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Old 05-06-2014, 04:01 PM   #15
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That's not a bad idea to put some wood under the battery as it is charging to protect the concrete. You will still see in most shops that have a lot of battery sales wood down to protect the concrete floor. I would bet if you ask why they would come up with some sort of battery discharging theory. Or they might respond, "I don't know or It's always been there." I always heard things like, "It will suck the charge out of the battery overnight." and a variety of other similar claims.

This is the absolute best myth and I think it's funny and yet kind of stupid. What's the sense in continuing to do something just because that's what we've always done.

Go into any bike store and I don't care how expensive the bikes are. You will still see the center bar lowered on the girls version. Now the question is where did that idea come from???? Well back in the 1890's when the bicycle came into popular use girls skirts were down to the ground and it was not lady like to sling your leg over the bike. Soooo the bar was lowered. When is the last time you saw a girl wearing a skirt riding a bike???? How many of you remember the somewhat longer pants for girls called, "Pedal pushers?" Here we are 120 + years later still making bikes with the bar lowered.

Yes I realize that any high-end bike should be anatomically fitted for the person riding it but it does not have to have the bar lowered for the girls, unless they just want to make it easier to get on and off.

TeJay
That alone would be a very entertaining topic

The gas station owner where I grew up had the only battery charger in town and he showed me what battery acid does to concrete and he taught me never to store batteries directly on concrete, back in the day of course, but battery acid is what it is: extremely corrosive.

To keep it politically correct: Always ware eye protection and protective clothing when handling charged automotive batteries

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