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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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Left: a full week of sleep data - right: one night in detail
Left: a full week of sleep data - right: one night in detail
Loosening the bolt is easily done using two pliers
Loosening the bolt is easily done using two pliers
New shift cable installed and ready for new adventures!
New shift cable installed and ready for new adventures!
Front wheels and fender
Front wheels and fender
Looking for bears... in the local park - priceless adventure!
Looking for bears... in the local park - priceless adventure!
Using a piece of wood as 'paint safe' hammer
Using a piece of wood as 'paint safe' hammer
It helps to have your own (bike) tools
It helps to have your own (bike) tools
Construction manual... 67 pages!
Construction manual... 67 pages!
My small colleague inspecting the damage to the cargo bike
My small colleague inspecting the damage to the cargo bike
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)
Pull the damaged cable out, all the way
Pull the damaged cable out, all the way
Baby asleep, daddy at work
Baby asleep, daddy at work
Room service by daddy: smoked salmon as starter
Room service by daddy: smoked salmon as starter
Sleep data during the first six months
Sleep data during the first six months
The Babboe Big, in boxes
The Babboe Big, in boxes
Front frame and wooden box (still packed)
Front frame and wooden box (still packed)
Rear end of the bike, semi assembled
Rear end of the bike, semi assembled
The assembling kit comes with some tools
The assembling kit comes with some tools

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