Monday, October 19, 2009


Photo by Denis. We were on Skink. I think I was trying to clip in the left foot.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Garmin Edge 305 (II)

Finally got my Garmin Edge 305 back from Garmin. It looks like a brand new unit. Charged up and everything works fine. Can't beat Garmin's service.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Ratchet Wheel mounting System, by DT Swiss. Solid 5 mm wheel skewers. No worries about loose QRs any more.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bike Light Test Report

Here is the setup.

Andy and I used the flashlights while Rob and Jack were with their L&M ARC. We came back from Gambrill, skipped the Lawn Mower and took the road. After we jumped onto the trail we turned on the lights. We rested in the Hamburg lot for a while, and did the Knucklebuster out and back. Over all I think we had lights on for more than an hour.

Comparing to the L&M ARC, the flashlight has narrower beam so the perception of brightness on the trail was relatively similar. The color temperature is a little warmer than the ARC's super white.

The battery didn't get even warm, the emitter was slightly warm.

We both mounted the flashlights on the helmet. No flickering was noticed.

I wish it could be even brighter, but the light is sufficient for doing night rides. I rode fast coming back to the parking lot from Gambrill Park road, and it worked fine.

Overall I'm happy. It is also perfect to be carried in the Camelbak as spare or for emergency.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday Shed Ride

Great ride! It reminded me how much fun riding on rocks is.

Bike Lights

Time in the year to prepare for night rides. From DealExtreme I recently got a cheap setup (<$50 total), 900 lumens, last for 2 hours (with a battery change), 190 grams including the helmet mount (a little heavier than the Light&Motion's 150 grams) but still bearable, and best of all, no cables. Here is the list:
  • UltraFire 18650 3.7V 3000mAh Lithium Batteries (2-Pack), Item# 26249
  • MTE SSC P7 900-Lumen 2-Mode LED Flashlight (18650), Item# 12325
  • DSD 18650 CR123A Charger Black EKARP, Item# 0936 (I didn't buy this one because I already have a 18650 charger, but got it for Andy, Jack, and Rob.)
  • Universal Nylon Mount for Flashlights and Lasers, Item# 12000

The light doesn't seem to output 900 lumens driven by a single battery. I'll do a field test this week.

BTW, it took about three weeks from the time I placed the order online to the package arrived from Hong Kong.