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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Ceiling Mount

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  Alexa, play my playlist... My goal has been to have music easily accessible while hanging out on my front patio. I'm aware of all kinds of stereo's, Bluetooth speakers/devices that could accomplish this, but I wanted something that wasn't tied to my smartphone, as well as something that wouldn't involve a major renovation (my front wall is brick). Now before people start to comment that I could have run stereo speakers in the soffit and into my house, that was already more work than I had planned as the soffit doesn't seem to be removable without using destructive force (I'm not sure how it was installed). I also wanted something that would be relatively permanent, in that I didn't want to have to charge something, or turn it on and off.  My solution was an echo dot mounted to the soffit, where my echo dot would be sheltered from the elements and provide music upon verbal command. So I turned to the world wide web for solutions, and there are a few great i

Hastings Park, Vancouver (2021-07-26)

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  Took the Rize Liberty (2020) out for a short little ride today and decided to document the trip. I'm finding it difficult to document my trips, as I wear a camelback, helmet, and gloves. My phone is tucked away in my camelback, and so I have to remove my camelback to access my phone, and remove my gloves because the screen wont respond with them on. I'm thinking of getting some sort of sports camera to attach to my Liberty. Anyone out there have some suggestions on a cheap, small, and decent sports camera for this application? I'm also worried about having someone make off with my stuff, maybe I should enable the LCD lock on my Liberty, any fellow e-bikers use this feature? Anyways, this trip is to my favorite local spot Hastings Park which hosts the Pacific National Exhibition, Hastings Skatepark, Leeside Skatepark, Pacific Coliseum, Italian Gardens and Japanese Gardens, Empire Bowl, did I miss anything? Leeside Skate Park Momiji (Japanese Gardens) Now I'm known for

Liberty Headlight Bracket Mod

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Not sure if this is considered a mod/hack or what have you, but it is what it is, take it or leave it. The stock 2020 Rize Liberty comes with the headlight mounted at the top of the triple tree forks as seen in the picture below. While this is fine, I was concerned that the frame stops might move, and thought a solution would be to mount the headlight below the frame stops, so that the headlight would hold up the frame stops no matter what. First I measured what I thought would be the perfect height for the frame stop. On my bike it seemed 3.25 inches down from the bottom of the top triple tree was a good number. I then removed the headlight  and it's brackets, and repositioned them below the rubber frame stops. ** This is where the mod/hack comes in** My headlight seemed to move every time I bumped into it, so when re-assembling the headlight brackets, I added a small nut in between the two bracket halves. I don't know the nut size, only that they were .25 inch in diameter. I&

Rize: Bolt X - Manual

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  For those who have a 2020 Bolt X as well, like we do, here the manual for that... 2020 Bolt X

Rize: Liberty - Manual

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  As many of you may know, I own a Rize Liberty (2020) electric bike. I thought it would be cool to offer others, who also have a Rize Liberty a place to get the PDF manual. I know they have the manual on the Rize website, but it's kind of hidden. Rize Liberty (2020) Manual

MOD Pizza

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I was over on Vancouver Island this past weekend visiting my wife's sister and her husband. It was my sister-in-laws birthday, so a big Birthday shout out to her. Also a big thanks to them for allowing the mainlanders to stay over for a few days. It was late afternoon and the ladies had gone out to do some shopping, the men were left home to watch the Euro Cup final. As both of us weren't football fans, the game for us was a bit of a snooze fest, so we decided to grab lunch. My brother-in-law, Ryan, suggested we try out MOD Pizza . I'd never heard of MOD pizza, but Ryan went on to described it as Sub-way style pizza. Ok it's bad enough that both of us being first generation Italians, aren't into football(soccer). Second, it's the Euro Cup final, and we're ditching the game to grab pizza? Then you suggest a Sub-way style pizza? WhatTheHeck!  I'm surprised we didn't get shot down by lightning or something. I know a little something about eating pizza,

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