Freewheel and cassette

The freewheel on my bike was worn out and needed replacing. It was worn out by the bicycle chain, which I’ve not replaced after using it for more than 2 and a half years. Initially I thought only the bicycle chain needed replacing, as I could see the chain floating on the front chainring, likely due to the chain being elongated after years of usage and not having been taking care of properly. But after replacing the chain, the chain started to slip on the freewheel. It slipped so badly that I was effectively left with only one useable speed on that heavily worn out freewheel!So I went online to see what I need to get if I want to replace the freewheel myself. At the time I didn’t know the difference between freewheel and cassette. And I didn’t even know that my bike is still using the old threaded hub! Until my colleague told me that the cassette I bought would not fit the threaded hub I’ve got on my bike when he was about to show me how incredibly easy it is to replace a cassette. What a waste of everybody’s time, including my other nosy colleagues who would also like to know how to replace a cassette. :)So for anyone who hasn’t a clue what system they are using, it is definitely worth the effort to take off the rear wheel to find out first before diving straight into buying the parts. Although it is quite rewarding to have understood the difference through the hard way, as I also found out various bits of information about different bicycle parts along the way, I think it’s probably not necessary to go through the process of ordering the wrong parts. Having said that, this online bike store I used is really quite impressive. I returned the cassette on Friday in second class post, and the money was already refunded back into my account on Monday! It costed me about £2 to send the cassette back, but they offer free postage service, using first class Royal Mail, when I buy stuff from them. Makes me wonder how much does it actually cost them to send the stuff. Such cost efficient retailers.

Freewheel and Cassette

Coffee grounds keep slugs and snails away?

Got two bags of coffee grounds for free from Starbucks to be used as organic fertiliser for my garden. But apparently they are also good for keeping slugs and snails away from plants, according to that branch of Starbucks. Brilliant, if that is true, as the bloody slugs in my garden have devoured quite a few of the Marigold plants we planted this Spring already. I have tried using beer to attract slugs into a trap with good effect a couple of weeks ago. But looks like the slugs are coming back with a vengeance once again. Really annoying. Weather has not been good already recently, has been raining for most part of the week, hence have not been able to keep a hawk eye on my plants. Looks like I’ll have to get some beers again, ho ho ho.An interesting observation when I cycled home recently. Saw quite a few snails crossing the cycle path after rain on a few occasions. Fair enough, snails prefer to crawl on wet surface. But makes me wonder why they bother to cross, to the opposite side which in my opinion is essentially the same. Furthermore, it’s a “long” way for them, and it’s dangerous! 🙂

An interview that makes you feel real

Fernando Torres

This is a lovely account of Fernando Torres which reveals a lot about him as a person. Such a short interview, but it has more substance than countless biographies, of footballers, “celebrities” etc, that have been released into the market recently. Shame on some of these people, who are already very rich yet still want to cash in for more.Some of the stuff he told the journalist, like “(mum) taking me to and from training: every day..did it at eight in the morning and again at six in the evening, just to make her son happy”, “Life’s about the little things..sometimes ten minutes with my dogs can mean as much to me as playing in a big game of football”, “places where the people are exploited, where they have next to nothing..are always those who are willing to give the most”, “in these places, devoid of material things and the envy that we obsess about in our world, I’ve found the people are so generous and prepared to share everything”, really do sound like they are coming from a person who is not afraid to open up his heart and share his thoughts isn’t it? What a breath of fresh air, considering that there are so many egoistical footballers or personalities around nowadays. Life will be so much more pleasant if there are more people like Torres, and that wealth can be distributed more evenly around the world…

Wimbledon 2008

Federer vs Nadal

It’s Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final today. For the third time in a row, it’s Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal. Can Roger win the Wimbledon for the 6th time in a row? Or is Rafael going to break Roger’s dominance on grass surface? Oh, I’m feeling nervous now. The final is supposed to start in about an hour’s time. But the weather forecast for today is not good. It was raining quite heavily just now in Reading. In fact there’s a likelihood that the tournament organiser may have to postpone the final to Monday due to the heavy downpour.

Ana Ivanovic

Here are some photos I’ve taken when we went to Wimbledon on Day 5 last week. We got Court No 1 tickets through the public ballot. Quite lucky. So for the first time we don’t have to queue to get into the All England Tennis Club. And we get to see women’s current world number 1 Ana Ivanovic and Lleyton Hewitt. But we wished we had the Centre Court tickets instead, as Roger Federer was playing there! Sigh, maybe next year…