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    ryball's gadget corner: part eleventy

    ...or how I found "the best suspension seatpost ever made in the history of the world" and some other stuff.



    This thread - This is the best suspension seatpost ever made in the history of the world:SR SUNTOUR

    So in my quest to further geek out my commuter, I started researching suspension. I know, I know, suspension on a road bike. Anyway, this seatpost has worked it's way into top five favorite commuting gadgets for my bike.

    SR Suntour SP8-NCX ~$80

    Preload adjustable via an allen key in the bottom of the seatpost.
    50mm travel.
    Available in 27.2 and 26.8
    Weighs a ton (I'll try to get a weight this week)

    I have my set up so that it only activates when I hit a bump. No pedal bob or wiggle in the linkage. It takes out all the road chatter that usually gets transmitted to my bottom. I found myself looking for bumps and seams to run over just to try. I do wish it had rebound dampening, but it's not a big deal unless I hit something HUGE.
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    Oh, last picture is the Velo Orange Wheel Stabilizer. Doesn't do much for me, other than make sure that the front end doesn't swing around and bang into stuff when I have it up on the kickstand.

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    Pletscher double kickstand, Velo Orange leather mudflap, Pake reflective top tube pad. New stuff courtesy of AMEX gift card. Thanks, AMEX gift card!!!

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    Diameter

    Take note that in North America we only stock this product in 27.2mm size.

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    It looks pretty interresting. Do you still have room for a tube/tool bag?
    Hey, nice headlight BTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    It looks pretty interresting. Do you still have room for a tube/tool bag?
    Hey, nice headlight BTW!
    hahahah, thanks. You have a nice headlight, too.

    hmm... I'm not sure I would run a bag on this post unless it was one of those that only attached to the seat rails and not the post.

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    Michelin Protek Max inner tubes

    http://www.bikeradar.com/news/articl...er-tube-29696/



    Michelin also showed off their new Protek Max inner tubes, which use a uniquely bumpy surface and square-shaped cross section that's claimed to be much more resistant to punctures – or more specifically, losing air pressure due to punctures – than standard inner tubes. According to Megavand, the Protek Max's bumpy surface creates a compressive force in the tube wall, in contrast to standard inner tubes where the tube walls are stretched upon inflation.

    This means that small punctures which would typically enlarge with conventional stretched tubes instead tend to self-seal. In addition, the curious square cross-sectional shape is said to ease installation by maintaining the correct orientation when inserted into the tire. Michelin still equip each Protek Max tube with some sealant to finish the job, and they claim a two-fold improvement in air retention relative to other pre-sealed tubes.

    The Protek Max tubes will be offered with either Presta or Schrader valves in two sizes: 700x35-47c (200g) and 26x1.4-2.125in (260g). Suggested retail price is a surprisingly reasonable $8.99.
    Looks interesting from a commuting aspect, though I haven't had a flat in years.

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    Stemcaptain

    Might have to pick one of these up. Kinda cool.

    http://www.stemcaptain.com/


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    *flamesuit...

    A'ME heated bar tape

    *runs

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    Pump Tire

    Self-inflating tire. An interesting idea, but they need to make it work universally, not just on their proprietary tires.

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    Any rattle on the kickstand? How well does it work with loaded panniers? In that case, does the front wheel raise?

    Any more feedback on the seatpost?

    I'm also curious about the steering stabilizer -- any additional observations?

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    No rattle at all.

    Works GREAT with loaded panniers.

    Front wheel does raise when loaded, but if you cut the kickstand down, you could theoretically get it really low.

    LOVE the seatpost. Took a while to get it dialed, but it's perfect now. Takes the edge off and doesn't effect pedaling at all.

    The spring is just to keep the wheel from swinging around when it is up in the air. Doesn't do anything to stabilize. It is too weak of a spring.

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    A'me heated bar tape. Oh my dear Lord. Sign me up.

    Edit: and Stemcaptain makes a thermometer version!! I need one! That and heated bar tape and I'd be ready for winter.
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    I`d go for the clock on the cap thing if I didn`t have quill stems on my bikes. The first one I saw was in the pictures of your commuters thread this spring- sweet!

    Ryball, it seems to me you were doing serious research into short travel road bike suspension forks. I don`t suppose you ever found anything still actually available along those lines, did you? I`m surprised that hasn`t developed into a thriving little niche.

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    As a matter of fact, I did.

    There are a lot of short travel forks that are made for city bikes. They all weighed a ton.

    There are two that were lighter.

    RST Single Shock M7-T - RST

    SR Suntour Swingschock - SR SUNTOUR Cycling

    The press for the suntour initially hinted at a fender that never materialized. So to retain fender mounts and light weight it came down to the RST. The best place to find these are on fleabay.

    I eventually gave up on the idea because I wanted something with clearance for larger tires and could never get a confirmation on what size would fit with fenders.

    Maybe one day I'll pick the idea back up again.

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    The RST you linked looks like only 950g for the lightest version- not bad at all, IMO. They look fairly nice, too. But they say disc brake or canti, with no mention of sidepull and I can`t see if it has a brake hole, also no AC listed. That makes me wonder if they`re for 26 inch wheels. Also, no MSRP, but they do list QBP as the US distributor, so I assume they must be available.

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    475mm a2c and it is designed for 700c. There is a brake hole, but I am not sure on the distance. Looks like it would work, though.

    Here is the thread I made for the suspension forks.

    Possibly a horrible idea...

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    I wonder how an old Fuel or Salsa Caballero would work out with drop bars. Considered doing anything like that? Or a Scalpel, maybe?

    Back to suspension forks, the one I really dig is called the German A Kilo, (which for some reason weighs in at slightly over a half kilo). Unfortunately, the only way I know of to get one is to buy a whole Dahon Jetstream, which isn`t cheap . Also, it`s for a 406 wheel.

    German A Kilo 2.0 Fork | Dahon Global

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    ~$1100 - $1800

    German Answer

    2.4 - 3lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryball View Post
    ...or how I found "the best suspension seatpost ever made in the history of the world" and some other stuff.



    This thread - This is the best suspension seatpost ever made in the history of the world:SR SUNTOUR

    So in my quest to further geek out my commuter, I started researching suspension. I know, I know, suspension on a road bike. Anyway, this seatpost has worked it's way into top five favorite commuting gadgets for my bike.

    SR Suntour SP8-NCX ~$80

    Preload adjustable via an allen key in the bottom of the seatpost.
    50mm travel.
    Available in 27.2 and 26.8
    Weighs a ton (I'll try to get a weight this week)

    I have my set up so that it only activates when I hit a bump. No pedal bob or wiggle in the linkage. It takes out all the road chatter that usually gets transmitted to my bottom. I found myself looking for bumps and seams to run over just to try. I do wish it had rebound dampening, but it's not a big deal unless I hit something HUGE.
    Where'd you get the barrel adjusters in that location from?

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    Came with the bike, but you can get them anywhere.

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    Thanks for the answers to my previous questions.

    Does the steering stabilizer rattle at all? I think I need to get one of those. I'm tired of having my front wheel flop around on me while I'm trying to work on the bike or lock it up, and I've already got some scratches on my new frame from the brake levers hitting the top tube when the wheels swings around.

    Also, partially because of this thread, I'm considering a Thudbuster ST. I imagine it being a worthwhile upgrade to my commuter/tourer.

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    Stabilizer does not rattle at all. It is a VERY weak spring, though so don't go in thinking it is going to do all that much. Just want you to understand that before you go buying it. It works, but barely. I still love it.

    Look at the spring thickness at the bottom of the picture.

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    Can you stretch it out and mount the part on the downtube further down? This should tighten it up a bit, yes?
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    If you look at the bottom of the picture, there is an adjustment knob, but it will only do so much even if you mount it further out. You can stretch out the spring all you want, but in the end, it is not a super strong spring.

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    That steering stabilizer would probably work for keeping the wheel in check on the stand or leaning against the wall. If you want a real steering stabilizer with a ton of adjustability it is hard to beat the Hopey Damper
    Hopey.org

    ESI has been threatening to put out a stabilizer for a while now, but nothing yet.
    ESI's Steering Stabilizer SX
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    I heart Hopey. Have one on my mountain bike.

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    I had a Scotts stabalizer on my KTM. Might be a little much for the MTB
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I had a Scotts stabalizer on my KTM. Might be a little much for the MTB
    The Hopey is basically a Scott's for a MTB.

    Mostly DH guys use them, but I love mine for long enduro stuff. Less bar minding when you're really tired and it allows me to more easily take a hand off the bar to eat and drink in rough terrain.
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    Any other steering dampers out there? That Hopey is f'in expensive!

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    Worth.

    Every.

    Penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Any other steering dampers out there? That Hopey is f'in expensive!
    Keep an eye on the classifieds and eBay, you can usually snag one for $100-$150 off MSRP with enough patience. They are nice and well-built, you can appreciate the price when you can play with them a bit.
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    I got mine on fleabay.

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    And now for ryball's "something I could have used last week for my wife"

    One sensor mounts to your stuff, one to your garage. An alarm sounds if you get too close to remind you that you have something on the rack so you don't destroy your bike, your rack, and do $4000 worth of damage to the roof of your car.

    Don't Get Racked - HeadsUp Systems



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    Let's see the carnage of what your wife did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Let's see the carnage of what your wife did!
    Haven't been able to bring myself to take pictures, yet.

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    Yikes, Ryball, sorry to hear about that. Whatever that gadget costs, it definitely would have paid for itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    I'm tired of having my front wheel flop around on me while I'm trying to work on the bike...
    Got an old toe strap? wrap around the wheel and downtube to prevent the wheel from moving around. I usually keep a pair of old toe straps hanging on the repair stand for this purpose.
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    Cordless dyno!

    Hey, Mr Gadget- whaddaya think about this?
    Schmidt's SONdelux SL
    I think I`m in love! As soon as I convince my wife to dump me, I`m ordering a new setup.

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    OOH, that is cooooool...

    No wires? NICE!!! Electrically conductive fork dropouts? SUHWEET!!! Special fork? ...hmm...

    Though I think my next dynamo hub will be this tiny little beastie:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug View Post
    ESI has been threatening to put out a stabilizer for a while now, but nothing yet.
    ESI's Steering Stabilizer SX
    Finally found a pic on our own Sea Otter section.


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    >"No wires? NICE!!! Electrically conductive fork dropouts? SUHWEET!!! Special fork? ...hmm..."
    Yeah, the price of the hub makes it tough for a married guy. Adding in the fork pretty much relegates it the domain of bachelors . Strange that their off the shelf fork is available for 26 (my preference anyway) and not 700.

    >"Though I think my next dynamo hub will be this tiny little beastie:"
    Hmmm... looks like two options, one with a method to disengage the magnets and serviceable bearings? Cool! And the other option at ~400g, down there with the SON weights. But no word on prices and I don`t see anybody selling them. Are they on the market?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryball View Post
    Finally found a pic on our own Sea Otter section.

    That's pretty cool looking, it could use a more dedicated mount though!
    After reading through this thread I'm curious to see what kind of toys I've missed out on being away from the biking scene for so long.

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    I just built up a bike with a Shimano dynamo hub wheel. With a planet Bike Generator light. Worked out well. But...i may be giving the whole bike to the ol boy.

    So...Im contemplating my next bike build and I still want a 'battery free' light set up. And im thinking of something a little higher end. So to answer your question Rodar, these guys may be an option...

    Dynamos (Hub & Bottle)

    They are also available from the Supernova website direct...

    Supernova Shop

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    Practical Cyclist lists them as "Comming soon". I guess the Supernova store actually has them ready to ship? Any rate, I`m just window shopping and not really going to be replacing my Shimanos any time soon, so it`s pretty much a moot point for me. Good luck with you uncomming build, though. What are you thinking about for lights? If you`re serious about committing that kind of budget for the hubs, I`ve no doubt I`ll be envious of your whole system.

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    Yeah I too was window shopping, until the ol boy suddenly had an interest in my just built bike.

    Now its all of a sudden become a 'must do'. Well not really a MUST, more of a want. Im tired of fart assing around with batteries and running out of light on the way home. It doesn't happen very often but its a pain when it does.

    It won't be cheap thats for sure. Ideally I want a racier/lighter wheel than what my Shimano factory built wheel was. The Shimano wheel is fine, works well, but once on the bike it does look just a little bulky. These new hubs from Supernova are far more compact and would look real sweet with the right rim.

    Its either that built into a high performance rim. Or, a Schmidt SON. Peter White cycles now has a wire free fork available to work with the Schmidt hub. I did notice that sorting out the wiring set up gets a little fiddly. No wires would really clean things up and would make puncture repairs or wheel changes alot simpler.

    I would also like to build the wheel up using CX Ray spokes. Just to finish it off. Wether this idea actually eventuates I dont know. Custom builds really add up to be quite costly. When a standard Shimano wheel will do the job. What makes the decision even harder is that you can find Shimano dynohub wheels on special for $75 Euro. Its pretty hard to compete with such value.

    Steve

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    nvm
    Last edited by ryball; 12-14-2011 at 12:06 PM.

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    After a year, I am digging this thread back up for this:

    <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2008278958/orp-smart-horn-smorn/widget/video.html" frameborder="0"> </iframe>

    Website:
    Orp | The world's first SmartHorn

    Kickstarter:
    Orp Smart Horn {Smorn} by Tory Orzeck &mdash; Kickstarter

    PLEASE HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!! I am already in.

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    The other thing that has happened in the last year that I want SO HARD:

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51042117?badge=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/51042117">Revolights™. Now landed.</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user7808296">revolights</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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