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I didn't get my first computer until I was 12 (1997), but within a year I was messing around in Pascal in a free version Borland Delphi I got off a PC Pro promotional disc.

But very soon after Half-Life was released and then all I wanted was to be a level designer, so I spent the next 8 years learning various 3D and graphics applications. Once I hit about 20 years old I realised I could make better tools, so I downloaded Eclipse and started to learn Python, and then C++. It wasn't long before I forgot all about making content, and focussed all my efforts on programming. Never looked back.

I trained and worked in the VFX industry, but now work in pro-audio.


Oct
29
answered What is the purpose of suspension lockout?
Oct
27
comment Would hydraulic disc brakes be easier on my hands than mechanical disc brakes?
You say your hands hurt from too much braking, but braking fatigue ("arm pump") hurts your forearms, not hands. Painful hands tend to result from poor gloves, grips, posture, etc.
Oct
27
comment Would hydraulic disc brakes be easier on my hands than mechanical disc brakes?
"Also, a v-brake with new and well tuned cables/cable-routers, killer pads and decent levers can beat most fancy disc brakes around." - Until it rains.
Oct
21
comment What effect does head tube angle have on a bicycle?
A superset question: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/12374/…
Oct
19
comment Optimal full-suspension design for mountain bikes?
I downvoted you because your answer didn't address the question at all. If possible I would have downvoted you again for: "don't buy a full suspension (it will give far too much comfort with no skill)" - is that why some of the world's best XC riders and ALL of the best DH riders are on full floaters?
Oct
18
comment Optimal full-suspension design for mountain bikes?
Suspension linkage is often designed around a target shock (and front fork height, BB height, etc.), which has it's own characteristics as well. So choosing a bike by looking at the linkage arrangement in isolation is a bad idea.
Oct
1
answered 2009 Boxxer Team Dual Crown - Are springs different from 2010 + models?
Sep
30
answered How to setup my 26er MTB for indoor MTB park
Sep
30
comment could I mount a different manufacturer brand rotor to use with my brakes?
You have to match the caliper brand. It's the fork/frame end of the adapter that is standardised, but the caliper mounts tend to be proprietary.
Sep
30
comment Is it safe to Cycle with an Umbrella?
I'm not a road rider, but the thought of riding next to cars, one handed, and with a sail in the other - doesn't strike me as a great idea. Wouldn't it be safer, dryer, but slightly less convenient to wear waterproofs and carry your work clothes in a backpack/pannier?
Sep
25
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
22
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
21
revised What features of a mountain bike's geometry gives it different characteristics?
Added headangle.
Sep
21
comment What features of a mountain bike's geometry gives it different characteristics?
You're right, I'll update my post.
Sep
20
answered What features of a mountain bike's geometry gives it different characteristics?
Sep
9
comment Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution
I'm quite sure he/she's capable of dismantling something with few parts and putting it back together again. At the very least, be able to type the make and model into Google and read a service manual. How else would you learn to service it?
Sep
9
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Sep
9
answered Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution
Sep
8
comment Short cage derailleur: how to find out maximum sprocket differences?
+1 I agree with your first paragraph, but the last one isn't quite true: 'chain growth' isn't affected by travel, it's affected by the suspension linkage. On a single pivot (link actuated shock or not) bike, it's affected by the size of the gap between the BB centre and the swingarm pivot centre. Multi pivot bikes tend to adjust the rearwheel path to compensate (e.g. Lapierre's PendBox system on the DH series).