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Full Carbon saddle

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A while back I was asked if I’d like to test a full carbon saddle prototype. I thought it would be fun to see how my butt would hurt on one of those. That was going to be a nice experiment. We have been blessed with beautiful days lately so I’ve put the prototype on my vintage 1988 Fiori Piquante and off I went for a ride. I have to specified that I had a 20km ride in the morning and that my behind was already a little sore. I was honestly expecting pain, lots of it from the lack of padding. There’s no padding whatsoever on this thing. To my surprise it was absolutely wonderful. No pain no sore points, nothing after a 45 minute ride. Usually, I can feel it after 30 minutes of riding and the days following the ride. I’m hooked! I want one when it’s going out on the market.

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I was against the idea that a saddle with no padding could possibly comfortable. This one was. It does feel strange at first but you get used to it quick. I totally forgot about it after a while. A must try, a must have. The saddle I tested weight just a little over 100g. I have yet to go try it for a longer ride.

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No bells or whisles

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After watching many black and white movies I fell the need to have my very own rotary phone. I thought it would look great on my old secretary oak desk. It didn’t took too long for me to find one. Jason’s Corner in Calgary is one of my favorite place to shop antiques and vintage. Unfortunately the phone I like the best didn’t ring it’s bell. But I still got it. It’s 50’s look was too appealing to leave it behind.

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Once home I played a bit with it and then decided to opened it up to find out why the phone had gone mute. These old phones are quite simple and a ringer should not go out of work for a simple reason. Here’s how I did it. On my Automatic Electric phone there’s 6 screws on the bottom. Only 3 of them are for the base montage. The other 3 are holding the gut of it. On mine, the montage screws were indicated.

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Once the screws were removed. The top easily gets off to expose the guts. It is very important that the ringer parts are not touched. They are filled with electricity and they old a charge even when not plugged.

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So, I followed the wiring of the ringer to see where they led. They were doubling up some of the numbers on the one side leaving a free space. I wasn’t too sure which of the 2 doubled up was the one I needed to move but I assumed that it would be the one red sitting on top not the blue wire under the number 9. The number 7 was free of any wires. I then moved the red to the number 7 and called my land line with my cell phone. Success! The phone rang loud and clear.

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Later I made a quick research on my phone and I was reading that they used to make that wrong wiring to mute the phones as there are no mute on those. Makes total sense and it’s a real easy thing to do. The loudness can be adjusted but even on the bare minimum it can still be loud.

My phone works nicely and I use it from time to time. It’s been a blessing for when my cordless runs out of batteries! I don’t even complain when I’m forced into using it. No one can tell I’m talking to them from a rotary phone. I’m not sure it would work when you need to press numbers on a call but to dial people there’s no issue. Now when I don’t want it to ring I just pull the cord. It’s a nice decorative item and practical at the same time.

For those who would like to visit Jason’s Corner. Their address is 3714 17 Avenue SE, Calgary. They have lots of nice things. Go check ’em out!