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09-14-20, 05:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,049
Posted By smasha

I used to have one of those, but the rain killed...

I used to have one of those, but the rain killed it. I'd like to find one that's weather-proof.
09-07-20, 02:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,049
Posted By smasha

What device do you use to listen to music while riding? (2020)

What do you use? What do you recommend?

I'm looking for something that supports bluetooth, is weather-proof, and has tactile buttons for play/pause, skip, and volume.
08-01-19, 05:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By smasha

Yeah, a fair bit of walking wore the shoe's soles...

Yeah, a fair bit of walking wore the shoe's soles together with the cleats.
07-31-19, 12:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By smasha

Updated. One of these days I'll learn my...

Updated.

One of these days I'll learn my left from my right.
07-30-19, 11:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By smasha

They're both SH51s. The new ones are still black,...

They're both SH51s. The new ones are still black, the old ones are just worn down to bare metal, so they look like the silver 56s.
07-30-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 47,414
Posted By smasha

I double-bag with insulated freezer bags, the...

I double-bag with insulated freezer bags, the kind with the inside that looks like foil. Might sound silly, but double-bagging makes a big difference. That's an insulated freezer bag inside an...
07-30-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,058
Posted By smasha

How to fine-tune MTB cleat position?

So the Crank-brothers Shoe Shields are not really compatible with Shimano cleats.

I wanted this to work, because with new shoes I usually need to fine-tune how the cleats are mounted. Once the...
07-30-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 921
Posted By smasha

When to replace SPD cleats?

If they're still working fine, when is it time to replace SPD cleats?

Picture:
Left: New SPD cleat
Right: Old SPD cleat...
06-09-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,288
Posted By smasha

I've got a UE Boom-2. Excellent battery-life,...

I've got a UE Boom-2. Excellent battery-life, submersible, fits perfectly in a water-bottle holder, and sounds great... When it's working. Maybe mine is a dud, most people seem to not have problems,...
06-09-17, 08:06 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,777
Posted By smasha

+1000 I don't know if this is unique to NZ,...

+1000

I don't know if this is unique to NZ, I don't recall it being an epidemic when I lived in the states, but so many people here have NO CLUE how to de-fog their windshields. People just drive...
06-09-17, 08:00 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,777
Posted By smasha

Back when I had my 1st car, an old VW, I had my...

Back when I had my 1st car, an old VW, I had my headlights turned on whenever the car was moving.

1- It got me in the habit of always turning the headlights off.
2- I immediately noticed that I...
06-08-17, 07:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By smasha

If I go this way, is there a 3rd-party add-on...

If I go this way, is there a 3rd-party add-on chain-guard that I can add to this crank-set?
06-08-17, 07:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By smasha

Just got off the phone with the LBS. Exact...

Just got off the phone with the LBS. Exact replacements of crank-set or rings aren't available. I can swap out from octa-link BB to square-taper BB, and get a similar crank-set, but then I'd spend...
06-08-17, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By smasha

The old crank-set is labelled FC-M442/443. ...

The old crank-set is labelled FC-M442/443.

Specified in marketing material as "Deore Class". Magnet says the 2 inner rings are steel and the outer ring is aluminium.

26-36-48. 175.

From what...
06-08-17, 10:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By smasha

New drive-train time

Due to circumstances partly beyond my control (and off-topic) I've porked by bike's drive-train. It needs a new chain, new cassette, and new chain-rings. Or maybe it's not (completely) my fault, as...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-17, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,049
Posted By smasha

It's very windy where I am. With a rain-cape, I'd...

It's very windy where I am. With a rain-cape, I'd get blown right off the bike.
Forum: Commuting
05-18-17, 02:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,049
Posted By smasha

Yeah, I've done easy/moderate walks, and almost...

Yeah, I've done easy/moderate walks, and almost as soon as the rain hits it, it soaks through.

On the plus side, it's not too clammy as a wind-stopper... If it's not raining :rolleyes:
Forum: Commuting
05-18-17, 02:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,049
Posted By smasha

@aggiegrads...

@aggiegrads (http://www.bikeforums.net/members/aggiegrads-179784.html) - Thanks! That's what I'm suspecting.

Yeah, I never wash these things with detergent. Cold water only, although there's...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 08:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,049
Posted By smasha

Looks like that one is for "soft shell" jackets....

Looks like that one is for "soft shell" jackets. Mine is an "outer shell", not soft-shell.

What I've got has is woven polyester on the outside, treated on the inside with a layer of...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 07:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,049
Posted By smasha

It's hard to see through the mesh-layer, but I...

It's hard to see through the mesh-layer, but I think the waterproof-breathable layer is just worn out.
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 07:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,049
Posted By smasha

Do they make a "breathable" waterproof...

Do they make a "breathable" waterproof coating?
05-17-17, 06:54 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 47,414
Posted By smasha

When someone at a shop asks me to leave my...

When someone at a shop asks me to leave my backpack with someone who isn't paying attention, I just give them a very puzzled "are you stupid?" look and ask them: "If you can't stop someone from...
05-17-17, 06:52 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 47,414
Posted By smasha

Most of my shopping is walking distance. On the...

Most of my shopping is walking distance. On the weekends I load up a hand-truck with a few cases of fruits and veggies at the local produce markets.

Yesterday I rode 17km to a restaurant supply...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 06:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,529
Posted By smasha

ISM/Adamo saddles.

ISM/Adamo saddles.
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 06:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,162
Posted By smasha

https://s28.postimg.org/rgp341vxp/DSC03735.jpg ...

https://s28.postimg.org/rgp341vxp/DSC03735.jpg

And 2x "bike registry" stickers.
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 06:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,049
Posted By smasha

Time to replace my rain-jacket?

This is probably a stupid question: In rain, is it normal for a rain-proof jacket to quickly soak through and get wet on the inside?

I'm probably just procrastinating, and this jacket probably...
04-07-16, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,920
Posted By smasha

You mean, like, a stationary bike in front of an...

You mean, like, a stationary bike in front of an entertainment system...?
04-07-16, 09:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,920
Posted By smasha

Or better, stop by you local electronics big-box...

Or better, stop by you local electronics big-box store and look for the UE display. If they have them here in NZ, I'm sure they have them there in the US.

Without tremendous effort, and probably...
04-07-16, 09:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,920
Posted By smasha

Not sure if this helps, but of the types of music...

Not sure if this helps, but of the types of music I've played on it, the only thing (so far) that I was disappointed with the sound of was My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" album... And that may just...
04-07-16, 09:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,920
Posted By smasha

According to specs, the Boom-2 weighs in at 548g...

According to specs, the Boom-2 weighs in at 548g or 1.2lbs - Or about half the weight of a 1l/1qt water-bottle.

In my subjective opinion, it sounds a bit better than a low-end car stereo, but on a...
03-30-16, 10:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,920
Posted By smasha

I just got the Boom-2, and out of the box I'm...

I just got the Boom-2, and out of the box I'm pretty impressed with it.
03-25-16, 06:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

FBinNY...

FBinNY (http://www.bikeforums.net/members/fbinny-158672.html) - And... Higher speed crashes are more likely to result in fatalities, whereas lower speed crashes are more likely to result in non-fatal...
03-25-16, 02:18 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

Off the top of my head, dooring tends to be in...

Off the top of my head, dooring tends to be in the top-5 list of cyclist injuries/fatals, while rear-end crashes (eg car hits bike from behind) doesn't even make the top-10 list of cyclist...
03-24-16, 11:43 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

Ride how you want. I'll just mention that the...

Ride how you want. I'll just mention that the NZTA Road-Code for Cyclists says: "Never ride in the ‘door zone’ (the space where car doors open) when cycling past parked cars. Allow at least one...
03-24-16, 10:49 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

Often times that low hanging fruit is who's...

Often times that low hanging fruit is who's opening their car doors into people... Or opening their car doors in front of buses and trucks.

Taking the lane EVERY time there's cars parked on the...
03-24-16, 06:08 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

It's called "primary position", or "taking the...

It's called "primary position", or "taking the lane".


I've seen pedestrians get nailed by car-doors being opened. It happens. And if you're a pedestrian in the door zone, again, you don't get to...
03-24-16, 04:13 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/ipru/research/cyclistdoo...

https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/ipru/research/cyclistdooringmap

"In some jurisdictions, “dooring” has been called...
03-24-16, 04:09 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

I assume you ride in the door zone based on your...

I assume you ride in the door zone based on your comment, which I quoted here - http://www.bikeforums.net/advocacy-safety/1052829-bus-driver-loses-license-after-road-rage-incident-3.html#post18632182...
03-23-16, 09:30 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

One car door can ruin your day... Or end your...

One car door can ruin your day... Or end your life.

You don't get to decide where or when a door opens. Any door can open at any time. When you ride in the door-zone, you're rolling some very...
03-22-16, 06:31 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

I think the trial judge would disagree. He noted...

I think the trial judge would disagree. He noted that the cyclist did well to maintain a straight line at least 1 metre away from parked cars, and also explicitly noted that several cyclists have...
03-22-16, 06:12 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

Do you know what they call people who ride in the...

Do you know what they call people who ride in the door-zone?
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03-22-16, 06:05 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

On the plus side, you'll have evidence when...

On the plus side, you'll have evidence when things go wrong. That evidence may prove someone else's guilt, and/or it may prove your innocence.

On the minus side, you'll have a lot of people...
03-22-16, 05:57 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

Are you trying to say that helmet-cameras...

Are you trying to say that helmet-cameras encourage stupidity? Or some level of vigilantism?

The first rule of Road Rage... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG0LnWBGHnE

If that's true, do...
03-22-16, 05:56 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

I'm not aware of any conditions set by the court....

I'm not aware of any conditions set by the court. If it were up to me, I'd make reinstating his license conditional on:

Anger management
Passing a fresh driving test
Successfully completing...
03-18-16, 09:55 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

re the bus-lane, I should note that at the time...

re the bus-lane, I should note that at the time of the incident, that lane was legally available for parking. Signs designate it as a bus lane only during certain times.


Some jobs require a...
03-18-16, 08:32 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

In NZ, "BUS LANE" is for buses, bicycles,...

In NZ, "BUS LANE" is for buses, bicycles, motorcycles, and mopeds.

If it's marked "BUS ONLY", then it's bus-only.

In any case, at the time of the incident, that lane was occupied by parked cars...
03-17-16, 03:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,920
Posted By smasha

Bluetooth speaker? Party-bike sound?

A few years ago I worked out on paper that a decent party-bike sound-system would run $200-300. Since then, Bluetooth speakers have been a game changer. For less than $200 I can drop a bluetooth...
03-16-16, 06:51 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,096
Posted By smasha

Bus driver loses license after road-rage incident

"A bus driver will lose his job over an off-duty incident which was captured on the bike cameras of the cyclist he tailgated aggressively."

Wellington roads will be safer with tailgating driver...
12-11-15, 03:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 599
Posted By smasha

i just did a very short test, and recording works...

i just did a very short test, and recording works fine.

1- connect camera to a dumb USB power supply
2- press the shutter button, to start recording
3- press the shutter button, to end recording...
12-11-15, 02:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 869
Posted By smasha

here's the YT video, with links to individual...

here's the YT video, with links to individual camera footage in the description - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtxWId-w1Ic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtxWId-w1Ic
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