Monthly Archives: December 2010

Repairing a Broken Fender Mount

If you’ve been reading my blogs you know how much trouble I’ve had with the wheel pants and fenders on my Leitra. I had hoped that after switching to fenders, my troubles would be over, but the damage caused by multiple issues with the wheel pants caught up with me.
The section of the wheel / brake / steering bracket to which the fender or wheel pants bolts had developed a crack that went through the bolt hole and onto the other side. I noticed the free play in the fender and found the crack on disassembly.
I don’t know how to weld (at least not yet…), so my repair plan was to fabricate an ‘L’ shaped metal plate. The plate bolts to the disk brake mounting bolts (far right in the picture above) and extends back along the fender mounting bracket. A trip to the local hardware store and a couple of hours of measuring, cutting and drilling and I had this:
The cracked section is between the new metal plate and the vertical metal section of the fender mount I built earlier this winter. Test riding this morning, it seems to be sufficiently rigid.

Christmas Video

I shot and edited a Christmas video this afternoon.
One of the things I really enjoy about my family is that we are all musicians and I’m glad to share that with you. This video features my wife Mary and my older daughter Cat singing. My younger daughter, Susan, accompanies them on flute. Cat’s voice teacher, Marla Stanton is playing the piano. The venue is the United Methodist Church on the corner of 6th and North streets in Lafayette, IN.
This my first try at using two cameras to capture a live performance. You can see the difference in quality when I fade between the video shot on my DV camcorder and my iPhone. I’ve got more to learn about color grading and editing, but I’m fairly happy with this first effort.

Congratulations Leon!

I am excited to see a good friend of mine, Dr. Leon Thacker, receive the Hovde award for his service to Indiana as director of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory here at Purdue. Leon is solid Christian and a thoughtful friend. He has been a great help to me in my Christian development.
Here’s the press release about the Hovde award from the Purdue News Service.


Amazing video from NASA engineers of their “best of” footage of shuttle liftoff and ascent. Two of the engineers provide a detailed voice over of the video. Not to be missed for space nerds.

Six Degrees

What a great way to start the day!

This was the coldest ride of the season this morning at 6F. It is cold earlier than usual this winter. I would normally expect a ride like this sometime in early to mid January.
With the Leitra’s fairing to keep the wind off and some of my body heat in, I rode with lined tights, booties over my cycling shoes, silk turtleneck and a sweatshirt. I had a wool hat on for the first part of the ride until I warmed up. I pulled it off and put it in the interior storage bay for the remainder of the ride.