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>> No. 2946 Anonymous
30th July 2014
Wednesday 10:49 am
2946 Autonomous automobiles to be street legal by January 2015
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28551069

So, lads, will you be buying a self-driving car? Watch this space lads.
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>> No. 2951 Anonymous
30th July 2014
Wednesday 12:52 pm
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>>2950
Top lads, them.
>> No. 2952 Anonymous
30th July 2014
Wednesday 1:32 pm
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>>2948
Reminds me of that Martin Clunes film of the bloke who wakes up naked in Scotland after his stag night.
>> No. 2953 Anonymous
30th July 2014
Wednesday 2:33 pm
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>>2947
I remember reading somewhere (some article linked on Slashdot a few months back) that they won't allow you to use them while you're pissed up.

So basically, they're fucking useless.
>> No. 2954 Anonymous
30th July 2014
Wednesday 4:20 pm
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>>2946

Autonomous technology will almost certainly be introduced progressively as the technology develops. Many new cars (Volvos, Mercs, some VWs) are already equipped with assisted braking technology that will automatically apply the brakes to prevent a low-speed crash. The next step is probably intelligent cruise control that is capable of following a car in front or overtaking slower traffic, as motorways are a relatively controlled environment and so easier for software to navigate.
>> No. 2955 Anonymous
30th July 2014
Wednesday 4:25 pm
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Remember not to buy one of these if you have any political ideas that are unpalatable. Otherwise you'll find yourself wrapped around a tree.

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>> No. 2905 Anonymous
7th July 2014
Monday 9:40 pm
2905 Sibling is a dangerous driver
Although I've always thought my (18 year old) brother is something of a little shit, I've never really considered going to the filth about him until today. This evening, after eating out, he was driving me and my family (4, all told) home in a small hatchback (my parents') and refused to put the lights on, despite it being dusk and other drivers having theirs on, and our reasonable requests to do so ('anonymous, please put the lights on'). He simply refused and kept going, eventually braking aggressively and shouting that 'everyone's a driver!' (I've been qualified for just under 5 years, my mum and dad since the dinosaurs), refusing to see sense.

He then took off, doing at least 25-28 on a 20 mph road with speed bumps. At this point I demanded that he stop and let me out, but 'I'd had my chance', refusing again on my second and third requests and he kept going. I eventually said unless he stopped the car I would call the police, upon which he duly did, with much snarling and all that wank. We all got out of the car and he fucked off to god knows where. AFAIK he's still driving somewhere, gone to a friend's house or wrapped around a lamp post.

My mum and dad basically pretended nothing had happened as we walked home. I wouldn't let it go and said that he is clearly not fit to drive a car (I didn't go so far as 'and needs professional help', for my sins). In any case, my parents don't seem to have any intent of doing anything meaningful concerning his behaviour. He's always been a bit of a prick; in the last two years he's become a really arrogant and selfish asshole, but this is behaviour is genuinely life-threatening, to himself, passengers pedestrians and other motorists.

I am in two minds about what to do. On one hand he might become more of a cunt if I really take matters into my own hands, such as by calling the (non-emergency) filth, and cause bad drama with my parents. On the other, he could end up being responsible for the death or injury of an innocent person. Exactly what I should do next, I don't know. I've tried googling 'what to do if dangerous driving' and other similar search terms but nothing is coming out. Are there any charities that might be able to help out with this? I'd be very grateful for any advice.
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>> No. 2929 Anonymous
7th July 2014
Monday 11:25 pm
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>>2928

In all fairness he shouldn't have called the poster who gave him the most sensible and well intentioned advice a moron if he didn't want a cunt-off.
>> No. 2930 Anonymous
7th July 2014
Monday 11:31 pm
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Cunt offs on /mph/. It's the end of the world I tell you.
>> No. 2931 Anonymous
8th July 2014
Tuesday 12:15 am
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>You are just a hateful cunt.
Says the guy who wrote all this:
>You sound like a self-righteous, self-absorbed, know-it-all, horrible bastard.
>You are a cunt mate. I hope you die in a car accident.
>You are honestly a vile creature. Fuck right off.
>> No. 2932 Anonymous
8th July 2014
Tuesday 6:51 am
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>>2930
All thanks to /*/sfw/.

Simple answer, but don't get in a car with him.
>> No. 2933 Anonymous
8th July 2014
Tuesday 9:51 am
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>>2909

I thought this was a quality post which made a lot of good points. The whole 'he could kill people' argument is both valid and void at the same time.

He could ride a bicycle like a knob and kill someone, or run down some stairs and kill someone etc... etc...

OK sure, he's in a motor vehicle so he has a tool that could do that a lot easier but you're going for the worst case scenario. It's far more likely that in driving like an idiot he'll get caught by the old bill who will give him a talking to + more if they feel the need or by a speed camera.

If you want to try and get through to your brother, maybe try an approach where you ask him if he's ever killed anyone before. Then ask why he's acting like he wants to. Or something, I don't know.

Also, him killing someone might not be such a bad thing, the person he kills could be an utter cunt.

I'd be more concerned about him ending up as one of those pricks on Road Wars.

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>> No. 2886 Anonymous
13th April 2014
Sunday 6:49 pm
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What do you fa.gs use for face protection for cycling?

I'm thinking of buying a ski mask to prevent bugs hitting my face and warmth. Would you recommend anything in particular?

There's some dirt cheap masks on ebay was wondering if any of you lot have them.
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>> No. 2887 Anonymous
13th April 2014
Sunday 7:25 pm
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My dad's in his mid 50s and has cycled all his life, he's never worn one and nor has anyone I know except someone I met who cycled from Siberia to England for a laff.
>> No. 2888 Anonymous
13th April 2014
Sunday 7:45 pm
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>>2886

A mask that makes you look more like a roving Anarchist than a pretentious cyclist. Not that it doesn't also do the latter, just less so.
>> No. 2889 Anonymous
13th April 2014
Sunday 8:17 pm
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Like most long-distance cyclists, I use a Buff-style neck tube. They're very versatile, especially if you opt for a relatively lightweight lycra fabric. You can wear them simply as a neck-warmer, as a mask, as a balaclava or as a hat. In the depths of winter I layer mine with a hat, during spring and autumn I use it singly. You look like a bit of a fanny, but that goes with the territory really.
>> No. 2890 Anonymous
14th April 2014
Monday 2:40 am
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I've never used anything, but I have a fairly bushy beard during the winter so that's probably enough. Plus my commute rarely takes me above 18mph so there's not much wind chill.

A Buff is probably your best bet though, unless you want to be shot by SO19.
>> No. 2900 Anonymous
11th June 2014
Wednesday 10:04 pm
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For my daily commute I use a pair of cycle glasses and that fixes most of my bug problems. I do occasionally catch a bug in my mouth but I am not convinced this warrants the hassle of having to use a mask. When it is really cold I'll probably just drive anyway.

I think if I were commuting in a city (read: London) I would use an anti-pollution mask though. Not sure to what degree those masks work but heavy breathing in traffic is no fun.

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>> No. 2711 Anonymous
8th August 2013
Thursday 7:26 pm
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So are any of you mechanically minded? I bought an old 2 stroke brit motorcycle for a few hundred quid a few years ago, with the aim of teaching myself about bike repair and how to ride. Trouble is, I bought a motorcycle that has no handy Haynes repair manual available, and in the process of trying to teach myself to how to ride it, I broke the damn thing.

Before I cocked everything up, the bike seemed to work pretty well - the engine would always rev up after a couple of kickstarts, would idle happily in neutral, but it would always stop because I had no idea how to manage the balancing act between engaging the clutch and getting into first gear. I only managed to get it into gear and actually ride the thing once out of a total of about 40 failed attempts. I thought I could continue with this trial and error approach until everything finally 'clicked', but the universe had other plans.

One day I repeated the procedure of kickstarting and trying and failing to get into first gear about 5 times. On the 6th kickstart, a loud bang emanated from the exhaust, and it seems to have killed whatever archaic techno-wizardry was going on in the engine.

When I try to engage the kickstarter, nothing happens. The engine doesn't start. The kickstarter turns, but now there's a 'whooshing' sound that wasn't there before, as if it's forcing air out of somewhere.

What could be the problem?
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>> No. 2891 Anonymous
29th May 2014
Thursday 9:58 pm
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A belated thanks for the advice. I've finally got around to tinkering with the bike, and I seem to be closer to identifying the problem.

It turns out that the whooshing sound is coming from between the cylinder head and the cylinder itself; a blown gasket perhaps? Would a blown gasket make the loud gunshot-like sound I heard when I first messed up the engine? In any case, I've ordered a replacement gasket for a tenner and will have a go at changing it myself.

What about tools? I have wrenches, socket wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers.Anything else I might need? I don't think I'll need a torque wrench as I haven't seen any mention of torque values in the owner's manual.
>> No. 2892 Anonymous
29th May 2014
Thursday 10:19 pm
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>>2740

Neighbour banging on the ceiling levels of mirth.

I'm a child, clearly.
>> No. 2894 Anonymous
29th May 2014
Thursday 11:02 pm
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I can't listen to this song without crying
https://www.youtube.com/v/j0kJdrfzjAg
>> No. 2895 Anonymous
29th May 2014
Thursday 11:18 pm
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>>2894

I prefer the bluegrass version.

https://www.youtube.com/v/YW-w0KgE-8s
>> No. 2896 Anonymous
30th May 2014
Friday 12:21 am
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100%, it's one of the finest songs in the English language. Thompson is a bloody genius.

Fuck it, this is a folk music thread now.

Songs I can't hear without crying:

https://www.youtube.com/v/D9UJSZKsYwM

https://www.youtube.com/v/wmhACB1ZPQM

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>> No. 1688 Anonymous
9th April 2012
Monday 7:37 pm
1688 Road bikes
So I've just bought myself my first road bike - it's a Raleigh Airlite 200 which I paid £400 for; 3 months ago it was £600 because it's a 2011 model (no difference in 2012 models except the design, really).

It's a pretty standard entry level road bike - alloy frame, carbon forks, Shim Sora 18-speed gears.

Any of you lads ride a road bike? What do you ride?

Also, would you advise me getting a triple chainset so I can increase the number of gears to 27?
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>> No. 2881 Anonymous
1st April 2014
Tuesday 5:38 am
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>>2877

CFRP is really complicated stuff. You're not so much dealing with a material as an engineering structure in its own right. It is very difficult to generalise and the "average" properties of CFRP depend enormously on the industry and application.

The properties of the fibre itself vary hugely depending on the fibre manufacturing process, with elastic moduli ranging from 55GPa to 900GPa and tensile strength from 2000MPa to 6000MPa. The best fibre is shockingly expensive, dwarfing the costs of even very exotic metal alloys. You generally can't get strength and stiffness in the same fibre, so there's a complex tradeoff between cost, strength and stiffness.

Once you've chosen your fibre, you need to look at the laminate. Fibre volume fractions can vary from 30% with a crude wet layup up to 60%+ with a pre-preg process. Excess resin is worse than useless, adding weight and undermining the strength of the laminate. Ideally, the fibre needs to be completely wetted-out without any surplus resin. Air bubbles (voids) severely undermine strength, riddling the laminate with nucleation points for stress fractures and delamination. Autoclave processing massively increases the strength of a laminate by reducing voids to a minimum, ensuring proper resin distribution and allowing for the use of stronger high cure temperature resins.

Standard woven cloth is very convenient (both in design and manufacturing), but it's a relatively poor way to use the fibre. The crimp created by the interlacing of the fibres translates some normal stress into shear and the uneven surface of the cloth reduces the fibre volume. Unidirectional fabrics maximise the properties of the fibre by avoiding crimp, but increase design complexity substantially and makes the laminate less resilient to mistreatment. A woven fabric allows neighbouring fibres to support each other, so that a break in a fibre caused by drilled holes or damage only affects the local area. With UD, a broken fibre can move within the matrix, contributing little to the mechanical properties of the laminate.

The net result is that there's a vast range in the practical properties of CFRP, with bicycle frames being at the higher end. Because a bicycle frame is relatively small and high-value, you can go hell-for-leather in optimising the layup. You can afford to use high-grade fibre, heated steel tooling with internal bladder moulding and a high-pressure autoclave; You can trust the user to care for the frame and inspect it regularly for damage, so you can get away with using mainly or exclusively unidirectional fabric. Most engineers using composite materials don't have those luxuries.

The range is fairly broad just within bicycle frames. A basic carbon frame costs about £500 and weighs about 1.2kg, a top frame might be ten times the price and half the weight for the same stiffness. The difference is mainly accounted for by better quality carbon fibre, a more complex layup schedule and more careful process control.
>> No. 2882 Anonymous
1st April 2014
Tuesday 7:27 am
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Compared to a hybrid is it harder to cycle on a road bike than a hybrid? Over the same distance / geography.

I have both and it certainly feels like that to me.
>> No. 2883 Anonymous
1st April 2014
Tuesday 7:41 am
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>>2882

Depends how you define 'harder'.

A road bike is easier in that it uses your strength and power more efficiently, so for the same amount of energy, you go farther and faster. But a hybrid is far more comfortable on your arms, back, arse, and feet, so the same ride may leave you feeling fresher on a hybrid. A hybrid may also be geared lower to make hills easier (but slower), though a compact crankset on a roadie does much the same thing.

A road bike is invariably more efficient though so if we're talking pure effort of legs vs miles traveled it will always win. In your case you may feel the fatigue in your body more than your legs, or maybe your road bike is less appropriately geared for your riding. Do you live in a particularly hilly area?
>> No. 2884 Anonymous
1st April 2014
Tuesday 3:33 pm
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>>2883
> Do you live in a particularly hilly area?

Yeah I do somewhat.
>> No. 2885 Anonymous
1st April 2014
Tuesday 5:50 pm
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>>2884

It may just be that your road bike is geared higher than your hybrid then. Though if you feel like your roadie is still harder to ride than your hybrid on flat roads, I may be talking out of my calloused arse.

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>> No. 2849 Anonymous
25th February 2014
Tuesday 2:11 am
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_the_United_Kingdom,_Crown_dependencies_and_overseas_territories#Characters

>Due to batch registrations of new cars, it is common for cars with "neighbouring" letter sequences to be of the same or very similar specifications.

Who came up with this system and thought that was a good way to assign these letters?

Just imagine a granny that was nearly run over by a silver Vauxhall Astra and calls the police, but can't remember the last two letters. Then the police looks up the number plates and there are a hundred nearly identical silver Vauxhall Astras, all of which have almost the same plates except for the last two letters.

Literally any other way of assigning these numbers would have been better.
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>> No. 2855 Anonymous
25th February 2014
Tuesday 4:39 pm
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Would it not be possible to use IR paint (if such a thing exists) to alter a car's number plates in such a way that it's invisible to the naked eye but says something different if seen through an IR camera?
>> No. 2856 Anonymous
25th February 2014
Tuesday 5:14 pm
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>>2850
>It records the journeys of everyone indiscriminately and stores that data for up to two years.
Sigh. Why can't I be left alone?
>> No. 2857 Anonymous
25th February 2014
Tuesday 6:55 pm
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>>2854
>It records the journeys of everyone indiscriminately and stores that data for up to two years.
I'm going to need a source on that, because that sounds awfully illegal.
>> No. 2859 Anonymous
25th February 2014
Tuesday 6:59 pm
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>>2857
Why couldn't you have spent a single Google search?
http://www.police.uk/information-and-advice/automatic-number-plate-recognition/
>> No. 2860 Anonymous
25th February 2014
Tuesday 7:05 pm
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>>2859
It's not our job to substantiate your claims for you.

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>> No. 2835 Anonymous
11th February 2014
Tuesday 1:42 am
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Been having a few problems with my bike recently. The front wheel always goes flat too quickly despite having changed inner tube a few times, the chain skips over the gear rings occasionally and the brake pads drag slightly on the wheels in motion. Need to decide whether it's worth paying to have it fixed or just get a new bike. It only cost me ~£100 second hand a year and a half ago but I really liked it, it has such a light frame. Yet it seems like I could easily end up spending almost that much fixing everything.

If I were to get a new bike I'd probably want a road bike, seeing as short city commutes are my main use at the moment. I'd definitely rather have some gears though as opposed to anything singlespeed/fixie. Can anyone recommend some reasonably solid bikes for this purpose? I don't want to spend loads but I want something reliable.
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>> No. 2844 Anonymous
13th February 2014
Thursday 4:05 pm
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>>2837
>tighten the valve core into the metal housing

Some valves I've seen have a nut that screws on outside the wheel rim, is that what you mean? Generally the cheaper schrader tubes don't have this though.
>> No. 2846 Anonymous
14th February 2014
Friday 7:33 am
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>>2844

Both presta and schrader valves should be supported on the rim with a nut. Presta valves have a threaded core that needs to be unscrewed before pumping and then tightened, rather than the sprung pin on a schrader valve.

>>2843

Tyres generally need to be pumped harder than you might expect. If the tyre noticeably sags under your weight, it's too soft. The harder the tyre the more efficiently it will roll, so you want the tyre to be as firm as possible without the ride quality being impaired.
>> No. 2847 Anonymous
14th February 2014
Friday 8:07 am
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>>2843

>maybe before I just wasn't pumping them enough?

Thats probably true. If you can afford either a pressure gauge or a decent pump with one in (I recommend the Topeak Joe Blow, the yellow one - thirty quid in Evans or Wiggle), then you'll be set. It's very hard to judge otherwise.
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14th February 2014
Friday 10:07 am
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>>2844
Nope. 'C' had flats on it, and needed to be screwed in a bit with pliers. Since doing that, tyres stay up for ages, rather than 2 days.
The eventual clue was when C came out when I unscrewed B.
>> No. 2878 Anonymous
29th March 2014
Saturday 1:57 am
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>>2847
I completely agree, a track pump is always a good investment (mine's a Lifeline jobbie which cost a touch under £20) but as long as you don't go for the cheapest tosh you can find they all work OK. For any complete newbie: on the tyre wall, it'll give you a pressure range the tyre supports; if you're riding on the road or anything other than sand, you want to be pretty close to the maximum pressure. Off-road biking has it's own rules, but let's not get into that.

>>2843
> apparently the wheels were a bit wonky and one was slightly buckled so he righted them up a bit somehow

It's the "truing" I mentioned above. Unless it was actually damaged, it means adjusting the tension on individual spokes to straighten the rim. Skip this if you know what spokes do. The spokes are under tension pulling the rim this way and that. The spokes have a butted end on the axle side and a threaded end on the rim side. Spoke lugs (you can see them poking out of the rim) screw onto the threaded end and anchor them to the rim. Those lugs can be tightened or loosened to adjust the tension and since the spokes attach left and right of the rim centre at the axle end that tension ends up pulling the rim in their respective direction (the rim is quite flexible, so with the tension it is by no means "straight" by default). Re-truing a wheel is tedious work, but oddly satisfying. The wheel is strapped into a truing stand which has very precise callipers and once minimum tension is achieved those callipers are used to make sure the wheel runs perfectly even. Spoke tension should be as even as possible and thankfully spoke production is quite a precise science theses days so counting the turns done on a lug is enough to compare actual tension. You can do this at home, but unless you enjoy tedious mind numbing work (I do) don't.

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>> No. 2824 Anonymous
11th January 2014
Saturday 10:13 am
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Does anyone buy cars, fix 'em up and sell them on again? I read about someone picking it up in his spare time after watching Wheeler Dealers, was wondering if it might be a nice thing to do at weekends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71nOmscwakg
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>> No. 2825 Anonymous
11th January 2014
Saturday 10:44 am
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I've always wanted to do this with motorcycles. Sage for not adding anything.
>> No. 2826 Anonymous
11th January 2014
Saturday 12:19 pm
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It's not much of a living. If you pay attention when watching Wheeler Dealers, you see that they rarely make a profit that justifies the amount of labour involved.

You can earn decent money as a mechanic or dealer specialising in a particular marque or model, but you really need to know your stuff.
>> No. 2827 Anonymous
11th January 2014
Saturday 2:19 pm
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>>2824
You can certainly make a bit of money on the side, but unless you really know your stuff and are able to manage with money tied up, it's not something you could give up your job for. Someone I know does a bit of car flipping - buys cars in average condition on the cheap, gets the work done, and shifts them on at the top of the market range. The profit potential comes not from him doing the work himself (which he doesn't in most cases), but from recognising what work is needed and how much it's likely to cost. (It also helps that the taxman doesn't get to hear about it. Decide for yourself whether you're OK with this.)
>> No. 2831 Anonymous
3rd February 2014
Monday 2:45 pm
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>Does anyone buy cars, fix 'em up and sell them on again?

My brother did once, but just once, not as a business scheme. He bought an old Vauxhall Calibra from a chap who thought the transmission was shot. Accordingly, my brother only paid £1,500. But then my brother simply spent an afternoon looking under the transmission, tightening a few bolts here and there and doing a transmission fluid change, and voila, the car was good as new. It was in pretty good overall shape, so my brother eventually sold it the next spring for £3500, after fixing a few more very minor issues here and there. And then soon after, he put the profit towards a luxury summer holiday.

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>> No. 2816 Anonymous
10th January 2014
Friday 2:01 pm
2816 Classic Car Rolling Tax Exemption
Please sign this petition to re-introduce the rolling 25 year tax exemption scheme for classics! Thanks
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-treasury-re-introduce-the-uk-rolling-classic-car-tax-exemption-scheme?share_id=fiJhgEPVtr&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
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>> No. 2819 Anonymous
10th January 2014
Friday 3:15 pm
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From an ecological perspective is it better that old, fuel-inefficient, high emission cars get taken off the road?
>> No. 2820 Anonymous
10th January 2014
Friday 6:24 pm
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Why?
>> No. 2821 Anonymous
10th January 2014
Friday 6:31 pm
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>>2820
OP drives a 1987 Vauxhall Nova, obviously.
>> No. 2822 Anonymous
10th January 2014
Friday 7:12 pm
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OP, are you the ladm8 who's doing up an old Escort?
>> No. 2823 Anonymous
10th January 2014
Friday 7:28 pm
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>>2822
I'd never do an old escort, grannies aren't my thing.

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>> No. 2508 Anonymous
24th April 2013
Wednesday 3:43 pm
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Brits post your cars.

Astra G SRi Turbo
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>> No. 2794 Anonymous
12th October 2013
Saturday 3:57 pm
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>>2790

Do you get interviewed by police whenever a little girl goes missing in the local area?
>> No. 2795 Anonymous
12th October 2013
Saturday 9:35 pm
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>>2790
Honestly those look pretty ugly to me, but each to his own I suppose.

Why do you need three, anyway?
>> No. 2796 Anonymous
12th October 2013
Saturday 9:44 pm
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>>2795

Because it is better than two.
>> No. 2797 Anonymous
15th October 2013
Tuesday 1:43 am
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My bus.

>>2790
Craking paintjobs, how much did they set you back?
>> No. 2799 Anonymous
29th November 2013
Friday 1:02 am
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Astra 1.6 sporthatch. Got it when it was a year old, now it's over 7 years old. In that time I realised that despite being a fan of cars, I'm more a fan of not paying obscene amounts on petrol, servicing, and tax, so I'm going to keep it a while longer. It's quick enough for me.

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>> No. 2763 Anonymous
11th October 2013
Friday 3:31 pm
2763 Who has right of way?

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>> No. 2785 Anonymous
12th October 2013
Saturday 8:38 am
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>>2783

This isn't funchan lad - no-one gives a fuck about you or your 'edgy' opinions.

"I was just takin' the piss m8!" Fuck off.
>> No. 2786 Anonymous
12th October 2013
Saturday 8:49 am
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>>2782
Which is precisely my point. The vehicle licence really isn't a tax on emissions, just like NI isn't a tax on jobs and the passport fee isn't a tax on travel.
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12th October 2013
Saturday 9:58 am
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>>2784
>the cyclist debate
Debate? There's no debate. Motorists, cyclists, Sinclair C5s - all are legitimate road users and shouldn't be having a go at each other for no reason.
>> No. 2788 Anonymous
12th October 2013
Saturday 10:27 am
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>>2786

The rate of Vehicle Excise Duty is directly proportional to CO2 emissions, in the same way that the alcohol duty paid on a bottle of spirits is directly proportional to the alcohol content. It is perfectly reasonable to call it a tax on emissions, for the obvious reason that cars with no emissions don't have to pay it.
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12th October 2013
Saturday 11:32 am
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>>2788
>The rate of Vehicle Excise Duty is directly proportional to CO2 emissions
A valiant attempt, but ultimately I'm with Craig on this one.

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>> No. 2741 Anonymous
10th October 2013
Thursday 10:37 am
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We should abolish traffic lights
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>> No. 2759 Anonymous
11th October 2013
Friday 2:44 pm
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>>2758
It's better than adopt any idea that sounds remotely anti-establishment.
>> No. 2760 Anonymous
11th October 2013
Friday 2:46 pm
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>>2759
What the fuck are you talking about? What does this have to do with anarchism?
>> No. 2761 Anonymous
11th October 2013
Friday 2:55 pm
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>>2758

And just because it goes against the grain doesn't mean it's good, either. People have explained why it wouldn't work.
>> No. 2762 Anonymous
11th October 2013
Friday 3:00 pm
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>>2761
I never said it was, and no they haven't.

This thread has made me inexplicably angry.
>> No. 2766 Anonymous
11th October 2013
Friday 4:32 pm
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>>2762
Are you slow, lad? Go camp outside the parliament.

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>> No. 2738 Anonymous
1st October 2013
Tuesday 5:06 pm
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I've got an 03 diesel A-Class and lately the battery has been giving me trouble. I have had to jump start it twice in the last few weeks after relatively short periods of not driving it. As far as I know the battery has never been changed.

I think the alternator is OK because when I rev it the voltage goes up on my tester.

If I buy a new battery do you think I will be able to rely on it starting? I'm very aware that winter is coming and really don't want to have to worry every Monday morning.

I looked at Halfords and it shows these three batteries as being suitable. I'm guessing that the various types go up in quality with price. Is it worth going for silver or should I go with my instinct and go for calcium?

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>> No. 2715 Anonymous
21st August 2013
Wednesday 5:32 pm
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What's a reasonable price to pay for motorcycle tuition? I don't have any experience riding motorcycles, but I'll be turning 24 soon so I'll be aiming to go for the direct access route - I figure it'd be best to just get it all over with in one long go. Is £1000 an ok price to pay for 6 days of training (including the CBT) with bike hire, fuel, and clothing/helmet hire included?
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>> No. 2716 Anonymous
21st August 2013
Wednesday 5:42 pm
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>>2715
Sounds about right. You have to do it on a 500cc now, it's a fucking rip off. Before you could do it yourself on a 125, get a license for anything up to 33hp and then after 2 years it was upgraded to unlimited, and now we've got this bullshit.
>> No. 2717 Anonymous
21st August 2013
Wednesday 7:57 pm
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>>2715
It's many years since I did it so I can't comment on the price, but I will say the 6-day intensive route is the best way to go. I did it in October, it pissed with rain every day but was absolutely brilliant.
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21st August 2013
Wednesday 11:56 pm
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I did mine about 2 years back. I checked a few sites out at the time looking for the cheapest package. I choose this one in the end http://www.biketrainwales.co.uk/direct-access-training.php
They offer the course for £595 (which was about the same i payed back then) however, this does not include the theory test or CBT.
Still hopefully, that price can give you something to judge others on ;)

Christ, I can't wait till i'm in the position to get a bike again. After losing a decent job I had to sell mine. Still i will get there again. Motorbikes kick ass.
>> No. 2719 Anonymous
22nd August 2013
Thursday 7:15 am
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It depends where you are in the country to some extent, but £1000 is in the right ballpark. Check what actually constitutes a day of training - often a "day" will be a ride to the test centre rather than an actual day of training.

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