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Rideagain

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USA
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South East
Frogg Toggs rain gear.
Originally for motorcycle but they now cover just about everything.
I stumbled on to these at a motorcycle shop because my cheap plastic ones shredded at the first freeway use.
I can't remember when I bought these but I use them everywhere.
They claim to be breathable and waterproof. Not exactly true but maybe the new ones are. I only use the jacket to ride my MTB and E-Bike.
 
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Jeremy McCreary

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USA
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Carlsbad, CA
Wasn’t sure about which vinyl, plastic or poly tape? I see an inexpensive 3M clear paint protection vinyl film for under $10, but then “helicopter tape” for $30-40?
Maybe the manufacturing standards are higher when you're taping helicopters together?

If this is how they maintain helicopters these days, I think I'll be staying out of them.
 

6zfshdb

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USA
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Northeast Pennsylvania
I have several sets of panniers I've acquired over the years, but they won't attach to the thicker tubing used on the rear racks of many e-bikes. Faced with the prospect of spending $$$ on new panniers, I began looking at other ideas. There are rack adapters out there but they can be pricey and are difficult to fit on some bikes. Replacing the rear rack in my case is out of the question since the racks on my bikes are integral to the frame.

Instead, I made up this simple auxiliary rail using smaller 1/2" aluminum tubing which my panniers will fit. I attached the tubing to the bike frame using these insulated cable clamps:

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The clamps are rubber lined and won't mar the bike's paint.

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For a finished look, I added these end plugs:

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I've been using these pannier rail adapters for 5 years now and they've held up perfectly.

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It's a very simple DIY project requiring just a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. It took around a half hour to install. All the parts are readily available in most home improvement stores and cost less than $20. Far cheaper than a new rack, rack adapter or new panniers.
 

fooferdoggie

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well you cant beat the price of this one. a worn out grip works great for a 20oz co2 sleeve. this was the first use of the portland works shiny object inflator. it works great no leaks it was so quiet I did not know it was working till I overfilled the tire. the knob ides not get too cold to handle either. for the 240z size I take the plastic liner out.

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tomjasz

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USA
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Minnesnowta
I NEVER buy compulsively. More often than not a deeper search and patience can save unbelievable dollars. Often Amazon fulfillment products are a good example. The first hit can be 10 to 50% higher. Buyer beware. A fool and his money are soon parted. Last year I bought $350 BBS01B mid drives for $125. Patience pays back in spades.
 

ruffruff

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I assume this thread also applies to products that aren't specifically designed for bike use but can be repurposed.

I carry my bikes in the open bed of a pickup truck and the handlebar accessories take a beating on the highway from wind, rain & airborne debris. Over the years, I've tried various handlebar protectors, some cheap and some not so much. None have lasted more than a few trips before the wind tears them up.

A few years back, I came across these arm protector sleeves


At $11/pair, they are the least expensive protectors I've tried that actually stand the test of time. After 5 years and over 5000 miles, they show no signs of deterioration.

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They are made of weatherproof nylon & PVC and the elastic openings allow them to be installed quickly and easily.
Whoa...PERFECT! I do the same, throw the bike in the bed. I get road spray/salt on the front. I've been looking for something like this.
 

AlanDB

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USA
City
Iowa
The best ebike bargain for me has to be the first generation Bosch Nyon display/computer I bought on eBay in October of 2019 for $75 as an upgrade for the standard Intuvia display that came on my Gazelle Arroyo. Back in 2018/2019, after Bosch had replaced the original 1 GB version of the Nyon with a hardware revision with 8 GB of memory, they apparently allowed the existing 1 GB stock to be bought out and resold by third party sellers as used items on eBay. Even though they were sold as used, they were brand new unboxed devices that still had the original protective film on the display. At that time, Bosch didn't market or even support the Nyon in the US, so buying it third party was the only option, but the retail cost of buying and shipping it from a foreign retail seller was very expensive. Getting it in the US market on eBay for $75 was remarkable! I even bought a second one as a backup in case the first one ever fails.

I am still using the Nyon on my Gazelle and I still love it!
 
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PSm

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USA
Wasn’t sure about which vinyl, plastic or poly tape? I see an inexpensive 3M clear paint protection vinyl film for under $10, but then “helicopter tape” for $30-40?
Okay, got the 3M clear vinyl stuff, and it’s works fine :)
 

PSm

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USA
Don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but on the long rides (50-60+ miles) there are not enough hand positions and comfortable places to keep my hands & arms from getting sore. I would sometimes rest my lower arms on the handlebars, but the contact with metal was uncomfortable.

Thought about aero bars, but the weight and the cost don’t meet my RB criteria. So instead, I used thick, well overlapped sections of foam handlebar tape to make a cushioned area to rest my arms on, finishing off the ends with the clear vinyl wrap as a RB in the earlier post. Cost me $8 for this: https://www.amazon.com/KINGOU-Road-Handlebar-Bicycle-Wraps/dp/B07P9FKVJB to have this, as shown on the right of the brake lever.
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fooferdoggie

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I use bar tape for my grips but it's tricky to keep on. so now I use some e6000 silicone adhesive on the bar then wrap it. you can peel it off with some work when needed but it really locks the tape in place.
 

Prairie Dog

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Canada
City
Red Deer
For small jobs, such as finishing bar tape, I like self-fusing silicone tape as it only sticks to itself, stretches and conforms, removes easily and doesn’t leave any residue behind. Branded X-Treme in the US and Fusion Pro in Canada.

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Another trick I use to adhere bar tape is to apply a layer of electrical tape sticky side up. Cheap and no mess to clean up.

Heat shrink tube is another great way to keep cables neat and tidy.

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