One of the many things in life that totally confounds me is electricity. Whenever I dig into the guts of something and see wires and such, danger sounds start to go off in my brain. I get the feeling that if I touch anything with wires one of two things will happen: 1) I will hurt myself 2) I will break whatever it is I do touch. I even get this feeling when using a simple travel power adapter in other countries without 110 outlets. My natural instinct is to cringe when plugging my computer or phone in to an adapter when I am in another country. The only AC/DC I am not nervous about is the rock band.
This is an exciting post for me on a couple of fronts, the first of which should be obvious - it is about electricity and I don't have to actually touch any wires so I am excited about that. Second, occasionally I will receive rather snotty emails from people stating something like, "Your site is basically about stapling stuff to bikes. Get a life will you." The Internets can be so unkind. Could not this be phrased as something like, "It would be super cool if your site featured more technical hacks. Is there a reason for a dearth of technical content?"
If the question were phrased as such I would kindly reply, "Why yes there is a reason. I am not a very technical person, I am pretty much a hack but I love bikes." Implied in this hypothetical response is that anyone with technical knowledge out there is welcome to send stuff along. Technical hacks sent to me will likely boggle my mind, but I would assume they would have the power (get it, "power") to inspire others. Have said all of this, does this inspire you?
If you are technically minded perhaps you immediately knew that such pictures are focused on helping a cyclist be safer on the road. If you are like me, perhaps you reached for your Back in Black album/cd/mp3.
Reader Karl sent us links to a fantastic technical hack of his. He states:
I upgraded my Pashley's hub-dynamo driven halogen front lamp to a CREE 1W LED bulb, and built in some simple electronics to keep it lit for a minute or so after I stop. Total cost of the parts was £16.
The concept is quite cool and he covers the process in two entries on his site, Do the Right Thing . . . & Dead Poets' Bikes. Post 1 is here and 2 is here and the pictures above, and much more, can be found on Karl's site. Thanks Karl!