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Replacing a Shimano shift cable

Fixing the cargo bike after hunting for bears

Nov. 22, 2020
After some adventure with our cargo bike, the Shimano Nexus 7-speed shifter cable got damaged and needed replacement. Read my blog post to learn how to do this yourself.

Last week my son and I where looking for bears in the local park... a child's fantasy is priceless! Unfortunately, during some off road riding with our cargo bike, one of the cables got tangled up with a sturdy branch! Our wounded carbo bike was in need for a repair!

Assembling a cargo bike

Setting up the Babboe Big cargo bike

June 25, 2019
How hard can it be to assemble a cargo bike? This posts shares my experience with assembling the Babboe Big cargo bike.

This month our Babboe Big cargo bike arrived, in boxes. The engineer in me thought it was a good idea to assemble the bike by hand. This way I would know exactly about all its parts and fittings, handy knowledge for maintenance. Read along for my experience and some practical tips.

Six months with MCADD

Thoughts and tips on the daily life as parents

June 24, 2019
It's six months since our son was born with MCADD, a good moment to reflect upon the experience of being a parent with some thoughts and tips.

Tomorrow it's six months since our son was born, a good moment to reflect upon the experience of being a parent of a kid with MCADD. This metabolic condition demands special attention on the feeding schedule and preparation for situations when things go different. It's good to share that this has quickly become normal for us, here are some thoughts and tips.

Born with MCADD

Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

Jan. 29, 2019
Our son was diagnosed with MCADD days after he was born. We experienced a metabolic crisis but were lucky to be just in time!

Just days after our son was born, we ran into trouble when our little man didn't want to eat anymore. Repeated attempts to feed him failed as he appeared to be too tired to drink from his mother. When we measured his body temperature we were shocked, only 33ยบ Celsius! What followed was nothing less than an incredible emotional rollercoaster!

My first weeks as dad

On the challenges and rewards of being a father

Jan. 24, 2019
Last Christmas my wife gave birth of our son. It's a life changing experience to become a parent. Read along for my (biometric) findings and some practical tips.

Last Christmas my wife gave birth to our son, a little boy that would change everything! It's an incredible experience to become a parent, especially if it is your first kid. It introduces a whole new way of living, having to deal with regular feeding, caring and sleepless nights. Read along for my (biometric) findings and some practical tips!

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Data from a mediocre night (with minimal HRV recovery)
Data from a mediocre night (with minimal HRV recovery)
Left: a full week of sleep data - right: one night in detail
Left: a full week of sleep data - right: one night in detail
Make sure to test the swinging of the cargo box once you have fixed your cables
Make sure to test the swinging of the cargo box once you have fixed your cables
Holding my son for the very first time - trying to make sense what the little man wants... (a recurring theme as I would find out)
Holding my son for the very first time - trying to make sense what the little man wants... (a recurring theme as I would find out)
Suitcase and Maxi Cosi where ready
Suitcase and Maxi Cosi where ready
Dealing with MCADD, the L-Carnitine medicine and Fantomalt energy powder (photo by Ellen Middelkoop)
Dealing with MCADD, the L-Carnitine medicine and Fantomalt energy powder (photo by Ellen Middelkoop)
Our adventure machine - the Babboe Big cargo bike
Our adventure machine - the Babboe Big cargo bike
Our son
Our son
VU Amsterdam emergency room
VU Amsterdam emergency room
The Shimano Nexus 7-speed gear hub - the cable is fixed using a bolt, inside the red circle
The Shimano Nexus 7-speed gear hub - the cable is fixed using a bolt, inside the red circle
If things work out well, the inner cable will come out of the outer cable at the rear hub
If things work out well, the inner cable will come out of the outer cable at the rear hub
Loosening the bolt is easily done using two pliers
Loosening the bolt is easily done using two pliers
The shifter cable underneath the cargo bike was pulled apart by a branch...
The shifter cable underneath the cargo bike was pulled apart by a branch...
Baby asleep, daddy at work
Baby asleep, daddy at work
The Babboe Big, in boxes
The Babboe Big, in boxes
Properly tension the Nexus 7-speed gear hub by aligning the two yellow lines when you have selected the fourth gear
Properly tension the Nexus 7-speed gear hub by aligning the two yellow lines when you have selected the fourth gear
New shift cable installed and ready for new adventures!
New shift cable installed and ready for new adventures!
Construction manual... 67 pages!
Construction manual... 67 pages!

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