Sunday, August 26, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Electric upgrade vs Electric native

I came across this little rascal chained at Reverse Garbage -- an electric upgrade kit strapped to what looks like a very modest mountain bike.

Once upon a time I was into this sort of thing. My experiment was with an underpowered electric scooter from Toys-R-Us, eh the error. But when I started cycling to work on a daily basis, I simply got my bike legs.

Glow Worm Bikes, around the corner from Reverse Garbage sells these types of power assisted bikes and kits (I suspect but did not look too much into it). And they are not shy about their asking prices -- thousands of dollars. So the value order goes something like: electric bike, modest used car, regular bike, my single speed.

I would like to witness first hand the electrics in China. It is said that they are everywhere. There must be a lower barrier to entry. One would further imagine that the Chinese would rather upgrade to cars rather than electric mopeds if the costs are similar.

The thing with Aussie is that we have a 200W motor restriction (as used in larger children's scooters), so well made electric mopeds are effectively forbidden by the grand unified wisdom of our government, hence the view on the ground is different when in comes to these types of vehicles. That is not to say that I have not seen some cool hardware in Sydney, but that's another matter.

Here is 2 dudes that I snapped in NY during my travels. These are quite different in therms of speed, range and utility compared to the example above.

I wish I could remember where I found this tandem electric, but I figure that it was around Marrickville because it looks like a Glow Worm.

And then there are these rare mid mounted motors. I found this example one on Illawarra Road in front of Banana Joes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ASUS Nexus 7

REVISION :: 2012 12 01
A few weeks later there was an accident. So I had to order another one, this time from Kogan, the 8gb version for less money, which is kinda good!

Thu 15 Nov 2012
Received Android 4.2 upgrade

REVISION 16 Sep 2014 :: 

As time went on there were other android upgrades over the air. The last one was 4.4 point something.

Yesterday I managed to crack the screen, while the tablet was in my bag. The crack was half way across the screen. Consequently the upper half had become unresponsive to touch commands. Today I also noticed that the touchscreen was getting a muddled phantom signal, with a few icons jumping around. I used the Android Device Manager remote erase feature to format the machine, then proceed to destroy it by smashing the screen and removing the battery to make it unusable in any case, just as a security precaution.

2012 08 15 to 2014 09 16

On the upside, I am happy to be back to only 2 devices, this tablet had become quite sluggish over time. Two years was a good run.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Reid Griffon NEW BIKE

I am up to my second new bike for 2012. This time it is the Reid Griffon -- single speed.

This acquisition is a recovery from the Condor that was liberated from the front of the house. I do concede that one should always lock one's bike, and not just leaving it based on wishful thinking.

Anyway, this is my first single speed bike since when I was a kid, and I love it! My initial concern was that the gearing would not let me get up any hills, but that myth was soon busted. It goes up and down all streets just fine, with the exception of a few steep ramps and other outliers. In practice, the single speed performs just fine all around Sydney and the greater metro. But if you want a fast road bike then, well, this is not for you.

With minimalism sensibilities I had to remove most of the original reflectors, stickers, and bell.

That's Peter, doing a test drive

So yes as a matter of fact my current bike is a single speed --  Reid Griffon. I had my first single speed when I was 6, so at 40 it has been a while.

There is not much to say about it other than I love it. I think Reid Cycles are more like a public service than a business model, as I got the Griffon for 199AUD, which is quite modest in the context for a new fun bike.

I had to do some adjustments:

1) uninstalled wheel and front and back reflectors
2) installed ebay frog lights on the hubs
3) uninstalled excessive branding stickers off the frame
4) oddly, I had to tighten the tension on some of the spokes after figuring out the cause of some clicking noises coming from one of the wheels -- tune it like a string instrument, by sound by plucking it, and adjusting it with some pliers
5) installed a laminated business card in the spokes for shameless self promotion, but who doesn't?