Just got in the Blaze Laserlight that I bought off kickstarter a while ago.
The packaging is very nice, complementing the premium nature of this product.
This is really the prettiest bike light I have ever seen.
Warning stickers galore. Thankfully they peel off very cleanly.
A size comparison with the Planet Bike Blaze Micro
The beam pattern of the Laserlight LED lamp (to the right) is broader than the Planet Bike Blaze micro. The PB Blaze micro has a brighter hot spot in the centre. Of course the PB light doesn’t have the cool outline of a bike in the middle
You can see that the green bike is still clearly visible under bright streetlight illumination. All these shots were taken with the light as delivered, and not fully charged.
Here is what the Laserlight looks like while it is charging.
Can’t wait to give it a road test!
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Nothing like a fresh coat of snow to slow things down a little in the city.
Side streets aren’t plowed for the most part, but the snow isn’t very deep.
The only road hazard is snow pushed onto the roadway off driveways. This is against a city bylaw, but I don’t think it has ever been enforced.
It’s peaceful riding on a day like today. Just leave a little extra time, as suggested by bike sage Kent Peterson, and everything will be groovy.
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Dropped by the bike shop today to see what was going on. The molds for the body are being machined, and people were working on other aspects of the design. The team is making separate bikes for ASME and Battle Mountain this year. The one thing that was decided tonight is that the ASME bike will be called “Valkyrie”.
Pretty much everyone in the room was far too young to have seen Apocalypse Now. I have fond memories of seeing the Toronto premiere at the University Theatre on Bloor as a student, with a version that didn’t have final credits (that were handed out on programmes), and was allegedly a little different from the versions being screened in LA and NY.
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Felt good to be back in the saddle this morning. -21°C on the way in. I wimped out and dressed for full on winter, adding a pile vest to my usual wool T shirt and jersey under the windshell, as well as my winter bike pants from Montbell. Also had ski gloves as I was riding the Xtracycle which does not have the Handlebar Booties.
Turns out with the sun and next to no wind, I was overheating by the time I got to the office. Nicer out than you would think for a bike ride.
I won’t be logging as much commuting as usual this winter as I am on partial leave from work.
As has been noted by others, the contraflow lane markings on Shaw St have faded away to nothing.
My understanding is that the yellow lines didn’t use the standard paint and were only meant to be temporary, and more durable markings will be done this spring. My guess is that they put down temporary markings because of how late in the year they were applied. It was already south of 10°C when they were done.
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You might have heard that the cold weather in eastern Canada and the US has been causing all kinds of travel chaos. Our flight back to TO was cancelled late Monday, and after spending a good deal of today at the airport, we are finally told that our alternate flight was cancelled again. Air Canada is not exactly covering themselves in glory; just before the gate agent announced that our flight was cancelled, and that we were on our own in terms of making hotel and alternate travelling arrangements, he called the Orlando Police because he felt threatened by an elderly woman who was understandably upset.
Bike content: these are the stylin’ bikes that the airport police rode up on.
Here is the atrium of the Orlando Airport Hyatt. Very nice but now we are switching to somewhere a little cheaper….
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Yesterday was my last commute this year, making a total of 218.5 for 2013, which is a bit below my 2012 and 2011 totals. This is probably because I had to travel a bit more than usual for work.
I also started tracking my rides using Cyclemeter, starting in March. Now I can look back at my non-commuting rides as well.
My stats look as follows:
- 552 total rides (with a commute counting as two rides)
- a total distance of 4166 km
- average speed of 18 kph
- top speed of 50 kph (highly suspect: the speedometer feature doesn’t seem to be very reliable)
I can also break rides down by type:
- to and from work, about 180 round trips since March
- errands: 168
- family rides: 25
- other: 22
or by bike:
- Rock Lobster: 326
- Xtracycle: 120, my champion grocery getter.
- Sub Zero: 39, only since November
- Tikit: 34, acquired in April, and about half the mileage was logged on two trips to California.
- PBW: 19, replaced by the Tikit and now for sale
- Aiolos Speedlite: 7
- Dahon Speed Uno: 5, this bike is stashed in Vancouver
- Family Tandem: 3, this only counts the times I was captain. Usually my wife is toting one of the kids on the back on this bike.
It’s fun to have all these stats. At the same time, I have a couple of niggles about the app itself
- the voice prompt when I start or stop timing is very loud, regardless of the volume setting on the phone or the mute setting
- the speed measurements are not very accurate, in particular the top speed. I’ve not had great luck with GPS speed readings in general, particularly for my style of riding which is mainly stop/start commuting in the city
- there is no useful way of exporting the maps of any of my rides
- I was not able to get my phone to link to a Garmin heart monitor strap.
Nevertheless, the app was worth the price I paid, and I will continue to use it.
Bike highlights of the year include:
I don’t expect my 2014 mileage totals to set any records since I will be on partial leave from work, but maybe that will leave me a little more time for longer rides!
Have a great 2014, and ride safe!
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Today is going to be my last commute of the year, since I am pretty sure I am not coming into the office the following two days! It was a comparatively balmy 3°C on the way in.
Just a short post-Xmas update on the Sub Zero. I’ve been liking it a lot. The upright riding position is well suited to dealing with snow (the swept back Velo Orange Left Bank handlebars help). Moreover, this bike is the easiest of my entire fleet to ride no hands.
The Handlebar Booties add at least 10°C to the warmth of my hands.
My daughters got me two perfect accessories for the bike for Christmas: a seat bag that now holds a spare tube plus the battery pack for a Bike Glow light
and a bar end bell. Not the loudest bell on the market, but I can still use it with the Handlebar Booties that cover my regular bell.
Just a couple of other notes. One thing is that this bike was advertised as having all stainless hardware, but clearly the fender struts are not. I also have some doubts about the powercoated steel fenders.
The second thing is the vestigial rear mudflap, which is in a zone where I do not want to be.
I’ll add a flap to this, and also a mudflap for the front as well.
Finally, I am still searching for a viable way of mounting a kickstand to this puppy.
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