Bubble in the desert

A blog I started whilst on a GE "Bubble" assignment in Nevada. I'm back in Cambridge (UK) now but still miss the desert and my friends out there.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Repairing my bicycle track pump with a topeak super chuck

Any cyclist knows that there is only really one piece of kit to use to pump up their tyres, a Track Pump. Sadly all too often the valves on these floor pumps often break and the vendors don't seem to sell replacements.

I hate throwing away anything that is still serviceable so did a bit of research and came up with the Topeak Super Chuck which looked substantial and like it might have that workshop look about it. I wasn't sure but decided to part with my £6.

I was really surprised how easily I was able to remove the old valve (you can just cut it off if you want) and replace it with the brass super chuck and jubilee clip. The whole thing took about 5 minutes and the pump now works a treat, even on my little 16" wheels and shrader valves! Highly recommended.

Saving the planet one repair at a time!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Education and Creativity - what an awesome TED talk

I'm a bit fan of TED talks but don't watch enough of them. My friend Dave Potts told me to check this one out. It's about creativity in education and is very inspirational and though provoking. Well worth watching right to the end.

Highly recommended http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html.