Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Definitely following Rule #5. :clap

    I, on the other hand, forgot my shoes for Sunday's ride, stayed in and played with the baby while my wife and f-in-law hit the road. Well, I did give my bike a thorough cleaning while the YakSprout was sleeping.

    I'll also take the easy way out on tomorrow's ride with the club and drive over to it rather than ride 13mi to the meeting point, do the ride and then ride 6mi to work. Too damn dark at 5:30am to try riding over. Next week should be better after the time change.

    Solvang Prelude Metric is on Saturday, though, and we've got a group together to ride that. Lunch after at Firestone Brewery. :freaky
  2. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Well, the sun is setting at about 1830 now, and starting next week it will be 1730 :cry

    Not enough time for me to get a ride in after work.

    So I just ordered a MagicShine MJ-808 headlight :D

    Some local semi-pro racers are putting on a MTB skills clinic this Sunday as well. Should be fun, and very educational since I can tell while riding that I am doing stuff probably not the best way :lol3
  3. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Just ordered one of these from a few pages back:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/261073771436?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    I should have it in 2-3 weeks.
  4. beeks76

    beeks76 Your What Hurts???

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    Yeah I have kind of been waiting for a report, anything yet? I am contemplating one of these myself but would like to here from someone who has used one first. Thanks!!!
  5. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    not here yet. china post, don'tcha know? heh.

    found some online reviews on bike forums of these exact lights, this is a brief summary of what I gathered using my subjective reality filter... Yes, they are in reality 700-900 lumens not '1800' or '1200' as advertised. they run moderately hot but not too bad because the aluminum body is a heat sink. the beam is a little too much of a spotlight, several guys added spreader lenses to make them more of a horizontal spread. they ARE about as bright as a single motorcycle low beam. the supplied mount is suckage, one guy drilled and tapped 3 small holes in his and screwed it to pieces from an old catseye bar clamp, much better. the battery pack works OK, and uses standard 18650(?) liion cells available from Battery Junction and others for cheap, so even if the supplied batteries conk out early, no big deal. the wiring is a bit funky, but not hard to redo when needed.

    this was probably the best of those forum reviews...
    http://forums.mtbr.com/lights-night...xml-t6-led-bicycle-headlight-lamp-759177.html
  6. beeks76

    beeks76 Your What Hurts???

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    Wow, excellent summary thank you!!
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    +1

    I'm lucky in that I have a buddy that owns an LED lighting company. I figger if anything goes wrong, I have a source to either get it fixed or upgraded.

    Mine's not here yet either. I'm thinking Sandy may have had something to do with that. :dunno

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  8. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    the chinese ebay vendor took 5 days to get around to actually dropping mine into the HK Post. :-/

    I figure 10 more days before I see it.


    did some more reading. these are apparently clones of the MagicShine MJ-808E, which is a $80 Chinese XR-L based light. The 'original' has a multicolor LED in the switch that shows charge state, while these $35 ones just go from green to red, and the original has a tempered glass lens, these clones have a thinner regular glass lens (but I'm replacing mine with http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wide-Angle-Lens-4-MagicShine-Gemini-Lupine-Bike-Light-/280752532003 asap...).
  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  10. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    And I get off work at 1530 :D As soon as rugby season's done it's lap intervals at Druid Hill Park for me!

    Hey, what's everybody's favorite windproof outer layer?
  11. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    My Volvo.

    :freaky
  12. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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  13. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    when I was a all weather rider, if it was windy or cold I wore leggings with my bike shorts and a gortex windbreaker that had armpit vents, and a PVC+Nylon rain suit with rain pants if it was raining hard. I ran fenders on my road and mtn bikes and commuted with one or another year around.

    in the 70s, those leggings were black wool. I'm sure they have something microfleece now.
  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    1. In the nasties, fenders rawk
    2. PVC has been replaced by Gore Tex
    3. Wool (merino specifically) is making a huge comeback. Most of my cycling socks are now merino. Got some new arm and knee warmers that're merino but haven't worn em yet.

    I'm one of those guys that likes knickers and knee warmers over tights and leg warmers. I just get too hot too quickly. S'why I hardly wear my Assos 851 jacket. With just a base layer, its good to go to the :vardy range.

    Missed a ride yesterday. At the time I was getting motivated, my little brother sez he needs a ride to the airport. :bluduh Oh well. The up side is that I found my Castelli gloves that I thought I'd driven off, leaving em on top of the car. :thumb Only paid $20 for em, but that's $40-50 I didn't have to spend to replace em.

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  15. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Nope. I wear <a href="http://www.smartwool.com/mens/m-s-midweight-bottom-16.html">these</a>, and something similar on the top.
  16. ducnut

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    I've been wearing Craft ski wear, over Craft winter cycling gear. I usually put a windbreaker over all that, with a neoprene balaclava up top. Wool socks are all that I wear. I use Craft outer gloves over Pearl Izumi liners. Our winds are extremely harsh, in the flats of central IL. We get a jetstream, out of the NW, from IA, NE, and the Dakotas. Even with all the layers, on windy days, I freeze. I hate it, here.

    Some of the Great Divide racers run Mont-Bell products.


    That's awesome! :lol3
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    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  18. RxZ

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    I seriously thought about going with the chinese version. I ordered a MJ-808E from a US dealer though. It cost more, but some guys I ride with some talked me into going with the US version. That said, I am excited to be able to keep riding during the "winter". It really isn't that cold here, but getting dark by 6 PM, when I can not get to the trail before 5:30 would other wise end my riding until the spring.

    Oh, I ordered mine on Tuesday from some place in Illinois. The tracking number says it should be here tomorrow :D

  19. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    note, I said, the MJ-808 is ALSO a Chinese lamp. Magicshine is a Shenzhen company.

    Shenzhen MINJUN Electronic Co.,Ltd
    Add: 3/F, Building D, Huali Industrial Zone, 28 Baoan District, Shenzhen, China

    from http://www.magicshine.hk/Contact.aspx

    So these amazon lamps are Chinese copies fo a chinese lamp :lol3
  20. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Last weekend I got a test ride on Specialized's $10,000 S-Works Epic Carbon XTR. They claim it's the lightest production full suspension 29er in the world today. When I asked for specifics, I was told it weighs 18.9 lbs. But when one was weighed, it tipped the scales at 23 lbs, without pedals:

    http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/07/16...ntain-bikes-complete-overview-actual-weights/

    Where did the extra 4.1 lbs come from? :huh