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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.


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).
Sep
8
awarded  Yearling
Mar
15
answered Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?
Mar
15
answered Charities that accept bike donations
Mar
9
comment Why don't cyclists wear all-encompassing motorcycle-style helmets?
-1 There are many different types of motorcycle helmet (just like bicycle helmets), the one you're thinking of (road motorcycle) is but one - just about every over type is for stenous activity.
Mar
9
comment Why don't cyclists wear all-encompassing motorcycle-style helmets?
@NarcísCalvet You've clearly never worn a proper DH lid then; they're very lightweight, have plenty of airflow, and MTB/MX googles have a wider FOV than road motorbike visors.
Mar
6
comment Dictionary of regional vocabulary differences (US vs UK)
I've been around bikes in a serious way for 10+ years in the UK, and have never heard anyone call a seat post a "seat pin". Also "flat" and "puncture" are used interchangeably.
Mar
5
comment Good resources to learn about forks
I can't answer either of those questions; I don't do XC riding, so I don't know enough about fork models that target that market to give any decent advice. And what I recommend spending has little or no relevance to you - because I don't know how seriously you take it, how much money you're realistically likely to spend, etc. Also money will only determine so much, my forks cost $1300 or so - and I think they're naff.
Mar
3
comment Good resources to learn about forks
@heltonbiker What's a fork "rake"?
Mar
3
answered Good resources to learn about forks
Mar
2
comment Good resources to learn about forks
What kind of riding?
Feb
29
answered I'm perplexed, why is my cloth rim tape not sticking?
Feb
16
comment Adding disc brake to a bike without rear disc brake mounts
You wouldn't need custom frame work, back in the day I used to have a Brake Therapy converter. It was a disc mount that had a long arm that latched onto your v-brake mount, and the other end was special hub cap. Worked great.
Feb
15
comment What's the cone wrench size?
"I tried with 16, it seems, need more, 1 or 2mm bigger." You answered your own question.
Feb
15
comment Straight-pull spokes - worth it?
I've mainly used DT Swiss Competition spokes (or nearest equivalent) over the years, they're fairly regular despite the name. On average I break a couple a year, and always when landing a drop, or hitting a particularly nasty square-edged obstacle. Never broke a nipple though!
Feb
14
awarded  Scholar
Feb
14
accepted Straight-pull spokes - worth it?
Feb
14
comment Can I replace steel bearings with ceramic bearings?
@jm2 I'm surprised about that, in theory they are superior in every way to steel ones - except shock load.
Feb
14
comment Straight-pull spokes - worth it?
I hadn't thought of road use, I can see fatigue doing that. But the components I have seen are marketed specifically at DH racing - about as far removed from road racing as possible!