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Forum: Recumbent
04-21-08, 07:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,157
Posted By jeff-o

I just rode through my second winter on my trusty...

I just rode through my second winter on my trusty trike. For the winter, it's equipped with a front fairing a a studded rear tire. The fairing keeps freezing rain off my feet (I hate having wet...
Forum: Recumbent
04-21-08, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By jeff-o

You could make one yourself: ...

You could make one yourself:

http://www.rebel-cycles.com/mirrorholder.html

You may need to get a bit creative though; the mirror post in your picture looks pretty specialized. But, I bet you...
Forum: Recumbent
04-21-08, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 890
Posted By jeff-o

The advice you've received so far is good. ...

The advice you've received so far is good.

1. Don't mash the pedals. On a DF you can only really apply the weight of your body to your knee, but on a recumbent you can force the entire pushing...
02-21-08, 12:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 79,210
Posted By jeff-o

You should be able to use an electric bike motor,...

You should be able to use an electric bike motor, as long as it's the brushed type (brushless won't work). Theoretically it could output as much as its max input, about 300-400W. In practice it...
02-20-08, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 588
Posted By jeff-o

Definitely get a charger with discharge and...

Definitely get a charger with discharge and refresh capability. This will help restore batteries that you thought were dead, and it will help squeeze the maximum capacity from new batteries.
02-20-08, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,350
Posted By jeff-o

The inadequate soldering was functional, but not...

The inadequate soldering was functional, but not up to any standard (IPC, for example). The missing resistor was a surface mount component, and it looked like it had been soldered on one side at...
02-19-08, 04:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,350
Posted By jeff-o

Ever since I got my charger, the battery in bay 1...

Ever since I got my charger, the battery in bay 1 would always show "3.7Ah" when it was fully charged. Obviously, this was incorrect but I decided to let it go. Spurred by this thread and a quirk I...
Forum: Commuting
02-19-08, 12:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,960
Posted By jeff-o

You could probably do the same thing with a...

You could probably do the same thing with a paintball gun or air rifle. Nearly the same threat to motorists, but without the need for a firearms license!
Forum: Commuting
02-19-08, 10:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 617
Posted By jeff-o

And yeah, nothing less than stainless steel will...

And yeah, nothing less than stainless steel will do. Nothing plated, nothing painted.
Forum: Commuting
02-14-08, 12:16 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,235
Posted By jeff-o

Um, no they aren't. They just make themselves...

Um, no they aren't. They just make themselves feel better by getting hybrid SUVs.
Forum: Commuting
02-14-08, 10:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,235
Posted By jeff-o

Oh, I know!!! The bike shops in my area open at...

Oh, I know!!! The bike shops in my area open at 10 and close at 5 (though some are open to 6, big whoop)... when am I supposed to go and get a critical part I need, on my half hour lunch break? ...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-08, 07:54 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,235
Posted By jeff-o

Sweet, he also wants to open a commuter bike...

Sweet, he also wants to open a commuter bike shop... He'll be the fastest "Fred" you'll ever encounter!
02-13-08, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By jeff-o

The number one thing you need to remember (and...

The number one thing you need to remember (and most people forget) is this: don't forget to pay yourself!

You might think it would be a great to buy $35 worth of parts and sell them for $50, but...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-08, 11:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,106
Posted By jeff-o

Louis Garneau makes a plastic windscreen that...

Louis Garneau makes a plastic windscreen that attaches to your helmet with velcro. It covers from the bottom edge of the helmet to your nose, and back to your ears. It's about $10. It works very...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-08, 08:32 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 908,725
Posted By jeff-o

A little slippery and slow with fresh mashed snow...

A little slippery and slow with fresh mashed snow on all the roads, but definitely bearable.
Forum: Commuting
02-13-08, 07:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,380
Posted By jeff-o

Change is hard. I applaud these measures to cut...

Change is hard. I applaud these measures to cut down on congestion and pollution!
02-12-08, 02:06 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 7,084
Posted By jeff-o

No suit required! I always move aside for snow...

No suit required! I always move aside for snow plows, since I respect the job they perform and I like to make it easier for them. Besides, I'd much rather follow the nice, smooth road behind the...
02-12-08, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By jeff-o

I successfully mounted a Cateye Astrale 8 to my...

I successfully mounted a Cateye Astrale 8 to my trike, but the computer is mounted to a bracket on the front derailleur post, rather than the handlebars. Try measuring the distance between where the...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-08, 09:09 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 908,725
Posted By jeff-o

Heck no! Replace my beloved trike? I'd never...

Heck no! Replace my beloved trike? I'd never hear the end of it when my wife sees the bill! ;)

I was back on the road this morning, with repaired brakes (one new brake cable and a caliper...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-08, 12:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,146
Posted By jeff-o

LOL. I must agree, a face full of road slop...

LOL.

I must agree, a face full of road slop is of no aerodynamic advantage, nor is it a metaphor for riding a recumbent. ;)
Forum: Commuting
02-11-08, 11:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,872
Posted By jeff-o

Well, I should add that these brakes are on my...

Well, I should add that these brakes are on my recumbent trike. The brakes are mounted such that the cable housing openings are pointed upwards on both the lever and caliper ends, making it much...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-08, 10:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,872
Posted By jeff-o

Based on my experience with cable-actuated disc...

Based on my experience with cable-actuated disc brakes, I'd definitely lean towards hydraulics. Why? No cables to get wet and freeze up.
Forum: Commuting
02-11-08, 10:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,146
Posted By jeff-o

Serious? 6mph? You need a recumbent - it's like...

Serious? 6mph? You need a recumbent - it's like drafting a dump truck the whole way to work. ;)
Forum: Commuting
02-11-08, 09:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,146
Posted By jeff-o

It was -18C this morning and I was good to go,...

It was -18C this morning and I was good to go, but my bike wasn't. Nearly every moving part but the wheels was frozen stiff. Time for some winter maintenance, methinks.
Forum: Commuting
02-11-08, 08:19 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 908,725
Posted By jeff-o

At long last, in -18C weather, my streak has been...

At long last, in -18C weather, my streak has been ended. Due to the combination of rust due to salt and extreme cold, my brakes, derailleur, chain and garage door were stuck solid this morning. I...
02-07-08, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By jeff-o

I suggest you visit your local library and pick...

I suggest you visit your local library and pick up a few beginner's books.
02-07-08, 02:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,350
Posted By jeff-o

Good to hear that Thomas cleared things up for...

Good to hear that Thomas cleared things up for you. Hopefully the replacement unit will work better. :)
02-07-08, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 783
Posted By jeff-o

Shiny! (literally) We'll finally start...

Shiny! (literally)

We'll finally start seeing these in car headlights, too...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-08, 12:41 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 908,725
Posted By jeff-o

I'll let you get away with it this time - but...

I'll let you get away with it this time - but only because you're a fellow all-season rider. ;)
Forum: Commuting
02-07-08, 07:42 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 908,725
Posted By jeff-o

Punishingly brutal. Inadequately cleared roads...

Punishingly brutal. Inadequately cleared roads meant huge energy expenditure for minimal movement. I was probably going a third as fast as normal with the same or more effort. Damned snow. If...
02-05-08, 09:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 79,210
Posted By jeff-o

Which is why The Matrix made no sense to me. ...

Which is why The Matrix made no sense to me. Just kill all the humans, and install ground source heat pumps everywhere.

Back on topic: yeah, 100-200W is about right. Considering the speeds you...
02-04-08, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By jeff-o

My light is 1"x12" and is also visible for over a...

My light is 1"x12" and is also visible for over a mile. When it comes to tail lights, I definitely think that bigger is better. After all, the goal is not to illuminate the ground but to grab the...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 12:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By jeff-o

Clever! Would you have to partially or fully...

Clever! Would you have to partially or fully deflate the tire each time? That's not a problem if the bike will be folded for a day or more at a time, but it's not really suitable for bike couriers.
Forum: Commuting
01-30-08, 02:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,956
Posted By jeff-o

Well, you might end up melting the wax onto the...

Well, you might end up melting the wax onto the iron. Parchment paper would work well though - it is resistant to heat and won't gum up the iron.
Forum: Commuting
01-30-08, 02:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,956
Posted By jeff-o

You could place a layer of paper between the iron...

You could place a layer of paper between the iron and the bags, to prevent direct contact. This would also allow you to slide the iron around a bit (depending on how large the paper is).
Forum: Commuting
01-30-08, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By jeff-o

You can get glow-in-the-dark spray paint in cans...

You can get glow-in-the-dark spray paint in cans at your local hardware store. It's even (mostly) transparent during the day.
01-29-08, 08:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By jeff-o

It's 18 AWG stranded rubber jacketed cable. You...

It's 18 AWG stranded rubber jacketed cable. You should be able to find what you need at www.digikey.com or at www.mouser.com, though they might have either a minimum quantity or a minimum order...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-08, 03:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,478
Posted By jeff-o

Dirt would probably stick to that like glue.

Dirt would probably stick to that like glue.
Forum: Commuting
01-28-08, 10:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,798
Posted By jeff-o

The worst cars for me are pickup trucks and...

The worst cars for me are pickup trucks and Pontiac Grand Prix sedans (oddly enough). Next come SUVs, then ricers.
Forum: Commuting
01-28-08, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 526
Posted By jeff-o

Wasn't this the winner of the "Innovate or Die"...

Wasn't this the winner of the "Innovate or Die" contest set up by a bike company and others?

The problem of obtaining and transporting potable water is a huge issue, but this design is too...
01-28-08, 09:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,495
Posted By jeff-o

Here you go, the best of both worlds: ...

Here you go, the best of both worlds:

http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/08/genius-introduces-the-g-note-7100-digital-pad/
01-28-08, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By jeff-o

Instead of a laptop battery, find one of those...

Instead of a laptop battery, find one of those external li-ion portable DVD player batteries. I used one for a while before replacing it with a larger pack from batteryspace. The battery was...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-08, 09:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,730
Posted By jeff-o

You can also get some of that printable...

You can also get some of that printable self-adhesive paper. Find the design you want, print it out, cut it out with an x-acto, and stick it on. The only thing to be careful about is how stick the...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-08, 08:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,481
Posted By jeff-o

http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?Prod...

http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=1737

I can't imagine why a LBS wouldn't participate. After all, it means they can sell a bike for a few bucks less which can only help...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-08, 12:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,332
Posted By jeff-o

Well, they're already confused, so the article...

Well, they're already confused, so the article will stun them long enough for you to make a quick getaway.
Forum: Commuting
01-23-08, 11:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,332
Posted By jeff-o

Damn straight. ;)

Damn straight. ;)
01-23-08, 10:20 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 16,105
Posted By jeff-o

Pick up one of those emergency blankets - you...

Pick up one of those emergency blankets - you know, the super-thin mylar ones that packs into a tiny space. It's much more resilient than aluminum foil.
01-23-08, 10:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,269
Posted By jeff-o

I've got the M&G on the rear wheel of my...

I've got the M&G on the rear wheel of my recumbent trike. It works great for commuting. I can actually power through pretty deep powder, though it's tough work when you're pushing three separate...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-08, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By jeff-o

Nope, it all fits into a 12" long piece of 1"...

Nope, it all fits into a 12" long piece of 1" diameter PVC tubing. It draws only 250mA. It's bright, but not as bright as the 120 LED version I built before it. The 120 LED light was too long...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-08, 10:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By jeff-o

Yes, at home. ;) I'll try to post when I get a...

Yes, at home. ;) I'll try to post when I get a chance. I also have parts to build 15 more...
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