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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.


Nov
29
comment Making a very sharp turn by pivoting on your front wheel?
An endo is not an accident, it is stopping the bike very quickly and throwing your weight forward to get up onto the front wheel (usually for trials riding). A stoppie is effectively the same, but you are still moving forwards.
Feb
23
comment Saddle height vs absorbing drop impacts
+1 This is the correct answer. There are sometimes >5 ft drops on world cup courses, but they are always at the bottom of the course (where the crowds and cameras are) and are usually man-made.
Feb
23
comment Saddle height vs absorbing drop impacts
This is terrible advice. Hardtail riders have to do this in order to make use of their full leg extension (i.e. their legs become the suspension), their weight goes backwards to make the extension more vertical, and conversely the front of bike is pushed forward to maintain balance. Doing this on a full susser will quickly SNAP THE FRAME! You must land with both wheels at the same time so the suspension can do the work for you, and the forces are distributed through the frame as the designers intended. There is no 'proper' technique for both frame types - because they too different.
Feb
7
comment Size medium or large
Surely trying the medium size will tell you everything? Also you're the same height as me, so I imagine a large frame will have too long a reach.
Jan
25
comment How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring?
If I did a sport that made me so bored that I felt the need to ask a question about it on the internet - I'd find a new sport.
Jan
25
comment Is 650b a better platform than 26“ or 29”?
@JamesBradbury "Bigger wheels are not inherently faster any more than a larger gear is faster." That isn't strictly true off-road, a larger diameter wheel allows it roll over rougher terrain without losing momentum as easily. The only reason it hasn't taken off for extremely rough terrain riding (Downhill) is that the wheels make the bikes handle less well, that's why 650b is marketed heavily for Enduro riders.
Jan
16
comment Do shops that sell used bikes normally also sell used parts?
Why don't you want to buy online? Pinkbike and eBay have very good used parts sections.
Jan
10
comment Could rubber parts on bike rack damage the rear shock?
Is the shock shaft taking the weight of the bike when on the rack? Because that's much worse...
Jan
9
comment Zerostack headset fit
Hmm, the photo doesn't tell us much, it could easily be none integrated. Can you post a picture of the headset (preferably with all the markings visible)?
Jan
9
comment Zerostack headset fit
Take a picture and show us. If possible try and find some model number or other identifiers on the headset, so we can properly identify it.
Jan
9
comment Zerostack headset fit
Is it fully integrated or semi-integrated? In English: Do the bearing cartridges sit in the frame itself, or are there frame manufacturer provided races that sit between the headtube and bearing races?
Jan
8
comment New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube
+1 I've been buying tubes for 15 years and I did not know that.
Dec
31
comment Replacing brake system on a bike
You must realise that all brakes work by friction, so to stop the brakes themselves being destroyed, have a 'sacrificial' layer for a braking surface. This means all brakes have pads that need changing.
Dec
29
comment What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?
Why the downvote?
Dec
11
comment What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel
@DanielRHicks No, they're pedals and cranks. They even have a cog and chain attached.
Nov
30
comment How many fingers on the brake lever?
@cherouvim Surely that depends on your grip strength?
Nov
28
comment MTB Tire performance
Do you notice a difference going the other way - starting on the road and then going off-road?
Nov
28
comment Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?
What temperature will the garage go down to?
Nov
26
comment Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike
The bikes rode at the highest level of any discipline are extremely customised to each sponsored rider - you cannot buy them, so you're comparing apples and oranges. A better way is to simply ask people who have actually ridden the bikes, read reviews, etc. BTW, I'm not saying Treks aren't good (their Session series are brilliant); but I think looking at the choice of someone who is paid a great sum of money to ride a particular brand/model, and who never has to worry about maintenance, is not a great plan.
Nov
25
comment Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike
You're missing a crucial piece of information - what is your budget? Without that we cannot recommend anything.