“Lady,” the man snarled, “you’re not the one that financed this little expedition so you’re not the one we’re taking orders from.”

Just as Paige started up with more mewling, the man hit a release next to the crank and the cage plummeted into the waves with a splash, her friend Ellen grasping the bars from the inside. Paige yelped. The chain reached its end and became taut, throbbing like a heartbeat.

Paige took a few urgent steps toward the crank operator, but two other brutish men with short necks and broad shoulders blocked her.

“You don’t listen too good,” they grunted. Paige imagined her friend screaming, struggling, panicking. Bubbles were rising from where the cage hung in the depths.

After a dreadfully long time, it was pulled up out of the water. Ellen’s wetsuit-clad body was revealed. She slid her mask and her breathing apparatus off her face and she pumped her fists in the air with a loud whoop!

Paige shaped a steeple over her nose with her fingers as she shook her head.

“Paige, Paige... I got pictures!” Ellen yelled as she held up a large waterproof camera. Paige wouldn’t even look at her.

“So how many do you think you saw?” asked the crank operator with folded arms. Excitement radiated from Ellen’s face.

“Oh, God. I don’t know. Probably six or more?”

The man nodded and shifted his fat cigar to the other side of his face.

“So that means it was a successful dive. That plus the camera rental is going to put you at about four grand.”

Ellen stepped out of the cage and handed the waterproof camera off to one of the men.

“We’ll get these uploaded and give you a code so you can access them.”

Ellen shot the men two thumbs up. She turned to Paige and gave her the same gesture. Paige just glared.

“If it’s all the same to you ladies, we’re heading back to shore,” said the crank operator.

* * * * * *

“Four thousand dollars, Ellen. Four-freaking-thousand dollars.”

“I know, isn’t

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Dissapointed in Gotrax - multiply defective wheel and not happy with the support

*Update - Customer support came through, they are accepting a return for a refund. It took a while, but I got Amazon involved and that seems to have sped things up!

The Saga.Got my Gotrax GXL 2020 a couple weeks ago. Good ride for a week, then the back wheel started making noise. Poked around and discovered the clamps holding the bearings were loose and the disc was grinding against the brakes. So I shimmed the wheel and fixed that, only to discover the tire was flat. We left on vacation 2 days ago, and I brought it anyway hoping a bike shop would be able to fix it.

Turns out they won't work on small tires (too much labour involved, high chance of doing more damage than good). Tried Tire slime. Except when the shop checked the valve it was already gummed with green stuff (probably slime). We tried anyway, and when he went to fill it he said the leak was likely around the valve and un-fixable.

So basically I'm thinking I got a returned scooter, or a defective wheel they tried to repair. I've been bouncing back and forth with GoTrax support, who finally got to the "whats your address" point only to tell me they won't ship parts to canada, but here's amazon canadas number.No surprise, amazon said it was Gotrax's problem.

Also, I've had it less than 30 days. So I've told them I want a refund. We'll see how that goes. Otherwise I've got to get them to ship a wheel to my friend in Ohio who will then spend the $30 to ship it to me, which means at least a month, probably month and a half before I've got a functional scooter.

All around, not impressed with the product, don't recommend GoTrax. The scooter buying guide needs to be updated with "Gotrax has gone downhill"

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"I got a free spare set of wheels but the axle is too short. " and other questions inside!

Album here because I didn't want to make a bunch more links.

What size axle do I need?

My buddy gave me some 700c wheels with shimano 600 hubs off of his broken-drop-outted 87 Trek 330 Elance. The front wheel fits my 95 Trek 520 just fine. The rear axle is was too short though.

Using my calipers I found the distance between the interior of the rear dropouts is 137mm. The distance between the exterior of the rear dropouts is 152.3mm. As best as I can judge the length of the axle on my current wheelset is 147.6mm but that's floating the calipers over the cassette. I found a 146mm x 9.5mm axle on nashbar that is $35, which seems expensive. Then there is a 175mm x 9.5mm axle with cones and spacers and the works on amazon for $8.

I'm guessing you need your axle to be somewhere between the interior and exterior length between the dropouts so the QR skewer can clamp the dropouts, therefore the 175mm axle is just too long. Am I right? Is a $35 axle too expensive? Is the $8 axle suspect as hell?

I'll be following Sheldon Brown's instructions for reassembly.

What grease should I repack the bearings with?

I disassembled the entire rear hub following RJ the bike guy's guidance. Thanks RJ. When I repack the bearings should I use Park Tool PPL-1; Park Tool HPG-1; or some Valvoline full synthetic automotive grease?

What oil should I lubricate the freehub with?

RJ recommended Phil's Tenacious Oil but the Rivbike site says not to use it on bearings. Would any of the products I listed above work? I also have finish line wet and dry lubes for my chain. Would either of those work?

Anyone know where to find this dust cover for Shimano Exage Motion brake lever?

See the album posted above to see what I'm talking about. I don't really want to buy [a whole new set.](https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Shimano-Exage-Motion-brake-levers/20300

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How to Survive Camping: the man with the skull cup kissed me

I run a private campground. I have a set of rules to ensure everyone stays safe. Failing to follow them can get you or the people around you killed - or worse. I do what I can to mitigate the fallout. I’m rarely successful. Last time I posted I told you about the sheriff and how I…. sort of… saved him. With camping season coming in fast I’ve decided that I really need to resolve this situation because it’s become apparent that the man with no shadow is no longer playing games. If you’re new here, you should really start at the beginning.

Obviously I read the comments. Obviously I know some of you are, in the vernacular of the internet, “shipping” myself and the man with the skull cup. And obviously I’ve found that amusing because I’ve cracked a couple jokes in response. So while I’m sure some of you are inwardly celebrating at the title of this particular update I am afraid I must crush your hopes and tell you that it’s not what you think.

This starts with the assholes that want to destroy my campground.

The mailman remains my ally. He brought me another flyer. This one advertised a rally. It was to take place on the town green. The old sheriff thought there was a silver lining to this when I called him. Firstly, it meant that the town was not unified against me. Why hold a rally unless you were still trying to bolster your following? He’d show up at it along with the police to help keep order and hopefully his scowling presence might shame some of the undecided folks into going home. He wasn’t officially the sheriff anymore but he has his legacy. We all remember him. We all know what he did by going into that house all those years ago.

I wish they’d give more credit to the part I played in bringing him back out. The old sheriff has told people I’m the one that saved him. I certainly didn’t do it for glory… but maybe they wouldn’t be holding a rally at all if people paid more attention to the sacrifices I’ve made.

I’m a little resentful.

People aren’t rational. I know this from school. Even when presented with evidence to the contrary, people that have the social support of other like-minded people will instead seek to resolve their cognitive dissonance by reaffirming their erroneous beliefs. And then they’ll recruit more people to the same beli

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Issues tightening the Tikka Tac A1 muzzle brake

Has anyone had issues with installing the muzzle brake on a Tac A1? I absolutely cannot get it tighten up. Basically the instructions say to tighten it all the way (this will not leave it indexed properly), then loosen it until it is correctly lined up (for me this is about 2/3 of a turn), then tighten the clamping screw on it. No matter how tight I get the screw, the brake is still loose.

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WTS / USA / DC: Parts bin clean out

Spring is long gone, so cheap prices in my spring cleaning special.

Pickup in Washington, DC or add shipping cost to prices.

Photos, including some with weights and measurements where applicable: https://imgur.com/a/z99Sx98

Handle Bars, etc:
- Velo Orange Curvy Too flat bars (now known as just "Curvy"): $25, like new. Black. Test fitted on a bike.
- Ritchey WCS TR X50 Ergo Bars 42cm, 26.0 clamp, black: $15. These things are awesomely light weight (see photos) triple butted aluminum. Includes a nice channel for routing cables under your bar tape. If you want I'll include a set of Wheels Manufacturing shims so you can use a normal 31.8 stem. SOLD - Wheels Manufacturing 26.0/31.8 shims, black. $5 or free if you buy the Ritchey bars. SOLD

Stems:
- Velo Orange Tall Stack Stem 80mm, 31.8 clamp, black.: $25. Like new, test fitted on a bike. SOLD - Dimension 70mm, 7deg, 26.0 clamp, black. $10 or $5 if you buy the Ritchey 26.0 bars. Like new, couple hundred miles in use tops.
- Uno stem 60mm, 7deg, 31.8 clamp, silver. $5.
- Salsa stem 70mm, 25 deg, 31.8 clamp, black. $15. SOLD - Stem riser/extender, black. $5 or free with any other purchase. SOLD

Pedals:
- Shimano XT PD-T8000 double sided flat/SPD. These pedals are awesome, they are weighted so that they return to vertical whenever you take your foot off so it's easy to find the side you're using. Built in reflectors, pins for grip on the flats. Well used but the bearings spin as smooth as day 1. The absolute perfect pedal for a commuter that you also use for an after-work workout. $50 SOLD - Race Face Chester, black. $20 in like new condition. The perfect flat pedal, replaceable pins for grip. SOLD

Shoes, gloves:
- Shimano CT5 commuter shoes, size 42, black. Virtually brand new. Fit like a 8.5 and generously wide forefoot, just a touch too small for my size 9 wide feet. Can be worn as flats or SPDs, built in reflective details. Never used with SPDs, rode a hand full of times in flats. $20.
- Garneau Gloves, black/teal. Brand new, I tried them on and they didn't fit and I forgot to return them. Unisex size medium. I usually wear unisex size large gloves and they are just a hair too tight for me. $10 SOLD

Other components:
- Shimano XT 9 speed rear derailleur M771. Well used, should work fine. I replaced it on my bike because I was having shifting issues but the new rear derailleur didn't make them any better. This style does

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1985 Nishiki International or 2013 Masi CX?

I'm looking for a used bike to be my do-it-all bike in Seattle - commuting (once we reopen; ~5mi each way), weekend rides, general city riding. I wanted to get a beater-ish bike that I wouldn't mind having locked on the street for errands, but is also fun to take on longer fun rides. Found two bikes on CL that I thought might fit my needs but am having a tough time deciding. I inspected both bikes in person and test rode them.

  • 1985 Nishiki International - $300 - tange 1 steel, road geometry, better components, downtube shifters, appears to be in good condition. Concerned it doesn't have rack/fender eyelets/mounting points. Are p-clamps good enough? I figured I would want fenders for the rain and rack for commuting.
  • 2013 Masi CX - $400-450 - steel, cyclocross, felt like more upright geometry (more comfortable?), integrated shifters (claris), good condition. Front brake squeals. Comes with fenders, has rack eyelets, braze-ons.

Any thoughts on the two bikes? Is the newer Masi with rack mounts worth the extra cash? It's slim pickings in CL and at several LBS lately, so didn't have much luck there.

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I rebuilt my 1990 Trek 820

I suddenly had about $1200 burning a hole in my pocket. I'm fortunate enough to still have a reliable job, so I wanted to spend this money the best way I could - through small businesses and bike shops. I decided to rebuild my 1990 Trek Antelope 820.

In the end, the only original hardware I kept was the frame, the front derailleur/shifter, brake levers, and the crankset (all shimano 200gs). Most of the parts weren't too difficult to find. I think the hardest item was a 130mm rear hub laced to a black 26" v brake rim. I settled on 135mm and just cold set the rear fork. The other issue was that the Deore hub was fit for an 8/9/10 speed cassette. The original hub/cassette was only 7 speed. The bike was upgraded to a 9 speed cassette, derailleur, and shifter. With 3 cogs in the front and 9 in the back I now have close to 1,000 gears and I will probably only use 5 of them.

Painting was also a fun pain in the ass. I used spray dot bike. I hand sanded the entire frame, primed, painted, and coated in a gloss finish. My only advice here is wait much longer than recommended for handling the bike. They advertise a 2 hour cure. No way. Not even close. The gloss finish is even worse. They recommend waiting at least 24 hours to dry. I waited 48 and drove the frame home on a cardboard box in my trunk. Taking the frame off the box stripped the entire chain stay down to the frame. Painting, touching up, and totally curing the frame took close to 3 weeks (working weekends only). I bought the decals from somebody on etsy.

The headset got new bearings with a new quill stem (origin8). A near perfect replacement for the original specs but also with a larger diameter clamp for modern handlebars (replaced with Haibike).

Project pros: This bike is dope. I love the result and it was a really fun project. The bike looks and rides like new and I have it tuned and setup to a tee. I cant wait for my next ride to the pub.

Project cons: unnecessarily expensive. The rims/tires/tubes alone were close to $300. At the end of the day I spent slightly over $600 rebuilding the bike. A 30 year old bike. A cheap 30 year old bike. Also this was my first build, so every step of the process was a huge pain in the ass. But also every accomplishment was rewarding. Im not sure if this belongs in project pros. Thank you park tool for the gear tuning videos

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👤︎ u/Winyamo
📅︎ Jul 14 2020
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VR is *amazing*, even with the lowly Quest

I've had a Quest since launch last May, and have used it for all sorts of native games and then starting in December, PCVR and all the fantastic games and experiences that come with that. I bought a G29 anticipating using the Quest as my 'monitor,' but since I've had it I've only practiced and raced using my 32" 1440p 144Hz monitor on a desk. I had started to convince myself that triples were in my future, because that seems to be the standard for serious racing rigs.

Last night I took the plunge and tried the Quest in AC, launched with Content Manager with the Custom Shaders Patch mod, Sol, FFBClip, etc. HOLY AMAZING HELL, I'm in the car now. I'm in the car now. The track has depth, it has dimension, it has a reality to it that I just didn't feel on the monitor. I'm suddenly seeing the apexes a lot more clearly. I'm braking later and still in great control to carry a ton of speed out of corners. I'm using more of the track, and I'm seeing why I'm using more of the track. I have mirrors on both sides now, and they're hugely accurate to what mirrors do in real life (I had to toss my head around on my drive to work this morning to make sure). Elevation changes feel real, I'm climbing, I'm dropping...it's seriously breathtaking.

I just wish my father was still alive to experience this. That's all I thought about all night, that Dad would have had so much damn fun in this thing, and all it is is a cheap (relatively) headset with a cheap (relatively) wheel clamped to a desk. I'm awestruck. I just wish I could have put him in the grid at Indy (we attended that race for over twenty-five years straight) and let him take a green flag.

Sorry for the length, but if you haven't raced in VR, you owe it to yourself to at least try it. It's something I want to go do right now, and I have a feeling I'll be in there a hell of a lot more now. Oh, and I shaved a full two seconds off my track record at Silverstone International in a race against AI last night!

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Selling Medium Hybrid Women’s Bike (As Is)

Hi everyone!

Earlier this summer someone stole parts of my bike and I promised myself I was gonna fix it before I moved apartments.

Well, I’m moving at the end of this month and don’t have the motivation/time to fix it up. Mostly because I want to buy a new lighter bike.

My Specialized bike is missing a seat, seat post, seat clamps and screws to attach the frame to the wheels.

Otherwise the frame is in really good shape, solid tires and tubes, okay brakes, and the chain could use a good soak.

I’m not asking a lot, just $60 for anyone who will pick it up and give it some love. bike pic

I’m in Cap Hill.

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How to replace Reverb lever when clamp over brakes is attached directly on to Reverb mount.

Hi all, just looking for some advice please - always been hopeless with bike repairs.

Reverb dropper has failed twice now, outside of warranty this time so replaced it with a new dropper and a PNW loam lever. Only issue is that the current reverb remote is mounted over the brake lever and the clamp is attached to the reverb.

I’ve purchased the matchmaker style mounting lever however what do I need to clamp it on over the bars and Code RSC brakes.

I’m stumped. Does SRAM sell a separate clamp for it?

Pictures here https://imgur.com/a/hqqMUVX - the reverb remote contains the actual clamp. I didn’t even think of this when upgrading.

Many thanks.

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📅︎ Jul 19 2020
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F Derailleur

[Dammit... forgot to set the title. F Derailleur Braze On Bracket Height]

Here an interesting puzzle I wonder if anyone can help out with...

Been gifted a donor bike (scrap worthy frame) with a very decent quality full groupset: Ultegra 6700 2x10 Crankset, Shifters, F and R Derailleurs; as well as brakes, handlebars, seat post and saddle. So I set about upgrading my hack winter bike, which was rocking a very ancient (and vveerryy terrible) RSX groupset.

Start stripping the bikes, cleaning everything up, and transferring component over. So far so good, everythings going on fine... except Front Derailleur. Previously, bike to be upgraded had a weird low clamp (top swing) FD RSX A410, despite there being a brazed on bracket in place. "That's a weird thing" I thought, as I took it off and threw it in the bin bucket.

And here comes the problem. I can't fit any variant of compatible road Front Derailleur with this poxy bracket in the way. Using a bolt on FD, the bracket isn't low enough and the FD is too high. Using a clamp on and the bracket is in the way and the FD is too low.

Bolt on too high

Clamp on (way) too low

There doesn't appear to be any sort of road FD with a low clamp (top swing) clamp. Not that I can find anyway.

So I had a look at just using a MTB or Trail FD, but have not found anything I'd be confident would work. THIS video states that (as of 2016 at least), the mechanical advantage of Shimano front mechs works across MTB and Road. But the max teeth of say a Deore XT FD-M785 is 44, and a capacity of 14 (I'm running 50-34T=16). I'm not a MTBer, so I'm not as familiar with MTB groupsets as I ought to be. Is there something that'd work that I've missed?

Or, I guess... is there some sort of height adjusting washer or bracket that I can mount to the existing braze on bracket, and then mount the FD to that? The rub is that the right place for a braze on FD is just below the bracket... the slot is only like 5mm too short. I'm an engineer, so contemplating designing and machining myself up an adapter... but who knows how much £££ that'll

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Has Anyone Else Forgotten Blackstone Commercial? [Part 2]

CONFIDENT CHAIRMAN TURNED FRAUDULENT FIEND

Grainsville Daily Drill

Oct 2014

A year after the local Blackstone Commercial Center was opened for public recreation, the project’s chairman champion, Emery Wagner, has been sanctioned for misappropriation of taxpayer funds in relation to the perpetually-vacant Blackstone lot.

According to an unnamed whistle-blower working for the Grainsville Administrator’s Office, Wagner engaged in beguiling bookkeeping that did not add up in the annual budget. Records indicate the chairman fudged the numbers to suggest a higher-than-necessary budget.

A portion of local tax funds were then dispersed to “extra-budgetary” accounts that ultimately went to the Blackstone Commercial Center project. In reviewing reports from previous years, further figures appeared entirely made up, and some local officials believe Wagner transferred taxpayer money into personal bank accounts later used to bolster his “personal donations” to the project.

“Wagner was desperate to see this project’s success” the source stated, “but nothing justifies such blatant embezzlement. I’ve never seen anything less than 20 years for this level of fraud.”

Meanwhile, the Blackstone campus has been left in a state of neglect, with more than a few cases of injuries reported due to limited upkeep allocations. Since opening to the public, at least five hospitalizations--including one partial building collapse that resulted in the victim’s eventual death--have occurred to visitors of Blackstone Commercial.

The Board of Supervisors released a statement:

“We are in a state of deep regret that our chair, Mr. Wagner, has engaged in such egregious exercises, and we urge the public to understand his sins are not our own. From this point forth, we will suspend all funding to the Blackstone Commercial Center until the board is able to re-evaluate its role in our beautiful county.”

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It’s been almost a week since my former coworker’s suspicions were confirmed that Blackstone Commercial was open for business. Given the events of these few odd days, I feel now more than ever the need to type this up while I’m in the position to remember it. I don’t know how long these thoughts will last.

When I last posted, I had just gotten home from the Blackstone campus. Like Don said, the complex didn’t really look open; when the park closed after i

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📅︎ Jul 13 2020
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Local shop swears they can align VW Bus - Almost kills me

This is a story I've been interested in telling for awhile, but haven't been able to figure out how to put into concise wording.

I will preface this tale by explaining that I am the proud owner of A 1977 Volkswagen T2 Westfalia which I pulled out of somebodies backyard (where it rotted for 10 years) and have had to practically rebuild the entire vehicle mechanically over the last couple years.

This tale comes from last fall, after I had undergone the largest mechanical feat thus far on the bus, which was replacing the extremely rotted front torsion beam assembly as well as a general rebuild of the steering components in the front end.

This obviously required the complete disassembly of all the steering parts, of which there are 5 basic components. A steering box, a drag link which connects the pitman arm of the steering box, through a cut out in the front frame to a central pivot point on the beam, and a pair of tie rods which connect the pivot point to each front spindle.

Most of the parts were in great shape, as the Bus actually only had 60,000 miles, and had sustained most of its rot by being parked over grass for 10 years. And just required a general clean up and reinstallation. However, since I was removing everything... A fresh alignment would be in order once it was back together.

Aligning a Bus is actually no easy task. Toe is adjusted in the usual manner (tie rod adjustment), but camber is adjusted using a pair of eccentric nuts on each of the upper ball joints, and requires actually loosening the ball joints to the point that the nuts can be rotated, and then managing to tighten the nuts again without losing your adjustments. All while wrestling your tools through the torsion arms, around the brake lines, while underneath the vehicle. It's quite the ordeal.

Finally, the drag link can be telescoped in and out to either compensate for wear in the steering box, or more commonly, to center the steering wheel after aligning the toe and camber. More on this later.

Now, it was understandably quite hard to find any shops that were willing to align this Bus. I called around to at least 5, who flat out declined, and several others who offered to take a crack at it, but admitted they had no idea what they were doing (props for being truthful).

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Recommendation for a decent quality all-metal hot end -- reputable brand and seller?

Previously on "Let's upgrade to an all-metal hot-end":

I bought an all-metal hot end on Amazon; my eariler post: Just received an all-metal hot end. Looking into where the Bowden tube connects, I see a metal bar inside -- is that normal?

Quick summary of how that went:

  1. Extra bit of metal in the cool end, had to disassemble and remove.
  2. Couldn't grip Bowden tube without tube modification.
  3. Poor clamping design for heat brake -- threads pulled out immediately. No, I didn't cross-thread or over-tighten.

I'm returning the item to the seller.


Question at hand

Can anyone recommend a brand / seller / website where I can get a quality all-metal hot end for my CR-10? Looking to print using PETG.

Thanks!

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📅︎ Jul 18 2020
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Building first bike - would like thoughts on specs

Hi gang,

Building my first bike from Spa cycles, and they sent me a spec sheet which I can request changes to before the bike is ready to go. I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to all the nitty gritty so wondered if anyone would mind taking a look and perhaps making any recommendations for change? Are there any parts that are worth replacing? For the record, the bike will be used for commuting and the occasional all day trip.

link to the original model - https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m1b0s223p3202/SPA-CYCLES-Steel-Audax-105-R7000-Double

Frame - Reynolds 725

Headset - Terious SRN

Bottom Bracket - 105 R500

Chainset - 105 7000 50/34

Pedals - none

Wheelset - Shimano RS100

Cassette HG700 11/34 11spd other ratios available

Tyres - Gatorskin

Tubes - Schwalbe

Chain - KMC X11

Front Mech - 105 5800

Rear Mech - 105 7000

Gear Shifters - 105 7000

rake Levers - 105 7000

Brake Calipers - Tektro 737 blk

Saddle - Spa Navigator

Seat Post - FSA Omega SL-280

Collar Clamp Spa black

Headset Spacer - How high are handlebars required?

Stem - FSA OS-168mm

Handlebars - FSA Wing Compact

Bartape/Grips - EVA Comfort Cork (black)

Mudguards - SKS Chromo 35mm black

Misc.2 x Bottle cages black

The only changes I'm asking for so far are to the tyres (I'll be asking for the gatorskin). Any other recommendations? Thanks!

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Time to start thinking upgrade

The time has come, though the money isn't quite there yet, to start thinking about an upgrade! Half the fun is looking for a new bike any way, no?

Had my first taste of flowy MTB riding near Phoenix in early 2018. The bike I rented was a 2017 Giant Revel 29er (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/revel-29er-2017) so that's what I bought. Found a new one on clearance at a bike shop a few hours away from where I was living in Chicago, so I drove out and picked it up. For the past 2 years, it's been a great learning bike as I've transitioned from riding double track in Illinois out to some gnarly singletrack and downhill in my new home in the Bay Area.

I've upgraded to hydraulic brakes, added clamp on grips, race face chesters, and picked up a pair 510 flat shoes. All of these pieces have made my riding more fun, easier to control, and helped me learn better technique.

But alas, I've washed out too many times on the 2.1 Kendas that come on the bike. I'm gonna throw some 2.3s on there, but that seems like the absolute widest that this frame can handle. I could switch to a 1x to get the derailleur out of the way, swap out for an air fork with a proper 15m thru axle, get a new wheel set (stock wheels are 9m QR), but the cost of doing all that seems better allocated towards building up the next bike.

I love riding a hardtail, so I think I want to stay in that direction. Dream would be to build around a Santa Cruz Chameleon or Highball.

Not gonna buy anything until the fall or even winter. Now isn't really the best time to splash 2-3k on a new bike and the Revel is serving its purpose for now. But would be great to have a new ride for next season. And again, part of the fun is just doing the research

What are y'all's thoughts?

What should I go for next? Any spots to look out? Demo bikes? Good set of 2.3s that would fit these (30mm?) rims?

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📅︎ Jul 12 2020
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Massive patch day! :D

This game is gearing towards final stages of the development and this will be one of the last major Changelogs. There will still be updates about small things; finalizing unfinished features, adding some various small stuff, and most importantly fixing as much bugs and annoyances as possible. Those things will be still seen first in Experimental Test Branch.

And I guess it is safe to say that work has already been started with snowy sequel, My Winter Car :D

WARNING: This is big update, so prepare for some changes and make sure to re-adjust your game settings as they are reset.

-Fixed a bug with Suski
-Fixed incorrect dyno HP measurement
-Added used engine parts seller to Rally Parc Ferme area that operates during rally weekend
-Fixed issue with Drag timing giving incorrect Red-light results
-Adjusted Satsuma high-rev performance (work in progress)
-Wristwatch guy might now try to get his watch back
-Fixed bug with Suski and Jokke sometimes getting in to player's car together
-Fixed issues with car mirror images being on while not using the car
-Splitted Rally into Junior Cup and Amateur Cup with different challenge and prices
-Fixed bug with Rally SS2 giving incorrect 60sec time penalty
-Satsuma Bumpers and original Grille can be now spray painted
-Teimo's Sausage & Potatoes is now superfood that helps player with his positive weight control
-Changed Tractor engine starting and shutting off procedure to better simulate real world application
-Adjusted Tractor and Truck engines so that they do not high-rev anymore
-Fixed incorrect passing with failed brakes during car inspection
-Hubcaps now install freely to any Steel Wheel including widened versions
-Tractor Parking brake is now applied on default
-Attached state of Tractor Trailer is now being saved
-Fixed some incorrect engine disassembly rules
-Hangover is now best to be dealt with drinking alcohol
-Hangover status is now being saved
-Adjusted/fixed Satsuma suspension
-Fixed few bugs in the Satsuma electric system
-Added suspension squeak sounds to Satsuma (don't worry, it is not broken :D)
-Using Speech gesture on board of the green car makes the driver to drive with reasonable speed
-Added Videopoker slot machine to Pub
-Fixed issues with Uncle not stopping speaking
-Fixed roaming NPC's getting stuck on water level
-Added air pressure leak to Truck
-Increased maximum height of Tractor front loader

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📅︎ May 29 2020
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Mechanical disc brakes barely working in heavy rain?

When I am on my radrunner in heavy rain I almost have no stopping power. A little bit of rain is no problem. But in heavy rain, the brakes are soaked permanently and the road gets muddy, it feels like the brakes are just sliding and grinding. The day before I checked the brakepads, 60% is left, and adjusted the cable after some stretch of the cable over time. Squeezing the levers a little bit really clamped the brakes, but in rain I fully squeezed but the bike slowed down really slowly, dangerous slow if I need to stop for a car. This is my first bike with disc brakes, do I need adjustments? Upgrade to bigger brakes? Hydraulic brakes maybe? Always used rim brakes, even on my mtb and had decent stopping power.

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📅︎ Jul 14 2020
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Complete novice wanting to make custom shelves.

Hello, UK based. I have no wood working experience.

I want to make robust shelving out of 34mm metal tubing and key clamp fittings. And thinking about making the shelves from 18mm hardwood plywood, but open to suggestions for better or cheaper options on the wood.

The help I'm after is for any suggestions on how best to fix the shelves to the metal tubing. I am thinking about using single lugged mounting brackets: https://www.keyclampstore.com/single-lugged-mounting-bracket-199-b-34

But the issue with this is the wooden shelves will sit proud of the metal tubing by the thickness of the mounting brakes. I think if the wood is not flush with metal tube the entire length of shelf then the wood may get damaged.

i did think that i could router into the wood where these mounting brackets will be placed making it flush, but i have no idea what effect that will have on the strength. I also don't know what fixtures are best used. I don't want fixtures to come all the way through to the top side of the shelf.

Any thoughts or suggestion are welcome. Thank you.

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📅︎ Aug 07 2020
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I spec ev shifter to sram matchmaker brakes?

Hello all. I've been furiously googling around but I cannot seem to find an adapter for the Shimano XTR I spec ev shifter and my sram matchmaker guide brakes. I'd really like to run them with a single clamp if possible but everything I've come across only supports I spec II.

Do folks happen to know if there's an adapter out there that would fit the bill?

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📅︎ Jul 12 2020
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[WTS] Velo Orange Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar, 46cm, Silver - $50 - DMV

Basically brand new, purchased in July from VO in Annapolis. Still have the tag and bag it came in. It was fitted to a bike and removed within a few days. Two marks on the bar where the brake lever clamps were, but those are covered by bar tape.

DM me for pics if interested.

Asking $50 (retail new is $65). Local pickup in Alexandria, VA or can arrange a meetup somewhere near by. Can look into shipping, but it will likely be close to retail price due to the length of the bar.

Cash, Venmo, or PayPal F&F

VO Nouveau Randonneur

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📅︎ Aug 07 2020
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Beginner looking for advice on rack setup

Tldr; im new, have a mountain bike, dont know much, looking for any leads/tips on how best to install front and back racks and names of different mounting styles so I can attempt to google it better.

I've been following this sub for a bit and im hetting jazzed to start bikepacking and am making plans this fall, before i get out there I was hoping the good folks of this sub could give me general or specific advice on the some hardware. I tried looking through post history and didnt see too much of newbie advice, if I missed it I appologize.

Im still newish to biking (recently pulled out my teenage mountain bike, V4 series 6061 aluminum Haro Bike, disc brakes, 27 speed) so im not great with all of the terms yet so please forgive my ignorance.

I bought a chinese made behind the seat rack, (surprise its missing a part) and am rethinking getting such a cheap piece of kit now that im returning it. Generally I see a lot that have supports clamping onto the frame, and im not sure how this doesnt mess with the gear shift cable...I can install kinda around the cable so its not being pinched but this feels very bad to me.

Alternatively, i have disc brakes and have the mounts for tire brakes available on the frame, as well as a few predrilled holes between the seat and back tire. This would seem to be preferred rack mount but have no idea what words to google to find this kind of rack. I see a lot of posts here have the racks that clamp under the seat with no other supports, but I was hoping for something with a higher weight capacity.

I also bought a front rack, that appears it should mount into the mounts predrilled on the fork. (Surprise doesnt fit and is being returned). The mount holes are pre tapped, ill be looking at my manufacture to find the right threading, are there common/standard sizes/threads used?

Obviously check the dimensions next time but any advice on buying a front rack, and preferred ways to mount is also appreciated.

I plan to use my setup mostly to get access deeper into public lands, camping, and hunting/fishing. I got into the idea of using my bike because my 4x4 died a few months ago, and am getying really ecited to use it. So my trips will be more gear heavy, and shorter (a few miles) than most on here, weight of hardware isnt much of an issue but I want higher weight capacity/durability.

I am out of Pennsylvania, and plan on using access roads and some trails, if that helps anything.

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📅︎ Jul 15 2020
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Frame repair question

I'm sure you've all heard a story of some idiot who drove their roof mounted bike into a garage. I wrecked a really nice battaglin that way a couple of months ago and it's been hanging on my wall since, mocking me.

Well I've decided that enough is enough, and I want it to work again. It's got lugs and no visible weld bead so it is likely brazed, right? If I just buy a new top tube and down tube I think I should be able to just heat the lugs, pop out the top and down tubes, and pop in some new ones.

On to the questions.

For the old tubes, I don't know how long they are. I'm guessing that the lugs give me a mm or two of space to play with, can anybody quantify that for me?

For the new tubes, I believe that the lugs should line everything up more or less, but I'm pretty worried about that less. I can make a jig but don't have one now, so would prefer to not if I didn't need to. My initial thought would be cradling the seat tube onto a flat surface, then inserting a rod through the head tube so that the centerlines are parallel at the same height. In this setup, will the tube length/lug geometry set head tube and seat tube angles, or do I need to make an actual jig?

Finally, this may be a bit cheeky, but the old frame had an internally routed brake cable. I really liked that, is that as simple as drilling a hole and brazing on that plate, or is there some kind of internal structure that I can't see?

Also I want to keep the Italian flag badge from the old bike on the top tube. Is that as easy as heating until it pops off, clamping it to the new tube, and brazing it on?

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📅︎ Jul 16 2020
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problem mounting GRX inline levers

I just bought a Ritchey Venturemax handlebar and had plans of mounting GRX inline levers on it, but noticed after looking at it all that the midsection 31.8 bulge in the bar is not wide enough for the GRX inline lever design. The problem is the brakes have a clamp, which would be fine, but then a foot that is supposed to also touch the bar a few millimeters farther out, which is beyond the 31.8 and would cause the brake lever to bend in. IDK why they design things this way - so frustrating. It looks like I could have this issue on lots of bars. Any thoughts? I don't see an easy way to put in a shim since that part of the brake just rests on the bar - it doesn't clamp. See pix.. There is just not enough room for a stem and two brake levers that have this foot that extends out.

note the foot that extends out

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📅︎ Jul 25 2020
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Ergonomic Advice For A Fairly New Desk Racer?

Hey y'all, I got into sim racing not too long ago, middle of last month probably. Just bought a G29 that I clamp to my desk and use rubber bands on the clamps to keep it in place perfectly. I was having a good time doing GT3 stuff until I got into more intensive braking with the karting and Formula series' in PCars2 three nights ago and a little while into my session my left knee/calf started to ache while I was braking and the ache kind of carried on (though a lot lesser, it was worse when I was playing) throughout most of the day after and went away yesterday and today (and before anyone suggests, I am negative for COVID so it's not that lol). Also worth noting that I'm not actually using the ridiculously hard to push down brake pedal on the G29 and remapped the clutch pedal to serve as my brake.

I'm generally pretty out of shape to begin with (working on that) so it's understandable that I'd have some leg aching after racing in a pretty poor posture just at a desk setup. So my question kind of is...what would you guys recommend I do to have better ergonomics without going overboard just yet with a fancy seat rig? It's mostly just a hobby right now that I think is fun to do while I watch the current F1 season. Of course as I get more into sim racing I could see myself getting a proper rig, but for now I haven't even done too much research into that kind of stuff which is why I came here.

So to put it short: would you guys advise against raising the pedals up higher so I'm in a better more realistic posture? Additionally, how portable would a seat set-up be? My main profession and dozens of other game genres I'm into basically make attaching my monitors to a sim rig pretty much out of the question entirely. Are there portable seats that can sit up a little higher so my monitors can stay on the desk and I can still have decent ergonomics? Just looking for some advice, really. I'm a bit afraid to boot up PCars for the time being and risk either actually injuring my knee/pulling a muscle or just the general anxiety an ache brings a hypochondriac like me.

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📅︎ Jul 22 2020
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How to be properly paranoid during a post-accident bike inspection?

I was involved in a bike accident. Unfortunately, I have no memory of the event (nor much of the week-long hospital stay afterwards 😬) so I cannot really inform my bike inspection & repair plans with "what got hit by what at what angle" type info.

It's very important to me that my bike is safe when I start riding again. So much so that I'm considering just buying an entirely new bike for peace-of-mind, even though mine appears repairable. I really love my bike, though. If I could be sure it was safe, I'd much rather fix it than buy a new one.

The bike is a 2017 Kona Wheelhouse (Reynolds 853 steel frame, Carbon fork) that I upgraded with Shimano 105 R7000 hydraulic groupset.

Visible damage (items to be replaced for sure):

* The shifters (and other handlebar-mounted items) are displaced and cracked / beat up.

* Derailleur hanger broken.

* The aluminum rear pannier rack is slightly bent and beat up.

That's really about it. How much should I trust the rest of it?

Wheels

* As true as they were before. No damage visible.

Steel Frame

* No dents or scrapes visible.

* Does not appear to be bent, but I have not really tried to measure anything.

* Welds look normal to my untrained eye.

What are the chances that the frame is bent or damaged if there are no dents or scrapes? Even if I ran straight into a concrete wall, I'd guess the front wheel would be bent before the head tube angle got ... modified, right?

Carbon Fork

* Looks totally fine, but I'm just sketched out. At least some force went into the carbon steerer to mess up the shifters, and unsure what happened to the blades. Will almost certainly just replace the fork because carbon is scary.

Handlebars / Stem / Steering

* I'll unwrap the bar tape from the handlebars to check for damage. I'll remove the shifters & stem clamp and look for any bends / scoring where they meet. If it looks okay, should I assume that aluminum bars would bend before they break? Or should I worry about some unseed doom and just replace 'em?

* Steam appears fine. Do stems break or fail if the bars didn't bend first?

* Headset isn't making any weird noises when turning. Anything else to check for here?

Crankset

* Looks fine. Do I trust that wacky Shimano bonded-metal construction at this point?

Brakes

* Brake rotors are still true.

* Calipers still work.

Anything else I should be thinking about? Advice? Thanks!

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I did my own bike service for the first time, it was therapeutic.

Everyone at the office are working from home for now because COVID-19 and I neglected my every day ~20km commute bike, I had to move temporary to my parents place and I left my bike at my apartment. I left my place for 3 months and we had some heavy rain for three weeks recently; I came back to grab my belongings when I found my bike with no protection receiving sun and rain every day. The chain was very rusty, the hole bike was full of dust and some parts with spiders web, I cried (maybe that was the trigger after so man fucked up news lately).

On Friday I called my bike service shop and they are currently not working due COVID. So yesterday I said it was enough. I saw as many bike repairing videos as possible and I grabbed my dad tools. Today I was able to accomplish the follow:

  • Remove the chain, used some grease remover first then put some rust remover. It loose this nice shiny plated color but at least it was not rusty.
  • Remove both wheels, the cassette and the ball barrings. Clean them and apply some nice and clean grease.
  • Overall cleaning, lubed, oil and grease all of it's components.

I'm really happy with the end results. Still having some issues with the front disc brake since it's too narrow and I'm not sure how to loose the clamps just a tiny bit, so the tire it's a little rigid. Other than that is as good as when they return it from service.

I felt way better after that, it made me really happy and now I want to slowly buy more tools so I can do all of my bike services. i had a really bad time removing the cassette, I did the old trick with the pliers but for sure buying a cassette lockring removal tools will be on top my list. Sorry the crappy picture but it is late and I am excited. thanks for reading and I hope you all stay happy and stay healthy!

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GUNSMITH EVOLVED

Gunsmith Evolved

Hello again Ghosts! Another day, another mockup, this time tackling one of the community's biggest requests.

Gunsmith is the weakest part of Breakpoint. It has devolved ever since it was first introduced in Future Soldier so now it's time to take it to the next level.

Gearscore. Gone.

Tiered Loot. Gone.

Weapon Marks. Gone.

Limitations. Gone.

This ambitious project has 5 goals to evolve Ghost Recon while not forgetting its roots.

  1. No more Gearscore or Tiered Loot
  2. Keep loot in an immersive way
  3. Reward players for using different weapons without forcing them
  4. Allow for players to create their own signature weapons that they can form a connection with throughout the game
  5. Maintain the tactical survival fantasy over the RPG fantasy while being accessible

Over the weeks of designing and drafting the UI and mechanics, I maintained three pillars to keep the system grounded:

  1. Proficiency - XP based weapon progression and rewards
  2. Perks - Personalize weapon performance
  3. Conversions - Overhaul weapon capability

GUNSMITH

Gunsmith

Create your own signature weapon that evolves with you!

  • More options than ever before
    • Stock (all compatible stocks, none) [Gunsmith Slots 2]
      • Option to toggle extended or collapsed like blousing boots
    • Barrel (long, standard, short) [Gunsmith Slots 2]
    • Handguard (affects number of rails) [Gunsmith Slots 2]
    • Muzzle (Suppressors, flash hiders, compensators, muzzle brakes, choke, etc)
      • Suppressors do not affect damage or velocity.
      • Suppressors cause increased weapon wear per shot*
      • Default suppressor can be changed
    • Optic (reflex sights, red dots, holo sights, scopes)
    • Gas System (undergassed, standard, overgassed) [Gunsmith Slots 3]
      • Overgassing increases weapon wear per shot*
    • Side Rail (flashlights, lasers, range finder, rail cover)
      • Side Rail 2 [Rails 2]
    • Top Rail (lasers, canted sights including irons and red dots, rangefinder, rail cover)
      • Top Rail 2 [Rails 2]
    • Underbarrel (grips, flashlights, rangefinder, lasers, bipods, launchers, rail cover)
      • Underbarrel 2 [Rails 2]
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REVIEW: 3 scooters and ~300 miles of riding (Zero 10X, Turbowheel Swift [Zero 8], Megawheels S5)

I meant to do a 100 mile review of my Zero 10X and I'm now over 150 miles and have 3 scooters.

Megawheels S5
My first electric scooter was a Megawheels S5 which doesn't seem to be popular, I'm not even sure how I found it. It has 8 inch pneumatic tires, a 250W front motor, and rear disk brakes. Pretty basic in comparison to an M365. I think I got it new for about $250. I bought it after riding a Lime scooter and knew exactly what I was getting - a cheap scooter to ride around downtown.

Things I like about the S5:

  • The deck is very thin because the batteries are in the stem
  • Pneumatic tires are comfortable
  • It's relatively light weight
  • Folding hinge and lock are good and can be adjusted as it wears in

Things I dislike about the S5:

  • As a ~145 lb person, the range was a bit lacking. On a hilly ride, it has died at under 8 miles. My ~120 lb friend got about 12 miles on a mostly flat ride.
  • THE CHARGING PORT. It's at the top of the handlebar stem, on the rider side. It's so high up that the charger brick can't sit on the ground and be plugged in. It's also right in the way of the rear fender when it's folded, so you can't charge it in the folded position.
  • The headlight is not great but that was fine with me
  • The latch that holds the scooter in the folded position is not great especially compared to designs like the Swift that have a firm folded position.
  • The weight of the batteries in the handlebar makes it hard to wheel over bumps like a door threshold because it wants to tip forward. To lift the front wheel from the handlebar, you're lifting the battery weight in addition to just the stem and wheel weight.
  • The rear fender is really flexible and bounces all over the place. It hasn't broken yet.
  • 250W motor REALLY struggles up hills.
  • The trapezoidal stem shape makes it so that accessories meant for round tubes can't attach.
  • The valve stem on the motor wheel requires an extender to inflate it and the flexible extender they include does not have a pin, it opens the valve all the time. I tend to lose air when I disconnect it. I bought all metal 1.5 inch valve extenders that have a pin and they're much better.
  • Fixed handlebar height

Would I buy it again? Yes. It's a cheap, fun scooter. Having no experience with owning an M365, I'd probably recommend you buy that if you have no intention of spending over $500 on a scooter. I bought the S5 assuming I might buy a n

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WTB 2x10 Road Groupset and rim brakes.

Hey I’m building a road frame currently and I am looking for some parts I’ll list below. I prefer Shimano 105 or above as I currently have a Dura Ace crankset installed on it. Also I prefer black or dark gray finishes for the look I’m going for.

If you have one or all of the parts feel free to reach out, I don’t mind multiple transactions. I’m located in the Boston, MA area.

Parts needed: 2x10 shifters

Front deraileur (Clamp on)for a double crank

Rear deraileur 10 speed

Front brake Rear brake

27.2 Carbon seatpost with 25mm offset

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Chasing Hznarah: A They Are Smol Story, Part 3/3

Standard Disclaimer: I do not take credit for the setting, this story is set in the They Are Smol universe, written by our very own u/tinyprancinghorse. This is a much shorter story and unrelated to any characters or situations in Smol Detective.

TPH has a Website, a Patreon, and also a Discord if you need more smol shenanigans.

Part One is here, Part Two is here.

Smol Detective 1 starts here, and its sequels start here and here.

Anybody interested in my previous non-smol story (Iron Hue-Man) can find that here.

__________

Between the staff having to make minor repairs to the starting line after Reglnen's run plus a few delays from other racers' mechanical breakdowns, Henry didn't get to start until late afternoon.

"[Are you okay with starting this late?]" asked Snnmnarath.

"Sure, no problem." Henry looked behind him at the sun that now settled closer to the western horizon. "I might have the sun in my eyes on the return leg, but I'll manage." He knelt and picked up a bit of crust between his gloved fingers, rubbing it back and forth to get a sense of its texture. After dropping the bit of salty earth, he stood. "Should give us great traction. And there's no wind to speak of. We should have a good run, my girl."

Henry patted the side of his motorcycle and missed the exchange of puzzled alien looks which literally went over his head. He ducked his head down into Lucille and performed a few last-minute checks of the turbochargers.

Nanrznin hovered nearby, his usual flamboyant manner now subsiding in the midst of a rising nervousness. He touched a finger to one ear. "[They're saying five minutes to go, [Henry].]"

"Great! Let's fire her up." Henry pulled himself up and out of his vehicle. Next to Lucille sat a small cylinder with two handles project

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OBLIGATORY FILLER MATERIAL – Breaking Bad, Part 6

Continuing

“Should we be concerned?” I ask.

“I’ll find out”, Sanjay says and calls yet another number.

While Sanjay is on his phone, mine begins to vibrate.

“Yes?” I answer.

“Doctor. There’s been an incident. I believe we require your special talents,” said the disembodied voice on the other end of the line.

I get the details.

“Right. We’ll be there in 30 minutes.” I say and ring off.

“Gentlemen”, I say, “Change of plans. We’re off to Sector 6. Assholes and elbows, guys. Let’s suit up and get to the bus!”

“Mr. Maya”, I smile, “Change of destination.”

“Anywhere you say, Dr. Rock”, he replies and leaves to warm up the magic bus.

30 minutes later and all 27 of us are on the garish, would be a good color scheme for a Hawaiian shirt, bus headed to Sector 6.

We bounce along and I inform my team they know as much as I do right now. All we know for certain is that was an accident with a small explosion, a minor fire, and some minimal injuries. Beyond that, we’re in the dark, so we’re going to have to be on our toes.

“Green, Rock!” was the reply.

We roll up to the area to the accident area and immediately see what all the hoo-hah was about.

Sitting in the beach sand, at approximately a 40-degree angle to the horizontal, titled at 17 degrees to the port side, was the remains of a large ocean-going barge approximately 318’ long x 96’ wide x 20’ tall. It was being dismantled via cutting torch and oxygen lance. It was basically being chopped into segments like one would slice a particularly large loaf of very iron-rich bread.

They had already removed the stern as the barge was sitting on the sand ass-backward, with the prow still in the shallow, warm, lapping waters of the Indian Ocean.

The barge in cross-section was a crazy-quilt of watertight compartments, holds, and other marine subdivisions. They had attempted to open bulkhead doors and vent the holds, but evidently, after it sits for an hour or so in the mid-day sun, like at lunchtime, gasses of both decomposition and propulsion build up and migrate.

Unfortunately, they migrate to where the guys with the torches are working.

They return after lunch, spark up a torch, and go back to cutting where they left off.

Now, if gasses seep during active cutting operations, no problem. They flash burn off and don’t have a chance to build up. But take an hour break and let the noonday sun do its dirty work?

The results, as they were here, can be explosive.

A cutter, or torch man, and

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Changewar part 20: Florya Tersk: Watchman

Previous

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Tirii moaned softly as she held her hand. Cracha had smashed something important and now she couldn’t move the thing.

“Yes, Joseph, I would happily do this.” As Cracha talked, she held the bloodstained bat over her shoulder. “Florya here is the biggest pain in the ass the Initiative here has ever had to deal with. In fact, if it weren’t for the Watch’s little blackmail program, none of you would be here.”

Baby Joey looked up at Florya reproachfully. “What’s Grandma talking about?”

“You don’t know?” Cracha sneered, whacking Tirii again. As the Vin smashed to the floor, her tormentor looked Florya in the eyes, pushing his head up with her finger. “Your grandfather seduced me while another agent filmed us. They used that to blackmail the TDI for years.”

“What?”

Florya wasn’t listening to anyone. Weren’t there, like, five guards here? He only saw four now. Then it hit him. He wasn’t sure if it was Boss skulking around behind one of the surviving guards or his sword going through the man’s chest. The other three turned as their comrade dropped, only to watch Boss grab the gun from his victim’s holster and blow another one away.

“Go!” he yelled as Cracha ran for it. “I can handle them all.”

Florya pulled Baby Joey up from the floor and ran after Cracha. He chased her up the stairs and out after her, only to be stopped by two guards. Florya didn’t have time for this; he just picked up one of the guys and smashed. his spine into the front desk. Something snapped and the guard lay there, limp.

Baby Joey was having a harder time, it seemed. He had gotten ahold of the other guard’s hand, though it was waving left and right. Finally, he grabbed a phone off the desk and repeatedly smashed it into the man’s head. Florya was impressed. The kid learned quickly. Soon as they were no longer held up, Florya and his grandson ran down to the garage. If Cracha knew where the kid was, then Florya knew exactly where she was going. He had to get there first.

Soon as the two men got out to the parking garage, someone started shooting at them. Florya and Baby Joey ducked back into the doorway as the gunfire shattered the tile lining the concrete.

As chunks of tile rained down on him, Florya materialized his guns and star

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RIP Ellen

Paige watched with wide eyes as her friend was ushered into a cage with iron bars jagged with rust.

An iron arm swung the cage over the edge of the filthy fishing boat.

Paige pressed her hands together, her eyes welling with panic.

”No, please!” she pleaded. “She doesn’t have that much money. Let’s just forget about all this, please!”

The one burly man next to the crank that raised and lowered the cage shot her a look that clearly indicated how much he didn’t care about what Paige thought of the whole affair.

“Please just let her out! Just let us go!”

“Lady,” the man snarled, “you’re not the one that financed this little expedition so you’re not the one we’re taking orders from.”

Just as Paige started up with more mewling, the man hit a release next to the crank and the cage plummeted into the waves with a splash, her friend Ellen grasping the bars from the inside. Paige yelped. The chain reached its end and became taut, throbbing like a heartbeat.

Paige took a few urgent steps toward the crank operator, but two other brutish men with short necks and broad shoulders blocked her.

“You don’t listen too good,” they grunted. Paige imagined her friend screaming, struggling, panicking. Bubbles were rising from where the cage hung in the depths.

After a dreadfully long time, it was pulled up out of the water. Ellen’s wetsuit-clad body was revealed. She slid her mask and her breathing apparatus off her face and she pumped her fists in the air with a loud whoop!

Paige shaped a steeple over her nose with her fingers as she shook her head.

“Paige, Paige... I got pictures!” Ellen yelled as she held up a large waterproof camera. Paige wouldn’t even look at her.

“So how many do you think you saw?” asked the crank operator with folded arms. Excitement radiated from Ellen’s face.

“Oh, God. I don’t know. Probably six or more?”

The man nodded and shifted his fat cigar to the other side of his face.

“So that means it was a successful dive. That plus the camera rental is going to put you at about four grand.”

Ellen stepped out of the cage and handed the waterproof camera off to one of the men.

“We’ll get these uploaded and give you a code so you can access them.”

Ellen shot the men two thumbs up. She turned to Paige and gave her the same gesture. Paige just glared.

“If it’s all the same to you ladies, we’re heading back to shore,” said the crank operator.

* * * * * *

“Four thousand dollars, Ellen. Four-freaking-thousand dollars.”

“I know, isn’t

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RIP Ellen

Paige watched with wide eyes as her friend was ushered into a cage with iron bars jagged with rust.

An iron arm swung the cage over the edge of the filthy fishing boat.

Paige pressed her hands together, her eyes welling with panic.

”No, please!” she pleaded. “She doesn’t have that much money. Let’s just forget about all this, please!”

The one burly man next to the crank that raised and lowered the cage shot her a look that clearly indicated how much he didn’t care about what Paige thought of the whole affair.

“Please just let her out! Just let us go!”

“Lady,” the man snarled, “you’re not the one that financed this little expedition so you’re not the one we’re taking orders from.”

Just as Paige started up with more mewling, the man hit a release next to the crank and the cage plummeted into the waves with a splash, her friend Ellen grasping the bars from the inside. Paige yelped. The chain reached its end and became taut, throbbing like a heartbeat.

Paige took a few urgent steps toward the crank operator, but two other brutish men with short necks and broad shoulders blocked her.

“You don’t listen too good,” they grunted. Paige imagined her friend screaming, struggling, panicking. Bubbles were rising from where the cage hung in the depths.

After a dreadfully long time, it was pulled up out of the water. Ellen’s wetsuit-clad body was revealed. She slid her mask and her breathing apparatus off her face and she pumped her fists in the air with a loud whoop!

Paige shaped a steeple over her nose with her fingers as she shook her head.

“Paige, Paige... I got pictures!” Ellen yelled as she held up a large waterproof camera. Paige wouldn’t even look at her.

“So how many do you think you saw?” asked the crank operator with folded arms. Excitement radiated from Ellen’s face.

“Oh, God. I don’t know. Probably six or more?”

The man nodded and shifted his fat cigar to the other side of his face.

“So that means it was a successful dive. That plus the camera rental is going to put you at about four grand.”

Ellen stepped out of the cage and handed the waterproof camera off to one of the men.

“We’ll get these uploaded and give you a code so you can access them.”

Ellen shot the men two thumbs up. She turned to Paige and gave her the same gesture. Paige just glared.

“If it’s all the same to you ladies, we’re heading back to shore,” said the crank operator.

* * * * * *

“Four thousand dollars, Ellen. Four-freaking-thousand dollars.”

“I know, isn’t

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RIP Ellen

Paige watched with wide eyes as her friend was ushered into a cage with iron bars jagged with rust.

An iron arm swung the cage over the edge of the filthy fishing boat.

Paige pressed her hands together, her eyes welling with panic.

”No, please!” she pleaded. “She doesn’t have that much money. Let’s just forget about all this, please!”

The one burly man next to the crank that raised and lowered the cage shot her a look that clearly indicated how much he didn’t care about what Paige thought of the whole affair.

“Please just let her out! Just let us go!”

“Lady,” the man snarled, “you’re not the one that financed this little expedition so you’re not the one we’re taking orders from.”

Just as Paige started up with more mewling, the man hit a release next to the crank and the cage plummeted into the waves with a splash, her friend Ellen grasping the bars from the inside. Paige yelped. The chain reached its end and became taut, throbbing like a heartbeat.

Paige took a few urgent steps toward the crank operator, but two other brutish men with short necks and broad shoulders blocked her.

“You don’t listen too good,” they grunted. Paige imagined her friend screaming, struggling, panicking. Bubbles were rising from where the cage hung in the depths.

After a dreadfully long time, it was pulled up out of the water. Ellen’s wetsuit-clad body was revealed. She slid her mask and her breathing apparatus off her face and she pumped her fists in the air with a loud whoop!

Paige shaped a steeple over her nose with her fingers as she shook her head.

“Paige, Paige... I got pictures!” Ellen yelled as she held up a large waterproof camera. Paige wouldn’t even look at her.

“So how many do you think you saw?” asked the crank operator with folded arms. Excitement radiated from Ellen’s face.

“Oh, God. I don’t know. Probably six or more?”

The man nodded and shifted his fat cigar to the other side of his face.

“So that means it was a successful dive. That plus the camera rental is going to put you at about four grand.”

Ellen stepped out of the cage and handed the waterproof camera off to one of the men.

“We’ll get these uploaded and give you a code so you can access them.”

Ellen shot the men two thumbs up. She turned to Paige and gave her the same gesture. Paige just glared.

“If it’s all the same to you ladies, we’re heading back to shore,” said the crank operator.

* * * * * *

“Four thousand dollars, Ellen. Four-freaking-thousand dollars.”

“I know, isn’t

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