Re: [rootsradicals] South America Tour
- You will destroy any dynohub or IGH if you put it under water. If I have any doubt I carry/walk my bike across a stream/river.
If you are suggesting that manufacturers should design products to work in every possible situation you'll find that nothing lives up to that standard. A well cared for Rohloff will roll for 100,000kms+ if you want to dunk it in the ocean it will stop working in a few days. Is that a product failure or abuse? I'd say it was the later and I wouldn't expect Rohloff to give you a free replacement hub.
SON and B&M continue to get good press because they make great products. Not because they make products you can't destroy.
On 2011-05-05, at 10:57 AM, David Chase wrote:
> My specific complaint about German electronics, was that the B&M S12, was not designed for use in "unexpected ways", and I was supposed to (1) clairvoyantly know that and (2) clairvoyantly know what was expected. In this instance, being mounted to the upper member of a FreeRadical, was "unexpected" because the S12 was insufficiently vertical, and it became wet inside, and its electronics malfunctioned, and continued to malfunction even after drying.
> No satisfaction from the vendor, no satisfaction from B&M, yet they continue to get generally good press. Therefore, I regard good press as not a reliable indicator. Caveat Emptor. That was an expensive item, one should not need to throw a tantrum, so I don't. I state, instead, that I am utterly unsatisfied. I had similar experiences with the "Zinkins Dynashoe", which repeatedly rattled apart on our fine Boston roads. Again, "unexpected" use.
> In the case of the SON, what are the uses expected by its designers? Does it continue to work after it has been submerged in water, or is that "unexpected"? If it IS submerged, what is the recommended protocol for drying it out to prevent/minimize damage? Am I really well-served by that vent-hole, if I am not hauling my bike across large temperature gradients on a daily basis? Is any of this documented by the manufacturer?
> If dunking means failure, then I think I would rather buy a cheaper hub.
- Yep, that's been my latest and hopefully last solution: a 'mag'
flashlight with the new LED 'bulb' and a rechargable battery. It has
all metal housing, rubber gaskets, and three light settings: BRIGHT!!,
not so bright, and blink. It's supposed to last about 4 hours. The
problem is the housing that attaches it to the bike is still on the
privative side--needs a quick release. This thing really turns night
into day! It has to be as annoying for oncoming traffic as those
stinking halogen car headlights.
> While it has the same problem as some headlights with beams hitting other in the eyes, normal flashlights are cost effective waterproof (and often crashproof too) solutions. I use the twofish block to attach mine to the handlebar.
> Also very handy to have a proper flashlight at home or when travelling. Bike lights are usually not very handy due to their shape.