Saturday, April 27, 2013

Exercise is Good for Me!

After my bout with Pneumonia, reported in an earlier blog, I was in severe need for some exercise. So, I went about getting some, when it was not raining, which was not often enough in the last while.

So, I made a video and will try to embed it here:

And, hope it works. I'll try it and come back to finish the post...

Well, I first put in a link and that worked, but I wanted to embed the video. Was not too difficult and you can see it above.

Hope you like it!

Made some tea, and while there, I thought of another related piece of news.

I was at the shoe store with Dianne looking for shoes for her when I spotted some MBT shoes on sale. These have high rocker, turn up at the heel and toe. Yes, that makes them unstable, compared to normal shoes. This causes one to work harder to balance. Lots of muscles are involved, so they all work harder than normal. This is called exercise.

I love them. Not everyone does, but I love the deep cushioning. When I stand still, my posture does improve, just like advertised. Recently, I have noticed that I can't stand in lineups without my back announcing it is not happy. Not with MBT shoes, because you use the correct part of the foot and the body just lines up above it.

And, I bought a pair of 4 lb hand weights. Trying to get arm and chest and shoulder muscles stengthened.

Motorcycle news: Handlebars now properly bolted. Sidestand foot extenders (wider, longer) installed. So, a bit safer on soft surfaces - hot asphalt, grass, mud(?), etc.

OK, that's all for tonight. Well, on second thought, here is another video:

And, as you can see, I get some exercise here too!

1am - off to bed.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Kingdom for a Bolt

Went to Home Depot, Rona, Cdn Tire, 2 Marine stores, 3 bike shops (including my BMW dealer), Brafasco, and Fastenal. Talked to two friends in BC and one in Florida - for a stainless steel socket head cap screw, M8-1.25 x 70 or 75 mm. No luck!

Then, I went to the Fastenal web site. I had visited the store and saw nothing in the bins. Did not talk to the clerk. EBay had some for $6 + $17 shipping - and wait 10 days too! But, by phoning the local store and giving them a SKU from the web site, I got a special order. Will get them next Monday. One 70mm and one 75mm.


This bolt will go through a RAM B-367U ball, the left bar casting, the 20mm Touratech bar riser, and into the triple tree. The ball allows mounting of my Zumo 550 GPS.

Yea! Success!