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- the offender - note how close he has come to unscrewing himself.

- the tool to do the job!

- he's off!

- the new stirrups

- fully pedalled up! w00t!
28th Sep 2006, 09:49   | tags:,,,

paintist says:

HOORAY !!!

28th Sep 2006, 09:51

Geodyne says:

Lucky you caught that - that could have been nasty!

Have you taken it for a test run?

28th Sep 2006, 10:02

i didn'y, because just after i finished fixing them on, it started pissing down. so i went and had a cup of tea instead.

28th Sep 2006, 10:04

shiney new pedals! wooot

28th Sep 2006, 10:05

smellen says:

hooray for monkey finger, hooray at last! hooray for monkey finger he's a......

28th Sep 2006, 10:06

Geodyne says:

I'm trying not to laugh now. Tea - the English answer to everything! ;-)

28th Sep 2006, 10:07

damn straight - tea has solved many a-conflict in these here parts...

28th Sep 2006, 10:11

paintist says:

The Boston Tea Party, 1773...

28th Sep 2006, 10:13

grrrr. don't remind me - many a tea monkey lost his life that day...

28th Sep 2006, 10:13

tea is the best thing for calming a situation down, i oftern have a cuppa tea when having serious chats (had a lot of tea recently) and it makes me feel really calm and collected. it does make me wee more tho

28th Sep 2006, 10:14

yeah - tea makes me wee loads too. its a diuretic you see...

hooray for tea!

28th Sep 2006, 10:16

smellen says:

Im a frequent weeeer, tea does the same to me. Tea is also good when your sick. Monkey finger cant spell diuretic by the way.

28th Sep 2006, 10:16

its actually good for you now too! apparently see here

28th Sep 2006, 10:19

paintist says:

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French diuretique, or via late Latin from Greek diour?tikos, from diourein ‘urinate,’ from dia ‘through’ + ouron ‘urine.’

28th Sep 2006, 10:19

SpoonZ says:

Woo Yay... almost bear traps... I remember getting them in the 80's (Im showing my age) they would take chunks out of your shins when you stuffed up a ramp landing! Oh the joys of childhood :-)

28th Sep 2006, 10:23

they're pretty hefty alright - they weigh about the same as the bike, and thats saying something, because my bike is a fat bastard.

28th Sep 2006, 10:25

hildegard says:

Good solid pedals is what any monkey needs to land on... :)
My bike's got bear traps! Got the scarred shins to prove it. Take chunks out a few times & you soon learn. After that, there's no point replacing them as they seem to be completely indestructible...

28th Sep 2006, 10:47

540air says:

Spoonz - Bear traps? They were ace pedals. We used to file ours into more of a point for better grip, usually meant it gave the pedal a better grip of your shin/skin!!!!

Ah the logic of youth.... :)

mf - How did you manage to ride it on the old pedals? Or spindle really, you must've spent more time slipping off than pedalling!! :)

28th Sep 2006, 10:57

SpoonZ says:

Yep, Bear traps aint bear traps without bits of skin blood and bone hanging off them :-p

28th Sep 2006, 11:01

540air says:

Only question left to ask, assuming that you were using them on a BMX rather than a mountain bike, is.... Sun Tour or Hutch? as your shin destroyer of choice :)

28th Sep 2006, 11:06

540 - didn't slip off once! i don't ride very aggressively - just to the cinema and back usually, and maybe the odd blast around the park...it apparently was about to fall out completely though, which would have been fun

28th Sep 2006, 11:08

540air says:

Would've been fun, with a big pile of ouch attached probably :)

With the new pedals fitted and the potential they offer, does this mean you'll be hitting the skateparks etc? ;)

28th Sep 2006, 11:13

i'm afraid its not really that kind of bike - its a big heavy bastard, but i might throw it off some kerbs in a slighty cavalier manner

28th Sep 2006, 11:22

my pedal of choice for the MTB is the Kona Jackshit, and not just for the name - slightly concave to cup the foot and studded all round with aluminium, er, studs so your feet grip well (and they rip the shin a treat!) I don't think an adjustable wrench will tighten them up sufficiently though, you could be heading for the same problemo, get a proper pedal wrench!

28th Sep 2006, 12:16

540air says:

Throwing it off some kerbs in a cavalier's uniform would be a most definitely blogworthy event!!

pb - I always found that you don't have to tighten them up with anything more than an adjustable due to them having opposite threads etc? Does that not apply with MTB's?

28th Sep 2006, 12:30

pb - i tightened them fairly tight - and like i said, its not as if i'm actually going to belt round the woods on this fatboy.

540 - when i get hold of a cavalier uniform, i'll blogging like crazy.

now where would one get hold of such a thing?

28th Sep 2006, 12:33

540air says:

I reckon a fancy dress hire shop. Might not have a cavalier's outfit, but they'd be bound to have a musketeer type one which would be just as funny :)

28th Sep 2006, 12:38

all i really need is the floppy hat.

28th Sep 2006, 12:41

540air says:

I'll keep my eyes open and if I find one, I'll send it on over.

28th Sep 2006, 12:47

excellent - floppy hats are essential cycling wear. pulled down over the helmet, obviously.

28th Sep 2006, 13:06

FilbertFox says:

can we change the chat back to tea please?

Whats your fav and do you have milk and/or sugar?

I am suprised Spiderbaby hasn't joined in on the tea thing - she is obsessed with it ou know.

28th Sep 2006, 21:03

swamprose says:

sorry FF, but I am Canadian and tea is only part of the culture. Coffee currently rules. Actually, anything hot in cold weather. Or brandy. Medicinal of course..

m_f--kudos.repairing things is always last on my list.

28th Sep 2006, 23:24

FF - i like baby tea. lots of milk, two sugars. or a nice earl grey. mmmm

29th Sep 2006, 09:57

paintist says:

almost any tea for me except Lapsang Souchong...uuuurrrghhhhhh

29th Sep 2006, 10:36

540air says:

mmmmm tea. White with one sugar for me.

29th Sep 2006, 10:40

JokerXL says:

Tea's horrible, can't even stand the smell.
;-p

2nd Oct 2006, 16:27

you're weird joker....

2nd Oct 2006, 16:30