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Tony “Nicoya” Mantler
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Goodbye, sweet Black and Decker toaster oven. The slices of pizza you reheated for me every weekend for the past 5 will forever be a part of me, specifically my fat ass. Your burned out heating element that took you too soon from this world has left an empty void in my countertop and in our hearts as well.

But in your place I welcome a new member of the family, and its name is Breville. Where you were a toaster oven of the commoners, the Breville is an appliance of finer blood. With its arrival I will finally be able to experience my poptarts toasted in a manner more befitting a man of my stature.
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Following up on my scouting ride the other day on Orthrus, I took Phoenix Down out to try it with pedal power and I think I'm pretty happy with things. I took both major alternate routes, one of which goes higher through the hills in LAH, the other stays to the east of 280 and skips a bit of rolling terrain. I think it'll be nice to have the more relaxed option to bail out to if I'm running low on energy on a longer ride.

Now it's time for a well-earned shower.
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Took Orthrus out for a quick spin this afternoon. Rides great, and the front wheel didn't even fall off once!

Went up through some surface streets in Los Altos Hills scouting for potential bicycling routes roughly parallel to Foothill. Found some promising ones, though it's worth noting that Los Altos Hills is one of the least bicycle-friendly (and, tbh, least friendly in general) cities in the bay area.
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New front wheel is on and brake light cable replaced. Ready to roll!
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I'm one step closer to getting Orthrus riding again. Found a new front wheel on eBay for a good price, and when I mean new I mean it's literally never had a tire mounted to it, so I don't need to worry about it being all bent out of shape or worn out anywhere. As a bonus it was half the price of getting a new one from BMW ($400 vs $720, and this one came with the bearings installed already).

The wheel is at the shop right now having the tire and brake rotors mounted, and I've got a new brake light wire coming for the front brake. Just replaced the sparkplugs today and that's basically everything on the list, at least until I get around to dealing with the front cowl.
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Travel vids from my sawtooth eclipse trip are done!
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This took quite a bit more effort than I initially planned.

First of all, actually getting the headlights out of the van was a trial. It turns out that to remove them you first need to remove the grille and some small body panels between the lights and the bumper. However both these small panels as well as the grille itself snaps into the bumper in places that are remarkably difficult to reach, so that whole ordeal took about 2 hours.

Secondly, I managed to pick up some clear spraypaint that was somehow dramatically incompatible with polycarbonate, which caused the paint/plastic to suffer from immediate crazing, which meant I had to sand it all off again and start from scratch with a different clearcoat.

In the middle of all that I managed to sand some skin off my fingers, which wasn't fun. Not even slightly.

The headlights look great now though, so at least I've got that.
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And Phoenix Down rolls once more! Went back to white bar tape because it fits better with the rest of the bike and it was half the price of black for some reason idk. We'll see how many anger feels I work up trying to keep it clean again.
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