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June 17th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,equipment,recumbent bike,vids,website

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I was never too happy with the fact that viewing videos on my site required viewers to click on a link, and be taken to an outside site (Google Video). Therefore, I have changed things around a bit where the videos now open in a popup window, along with a short description of the video. The videos are hosted at YouTube, which in my opinon has better playback quality.

There is also a new video on the videos page that shows how to remove the hydraulic damper cartridge from the HPVelotechnik Meks Carbon AC suspension forks. Some moisture had found its way into the sanchion tubes of the forks, so I needed to take it to bits to dry it out. A simple enough procedure of removing the bottom 6mm bolt, and then removing the damper cap along with the cartridge.

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Comment by Andrew — June 18, 2006 @ 7:34 pm | post a comment

Your Southland accent is getting stronger!!! Cool. "Forrrk"

Dirrrty Purrrple Worrrk Shirrrrt

Comment by Rob Thomson — June 19, 2006 @ 2:02 am | post a comment

Andrew, I just finished watching 'The World's Fastest Indian', and gained a renewed pride in my Southland heritage. I never knew that a fellow man from Invercargill was so famous…

Comment by carl — June 22, 2006 @ 10:22 am | post a comment

Have you left yet? or are you still in japan? I just got back from work and was catching up with all the news on Ed's site and yours.

just had a look at your video's seems to be getting better. Like the look of the noodles…



Comment by Rob Thomson — June 24, 2006 @ 6:21 am | post a comment

Ta Carl,

Yeah, still in Japan. About three weeks to go. Only two more days of work. A local pharmacy has hooked me up with a good selection of pills and other first-aid goodies, and I've had a few appearances in the local media. All good fun. I look forward to clearing out my apartment and loading up the bike though. 'Twill be good to get away.

Thanks for the compliment on the vids. If I had more in my budget, I'd get me a real video camera. But for now, the little Cybershot P-8 still digital camera will have to do…

Comment by Lee — July 7, 2006 @ 6:04 pm | post a comment

Oh no, Rob!

Sorry you've got the flu. That's not much fun. Better, I s'pose, to make sure it's all gone before you head out. Do you still have a place to live for those extra days?

Maybe it's some essential shift in the timing of your journey, and getting the flu was the only way to bring it about… many and complex are the plans of our grand Co-ordinator. Yay for Him. Still not much fun at this end of things, though.

Will keep keeping an eye on how things unfold.

Take care :-)

Comment by Rob Thomson — July 7, 2006 @ 6:45 pm | post a comment

Hey Lee, I'm staying at my old hostfamily's place until I leave, so I'm taking it really easy. If anythying, this cold has forcibly made me take some time off planning, which is a good thing!

Comment by Ed — July 10, 2006 @ 7:55 am | post a comment

Came here from Genochio's blog.


All the very very best of luck to you on your endeavour. It will certainly be a life changing experience.

One question though, how difficult will it be to find spare parts for such an esoteric velocipede in the back'o'beyond?

Many regards,

The Other Other Ed

Comment by Rob Thomson — July 10, 2006 @ 8:10 am | post a comment

Hello The Other Ed,

Nice of you to drop by. Check out my bike's specs, and you will see that the bike has all the stock standard parts of a normal upright bike. There are very little 'recumbent specific' parts needed. The only part that comes to mind is a chain idler wheel that keeps the long chain in the right place.



Comment by Noel Peter — July 25, 2006 @ 2:55 am | post a comment

Hi sir, This is Noel Peter B. Tan. remember? I would like to thank first of all. You have done a good job. I still hope to see you soon in APU. I also want to see your bicycle, never seen that kind before. I wish you all the luck and blessings.

Comment by Carlton Valdez — November 13, 2008 @ 8:35 pm | post a comment


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