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Introduction / Re: Hello everyone
« on: 15 July 2021, 05:39:47 am »
Welcome, Nick.  :)

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Your Suggestions and How you can help / Re: Site header image
« on: 12 July 2021, 11:36:24 am »
I think it's a user error.
See, the Edge browser is meant for downloading Chrome, or Firefox, not for browsing the Net.  :)

On a more serious note - no problems. Even with cache cleared.

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General / Re: The Covid thread incl a poll
« on: 20 February 2021, 10:03:56 pm »
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No other species on earth lives after it is no longer productive - but we do. And we all like to live as long as possible. Is that good, healthy and natural?
Most whale species do, as do elephants.


Don't know about the whales, but I see elephants with glasses and in wheel-chairs all the time...

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General / Re: The Covid thread incl a poll
« on: 20 February 2021, 09:29:18 am »
  Be careful where you go with that, you're right what you say about some medical interventions weakening future generations genes. For example i can't see my hand in front of my face without my specs and had we had kids I dare say at least one of them would have been short sighted too. In our hunter gatherer days I dare say I would have starved to death so my genes wouldn't have affected the next generation. Humanity's  main weakness is compassion and where would we be without that, although it does seem somewhat lacking nowadays, we as a race don't like to see others suffering.  Eugenics in principle works to some extent but who would want to see it put into practice?  There are also many examples in the animal kingdom of living  past their productive life, many primates do and so do elephants.


I agree it's not simple.


Just pointing out the potential problems. I suppose all the previous civilizations thought they were the pinnacle of human progress, and the way human society should go. Yet, only when those civilizations are dead, we get to discuss what got to them, through history.


For our civilization: it's clear we are destroying the planet, and to me it seems people are getting a bit dumber - shorter attention spans, especially for the younger generations. Doesn't look too promising.
Not claiming I have any idea how to correct that - there are too many things to consider (practical, ethical, economical...).


Recreational drugs are a big factor in the way people behave these days, it's a massive market and the supply is most definitely there for the demand.
And due to the recent snowflake generation getting their way there is a vastly different attitude towards discipline with younger people nowadays which has basically given them free reign to run riot, and why we have so much trouble on our streets.
When i was a kid we all had penknives for example, but i don't recall anyone ever using one as a weapon. There was a kid stabbed to death near me 2 days ago, with a CCTV video showing exactly what happened, and the attackers can only be described as savages.
But when people are caught doing wrong you then get the snowflake defence liars doing their best to make them look good in court and they get their result far too often, meaning the criminal tends to get preferential treatment over the victims.
The horrible reality about all of this is that there isn't really a fix either. Drugs are already illegal, and if you look at places like USA where the threat of really long jail time, unlike our paltry sentencing, still doesn't seem to affect the crime statistics then it all seems rather scary when you think how bad the future is going to be.   


Fair points. The snowflake ones really struck a chord. A practical example:


Cyclist was passing close to a parked car. Driver opened the door, pushing the cyclist towards the middle of the lane - and making them fall off.
The cyclist then got run over by a bus that was coming up from behind - the bus driver had no time to react (and hadn't created enough room in case something like that happens).


My reaction:
"Stay out of the door zone, people, it can be dangerous. We can't really rely on all the drivers being careful."


Most people's reaction to that:
"You victim blaming biker hater!"


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Introduction / Re: Hello
« on: 20 February 2021, 07:20:07 am »
Welcome. :)


A great future forum contributor in this young one I sense...

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Introduction / Re: new guy
« on: 20 February 2021, 07:19:39 am »
You've come to the right place.
Welcome. :)

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General / Re: The Covid thread incl a poll
« on: 20 February 2021, 06:49:50 am »
  Be careful where you go with that, you're right what you say about some medical interventions weakening future generations genes. For example i can't see my hand in front of my face without my specs and had we had kids I dare say at least one of them would have been short sighted too. In our hunter gatherer days I dare say I would have starved to death so my genes wouldn't have affected the next generation. Humanity's  main weakness is compassion and where would we be without that, although it does seem somewhat lacking nowadays, we as a race don't like to see others suffering.  Eugenics in principle works to some extent but who would want to see it put into practice?  There are also many examples in the animal kingdom of living  past their productive life, many primates do and so do elephants.


I agree it's not simple.


Just pointing out the potential problems. I suppose all the previous civilizations thought they were the pinnacle of human progress, and the way human society should go. Yet, only when those civilizations are dead, we get to discuss what got to them, through history.


For our civilization: it's clear we are destroying the planet, and to me it seems people are getting a bit dumber - shorter attention spans, especially for the younger generations. Doesn't look too promising.
Not claiming I have any idea how to correct that - there are too many things to consider (practical, ethical, economical...).

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General / Re: The Covid thread incl a poll
« on: 19 February 2021, 09:43:57 pm »
It basically said that every person who has had the flu ever since then up to now has had a mutated version of that same virus.
It reminds me of this from war of the worlds (do Morgan freeman in your head )
From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man's weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet's infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.


Great book.


It could be argued that medicine, including vaccines, does make the human race less resilient - generally speaking.


That's a pretty poor argument. We would be in a very bad place at the very least without medicine.


Depends on how you look at it.


Of course, I could be wrong - not a doctor, but my thinking is:


Say I can't have children, and use medicine with all those artificial... whatever it's called, to "make" 3, or 4 kids.
In that case, isn't the medicine actually helping distribute and prolong the life of genes with such a defect?


Same goes for many other defects.


I'm not arguing against the medicine, or science and tech. in general - just think that it's not 100% good, it has its cons and costs.


No other species on earth lives after it is no longer productive - but we do. And we all like to live as long as possible. Is that good, healthy and natural?

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General / Re: The Covid thread incl a poll
« on: 19 February 2021, 07:53:01 pm »
It basically said that every person who has had the flu ever since then up to now has had a mutated version of that same virus.
It reminds me of this from war of the worlds (do Morgan freeman in your head )
From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man's weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet's infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.


Great book.


It could be argued that medicine, including vaccines, does make the human race less resilient - generally speaking.

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General / Re: POLL Will you take the Vax
« on: 25 December 2020, 07:24:26 am »
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Blimey, i know you're not a doctor, but have you ever heard of a sense of humour transplant?It was a joke.   I know you don't hear them often at all any more as a certain type of people are trying to suck the life out of anyone who attempts humour these days. 

My reply was a joke too, but clearly only YamFazFan would have got it. Where is he when you need him?   :rolleyes



 :rollin



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General / Re: POLL Will you take the Vax
« on: 24 December 2020, 06:22:49 am »
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On the upside at least nobody has died of old age since March. 
I'm no doctor (I never really bothered), but as far as I was aware, nobody ever dies of 'old age'.
They die because one or more vital organs stops working. Covid-19 does the same. It just hastens it a bit  :o


Oh, c'mon! Using that logic, we could argue that no one dies of AIDS, but of other diseases (after AIDS destroys their immune system).  :)

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General / Re: POLL Will you take the Vax
« on: 22 December 2020, 10:32:10 am »
Can one get too paranoid?

"Russian scientist working on COVID-19 vaccine plummets to death in St. Petersburg"

https://nypost.com/2020/12/20/russian-scientist-working-on-covid-19-vaccine-plummets-to-death/

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General / Re: POLL Will you take the Vax
« on: 20 December 2020, 10:47:18 am »
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On topic: the good soul won't skip the queue. I think that's beautiful :)
https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-ceo-albert-bourla-wait-cut-line-covid-19-vaccine-2020-12
Beautiful  :eek  I think its frightening. The CEO doesn't even trust his own vaccine. Just the same as every politician questioned if they will be seen to be vaccinated  "yes yes absolutely I will take it yes yes but I am not yet in the roll out"
Do we know of any old duffers in the house of Lords that have taken it yet.


I'm sure that the public health is his first priority - just like with most politicians. They're saving the doses for those who need it most.
"From the people, for the people!"
 :rollin


It is strange though he couldn't just lie about having received the vaccine. Perhaps they fear it could backfire if it comes out, but still seems a bit strange.

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General / Re: POLL Will you take the Vax
« on: 20 December 2020, 09:48:48 am »
And then there's those who die 29 days after a positive test, who aren't counted.


I still think the only accurate measure is excess deaths over and above the average.


My talent of finding problems, and seeing things from all sides :)
In a special measures situation - stay at home, not nearly as much travelling, even curfews, masks...
the number of deaths may not increase. Fewer traffic accidents. Fewer people sick from flu and other diseases - because of all the extra measures, social distancing, staying at home etc.
Then, there's probably a larger number of heart related problems/deaths - from less moving, more stress etc.


So it's not that simple. :)
Statistics is a good tool, but one has to know how to use it, and be aware of all the caveats.


On topic: the good soul won't skip the queue. I think that's beautiful :)
https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-ceo-albert-bourla-wait-cut-line-covid-19-vaccine-2020-12

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General / Re: POLL Will you take the Vax
« on: 16 December 2020, 04:15:20 pm »
Not a rant at all but a great perspective. Bad luck you have had a kicking from this, I think you are the first on the forum. I heard the other day that they have found a link between certain dna characteristics and the severity of the symptoms to explain why some people suffer more than others.
Locking everyone for a month - year wont stop it as it will still be there waiting.
Its interesting that even you - who has had it bad are still not sure about the vaccine.     


I've had it easy - no real pains, no need for hospital, and no (permanent, or temporaty) organ damage. Suppose it's as good (or nearly as good) as it gets. Apart from the 20 year olds who just "walk it off". :)
I'm primarily concerned for the old folks. That's my greatest fear.


As for the vaccine - there's always a tradeoff between rewards, and the (perceived) risks.
If I were a lot older, I probably would risk it.
Likewise, the younger one is, the less sense it makes risking some (long term?) health problems with a not nearly enough tested vaccine.
My mother is also skeptical. :)   (Un)fortunately, we needn't concern ourselves with that dilemma for at least a year more, until Serbia gets vaccine. Even then, not sure what the priorities will be like - I doubt there would be enough vaccines for everyone.


Concerning the measures - our government started off strictly. Then loosened the regime. Then re-tightened, which resulted in civil unrest, large demonstrations, riots. And guys in power thought "oh, we might loose our grip and get a revolution. Fuck it, let them party all night, go to public happenings, and we'll deal with it somehow."
Now, in the late Autumn, measures are a little bit stricter: no working cafes on weekend, or late night, and obligatory masks in all public places (indoors).
Hospitals are packed - if you break a leg, and can't afford several average monthly pays for a private clinic, you're on your own.


Because of local, and foreign measures, tourism and entertainment industry workers are fucked. Which puts a lot of stress on already tight budget (a lot more unemployed people).
These people are no longer buying stuff, while using government help funds. And it is bound to spill over and hit other businesses who aren't directly affected with Covid crisis. I work with computers and bicycles - both blooming now, and I don't think those will be in trouble while the measures and crisis last, but later - who knows even for those.


Considering pulling all my funds from banks, since I remember them going bancrupt before (in the 90s).


Finally, the thing that shouldn't be disregarded is the social aspect. When there was a "threat of communism", people got a lot of liberties and good living standard for the working class. With the fall of the Berlin wall - "defeat of communism" and the introduction of Euro, average EU worker's wage purchase power was effectively cut in half in less than a decade. There was no longer need for making workers live too well, since there was no fear of them supporting a no longer existing communism.


Then came the "terrorist attacks" - and more control (surveillance) was introduced, at the cost of civil liberties (thorough exams and long procedure at airports, especially for us, from "suspicious countries", along with travel-prohibiting visa costs and procedures, and lots of legislation changes...).


Now we have Covid (and new viruses to come, it's just a matter of time). Very convenient to abuse. And I'm sure it will be abused. With a very good argument: one has to be responsible and not bring harm to others. It just boils down to where the line gets drawn, and if legislation gets put that way that the system can be (ab)used against any "nasty" individuals (home, or abroad).
I'd be surprised if things don't get, and stay, just a little bit more bad than before Covid in those terms (in addition to the economic crisis - expecting it to really hit in 2021).

There are trials going on to see the roll of antibodies, I know someone who is on one such trial being regularly tested for the antibodies after having covid, after a few months the antibodies disappeared, but then someone in close contact to them got covid and their antibodies reappeared again. So when people argue that antibodies do not last - that is not the whole picture, there is also the roll of "T" cells that hardly ever get mentioned in the media.       


The disease is still relatively unknown. First they thought it's a respiratory virus, now they've figured out it attacks the whole system.
They are still not sure how long immunity lasts - either after a "natural" recovery, or a vaccine (correct me if I'm wrong).


Since I'm not what is called a "risky group", I won't rush to get the new vaccine.
For better or worse, there will probably not be an abundance of vaccines available, so skipping one's vaccination means just that someone else (more willing) will get to get it. So it is a sort of a win-win.


P.S.
The last, but not the least important - when I buy Ariel washing powder sold in Serbia (and made for this market), it's not the same quality as one bought in Germany. Ariel publicly admitted that (something like: "well, we know you wash at 90 degrees more, so no need for the powder to work as well at 40, or 60 degrees..." - bullshit corporate talk). Same goes for most other products. I'm not very confident that vaccine we get, even when one for the EU gets properly tested and improved, will be of the same quality. But that's a separate topic.

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General / Re: POLL Will you take the Vax
« on: 16 December 2020, 11:24:08 am »
As Fazersharp said save it for the elderly and vulnerable. Those of us young or healthy enough to not worry about it will be fine, just like the seasonal flu.
Except the evidence shows it's not quite like seasonal flu, with many young and healthy people being hit badly with some very worrying long term issues. Organ damage, loss of smell/taste, heart issues and other complications from the spread of tiny clots from the fall out. Many of which we're still coming to light and slowly being linked to Covid. Not to mention many young and healthy people from BAME background who have not faired well at all.


Got it. 41 years old, healthy, fit (did a full medical about 6 months ago and it's all been top notch).
With a flu - I'm back to full speed in about 2 weeks time tops. Often it's enough to just lie down for the weekend.
With this? Doctor says it's as mild as one could hope for. No lungs, or other organ damage/problems. Just recovering at home.
However kung flu is different:
- no sense of smell (or taste) for the last 10 days. None. Zilch. Can spray deodorant on my palm, put my nose against it, and smell nothing.
- exhaustion. I can't climb 20 stairs without breathing heavily. It's gotten better after the first 12 days, but still far from remotely normal. Felt sleepy all day even without a fever. Which is never the case with the ordinary flu, at least with me.


Some people get over it just like a flu - relatively quickly.
But most people I know, even the younger ones, took a lot longer to fully recover.
And, some, usually older, and/or overweight - had to go to a hospital, or just died.


As for the topic. I'm not sure.
If it really is a very dangerous disease, why not lock everyone up for a month, globally? With army and the police in the streets. That should stop it completely, no?
This way, it seems it's not considered all too dangerous. With measures getting looser, then a bit tighter, then looser again... changing from country to country. Month to month.


My thinking is - either do a full lockdown, or let everything loose, and who lives-lives. This is like the worst choice. Like cutting a rotten limb in three takes, instead of just one cut.
Economy suffers. That is - ordinary working people are loosing their jobs, apartments - having their lives put in danger.
Human relations suffer - with all the socializing and travelling bans.
And it seems this will last, until further ado. Poor countries won't get any vaccines for another year or so. And when they (we) do, I for one am not 100% certain of whether it is a good quality, well tested product (on that note, I'm not sure any Covid vaccine right now is properly tested, there just wasn't nearly enough time for all I know).


What I'm interested in is what happens with the next virus. And the one after that. Even this one will have society changed, probably not for the good. Imagine kids growing up in this, considering all this distancing as "normal"... How will the civil liberties change. How will they test who got vaccinated and will that decide whether you get to travel, and/or work... I expect this to be used as badly as possible by the corporations & governments.


Not that I'm generally anti-vaccine. Quite the contrary - I think it's one of the best things done by the medicine. Just - well designed, properly tested vaccines. Hell - I even avoid using products (software, or hardware) that haven't been field tested for at least a year.


Rant over. :)

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Introduction / Re: New owner Chichester
« on: 04 November 2020, 04:53:24 pm »
Thanks guys.  I was hoping the red ones were the fastest! ;-)


Well, that's highly unlikely, since I own a black one, and eventually took of the rearview mirrors, since they were never really used: only showing small dots quickly moving away...


Welcome.  :)

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Plastic FZS 600 Foxeye visor bolts?
« on: 09 October 2020, 09:06:18 am »
Thanks for all the replies. I have conveyed the info to my friend, and will see what he decides.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Plastic FZS 600 Foxeye visor bolts?
« on: 04 October 2020, 02:26:58 pm »
If they are the same size as fitted to the Gen 1 thousand, which shares the foxeye fairing, then they're M5 sized bolts. A search on ebay should turn up something. They're 14mm long if I remember correctly.


I'd say yes - around 14 mm.
Anyone know the OEM serial number?

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FZS600 Fazer / Plastic FZS 600 Foxeye visor bolts?
« on: 04 October 2020, 06:37:03 am »
Asking for a friend - where can one find those small condoms, that don't fall off?


 :rollin
Seriously - a friend had their Fazer slip and fall to a side, and the only real damage were the plastic bolts holding the visor pop off. And now he's looking for new plastic ones, that will break before the visor, so he can knock his bike down again, and again.  :)




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General / Re: "Uncuttable" bike locks...?
« on: 23 July 2020, 12:33:16 pm »

"...You don't just run a red light without looking because "even when paying attention, I can still get killed..."

Were you saying that on behalf of the average cyclist? :stop


I did talk to a (female) driver who said something like: "when I'm scared (as in not sure if there's enough room), I close my eyes".    :rollin
True story.

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General / Re: "Uncuttable" bike locks...?
« on: 23 July 2020, 05:51:56 am »
Sounds good but A. They've got to actually make it into a chain first and B. I'm guessing once they do it would probably cost more than most of our insurance excess anyway haha

I always find the normal "unbreakable" locks to be quite laughable. Theres always a YouTube video showing someone cutting through them in less than 60seconds with a grinder so I question why anyone would spend £300+ on one that lasts 10seconds longer than a £100 one 🤷‍♂️
I just stick with the theory that a heavy/thick enough chain and a disc lock will stop the majority of have a go theives. If a professional thief wants it then there's not a great deal you can do to stop them
I also refrain from parking mine in public unless its 100% necessary. I feel sorry for those people that have to leave theirs parked up on a curb in London all day 😬, less so for the ones that insist on doing so with their £20k Ducatis but still


From talking with people who open the locks, from both "sides of the law", I have concluded this:


No lock is unbeatable - a security system without a weak point is useless by definition. Why? Because, security systems have to have a relatively easy, convenient way for those authorised to "unlock", and that's what often gets exploited. Of course, there's always the brute force approach to beating it, if all else fails.


Better (and almost always more expensive) locks require more knowledge, experience and tools to open.
10 to 30 more seconds with a battery powered angle grinder can make a difference - because those things do make a lot of noise. Not all the thieves are cool and level headed.


Boils down to this: thieves practically always go for the easier pray. If your bike is less expensive (looking), and better locked than the other bikes, why would they bother?


I'd also add my experience with bicycle locks. Every now and then, people come into my workshop with a stuck bicycle lock. Either something broken with the locking mechanism, or they loose the only key they have.
Most of the cheap locks get easily cut with relatively small cutters (those that fit under the jacket, often even those that fit in a pocket). That's no noise, almost zero effort, done in literally a few seconds.


Having said all this: I did "break" a few locks in the street, in broad daylight, with no one paying any attention whatsoever (could have been a thief). Still, if I were a thief, I wouldn't know if the owner would come by and see me, and I would probably be a bit more nervous and avoid locks that take more time and/or noise to break (based on my tools, knowledge and experience).


Bottom line:
Would I trust any lock to keep the bike from being stolen? No - no system in the world.
Do I think investing in a good quality (and expensive) lock is worth it? Definitely - because it highly decreases the probability of your bike getting stolen. That's all you can do.


It's a lot like riding a bike: you can get killed on your bike any day in traffic. But you're a lot less likely to get severely injured when paying attention, being careful (and, of course, wearing the protective gear). You don't just run a red light without looking because "even when paying attention, I can still get killed".


Of course, the fewer people invest in good locks, the safer a bike with a good lock is.  :)
So I'm almost happier when people don't take my advice on locks and security.   :rollin

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The Laboratory ! / Re: Youtube video embedding broken:
« on: 21 July 2020, 01:14:10 pm »
From Serbia:
Firefox and Yandex show it fine, even with ad-blocker enabled.
Chrome doesn't show the video embedded.

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General / Re: Focer font of knowledge Cycling
« on: 12 July 2020, 01:06:53 pm »
Interesting stuff Slaninar. My new 1.75 tyres arriv an al fitted and I am very pleased with them at £8.99 each.
I now think I would like to raise the handlebars but problem is its tight height where the bike is stored so I am looking at adjustable ones I can just drop down for storage but if I buy these  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110mm-Adjustable-Mountain-Bike-Handlebar-Riser-Angle-Bicycle-Stem-Extender/293625040556?hash=item445d6a8eac%3Ag%3AP8QAAOSwgtpe8vai&LH_All=1 will they just snap and kill me. Chinese crap.


Metal parts generally show signs of breaking on the outside (unlike carbon fibre ones). Thin - like a strand of hair, but visible.
"Zoom" make is sold here, locally, and works fine. Costing about 20 euros a piece.


However, I've never seen anyone use it to often change the position.


My main worry would be the bolt that holds the adjusted position (angle).
Would have to check - but I think that even if the bolt for fixing it snaps, it won't come apart immediately. It will start going up/down, but think that it's attached in a way that it won't immediately get completely detached.
I've seen some models with another bolt holding it tight from below, once tightened. It can't be seen in those pictures, even if it is included.
This one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoom-Adjustable-Stem-Ahead-Clamp/dp/B001RB21W6


Looks the part. It is also cheap Chinese part, but all I've seen have worked fine.
Still - don't see if it has two bolts to hold it in place.


Just make sure you get one that fits your steering tube and handlebar diameter.
https://bike.bikegremlin.com/3729/bicycle-stem-size-standards/

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General / Re: Focer font of knowledge Cycling
« on: 11 July 2020, 07:40:04 pm »
Interesting stuff Slaninar. My new 1.75 tyres arriv an al fitted and I am very pleased with them at £8.99 each.
I now think I would like to raise the handlebars but problem is its tight height where the bike is stored so I am looking at adjustable ones I can just drop down for storage but if I buy these  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110mm-Adjustable-Mountain-Bike-Handlebar-Riser-Angle-Bicycle-Stem-Extender/293625040556?hash=item445d6a8eac%3Ag%3AP8QAAOSwgtpe8vai&LH_All=1 will they just snap and kill me. Chinese crap.


Metal parts generally show signs of breaking on the outside (unlike carbon fibre ones). Thin - like a strand of hair, but visible.
"Zoom" make is sold here, locally, and works fine. Costing about 20 euros a piece.


However, I've never seen anyone use it to often change the position.


My main worry would be the bolt that holds the adjusted position (angle).
Would have to check - but I think that even if the bolt for fixing it snaps, it won't come apart immediately. It will start going up/down, but think that it's attached in a way that it won't immediately get completely detached.
I've seen some models with another bolt holding it tight from below, once tightened. It can't be seen in those pictures, even if it is included.

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