Monday, November 9, 2015

Gerbing Fail (Again!)

It didn't take very long this year for this roof drain to develop a nice icicle. I'm hoping that the warm weather (+20°F and above) doesn't continue for too much longer. It makes for slick roads. On today's ride I was tempted to go back for the GoPro as even the main roads had 4" to a 12" of snow on them. And not a single DOT plow to be seen. I guess it means good business for the tow trucks and body shops in town.

While riding, I noticed that the heated gear wasn't heating. Upon stopping, the red led on the Gerbing dual controller was flashing indicating a short in that circuit somewhere. I disconnected the gloves and the jacket heated up nicely. When I got home I checked the gloves and the liner cables. Just like before, the cable on the jacket liner that feeds the gloves has developed a short. On top of that, the left glove is an open circuit indicating a broken wire somewhere. In both cases, the failure is a broken wire at the connector. I need to find better connectors.

Took the to connectors apart and re-terminated them. And used multiple layers of shrink tubing to reinforce the wire at the connector. The connector on the jacket liner has a cracked plastic housing. That probably led to the broken wire. Am I the only one that has this problem with heated gear? I checked the most recent Gerbing stuff and it still uses the same style connectors. They just don't design the gear for everyday use.

8 comments:

redlegsrides said...

Apparently, they're going to have to design a tougher class of connectors for guys like you RichardM!

Geoff James said...

I'll keep a careful eye out for when I start to use my G3's Richard. The weather is too warm for them now so it will have to be in 6 months or so!

RichardM said...

I'm thinking of using mini-XLR connectors. I started out looking at Amphenol mil-spec connectors but that seemed overkill.

RichardM said...

I think that they just don't expect anyone to use them everyday especially at our winter temperatures. The older design with a plastic header in the jacket liner may have been a better design.

Dar said...

Heck that must be frustrating! I think I'd have a back-up to the gloves, would heated grips at least keep your hands moderately warm as a back-up?

Bob and Sharon said...

Richard
I've been using Hippo Hands for the last 5 years now,http://www.hippohands.com/URAL.htm
I've got heated grips, and in the winter at 15deg I've ridden with just wool liners on. My Gerbings always cracked the connector on the jacket. I cut one of the glove connectors off and extended the cord so it wasn't in a bending point. I also bought a pair of Gerbings trousers that I really like. Hippo hands just got back in business the original owner retired. Good luck

RichardM said...

I have heated grips as well. The grips keep your palms warm but the gloves do s much better job with the back of your hands and fingers. I have used just the heated grips and light gloves many times.

RichardM said...

I have Hippo Hand copies that I picked up from Sportsmans Wharehouse which do a decent job of keeping the cold wind at bay. Without them the heated gloves and grips would almost be a waste of time once it gets below about 20°F.