Thursday, 16 June 2016

Busch & Muller Handlebar Bracket - Review & Setup

Busch & Muller Handlebar Bracket - Review & Setup - Intro

Nearly all dynamo lamps come with a bracket to mount the headlamp to your fork crown, and for many this is the ideal place to put the headlamp, as it is out of the way of the cables that run down from the handle bars, and leaves more space for control and cockpit gizmos, such as phone holders etc.

The bracket allows for you to mount the lamp above or below the level of the handle bar. 

Busch & Muller Handlebar Bracket - Review & Setup - Why?

So why if you have a nice stainless steel fork crown mounting bracket do you need a handlebar mount bracket? I suppose there are three reasons, which I can think of.

1 - Front Rack - If you are touring and have a full sized front rack, this may occupy the crown mount point. So you may have to attached you dynamo lamp elsewhere.

2 - Suspension Forks - Many of the better suspension forks on the market do not have a crown mounting point. Although you can buy specific mounting brackets for suspension fork crowns.

3 - Mud - This is my reason. Even with mudguards when travelling at speed mud will flick (blow) back on to the lens of the lamp, on country roads this can mean stopping to clean the lense every 2 or 3 miles. Eventually you will end up scratching the lense.

Busch & Muller Handlebar Bracket - Review & Setup - Review

This is the most money I have ever paid for a small piece of plastic. But I have been thinking about getting one of these for years on and off. The bracket itself is of high quality and is easy to attach to the bike.

In use the light is coming from a high angle . . I am not sure if this changes anything in terms of lighting quality, but it may help visibility, as a be-seen light source it may catch drivers attention better. . .not sure on that one.

When riding off road I have often had near misses from low branches etc. as the Busch and mUller light are so good at keeping all of the light on the road / trail / track. With the light positioned higher on the bikes, this may help spot those low branches, before it is too late.

As a potential negative point you may loose (as demonstrated in the hopelessly inaccurate diagram above) some near field lighting. The more moreful the light you are fitting the less noticeable the effect will be, as a power light pointing far in to the distance will have to changed in angle less as it is raised upwards. . . I think.

Busch & Muller Handlebar Bracket - Review & Setup - Fitting

My bike has a very long stem so I have to extend the wires so it would reach. The bracket is well thought out, and even on a very wide stem it enable you to line of the lamp, in a good central position. The bracket has a advantage over the standard crown mount, as you can adjust the angle of the light in virtually every dimension. This is largely due to the washers provided which are the same as the ones that you find on v brake pad to allow for angle adjustment.

As with most lights you will need to go for ride in the dark to get them dialled in properly, venture forth in to the night taking with you the correct size allen key. . .

If you have a Tall Stem / Headtube, you may need to Lengthen you wires. 

Even with a very wide stem, it is possible to get the light bang in the center.

Busch & Muller Handlebar Bracket - Review & Setup - Conclusion

Expensive for what it is.

Is very well worth it (and you're only choice) to fix some of the above mentioned problems.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

LBP7100Cn LBP7100Cn Power Saving / Sleep Mode / Auto Shutdown

LBP7100Cn  LBP7100Cn Power Saving / Sleep Mode / Auto Shutdown

The below instructions can be found at the following link:

LBP7100Cn  LBP7100Cn Power Saving / Sleep Mode / Auto Shutdown

I had assumed with was a power saving mode on the LBP7100Cn  LBP7100Cn which of course it does save power, but could not find how to turn it off.

Canon call this feature "sleep" or "auto shutdown" rather than power saving mode both of which you can turn off from the below menu. .

This is a must if your printer is on a network remote from where most of the users are.

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Brooks B135 Saddle Review

Brooks B135 Saddle Review  - Intro

I have been sitting on a Brooks B67 for 4 or 5 years now and it has been very very comfy. But one of the rails broke the other day, and whilst I can get a spare and will do, it also happened to be my birthday at the time, so I bought a B135 as a present. . . for me.

Wide, Chunky and Weird Looking . . 

Brooks B135 Saddle Review  - Overview

The B135 is a chunky saddle, it is the second most chunky saddle that brooks make after the B190, which is massive. The B135 has pretty much the same top as the B67, that I also have. But is has some other extras which I was attracted too.

  • More Springs
  • Double Rails
More springs, may add to complexity, but I think it is worth the cost. The main reason for choosing this saddle is the double rails which make it strong. I am quite heavy and I ride off road, often smashing down on the saddle in the process. Hopefully this double rail B135 will not break like the B67 did. 

Double Rails - Stronger than Single Rail?

Brooks B135 Saddle Review  - Appearance

This saddle might look a bit weird on bikes that are themselves not "alternative", too mount this a race bike, or a trendy mountain bike. . .  you could do it of course but would it look OK?

Springs Galore!

The saddle looks old school. But it also looks pretty awesome on the right bike. I do not have the right bike, but I care little for appearance.

Brooks B135 Saddle Review  - Comfort


A Very Wide Saddle. Great to sit on. 

Brooks B135 Saddle Review  - Proofhide

The sdalle comes with a tiny little sachet of Proofhide, which is a tallow (beef fat) based leather treatment, this will just about cover the underside of the saddle. But really you will need to buy a tin, I used half of one 40g tin to do a proper job of treating this saddle. My B67 was "fed" on vegetable oil (olive oil, rapeseed) and seems to be OK, but I thought I would give the proper stuff a go this time.

Lard and vegetable oil mixed together might be a good move? . . . 

Brooks B135 Saddle Review - Fitting

This is where thing are not so good. Double rails will require the use of the supplied clamp, which fits on an plane seat post, or the use of a breeze double rail convertor. 

Do not waste you time with the clamp that is supplied, it is terrible quality. The nuts used to clamp the bracket to the seat post have to be done up very tightly, you will need a socket set or ring spanner to apply sufficient force. When tightening the washers will bend, causing the nuts to bite in to the washers, which makes the job even more difficult.

Thin Washers on Clamp - Not Good

There is also the problem of positioning. Most micro adjust seatposts have a rearward offset of around 20 - 25mm but used on a plane post, with the supplied bracket you do not get this. This result is a saddle that is set to far forward (for me - may be OK for you). I have ordered a breeze double rail adaptor, so hopefully that will rectify this problem. 

Also (yes there is more) after tightening the nuts on the supplied bracket, the bolt sticks out, and when you straighten your leg whilst in the saddle, it pokes in to your  thigh. Nice. 

Brooks B135 Saddle Review - Conclusion

A lovely saddle that is let down by the poor quality clamp that is supplied. 

Brooks B135 Saddle Review - More Pictures

Cool curly spring at nose. 

2 lots of springs at rear. 

Note Tensioning Screw

Chrome Rails