Maple Leaf Test Rides

The continuing saga of test riding a Supercycle SC1800 (Canadian Tire product # 71-1556)

Saturday, February 11, 2006

km239.29

read about turtle lights here:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442588127&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302692895&bmUID=1139668622187

Zut alors, my white turtle light has conked out again. Tried three tricks to make it work. Bending battery contacts, smal piece of rubber between housing and battery and licking the battery. All this seems to make it work at room temperature, but when it goes into real riding it lasts for two blocks. Gonna give it a couple of more tries before I right off the white one.The red one works perfectly and without compaint. There has been a broken one in every box of 20, making a return rate of 5% which is somewhat high for electronics. Oh well, for $7.50 + tax = $8.625 a pair it still seems worth the pirce for the safety they provide.

My pa also came back with a glowing review of this product when he used it for ornithological purposes in south Pacific jungles. He said it was quite handy for night time birdwatching as it is bright enough to find information in bird books yet not so bright as to scare off birds.

The rear brake is still functional. The front brakes squeek just a little bit. The rear derailleur is beginning to show corrosion, but hasn't affected the shifitng yet. Still waiting for liquid precipitation to put real wear and tear on. There has been a cool arctic air mass keeping it sub-zero around here.

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