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KA-WAI YU & JONATHAN LEE, 7 p.m. Saturday, Curtis Hall, Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia, Blue Sage Concert Series, baroque cellist and harpsichord, tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of performance, season pass tickets $120, bluesage.org.
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- The "toe saver" on the end of the counterweight shaft is the only thing about this mount that strikes me as over-economized. I want to acquire or make a "toe saver" that is at least one piece, not two. - Do any of you have experience enlarging the hole in an existing counterweight, or getting a machine shop to do so? Counterweights are expensive, and I have a lot of them that fit smaller shafts.- I haven't tried it yet -- what counterweight arrangement is needed with light loads, such as a camera and telephoto lens? (If I were a machinist, I'd also think about making a smaller-diameter, lighter counterweight shaft...)- I have it running on a 13.5-volt power supply and it seems quite happy. Losmandy recommends 15 volts. Any sage advice about this?
I had to chuckle when I saw the included long and thin power cord - I wouldn't be surprised if it had 1/2 ohm resistance, which could be a significant voltage drop when starting up both motors (1.5V maybe?). Using a 5 ft 18 awg wire (pair) with Switchcraft connectors, I've used a lead acid battery (12.5V nominal) with no problem. I did notice a little glitching when trying to use a "12V" lithium ion battery. These have nominal voltage of only about 11V. Also, the controller will tell you if the motors are lugging (I don't remember the terminology used).
18 months ago I went round to pick up a young guy's bike. He'd bought it from a well known high street catalogue store for a hundred pounds or so. It had been marketed as having been reduced from 150, or maybe even as half price (another common trick). Just a few months old, it was already coming apart. He'd contacted the warranty department of this store and had been told to get it repaired and send them the bill. We repaired it (it needed a new wheel amongst other things) and returned it to him, pointing out the poor quality components throughout. Six months later he called again. It turned out the store had refused to refund him the repair bill (citing wear and tear or normal servicing needs if I remember correctly) and now he had further problems. Having already spent money on the bike he was reluctant to write it off. It was hard to believe it was only a year old; rust spots were plentiful and spreading, cheap chrome plating was peeling away in places, the poor quality suspension forks dead - it was a sorry state. But we fixed it up and took it back. After taking it back he said with a rueful expression - "I thought I was getting a bargain originally, but for what I've now spent I could have got a decent bike to start with". A harsh lesson, but further proof that you really do get what you pay for.
Well we've got to the end. Congratulations on getting here. Don't buy a cheap and nasty new bike, it's not good for you or the environment. The only beneficiary is the profits of the short sighted business selling it. If you want to buy a new bike don't short change yourself. Buy a decent bike for a few hundred pounds, A good bike could give you ten years of pleasure with maintenance. 30-50 a year doesn't seem excessive to me. So when you're sailing along one day making silky smooth gear changes, with the wind rushing through your hair and a responsive steed between you and the ground, remember this article and think. 'You know, that guy was right'.
A few years ago it was decided we were going to get into cycling so I bought a second hand hybrid and gradually upgrade, then decided I wanted a mountain bike as well.. Ended up with a second hand BSO with the twisty grip gears. Peeled all the stickers off so it was just a nice (for what it was) looking full suspension pile of s... I managed one ride on it, tying to ride up a muddy hill just resulted in numerous unintentional gear changes and lots of swearing. When we arranged a second 'none road' ride I was all over the internet the night before trying to find a decent bike the next morning..Everything led to the Voodoo Bizango and I managed to pick up a second hand one locally. Felt great to ride and completely different from the BSPOS (sure you can work that one out). Regretted selling it last autumn as I didn't really get out on it that much, but after a phone call from my riding mate on Sunday to say he'd just bought an Aizan, I was straight out for the new Bizango (un-ridden second hand for 400 notes), and it feels just as good as the old one. Got a message off the mate starting 'can see why you like the Voodoo' after he'd ridden it five miles home.... If you're looking at a BSPOS due to cost, have a look for a second hand Voodoo, you won't be disappointed.
In many ways sage advice. But the BSO comes in many guises. Not all are equal and price is no measure. My brother in law specialises in almost annual purchases of the most awful piles of Chinese scrap, yet Decathlon has some almost acceptable BSOs at the same price point. While I would do much research at my local cycle shop for bikes for adults, the BSO is a solution for younger children. While she was learning my daughter had two successive Giants that were solid where it counted, but were poor and flimsy for the type of stuff that attracts kids to bikes. Now she's making a first foray into geared bikes (and riding without parents in attendance) a BTwin BSO is an ideal solution as it's good enough where it counts and, round here, is much more likely to be outgrown or stolen before anything needs repairing.
I remember when a bike was just ... A bike.now it's some overpriced envoirenmental statement .ooooh look at me ,I spent 5 grand on a push bike and I'm saving the planet.!! Take me back to the good old days when all we needed was a purple chopper and bag of cola cubes. 5 grand on a bike, it's sounds more ridiculous the more you say it!!!! I bought my car for less it's got a heater 4 seats and a stereo.your 5grand bike gives you nothing but debt and a sore arse.
In 1999, living in a remote part of Wales, we ordered an MTB-style bike for my wife from a well-known UK high street catalogue store. It was handy to have it delivered, as it would have been a long ride from the nearest bike shop otherwise. It cost about Â80, if I remember correctly. It came in a box, and the instructions said all it needed were the pedals fitting, the handlebars loosening and turning through ninety degrees, and a quick check of nuts and bolts. Had I known then what I know now, I would have stripped it down completely and rebuilt it. The factory had fitted a new chain without shortening it, and it used to slip. Even so, it was reasonable to ride, although the Shimano SIS indexed rear derailleur could never be adjusted properly. A couple of years ago, I did carry out a complete overhaul on it. The ball bearings in the wheel hubs had collapsed into a shiny powder. I fitted new, quality ball bearings (the cones and races were fine), a brand new chain which I adjusted for size, and a stem-mounted friction lever instead of the SIS indexed twistgrip. It's now a lovely bike to ride, and the paint is still like new. I should say that this particular machine was built in England, but just let down by cheap bearings and hasty setting-up. I wouldn't like to risk a sub-Â100 bike from that same store nowadays.
i could remember the gone good old days when i had bought Â40 tesco cheap throw awaya BSO way back in 2007, i can garantuee you it all happened what is narrated above ended up spending more than the actual bought price in fixing one or the other parts every week