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.”

It raised more than $700k which enabled the Neil Armstrong’s lunar spacesuit to be displayed on July 16th, 2019!

As a project backer, I received a 3D printing digital file of the spacesuit glove which I promptly put aside and forgot. At that time I did not have access to a 3D printer nor felt the need to purchase one for this one-off project.

However, when we moved cross-country to California last year, I joined productOps which has a Raise3D Pro2 printer.

As May this year came around, I suddenly realized that I now have the tool and, perhaps, the skills to do justice to Neil Armstrong’s glove.

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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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Training routes for Jan-mid Feb

Jan-Feb Training Routes

The three training routes that I will ride if (and that’s a big if, given the weather) I get to ride outdoor.

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