For sale is a 1986 steel Frame Apollo V, updated with Ultegra 10 speed, the frame, forks, seatpost, bar, stem and headset are all from the late 80′s.

The frame is made by Kuwahara using ishiwata quad butted tubing, the frame has a 580mm top tube and seat tube.  The top tube is the traditional parallel to the ground configuration.

Full specifications below.

Restored Apollo V 1986
Restored Apollo V 1986
Restored Apollo V 1986
Restored Apollo V 1986
Grey with grey and grey.
Grey with grey and grey.



58cm Apollo V steel frame and fork, made by Kuwaraha using ishiwata quad butted tubing.
Powder coated by Roberto’s Custom Powder, silver with gloss black, resulting in gun metal grey, with a high gloss finish
Stronglight needle bearing headset
Cinelli 120mm quill stem
Cinelli 44cm bar
Fizzik Silver/grey handle bar tape
Shimano Ultegra SL 6600 Gear and Brake Levers (10 speed)
Shimano Ultegra SL 6600 Rear Deraileur (10 speed)
Shimano Ultegra SL 6600 Front Deraileur (10 speed)
FSA SL-K Light Carbon Fibre Crankset
FSA Mega EXO Bottom Bracket (english thread) – BRAND NEW
Shimano Ultegra SL 6600 Front and Rear Brake Calipers
Shimano R500 Wheelset
Maxxis Detonator 700 x 25c Tyres
Campagnolo Micro Adjust set post
Selle Italia Seat



Classic Quill Cinelli Stem with Classic Cinelli Bars
Classic Quill Cinelli Stem with Classic Cinelli Bars
Cinelli Bar and Quill Stem
Cinelli Bar and Quill Stem
Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with FSA Carbon Fibre crankset
Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with FSA Carbon Fibre crankset
Ultegra 10 speed
FSA SL-K Light Carbon Fibre Crankset
FSA SL-K Light Carbon Fibre Crankset
Shimano Ultegra Front Brakes, Stronglight Headset
Shimano Ultegra Front Brakes, Stronglight Headset
Shimano Ultegra Rear Brakes
Shimano Ultegra Rear Brakes
Maxxis Detonator 700 x 25c Tyres
Maxxis Detonator 700 x 25c Tyres
Campagnolo Seat Post
Campagnolo Seat Post

Some recent activity from a few volunteers and the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation has resulted in the first public weather station on Fraser Island, in Queensland Australia.  Not only is this weather station public, but it is ONLINE, uploading data every 20 seconds!

You can see all this at: Weather Observations Happy Valley

The idea is from John Sinclair, who knows we need to monitor the environment to determine the impacts.  Rainfall is a significant factor in the Fraser Island ecology, as it is everywhere.  John’s initial requirement was to collect rainfall data, but after some quick research and design discussions, it was determined that using a David Vantage Vue weather station, we could cost effectively monitor many aspects of weather, including:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Rainfall
  • Rainfall Rate
  • Windspeed
  • Wind Direction

The smarts for the system was developed by Alex with the details available here: a beagle among the dingos: the first online weather station for fraser island. Not only did Alex volunteer his time and expertise, but he has made the whole solution Open Source, which is pretty cool.  People can use this work to make their own online weather station anywhere they want to.

The weather station is installed at Fraser Island Retreat at Happy Valley, they kindly donated the space for the weather station with line of sight to the local 3G mobile tower, and their time and staff to help get it set up.

Some photos below, the final units, along with the location and Alex and John at the base of the ~4M pole!

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A new company Live Life Cycling has started up, offering European cycling tours, run by Christopher and Lyndsey Klem, they offer package and custom tours. Chris has a lifetime of cycling experience including experienced mechanic and a Level 1 cycling coach and Lyndsey is a trained chef.


Between them and their staff they will be operating tours in Europe starting in 2015.

You can find them at


Tech Tip of the Day. I helped my neighbours today, B had lost a file on her High School Laptop. Apparently they use the Cloud at High School now. Microsoft Cloud……..

I went back to the old ways, I opened a command prompt, I was in B’s home folder (/Users/studentid,

I then ran the command “dir file_prefix* /s /b” where file_prefix was the first word in her lost file name, the * (star or asterix, obelisk is another guy) is the wildcard character.

In plain english this means anything starting with the word file_prefix, e.g. “find any file starting with important_assignment”.

Several files were found then the modified date (I was looking for the most recent date, ideally today) was reviewed and voila, we found the “lost” file.

I copied this file from its location to her Sky Drive or whatever its called and B was back on track.

I suggest you bookmark, save, store this information for a rainy day.

Depth of field is greatly influenced by the focal length, using a long lens, 300mm for example, means that F5.6 is like F4.0.

This photo shows this in action, the nice blurred background here is also aided by a good deal of depth in the subject as well, position yourself where you can get great depth in the photo. The depth will great enhance the depth if field.



I always find it hard to picture these BIG numbers in my head, so here they are in simple form with comma’s between the 0′s to give them a little length.

  • yocto — 10^-24 – 0.000,000,000,000,000,000,000,001
  • zepto — 10^-21 – 0.000,000,000,000,000,000,001
  • atto — 10^-18 – 0.000,000,000,000,000,001
  • femto — 10^-15 – 0.000,000,000,000,001
  • pico — 10^-12 – 0.000,000,000,001
  • nano — 10^-9 – 0.000,000,001
  • micro — 10^-6 – 0.000,001
  • milli — 10^-3 — 0.001
  • units — 10^0 — 1.0
  • kilo — 10^3 — 1,000
  • mega — 10^6 — 1,000,000
  • giga — 10^9 – 1,000,000,000
  • tera — 10^12 – 1,000,000,000,000 (1 mega x 1 mega)
  • exa — 10^15 – 1,000,000,000,000,000
  • peta — 10^18 – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1 giga x 1 giga)
  • zetta — 10^21 – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
  • yotta — 10^24 – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1 tera x 1 tera)