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10-20-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,189
Posted By gecho

This time of year I get a blinding reminder that...

This time of year I get a blinding reminder that I should avoid looking directly at traffic signs when my helmet light is on. Reflectors send the light directly back to its source, and when the...
10-19-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By gecho

I've got some crazy thick high bulk brushed...

I've got some crazy thick high bulk brushed acrylic socks that I wear OVER my summer shoes for when it gets cold. The inside of the sock almost looks like cotton candy, and they are very stretchy. ...
10-18-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Posted By gecho

It will fit, I have Bontrager racks on all my...

It will fit, I have Bontrager racks on all my bikes and that mount for moving my PDW tail lights around since they use the same mount as PB lights.
10-11-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 490
Posted By gecho

I can deal with the near freezing cold we've had...

I can deal with the near freezing cold we've had all this month, but not in addition to the 40 to 60 km/h wind nearly every day. It is just plain miserable to ride in. 3 years in a row the fall...
09-25-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,303
Posted By gecho

This year a guy I was riding with had his dynamo...

This year a guy I was riding with had his dynamo headlight go out. After the ride he determined that the tail light cable that was routed along the chainstay and up his rear rack got pinched in the...
09-24-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,404
Posted By gecho

I'm always amazed by the number of self hating...

I'm always amazed by the number of self hating cyclists on this site. Keep that crap contained to A&S.
09-22-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,303
Posted By gecho

They way I read it (based on google translation)...

They way I read it (based on google translation) the two hybrid light versions with red text have the dedicated battery floodlight LED, and only on the luxos. One is upgraded low beam + battery...
09-21-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,404
Posted By gecho

Setting the bar at 0% unpredictable drivers is...

Setting the bar at 0% unpredictable drivers is absurd.
09-21-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,303
Posted By gecho

I took my IXON IQ Premium on a non-dynamo bike...

I took my IXON IQ Premium on a non-dynamo bike last night, which is another light that would be nice to upgrade. Considering it came out around 2014 and is twice as bright as the regular IXON IQ, an...
09-20-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,303
Posted By gecho

No, some of the modifications he offers include...

No, some of the modifications he offers include an LED that is powered just by a battery, completely separate from the dynamo powered LEDs.
09-19-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,303
Posted By gecho

Looking at dynamo comparison chart it looks like...

Looking at dynamo comparison chart it looks like many dynamos get to 3W at about 15 km/h , but 25 km/h is needed to get close to 4W. I'm curious if there would be any noticeable dimming of the head...
09-18-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By gecho

The sensor itself has no memory it just counts...

The sensor itself has no memory it just counts and regularly sends that count to the head unit. If you have a Garmin cycling computer it should have the total distance under History / Totals. On my...
09-17-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By gecho

Upgrading My Dinotte XML-3 Light

Having bought a second XML-3 last year to enjoy a nice bump from 1000 to 2100 lumen over the first one I bought in 2012, I started developing an itch for extra lumens for my helmet light. I recently...
09-16-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,542
Posted By gecho

I had to call for a ride due to mechanicals a few...

I had to call for a ride due to mechanicals a few times. My freehub froze in the disengaged state while commuting at -18C at pretty much the mid-point. Broke the RD off my fat bike riding in thick...
09-16-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,303
Posted By gecho

That Mark IV light of his looks pretty cool. ...

That Mark IV light of his looks pretty cool. Maybe one more revision and it will be a polished product ready for mass production, though that would be a big step and he'd likely have to go through a...
09-16-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,303
Posted By gecho

I like the convenience of the dynamo I added to...

I like the convenience of the dynamo I added to my touring bike this year. But if I'm riding in the city at night I definitely need to have a helmet light as well if I'm going to use the MUP. ...
09-12-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,932
Posted By gecho

There are 3x AA to D cell adapters so you can run...

There are 3x AA to D cell adapters so you can run nimh rechargeables in D cell devices. Just be sure to get the parallel version that increases the mah, not the voltage. Though it can be a chore to...
09-05-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,326
Posted By gecho

For my few small patches of road rash over the...

For my few small patches of road rash over the years I've observed that leg wounds are a lot slower to heal than upper body ones. Another issue might be that there is still debris like sand...
08-21-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By gecho

When nylon rim tape is too wide for a rim it...

When nylon rim tape is too wide for a rim it bends into a U shape and both ends can slash the tube from the inside.
08-09-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,028
Posted By gecho

I bought this bracket for keeping my edelux 2...

I bought this bracket for keeping my edelux 2 mounted upright while positioned beneath my rack. https://velo-orange.com/collections/lighting/products/vo-rack-to-light-bracket

There is an edelux 2...
08-09-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,349
Posted By gecho

I'm amused by the whole culture of lock and lock...

I'm amused by the whole culture of lock and lock defeating fetishism.
Replies: 257
Views: 23,468
Posted By gecho

I mapped out our upcoming 600 and the climbing is...

I mapped out our upcoming 600 and the climbing is just 929 meters, which is less than our 400. The wind has been gusting to 50+ km/h most days the past month and a half, but the forecast is looking...
Replies: 257
Views: 23,468
Posted By gecho

My legs and knees feel better after this...

My legs and knees feel better after this weekend's 400 then probably any of my 200/300s, so I think I finally found the perfect saddle position. But my neck was very sore at least half the ride,...
04-13-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 25,570
Posted By gecho

I see a lot of positives for this V2V technology....

I see a lot of positives for this V2V technology.

Traffic lights would be aware that a cyclist is approaching so no more dealing with faulty inductive loops or poorly aligned camera detectors. In...
04-11-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,208
Posted By gecho

Its been cooler this week, but I'm not letting...

Its been cooler this week, but I'm not letting low single digit C temps keep me from riding. Far better weather than other parts of the continent are getting. When its cooler I've been riding my...
04-07-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,208
Posted By gecho

We were just off the podium for consecutive days...

We were just off the podium for consecutive days where the minimum temperature was at or below 0C. 4th place with 191 days spanning Sept 25 to April 3. The weather last fall was the worst I can...
03-25-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By gecho

The roads are getting mostly dry after last...

The roads are getting mostly dry after last week's heat. Alleys still have a bunch of ice on the north side where they stay in shade all day. Sunday / Monday was much cooler, there was light snow...
03-16-19, 11:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,481
Posted By gecho

The second marathon winter on my bike is finally...

The second marathon winter on my bike is finally starting to wear down enough to give me flats. The front one has about 5,122 km on it. I'll have to keep an eye open for spring sales.
02-11-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,959
Posted By gecho

I really enjoy towards the end of the season...

I really enjoy towards the end of the season where there is some melting during the day and all the slush turns to ice as the sun goes down. Riding around with my studded fat bike tires making loud...
12-12-18, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 942
Posted By gecho

I took another crack at the glove design and made...

I took another crack at the glove design and made it a much easier project. Double sided fabric tape instead of glue / silicone, everything is inside the glove under a few pieces of polyester /...
12-10-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 805
Posted By gecho

No they absolutely not slip proof, some types of...

No they absolutely not slip proof, some types of ice is just so hard studs can't bite into it.

Freezing rain that occurs just before a drop in temperature sets up incredibly smooth and hard....
12-04-18, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 942
Posted By gecho

I made a second Instructable for toe warmers...

I made a second Instructable for toe warmers using the same material. https://www.instructables.com/id/Insole-Electric-Heating-Pads/
It is considerably easier to make than the gloves, no glue, no...
11-28-18, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 942
Posted By gecho

I haven't been out with them yet, but the current...

I haven't been out with them yet, but the current draw is about the same as my other heated gloves set to high. So I'd say about 2.5 hours on 7.4v 1500 mah lipo pack, maybe around 4 hours on a 2...
11-27-18, 11:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 942
Posted By gecho

I found the heating material worked best when...

I found the heating material worked best when pressed against my skin. As I'd grasp the handlebars my hands would be pulled away from the heating loop creating a gap, and the loop didn't seem to...
11-27-18, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 942
Posted By gecho

DIY Heated Liner Gloves

I made a heated glove liner to address the 3 minor gripes I have with the heated gloves I bought last year. Battery placement on the wrist interfering with glove fit, the heating elements being on...
11-12-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,361
Posted By gecho

The 2018 version of the XML-3 doesn't get very...

The 2018 version of the XML-3 doesn't get very warm, compared to my old one from around 2012. I don't think the elastomer would be affected by the amount of heat a light would generate. The o-rings...
11-11-18, 06:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,361
Posted By gecho

I have something similar on my Dinotte XML-3. A...

I have something similar on my Dinotte XML-3. A plastic bottle lined with foil tape to keep from blinding oncoming people. The XML-3 throws light everywhere, but I like its long runtime compared to...
11-10-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,361
Posted By gecho

I have the Fired Up X Liners and used them a lot...

I have the Fired Up X Liners and used them a lot last winter. I also have Raynauds, and in my experience active heat is a must, no amount of insulation will keep hands or feet warm when circulation...
11-07-18, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,023
Posted By gecho

I choose from one of several depending on the...

I choose from one of several depending on the temperature. I like 1/4 to 1/2 zip base shirts with a high neck.
* HH Lifa Active for the fall and winter days warmer than -10C
* UA Base 2.0 1/4 zip...
11-04-18, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By gecho

2018 Winter Arrival

Looks like winter arrives tomorrow here in Saskatchewan. Snow accompanied by a swift and prolonged drop in temperature to ensure it won't melt. Also 70 km/h winds. Its going to be a "hide from the...
11-04-18, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By gecho

I mostly fall on the left side. I think I feel...

I mostly fall on the left side. I think I feel more comfortable falling that way. I always mount the bike from the left, maybe that has something to do with it.
Replies: 147
Views: 14,526
Posted By gecho

I finished a 200 and two 400s this spring and...

I finished a 200 and two 400s this spring and have my first 600 scheduled for this weekend. For the 600 the wind might pose a problem into Sunday depending how quickly it ramps up to 60 km/h.

The...
05-10-18, 10:01 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,151
Posted By gecho

After the big security fuss Strava implemented...

After the big security fuss Strava implemented some new rules in their heatmap generation. One of them was that nothing will appear on the heatmap if only one user rode in that area. That change...
Replies: 94
Views: 16,465
Posted By gecho

Edge 800, replaced the battery myself last year...

Edge 800, replaced the battery myself last year to bring it back to close to its original runtime. I do a lot of cold riding so I like that it doesn't have a capacitive touch screen. The map screen...
04-07-18, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By gecho

Yup, -20 to -25C here every night for the past...

Yup, -20 to -25C here every night for the past week, nothing higher than -7C during the day. All the parks and fields are still completely blanketed in snow. The roads are pretty good / mostly dry,...
03-11-18, 08:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By gecho

We had over a foot too. All the residential side...

We had over a foot too. All the residential side streets are reduced to a single rutted lane. Its been great for fat biking, but the soft rutted paths / snowmobile tracks I've taken the past 2 days...
03-01-18, 10:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,005
Posted By gecho

Here in Regina the wind can be really bad in the...

Here in Regina the wind can be really bad in the spring and fall. We can go weeks at a time with the wind 40 gusting to 60 km/h during the day. Last year was unusually windy in the spring, 40+ km/h...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-13-18, 12:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,132
Posted By gecho

Half fat refers to a fat bike fork on a regular...

Half fat refers to a fat bike fork on a regular mountain bike. I don't think anyone markets a bike like that, its just a modification of a bike. I built my Surly Troll to able to run that way. I...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-02-18, 04:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,184
Posted By gecho

By bounce I mean the rim moving up and down as...

By bounce I mean the rim moving up and down as the sidewalls flex, not the tire leaving the ground. At low pressure the rim moving up and down creates a point at which very little weight is on the...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-02-18, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,184
Posted By gecho

I tried lower rear tire pressure on black ice,...

I tried lower rear tire pressure on black ice, but tire bounce negated the benefit of more studs making contact because the contact became intermittent. Front tire doesn't bounce much under pedaling...
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