Archive for August, 2010


Pedro Tools

Thursday August 26, 2010

I stumbled across this tool whilst browsing the ‘Net earlier this week, it’s the Pedro Trixie.

Specifically designed for the fixed gear rider, the Pedro’s Trixie is the urban survival tool with all the right pieces to keep that fixie rolling.  Hardened tool steel give this tool a great feel and long lasting life.

  • 15mm box end wrench.
  • Lock ring hook.
  • 8,9,10mm box end wrenches.
  • 5mm hex.
  • Of course, a bottle opener.

And whilst looking at that, I found their Tülio seat post tool which replaces the QR fixing on your seat post – I thought that this was a great idea.

Tülio provides the functionality of a standard quick release mechanism while providing a multi-tool at the ready which includes eight of the most commonly used bicycle tools – 4,5,& 6mm hex wrenches, an emergency 8mm hex wrench, a No. 2 flat head screwdriver, a chain tool (single-speed -11 speed compatible) and a pair of spoke wrenches (3.23mm & 3.45mm).


Heinnie Haynes – Money Pit!

Tuesday August 24, 2010

Heinnie Haynes is an online shop which keeps taking my money!  In a good way.

I have spent a lot of money at HH over the years and it’s one website which I visit daily to see what new ‘toys’ they have for sale.

They stock a wide range of kit which could be of use to cyclists, ranging from knives and multi-tools, through to survival gear, watches and torches.

Online ordering is quick and secure and customer support is quick and effective.  In-Stock goods are dispatched quickly and P&P is free but you also have the option to pay for next-day delivery (they also ship internationally) .

Take a look:


Dell Inspiron 530 – Power Supply

Wednesday August 18, 2010

My trusty Dell Inspiron 530 lives again!  After a couple of days of inactivity, I have now brought my PC back to life with the installation of a new Power Supply Unit (PSU).

Monday night, when turning the computer on, it made a brief noise and then silence.  The power button LED on the front of the computer glowed a steady amber colour (usually it’s blue).  The computer did nothing, it didn’t boot.  It was dead.

A bit of googling via the iPod Touch, which was close at hand, took me to the Dell website and the manual for the computer (my copy long since discarded).  Steady Amber LED indicated a problem with power.  Nothing could have accidentally have become unplugged over night so I therefore assumed that the power supply had died.  The computer is almost three years old and it’s on more often than off so it has lasted well.

Next step, the Maplin website ( and a quick search for PSUs.  Unfortunately, my local Maplin stores were devoid of the PSUs I looked at so I resorted to mail order.  I selected the 450W  iCute Titanium ATX Power Supply and paid for standard delivery – this was to replace the 350W LiteOn power supply which had died within the Dell.

The Maplin order arrived today, the day after I placed the order, and the new PSU is installed and running.

One problem, the new PSU only has one SATA power connector.  With the Dell Inspiron 530, the hard drive and the DVD/CDR drive both require SATA power.  I don’t use the CDR drive often so I can live without it for a while.  I’ll get a 4-pin to SATA power converter soon – they’re available for around £1.

Apart from that, it’s all good and I’m back online with my desktop PC!


Bad Start To The Week

Monday August 16, 2010

Things aren’t going well this week – and it’s only Monday!

My car battery was completely drained due to a faulty iPod car-kit, and required jump leads to start it yesterday.

Today, my desktop PC’s power supply died. Now having to fall back to my iPod Touch and netbook.

The car is okay today but I need a trip to Maplin tomorrow to fix the PC…


No Cycling

Wednesday August 11, 2010

I haven’t been out much on the bikes for quite a while, probably not since my epic ride across the country back in April.

I think I’ve popped into town on both bikes since but nothing more than an errand.  Life has just been far too busy for me to break them out of the house.   Work and other things have simply forced themselves on me as priorities.  Time to think about how to readdress the work-life balance, I think.

I have been walking a bit though, and the camera comes with me on most ambles into town…

Rochester Cathedral and Clouds

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