I’ve decided to switch phone companies as I was with Telus and just bought a new Iphone and Rogers is the only company that provides a phone deal. I think I have enough minutes at 450 and 500 Mb data coverage with all the other little stuff. It’s always strange having a number for so long then changing it. I have to think of everyone that I have to contact now.
Soho Computers in Victoria now has a clearance section on their web page and has some dandy prices on laptops that aren’t brand brand new but otherwise exactly as new. Go look at http://sohoservices.com/?p=522 to go directly to the “clearance” section or just to sohoservices.com to check out their website.
I managed to strip the threads of my old bar ends. They were the standard bar ends that were slightly curved plain bars that attached on the end of the handlebars and allowed a rider to hold on to them while doing a standing climb up a hill. Problem is that it generally took you out of optimum position by having you move your hands up or forward away from the handlebar. This meant that my back was in a bad position, my wrist were bent incorrectly tiring my arms, back and my weight over the down stroke of the pedal was in efficient.
Anyhoo, I went looking for a new one and found these ones. These new ones are great as my wrists are in a good position and keeps my weight well over the pedals as well as the grips are contoured to my hands. My back is happier too as I’m not reaching as much anymore, as I was with my old bars. They are $20 or so but come strongly recommended.
I’ve just installed some 7″ disc brakes. I had a thought that maybe I would like to get the hydraulic brakes, that uses hydraulic pressure as opposed to cables, but opted to get the Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes and would recommend them to anyone. They are very efficient brakes in the dry or wet weather.
One recommendation from the bike dealer was the importance of keeping the discs clean. Often things like grease and oil can get on the disc and get on the brake pad and it can be very difficult to clean. So each ride I wipe down my brake disc when I get home. It takes two seconds (margin of error of 1 minute) with a clean cloth and some plain-jane Isopropyl alcohol.