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General Bike Thread (Desiderata, Questions, Pics)

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by kronik, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    Great recommendations from Venessian, and I like otc's thread rec.

    Until recently, I used a Busch and Mueller Eyro battery headlight. But I wish I'd sprung for a dynamo. (I really wanted a Schmidt/SON one, which Peter White also carries, but it's very expensive, imo.) My B&M headlight failed after only about 4 months, and their customer service hasn't replied after a few weeks. So I went back to my old setup: a Maratac AAA flashlight zip-tied to my helmet.

    I have this taillight, tucked under my seat. Looks good, is bright, has motion sensing, and even an alarm, which I don't use. Tough to steal too, since it's wedged tightly between the seat rails and is also secured with a tiny hex screw. Battery lasts about six weeks between charging.

    Btw, I'm thinking about moving this thread to the "Fine Living" subforum, where it may get more views. Anyone think that's a bad idea?
     

  2. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Which Busch and Mueller battery light did you have? I was considering one of those as c compromise between a dynomo set up and your typical bike light. They are supposed to spread light a superior pattern and not cause any blinding issues for oncoming traffic.

    Thanks for the taillight rec. I'm running some inexpensive blinkers for now. Always in solid light mode at night so I don't attract drunk drivers. :smile:

    I'd be cool if you moved the thread. Anything to help get some activity going.
     

  3. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Purchased an Outershell 137 Basket Bag while they were on sale a couple weeks back. Sits perfectly in a Wald 137 on the front of my bike. Been pretty happy with the setup so far. Storage space in the bag seems plenty for my needs at the moment and I like the flexibility of being able to quickly remove the bag of I need the basket for more general needs.

    Only thing I don't like is the attachment hardware that came with the Wald basket, but I knew that going in. It all looks a little janky. I plan to get a real front rack down the road and attach the basket to it.

    Link to the bag I got:

    https://www.outershelladventure.com/shop/137-basket-bag
     

  4. otc

    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    Spotted this recently which I think is starting to look like Jr's ultimate desire

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    Got the Dynamo lights, rack with the low pannier bar, full lenders, and really tall bars.
     

  5. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Missing the front rack, but otherwise not a bad build.

    Here's an example along the lines of what i'm thinking. Front rack with Wald basket strapped to it. Some kind of light in the front attached to the rack. Seems like a versatile setup. Basket would be easy to remove when needed.

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    Edit 2 more examples:

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  6. otc

    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    Is it upside-down for you? Looked fine on my phone... But not it looks wrong
     

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    Alexidb Senior Member

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    Anything Sheldon wrote about dynamo lighting is going to be dated at this point. Technology has improved, and its improved fast. Also Sheldon wasn’t a great mechanic, Harris made a name with Elton Pope Lance as a mechanic. Sheldon was a great aggregator of info but you need to take what he said with a grain of salt.

    That would be BQ, and honestly it’s BS. A big bag is going to create as much drag as your an equal frontage as your body. Fenders and water bottles however can create a more aerodynamic shape.
     

  8. Alexidb

    Alexidb Senior Member

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    @Jr Mouse
    What’s important to you, being seen or lighting up the road?
     

  9. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Yes it's upside down.
     

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    Jr Mouse Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Both. I do want to have a reliable way to light up the road when things get dark. For example there are park trails near where I live that are not lit well for example. Not talking riding in the woods when it's pitch black, but dark enough that having the added light is useful.
     

  11. Alexidb

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    For general city riding and dark bike paths the B&M EYC is fine. For actual touring I’ve been a fan of the Supernovas for years. I’ve moved on to SineWave Beacons on my touring and my mountain bikes. I like the two settings of the Beacon and the fact you can run it out and back in from a battery pack.
     

  12. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    @Jr Mouse, I have the B&M Eyro. I wouldn't recommend it though. I liked how it had a light + reflector and mounted on the fork. It's fine for an urban commute but not good for dark trails.

    I like that green machine. This Nua seems like your style too:
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    More here.
     

  13. Alexidb

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    You can mount any light to a fork. The width of the mounting point is fairly standardized and the B&M mounts are available aftermarket if needed.
     

  14. otc

    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    I still don't like the erection look of the sram hydros... But I love reworking them to function as rolloff shifters
     

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    Might be a good idea. You surely know much more about site traffic than I do, but this thread is pretty moribund here.
     

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    venessian Distinguished Member

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    Even though Brown has passed, Harris Cyclery still maintains and updates the various topics. It is still a good resource, a good start at least, and there aren't that many around. I wouldn't dismissively sniff at it so.

    Almost everything we read should be taken with a grain of salt, then, if you know what I mean....
     

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