@Criggie will get rid of asbestos! Seriously, about the only way to make the stuff safe is melting it back into silica. Obviously easier if you simply bury it in a subduction zone, but burying it is the way we "deal with it"
Yeah - my boy's starting high school next year. The year after that they're moving the school to the old QE2 sports center site, but there's been a whole lot of asbestos found there. So instead of removing it for $9 mill they're going to "encapsulate" it for $4.5 mil
so we're looking at moving house.
somewhere that is less uncaring of their students.
I'm sure its technically safe to wrap it in concrete and leave it.
So I have just rung the bank, and talked to a nice helpful person who could actually tell me most of what I wanted to know. Like the extra money we've paid into our mortgage is an "advance payment" that hasn't really been taken off the loan, it's just kind of sitting there offsetting some of the loan. But it's not an offset account, that's different. And our redraw account was closed when we paid it up to zero, which is why we have an account with zero balance that we can't redraw out of.
Just because it's called a "redraw account" and it's there, doesn't mean we can redraw from it. Whatever, now I know the magic incantations to use when telling the salesmuppets about it. And the salesmuppet's manager is going to ring me to talk about the other weirdness that came out of our meeting yesterday.
@Criggie no relation between asbestos and trident, except maybe one would be good at removing the other ;)
Actually the debate was quite interesting, although I didn't hear anything new. They even had a Green party person who was disappointing. It is an issue in the UK at the moment because the UK government has to replace the existing system with something (or nothing!) at quite a high cost to the UK taxpayers
It was interesting in terms of the "backing up the USA" argument, that the USA has 4500 warheads, of which 1500 are in a state of readiness at any one time. The UK has 50 warheads, with 16 at the ready. When they talked about this, the American woman (an advisor to Clinton, so probably democrat) just laughed.
Indeed, she said one of the US's primary concerns was nuclear proliferation, so from that perspective, the less non-US nuclear material loose in the world, the better. Of course, whether Dubya's advisor would have agreed, we don't know
Wow! I commented on an answer to that Amsterdam question, asking the guy to clarify something he said. I got a response starting "WTF is your problem?" so I flagged it. I went back to see if anything had happened and the entire answer has been removed.
I think I've only ever flagged stuff three or four times in all my time on here
So you currently have 9sp, and you want to go to 6800, which is 11sp?
Most likely Shimano would advise you that what you need to do is to buy the entire groupset.
In reality, you could probably get away without replacing brakes and bottom bracket, although you'd probably find it cheaper to buy...
Interesting Blam's comment on my answer. Anyone know why I might not be able just to swap a 9sp freehub body for an 11sp?
@Batman that's normally the sort of stuff you know!
I hadn't realised freehub-bodies-for-different-speeds could be incompatible with each other. In the Shimano world only, I mean. I know Campy will be different
No. actually I'd still expect to be able to fit a Campy freehub body to the hub. I'm confused... Someone pleaser explain to an old dickhead!
If they changed the spacing and 11spd requires a wider freehub body, you might be able to slide a 11spd cassette onto one, but not be able to safely get the lock ring tightened. However, geniuses that Shimano engineers are, they may have changed the splining to prevent people from having that problem. They might have made it obvious that "this cassette does not belong here".
They did not do that for hubs with 7/8/9/10 speeds, but I think the problem there was always spacing to get the shifting right after. It wasn't ever actually the ability to safely attach the cassette.
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I have a rear wheel, complete with hub. I can put a 9sp freehub body onto that wheel and run a 9sp cassette no problem. So, if I go out and buy an 11sp freehub body, with a view to running an 11sp cassette, what could go wrong?
Blam seems to be saying "you might not be able to bolt the new greehub body onto the hub", and I don't understand why
I think the buying the buying the 11spd freehub parts.
Any old freehub body won't fit on any old hub. The manufacturer of your hub would have to make an additional 11spd freehub body for it. And I am guessing that is not common, especially for lowert end or entry level hubs.
Interesting, though, I did the opposite a couple of years back - bought a wheel that was "11sp compatible" and stuch a 10sp cassette on it. The wheel came with a spacer for exactly that scenario
Just the other day I bought a new freehub body for my training wheel. It was a 10sp 105 one, that I got cheap. But I have no bloody idea what the hub is in the training wheel. There's a possible "oops" going on there!
Sounds like it. Freehub internmals is I think one of those areas where engineers have Blam style arguements and obsess about points of engagement, number of pawls, engagement width, degrees of engagement, etc.
In reality most riders won't notice a 3% engagement difference. But there are some disciplines (Trials for example) where engagement should be maximized and efficiency can take a backseat.
Shimano was still using loose balls in their XTR hubs. They used to be my preference for snow bikes because they winterized so much better and you could replace the loose bearings with ceramic ones easily.
Sealed bearings are a pain to winterize, you have to soak them and play fiddly games with a razor knife to get the seals off, hope you don't contaminate them, etc.
Gasoline or Citrus soak and razor blades. You always end up nicking yourself (and jeebus does that sting) or worse, the seal. Then you have this nawing nag at the back of your mind that your seal is nicked, even though it works fine for years.
@PeteH - I'm not entirely familiar with 11 speed (its way beyond my budget). But, unless you're running Mavic or someone else other than Shimano/sram, they're not mostly interested in making new stuff work with old stuff.
I believe its mostly deliberate, occasionally technical.
@Batman For me personally I wasn't really a fan, but now I'm getting old grinding out the k's is starting to get harder. But for people who aren't dedicated cyclists an electric power assist makes sense, and for people trying to carry more than they can do by leg power alone it's essential. We have a lot of "mommy bikers" who are pushing one or more kids, plus all the kid stuff, and often dropping them off at daycare on the way.
In Melbourne with the wide bike paths they jumped on the Gazelle Cabby with or without power assist (I lived in a very flat part) which is a long john design with nice trim and you can get an infant seat as well as various covers etc.
In Sydney we have a lot of "lovely bike path, be a shame if some fuckwit installed posts and hoops all over it so even BMX riders have to dismount". So longtail designs are more popular as they are easier to wiggle through those abombinations. And the LBS sells a variety of power assisted bike in all sorts of configs, but the "longtail, power assist and two kiddy seats" models seem to be most popular as 'family transport'.
The cliche is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It has one of the rare dedicated cycle paths (bikes only!) but it also has 6 flights of stairs at one end. So not only do you need power assist, it has to be throttle based not pedal assist, or you're never getting that 35kg electric longtail up it, Ms 55kg MommyBiker. Oh, and at the top of the stairs is one of those double barrier chicane setups, so it's hard to get a long john through there, even after you've got it up the stairs.
It took about 6 people to get One Less Ute up and through :(
@PeteH yeah, 10k gets you "see deleted posts"
@PeteH I'd be tempted to camp his user page and everything they post just comment saying something minor. Spelling mistakes especially :) But that would be mean. If he hadn't deleted the answer I would have posted my question above as a comment after his.
@PeteH I suspect he just couldn't be bothered playing with it. It wasn't a novel answer, most of the points had already been made, and it wasn't particularly useful. But second guessing mod decisions is right up there with reading tea leaves.
Although if we sacrificed a user an read their entrails we'd probably learn more :)
@Mσᶎ Maybe, but I don't really think it would have done me any good to try that tack. He could have just said initialy "no that's not what I meant" and that would have been the end of it. But he clearly wanted to push a stronger message
Maybe "if you're rude, we'll delete your posts" is a clear message
It is sufficiently late here that I can't be bothered to find out what "go birdy" means until tomorrow