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I noticed a lot of play from my headset area and when you lock your front brake and rocked the bike forwards and backwards there was a loud clicking sound that was quite franking was freaking me out. Simple braking to slow my bike down and was terrifying at the thought that maybe the headset would give way, or worse the frame was too old (Some 10 years) and the headtube was gone. And so before a night cycling event for NTU Sportcamp, I brought my bike down to C2C.

There I waited for Nat to inspect my bike and try to find the problem, I suspected maybe the headset was worn. He tried finding the problem but couldn’t… So I suggested that I just leave it and get a whole new bike altogether…

Until Ben (Shop owner) came over and inspected… Than continued on to strip my headset (I think he had the idea that I just wanted to change the headset, might as well, $20 headset for 10 years about time). While taking off the stem cap, we saw the screw was slanted! On closer inspection when the stem cap was off, the star nut inside has actually corroded so much that one of the sides broke:

Ben threw in a free carbon spacer for me too! ❤

New Ciari headset! Woo hoo! No more creaks!

Check out the strobe pattern!

Looks like Prague is very much encouraging it citizens to cycle, either that or its citizens love to cycle. I can’t think of a more apt place to encourage cycling! A petrol station!

Imagine that you always drive maybe 2 km to the supermarket or coffee shop just to grab something small necessity or a cup of coffee, than you pull into the petrol station and get a rude shock at how much the price of fuel has gone up. As you pay for the gas, the counter staff notifies you that you have enough points to redeem a bicycle! How cool is that. Than you go on the redeem it and try it out! Bingo! You are addicted to cycling, it cuts cost, makes  you fitter, etc!

And everything you need to start out is at easily redeemable, no need to spend! Woo hoo!

This is how it is in Japan, the bikes are just beside the dumbbells on the very first floor of a major departmental store.

But you can’t blame them really, with what seems like the majority of people cycling as a means of transportation, more are sure the join the fray. And as with all Japanese hunks and babes, they could want to do it with style and probably want to get it from a departmental store than some tiny little corner shop that only sells “lady bikes”.

Hmm… Of course there are the mega bike shops…

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