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Old 10-24-2012, 10:15 PM   #25786
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and my new HG50-8 13-26 cassette arrived today ($11 on amazon!!), brought my back wheel down to my favorite LBS where they nicked me $5 to slap it onto the wheel on the spot (no complaints). took it for a brief spin, a mile or so down a side street and back. YES! my thoughts of a 2x9 or 10 upgrade are receeding. I do believe this will do the trick for quite some time with the crankset I have, my low is now a 28:26 which is plenty low enough, and my high is a 48:13 which is taller than I'm gonna be pulling on a flatbar bike any time soon. most important, ALL the gear steps are much closer. color me


hey, for laughs, I ordered one of these on fleabay... direct from China.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/261073771436...84.m1497.l2649



I looked up the tech specs on a Cree XM-L T6 bin... its not 1800 lumens except maybe down hill with a tail wind, but it IS capable of over 1000 lumens. thats about as much total light as a automobile halogen 9004 high beam. this should be fun. if the supplied li-ion pack is the 6400mAH 8.4V they claim, thats 54 watt-hours, which should keep it burning for 5+ hours on way-too-bright, and much longer on 'plenty-bright'.

I'll report back when I've got it and had some time to play with it. bonus, it has a headlight strap in addition to a handlebar clamp.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:24 AM   #25787
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^^^ I'm intrigued.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:35 AM   #25788
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I bought one of those ebay lights. Cost me AU$34 and is brighter than the HID I paid $800 for in 2005
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:00 AM   #25789
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I bought one of those ebay lights. Cost me AU$34 and is brighter than the HID I paid $800 for in 2005
I still have a stack of 6v halogen lights that I bought 'back when.' They're pretty well useless unless I can find an EE to re-work em with LEDs.

Rode the other nite with a NR 500 lumen light on my helmet and an LED flashlight on my bars. I didn't even have the helmet light turned all the way up and I could see fine.

Bars: flood beam
Helmet: spot beam

edited to add: for $40 I'll take a chance. Looks like the chinese are knocking off their own stuff already.

edited to add s'more: www.viewranger.com Free app for adding gps functiontionality to your smart phone

More editing to add: cycling apps

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:08 AM   #25790
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I found this article interesting.

Obviously, there's a lot of crap going on that we don't know about, as we're the public and don't live their life.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:20 AM   #25791
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"Gucci, which has partnered with bicycle maker Bianchi to produce a $14,000 urban and off-road bike."

Who here will be the first to own one?

http://www.thedaily.com/article/2012...iz-gucci-bike/

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:23 AM   #25792
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:49 AM   #25793
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:53 AM   #25794
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"Gucci, which has partnered with bicycle maker Bianchi to produce a $14,000 urban and off-road bike."

Who here will be the first to own one?

http://www.thedaily.com/article/2012...iz-gucci-bike/

I'm sure the 'more money than sense' crowd will LOVE it...
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:09 AM   #25795
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I'm sure the 'more money than sense' crowd will LOVE it...
$105 seems pretty reasonable for a bottle designed to carry only finest di-hydrogen monoxide tapped from the purest artisan wells.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:33 AM   #25796
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"Gucci, which has partnered with bicycle maker Bianchi to produce a $14,000 urban and off-road bike."

Who here will be the first to own one?

http://www.thedaily.com/article/2012...iz-gucci-bike/

butbuttbutt its not a FIXIE! its got that messy CHAIN!!!!

I woulda figured for sure it would be a belt drive affine (internal) system or something.

TruVativ(SRAM) has a new crankset "HammerSchmidt" with front internal planetary gearing so a rear hub shifter now gets you 2xN instead of just N gears. you get a 1:1 'normal' gear (22 or 24 teeth), and a 1:1.6 'overdrive' (equivalent to 35 or 38 teeth). apparently its shifted by tapping a button where the bottom bracket axle cap normally is. For $14K thats the kind of technology I'd expect, combined with a belt drive.


p.s. anyone who's watched Zooey Deschanel's hilarious new TV comedy "New Girl" *will* snicker at the name HammerSchmidt :)
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:32 AM   #25797
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butbuttbutt its not a FIXIE! its got that messy CHAIN!!!!

I woulda figured for sure it would be a belt drive affine (internal) system or something.

TruVativ(SRAM) has a new crankset "HammerSchmidt" with front internal planetary gearing so a rear hub shifter now gets you 2xN instead of just N gears. you get a 1:1 'normal' gear (22 or 24 teeth), and a 1:1.6 'overdrive' (equivalent to 35 or 38 teeth). apparently its shifted by tapping a button where the bottom bracket axle cap normally is. For $14K thats the kind of technology I'd expect, combined with a belt drive.


p.s. anyone who's watched Zooey Deschanel's hilarious new TV comedy "New Girl" *will* snicker at the name HammerSchmidt :)
Put a dollar in the douche jar.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #25798
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I *love* that show. "Jess" even drives a vintage Volvo 145, how cool is that?
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:54 AM   #25799
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so... I'm probably going to swap my rear derailleur for a little bit better one (Altus -> Alivio). man, I miss those old Suntour deraillleurs which had a gap in the backing plate so you could just hook the chain around the chain wheels.

Should I A) punch and split the chain, then reassemble it, or B) take the chain wheels off the derailleur and reassemble it around the chain? I'm kind of leaning towards B) although I realize that means taking /both/ derailleurs lower cages apart.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #25800
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Continental rim cement... it's not just for your tubulars any more! (and yes, I do own a KLR...)

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