2011 Raleigh Revenio 3.0 Headset

I recently purchased a 2011 Raleigh Revenio 3.0 bare frame and fork from Craigslist. I had a really hard time figuring out what kind of headset to buy for it. The Raleigh website simply says “FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings”. I called Raleigh and talked to Tech Services, they couldn’t tell me what size I needed. I called FSA, they told me to call Raleigh or take it to a Raleigh dealer.

I finally ended up going to my local Raleigh Dealer, Pedal Pusher in Harrisburg, PA (which just so happens to be the friendliest and most helpful bike shop I’ve ever been to in my life), and they were able to order me the part that I needed.

So, if you’re in the same boat I was and are frantically searching Google, here is the part that worked for me:

Manufacturer: FSA
Model: FSA Orbit CF and CE
Mfr Part #: 121-0405
UPC: 400310025265
45° x 45° servicable aCB (campag)
1-1/8″ steerer
For 46mm OD headtube
Campag compatible bearings (Yellow Seal)
7075T6 crown race
Stack height: 8.5 + 0.9 = 9.4mm

Cheers!

My Peterson’s Tobacco Pipe Restoration

I picked up an old Peterson 314 System Standard tobacco pipe that was in really bad condition. I performed the following restorations:

- sanded, polished, and waxed the briar
- polished the silver ring
- restored the stem
- reamed and repaired the tobacco chamber with ash/honey.

Below are before/after pictures of the project:

Before:
Before - Image 1
Before - Image 2
Before - Image 3
Before - Image 4

After:
After - Image 1
After - Image 2
After - Image 3
After - Image 4

Road bike conversion from curly bars to flat bars

I decided to convert my road bike from a racing curly bar to a flat bar. I normally ride mountain bikes, so I’ve grown accustomed to riding with a flat bar. I also feel like I have better control over braking with a flat bar, and prefer the more upright riding style.

My road bike was originally equipped with a 10 speed Ultegra rear derailleur and an Ultegra triple front derailleur (52/39/30t).

To do the conversion, I had to purchase the following:
- Flat handlebar
- Flatbar shifters
- Brake Levers
- Grips
- I had to purchase a derailleur that was compatible with the flatbar shifters. I couldn’t find the triple version of this derailleur anywhere (FD-R773), so I had to order it from a company in England.

Here are the parts I purchased to do the conversion:

Ritchey Pro Rizer OS Bar — $31.49
Shimano 2010 STI 10-Speed Rapidfire FlatBar Bicycle Shifter Set – SL-R770 — $139.97
Shimano Front Derailleur for Flat Bar Shifters – FD-R773, triple 10-speed 28.6 and 31.8 mm 52T — $60.75
Forté Team Brake Levers — $11.69
Ergon GP1 SE Grips — $19.79
Brake/Shifter cables and housings — $30.00

Total: $293.69

Notes:
I cut an inch off of each side of the handlebars using a plumbing tubing cutter.

The Forte brake levers work perfectly with the Ultegra brakes that my bike is equipped with.

If you haven’t tried these Ergon handlebar grips, I highly recommend them. They are incredibly comfortable.

Robert Donovan’s posts that he put up regarding his conversion were very helpful to me:
http://www.robertsdonovan.com/?p=98
http://www.robertsdonovan.com/?p=500

Here are some photos of the finished product.

Before (stock photo):

After:

Repair the clock in a 2005 Toyota Corolla

This video shows how I repaired the clock in my 2005 Toyota Corolla. These instructions should work for a 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008 Corolla. There is a common problem with the clock in the Toyota Corolla that causes it to stop working intermittently and then eventually not work at all. The problem is caused by the solder on some of the joints on the circuit board. The fix is to touch up those joints with a soldering iron. This video contains instructions for removing the clock, fixing the solder joints, and reinstalling the clock.

WordPress plugin to display Twitter status via Ping.fm

I have just finished writing my first WordPress plugin – a widget to display a status update via Ping.fm:

Ping.fm is a simple service that makes updating your social networks a snap. You can use AIM, GTalk, iGoogle, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, WAP, iPhone/iPod Touch, SMS or E-mail to let Ping.fm relay your message to a multitude of social networking sites. This plugin lets you use Ping.fm to add your status to your WordPress Blog’s sidebar via Ping.fm’s “Custom URL” integration.

== Installation ==

* Extract archive
* Upload entire ‘pingfm_status’ directory to ‘wordpress/wp-content/plugins’
— do not remove files from directory, upload the directory with all files in it
* At http://ping.fm create a Custom URL to update the following address:

http://url_to_your_wordpress_installation/wp-content/plugins/pingfm_status/pingfm_post.php

* Enable the plugin in your WordPress admin section
* Add pingfm widget to your sidebar, set the Title

== Notes ==

If you notice that the timezone is incorrect on the timestamps that appear in your updates,
you can change it in ‘/wp-content/plugins/pingfm_status/pingfm_post.php’. I have included
some notes in that file.

Here is a link to the plugin in the WordPress Plugin Directory.