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by Michael Stride
Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Cheap 'hacked' timing system
Replies: 4
Views: 2754

Re: Cheap 'hacked' timing system

Cant see that being a good suggestion? Firstly you have to ride with an Iphone.... and the accuracy of GPS is pretty useless, in smaller distances.
by Michael Stride
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Cheap 'hacked' timing system
Replies: 4
Views: 2754

Re: Cheap 'hacked' timing system

I won't be selling them, but happy to help anyone modding one, I put a still of the wiring on the vid.
by Michael Stride
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Cheap 'hacked' timing system
Replies: 4
Views: 2754

Cheap 'hacked' timing system

Hi, picked up a bargain timer from Maplin (electronics store in the UK) and modded it for single lane slalom timing, ideal for practice sessions. I have seen the same toy on other websites worldwide. http://youtu.be/qe-1ftGjUm4
by Michael Stride
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: New display clock for UK slalom
Replies: 0
Views: 1034

New display clock for UK slalom

Just picked up an EBay bargain, a Seiko display clock, list price over £2000 (!), snagged, used for £65. All in working order. Works on batteries, and uses flip flopping mechanical sections to display numerals in a bright orange, so great visibility even in direct sunlight. We will be using this on ...
by Michael Stride
Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Finish line indicator
Replies: 0
Views: 1004

Finish line indicator

Just made a finish line indicator from two timer relays, two relays, tapeswitches and breakdown lights. Runs off 12v . First racer across line lights up their lane lights, locking out the other lane for 30 seconds. No need to re-set. http://youtu.be/erzyEji7zcQ
by Michael Stride
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: [2012] Paris Slalom World Cup - Trocadéro 26,27 May [Prime]
Replies: 73
Views: 25278

Re: Paris Slalom 2012 - Trocadero, 26,27 May 2012

good. Please remember if we book tickets early we save money AND get the best rooms at hotels!
by Michael Stride
Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Speed Trap constructed
Replies: 1
Views: 1539

Re: Speed Trap constructed

Been testing it with focusable lasers which help alignment. Now works over 40ft plus http://youtu.be/VraVscZk-sI
by Michael Stride
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Speed Trap constructed
Replies: 1
Views: 1539

Speed Trap constructed

Just finalising a rather neat Speed Trap. http://www.youtube.com/embed/6liCioNM5Gs http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb302/southbankboy/speedtrapOctane2.jpg Probably more suited to G.S. and downhill, its basically a circuit used for Scalectric slot cars with a tweak in the programming to show real ...
by Michael Stride
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Speed Trap
Replies: 0
Views: 1179

Speed Trap

Just for fun, now that the Formula One start system has proved its worth in competitions this summer I'm building a 'speed trap'. Partly for slalom and downhill, but also for use for some TV shows where I have been used to do 'official' timing with my systems. This will show a racers speed at a poin...
by Michael Stride
Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: Course Poachers!
Replies: 11
Views: 4083

Re: Course Poachers!

Agrred. And lets get Bruxelles organised. You can set the course!
by Michael Stride
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: Course Poachers!
Replies: 11
Views: 4083

Re: Course Poachers!

I'm not travelling anywhere for two practice runs. (And I won't poach extra ones either). Set the course the day before. Use a local, a foreigner and someone who is respected to set the course together. Keep the course open for a fixed time period. One hour would be nice. Get in line. Put the cones ...
by Michael Stride
Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Re: My New F1 style starter

Just added a video of the starting system in action at Brighton. Includes beeps, and false start detection......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2b-s9RVBP8
by Michael Stride
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Starting Line / Ramps
Topic: Cadwell / UKSSA ramp
Replies: 16
Views: 12668

Re: Cadwell / UKSSA ramp

The refurbed ramps (re-paint, checked welds, new rear wood platforms, new handlebar tape) at Hog Hill last weekend. It was a rainy day on Sunday so using stainles metal ramps is a good choice, we can leave them out and not worry. The pic shows the timer clocks on black stands, and a third black box ...
by Michael Stride
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

by Michael Stride
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

by Michael Stride
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

I dont have any time on my hands thanks Wes. I work damn hard and do this for fun. The system you like so much gives rise to tons of false starts. Some races they do the dumb adding of false start penalties, thats no fun for me. I have to disagree that the random start is like watching paint dry, I ...
by Michael Stride
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Still dont like that system. Its not the light per se, its the introduction of reaction times and a standard beep start. As I have explained a random start cuts down on False starts significantly. It also means racers attending races do not need to learn the local beep system. Every racer is on a le...
by Michael Stride
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

A couple of things I don't like about the drag tree lights is they light downwards... Just seems ' wrong' to me. A race start is pyschcologically a build UP or a crescendo... So lights going downwards seem odd to me. Next , on a drag start the beeps are at a pre defined sequence with no random start...
by Michael Stride
Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Oh and Wes, I though the tree went Red, YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW then Green or Red?

Or are YOU colour blind???????
by Michael Stride
Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Yes, I have looked at the Drag Racing trees, interesting proposition. I decided against using that system as I didnt understand it. I know they do a staggered start which I really don't like. I think they could possibly have a place in slalom, but I do prefer the dual start method for races. Also we...
by Michael Stride
Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Wes, I've just ordered some green led strips that I reckon I can wire into the beeper circuit, so will turn on green when the lights go out for a short time. I'll see how that looks and works.

You can never have enough pretty lights!
by Michael Stride
Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

A few reasons Wes... I know two UK rCers who are colour blind... Also this mimics a Formula One start sequence. Actually the green light on the last light would not be correct as you don't go on when the last light lights.... But when it extinguishes after a random interval of zero to five seconds. ...
by Michael Stride
Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

After a little shakedown test involving packing to a practice and testing in the field i've painted the front matte black and added a second row of LEDS. The leds areactually modulated so they arnt physically on all the time when lit actually flashing faster than the eye can see to conserve battery ...
by Michael Stride
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Trackmate wiring 6.2 instructions
Replies: 13
Views: 8009

Yeah, I see the problem. With the price of LCD panels coming down hopefully something will improve for races. But for practice you probably wont have mains power. I feel visable screens really add to to fun at practice and race sessions. Hopefully someone clever can do something with the track mate.
by Michael Stride
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Trackmate wiring 6.2 instructions
Replies: 13
Views: 8009

The system output to a US telephone cable plug and wire, which they use to carry the switch input and the power from the 9v to the normal IR bean unit. Its easy to find which wires are which and I just soldered two wires to those points on the P.C.B. Then all you need to do is connect two tapeswitch...
by Michael Stride
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: Trackmate wiring 6.2 instructions
Replies: 13
Views: 8009

If you want a system for pratice, the RU Ready screens are great. Clear and running off 9v battery. combined with two tape switches and wire you have a great practice system, and we use it for our races. At the end of each run the time is displayed. When the next rider takes his run he resets and st...
by Michael Stride
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

It would be inline with the first cones or just back from there.

Racers will clearly see the lights (very bright) or if head down wait for the beep, which is placed by the hand grips on the ramp.

Unless you have tunnel vision (skate pun intended!)...you'll be fine.
by Michael Stride
Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Just replied to a query and thought it best to post here as it may be of use to others: The clocks are from RU Ready / Gunfighter.com, and are basically large stopwatches that I have wired to work off a simple on/off rather than the telephone wires they use. Tape Switches are from tapeswitch.com. No...
by Michael Stride
Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

I just though I can make a second starter remote, with a start button, reset and race stop button. That could be used alongside the hand held starter or a replacement.
by Michael Stride
Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Is the start beep a random beep, after the 5 lights? Yes, just like F1. The lights stay lit for 1-4 seconds and extinguish at the same time as sounding the beepers and starting the clocks. Why is the button to reset the clock, at least after a false start, on the back of the box? Presumably the box...
by Michael Stride
Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Just done a video to show the new timer start system in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ388BA_AMc
by Michael Stride
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Yes, its now in a custom metal case, with a false start system integrated to stop the countdown if a racer jumps the start, with an indicator as to which lane jumped. Will post video once its completely tested. In the meantime here it is in youtube, starting two of our timer clocks. http://www.youtu...
by Michael Stride
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Octane decks....Something to match the trucks...
Replies: 32
Views: 17260

Of course Pelle. Has your hanger arrived?
by Michael Stride
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Deck Discussion
Topic: Octane decks....Something to match the trucks...
Replies: 32
Views: 17260

sorry, I meant 2011! ;-)

now winter is here we can get the project going again. We were let down by our carbon people who were unable to make a deck in under four months....grrrrr.
by Michael Stride
Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Spiked X in the City, London [POSTPONED...]
Replies: 28
Views: 13381

Pat. I do believe you are talking out of your arse. Suggesting there is any more to the cancellation than the X in City Organisers have said is purely conjecture on your part, from someone 6000 miles away who hasnt personally met the head-honcho of 'X'. I for one, do not question their commitment to...
by Michael Stride
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Spiked X in the City, London [POSTPONED...]
Replies: 28
Views: 13381

It is indeed a shame the event isnt taking place until April, and of course its annoying to those that bought tickets. As far as we were aware the event was going on so I dont see how anyone could have predicted this in advance from the UK Slalomers side. We travel to races all over that are cancell...
by Michael Stride
Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Completely agree Chad. I envisage the starter will say "Racers ready" then the racers focus on the lights, but I do agree beeps could be fun. Once the sequence starts you can count to 5, but you will always need to watch to see when the lights go out at the random moment. You can run two sets of lig...
by Michael Stride
Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Green is really the easy to understand signal for everyone.
We have a couple of seriously colour blind racers.
by Michael Stride
Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

Obviously you dont watch Formula 1 (!) I think it would not be hard to program the chip to do exactly what you say, I'll ask the producer of the circuit and then all you need do is wire it in to trackmate. It has outputs so any electronics guy should be able to configure it. I'll send you a link to ...
by Michael Stride
Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: My New F1 style starter
Replies: 31
Views: 14282

My New F1 style starter

Working on a false start addition but here is my new F1 style starter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vKsgN6tsyI
by Michael Stride
Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: England
Topic: British Open Slalom Championships, August 6-8, 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 9489

first days qualifications:
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by Michael Stride
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: RIP Slalom Innovator Howard Gordon
Replies: 9
Views: 4334

Very sad news. My thoughts go out to his family, Heidi, Lauren and Dylan. I remember opening a box of Turner wheels in the U.K. at a time when no new slalom specific wheels had been available for years. Another milestone was when the white Avalons were shipped here, I got as many as I could afford, ...
by Michael Stride
Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Teams
Topic: Team Virage "Flow"
Replies: 66
Views: 29821

Nice wheels, though I just dont get why Abec 11 do those deals with Silverfish....makes no sense to me, just aliantates potential retailers and one reason why we dont advertise with Silverfish...why pay to support your competitors?! Anyway, well done to Sam Gordon on his second place in the Hybrid o...
by Michael Stride
Mon May 24, 2010 8:56 am
Forum: Virage
Topic: Virage Race Win in Sao Paolo
Replies: 1
Views: 1907

Oh dear! It was Sao Paulo, this is from Bruno.. "I saw that you put the photo on the Octane site. But the race was in Sao Paulo, front of the Pacaembu Stadium. And I got the First place for Special Tight and the Third place for Dual Tight. Third place for Open Overall" Lets hope I can get it right n...
by Michael Stride
Sun May 23, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: Virage Race Win in Sao Paolo
Replies: 1
Views: 1907

Virage Race Win in Sao Paolo

Brilliant news from Bruno, Virage Team rider and race winner, of the Special Tight Open and third in Overall in Sao Paolo last weekend.

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by Michael Stride
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: Teams
Topic: Team Virage "Flow"
Replies: 66
Views: 29821

Hopefully all the team members have received their Vice foot blocks.

We are making more as fast as we can.

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Photo by Sam Gordon
by Michael Stride
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Timing System
Topic: IR or Tape Switches
Replies: 33
Views: 11683

Some IR gates can be set off by some auto focus cameras using IR.

I had probs with my IR gates from low level sunlight too.

SO I prefer tapeswitches.
by Michael Stride
Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Virage
Topic: Virage Vice footblock released!
Replies: 4
Views: 2784

The V2 Vice , with added round bits and a satin finish is available now.

http://www.octanesport.co.uk/shop/index ... block.html

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