I’ve been using a Head squash racquet for the last few years which I bought from Rebel Sport.
In March this year I took a big swing at a ball, aiming to drive the ball back down the wall on full stretch and flat out misjudged my stroke and hit the wall, hard – so hard my racquet didn’t crack, it broke.
I strolled down to Rebel Sport to replace my broken Head racquet and after a lot of fluffing about settled on a new brand I’d never played with before, Tecnifibre. My new racquet was amazing, entirely different to my old Head racquet and it was a thing of glory.
Three weeks ago in a match I took another big swing at a ball and nicked the wall, no harder than I’ve nicked the wall a thousand times before but my new Tecnifibre racquet didn’t enjoy it at all – the tip of the racquet broke instantly.
It was uncharacteristic of a squash racquet to break like that, so I called Rebel Sport and asked if I could have it replaced. Despite me owning it for about six months and having played with it a dozen times, they said yes!
I should point out that squash racquets don’t normally come with warranty, in fact my Tecnifibre racquet has it written on the frame and yet Rebel Sport still replaced it.
Unfortunately Rebel didn’t have the same model of my Tecnifibre racquet in stock and the only other ones in that brand were in the $250 territory, which I didn’t want to spent on a racquet. That didn’t faze Rebel at all, they were happy for me to replace my racquet with any other racquet of a similar value, so I’ve returned to Head.
I know Rebel Sport didn’t have to replace my broken racquet but I’m absolutely stoked and totally impressed that they did. Since I had my original purchase receipt, getting it replaced was also a super easy process as well.
Great customer service needs to be called out and I think this is a great example.
World Rally Championship is an amazing motorsport series held around the world in some of the most exotic destinations.
Since 2011, the WRC car specifications are a 1.6L, direct injected turbo charged engine with a maximum pressure of 2.5 bar through a 33mm air inlet, which limits power to about 230kW and 430Nm with a minimum weight of 1350kg . In this configuration, World Rally Cars are very, very fast as can be evidenced by the video below.
Recently I watched a video on The Smoking Tire which showcased a young New Zealand rally car driver named Alex Kelsey who has manufactured his own WRC inspired rally car, yes you read that correctly – he built himself a world rally car.
Unlike a World Rally Car, Alex’s creation didn’t have those same limitations – so he is packing a naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 from a Formula Renault that produces 335kW (450hp) and his car is more than 200kg lighter than a WRC specification vehicle. It hauls arse, 0-100kph in 2.6s and 0-200kph in 7.0s flat.
I love the sound of it, it screams like an angry banshee and would make WRC even more of an awesome spectator sport – like when F1 still ran V10 and V12 engines!
In the past I’ve posted what I thought were some incredible videos like Danny MacAskill doing what seems to be impossible on a mountain bike. Today I came across a video of a woman doing what I guess you’d call bicycle dancing – akin to ice dancing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone display more agility and balance before in any activity, let alone something as dynamic and fluid as the impressive display she puts on.
Learning to ride a bicycle takes a bit of time when you’re little but once you get the basics, your skills on the bike progress really quickly. In the video a friend of the presenter (Destin, who has a great website and YouTube channel named Smarter Every Day) makes a bike where turning left, actually turns the wheel to the right. I initially thought to myself, that’d be hard but I’m sure I could handle that with a little practice. Watch the video to find out how long it took Destin to unlearn how to ride a traditional bike and how fast his son was able to do it!