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02-19-24, 05:54 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,092
Posted By John Valuk

I'm following up on this because I did a couple...

I'm following up on this because I did a couple of test runs of my Seemee 200 V2.0 yesterday.

I had it set to "Smart" operation, and ran it in a location where the ambient light sensor kept the...
02-17-24, 01:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,092
Posted By John Valuk

I can't personally vouch for maximum run times,...

I can't personally vouch for maximum run times, as it's something that I've never tested. My typical rides don't have me in the dark for more than 1-1/2 hours, and aren't long enough overall to even...
01-21-24, 11:57 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,927
Posted By John Valuk

At least under some conditions, Sven Can See...

At least under some conditions, Sven Can See (https://www.svencansee.com/) helps me with fogging.
01-15-24, 05:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 436
Posted By John Valuk

This is particularly funny to me because of...

This is particularly funny to me because of something I did just a couple of days ago.

In the process of wrangling a new 4.80-8 "agricultural lug" tire onto a rototiller wheel, I clonked myself on...
01-14-24, 05:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 436
Posted By John Valuk

IMHO, after having one light fail, and then...

IMHO, after having one light fail, and then paying for a refurbishment, and then having it fail again - both times under circumstances that didn't constitute real abuse - I don't think that a 30%...
01-13-24, 11:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 436
Posted By John Valuk

Did you have to pay for the refurbishment?

Did you have to pay for the refurbishment?
01-13-24, 06:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 436
Posted By John Valuk

My go-to is the Fenix BC30 V2.0. The brightness...

My go-to is the Fenix BC30 V2.0. The brightness modes, light distribution, and mounting system work well for me, and build quality seems good. They claim IP67.

The battery arrangements are...
10-24-23, 10:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,892
Posted By John Valuk

Thank you for pointing that out. I think it's...

Thank you for pointing that out. I think it's great that they build that in such a way that a deceased battery is not "end of life" for the product.

What I would really like to see is a...
10-24-23, 06:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,892
Posted By John Valuk

I have read several accounts online of people...

I have read several accounts online of people having that problem, and I agree, I would find that unacceptable.

I have never experienced that with my BC30 V2.0.
10-23-23, 01:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,892
Posted By John Valuk

For headlight, look at Fenix. I like the...

For headlight, look at Fenix.

I like the BC30 V2.0, which uses two 18650 batteries. The batteries have to be removed (quick and easy) for charging. Batteries are available that have their own USB...
09-17-23, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By John Valuk

In my BC30 V2.0, I'm running a pair of their...

In my BC30 V2.0, I'm running a pair of their (nominally) 3500 mAh 18650s.

I'm glad that Fenix continues to have a presence in this market. IMHO, they are getting a lot of stuff right on these.
09-14-23, 06:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By John Valuk

Fenix sells several bike lights that work well,...

Fenix sells several bike lights that work well, are built well, and use standard-sized Li-Ion batteries that are easily replaced:

BC30 V2.0
BC26R
BC21R V3.0

I have the BC30 V2.0, and its "be...
08-09-23, 05:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 971
Posted By John Valuk

You might look at Cyclemeter. I pay USD9.99...

You might look at Cyclemeter.

I pay USD9.99 per year for the "Elite" version, because I wanted it to be able to access Bluetooth sensors on the bike. I don't know what other features one gives up...
07-14-23, 01:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,649
Posted By John Valuk

My Lezyne Road Drive has a Presta valve core tool...

My Lezyne Road Drive has a Presta valve core tool built into the flex hose assembly.
05-24-23, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By John Valuk

Stages claim that, at least for the current...

Stages claim that, at least for the current generation, an accelerometer is used for cadence measurement.
05-10-23, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,113
Posted By John Valuk

Yes, these "toggle" style derailleurs are...

Yes, these "toggle" style derailleurs are different from the older stuff in some ways.

In addition to the Shimano tech documents, I found these very useful when working on my R7000 front...
02-06-23, 03:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,053
Posted By John Valuk

I do not have personal experience with...

I do not have personal experience with helmet-mounted lights, but if I needed one with a swappable battery, I would at least look at some of the offerings from Fenix.

I use one of their BC30 V2.0...
01-22-23, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,068
Posted By John Valuk

I think that when the package states, 'For tap...

I think that when the package states, 'For tap sizes #0-1/2"', it is referring to the size of the holes that the taps would be used for - and not to the square shank sizes. So, as small as a tap for...
01-21-23, 06:51 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,066
Posted By John Valuk

I was thinking the same thing, but then I...

I was thinking the same thing, but then I checked, and saw that Park had already used some "CB-" part numbers for ChainBrite!

That's one of the downsides of trying to use "significant" part...
01-20-23, 03:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,066
Posted By John Valuk

You really need to get the blue cotton balls from...

You really need to get the blue cotton balls from Park Tool.
12-27-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,520
Posted By John Valuk

This, 100%. Anyone who thinks that a Knipex...

This, 100%. Anyone who thinks that a Knipex pliers wrench is a toothy, parts-mangling tool doesn't know what it actually is.

So help me, I even took the time to detail in a post in this thread...
12-25-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,520
Posted By John Valuk

I think that the 7" pliers wrench is a great...

I think that the 7" pliers wrench is a great all-arounder for a lot of general mechanical work - and a great starting point for someone who has never used one of these before. I don't use mine a lot...
12-24-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,520
Posted By John Valuk

I first became aware of the Knipex pliers...

I first became aware of the Knipex pliers wrenches just a few months ago, and I have really been impressed by how useful I have found them to be. In addition to tightening and loosening fasteners and...
12-14-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,047
Posted By John Valuk

They recently made some "improvements" there that...

They recently made some "improvements" there that are not to my liking.

It used to be that the basic, included-with-Prime Amazon Music allowed full access to a modest fraction of their library....
11-04-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,170
Posted By John Valuk

I haven't tried the NiteRider Lumina Dual 1800,...

I haven't tried the NiteRider Lumina Dual 1800, so I can't make a direct comparison of the performance, but I think that the Fenix BC30 V2.0 falls into the category of dual-LED, purpose-built bike...
11-01-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,170
Posted By John Valuk

For a standalone headlight running rechargeable...

For a standalone headlight running rechargeable batteries, I quite like the Fenix BC30 V2.0. Lighting output and distribution, brightness levels, and user interface work well for me. I had some...
07-15-22, 09:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,156
Posted By John Valuk

I appreciate your thoughtful comments on this. ...

I appreciate your thoughtful comments on this.

A couple of years back, I woke my 1995 Trek 730 Multitrack from a long slumber, and started putting some miles on it. Several thousand miles later, I...
05-31-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,649
Posted By John Valuk

My brain tells me that I read one time on the...

My brain tells me that I read one time on the Lezyne web site that the Road Drive was Presta only. Checking there now, though, it states, "It comes with a Presta- and Shrader-compatible ABS Flex Hose...
05-30-22, 05:46 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,649
Posted By John Valuk

I have the Lezyne Road Drive, and I like it a...

I have the Lezyne Road Drive, and I like it a lot. If you can comfortably carry the large size that you mention, the extra volume is nice.

When I install a new tube, or add it to the pack I carry...
05-13-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,133
Posted By John Valuk

I have one of the Lezyne pumps with the ABS-1 Pro...

I have one of the Lezyne pumps with the ABS-1 Pro on it. That uses one of their "Flip Chucks", but in a right angle configuration (which I find to be very convenient to use).

On the Schrader side,...
05-09-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,953
Posted By John Valuk

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30...

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30 V2.0 is that the rechargeable batteries can be easily swapped.
05-07-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,133
Posted By John Valuk

I bought their Classic Floor Drive, which is a...

I bought their Classic Floor Drive, which is a steel-tubed version of their high pressure pump, with an analog pressure gauge and a metal base. It has metal hose couplings, and no braided cover on...
05-07-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,133
Posted By John Valuk

I don't own one myself, but when I was shopping...

I don't own one myself, but when I was shopping for a floor pump a while back, I noticed that Lezyne has some "gravel" pumps (larger barrel; nominal 100 psi max).

I went with a higher-pressure...
04-26-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By John Valuk

I see Jonnisnot described as a "fluorocarbon...

I see Jonnisnot described as a "fluorocarbon gel". The tube I have notes that it contains fluorocarbon polymer.

This page from bike-components.de...
04-06-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 1,069
Views: 397,733
Posted By John Valuk

You can look at some of the technical manuals at...

You can look at some of the technical manuals at the Vintage Trek site (http://www.vintage-trek.com/trek-fisher-klein-lemond.htm). Some of those include geometry and fit information for the bikes.
03-23-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,531
Posted By John Valuk

I think that what qualifies as "optimal" will...

I think that what qualifies as "optimal" will have a lot to do with personal preferences.

The RIDEtime Elite suits my (current) personal preferences very well.

I haven't tried doing this...
03-22-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,531
Posted By John Valuk

For the use you describe, I think that the...

For the use you describe, I think that the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite...
03-22-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 932
Posted By John Valuk

For someone who has just lost a gadget that they...

For someone who has just lost a gadget that they loved - and who has actually taken the trouble to contact the manufacturer to try to find an equivalent replacement, and come up dry - I think your...
02-18-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,744
Posted By John Valuk

I have just learned to deal with the minor...

I have just learned to deal with the minor inconvenience of transferring my DL from my wallet to my pack before going out on a ride, and then transferring it back after I get home.

If that does...
02-09-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,013
Posted By John Valuk

I got one of the Defiant / QB-95 units from...

I got one of the Defiant / QB-95 units from Boulder Bicycle when they had a screaming deal on them.

Nice stuff.
02-09-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,013
Posted By John Valuk

I like the Interloc Racing Design (IRD) QB-55,...

I like the Interloc Racing Design (IRD) QB-55, QB-75, and QB-95.

They are all nice quality stuff made by Tange Seiki. QB-55 comes standard with steel cups; QB-75 with aluminum.

They sell cups...
02-05-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 1,069
Views: 397,733
Posted By John Valuk

Great buy! That looks very, very nice.

Great buy! That looks very, very nice.
01-09-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,206
Posted By John Valuk

Gotta say, I really like the approach of using...

Gotta say, I really like the approach of using oversize models to help show what surfaces are wearing, and how that wear results in an increase of the chain pitch.

That wasn't news to me, but I...
01-08-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By John Valuk

For me, part of the charm of the RIDEtime Elite...

For me, part of the charm of the RIDEtime Elite is that it really is a lot like an old-school cyclocomputer, but with ANT+ sensors. It has a fairly large LCD display that is sufficient for me to read...
01-07-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By John Valuk

If you just want the capabilities of an...

If you just want the capabilities of an old-school cyclocomputer (no GPS, no granular recording of data for later analysis), then you might consider the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite.

That works with...
12-07-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,051
Posted By John Valuk

I use one of the Hafny 68 mm glass bar end...

I use one of the Hafny 68 mm glass bar end mirrors on a flat bar bike that I ride mostly on rural highways.

I can't find much fault with the mirror; they really do a pretty good job with these.
11-13-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,462
Posted By John Valuk

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30...

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30 V2.0 is that it uses rechargeable batteries that are not built in. It uses a pair of 18650 lithium-ion batteries that are easily removed for charging. If...
11-10-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 689
Posted By John Valuk

Some people post stuff like that on Craigslist in...

Some people post stuff like that on Craigslist in response to another Craigslist ad that they have seen (e.g., with the goal of informing other viewers that they think that some other ad is...
11-10-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,832
Posted By John Valuk

If it's a bike that you can pick up easily...

If it's a bike that you can pick up easily enough...

I weigh myself, then myself+bike.
10-15-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,919
Posted By John Valuk

You may already know this, but I'll add this...

You may already know this, but I'll add this comment for the amusement of those who might not.

The UN55 - and some other Shimano bottom brackets similar to it - have sort of an interesting...
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