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Old 03-11-12, 07:45 PM   #276
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Can't remember if I've shared this one with you but...

This is how I'd like my "dash" to eventually be...

While that does look cool, I am not sure if I'd really want that on my bike.
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Old 03-11-12, 07:47 PM   #277
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At the risk of being banned for having too simple a layout, here's my "new" Bianchi Premio's "dashboard."

That's fine. It's not the Fred thread. Yeah, in that thread it'd look a bit sparse.
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Old 03-11-12, 07:51 PM   #278
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Chef asked where I got my parts so here it is........http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...f?disp_order=7

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ORIGIN8-...item5d31dc45d3


You will need two of them at $74 so about $148 for just the Nitto parts. Then you will need a Stach Bar which is not very expensive.
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Old 03-11-12, 08:29 PM   #279
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just A R'off grip shifter on one side , a grip shifter like Bell on the other,
fitted Trekking bars on my Bike Friday.

I hang my Abus Chain lock on one side , with a loop , toe strap ,
near the bottom of the tall steering mast..
to keep it from swinging around much.
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Old 03-12-12, 04:36 PM   #280
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Nothing that'll win any Fred points on this one!



As long as you don't look at the tires .....
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Do you have taillights facing forward? That seems to be a new trend. Can you explain the advantage of taillights in the front? I would expect that they can confuse other road users about which way you're heading.
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Old 03-12-12, 11:18 PM   #282
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Do you have taillights facing forward? That seems to be a new trend. Can you explain the advantage of taillights in the front? I would expect that they can confuse other road users about which way you're heading.
Hmmmm ...... are you confusing seat stays with a front fork? A front fork usually has a head tube and evidence of a headset. I was expecting the red lights would give some indication as to which end was up ..... or back .... or something like that.
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Ah, I didn't see clearly. The seatstays are unusual, so I thought it was a fork.

But I have seen some folks riding with taillights in front lately. I don't get it.
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Are those Schwalabe Big Apple's? I thought it was the front fork also.
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Old 03-13-12, 12:10 AM   #285
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I still have to buy a computer and another headlight.

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Are those Schwalabe Big Apple's? I thought it was the front fork also.
Those are Schwalbe Marathon Supremes in the largest size available, 700x50c, mounted on Mavic 719's. The frame is a 1993 Giant hybrid chromoly frame, and that style is probably more common on mtb frames.

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Old 03-13-12, 09:31 AM   #287
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But I have seen some folks riding with taillights in front lately. I don't get it.
They make the bike more visible.

I would agree that having a flashing or steady red light up front is likely to confuse somebody about if you're coming or going, but I also imagine it's better than nothing. (Actually, I wouldn't mind seeing some tail lights made that emit white light, like white Planet Bike Super Flash -- that would be good for front mounting to be seen during the day, and as a supplemental "see me" light at night. Planet Bike does make a PBSF that's all white -- but it still emits red light.)

As for why these folk go for a red tail light up front rather than a white light ... got me. Still, it's better than the nothing that many go with, so I don't give them any grief over it.
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Dashboard on my Twin Six. I use a Dashboard Genie for the HRM and GPS. They are only mounted in that configuration when I'm exploring a new route. Otherwise the DBG comes off and the HRM goes on my wrist. The computer is really only used for the odometer, and it isn't measuring speed or distance accurately, so it may come off in the near future.
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The computer is really only used for the odometer, and it isn't measuring speed or distance accurately, so it may come off in the near future.
At the most basic level, they only count the number of wheel revolutions and then do some math to give speed and distance. It's all pretty simple, and therefore easy to troubleshoot.

If it's always off by a specific percentage, make sure the right number is put into the computer for the wheel size. If it is, then find the percentage that it's off by (compare to the GPS, ideally over a few mile, relatively straight stretch) and then adjust the number by that percentage (if the computer reads 10% too low, increase the number by 10%) and try again. It's pretty easy to come up with a computer that's accurate to 0.2% or so by doing this two or three times.

If the amount it's off by varies, it's probably the sensor or wires. Make sure the magnet gets close to the sensor, and move it down closer to the hub if possible (things move more slowly there, so they're more likely to work.) Check the wire to make sure there's no worn spots, and make sure the contacts in the base for the computer are clean.

Now, if the thing is wireless, then all bets are off
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They make the bike more visible.

I would agree that having a flashing or steady red light up front is likely to confuse somebody about if you're coming or going, but I also imagine it's better than nothing. (Actually, I wouldn't mind seeing some tail lights made that emit white light, like white Planet Bike Super Flash -- that would be good for front mounting to be seen during the day, and as a supplemental "see me" light at night. Planet Bike does make a PBSF that's all white -- but it still emits red light.)

As for why these folk go for a red tail light up front rather than a white light ... got me. Still, it's better than the nothing that many go with, so I don't give them any grief over it.
Here's the grief I'd give 'em: Red light in front is "better than nothing," sure, but it's a false choice. Plenty of cheap front flashing white LED lights on the market. I wouldn't want a pedestrian (or car) pulling in front of me thinking I was heading the other way.
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1995 Trek 820: Utility, touring, commuter



1990s(?) Univega mixte: fixed gear around-towner
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At the most basic level, they only count the number of wheel revolutions and then do some math to give speed and distance. It's all pretty simple, and therefore easy to troubleshoot.

If it's always off by a specific percentage, make sure the right number is put into the computer for the wheel size. If it is, then find the percentage that it's off by (compare to the GPS, ideally over a few mile, relatively straight stretch) and then adjust the number by that percentage (if the computer reads 10% too low, increase the number by 10%) and try again. It's pretty easy to come up with a computer that's accurate to 0.2% or so by doing this two or three times.

If the amount it's off by varies, it's probably the sensor or wires. Make sure the magnet gets close to the sensor, and move it down closer to the hub if possible (things move more slowly there, so they're more likely to work.) Check the wire to make sure there's no worn spots, and make sure the contacts in the base for the computer are clean.

Now, if the thing is wireless, then all bets are off
The computer is a Cateye Cordless 7 that came out of my parts bin. It hasn't been used for at least two years. I know how to troubleshoot most problems. It is either getting interference from my HRM or the GPS, or it hasn't liked cold storage much and has gotten a little fuzzy. The sensor is setup properly and reads accurately enough at speeds less than ~25mph, but beyond that it acts like it can't keep up. GPS is saying 40mph, computer is reading between 13-16. A battery swap may take care of the problem, but I'm not that concerned about it. I mainly just want to see how many miles I get out of a pair of tires and a belt. Instanaeous speed and single ride miles don't matter much to me on this bike.
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Here's an update on my "dash", which pales by comparison to some in this thread!

No need for bike computer, music station, GPS since my android smartphone does it all.


Except for the cellphone case, there's a air-horn, simple bike bell for pedistrians and a extra flashlight mount which doubles as a MD80 video camera base when turned upright. Also my Blackburn Flea 2.0 light is placed on the left of the stem (not shown).
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My Glowing Bike...


My Glowing Bike...[/SIZE]

Did I mention the dual Flux Capacitors?

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Two quick question k: 1) what are you using for the back of the bike and can we see it? 2) I see the tape on the spokes but what are the solid colors made of?
Sorry, I missed this question... To answer it:

5xPB Superflashes (seatpost mounted bag) and a PDW Dangerzone (rear rack)

The solid color is my secret (until I can get it to market)

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gun mount dash board

here is my gun mount dash. it's been holding up for over 75 miles as of today on some bumpy bike paths( lots of tree roots). gun mount opposite the compass .
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My 'dashboard'...



It's pretty sparse, but does the job in the evening!

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What about panic stops?

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Here is my setup. I have good clearance for my Interupter brake lever. Also the drop bars are clear of any lights or mounts so I don't have to compromise my different hand positions.
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This is the most stuff that will be up there at any one time. We have great bike routes and some of them head WAY out there. I record them on video and topographic GPS often. The thermometer is just sexy.









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I posted this over on the road forum but not here yet:

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Commuter/Cyclocross bike:
The speed meter on your cyclocross looks gorgeous! If you could tell me what brand, model it is or where I can order it, it would be really appreciated! Thanks Sir. Martin.
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