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Campag '06

Seems like Campagnolo have re-entered the mountain bike market for 2006. Their product range now include Linear Pull Brakes (v-brakes to me and you) and flat-bar shifters/levers.

The brakes kinda remind me of cheap Tektro but I guess they must be nicer than that. The blurb describes the levers as having aluminium blades but they look like CF to me. Can’t find any prices yet.

Currently playing in iTunes: You Rock by Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair

posted by steven - December 20th, 2005

new website design

I was in the process of updating the site using a new simpler design but had a couple of problems, so the site at the moment is in a bit of a mess. Everything worked as planned on my non-live site but I’m having some problems with the blog server I use so the blog part is somewhere between the old design and the new. Hopefully get it fixed this evening.

Currently playing in iTunes: Is My Heart (Going Out) by The Vessels

posted by steven - December 11th, 2005

website looks horrid…

I’m afraid I made a real amateurs mistake of not checking this website on other browsers before it went live.

When I was building this website, I never really thought I was doing anything complicated and made a real mistake by never checking it in IE on Windows. I’m a Mac user and use either Omniweb or Firefox and everything looked fine.

Mistake 1 was to use pngs for my graphics instead of jpgs. The png format is way superior to jpgs in that it truly supports transparency, so you don’t have to create your images on a background matte to prevent the horrid ‘halo’ effect. File size for good quality images are also smaller. In my past I have been aware of the lack of png support that IE has but that was way back in IE5 time. Stupidly I assumed it would be fixed in newer versions, alas no. Rumoured to be in IE7 however. Serves me right for not checking.

Mistake 2 was to underestimate just how blatantly IE flounts the CSS spec. As a result positioning of elements, mostly graphics was terrible.

I apologize to anyone who had to witness that! I think I’ve fixed most of it but if anyone spots anything gross, let me know.

Life would be so much better if Internet Explorer would just go away.

Currently playing in iTunes: I Wish My Baby Was Born by The Be Good Tanyas

posted by steven - December 3rd, 2005

29er Geometry

Pretty good essay on geometry for 29ers. Look back in his archive and there’s some other interesting pieces discussing bike geometry.

Guitar Ted Productions

Currently playing in iTunes: Goddess On A Hiway by Mercury Rev

posted by steven - December 3rd, 2005

server upgrade

I’m in the process of moving over to a new server. If you’re reading this then I’m pretty sure it’s done.

Next on the hitlist is moving the mail server too. Since that just seems to work using some kind of smtp/imap black magic, I’m anticipating more problems than just moving the webserver and blogserver.

If I’m not responding to something you’ve sent, try shandcycles at gmail dot com, that should get to me.

posted by steven - December 1st, 2005