Archive for August 11th, 2015
The elevation tension adjustment on both our bike helmet mirror mounts have become a bit sloppy. That’s no surprise, because I expected the tiny set screw in the tiny square hole near the top to eventually wear a depression in the ABS plastic arc upon which it bears:
So I got to do something I planned pretty much from the beginning of the project: cut a snippet of phosphor bronze spring stock to go between the Elevation mount and the arc, then bend the ends bent inward so they don’t slash an errant fingertip:
Slipped in place, the ends look like they stick out anyway, but they’re really just about flush:
Tightening the set screw pushes the strip against the arc, where it provides enough resistance to prevent slipping and enough smoothness for easy adjustment.
While I had the mounts up on the repair stand, I unscrewed the mirror shaft and snugged up the Azimuth pivot screw by a micro-smidgen to tighten that motion.
Four years ago, those ABS parts popped off the much-hacked Thing-O-Matic’s platform. The M2 produces somewhat better-looking results, but that yellow plastic has a certain charm…