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Pedro's 8mm Hex Pedal Driver
Pedro's 8mm Hex Pedal Driver
Offered by Discountbicycle603
Price: $13.75
20 used & new from $7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The plastic handle has its disadvantages too., January 1, 2015
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It's an 8mm L-shaped hex key, oversized so that you can get enough leverage to remove pedals with only an 8mm hex on the inside of the crank, and with a plastic handle molded in so you can get a good hold on it. It sounds like a great idea.

The problem is that the large handle makes it impossible to insert the hex in the pedal exactly where you want it. For removing a pedal, ideally you put the bike on the ground with the wheels on, and then point point the crankarm forward, then insert the wrench so it points back and up, and you push down with your weight. The plastic handle makes that impossible whereas a bare hex would almost certainly work. So instead, you have to put your wrench forward of the crankarm and pull up on it while using your weight to hold the bike on the ground (so the crankarm doesn't spin) or you use your other arm to hold the crankarm still. If you've been riding a lot since the last time you've done this (thereby tightening the pedal in more), it's not the easiest task. With the smaller wrench, pushing down with your weight turns the wrench and stops the drivetrain spinning all at the same time.

But. It does its job.


The Histories (Penguin Press Ancient Classics)
The Histories (Penguin Press Ancient Classics)

4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Holland's version is a pleasure, but perhaps not the best edition for your needs., January 1, 2015
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I'm not going to try to convince you to read Herodotus. I assume you've decided to read Herodotus already, and need some help distinguishing between translations. I used to read Greek kind of OK, but would never have gotten through all of Herodotus to read it for pleasure with the Greek that I had.

Holland's translation is very colloquial British English. It is as if the stories in the Histories are being told by an Economist columnist, as opposed to a Greek inventing an entirely new style of storytelling. It's a little bit distracting at first, but it does drive the story forward. It's talky (as the introduction points out, this would be in keeping with how the Histories would have been presented, in public lectures). And it is a pleasure. Although it is not as if the other (newer) translations are lacking for readability.

Grene's translation in the University of Chicago edition is perhasp the most difficult. Grene's is written in a bracing straightforward American prose, but it seems to conceal less the sort of paradoxical (to modern readers) cast of mind of an ancient Greek author. Grene is also closer to the Greek on a sentence-by-sentence level, which also helps a student of historiography or political theory keep closer tabs on how Herodotus organizes his thoughts in prose.

The Landmark Herodotus, translated by Purvis, is easier to read than Grene, probably more natural for an American audience than Holland. What sets the Landmark apart is the editorial apparatus. A clean yet detailed map of stark line drawings is never far away in the print edition. Most often, the map will have a detailed view with a locator putting the map in context, and sometimes a third layer with yet more detail. The appendices helpfully illustrate what things are like on the battlefield for the soldiers, provide easy references for how different societies were organized (which would otherwise require a spaghetti-noodle coil of references to different passages in Herodotus, also helpfully supplied). The trouble is that I have no idea how good the Kindle version is, and it would be difficult to translate the large-page layout onto a small Kindle screen in any case, so I suspect poorly. And make no mistake, the Landmark version is large, so it is trouble to read in bed, and really difficult to read in a bathtub (both of which I have tried.)

Another reviewer helpfully points out that the Holland Herodotus has all of the editorial apparatus helpfully linked on the page in the Kindle edition. The maps aren't big enough in the Kindle edition to provide much help, although Herodotus's storytelling isn't enhanced by maps the way Thucydides's is.


Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
by Howard Greenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $50.91
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive of earlier books. Wrong color cover. Avoid., November 1, 2014
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This is my fourth Vivian Maier book, and honestly, it's kind of repetitious. It's especially repetitious of the earlier Maloof books, Vivian Maier, Street Photographer and Vivian Maier Self Portraits. There are a few later color photographs in this book, but there's not enough to justify the price.

Also, the orange cover is distracting when looking at the photographs, as it extends past the pages so it's always there, in your view. And since many of the photos are black and white, the orange edge draws your eye away. Then orange pages separating sections juxtaposed against photographs on the facing page. What was the publisher thinking?

The editorial apparatus isn't worth the price, either. There's a photograph that's obviously in the Art Institute of Chicago identified as location unknown, another along the Chicago lakefront, again, location unknown, but dated! The intro contains some biographical details, but it seems more like dirty gossip than biography for how sketchy it is. Certainly, the introduction has no insight to add about the photographs. but it does show off the erudition of the author, who quotes no lesser lights than Nelson Algren, David Riesman, and AJ Liebling.

If you don't already have any Maier books, get Maloof's Vivian Maier, Street Photographer and Cahan & Williams Vivian Maier, Out of the Shadows. They come from different collections, and they each show a very different photographer. But skip this volume.
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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Thermal Wool Sock
Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Thermal Wool Sock
Price: $12.00 - $34.12

5.0 out of 5 stars My go to winter socks. Have three pair, will order more as they wear out., October 4, 2014
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These are a nice intermediate sock, between summer weight and all-out ski socks for winter commuting. For the warmth, they're quite thin. I've used them worn inside ski socks for extra warmth and they don't feel too bulky. Plus they're comfortable enough to just wear as regular socks. Plus, since they're just plain black socks at the ankles and above, I can just slip right into my dress shoes in these when I arrive at work.


Michelin Mud 2 Cyclocross Tire (700x30c)
Michelin Mud 2 Cyclocross Tire (700x30c)
Price: $32.50
16 used & new from $23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent all-rounder tires for cross., October 4, 2014
These are really more all-around tires than mud tires. Even on grass or loose-pack dirt, they corner way better than the fast condition Michelin Jets I also have.

They last about half a racing season on the rear tire, and a little longer on the front. But that was half a season of races, practices, and getting to and from practice, and I think most of the wear came from riding them on pavement to and from practice.


Shimano ST-6700 Ultegra Hoods Pair (Black, Road)
Shimano ST-6700 Ultegra Hoods Pair (Black, Road)
Offered by Trail This
Price: $9.95
21 used & new from $5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars You know if you need these., October 4, 2014
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These are OEM replacements for Ultegra 6700 shifter hoods. If you have Ultegra 6700 shifters, you'll need these eventually since the hoods will wear out well before the shifters. And if you need them, you need them. The price is right though.


ITI IFOX-112 Oxford Table Stainless Steel Spoon, 12-Piece
ITI IFOX-112 Oxford Table Stainless Steel Spoon, 12-Piece
Price: $19.68
4 used & new from $5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Largeish, heavyish, indestructible cheap spoon for kitchen use. Perfect., October 4, 2014
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If you've ever worked as a line cook in a restaurant, you know how important a simple, sturdy spoon is for cooking efficiently. This is that largeish, heavyish, indestructible cheap as dirt spoon you had dozens of kicking around.

They're not really quite nice enough to use at the table for guests, but it's ok because having a dozen of these around the kitchen means you never have to use your nice spoons to cook with. That's what you buy these for. For that, they're brilliant.


Cateye Stealth 50 Cycling Computer
Cateye Stealth 50 Cycling Computer
Offered by TURGEONATOR_USA
Price: $65.99
23 used & new from $65.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an acceptable substitute for a Garmin 500., October 4, 2014
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I mean, I guess it works for what it's meant to do. It records a GPS file of your ride, tells you what speed you're going, lets you connect ANT+ accessories, and lets you upload to Strava. But it's also all kinds of stupid.

The first thing it asks you to do when you turn it on is tell it your timezone. Do please tell me why a GPS device has to ask you where on Earth you are. Doesn't it know that? Also, if you want to use a speed sensor (for tunnels, GPS fails, whatever) you have to tell it the wheel's diameter. It should be able to just figure that out, right? It has how far you've traveled and how many revolutions your wheel has gone, so why is it your job to measure the tire and program it into the device? Also, if you change some settings from the computer, it sometimes resets all the rest of your settings, so you have to go and change those all over again.

Also, it doesn't beep so you can't program it to do workouts. So why would you want to attach a power meter or heart rate monitor to it?

If you want a GPS device to tell you your speed and distance, the Stealth 10 will do. If you need an advanced, connected device that will help you with your workout, this is not an acceptable substitute for a Garmin 500-series.


Lezyne Micro Caddy Saddle Bag
Lezyne Micro Caddy Saddle Bag
Price: $15.85 - $44.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. I have one for each of my bikes., October 4, 2014
I own three of these. After I bought my first one and liked it, I bought enough for each of my bikes. I have a small with the old two-strap design, and a small and a medium with the new single-strap design. Decidedly, the old two-flap design is easier to get on and off the bike, but the newer design gives the bag a jaunty off-kilter way of sitting against the bike seat that I kind of like.

Either way, you get a bag that doesn't rub against your shorts, and because it's held by a large stretchy strap and a giant patch of velcro, never hangs and sways under your seat.

Each bag has an outside pocket that's big enough for a small multitool. I only carry a larger multitool around, so I have an emergency gel shoved in each of those. There are also inside pockets to put Lezyne (or any other thin) tire levers. I like the Lezyne levers best, so that's what I carry. The small has enough room for a tube, a CO2, and a patch kit. The medium gives you room for another tube.

The zipper is very tight, so I wouldn't use this to hold my keys and wallet. The newer design does include a zipper pull, which helps matters, but not by much. I pretty much only want to get into this during a roadside emergency.


KMC X10.93 10-Speed 116-Links Bicycle Chain, Silver/Grey, 1/2x11/28-Inch
KMC X10.93 10-Speed 116-Links Bicycle Chain, Silver/Grey, 1/2x11/28-Inch
Price: $23.96
47 used & new from $20.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too wide. Noisy. Stay far away., September 19, 2014
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This chain is subtly wider than SRAM and Shimano chains. While it shifted just fine, it rubbed against my front derailleur in more gears than any other chain I've ever run. With trim, I can reliably get SRAM or Shimano chains to run silent in all but the far extremes, big-little or little big. With the KMC chain, I had chain rub noise in two or three more in each direction.

If you're a great bike mechanic who can tune a front derailleur perfectly, or have one who works on your bike for you and is willing to take parts you buy online, by all means get this chain. Otherwise, it's worth the extra money for SRAM or Shimano.


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