What an awful week for the culture that surrounds and influences video games. Last week, a game designer’s personal life was exposed to the internet, and used to justify physical threats to both the…
It has been a week of very vocal impotent rage. The childish ranting of horrible little boys using all the worst swear words they’ve heard in the playground. If this was done in person, it would be done in a sullen mumble long after their target was out of earshot.
Changing games so they no longer pander to the lowest common denominator will help immensely but that won’t happen until we only buy more sophisticated games. There’s been progress, but we’ve a long way to go.
I got the inevitable coffee grinder noise from my bike a week or two ago announcing the imminent demise of the bottom bracket.
I’ve had 5 years out of the bike though, so other than the fact that everything on it has now been replaced, I can’t complain…
It appeared from searching the internet that I had a rare and difficult bracket, a Truvative GXP, so I first thought that I’d probably err on the side of safety and get a LBS to fit it. Then I thought, since I’ve had such poor luck with that, I may as well have a go myself, especially as it turns out that the LBS I was going to try has problems with getting that part as well.
I’m also hoping that this will be the bike’s last year of being my only bike, so if I shorten the lifespan a little, it’s not the end of the world.
I managed to find a contradictory post on almost every aspect of this when I started researching it, from ‘don’t do this yourself ever’ to ‘it’s a doodle’ and most points in between.
I also decided against buying a torque wrench specifically for this. I’ve managed without one so far, and I’m not going near carbon fibre, and I found enough places using descriptive measurements that I thought I’d be OK for now.
It did make me think that we need a new SI measurements system for torque for cyclist though. I might write one up later.
So, in case this ever shows up on a search for some other soul wrestling with a similar problem, here are the steps I took.
(If I never post again due to a horrible crank related incident, feel free to disregard the rest of this post).
The Truvative Elite cranks are held on by a 10mm outer and an 8mm inner nut which unscrew in the normal anticlockwise direction (hey, with bikes you never know).
If you leave the 10mm on, it works as an extraction tool and pulls the crank arm off, but I had to remove it first, then jump on the 8mm allan key to free it with my wife putting her foot on the pedal to counteract it, then put the 10mm back on tight. I think in our real world torque measurement, this is “Angry Heavy Man Kick” force.
Once the arm was off, you can take the chain off the crankset and leave it on the frame bracket, then gently knock the spindle through using something wooden or rubber (or your hand) to remove the drive side.
I then used a Park Tools Hollowtech II BB And Crank Arm Tool, though I didn’t need the Crank Arm Part for the Tuvative arms.
At this point, you can go back and forward between You Tube and the bike triple checking the direction of the threads (like I might have done), or just look at the arrow on the existing cups which shows the direction of tightening, and to do the opposite.
The power required to unstick the cups was me holding the top of the frame with two hands and pushing down on the BB tool with my foot. So, 1 point less force than the crank arm bolt I think.
Once free, I could finger loosen it. I then did the other side (noting it’s reversed thread from the previous side) and removed the bottom bracket.
A clean and grease of the housing next, and I put the new BB back using the other steps in reverse. You have to watch the non drive BB cover, as it needs a bit of a wiggle to get it working and it wants to pop the BB cap off.
The amount of torque used so far for the BB was “as much strength as I could manage just by using my arms” and it was pretty much the same for the 8mm bolt at the end.
I considered “a good push with my foot” for both of them, but I was trying t find a compromise between the various things other people seem to have done.
So, fingers crossed that all works. We have 60mph winds this weekend, so I won’t be trying out the repairs until later in the week.
Other things to note: I didn’t need the spacers, the new part was silver not black (but I’ll live) and apart from the ridiculous force needed to unscrew everything, it’s much easier putting it all back than taking it apart.
I’m not sure I’d call this “easy” exactly, but the hard part was the sheer force required, which I suspect is also a lot to do with it being a 5 year old bracket.
I’ve seen a few posts, tweets, and the odd editorial in which people get a bit opinionated on cycling and cyclists in general.
I consider myself a cyclist, since, you know, I like to cycle, but I don’t think if you forced me to pigeonhole myself, it’s the first thing that would come to mind.
In the UK of course, all cyclists are Bloody Cyclists, but I suppose our rampant tribalism makes divisions of Bloody Pedestrians and Bloody People That Aren’t Me for almost everything. I don’t worry about Bloody Motorists, because I do that too. I always just get a bit sad that we are all just trying to get somewhere, so we should all help each other with that and instead turn it into a display of brainlessness.
But this year, at some point when I was putting on my kit, and about to spend the whole day causing myself a whole lot of pain, after a couple of prior days hurting like hell, I had one of those epiphany things that made me realise that if I only had to be one thing, this is the thing I would be.
And now I want to be better at it. Which is somewhat scary….
There seems to be a mild degree of tech nerd angst around the possibility of more than one size of iPhone being introduced next month. Wisdom has it that part leaks show a 4.7 and a 5.5 inch model being unveiled, leaving the current 4 inch model as the ‘cheap’ (cough) one.
I’ve heard a couple of podcasts where such heresy is met with dismay. People like the iPhone they have and change is bad.
I think that’s a bit weird to be honest, and hearing young whippersnappers get all carpet slippers about it boggles my mind a bit. Something that is only 7 years old can’t be seen as immutable already can it?
But there is a reaction against the two new sizes theory because it just FEELS wrong
I did notice though that there was talk of the 5.5 inch model being thinner, being delayed until late Autumn and this week it is meant to have a raised up camera lens.
All of this seems to suggest that the 4.7 inch model is the new iPhone, and the 5.5 inch model is the new iPod touch, held back for the music event that Apple has after the iPhone event.
I think a 4.7 inch model followed a couple of months later with an even bigger and better model makes little sense for Apple but people won’t mind getting the middling one if the larger one is only an iPod. Also, releasing both at the same time might dilute the impact of both of them, possibly even causing some confusion in a few people. Like, some of the tech press…
Also, I somehow don’t see the lens protruding as being allowed on the iPhone, it just feels wrong on something so flagshippy.
The iPod is due a refresh, and I think it was John Gruber of Daring Fireball that said that a new iPod touch is a look at the iPhone of two years time. Apart from the new size, the new iPhone does *look* a lot like the current iPod touch. Thought the argument gets a bit hand wavy here…
“Today’s race was difficult, but much more fun than the others, as I had a good feeling with the car, the pace was good and I felt I could push.”—
Kimi Raikkonen on today’s race. For the last couple of races, you can see that the car has started to do as it’s told. If the team can sort out the details, and stop treating Kimi like Fernando, then the second half of the season might be a whole lot better than the first.