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Fenix E11

Every flashlight I ever owned that required a single battery never really produced a whole lot of light. In fact every single battery powered flashlight I ever owned, and my last, “the Maglite Solitaire” pretty much sucked. Okay it did the job finding stuff outside in the dark with its sorry ass flickery dim light, and served its purpose many times over. One day I decided my keychain was getting a bit too heavy having this mini flashlight attached so I decided to eliminate it as an “EDC” aka, “everyday carry”. I do own a rather small, but not suitable EDC, Mag-Lite XL50. This flash light requires three AAA batteries and produces a respectable amount of light, in flash light terminology, “104 lumens”. I happened to stop by an outdoor recreation store and was checking out the knives when I stumbled upon a flashlight about the size of the Maglite Solitaire. It produced 110 lumens of light, which is about the same amount of light as my bigger Mag-Lite X50 series but only requires one AA battery. So I picked it up for about 30 dollars after taxes. To my surprise this flashlight was even better than my Mag-Lite XL50 and only needed one battery! I can’t believe I went all this time wasting so many batteries. This Flashlight is called the Fenix E11.

Fenix E11
After this awesome purchase I did more research about single battery powered lights and there are a few that can produce up to 70 lumens on a single AAA battery as well!. You can Google “Olight i3 EOS” and check this one out too.

Being that my new E11 is so small I’m going to pocket carry this little guy every day. I’ve read one review about the Fenix E11 that stated, “It’s always bright; it digitally regulates its own power supply so it’s always 100% bright, even as the AA cell wears down, regardless of what sort of cell you use”. However I’ve only owned this flashlight for one day; it will be great if this is true considering my Mag-Lite XL50 dims as the battery wears out.

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Sleeping on the floor

Just Recently I’ve had a new carpet put in my studio apartment. After moving the bed out of the area where it once stood I’ve never put it back because in reality I need a new bed. Why put a 10 year old broken box spring and bed on a brand new carpet anyway? In the mean time I’ve been crashing on my new carpet with only a pillow and a comforter. After 2 weeks of doing this new sleeping method I never felt better! My back and legs feel stronger and I wake up feeling more refreshed. Perhaps sleeping on the floor is better than my old worn out bed, or sleeping on the floor is better for my body altogether?

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When I was riding home from work this evening I felt a weird sensation coming from the sole of my right shoe. At first I thought my old timberland shoes were finally falling apart making my foot to slide off the petal, but as I look down to my surprise the pedal was bent. Being that I was approximately 6 miles away from home I really had no choice other than to ride the rest of the way. When I got nearly 3 blocks from my apartment the pedal finally pooped out of the crank arm rendering it useless. I tried to screw it back in the hole but the aluminum was so badly shredded it was totally imposable to fix. Walking that three blocks seemed forever as I was cursing to myself.

From what I can remember I did see a Shamano crank arm at Performance Bikes for about 100 dollars. My question is should I attempt to pull the crank arm off myself or have a mechanic do the job? Pulling and installing it looks pretty harmless and effortless if you have the correct crank puller. I’ll have to see the mechanic’s rates before I decide. Welp, tomorrow it looks like I’ll have to take a taxi home from work, crap!!!

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Yep, She now has a nice rack as you can see. I decided to put it on her yesterday. I even drove to work today without my shirt. It felt like a brand new world after I drove 8 miles under the Arizona sun.

Not wearing a hot ass backpack reduces the amount of sweat on my shoulders and feels great! I must say it was well worth the 32 bucks for that little bugger! Now I can ride almost naked without being weighed down. Whoopee!

Click here >> for the full picture of my bike.