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03-15-09, 02:06 AM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

weatherpak connectors won't fit on the the...

weatherpak connectors won't fit on the the terminals. I'm talking about 1/4 inch blade terminals available from automotive parts stores that push onto the circuit breaker terminals. Then use...
03-14-09, 08:01 AM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

I replaced my fuse with an ATC blade type circuit...

I replaced my fuse with an ATC blade type circuit breaker (10 amp in my case, part number 46610) from Waytekwire.com. Unfortunately, the circuit breaker wouldn't fit in the fuse holder so I used...
09-14-07, 05:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 766
Posted By Frankenbiker

I don't mind the flashy advertisements to the...

I don't mind the flashy advertisements to the right or the inserted ads for sponsors between posts, but cramming unavoidable in-your-face Google ads into the posts IS very annoying. Unfortunately,...
09-09-07, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 578
Posted By Frankenbiker

I didn't see it in the TG thread. Unfortunately,...

I didn't see it in the TG thread. Unfortunately, I'm not impressed with the site. My first impression, when the first link I see says 'jump to fees for product reviews' is that the site is all paid...
09-08-07, 08:21 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,295
Posted By Frankenbiker

It's an interesting idea. However, pilots have...

It's an interesting idea. However, pilots have had their planes targeted by lasers and complained about being blinded. So, if an incident occurs in your town, even though you are simply an innocent...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-07, 05:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,242
Posted By Frankenbiker

I put my laptop in a 2-gal Ziploc bag and stick...

I put my laptop in a 2-gal Ziploc bag and stick it in my backpack. Then I cover the backpack with an inverted 13-gal trashbag and put it in my Xtra. So far, no problems with water getting inside...
Forum: Foo
09-06-07, 08:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By Frankenbiker

I suggest talking with a counselor at your high...

I suggest talking with a counselor at your high school to get the best information regarding what you need to know/do. They have considerable training and experience in dealing with situations like...
09-06-07, 07:53 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 214,634
Posted By Frankenbiker

I didn't use the wires that came with the light,...

I didn't use the wires that came with the light, though they would have worked fine. Instead, I bumped the wiring up a notch from 18GA/105C to 16Ga/125C automotive wiring. I felt more comfortable...
09-04-07, 07:05 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

I just checked mine. The housing and bracket are...

I just checked mine. The housing and bracket are held together by two rivets. Mine aren't loose, but you could see about mushing them back into shape if you have a vise and a metal rod extension to...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-07, 06:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 547
Posted By Frankenbiker

Speaking of lockers, We can check out...

Speaking of lockers,

We can check out half-lockers in the men's locker room at the gym on campus to store our athletic gear for the semester. There are so many half lockers that I could probably...
Forum: Foo
09-03-07, 05:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 893
Posted By Frankenbiker

The first day (and the first week for that...

The first day (and the first week for that matter) are the most important for attendance to get the lowdown on what the instructor expects from the students. Some instructors have handouts...
09-03-07, 04:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,106
Posted By Frankenbiker

Having ridden my Xtra in the snow many times (and...

Having ridden my Xtra in the snow many times (and rain and sleet and gloom of night), I can say that it rides like any other bike. The longer wheelbase actually makes it a little more stable on...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-07, 04:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,451
Posted By Frankenbiker

How about a portable office shower? May be too...

How about a portable office shower? May be too expen$ive.

http://www.shower-anywhere.com/Office_Shower_Stalls/office_shower_stalls.html
Forum: Commuting
09-03-07, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 397
Posted By Frankenbiker

I hear you. I've been down with shingles before. ...

I hear you. I've been down with shingles before.

I've had to stop running and lifting weights for a week because I stubbed my index toe and bruised it bad. Fortunately it wasn't broken. I was...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-07, 04:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,438
Posted By Frankenbiker

Having had local adolescents (and some college...

Having had local adolescents (and some college students) try to "frighten" me by blasting their car horn while passing or shouting unintelligible whatevers and on one occasion a water balloon flew...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-07, 04:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,451
Posted By Frankenbiker

How about trying something like Purell or a...

How about trying something like Purell or a generic instant hand sterilizer available at Xmart. At around $3 per 8 oz versus $10 (plus shipping) for the Rocket Shower, it's worth a try.
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09-02-07, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,845
Posted By Frankenbiker

I lock my frame to a "no parking" post with a...

I lock my frame to a "no parking" post with a U-lock and run a cable lock through the front wheel, frame, Xtracycle frame and around the pole. Fortunately, where I park it is a relatively low crime...
09-02-07, 01:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 633
Posted By Frankenbiker

Yes, you can save money by making your own...

Yes, you can save money by making your own lighting system.

It looks like you want something like the NiteRider Firestorm HID that puts out the equivalent of a 40 Watt halogen bulb, but not at the...
08-31-07, 07:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 737
Posted By Frankenbiker

After all us kids left for college, my parents...

After all us kids left for college, my parents felt the need to have college-age kids around the house. So they provided room and board for international students at the university. Potential...
08-29-07, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

I bought two Philips 20W energy savers about six...

I bought two Philips 20W energy savers about six weeks ago. One of them simply glowed a dull orange when I connected it and there was some condensation inside the sealed bulb. I called customer...
08-28-07, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By Frankenbiker

I sympathize with your failure to notice stuff on...

I sympathize with your failure to notice stuff on the road up ahead. Yesterday morning on my way to work I hit a squirrel. It's OK, he was dead already, but the bathump-bathump as I rolled over him...
08-28-07, 01:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,547
Posted By Frankenbiker

For me, it's the runner's high. Running for...

For me, it's the runner's high.

Running for five or six miles, then pushing the last mile until my respiration rate matches my stride and my heart rate reaches 80-90% max, and holding it there for...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-07, 04:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,030
Posted By Frankenbiker

The bicycle turn signals I have seen for sale are...

The bicycle turn signals I have seen for sale are small, cheap looking, and don't make it obvious to those behind you what your intentions are. Not to mention they don't tell oncoming traffic what...
08-28-07, 04:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By Frankenbiker

http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=2280 ...

http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=2280

Fixed broken link. Interesting
08-27-07, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

Some DIYers have had success with overvolting 12V...

Some DIYers have had success with overvolting 12V halogen lamps to 14.4V, though I don't know how much the 20% overvoltage shortens lamp life, I haven't dug deep enough into the archives. A 13.2V...
08-27-07, 04:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 598
Posted By Frankenbiker

+1 ZE You would need to use a buck to drop...

+1 ZE

You would need to use a buck to drop the voltage/current down to what the LEDs can handle. The package for the Maglite LED drop-in says it is specifically designed for use with alkaline...
08-26-07, 04:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,801
Posted By Frankenbiker

Wood eye? Wood eye? Hair lip! Hair lip! ...

Wood eye? Wood eye? Hair lip! Hair lip!


Foghorn Leghorn, "That's a joke... I say, that's a joke, son."



Joke punchlines aside, that's a beautiful light. All you need is a wood bike to go...
08-25-07, 08:50 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

The Optronics QH7CC use MR16s. You can get them...

The Optronics QH7CC use MR16s. You can get them from JCWhitney...
08-25-07, 07:56 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

Check to see what type of bulbs they use. If the...

Check to see what type of bulbs they use. If the only bulbs that will fit in them are 55Watt to 100Watt automotive off-road style bulbs, then they wouldn't be good for bicycles. However, if they...
08-25-07, 07:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,290
Posted By Frankenbiker

How about tying a section of 4" PVC pipe with end...

How about tying a section of 4" PVC pipe with end caps sealed by silicone rubber to the frame with rope. Assuming we are talking about loading and unloading the bike to/from the boat in relatively...
08-25-07, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By Frankenbiker

Yes, that would be the safer choice. Experiment...

Yes, that would be the safer choice. Experiment with it, monitor the heat buildup with the higher wattage bulbs and see what happens. If it melts, then it was a grand experiment and time to try...
08-25-07, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By Frankenbiker

Two 20Watt, 12-volt bulbs running in parallel...

Two 20Watt, 12-volt bulbs running in parallel will draw 3.33 Amps. To run both for two hours will require at least a 6.66 AmpHour battery. The 7AmpHour 12-volt battery that I use weighs eight...
08-25-07, 06:05 AM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

Images in text can be seen by anybody. Images as...

Images in text can be seen by anybody. Images as "attachments" can only be viewed by members when logged in. If you don't see the attachments as images, then you're not logged in as a member and...
08-25-07, 05:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By Frankenbiker

No, you don't need two batteries. You can run...

No, you don't need two batteries. You can run both lights in parallel from the same battery. To determine what size of battery to get, use the formula Watts/voltage=Current For example:...
08-24-07, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By Frankenbiker

<As I recall, in Missouri we have to surrender...

<As I recall, in Missouri we have to surrender our old one when we get a renewal.>

In Illinois they cut the picture off the old license and hand the picture to you. I've got photo IDs dating back...
08-24-07, 07:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By Frankenbiker

If you want to make a DIY light with two lamps...

If you want to make a DIY light with two lamps (one spot, one flood), think about using the driving lights offered by JCWhitney...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-07, 06:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 16,926
Posted By Frankenbiker

Back in the 80s when I drove a company car, we...

Back in the 80s when I drove a company car, we had to maintain a log of every mile it was driven based on the odometer as the reference, where it was driven and for what purpose. This is how we kept...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-07, 08:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 918
Posted By Frankenbiker

Expect the unexpected, plan ahead and be alert to...

Expect the unexpected, plan ahead and be alert to traffic and your surroundings at all times. Don't daydream while listening to an iPod. Riding is a conscious effort.

That car is going to turn...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-07, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 392
Posted By Frankenbiker

I was a sprinter in my youth, but I haven't...

I was a sprinter in my youth, but I haven't competed in over thirty years. However, I still run as well as ride.

With my hectic, stressful fifty to sixty hour work weeks, I found that it is...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-07, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By Frankenbiker

I had one similar to that before I went with an...

I had one similar to that before I went with an Xtracycle. In fact, it is still sitting on the shelf in the garage. It didn't help much with mud or rain. Mud would still fly upwards and hit me and...
08-23-07, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By Frankenbiker

Yes, pictures, pictures, pictures. Pictures are...

Yes, pictures, pictures, pictures. Pictures are never boring.

Many years ago I volunteered my sister to give a talk to our Botany Club. She had been working summers in a fire watch tower in the...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-07, 01:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,022
Posted By Frankenbiker

I empathize with you. I did an asphalt face...

I empathize with you. I did an asphalt face plant last summer after being right-hooked. Scrubbed my helmet along the street and mashed my safety glasses against my right eye. Ouch. Broken...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-07, 05:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,240
Posted By Frankenbiker

I would usually use the right or left hand to...

I would usually use the right or left hand to point in the direction I was going to turn. However, some drivers thought my gestures were a "Hi, how are 'ya" and would wave back. Then I put bright,...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-07, 06:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,863
Posted By Frankenbiker

I'd use extreme caution when using dry ice with a...

I'd use extreme caution when using dry ice with a food item. It's possible to freeze your tongue to the Popsicle if the Popsicle gets too cold. *Reminds me of the scene in A Christmas Story where...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-07, 06:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,064
Posted By Frankenbiker

Homebrew. See sig. Headlamps are controlled by...

Homebrew. See sig. Headlamps are controlled by a Lightbrain for 7-10-20-30- 40 W output.

Mostly urban street, some campus sidewalk, some dark rural roads.

I love it. Both the headlights and...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-07, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 810
Posted By Frankenbiker

I haven't done business with them, but the same...

I haven't done business with them, but the same DLG is available through Xtracycle http://www.xtracycle.com/product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=74 at the same price. I've done business with...
08-18-07, 05:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 958
Posted By Frankenbiker

So far I have managed to fly under their radar. ...

So far I have managed to fly under their radar. My sister tells me that joining AARP was one of the best things she has done.

I'm still in the denial phase...nope, nope, I can't be old enough for...
08-18-07, 04:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By Frankenbiker

I did a little digging on the Internet and the...

I did a little digging on the Internet and the only information I could find on armband headlight/taillight combos was a reference in RoadBikeReview.com's archives from 2001 to a Castelli arm band...
08-17-07, 04:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 801
Posted By Frankenbiker

That was very heroic of you to bite the bullet. ...

That was very heroic of you to bite the bullet. I am impressed and tip my helmet to you sir. The sacrifices we make for our children and children's children are some of the best memories we have.
...
08-15-07, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 562,724
Posted By Frankenbiker

I size the fuse/circuit breaker to be twice the...

I size the fuse/circuit breaker to be twice the capacity of my lighting needs including the maximum surge current when plugging it into the battery charger. I size the wire to be able to handle more...
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