BICYCLE LOCK REVIEW. LOCK REVIEW
BICYCLE LOCK REVIEW. I 205 BIKE PATH. HITCH MOUNT BIKE RACKS.
Bicycle Lock Review
Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1218 Key Cable Bicycle Lock (1/2-Inch x 6-Foot)
Kryptonite kryptoflex 1218 key cable bicycle lock 12-Millimeter, flexible braided steel cable provides increased cut resistance. New, advanced cylinder provides greater protection from picking. Lock head rotates 360 degrees for easier handling during lock up and removal. Integrated, adjustable spline attachment rotates up to 300 degrees for a greater number of possible lock carrying location on bicycle frame or seat post. Hook-n-Loop retention strap for extra stability during transport. Includes an EZ-multi fit bracket, the most versatile mounting system for large tube frames and shapes. Dual sliding cylinder weather guards with automatic close feature. 2 easy-to-use reversible keys.
I purchased my Pentax K10D with the standard 18-55mm lens a couple of years ago and have used that ever since - to be honest I didn't touch the camera for the last year but I obviously used it a lot initially and have recently got back into it again :-) ... And its been getting plenty of use.
I was looking around for accessories the other day, with predominately lenses on my mind and had a look at the wide angle lenses available. Well, lets just say I was taken back by the price tag of most, especially the latest one Pentax do - costing more than the original camera body & 18-55mm lens together! So looking around at alternatives I came across a "conversion lens" kind of like an adaptor you screw onto the end of your current lens. I've been vaguely aware of these for a while but never really looked into them seriously and always considered them to not be particularly good and cheaply made. However I was hankering after a wide angle and stumbled across the Digital King DSW PRO 0.7 (Wide Conversion Lens for Digital SLR Camera's) that screwed onto a 52mm camera lens thread. The reviews were all glowing and saying if you weren't willing to spend the money on the "proper" piece of kit then this was a great alternative and would be more then adept for amateurs & enthusiasts. So I took the plunge on Sunday evening (purchasing from Amazon at ?69.99) and it arrived today - Tuesday.
I managed to get out after work and have a quick play with it and I have to say its more than adequate for me, works great and I can't notice any loss of quality/clarity to the photographs either. The wide angle makes a huge difference to my standard lens on its own and enables much more to be fitted into one shot and gives a great perspective too. Its made in Japan and seems pretty solidly built, and comes with protective lens caps on both sides and a drawstring bag to keep it safe. What can I say, does exactly what I wanted and cost a fraction of the price of buying a wide angle lens! Win win situation.
This photograph was taken at a local station (with the wide angle adaptor fitted) and shows the kind of perspective you can achieve. I look forward to using it more in future and (hopefully) capturing some great landscape & architectural shots with it.
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Very nice design for a bike rack at Victoria's Atrium Building in the heart of downtown. The rack reflects other elements of the street furniture and public art fixtures accentuating the building. It's a nice piece but for at least one frustrating design flaw.
Note the positioning of the pictured bike and the front wheel overlapping the higher of the curved linking bar elements. You can park comfortably only at the ends of the rack, but that same element interferes with the effectiveness of the rack, forcing bikes with anything from a 26" wheel (for mountain bikes) or larger diameter (hybrids or road bikes) to tilt or turn the wheel slightly to allow for a "U" bolt style locks to secure the frame at least, or for many to lock both frame and at least one wheel.
Designers and developers were confident in their ability to provide good bike parking but missed the opportunity to have details reviewed to ensure all of the elements of good design were successful. Although understanding of the problems associated with the design, they have thus far been unwilling to make improvements to deliver a better end product.
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