It’s been a while….

Sorry folks, been a while since I last posted on here – thought I’d give a little update on what’s been happening in the mean time. Well, I’ve now reached about 1300 miles on the bike, and have to say it’s doing fine. I am getting a bit of squeeking from the front brake, which I think is just a need to lubricate the sliders as explained in cbf125rider’s post. I popped the front wheel off and pushed the piston back a bit, and since re-fitting the squeeking has gone (after pumping the brake back up). But it did come back a bit while riding the following day, so I’ll do a proper job of it soon.

On the riding front – well, I am getting more confident day by day. I’ve started filtering through the middle more frequently when the traffic comes to a stop on my mostly gridlocked ride to work. Have to be careful but taking it steady you can still achieve shorter journey times.

In a previous post I mentioned the Veho Muvi camera I had bought. Well, I used that daily, clipped to my chest and got some good video footage. However, I also got some pretty poor footage too, as the camera would quite often be pointing at the tank, or be to one side etc. So, I invested in a Dogcam Bullet HD. I have to admit, the suckers that they provide for mounting it to painted and smooth surfaces didn’t hold at all on my helmet, and I didn’t trust them at all. Instead, I used some of the 3M tape supplied to mount a velcro strip to the side of the helmet, and then used a velcro mount to hold the camera in (all supplied in the box).

At this point, I’d love to show you some footage of me catching a moron driver, but unfortunately the only vid I’ve kept so far was of me making a stupid mistake which nearly cost me my no claims :-( . The thing I keep telling myself though, is that it’s a learning curve, and I’ve certainly learnt from this one. Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule. It may sound silly, but it’s very important advice, as you’ll see here.

Other than that, I also have invested in an Oxford Boss Alarmed Disk Lock. Now I have to admit, I’m not that impressed with it. The main reason being, it’s a devil to get the key into. The design of the key may be secure, but it also means that being the owner of the device, I find it hard to get the key in place and turned in time before the alarm starts to sound. Watch the video on their site, it’s more like 2.5 seconds before the alarm sounds. People tend to ignore alarms if they hear them all the time. So there’s my honest opinion on it. If they’d made the wait time actually 5 seconds, it might have worked OK.

Anyway, nearing 1500 miles and I think I’ll probably do an interim oil chance as many others have done, and do the brake caliper and piston at the same time.

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