Made it to work on the bike

Made it to work on the bike without dying. Helmet also fits in my backpack. Great success!

Dreading the ride home though. Bloody hill.


Finally fused

Finally got an inline fuse on my auxiliary electrical stuff. For a long time, the kit has just been protected by the fuse box but if the main power feed were to be shorted, bad things would happen. Until now.

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Sadly I haven't come up with a proper way of fixing the fuse box in place. It is just pinned in place with the box lid. Works well enough, not like it has any place to move to.

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Only 2 of the relay bases are populated. Room for expansion.

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Much cleaner than the corrugated sleeving that I had running about the place.


Bodged!

Well that was relatively easy. Found a bit of wire in my parts crate and soldered it in. Wonder how long before the other traces fail.

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If its not one thing, its another...

Last week one of my sidelights stopped working. Corrosion ate it. That was replaced this morning but the side light indicator light on the dashboard wasn't working. Investigative surgery showed why.

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More corrosion. The joys.


We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers

"We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocation of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things."

-- Elric, Babylon 5 Series 2 Episode 3: The Geometry of Shadows


Going to Gencon!

Gonna see all my Illinois buddies and nerd out at a tabletop gaming convention.



Rear light bodging

I have a bike. I don't use it. This needs to change.

Problem was, my commute is mostly during the evening and in winter, this is in the dark. So, for legal and safety reasons, I haven't commuted under my own power for a while. Now, I can.

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I wanted a rear light that used AA batteries so I can standardise on them for all of my kit. I will be migrating to rechargable ones shortly, once my current stash of AA batteries runs out.

The problem with this light is there is no real attachment point for it. There are some mouldings on the inside to hold bolts in place but nothing else.

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However, the existing reflector on the bike has some sort of bracket holding it on. Wheels began to turn and ideas were formulated.

IMG_20140124_103738IMG_20140124_103930IMG_20140124_104138Drilling commenced.

IMG_20140124_104900IMG_20140124_104917IMG_20140124_105314Job done.

IMG_20140124_105718IMG_20140124_105732I can now cycle to and from work with less excuse for drivers to hit me. Whether or not they will pay attention is another matter.