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How to remove the rear tire on the Cannondale Bad Boy 8 Ultra

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A week after I bought my Cannondale Bad Boy something happened that I frankly never thought would happen to me.  One morning about 0630 as I was riding on my way to the train station I heard a loud BANG and quickly came to the sickening realization that something had just punctured my rear tire.  A FLAT TIRE – Something that had not happened for years on my Cannondale MTB had just happened after one week to my Cannondale Bad Boy 8 Ultra.

How does one remove the rear wheel with the Shimano Alfine internal hub  on Cannondale Bad Boy 8 Ultra?  All of a sudden what had been a fun bike had just turned into a nightmare. Why hadn’t I bothered to ask the guys in the shop where I had bought the Bad Boy to explain the process to me?  So I turned to the internet and Google for support.  I went to the Cannondale and the Shimano web sites and downloaded everything that might help.  Cannondale doesn’t offer any advice since it doesn’t make the Alfine and Shimano does offer an overly detailed pdf about how to assemble the Alfine but doesn’t offer any advice on how to unhook the cable assembly so that the rear wheel can be removed.

The following guide is how I finally learned to remove the rear wheel on the Cannondale Bad Boy 8 Ultra.  For other bikes it may apply as well but I don’t promise.  I now feel a bit more confident that fixing a flat on the Cannondale Bad Boy 8 Ultra won’t be such a chore. 


Here is a pictorial guide on how to remove the Shimano Alfine on a Cannondale Bad Boy 8 Ultra:

1. First change into 1st gear, that releases tension on the cable so that the following sets are easier.



2.  Locate the 2mm utility hole on the Cassette.  DO NOT turn the Cassette fixing ring.  This will also release tension on the cable nut but it will also free all the cassette internals which if you only want to remove the rear tire you don’t want to do.  I did this on my first try, since I never could find the 2mm hole, and I am lucky I got it all back together.



3.  Insert a 2mm Allen wrench into the hole



4. With the Allen wrench, pull down toward the ground to relieve tension on the cable running to the lock nut



5.  With a pair of pliers or strong fingers, wiggle the nut until it falls free from the cassette,



6.  Open the Velcro cover and slide the cable holder back out of the Cable Joint Bracket, pulling towards the front of the bike on the black grooved rubber boot.


Now the cable is free. The only challenge is the chain which can be easily overcome. Now the rear wheel is free for normal removal.

The Olympus C-5060 Wide Angle Zoom or how I learned to love the Nikon D40 digital SLR

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A couple of years ago I purchased my first digital camera, the Olympus C-5060 Wide Angle Zoom. I really enjoyed and still do enjoy the camera, especially the built-in Macro shooting capability. As with all digital cameras it came loaded with a plethora of standard consumer "goodies" and pre-settings, you could even take movies with it, short ones anyway.

As I was just learning about photography I quickly shunned the pre-set modes like P, S, A and dove right away into Manual mode. I read and learned everything I could about f-stops, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. I have to admit though, that applying these concepts in practice to a pure digital camera is a bit like learning to play golf on a computer, I know I tried it. My C-5060 has all the technical capability one could ever want and more. It has an incredible swivel LCD display that allows pictures to be taken from almost any angle, the perfect "Point and Shoot" camera. I never used the camera’s eye piece since it was mounted a bit off from center over the lens and it didn’t display any shooting information anyway, forcing one to refer back to the LCD display. I used to laugh at my wife Christel because she would always shoot pictures while looking through the eye piece viewer. She just never could get used to using the LCD display for taking a shot, but then she had done her own photography with a non-digital 35mm Konica SLR camera for years.

We took the C-5060 everywhere, on vacations, hikes, bike rides and used it to document our gardening endeavors each year. After several years of using the C-5060 and approximately 3,000 pictures later, we had quite a collection of memories.

I still had the feeling that I was missing something. Maybe it was the feeling of wanting to be closer to and or a part of the subject I was photographing. I wanted to be able to look through the eye piece and see things as my lens saw them. I was slowly coming to the conclusion that I wanted to try a digital Single Len Reflex (SLR) camera.  This the traditional 35mm camera, where when you look through the rear eye piece your view (more or less) is directly through the front lens objective.  In other words, what you see is what you should get as a picture.  

OK, but which make and model and of course how much would I be willing to pay.  This required quit a bit of Internet  research. 

So last November 2007, I discovered the Nikon D40 SLR. It was about the same price as I had originally paid for the Olympus C-5060 and came with a 15-55 mm zoom lens. It was love at first sight. It felt really good in the hands and incredibly light. (More on the D40 in another post)