The new and interesting gear thread...

Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby brokenbus » Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:49 pm

My one feels hard to me so far. It has been good so far for an hours ride. I have never had a brooks before and were not sure what to expect. From all the reviews I read, most people said it is just like a B17. I somehow suspect that the 500km or so that is need to break your B17 in also helps break your rear end in to the firm feeling of the brooks saddle.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Wingnut » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:35 pm

Yeah it's pretty firm for rubber...I hope to get some rides on it soon, initial impression is it isn't as comfortable as my old B-17 or my Selle San Marco Regal on the road bike...feels a bit narrow but time will tell...
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:54 pm

One for those interested in internal gear hubs. Looks like SRAM has a new model coming out, the G9. Going by a Amazon listing it is 36H disc ready and it also comes in a belt version ...

Some details in a SRAM technical document.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:54 am

RonK wrote:Amazon won't deliver here, but there are plenty on eBay. Will order one soon.


Did you end up getting a Anker 40w charger? If you did any suggestions on a quality (I guess eBay) source?

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby il padrone » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:42 am

Aushiker wrote:One for those interested in internal gear hubs. Looks like SRAM has a new model coming out, the G9. Going by a Amazon listing it is 36H disc ready and it also comes in a belt version ...

Some details in a SRAM technical document.


Looking at the tech docs it is really a bit of 'meh' for touring. Aside from the afore-mentioned disc-brake and belt-drive compatibility, its only other virtue seems to be a nicer 12-16% gear step across the range. For the one extra gear over the Alfine 8 you are still left with just a 292% range (Alfine 8 is 309%). Somewhat inadequate for more adventurous loaded touring.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:32 pm

Aushiker wrote:
RonK wrote:Amazon won't deliver here, but there are plenty on eBay. Will order one soon.


Did you end up getting a Anker 40w charger? If you did any suggestions on a quality (I guess eBay) source?

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I have ordered one after waiting some time for a more reasonable price, but it has not yet arrived. I will post more once I have received it.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:11 pm

Hilleberg have announced the Hilleberg Enan - a three-season 1.1kg version of the Atko.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:00 pm

If heart rate monitor chest bands give you the willies, the answer may be a Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband.

I'm putting one on my shopping list...



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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:34 pm

RonK wrote:If heart rate monitor chest bands give you the willies, the answer may be a Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband.


Eight hour battery life = pass. To many things to charge as it is.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Baalzamon » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:19 pm

Basis B1 is 4 days battery life and I have one, does a lot more than just HRM. But then it is a lot dearer and only water resistant.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Wingnut » Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:38 am

A heart rate monitor for touring?
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Warin » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:12 am

Wingnut wrote:A heart rate monitor for touring?


Evaluate the quality of the view by the heart rate increase?
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:19 am

Wingnut wrote:A heart rate monitor for touring?

Would a power meter be better?
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:21 am

Aushiker wrote:
RonK wrote:If heart rate monitor chest bands give you the willies, the answer may be a Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband.


Eight hour battery life = pass. To many things to charge as it is.

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No problem if you have an Anker 5 port 40w USB charger. :)
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Daggo » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:09 pm

Wingnut wrote:A heart rate monitor for touring?


Yes! I am getting old. So yes I need a heart monitor for touring. Something I have to be careful of.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:17 pm

It will cost you around $1K for this SatMap Active 12, Geoscience Australia 1:250k map, bike mount, and a spare battery.

Key Features:

High-Res Screen
Peer-to-Peer data share
Bluetooth 4.0
Barometric Altimeter
HighRes Mapping
Map Card included
Rechargeable battery
Toggleable Mapping
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The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:11 am

The Anker 40W 5 port USB charger arrived this week. I ordered it from a HK eBayer who offered a reasonable price and free postage. At $45 it was still more expensive than the Amazon store but the point is moot since Amazon won't ship here.

Of course, it came with a HK power cord but I'd anticipated that and have plenty of cords so no problem.

The Anker looks like a quality unit, and is quite compact - roughly the size of two iPhone chargers. I wasted no time putting it to the test, with an iPad Mini, iPhone, Magellan Cyclo, Shimano Sports Cam and Sony RX100 digital camera all connected and charged in good time.

Exactly what I wanted it for, so I'm delighted. I need carry only one charger on tour and can charge all my devices at the same time.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:16 am

RonK wrote:The Anker 40W 5 port USB charger arrived this week. I ordered it from a HK eBayer who offered a reasonable price and free postage. At $45 it was still more expensive than the Amazon store but the point is moot since Amazon won't ship here.


Good news. Do you have the seller's details?

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:39 pm

Aushiker wrote:
RonK wrote:The Anker 40W 5 port USB charger arrived this week. I ordered it from a HK eBayer who offered a reasonable price and free postage. At $45 it was still more expensive than the Amazon store but the point is moot since Amazon won't ship here.


Good news. Do you have the seller's details?

The store is King Power Accessories. Plenty more in stock
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Baalzamon » Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:03 pm

Nice device, does it pass Australian standards?
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:06 pm

RonK wrote:The store is King Power Accessories. Plenty more in stock


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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Aushiker » Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:06 pm

Baalzamon wrote:Nice device, does it pass Australian standards?


The power lead used is Australian, i.e., insulated.

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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:31 pm

Baalzamon wrote:Nice device, does it pass Australian standards?

???

Are you serious?
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby Baalzamon » Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:08 pm

Given what has happened to people with non genuine charging devices I am. Death from electrocutionis pretty serious.
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Re: The new and interesting gear thread...

Postby RonK » Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:14 pm

You may be interested in another new product from Anker. Anker 2nd Gen Astro Pro2 20000mAh Quad-Port External Battery with PowerIQ™ Technology.

This is going to be my backup battery - just need to find a retailer. Once again, Amazon desn't ship here. Available on eBay for around $130 inc. shipping but will no doubt come down.

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