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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:53 pm 
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Y'know, the difference between fettling bikes and cars? I know that what I'm doing will fix a bike. With cars it's all taken on trust: the difference between science and religion. Or worse, between engineering and making-a-deal-with-Coyote-who-laffs-a-lot-when-your-van-goes-kablooey.

Thus the relatively exotic rear mech pivot spring corrosion shifting issue (tardy tension take-up = mis-shifting, most apparent on gross changes, but not on the usual suspect cassette teeth) is obvious and cool. But slapping glorft spunk on a sooty rust-pipe is just voodoo, it's "dance widdershins" bollocks that car people are bloody welcome to.

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 Post subject: Re: Fettlegrump
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:01 pm 
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Cars can only be fixed by the application of money.
You can do all the fettling you like before said application, but in the end, money is required.

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 Post subject: Re: Fettlegrump
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:04 pm 
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Stupid bloody things.

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 Post subject: Re: Fettlegrump
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:53 pm 
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There are some people (Torslanda, for one) who can fettle the mechanical car stuff up to a point, but even they opt for the tame mate/garage owner for the serious stuff.

Even for me, whilst I can run the bike or trike mostly home-fettled, it's a trip to Bob for new kingpins, or Ron at the LBS for a headset. It's just too much faff for home. Of course with the new job an'all, I might have the time to do such stuff, which has been a major factor for the last few years.

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 Post subject: Re: Fettlegrump
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:33 pm 
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I know exactly how you feel. Worse, I can never tell when I'm being fleeced with a car. At least I can tell when a bike shop is ripping me off.

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 Post subject: Re: Fettlegrump
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:53 am 
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And that just adds insult to injury, doesn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: Fettlegrump
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:42 pm 
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My last car was an MG Midget 1275. Blacksmith technology. If the gearbox failed I used to rob one off an Austin A40 in the scrapyard, get the thing up on haybales in the local farmer's barn and swap it over the weekend ](*,)

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