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Old 09-18-08, 01:29 PM
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What is it you dislike about the equipment you love?

I have a Planet bike super blinkie. It is a honey for the money, EXCEPT it has come apart a couple of times. Lucky me, I was able to recover it unbroken with the batteries.

Instead of a snap cap lense, I think they should have used a couple of screws to hold it together.
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Any wireless computer. They look supercool on the bike, but I inevitably end up with a top speed of 99.9 km/h when I ride in the city, and sometimes when I ride in the country as well.
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I have a Planet bike super blinkie. It is a honey for the money, EXCEPT it has come apart a couple of times. Lucky me, I was able to recover it unbroken with the batteries.
I have the same problem the Superflash, I've been through 4 or 5 of them. They're bulletproof except when they'e not.

Novara Randonee - the seatpost keeps slipping down.

Dahon Curve D3 - the handlebar post collar keeps loosening, a little bit each time I fold/unfold the bike. The stock saddle sucks (replaced it with a Rido), the stock grips won't stay on the bar. The grip shifter has a window that's vulnerable to breakage if you fold the bike too forcefully.

Garmin eTrex - the waterproof casing is coming off. It's bad at picking up GPS satellite signal when it's even a litle bit cloudy.

SKS fenders - the struts that hold the fenders on the bike are too long and tent to lose the little rubber caps. One of these ripped a 1" gash in my right shin.
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Dura Ace brifters. Love everything about them except for the way they fit, or rather don't fit, my hands.
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Novara Randonee - the seatpost keeps slipping down.



SKS fenders - the struts that hold the fenders on the bike are too long and tent to lose the little rubber caps. One of these ripped a 1" gash in my right shin.
Measure the seatpost and the seat tube to make sure they are the proper size. Mistakes get made. Sometimes a shot peened post will make a difference.

Once the fenders are set, mark the stays and cut them close to the bolts. No need to have long bits hanging off if you don't need them. A dremel will make a good flat cut or a big pair of pliers and a file will clean them up.
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Originally Posted by bobn View Post
Instead of a snap cap lense, I think they should have used a couple of screws to hold it together.
The Blackburn Mars blinkies are held together with screws. Of course, people complain that they are too hard to change batteries on because you have to go get a screwdriver...
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My SPD shoes. I have the cleats all the way forward, and I wish I could move them just little bit further forward.

Don't really want to spend the money on new shoes though, and I can live with the cleat placement, I guess.
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Originally Posted by bobn View Post
I have a Planet bike super blinkie. It is a honey for the money, EXCEPT it has come apart a couple of times. Lucky me, I was able to recover it unbroken with the batteries.

Instead of a snap cap lense, I think they should have used a couple of screws to hold it together.
A couple wraps of Scotch tape should work.
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My CamelBak. It is without equal in usefulness for all the outdoor stuff I do; cycling, hiking, running, out-and-about-"ing". I don't like the arrangement for securing the tube and bite-valve while the pack is in use. You must either accept the springy damn thing ricocheting all over the place or use the too-tight bands to anchor it in place which takes way too much time to secure and de-secure and often forces the valve off the tube. Still, it's hands down the best gear I have. (Good warranty, too. A zipper broke and they replaced it, no problem, although it was up to me to keep the conversation going. I had to follow up on each point in the transaction.)
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Once the fenders are set, mark the stays and cut them close to the bolts. No need to have long bits hanging off if you don't need them. A dremel will make a good flat cut or a big pair of pliers and a file will clean them up.
But once you crash and mangle them, that may make it harder to get it back into shape.

Schwinn Traveler - Brakes... I still need to do something about them...
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My Rohloff. It's a gadget that has significantly made cycling more fun IMO. The only thing I don't like about it is a whirring noise in gears 5 and 7, and I hear it most when going up a low grade and especially when there's no wind. But even with this annoyance, I love it.

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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Once the fenders are set, mark the stays and cut them close to the bolts. No need to have long bits hanging off if you don't need them. A dremel will make a good flat cut or a big pair of pliers and a file will clean them up.
I was able to clip the supports on my SKS fenders with my cable housing cutters. Good clean cut too.
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