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    I just put a new set of Gatorskins on my road bike. On my old set I'd run up 4000 miles...and no flats! But the contact surface on the old set was completely flat - all the round was worn off the tires, so I figured it was only a matter of time.

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    upgraded my tool storage from a smaller Stanley box. Lowes had a deal on a nice multi piece box with a handle and rollers... Now to buy MORE TOOLS!!!

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    My latest bike purchase was a battery for my Garmin Edge 500. Replacing the battery required
    • Acquisition not only of the battery but several specialized tools. (Even Strosniders does not sell anything as small as a Tor-X 5 screwdriver!)
    • Finding instructions online. (They are not included in the Edge 500 manual.)
    • Refinding the instructions, after the forum on which I originally found them had a glitch that caused it to reject ALL visitors as spam. (For anyone else that needs them, the Google cache of the forum post is here.)
    • Accepting that I will no longer have use of the speaker, because attaching the battery to that requires either a soldering iron or a hot glue gun.

    I am alternating between being unreasonably proud of having managed this, and ticked with Garmin for making such a simple repair nearly impossible.
    Last edited by cvcalhoun; 01-27-2015 at 02:11 AM. Reason: I should have mentioned that the repair disables the speaker, unless you have tools that I don't have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    My latest bike purchase was a battery for my Garmin Edge 500. Replacing the battery required
    • Acquisition not only of the battery but several specialized tools. (Even Strosniders does not sell anything as small as a Tor-X 5 screwdriver!)
    • Finding instructions online. (They are not included in the Edge 500 manual.)
    • Refinding the instructions, after the forum on which I originally found them had a glitch that caused it to reject ALL visitors as spam. (For anyone else that needs them, the Google cache of the forum post is here.

    I am alternating between being unreasonably proud of having managed this, and ticked with Garmin for making such a simple repair nearly impossible.
    Hey, I'm wondering if my battery is going, too. I've noticed that the display gets faint sometimes, but then it comes back. Was that an early symptom for you? It has not had any problems with recording or syncing; just the display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Hey, I'm wondering if my battery is going, too. I've noticed that the display gets faint sometimes, but then it comes back. Was that an early symptom for you? It has not had any problems with recording or syncing; just the display.
    No, I didn't have that issue. The problem for me was that the charge, which used to last 12 hours or more, was running out after only 2-3 hours. I was ending up having to turn it off any time I stopped the bike, and still having it run out before I'd finished some of my rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    ticked with Garmin for making such a simple repair nearly impossible.
    Probably hired a bunch of ex-Apple designers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Probably hired a bunch of ex-Apple designers...
    Yep, my friend who replaced a battery in an iPhone said the process was similar. The one difference is that the Garmin battery replacement requires a soldering iron, or at least a hot glue gun, if you want to keep the speakers operational. I have neither. A friend offered the use of her soldering iron, but given the difficulty of taking the whole thing apart, and the fact I have no idea how to use a soldering iron, I'm just going to see how much the lack of a speaker drives me nuts before deciding whether to take her up on her offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starduster View Post
    Christmas has arrived. My wife now has a Breezer Uptown EX-LS, fresh from Papillon Cycles. Just the type of bike she wanted all along. The old bike just didn't have that personality. *It* (the Schwinn Essence in the Click image for larger version. 

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    Now, my original intent was one with a dynohub. That didn't happen, but I have a Euro lighting solution soon. After I've run my mouth for so long, I *should* practice what I preach, non?
    Putting my money where my mouth is- Busch+Muller Ixon Core headlight and a Busch+Muller Toplight Flat S Permanent, which fits the rack perfectly.

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    An on-the-road image is available here, at http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/headlights.asp, or http://www.bumm.de/innovation-origin...einwerfer.html. Light on your path of travel without having to *cover your light* to keep from blinding your fellow riders. My point all along.
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    Finally pulled the trigger. This is going to look sooooo nice paired with the Omniums on my MASH.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Finally pulled the trigger. This is going to look sooooo nice paired with the Omniums on my MASH.

    I hope you have better luck than @Dirt or myself had with those BBs. I was thinking this was going to be the best long-term solution, but mine was completely destroyed after 9k miles, which included complete regressing (using their $70 grease fitting tool!!) every 2-3k miles. And then they were going ti replace it for me, but it had welded itself to my frame during that time (note: use anti-seize! grease is not sufficient if you won't be taking it out and regressing it every few thousand miles) so the threads were destroyed. I threw it in the trash and went back to regular cartridge bearing BBs.

    On the other hand, they do look nice. You could get a red Hope BB or one of those fancy Enduro cartridge bearing BBs, which also come in red. I have no idea why CK thought that cartridge bearings were a bad idea...

    And of course, you are welcome to borrow (or probably have) my grease port tool for that CK BB should you decide to keep it.

    I think Dirt's experiences with those was worse than mine.

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