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…final photos of bike… January 18, 2008

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…So, I put the finishing touches on the OCR 3 tonight. There were a few things left to do before the new owner picks her up. Plus, it gave me a chance to get some better pictures.

I finished painting and clear-coating the head tube badge, and installed it. I also added the headlight and the taillight.

I re-waxed the accessible areas of the frame. It looks really great. Nice shine.

I cleaned up and installed the bottle cage.

I adjusted the front brakes and the front derailleur.

I readjusted the seat for the new owner.

And here are some final finished pics:

2004 Giant OCR 3

2004 Giant OCR 3

2004 Giant OCR 3

2004 Giant OCR 3

…bike is done… January 8, 2008

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Well, it’s finished. I even rode it to work today. It was fast! I won’t be keeping it, though. It is a size too small. I really need a bike just a bit bigger to be comfortable. Anyway, here are some pics:

Besides tearing it completely down to get rid of corrosion and grease everything, I replaced the bar tape, the pedals, the rear derailleur, and all the cables and housings.

The only reason I replaced the rear derailleur is that it was cheap and I didn’t feel like all that polishing and cleaning. It was going to be a lot more work than the brakes or shifters.

So, overall it turned out to be a great bike! A little bigger and it would be a great bike for me… oh well…

…going back together… January 5, 2008

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So, I’m slowly getting the little parts and pieces cleaned up and putting the bike back together.

2004 Giant OCR 3 rebuild

After taping the handlebars, I had to fit up the new seat to see how everything looks… I’m still grinning! 🙂  This is going to be one sharp looking bike.

…new post on my other blog… December 24, 2007

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If you are interested in Ham Radio, then check out my recent portable project:

http://wh7da.wordpress.com/2007/12/24/ft-7800r-portable/ 

…photos and record time… November 3, 2007

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So, this has been a busy couple months for me. My knee is holding up just great, and I’m back to full speed on the bike. In fact, I broke my commute time record a little over a week ago. I did my commute to work (normally a 16.5-18 min ride) in 15:02. That’s door to door (I can ride my bike from the front door of my house to the door of my shop). My average speed was a record 16.2mph! That’s an average speed. I was cooking down Nimitz Highway at 20-22mph that morning (between lights). Anyway, I’m pretty happy with my time and progress. Oh, and that was on my hybrid with front and rear racks, a trunk bag, front panniers, and about 8 lbs of work stuff…

In other updates, I’ve uploaded photos of the airshow we had here in October, and of my 2yr old picking out her pumpkin. I also found out that my free flickr account will only display the last 200 photos uploaded. So, some of my earlier bike photos won’t display. I’ll decide later whether to upgrade the account, or be more selective about uploaded photos.

Well, the SuperFerry fiasco has made some positive progress. They were able to wade through the pool of crap thrown at them and get a special session where a bill was passed that allows the SuperFerry to continue operations while the State conducts an environmental impact survey (yes, the same one the State told the SuperFerry they didn’t have to do). So, there should be some deals coming up soon. Maybe I can start planning my bike tour of Maui sooner rather than later.

Let’s see, what else?… Oh, I don’t think I’ve posted this yet, but we are having another baby! Due date is Jan 22, 2008. It’s a BOY! We’ve picked a name for him: Elliot Lee Stone. So, what do you think? I think it’s pretty cool.

Not much else going on. While you wait for me to update my blog again, be sure to check out some of the links on the right.

…haven’t been riding… August 11, 2007

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I came down with Shingles a couple weeks ago. It attacked my L3 nerve bundle, which is the upper front to lower inner area on my left thigh. This has seriously hampered my ability (and motivation) to ride. After one misdiagnosis, and a week and a half, I’ve been prescribed some medication called Acyclovir which seems to be helping it out quite a bit. I take one 800mg pill every 6hrs for 7 days. I’ve managed to go to work (except for two days) and am otherwise productive. In fact, I’ve been cleaning and organizing my garage. Soon, I’ll have a workbench station setup just for bike maintenance.

I’ve also uploaded some pictures from my last weekend ride (back in July), and pictures of what happens when I don’t follow my own plans – and build a 50W Halogen spotlight that runs off 12VDC. Yeah, there could have been a fire, but man – it was a great light while it lasted!

Anyway, I should be back on the bike soon. I need to be, the Honolulu Century Ride is coming up at the end of September, and I want to ride the full 100 miles. Right now, I’m severely out of shape and have put on 14 pounds in the last month. Well, back on the bike soon enough. The shingles are phasing out of the pain stage and back to the crazy itchy stage, and the blisters are drying up. Gross. Another week and I’ll be riding again.