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(February 14, 2002)

Punctured equilibrium

When next shopping for a bicycle repair kit, if you see one claiming to fix punctures with no glue, no fuss, no hassle, don't be fooled. I bought such a kit 6 months ago, and 3 months ago the man in the bicycle workshop on Colston St (very good shop, very helpful) told me to expect the seals to start going about now. He was right.

Punctures just are a pain in the arse, and anything which is a pain in the arse is bound to attract products which claim to make it less of a pain in the arse but actually don't. We want them to work, so we ignore all the times they don't, and fail to learn for the next time.

Also, I'm a bit confused as to when to put the patches on. If you put them on when the tube is inflated, they go all puckered and fallible when it is let down, but surely if you put them on when the tube is flat they're going to get stretched when it's inflated. Guidance on this would be appreciated, as would comments about anything, otherwise for all I know I'm talking to myself.

Thanks to Charlie, who's sent us a link about voice techniques for transsexuals. Now there's a man who knows what the people want.

Also, to Glenn, for alerting us to the new Bristol indymedia site.

Don't forget, the bit at the bottom which says "posted by Jeff Parry" is a lie, of course, it's actually all posted by Jon in Jeff's absence, but I don't know how to switch it off.
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