Feedback Sports App

This is truly an awesome app for those of you into bike maintenance. It’s basically a log for your maintenance. Each component is broken Down, you enter the date, component and work done. This is then searchable. When did you last change your power meter battery? A quick search and your answer is there. You can schedule reminders based on mileage pulled from Strava, or time ridden. Multiple bikes can be tracked.

Available on google play, I’m not sure about iOS as I don’t use it.

There where a few bugs early on, but they’ve mostly ironed out the issues and it’s not a bad app too have on your phone.

Update to the Backup

A quick update to the backup script. Instead of having a set list of folders stored in the backup directories to be uploaded to S3, the script now uploads everything in the backup location that’s not specifically excluded by the exclude file. This cuts a good few lines out of the script.

A quick note on the exclude file, you must exclude both the directory, and it’s contents as S3 has no concept of folders.

So, to exclude the folder /back/folder and it’s contents your exclude file must contain /back/folder and /back/folder/*


	if [ "$1" = "-s3" ]; 
		then 
			#This code is still subject to Testing. It shouldnt require a re upload of data.
#However, this uploads the WHOLE backup to the cloud. It does not filter out folders at this time.
#Use the S3 Exclude file for this purpose.
			shopt -s dotglob
			shopt -s nullglob
			array=($BCK_DEST/Backup/*)
			for dir in "${array[@]}"
				do
					echo $(basename "${dir%.*}")
					echo Uploading $dir
					FOL=$(basename "${dir%.*}")
					s3cmd sync $S3_CMD $dir $S3_BUCKET/$FOL/
					echo .......
				if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];
					then
					function_error "S3CMD" $? "Check S3CMD Command Line, and Dirs"
				fi
				done

	fi

See.Sense Ace

So I’ve had the New Ace lights for awhile now, and have been using them on both day and night rides.

They are designed for commuters, their power output is low, however it’s noticeable, not quite as retina searing bright as the Icon+, but they get the job done.

Ace Rear

But, there are issues. First off was battery life. Initially, it sucked. They would run out of juice just sitting there on the desk, meaning a charge every day. A firmware update went a long way to curing this, unless you are an Android user. The companion app took months to arrive from see.sense, they blamed the exit of their developer, and farmed it out to an external company. A release was made, but it lacked almost all the features, and was pretty much only able to turn the lights on an off. So if you wanted to update the firmware, you needed an iOS device, or at the very least a mate with an iOS device..

Now, in the latest Kickstarter news letter, they’ve stated an in-house android developer will soon be starting, so hopefully we shall have a passable android app soon(ish).

Other than the poor development and battery life issues, they really are quite a good set of lights for commuting with.

The mounting options for the lights are first class, you get a multitude of mounts as standard: including a seat-post mount, aero seat-post mount, and bag clip, which I use to mount to the back of my jacket as I’ve two rears, so one on the seat post, and one on my back. There have been reports of lights falling out of the cradle, but I assume this is due to not being clipped in correctly. My lights seem to be in solid when clipped in correctly. See.Sense, to my horror lobbed a poor innocent bike off a roof, and the lights stayed on, that was the icon2, however it uses the same mounting system.

The ACE lights feature the same intelligence of the previous lights, with a little more processing power. They can track changes in movement, g-force, and ambient lighting; tailoring the light output to the conditions and surroundings: for example, on a quiet road the light lets out just a gentle pulse, but if a car’s headlights are detected then the light lets out a sudden burst to increase awareness.

The reactivity both noticeably improves road presence, compared to a regular mid-power flasher. My only continued niggle with the reactive element of the See.Sense lights is that the sudden bursts of light from the front light can be a little distracting. This is because the light is designed to have good side visibility, which unfortunately includes the upper side too – upwards towards your eyes, should you have it mounted horizontal on the bars. To be fair, my favourite daytime lights also have this issue, the Exposure Trace. A sliver of electrical tape however remedies this.

The Smartphone integration allows you to tailor the output of the light to further improve battery life. It also allows you to use the movement sensor as a theft alert. Both useful features, if they ever get the android app to release.

Sunday Funday

Went out for a quick spin on the bike, not to far as I was time limited. On the cycle path down to ripley, there was the normal glut of dog walkers, joggers and families out enjoying the traffic free route for a day out.

Kids where veering all over the path, going different directions from what their parents told them too, randomly stopping. Did this annoy me? Nope. It’s great to see the cycle way being used how it should be, smiles on people’s faces, happy kids trundling along. I’d rather deal with that, than some of the certified nut jobs behind the wheel of two tonnes of potential death.

And too think, the county council want to run a bypass right through the middle of it.

MucOff Bio Grease

I’d previously written about mucoff BioGrease, and I wasn’t impressed at the time. I’ve decided to give it a bit more of a chance. Previously I’d used it in the wheels, and it went south pretty quick.

This may of been due to the high spin speeds on the hub, the BioGrease is more designed for low rpm high sheer, such as headsets and bottom brackets. So, from here on, threads and headsets will be slathered in BioGrease, and the wheel rebuilds will be the stinky, incredibly tacky blue, which works well in high revolutions applications. So let’s see how it handles the dry summer months.

But don’t forget, any grease is better than no grease, use what you have on hand, and enjoy the maintenance of your bikes as much as riding them. After all, your bike gives you a lot, give it something back!

Pain free!

As you’ll know, if you read this, I’ve often suffered with pain on the bike. However, that may now be a thing of the past.

I’d made a couple of changes to my position, lowered the saddle until it was clearly too low and moved it back up in increments until it felt just right. I also moved the saddle forward in the rails to compensate for the lowered position. The stem replaced down to 90mm, with a 7 degree rise. I also changed the bars from a 44cm to a 42. The bar is more of a compact than my fizik cyrano bars. The difference was incredible. I felt a hell of a lot more comfortable, my shoulders weren’t bunched up, a bend in my elbows. My knees are a little close to the bar ends, but I can cope with that.

4 miles in, no pain and my wattage was up and cadence had increased. 4 miles back home, and just the regular sore thighs because I’m fat and unfit. But non of that crippling upper thigh pain.

A few more rides just to be sure, but I’m fairly confident that these changes might of worked.

Backups.. (Again!)

For a little while now, I’ve been working on a new backup script, as switching from Windows to a full Linux environment rendered my last script unusable.

So, here is the full script, it works well, but I’m making tweaks to it.

One issue I Have, is certain users don’t exist on certain machines, so my development branch doesn’t quite work. I’ve managed to loop through an array contains user names, and another looping through IP addresses, however I’ve not worked out away yet to filter those arrays to remove IP and user names that don’t exist on the target.

But basically, this script connects to machines using RSYNC, over SSH and copies the files to the backup location, and optionally uploads them to Amazon S3.

So, without further ado, here is a wall of code..

#!/bin/bash

#Main Script file for Back ups.

#See Bitbucket Repo for further information https://bitbucket.org/thompsonmichael/backup-sys

#Michael Thompson 2018

# mikethompson@gmx.co.uk (GPG Key-ID: 062C03D9)

#Version 0.0.1

#VARIABLES

BCK_DEST=/mnt/Logical_Data

EXCLUDE_FILE=/home/michael/Script/rsync_exclude

S3_BUCKET=s3://

RSYNC_CMD_STD="azh --progress"

RSYNC_CMD_CLEAN=" --delete-after --delete-excluded"

S3_CMD="-rHv --skip-existing --acl-private --continue-put --storage-class=STANDARD_IA --no-delete-removed --exclude-from=s3_exclude"

S3_EXTRA=$2

LOG_FILE="/home/michael/Script/log_file.log"

REM_HOST="192.168.0.2"

BLUE="\e[1;34m"

RED="\e[1;31m"

NORMAL_COL="\e[0m"

if ! [ -z "$2" ];

then

if ! [ "$2" = "-clean" ];

then

echo "Running Custom S3 Command"

S3_CMD=$S3_CMD" "$S3_EXTRA

fi

fi

echo Backing up systems

echo ______________

echo -e ${BLUE} S3 Bucket Configured: $RED $S3_BUCKET${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}S3 Command is: $RED $S3_CMD${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}Exclude File Path: $RED $EXCLUDE_FILE${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}Running on: $RED $HOSTNAME${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}Destination is: $RED $BCK_DEST${NORMAL_COL}

if [ -z "$1" ];

then

echo -e ${BLUE}Command line passed: Empty ${NORMAL_COL}

else

echo -e ${BLUE}Command line passed: $1 ${NORMAL_COL}

fi

echo

echo -----------------------------------------------------------------------

echo

#error function. pass as func error,code,message

function_error () {

echo -e ${RED}"xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"

echo -e "CRITICAL ERROR!"

echo -e "Error occured in: " $1 "Error returned was: " $2

if [ -z "$3" ];

then

echo -e "Unknown Error, cannot advise. Check FAQ"

fi

echo -e "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"${NORMAL_COL}

return 1

exit

}

#ENSURE DRIVE IS MOUNTED

if mountpoint -q $BCK_DEST

then

echo -e ${BLUE}"Backup Location is mounted " $BCK_DEST ${NORMAL_COL}

else

function_error "Backup Location not mounted" $? "Mount location and restart"

exit

fi

if [ -z "$1" ];

then

#--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#Copy To Local Storage

echo Command Returned: $?

echo -e ${BLUE}Backing Up Dads${NORMAL_COL}

wget -q --tries=10 --timeout=20 --spider http://google.com

if [[ $? -eq 0 ]]; then

echo -e "Internet Connected"

else

function_error "Internet Connection Down" "INT_DOWN $?" "Check Internet Connection"

exit

fi

ping -c1 ${REM_HOST} -q 2>&1 >/dev/null

RET=$?

if [ ${RET} -eq 0 ]; then

echo -e ${BLUE}"Host Is Alive"${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}Ping Command Returned: $? ${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}rsync command is: "-$RSYNC_CMD_STD ( ${REM_HOST} )"${NORMAL_COL}

rsync -$RSYNC_CMD_STD -e ssh --exclude-from $EXCLUDE_FILE william@${REM_HOST}:/home/william $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads

echo -e ${BLUE}"Command Returned (RSync):" $? ${NORMAL_COL}

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "RSYNC" $? "Check RSYNC Command Line, and RSYNC Dirs"

fi

rsync -$RSYNC_CMD_STD -e ssh --exclude-from $EXCLUDE_FILE $USER@${REM_HOST}:/home/$USER $BCK_DEST/Backup/$USER

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "RSYNC" $? "Check RSYNC Command Line, and RSYNC Dirs"

fi

echo -e ${BLUE}"Command Returned (RSync):" $? ${NORMAL_COL}

else

echo -e ${RED}"Host ${REM_HOST} failed ping monitoring on `date`"${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${RED}"Ping Command Returned (Ping):" $? ${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${RED}"${REM_HOST} is Dead"${NORMAL_COL}

fi

echo -e ${BLUE}Backing up $HOSTNAME${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}rsync command is: "-$RSYNC_CMD_STD ( $HOSTNAME )"${NORMAL_COL}

rsync -$RSYNC_CMD_STD --exclude-from $EXCLUDE_FILE /home/michael $BCK_DEST/Backup/Michael-Debian

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "RSYNC" $? "Check RSYNC Command Line, and RSYNC Dirs"

fi

echo -e ${BLUE}"Command Returned (RSync):" $?${NORMAL_COL}

fi

if [ "$1" = "-clean" ];

then

ping -c1 ${REM_HOST} -q 2>&1 >/dev/null

RET=$?

if [ ${RET} -eq 0 ]; then

echo -e ${BLUE}"Host Is Alive"${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}"Ping Command Returned (Ping):" $? ${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}"Host is Alive" ${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${BLUE}rsync command is: "-$RSYNC_CMD_STD ( ${REM_HOST} )" ${NORMAL_COL}

rsync -$RSYNC_CMD_STD$RSYNC_CMD_CLEAN -e ssh --exclude-from $EXCLUDE_FILE william@${REM_HOST}:/home/william $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "RSYNC" $? "Check RSYNC Command Line, and RSYNC Dirs"

fi

echo -e ${BLUE}"Command Returned (RSync):" $? ${NORMAL_COL}

rsync -$RSYNC_CMD_STD$RSYNC_CMD_CLEAN -e ssh --exclude-from $EXCLUDE_FILE $USER@${REM_HOST}:/home/$USER $BCK_DEST/Backup/$USER

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "RSYNC" $? "Check RSYNC Command Line, and RSYNC Dirs"

fi

echo "Command Returned (RSync):" $?

else

echo -e ${RED}"Host ${REM_HOST} failed ping monitoring on `date`"${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${RED}"Ping Command Returned:" $? ${NORMAL_COL}

echo -e ${RED}"${REM_HOST} is Dead"${NORMAL_COL}

fi

echo -e ${BLUE}Backing up $HOSTNAME ${NORMAL_COL}

rsync -$RSYNC_CMD_STD$RSYNC_CMD_CLEAN --exclude-from $EXCLUDE_FILE /home/michael $BCK_DEST/Backup/Michael-Debian

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "RSYNC" $? "Check RSYNC Command Line, and RSYNC Dirs"

fi

echo -e ${BLUE}"Command Returned (RSync):" $? ${NORMAL_COL}

#-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

# -s3clean has been added as a command line option, and must be passed a second command to -clean

# it will cause a S3 clean event to be processed.

# -clean on its own will pass only a standard archive clean. S3 is not routinly cleaned, unless explicity passed with -s3clean.

if [ "$2" = "-s3clean" ];

then

#Call Clean_S3

source s3_cmd.sc

fi

#-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

fi

if [ "$1" = "-s3" ];

then

echo S3 destination is: $S3_BUCKET

echo Amazon Upload Proceding...

echo Uploading $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads/william/Pictures/

s3cmd sync $S3_CMD $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads/william/Pictures/ $S3_BUCKET/Dads/Pictures/

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "S3CMD" $? "Check S3CMD Command Line, and Dirs"

fi

echo "Command Returned (S3CMD):" $?

echo Uploading $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads/william/Documents/

s3cmd sync $S3_CMD $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads/william/Documents/ $S3_BUCKET/Dads/Documents/

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "S3CMD" $? "Check S3CMD Command Line, and Dirs"

fi

echo "Command Returned (S3CMD):" $?

echo Uploading $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads/william/Videos/

s3cmd sync $S3_CMD $BCK_DEST/Backup/Dads/william/Videos/ $S3_BUCKET/Dads/Videos/

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "S3CMD" $? "Check S3CMD Command Line, and Dirs"

fi

echo "Command Returned (S3CMD):" $?

echo Uploading $BCK_DEST/Backup/Michael-Debian/

s3cmd sync $S3_CMD $BCK_DEST/Backup/Michael-Debian/ $S3_BUCKET/Michael-Debian/

if ! [ "$?" = "0" ];

then

function_error "S3CMD" $? "Check S3CMD Command Line, and Dirs"

fi

echo "Command Returned (S3CMD):" $?

exit

fi

#EOF