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    Am I getting cranky or are they dumb?

    OK here is the deal. Every January I zero out the bike computers and put new 2032 battery's in them. My HR monitor straps use a 2032 battery, so does the wireless cadence sensors, as well as my latest purchase of a Power Tap. All the devices have the same battery type in common, that's good thinking on someone's part. What I don't get is the slot on the device's battery cover. A nickle or quarter works very nicely to get the cover open. I carry extra 2032 batteries in my cycling bag and seat pouch to replace them as needed.

    Here is my beef. I don't always have a quarter or nickle and the multi-tool doesn't have the ability to open the cover. Why can't the brainiacs who design and program those complex, well thought out devices, size the slot on the battery cover fit a 2032 battery? It would only need to be a little bit wider allowing the battery to be utilized as the tool needed to open the cover. Think about this. When you need to replace a 2032 battery what do you have in your possession when you change it? Why a 2032 battery of course! I believe the average Joe has a significantly lower chance of having a nickle in his hand and no battery when he goes to change the battery.

    OK rant over, I feel better now.

    Yes, I already increased the weight of my already overstuffed saddle bag with a couple nickles. Pretty soon I'll have enough supplies in the bag to call it an "overnight saddle bag".
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    Hurry and patent that idea!
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    I always have my keys with me and there is always at least one that will act as a decent tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
    I always have my keys with me...
    Carrying keys?!?! No wonder you're so slow up hills!

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    Nobel Prize nomination is in order.
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    Yes you're getting cranky. And yes, they're dumb. Does that make you feel better?

    Prying on a lid with a battery could very well damage the battery. A battery case looks pretty sturdy, but what's inside is fairly fragile.

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    My Power Tap wheel unit does not use the 2032 but two much smaller hearing aid style batteries. And you may need the special tool to get the cover off the hub. I use a surgical glove to grab the hub and twist it. Yours must be different.
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    I am suspicious about racers who carry around batteries. I think we should x-ray A'Jet's bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    My Power Tap wheel unit does not use the 2032 but two much smaller hearing aid style batteries. And you may need the special tool to get the cover off the hub. I use a surgical glove to grab the hub and twist it. Yours must be different.
    Mine is the same as yours. I was referring to the head unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
    I always have my keys with me and there is always at least one that will act as a decent tool.
    My only key is for the car and it has a big plastic control panel on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    I am suspicious about racers who carry around batteries. I think we should x-ray A'Jet's bike.
    Big tubes provide more than just Lateral Stiffness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    Big tubes provide more than just Lateral Stiffness.
    Oops, that doesn't read very well, sorry.
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    Wow. you have a real perplexing problem there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    Big tubes provide more than just Lateral Stiffness.
    Carrying the car key that duplicates as a control panel reveals the truth.
    Last edited by Hermes; 02-14-11 at 06:38 PM.
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    Long,hard winter this year.Don't wig out,you'll be cruising the metropark shortly.
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    We use to carry quaters to use a pay phone in an emergency. Seems the device makers are old school in designing a quarter to work.

    See, this is juat one more problem caused by cell phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    Long,hard winter this year.Don't wig out,you'll be cruising the metropark shortly.
    After seeing my Medina County roads yesterday for the first time in daylight since early Jan, I suspect the MetroPark roads will quite the mess this spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
    We use to carry quaters to use a pay phone in an emergency. .
    What is this pay phone thing to which you refer?
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    The quaters were for the vending machine in the mens room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    OK here is the deal. Every January I zero out the bike computers and put new 2032 battery's in them. My HR monitor straps use a 2032 battery, so does the wireless cadence sensors, as well as my latest purchase of a Power Tap. All the devices have the same battery type in common, that's good thinking on someone's part. What I don't get is the slot on the device's battery cover. A nickle or quarter works very nicely to get the cover open. I carry extra 2032 batteries in my cycling bag and seat pouch to replace them as needed.

    Here is my beef. I don't always have a quarter or nickle and the multi-tool doesn't have the ability to open the cover. Why can't the brainiacs who design and program those complex, well thought out devices, size the slot on the battery cover fit a 2032 battery? It would only need to be a little bit wider allowing the battery to be utilized as the tool needed to open the cover. Think about this. When you need to replace a 2032 battery what do you have in your possession when you change it? Why a 2032 battery of course! I believe the average Joe has a significantly lower chance of having a nickle in his hand and no battery when he goes to change the battery.

    OK rant over, I feel better now.

    Yes, I already increased the weight of my already overstuffed saddle bag with a couple nickles. Pretty soon I'll have enough supplies in the bag to call it an "overnight saddle bag".
    Get a mototool and a sanding disc and open up the slots yourself?

    As to your question, Id say you're not too cranky...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Prying on a lid with a battery could very well damage the battery. A battery case looks pretty sturdy, but what's inside is fairly fragile.
    ^^ This. Damaged lithium batteries can explode and cause a fire. It's kind of fun to watch if you do it intentionally, not so fun if it's unintentional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dahut View Post
    Get a mototool and a sanding disc and open up the slots yourself?
    I've banned myself from the dremmel tool after last year's fiasco when I was removing a Sram Rival brake from my Roubiax and cut the sidewall of a brand new Conti 4000 S. There were about 4 bad and costly decisions in the span of 6 minutes. I did mend the tire by cutting two squares of sticky cloth tape from a vintage sewup I had laying around and putting them inside the tire as a boot.
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    I use Sigma computers. Since 2006, all of their computers take 2032 batteries. I have also noticed that I can twist open their battery covers with a 2032 battery. I really don't think you're applying so much torque on the battery that you'd break it open, at least with the Sigma soft plastic covers.

    Now, if only those genius engineers would put a "cancel" button on elevators so you could cancel out floors you've accidentally pushed, another long-overdue idea.

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    At your age, it may be best to just carry a couple of nickles
    "Watch out for giants; they are boorish fools with tongues wagging, drunk upon their own words.
    They will try to teach you a lesson if given the chance, and you will stumble over their stinking feet."

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