Monday, November 23, 2009

Tifosi Forza

Here's my latest new pair of shades for safety usage. I got it from a seller from BBS named Briko280. After some discussion and negotiation via MSN, I managed to settle the price to minimum inclusive of shipping. The package arrived my office on Friday 20th Nov 2009.

The Forza comes with Decentered Lens for Optical Clarity. The reason why I chose clear lens was because I always ride along shaded area in the forest and 98% transmission is really good enough for me. It is also very light and suitable for those wearing safety helmet.

I tested it the next day when riding with a newbie @ FRIM. Tifosi Forza works astonishingly during riding and it doesn't fog even at low speed. It only starts to fog when I stop riding. I guess this is normal unless those Polycarbonate lenses are treated with some sort of anti-fogging chemical.

I cannot expect this pair to be as good as my other Rudy Projects but I would say that this pair comes very close to those on the top range. It is worth buying as the price is one sixth of my Rudy Project Hyde's price.

Checkout the specs below from []

Tifosi Forza Specs...

Weight: 20 grams
Fit: Small to Medium Faces

Frame Features:
- Grilamid TR-90 Open Frame Design
- Hydrophilic Rubber Ear & Nose Piece
- Lifetime Warranty

Lens Features:
- Polycarbonate Decentered Lens for Optical Clarity
- Glare Guard™ Glare Reducer to Decrease Eye Fatigue
- 100% UVA & UVB Protection
- View Lens Chart

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cleaning your bike chain with Finish Line Chain Cleaner Kit

Lately, my colleague lent me his Finish Line Chain Cleaner []. The unit has simple design in which, the case comes with internal brush on both top and bottom sides.

I went around to the city to get the bio-degradable degreaser. I could not find the Holy Cow [] degreaser @ Ace Hardware as recommended by CK.

After few days, I decided to try my luck at Jaya DIY hardware shop situated near Section 17 area. There, I managed to get myself the Arrow degreaser recommended by the shop owner. He said "you will not know about good degreaser until you use arrow and all my customer will not use other brands". I look at the price and bargained a bit. I got the 1000ml bottle at the price of RM23.

Fully satisfied with the purchase big bottle degreaser, I took it home and read the instructions. It says:-
Heavy Cleaning >>> 1 cap of arrow with 3 caps of water
General Cleaning >>> 1 cap of arrow with 5 caps of water
Light Cleaning >>> 1 cap of arrow with 20 caps of water

[I used around 10ml with 200ml of water]

I tried the light cleaning method for my dirty chain with the chain cleaner kit. Just before i clean the chain, I took an old tooth brush and brushed off the dirt on the jockey wheels. Then, I place the chain into the chain cleaner loaded with the degreaser and start pedaling.

After many rounds of pedaling with with some shifting to various gearing combination, my chain is now shining like a necklace! Lastly, I rinsed the drive train with water (even though it does not require rinsing).

Now I know the quality of Arrow degreaser, made in Malaysia, reasonably priced and most importantly... environmental friendly!

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