Week 32: Draughtsperson
- In Edd does electronics news, this week I managed to fit some new dynamo lights to a bike. The bike in question already had a dynamo with a front light, but the light went out as soon as you stopped moving. Pretty lame if you ever want to be seen while waiting at traffic lights I’m sure you’ll agree. The back light was just some poor batter powered solution.
- After doing some research and a visiting the SJS Cycles website we took receipt of a new front light and new rear light both of which will stay on for a couple of minutes after you stop moving. After measuring the wire twice, thrice and a fourth time just to make sure, I cut the wires stripped them back a bit and fitted some spade connectors. Then got it all attached to the bike looking quite neat if I do say so myself. The thought of being able to never have to think about charging your bike lights seems truly magical, I’m now fairly tempted to invest in my own dynamo hub wheel.
- When trying to work out how to attach the wire to the connector I uncovered the world of crimping tools. It seems there are an infinite number of different, and patented, tools to perfectly crimp your connectors to your wires. I’m sure in some applications this is important, I just used a pair of pliers though and it seems to have done the job.
- I finally caved in and got a proper desk chair to work from at my makeshift work desk. Though as the desk is a fixed height standing desk the chair has to be a “draughtsman chair” which allows me to have the seat be 85cm of the floor. I’m now able to let my feet dangle unable to touch the floor and pretend that I’m small again.
- Having a desk chair (that is comically high in the air) in the living room feels like I’ve accepted that home is now for working. This makes me uneasy.
- I’m glad the extreme hot weather has broken, though I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the random heavy showers. I’m sure we should be able to work out some kind of middle ground weather.