Author Archives: nikolapoljak

Pack your health

I tend to be a fairly well prepared traveller. My wife and I take trips without any outsider travel arrangements, and go to places with poor medical help, so I need to pack one mean medical box. Most of the … Continue reading

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An American in Croatia

My wife is from Puerto Rico and we are at this time living in Croatia. Being in a mixed-nation marriage, one starts to notice various faults and perks of different cultures. Well, sometimes, the best way to get to know … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – final parts (chain, brakes and shifters)

The final part of the bike to deal with depends heavily on the bike type – but it is always the chain, the brakes and the derailleurs (also known as shifters). I completed my custom bike a while ago, but … Continue reading

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162 stairs – a different kind of race

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, but what can I say – winter and work got the better of me, so it’s been difficult to catch some time to write. I’d like to share some info … Continue reading

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Install Win 7 on Macbook Pro retina from a USB stick

So you’ve gotten the new macbook and want to install Windows on it (only Win7 will work, don’t try Win8). Although you could run a virtual box (like parallels) you might still want to make a dual-boot system for some … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – wheels

Building a wheel from scratch is a science for itself. Further, I will assume that you have some wheels that are already built (or get them) instead of starting from hub/rims/spokes/nipples. This will describe shortly how to place a cassette … Continue reading

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Season opening – New Year’s race

This year (actually, last year) I found out about a unique race in the world that has been going on for 35 years. The race is a mere 10 miles away from me, but I never heard of it. The … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – fork and headset

To complete the frame, we have to put the fork on the bike. The part that connects the fork to the frame is called the headset. It is responsible for holding the fork in place and allowing it to rotate … Continue reading

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How your chess program humbles you every time

I found the source of this article a long time ago somewhere. I can’t find it any more, but I have made a chapter in my chess book about it (not sure if this is the original or modified, so … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – crankset and bottom bracket

The second part of the bike to deal with is the drivetrain – the crankset and the bottom bracket (further on BB). Cranksets (and BBs) come in many different varieties. If you look at the first posted image, you can … Continue reading

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