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How to Improve GoPro Hero 5MP Wide Audio

March 21st, 2010 [print] No comments

GoPro has improved the audio on their latest HD version of this camera, but most people still use the standard-def version I have here.  The video is decent quality for the price, but the audio is definitely a sore spot for everyone.

Although GoPro added an external audio jack to the HD version, your only option for the normal camera is the lousy built-in mic on top of the camera itself.  Of course, most people use the camera inside its water-proof case, making audio an even bigger issue for two reasons:  camera vibration inside the case, and the inability to pick up a decent level of sound from outside the case.  Recently, I discovered a work-around on that I thought I’d share here.

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How to Improve Rim Brakes

July 9th, 2008 [print] No comments

Yeah, I know, disc brakes are pretty much the thing to have nowadays for mountain bikes, but they’re still not the standard.  Even today, the majority of bikes are sold with rim brakes, although discs do seem to be closing the gap as prices drop.  Still, that doesn’t mean you have to put up with crappy braking, and with a few simple steps, good quality v-brakes can easily brake as well as discs under most circumstances.

The first thing you need to do is clean your rims, since this is half of the overall braking system (the other half being the pads).  Take a close look at your rims, and you’ll likely see a lot of residue from your brake pads and whatever else you’ve ridden through lately.

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Polished Crankset

June 26th, 2008 [print] 4 comments

I was inspired to do this project after seeing RL Policar’s How To Bling Your Bike For Less Than $5.00 post on last week.

I had recently bought a used Shimano FC-M510 crankset off eBay for my wife’s bike, as a replacement for her Shimano Tourney crankset.  She likes the Tourney because of its integrated chainguard, but it’s always bugged me that the chainrings are riveted on, as opposed to bolted.  Once riveted chainrings wear out, the entire crankset is useless, since the rings can’t be replaced.  It was also a bit on the heavy side which, for someone like me, is downright blasphemous.

Not wanting to spend a lot of money, I ordered a used crankset from eBay.  While waiting for it to arrive, I found the above mentioned article and decided I’d give it a try.

The crankset arrived very scratched up, just as I had expected, but in perfect condition otherwise (unfortunately, the picture doesn’t do the paint damage justice, as it was far worse in person than it looks).  Also, a couple teeth on the large chainring looked as though they had a bite taken out of them by a piece of concrete, but this won’t matter once I’m done (you’ll see why).

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Water Bottle Kit

June 22nd, 2008 [print] No comments

I typically use a CamelBak to carry my tools and water along on rides, but for shorter rides, it isn’t always neccessary.  However, I hate strapping a seat bag onto my bike because it’s too time consuming messing with the straps, and seatbags are usually wedge-shaped, so cramming everything inside can be difficult.

So, for a short evening or morning ride where you may need just a few essentials, and especially if you have multiple bikes and never know which one you may take with you, I thought I’d pass along this tip.

This first thing you need is a spare water bottle, preferably with a large opening; a 24oz. size works just fine.

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Padded Bar Ends

March 15th, 2008 [print] No comments

Lately, my bar ends have been causing my hands to go numb.  My extremely rigid aluminum fork is probably to blame since it doesn’t dampen vibration like my old SID fork did.  Since there are no decent grips on the market for bar ends (other than some slip-on types made of neoprene), I decided to make my own.

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Polylube the Mute Button

March 9th, 2008 [print] No comments

One of the most important things to own for your bike is Park Tool’s Polylube.  Buy it in the tube and it’ll last for years.

With that out of the way, this is my story:

On both of my rides last weekend, I kept hearing a creaking/popping noise with every pedal stroke.  My bike is usually pretty quiet, so this was annoying the crap out of me.  I finally discovered the sound went away when I stood to pedal, which gave me an idea as to what it could be.

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Brake Locks

May 12th, 2007 [print] 2 comments

I saw this tip in Mountain Bike Action magazine awhile back and I thought I’d share it:

If you have an old innertube laying around, cut off a small strip of it and slide it over your handlebar to rest on your grip, or somewhere else out of the way (pic 1).  Then when you’re leaning the bike against something and wanting it to stay put, stretch it over to the brake lever to keep contant tension on it so the bike won’t roll away (pic 2).  I tried it the other day when I was re-assembling my wife’s bike and found it worked really great.  It’ll also keep your wheels from spinning in the wind when it’s on your car’s bike rack.

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