The best photos of the new wheels I could manage #cycling

No day light and free time to take decent photos, so a dark and gloomy shed is what I have…

This first one didn’t come out right, but I like it so I included it 20121123-215744.jpg

The full bike
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The rear
Rigida Grizzly 26″ (559) MTB Rim – Black – 32 Hole with silver Sapim Race spokes
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The front
Supernova-Mavic MTB Front Wheel Infinity S – XM 719 Hub Dynamo Center Lock/Canti

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The new light
Busch + Müller Lumotec IQ Fly RT Senso Plus LED Front Light with DRL 174QRTSNDI.
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I am very pleased to be back on Bluebell as the Nexus bike is plain awful, though it did OK as a replacement, so I shouldn’t knock it too much.

In summary, I’m happy with everything but I did want a bit more output from the Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Fly RT Senso Plus.

Let me go into a but more detail…

Good points:

It is really nice is having a sharp rear brake, before it had to be fairly loose otherwise the wonky rear wheel would rub.

The front hub was like a clunky piece of crap in my hands, but when clamped into the forks the rotation is smoother, not completely smooth, there is noticeable resistance, but only when spining it on the maintenance stand, on the road I don’t notice a thing.

There are three positions on the Fly RT, so you can dip it down when you need more light closer to the bike e.g. bad weather. I really like this feature.

The standlight on the Fly RT is the two bottom DRL (Daylight Running Light) LEDs, not that bright, but they last long enough to give confidence and enough light to unlock the side gate and shed.

Disappointments:

A spoke in my old (good) front wheel went ping as it just sat there in my lounge, I assume the spoke had sheared and was holing on by a hairs breadth, bringing it in the warm and changing tensions by deflating and removing the tyre must have pushed it over the edge.

The Fly RT isn’t very impressive, or maybe my Airbike is just more impressive, I was left underwhelmed. I’m sure it’ll be adequate for my needs as that extra spread the Airbike gives is wasted light anyway.

The Fly RT was a bit of a fiddle to fit because the bottom of the Orbit XL II headset on my Thorn Raven Sport Tour got in the way.

The modes on the light aren’t well explained anywhere, so here’s my findings:

0 – Off
T – Tagfahrlicht – DRL LEDs on, main beam slightly less
S – Senso – Automatic, same as T in daylight or night mode in poor light. Night mode is two DRL LEDs and the main beam on full.

I couldn’t see much difference between S and T at night so I probably won’t use the S mode as the DRL add a tiny bit of extra side lighting that I want (even more of).

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