Thursday, March 28, 2013

Northwave Spike Pro

Torpedo7 recently had this on sale so I grabbed one. This should slow down the wear rate of my other cycling shoe, a Shimano MT23.

A separate purchase of proper set of cleats is required. In my case, it's the SM-SH51. Check your pedal documentation for confirmation.

This shoe has better interior seal than MT23 as cleat mating plate is already secured behind a fixed semi-plastic layer. With MT23, you have to muck around with a flimsy sticker.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Serfas Eliminator RX Performance Saddle

So after 1,200km plus of cycling, I'm still getting bum sore though not as uncomfortable as during the early weeks. This sore becomes quite significant at around 30km for every ride.

So today, I replaced the stock Giant saddle in my bike with Serfas Eliminator RX Performance Saddle. I have a 60km ride this Sunday so let's see if there's any improvement.

Stock saddle -

Comparison (Serfas saddle is a bit wider so should help with my ischial tuberosities aka “sit bones”)

Serfas Eliminator RX Performance Saddle -

Rear view (with PDW Radbot 1000 LED Rear Light and stock rear reflector)

Giant Boulder 29er 0

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tioga Handlebar Ergo Comfort Grip

Due to hand discomfort during long rides (>2 hours), I had to replace the stock handle grip, remove the Ritchey bar-ends (which I purchased a month ago), and put a Tioga Ergo Comfort Grip. Hopefully, this can help on long rides.

We'll see...

Exposure Time = 1/40"
F Number = F1.8
ISO Speed Ratings = 6400
Focal Length = 35mm
Body = Nikon D800
Lens = AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

22-Mar-13 UPDATE: this grip works - I feel no significant discomfort for up to 2.5 hours and discomfort easily addressed by changing position in this handlebar grip.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Crucial M4 SSD 256GB just died (SOLVED!)

Last night, I was in a hurry so I shut our PC down by pressing the power button for more than 5 seconds. I normally don't do this...

Anyway, this morning, when I tried booting the PC up, I was greeted by a "Insert boot media and press any key" screen. I went to BIOS and there it showed that my SSD (which contains system OS) isn't recognized.

After scouring the web & trying various solutions, this is the only one that worked:

1) Ensure PC is off
2) Remove power & SATA cables from SSD
3) Put power cable back into SSD
4) Turn PC on; eventually "Insert boot media and press any key" message will be displayed
5) Leave PC on for 20 minutes
6) Then connect SATA cable into SSD (yes, SSD is still powered)
7) Then push RESET button in your PC; don't turn PC off, just the RESET button
8) SSD should be back in business at this stage


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