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Old 11-22-13, 03:53 PM   #51
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e0richt, I do that in such an extreme way. I buy stuff, it arrives, I toss it in a box or some other stupid place. Then before I even go to install it, I forget I have it, and I buy it again.

Do I win?
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I bought a new (used) frame and fork, Gunnar Crosshairs ...
Wow, you bought a bike for your bike.
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Old 11-23-13, 03:07 PM   #53
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maybe but I have done that too... lose track of it, get another, finally install the new one and then later find the original...
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I bought a set of Ultegra wheels for mine and new 105 shifters.
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e0richt, I do that in such an extreme way. I buy stuff, it arrives, I toss it in a box or some other stupid place. Then before I even go to install it, I forget I have it, and I buy it again.

Do I win?
I've done that! There are a handful of things I have duplicates for, that came about that way. Worse are the things that I know I've bought, but can't find!
They inevitably turn up after I've placed an order for "replacements" for them and am about convinced I've lost my mind.
Hopefully moving to a new place with force some organization upon me!
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its weird but I buy stuff periodically for the bike but it takes a while for me to sit down and actually install it... but I bought a set of planet bike panniers with trunk bag and a seatpost rack (it has bars / guards to keep the panniers out of the spokes... I have gone on a couple of rides with it and everything seems to be working well)... also got a "cree 1500+ lumens" light off of amazon (based on recommendations in a light thread here) seems to work pretty well. I also have a light that puts out a yellow light for under the bike to help be seen, high vis vest...
Oh? Do tell! Details please!

I just ordered a yellow Fiber Flare to mount under the top tube, a few more rechargeable batteries (AA) to go with it, a couple more 18650 batteries for my new Cree T6 "1500 lumen" light, and a couple of plastic cases for the batteries.
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First of all I bought a 2nd hand bike some days ago, and made sure everything was properly installed and screws were tightened properly. The front wheel was installed so it went in the wrong direction. I then bought an inner tube ($5) for the rear wheel, and a U-lock w/ 4' cable ($30). This bike is to be used as a commuter / get-around-bike. The fun thing is that I got the bike itself for $15. Another thing, one of those "comfort seats" was previously installed on the bike, which cost $25 from WM. Side note: I dislike the seat so much, since it is so wide, and cups your butt making it weird to pedal... I might very well buy a cheap, real seat for it in the future.
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I'm building up a new commuter for spring. So far I've bought the frame:
http://www.somafab.com/archives/product/buena-vista
A PV-8 front dynamo hub:
http://www.sp-dynamo.com/8seriesdynamo%20hub.html
I took the hub to a local shop Thursday night and they'd already built it up into a wheel using a Mavic rim just a few hours later. It takes me forever to true a wheel, so I'm amazed that they can build one from scratch so fast. Now it's in getting the bottom bracket chased and headset put in.
Now I have to decide what gearing and handlebars I'm going to use. They had a white painted single chainring crankset on display that would match the frame...perhaps a little too much. The BCD is 130, though, and I was hoping for 110, to get a small chainring and small cassette cogs.
When I get this bike built, I'm going to sell my present commuter. Perhaps I'll also sell my touring bike and get something with disc brakes and big tire capacity for winter commuting, maybe even a fat bike. Although, I don't see how it's possible to lock up a fat bike using a u-lock.
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Old 11-24-13, 07:34 AM   #61
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Rhodabike, please start a thread about this Soma. I'm eager to see it, in progress, if possible.
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Oh? Do tell! Details please!

I just ordered a yellow Fiber Flare to mount under the top tube, a few more rechargeable batteries (AA) to go with it, a couple more 18650 batteries for my new Cree T6 "1500 lumen" light, and a couple of plastic cases for the batteries.
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I was very underwhelmed with the performance of the two sets that I have (now they are sitting in the parts bin, until I can think of something to do with them.

They (mine)don't work well in cold weather. I don't have any idea as to battery life.
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Airzound! Earbud joggers be warned!
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I bought a Terralux 300 lumen 2xAA battery tactical flashlight. I am using it as a headlight along with a white LED blinky. My front bag was cutting off some of the light when I had it mounted on the handlebar so I attached it to the front rack with two P-clips and a bolt/wingnut (wingnut is on the back side of the bolt):


Terralux flashlight mounted to front rack by galoot_loves_tools, on Flickr

It throws out a nice bright cone of diffused, white light, enough to ride by in the street at under 20 mph. I may get another one and attach it to the other side of the rack.
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I, regularly take it out for a few Drinks,
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I was very underwhelmed with the performance of the two sets that I have (now they are sitting in the parts bin, until I can think of something to do with them.

They (mine)don't work well in cold weather. I don't have any idea as to battery life.
Haven't really had a chance to try them out yet but I have to admit that I was kind of underwhelmed also when testing them out in front of the house...

oh and this is my commuting setup I bought:

http://www.amazon.com/Multi-function...ords=trunk+bag

http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...ssociationsCmd

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0052_120260_-1___


Havent really had a chance to try them out yet but seems promising and less than 60.00... Im hoping that they work out...
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I did the same thing recently. Picked up a '94 GT Corrado to replace my '93 GT Outpost. The frames are nearly the same color and apparently exactly the same geometry, just at opposite ends of the spectrum as far as tubing quality goes (tripple butted True Temper GTX versus cromoly with a hi-tensile rear triangle, respectively). The Corrado is getting set up nearly identically and will end up with the saddle, seatpost, saddlebag support, front rack, lights, fenders, pedals, tires and wheels from the Outpost, which by the way, only retains its headset, front derailleur, and fork of its original equipment. When I'm done, most people won't even be able to tell that there is a different frame there, but it'll be lighter, hopefully handle a little better, and I'll incorporate a few subtle upgrades while I'm at it.
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Pro-tip: packaging these days says to pump them up to 80 PSI. Used to say 120 PSI. I've been pumping my 80 PSI packaged one from nearly three years ago up to 120 PSI almost every day since then. I don't think they changed the design any, just changed the packaging because 120 PSI = 120 decibels, which is illegal in some jurisdictions. It's much louder and you get several more blasts out of it if you pump it up to 120.
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Pro-tip: packaging these days says to pump them up to 80 PSI. Used to say 120 PSI. I've been pumping my 80 PSI packaged one from nearly three years ago up to 120 PSI almost every day since then. I don't think they changed the design any, just changed the packaging because 120 PSI = 120 decibels, which is illegal in some jurisdictions. It's much louder and you get several more blasts out of it if you pump it up to 120.
Thanks, I'll be sure to give it some extra pumpage... I got it mainly for the benefit of drivers of 18-wheelers that drift into bike lanes as they fall asleep, so it can never be too loud.
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Ah, quoting myself from the "Side visibilty" thread* on the Electronics, Lights, and Gadgets sub-forum:

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I tried the BikeBrightz. I really liked it except for two things:

1) the battery compartment, it's a royal pain in the rear to get the batteries out to swap them
2) it's not waterproof.

# 2 is a deal killer for me. If it was waterproof I'd still have it mounted and just be regularly grumbling about the PITA changing the batteries, but even though I often only contend with drizzly conditions, and have full fenders with large mudflaps, there's enough moisture getting on the light with it mounted on the downtube to cause it to stop functioning until it dries out. Given that its often wet day after day here, unfortunately the light is no good to me.
* http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ide-visibility

I had the green one. It looked pretty neat when it was dry out. Regularly got comments from pedestrians, it was clearly visible to them, looking rather similar to the "ground effects" lights on a low rider car.
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Thanks, I'll be sure to give it some extra pumpage... I got it mainly for the benefit of drivers of 18-wheelers that drift into bike lanes as they fall asleep, so it can never be too loud.
That's about a third of the use mine gets, cars drifting into the bike lane (usually a door zone). Another third is blasting cars that are still in the intersection (blocking it) when the light turns. The Airzoundz is an indispensible piece of safey gear for me now, I couldn't imagine riding without it, my helmet mirror, or my helmet mounted light. All in the same category for me.
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An 16T stainless cog, a 20T steel cog, a 42T Chainring, Mud Flaps, and a Cargo Net.

I foreseee a new floor pump on the horizion, I think the pressure gage in mine just crapped out this morning.
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Continental CityRIDE 26x1.75 tires to replace the Serfas Gator 26x2.0 tires I currently have... darn things sound like I'm being chased by a swarm of angry hornets on pavement.

Next up will be a saddle and fenders - I need something with springs; that aluminum frame is pretty harsh.
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set of Serfas Thunderbolt lights. After getting buzzed one too many times since it started getting dark before my evening commute I decided to give the cars the benefit of the doubt and admit that maybe they can't see me with my cheap $5 blinkies from China
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