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1  General / The Forum / Re: Chemical Records - closed down again? on: April 08, 2014, 16:54:39
Damn. My future antique has been destroyed in a Make & Do accident with my children.  Doh!

2  General / The Forum / Re: anyone reaching Secret Garden Party this year? on: April 07, 2014, 13:52:10
fuck it off and go to shambala...
Shambala has just become Bristol in a field.

Bristol meaning Werburghs? Bedmo? Clifton?

White people from Montpellier/Werburghs/Easton in a field
3  General / The Forum / Re: anyone reaching Secret Garden Party this year? on: April 03, 2014, 23:53:00
cuntish festival full of cunts

Laugh

Best review of anything I have read for a while.
4  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: April 03, 2014, 10:42:09
I've signed up for the Somerset Gran Fondo (120 miles, 2200m of climbing) in May

That looks good, although there is no way I have 120 miles in me at the moment (or ever) !

Might enter and have a go at the Medio Fondo 84 miler, be something to go at.

Not sure I like the look of Crowcombe climb though.....

http://app.strava.com/segments/4028258


5  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: April 02, 2014, 16:38:03
So, I'm trying to plan my route from Bristol (BS6) to Marlborough (SN8). I know that the cycle path goes pretty much all the way, but I am worried that my road bike is totally unsuitable for the cycle path

Should I just go down the A4? Bit scared of that road if I'm honest!

How would you guys tackle it?

Cheers for helping out
D


Not been as far as Marlborough, but I would go Bristol to Bath on the cycle track, through the two tunnels along to Midford, then onto the tow path to Bradford on Avon. That's most the journey without a road, and I have done that bit of tow path on a road bike (with 25c tyres) and it was ok. Dunno what its like the other side of BOA though....


6  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 31, 2014, 12:15:10
It was the LVIS Audax

Gutted I didnt do this, was perfect weather.

Just starting plotting a 100mile route to make up for my laziness. 

Only time I have managed 100 was here - http://app.strava.com/activities/75602160

Fun route with some good climbs - burrington combe, cheddar gorge, deer leap etc
7  General / The Forum / Re: The Hijack Quick Post definitions on: March 31, 2014, 12:02:12
#9 is for poors
8  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 31, 2014, 10:17:48
Some impressive miles put in this weekend by people off here, especially Ronnie (115miles!!!)

Sterling work all round.

I was away all weekend so managed exactly 0. Need to oull my finger out, should be a bit easier now clocks have changed.
9  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 26, 2014, 12:25:45
You can fit compact bars with shorter reach as well - this can make a big difference, bringing in the levers in closer without changing stem



Not sure what you have on there now though so may not be relevant.

Anyway, sign up to Strava and join the Hijack group. There is more people on there than actual Hijack these days (5 I think!)
10  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 24, 2014, 16:49:56
I am 5' 10" and it is a 58. I know I have to get used to leaning forward but it feels a bit of a stretch to the brakes/gears. Might try a shorter stem. Could just be my (soon to be gone) gut getting in the way!

That does sound like a big frame for your height but you may be able to make it work, depends on how you are proportioned.

Try a shorter stem, although you prob dont want to go shorter than 90mm really. Go to a proper bike shop and they should let you try a few different ones for size.

Its always going to be more stretched out than a mountain bike, but if you can't get comfy after you have been riding for a few weeks it may be that the frame is just too big.

There is a rule of thumb that, when riding on the hoods, look down and the handlebars should be inline with the the front axle. Doubt it works for everyone but probably a good starting point, my bike is pretty much like this and I have been comfy up to 100 mile rides.
11  General / The Forum / Re: Pensions v Cash ISA on: March 21, 2014, 15:20:54
So once I have my house sorted it might be a idea to put my money into ISA's instead of a pension?


Here are some completely made up numbers (mainly to make the maths easy, also ignores lots of things like NI etc) -

Monthly wage = 2000
Tax band = 25%

No Pension:
Your take home pay is 1500.
You put 200 of this a month in an ISA
You have 1300 left a month left

Pension: (employer matches to 5%)
10% of your gross pay goes into pension  - 200 a month, same as above
Your take home pay is (2000 * 0.95)*0.75 = 1425



So you save the same amount each month but have 125 more a month to spend on ketamine and 'Free' Mega Raves at Motion.

Of course it is not quite this simple but you get the idea - you will be throwing money away if you don't take advantage of the employer contribution and the tax relief. It gets a bit more complicated if you have a mortgage - I expect some complicated maths could explain that the best thing to do is pay the mortgage down ASAP and not worry about saving, but I may be wrong.

12  General / The Forum / Re: Pensions v Cash ISA on: March 20, 2014, 13:55:47
Not sure I really understand.

If your money is already in a pension you cant get it out to put it in an ISA, its stuck in the pension until the government decide you can have it.  You could go to some super dull cash/bond fund which will be the same as cash I guess, but you cant get it out.

If it is new money then presumably your employer will be making contributions - this would have to be into a pension.

If your employer is not making contributions (self employed?) I would not bother with a pension at all unless you are earning well into higher rate tax, I would bung it all in ISAs.

The government can change the pension rules whenever they feel like it (they just did) and having all of your future money subject to the whim of self serving politicians is not good. That said, it is still worth doing as you get tax relief and an employer contribution (I get matched up to 5%). If you dont get any of this I just wouldnt bother.





13  General / The Forum / Re: slow day so lets talk about on: March 19, 2014, 23:40:56
I'm the one wanting to make noise.
There a 15ft court yard with a window to a bedroom.
Annoyingly its going to amplify any sound.

Im looking for options that don't block their light and allow me to make hubbub till the small hours.

This is compounded buy a great big cellar underneath that will probably act as a fk off bass bin. I just want to have 10s of people having a good time but this flat is scuppering my plans


I think you are basically screwed, there is no solution that will stop a PA from 15ft away short of

15ft of concrete

I would look elsewhere.

14  General / The Forum / Re: Do you always notice someone's eye colour? on: March 18, 2014, 22:33:15
I've been with my girlfriend for over four years and still can't remember what colour her eyes are.   Smashed

I just had to look in the mirror to see what colour my own eyes were  Laughing

15  General / The Forum / Re: Books on: March 13, 2014, 14:30:48
Things what I have read recently....


Amazing, read it.


Very good, makes you want to go to the deep south.


Well done if a bit generic.

Currently reading -

16  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 12, 2014, 13:12:30
Through lots of wheeler dealing on ebay and bikeradar classifieds I now have some new hand built wheels for this year - 32 spoke Mavic open pro rims with a powertap G3 rear hub and ultegra front hub  Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands*

Front wheel is brand new, back wheel rim is practically new, powertap just serviced and has brand new electronics/bearings. Whole lot cost just under 400. Bargain.



17  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: March 12, 2014, 11:22:32
I have just bought my first road bike (A Trek 1200 from 2006 in mint condition).

I am aware that it is an entry level bike - it was only 150 after all. I have read that changing the wheels would improve it greatly. Obviously as a total rookie I am not going to spend thousands, but do you think it would be a worthwhile upgrade? Will I even notice the difference?

At the moment it has Shimano Tiagra hubs; Alex alloy rims w/eyelets. Pretty basic stuff. I have been looking at THESE as a possible upgrade. Is that even an upgrade?!

Excuse my ignorance.

(I could easily lose a couple of stone before I start worrying about lightest possible weight.)

Would be up for a ride at some point if y'all go easy on me  Smiley

EDIT: I will be using flat pedals and I have absolutely no intention of ever being clipped in  Evil

Bike sounds like a bargain!

Although those wheels are (probably) a bit better than what you have I would not bother changing them now, the Fulcrums are still entry level wheels and not much of an upgrade really.  Assuming they are true and the bearings are ok they will be absolutely fine, plus if they break you should be able to get them fixed rather than the fulcrums which would probably just need to be thrown away.

I would concentrate on getting the miles in and making sure you are comfy on the bike, this will make much more difference than upgrading wheels. This is likely to involve changing stem length and maybe saddle etc. Put some decent tyres on as well, that makes a big difference. I wouldn't worry about the weight of the bike either, if you are coming from an MTB it will be light whatever.

NB - those wheels are cheaper from Ribble anyway - http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/wheels-factory-built-wheels-factory-road-tri-fulcrum-racing-7-pair-wheels/fulcwhfr295

18  General / The Forum / Re: Today I have spoken to a lady called... on: February 27, 2014, 00:56:05
I just started working for a very big company, over 100,000 employees globally, all names searchable on an online phone book thing.

There are some amazing names, favorites discovered thus far -

Long Wang
Jeff Wank
Brian Bumbarger

I am just scratching the surface....
19  General / The Forum / Re: Well bugger me. on: February 25, 2014, 23:54:51
Ooof, I am not far behind.

Date Registered:   November 18, 2004, 23:07:43

My first post was about dubstep  Laughing
20  General / The Forum / Re: Talk to me about Cheltenham on: February 25, 2014, 23:42:56
Yes it's way better than Gloucester, but not as nice as Bath.

Whatever you do, avoid Gloucester. It is a shit hole with no redeeming features whatsoever.

I think Cheltenham would be ok to live, its the best place for miles around anyway, I grew up near there and can confirm that.The posh parts are Bath/Clifton like with all that entails, but there are also some pretty grotty bits as well (see Gloucester) and a fairly generic town center full of generic town center things. Nice countryside nearby though, plus the cheese rolling is on your doorstep.

21  General / The Forum / Re: Event coverage this weekend - target your market directly! on: February 20, 2014, 01:46:00
Ha ha, amazing.

I am going to have to replot that graph - January was a banner month, we have turned the corner.
22  General / The Forum / Re: General Discussion Thread 20/02/14 on: February 20, 2014, 01:33:21
Just gotten home after co-hosting my 4th breakfast show on local radio - great fun Cheesy

Link please  Two Thumbs

How are we all?

Good. I am drinking a leffe. No school tomorrow Smiley
23  General / The Forum / Re: Sotr bar showing footy this eve thats not a dive. on: February 04, 2014, 16:20:48
I went to Beer Emporium on Friday, it was good. I am a massive fucking hipster though.
24  General / The Forum / Re: Books on: January 24, 2014, 14:52:23
Read this



These by Maragret Atwood (in the following order)



These are also quite good (they will make these into a film for sure) -



This is amazing



These two are also good by the same guy:

25  General / The Forum / Re: Vapers (E-cig users) on: January 15, 2014, 10:45:40
It's just replacing one addiction, with another one.

I'm sure all the same pockets will end up being lined in the end. The total spend isn't as much but I bet Phillip Morris et al profit margins will still be healthy enough in 20 years time, not like they need to actually grow tobacco to make these things.

If you haven't the will power to give up fags properly, I doubt you will manage to achieve anything else much that requires will power/determination.

26  General / The Forum / Re: Vapers (E-cig users) on: January 14, 2014, 16:14:07
Vapists >  Vapers

27  General / The Forum / Re: The Mark Duggan saga - ONLY USING SMILEYS, Punctuation and Dutch on: January 09, 2014, 15:42:22
                       



          




28  General / The Forum / Re: Housemate wanted to join elite rap crew on: January 05, 2014, 20:18:04
This is actually brilliant  Laugh

It also entirely negates the need to ask if it is a creative house.
29  General / The Forum / Re: Things I remember from back when Hijack was good... on: December 19, 2013, 14:17:37








 LIGHTAH!
30  General / The Forum / Re: What's in your pockets? on: December 17, 2013, 18:55:21
Wallet containing 35.50 + $28
Phone
Phone USB cable
Van keys
House keys
Old train ticket*

*now in bin
31  General / The Forum / Re: Tragic Box to become... Mosque? on: December 17, 2013, 18:45:28
Noise gate.

 Laughing

Does he have a tribal sleeve yet?

The TKO award for outstanding contribution to being really grown up and turning into a Tory - TKO.

 Laugh

I am not grown up, I am just fucking old  Sad

I have voted Labour, Lib Dem, Green, and Save Bristol North Swimming Pool Party but never Tory.



32  General / The Forum / Re: Tragic Box to become... Mosque? on: December 17, 2013, 15:58:13
It's official, the time we all knew would come is here. 

Hijack is dead and now solely consists of listings that nobody looks at and Wold talking to himself.

At what point does Hijack get shut down? Or will it linger on forever with just a few of us locked in a perpetual meme-filled purgatory?

About 4 months left at current rate of decline by my reckoning....




I cant believe this still happppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp pppppp Cry

I was out by a couple of months
33  General / The Forum / Re: Places to eat in bedminster (North street) on: November 26, 2013, 11:51:55
Viva la Mexicana, it's on the top end of east street by the HSBC so not technically North street but not far and does amazing proper Mexican food not tex-mex

Went here with a large group and some of us finished our dishes before some of the group had even received theirs. Not sure I will go back again.

For dessert by mate was given a hot cross bun......

Fair enough point on the service, can be a bit slow in there but the food has always been spot on when I've been there (was there again tonight, probably my 6th visit there).

What do you normally go for? I didnt really rate my food but may have to give it a second chance. To be fair we had about 12 people and have loved the food and the other half wasnt bothered - the people not bothered all had enchiladas

Be good to know what is good on their menu - I went here and thought it was a bit meh

Went here last night with mixed success.

It serves 'proper' Mexican food, quite like what I ate when I was over in New Mexico last Summer - eg not Tex Mex style like pretty much all other Mexican restaurants. The starters were good, my Mrs main was good, my main was not, although I was experimenting with something fairly weird and it was a new one on me (chocolate based mole, too icky for me). They have some good Mexican beers, and the waitress was funny as she basically can only speak Spanish and doesnt really have a clue what anyone is talking about.

Got to say it is going to struggle being where it is, curry sauce on your chips is a bit experimental for the average denizen of East St, cosmopolitan it is not. While we were there a table of 3 studenty looking kids came in and ordered and then sent all their food back and left as it 'wasnt what they were expecting at all' . paid for their beers and left.It is not cheap exactly 10-12 a main but not too bad, I think they do a happy hour before 7.30 where things are cheaper.

I have been in California last 2 weeks and have eaten some very good (and very bad) Mexican food.
34  General / The Forum / Re: Bedminster down on: November 08, 2013, 16:24:06
Starting to look at houses in Bristol. Was wondering does anyone live in Bedminster down? Whats it like as a area?

There is nothing there really. Nice views if you are on the edge but otherwise something of a non-place, probably at least 2 miles to the nearest decent pub.
35  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: November 04, 2013, 23:14:05
Without wanting to sound flippant, why not just go outside and ride?

Because you'll wreck a road bike in winter, especially one with carbon wheels.

Whilst the above is true I am not particularly precious about my bike and my wheels are fairly rubbish. The real reason I don't 'just go outside and ride' is because it is cold, wet/icy and dark  Laugh

I would rather beat myself up indoors on the trainer than roll the dice with the buses and lorries after work in the pitch dark, pissing rain, ice and wind.

Still go out on the weekend, but evening rides and even commuting home after work are pretty ropey in the Nov->Feb time frame.
36  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: November 04, 2013, 17:37:07
I'm intrigued to find out my power output. I'm a skinny short guy so it's probably not huge but might be ok when related to weight.

I'm somewhat less interested in turbo trainers. I lated 15 min before destroying a tyre and giving up forever.

I quite like the turbo as long as I do something structured, like using traineroad of sufferfest videos or something, Just sitting there spinning is pretty dull, you need to actively try to make yourself throw up really.


What turbo do you have? I have always been tempted to get one as my riding out put goes down to non existent over the winter.

I have one of these - http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-supercrono-power-fluid-elastogel-trainer/



It seems pretty good and its quiet, the fluid ones are a lot quieter than the magnetic ones.

Dont spend all your money on a trainer though, you need to budget for the biggest fan you can accommodate/afford as well.
37  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: October 27, 2013, 11:59:05
Priddy and back today. Legs are tired but it wasn't as bad up the top of the Mendips as I feared it might be. Nice and warm out.

Nice, especially in that wind.

Should have saved it for today, 70mph tailwind strava KOM bagging (until you are blown under a bus).
38  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: October 25, 2013, 15:17:23
I'm intrigued to find out my power output. I'm a skinny short guy so it's probably not huge but might be ok when related to weight.

I'm somewhat less interested in turbo trainers. I lated 15 min before destroying a tyre and giving up forever.

Ha ha, well I am a not skinny short guy so we will have to see - I would have thought your FTP/kg would be more than ok judging by your strava hill climbing exploits!

I am as intrigued as you so I have just hired a powertap wheel for 3 months from cyclepowermeters - 54 a month, quite expensive but if it keeps from joining a gym its not too bad. Will do an FTP test on Saturday and see where I am, I feel alot more feeble that I did even 3 weeks ago since it started raining.

I quite like the turbo as long as I do something structured, like using traineroad of sufferfest videos or something, Just sitting there spinning is pretty dull, you need to actively try to make yourself throw up really.


Everyone I know that has a turbo uses sufferfest.  Must be something in it.  

54p/m, ooof, that's steep!  I'm assuming you get all the computer stuff to measure it with?  

We should organise a Hijack road outing, up and over the Mendips.

A guy from my triathlon club did every sufferfest video, back to back!

Mentalist, he must be a knight - http://www.thesufferfest.com/about-sufferfest/knights-of-sufferlandria/

I did this last year - http://www.thesufferfest.com/uncategorized/the-tour-of-sufferlandria-9-days-of-suffering/

That was 12 video's over 9 days and that was pretty hardcore, not sure I would want to do 10 back to back.
39  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: October 25, 2013, 10:29:54
Everyone I know that has a turbo uses sufferfest.  Must be something in it. 

Sufferfest + trainerroad is what I do, you drop the videos into trainerroad and it scales the workouts to your current threshold, pretty neat.

54p/m, ooof, that's steep!  I'm assuming you get all the computer stuff to measure it with? 

The powertap computer was extra(!), but it doesn't do anything that my Edge 500 does so I will just use that. I got it from here - http://www.cyclepowermeters.com/powermeter-rental-24-c.asp

It's a 700 wheel but rent is still expensive, my theory was if I rent one for a bit and dont get on with it or dont make use of it then at least I haven't spent 700!

Unfortunately it appears power meters are not for poors and most my disposable income is being spent on new windows before it gets cold Sad

We should organise a Hijack road outing, up and over the Mendips.

Yes - will be up for that!
40  General / The Forum / Re: Post some of your favourite lyrics on: October 24, 2013, 23:37:12
I'm afraid of the dark, especially when I'm in a park

Des'ree - Life

Doo doo doo doooo

I don't want to see a ghost
It's a sight that I fear most
I'd rather have a piece of toast

BIG BARS
41  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: October 24, 2013, 23:08:40
I'm intrigued to find out my power output. I'm a skinny short guy so it's probably not huge but might be ok when related to weight.

I'm somewhat less interested in turbo trainers. I lated 15 min before destroying a tyre and giving up forever.

Ha ha, well I am a not skinny short guy so we will have to see - I would have thought your FTP/kg would be more than ok judging by your strava hill climbing exploits!

I am as intrigued as you so I have just hired a powertap wheel for 3 months from cyclepowermeters - 54 a month, quite expensive but if it keeps from joining a gym its not too bad. Will do an FTP test on Saturday and see where I am, I feel alot more feeble that I did even 3 weeks ago since it started raining.

I quite like the turbo as long as I do something structured, like using traineroad of sufferfest videos or something, Just sitting there spinning is pretty dull, you need to actively try to make yourself throw up really.
42  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: October 24, 2013, 15:16:16
Not enough celeste ^

I have a powertap wheel sat in a box under my desk, rented it to play with over the winter on the turbo.

I will be able to see how feeble I am in absolute units of feebleness.
43  General / The Forum / Re: Post some of your favourite lyrics on: October 23, 2013, 22:10:00
Well I'm Eazy-E, I got bitches galore
You may have a lot of bitches but I got much more
44  General / The Forum / Re: Hijack 2.0? on: October 22, 2013, 09:35:03
You have to make new people want to come here and frankly there is no reason to. They have all manner of social networks to talk to friends. Not cycnical old buggers like frankly most of us are (Or maybe just me?).
It only serves as a notice board for local club nights atm which you can read without commenting.

Be good if Rit pulls off the new thing. But he's been fixing the calendar since before they were invented.


A few of us are meeting Friday to discuss the same issue with Choke. There are other things hopefully involved. Frankly I think the forum will remain with anything that happens, probably re-branded, but I don't expect it to be used heavily, sadly.

Merge the two dying forums to make one, slightly bigger, dying forum!

chokejack, or something.
45  General / The Forum / Re: Hijack 2.0? on: October 22, 2013, 08:56:28
22 days into October and there have been 99 new topics and 500 new posts - we are comfortably on course for the worst month of Hijack ever.

This is the death throes  Two Thumbs

Of course, it has only been 5 years and 9 months since this post so I am sure it will all be ok soon.

For those that think it's vapourware:



You'll get it when it's ready Wink

Oooh, and....

Over the last few weeks, there has been discussion of a magazine-style format returning, with a redesign, guest bloggers/writers, event ticket sales and *gasp* an integrated calendar.  This is going to be a lot of work but is part of a bigger plan with the ticketing company I've launched recently and integration with Hijack is one of the avenues to its launch in the UK.
46  General / The Forum / Re: What do you want for Christmas? on: October 17, 2013, 10:32:39
A powertap g3 hub, some decent kitchen knives, booze.
47  General / The Forum / Re: The Official Road Riding Thread on: October 16, 2013, 21:17:27
got on cyclescheme though work and am gonna get a nice road bike! *rubs hands together with glee*

Nice - what you gonna get? Good time to buy at the minute, lots of bargains about as new bikes coming out.

I just had some new wheels built up by Cadence in Bath for my Croix De Fer, feels like a completely new bike.
48  General / The Forum / Re: Pensions on: October 15, 2013, 13:35:53
Give it to me, I'll look after it.

This is the thing, I couldn't even if I wanted to, I can't get my hands on any of until I am 55 (post WW3)
49  General / The Forum / Re: Pensions on: October 15, 2013, 13:21:37
I have over 100k in my pension, I bet I die before I get any of it.
50  General / The Forum / Re: Banksy in NY on: October 14, 2013, 11:37:45
This is good

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/10/banksy-art-sale/

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