One small step…

For those who follow my Instagram account, you may have seen the progress of my latest craft project.

50 years ago today, July 16th 1969, three earthlings lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida to begin their journey to the Moon. 4 days later, Neil Armstrong took the first step onto the lunar surface.

To celebrate and commemorate this event, I’ve spent the month of June and July recreating one of the artifacts from the Lunar landing.

The Beginning

Back in 2015(!) the Smithsonian created the Kickstart project, Reboot the Suit, to raise fund to “conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s and Alan Shepard’s spacesuits.”

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First 30+ miles ride

Done my first 30+ miles ride with the Princeton Free Wheelers group this morning. We were cruising all the way and I had no problem going the distance.

Now I’m much more confident about being able to complete the 5 Boro 40 miles route.

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Winter time

My cycling has now moved indoor and night time. CycleOps Fluid 2 indoor trainer (sourced from Craigslist), and Sufferfest video equals cardio and strength training for next spring.

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Making it my own

One of the great thing about owning a piece of sport equipment is customization, to make it uniquely mine. A bike offers many ways of customization and here are mine. Some of them are more customizing my riding experience vs. customizing the bike itself. (I haven’t included pictures of the mundane stuff like foot pump, spare tube, CO2 canister, tire repair kit, and saddle bag)

Currently I’m waiting for two more items to arrive; Camelbak Podium Big Chill Bottle and Serfas Fissure Jersey.

Things that are on my shopping list in the future; road tires, better saddle, and winter clothing.

Name sticker with country flag
Name sticker with country flag

Bontrager water bottle cage
Bontrager water bottle cage

Topeak iPhone mount on stem
Topeak iPhone mount on stem

Topeak Ride Case II iPhone 5 mount
Topeak Ride Case II iPhone 5 mount

Pearl iZUMi Men's X-Alp Seek IV Cycling Shoe
Pearl iZUMi Men’s X-Alp Seek IV Cycling Shoe

Shimano PD-M520L pedals
Shimano PD-M520L pedals

Heart Rate Monitor
Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo Speed & Cadence sensor
Wahoo Speed & Cadence sensor

Blackburn front and back lights
Blackburn front and back lights

Giro gloves
Giro gloves

Bell XLV helmet
Bell XLV helmet

Oakley M-Frame with red iridium and black iridium lenses
Oakley M-Frame with red iridium and black iridium lenses

Cycling update

It’s been two proper morning rides and I’ve enjoyed them so far. I am able to ride further than I thought. Initially I thought I can only ride about 5 miles at most on the flat but I’ve already rode 6.5 miles with slight climbs today without hitting the wall. Hopefully I can ride 10+ miles soon so I can start getting some serious cardio workout.

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Back in November last year, I read about this Kickstarter project on Uncrate via Flipboard app on my iPad.(I think). I’ve been looking for a waterproof cash container for a while and all the one I can find on Amazon are either too small (designed mainly for medications) or not cool enough, or just not what I am looking for.

The Ti2 Sentinel however, is perfect. It has multiple sizes to choose from in both lengths and diameters. It’s made of titanium so it should be very durable. It’s waterproof so cash or any legal documents should not get wet. And most important of all, the prices are affordable and in exactly the right range for me. Oh and it’s hand-made in USA. What more can one ask?

I pledged my money for a S6M since looking at the schematics I didn’t think the S6S will accommodate cash notes. The S4L will but I want something with large enough diameter to store decent amount of cash. The project owner, Mike Bond, provides detailed updates on the build process, which was very reassuring for the backers like myself. After waiting for 3 months and just a couple of weeks after the original delivery estimate, my S6M arrived yesterday. It is exactly as described in the Kickstarter project. Beautifully handcrafted. The square thread is particularly impressive attention to details. It is definitely something that is “use and forget” which is important as part of the emergency kit.

Ti2 Sentinel in plastic package
In plastic package

Ti2 Sentinel out of the package
Out of package

Dissembled into all three parts
Dissembled into all three parts

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