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Chain Oiler, Brush Type

18 October 2013 - 01:15 AM

Today, modern bikes which require a visit to the service centre just once in several thousand km are a reality and even though for formalities sake, we’re supposed to check fluids and suchlike every few days nothing much is to be done. However, unless shaft or belt driven, there is a messy chore you avoid at your peril, and it needs to be repeated every few hundred km, depending on the type of chain you have. Chain maintenance.

This is a big nuisance while touring, as it has to be done more than once a day if you are covering serious distance, and an especially big nuisance if it’s a modern bike where mainstands are considered excess flab (and thereby dispensed with). That’s where the chain oiler comes in. The concept is not in the least bit new – the idea being to slowly drip oil onto the chain or sprocket over a sustained period of time with the flow controlled as per requirement, with the hope that it would flow to all areas of the chain that need lubrication. As the chain would be oiled over time, there would be less spatter, the sort that happens when the chain is sprayed a large quantity of oil/chain lube/grease every “x” number of km. Oil spattered onto the rear rim, is not only a hassle in terms of cleanup, it’s a reminder as to how little lubed the chain in the first place, considering what was put on.

The problem with chain sprays – vast quantities make their home someplace OTHER than the final drive, and chain wax is not particularly easy to clean. Neither is it cheap, and as speeds build up and the chain sprocket combo gets hot and the viscosity of the chain wax changes, it tends to spatter all over the rim and rear tyre. Over a period of time the excess also tends to collect in the front sprocket area – a thick mix of abrasive dirt and grease which periodically breaks off… onto the chain.

The problem with oils – mess, and the lubing has to be done more frequently as anything more than what the chain needs at that moment will simply be flung off, and usually the sides of the chain do not get oil on them.

Both the oil as well as the grease will have to be cleaned off at regular intervals, though a chain lubed with oil is a lot lot easier to clean. So what is needed is something that cleans the chain to some extent, and delivers lube to all parts of the chain, with minimum spatter and wastage. This is what I came up with after some trial and error, that is different from existing oilers. Considering that the total cost of the entire jing bang is less than 150 INR, and the fact that it was tested for more than 10000km recently, I’m putting up the “how to” here

What you need:
  • A 25mm paintbrush, available at your local hardware store for approximately 20 bucks
  • Two tie wraps, one long, and one short. In case you cannot get a long tie wrap, you can join two short tie wraps together.
  • An infusion set, available from the neighbourhood chemist at about 80 bucks.
  • A craft knife
  • A plastic tube with 6 mm ID (easily available), about 1 meter
  • A syringe (larger the better) as the oil dispenser

This is what the business end of the dispenser looks like. To get to this point, the most important step, one that requires a little skill, is to cut a flat notch in the handle of the brush such that the brush is centered over the lower part of the chain as can be seen in the photo. On either side of the chain the brush should stick out a little, and the bristle tips touching the chain should bend SLIGHTLY.

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The brush is fixed by means of a figure of 8 tiewrap, as shown in this photo, possible only if you have a robust tie wrap.

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More to come!

The Bike That Cracked The K To K

05 October 2013 - 01:20 AM

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K To K Run 2013

04 October 2013 - 09:44 AM

The score till date: K to K: 3 including two knockdowns, me 0. Three rounds were over. It was time for the fourth round.

A little history.

Round one:

Equipped with a Karizma fitted with extra lights and an auxillary tank strapped to the back, I overcame a round of AMS at Marhi to reach Jispa the next day where I had some more of the same (though milder), before finally reaching Leh the next night. A full days rest, no AMS and I was ready to roll at 4:30 am. About 3 hrs into the ride, climbing Tanglangla, it started to snow. Lightly at first, gently covering the landscape with a dusting of white, then heavily. The road disappeared under 3 inches of snow. It became uneven, and the rocks on the road had a coating of ice on them as I kept climbing. With all that snow on the road they were not visible any more. Crash! Skidded on an ice covered rock. Fall #1. I picked up the bike and carried on. Fall#2. Same response from me. I was now about 2 km from Tanglangla top, after which the descent begins. Fall #3. This was enormously energy sapping. Lifting up a fully loaded bike is no joke at the best of times. In the thin air at 16500 feet with slippery ice covered rocks beneath you and the bike, it is even less fun. I felt dizzy from the exertion. I decided that henceforth I would ride with my feet down, and walk the bike along as far as I needed to. No chance of falling again as I knew that lifting the bike was not going to happen again.

Another fall and I had no energy to lift the bike again. I was not in the least bit cold, and took stock of the situation. Today was not my day. Maybe I’d return to Leh and start again the next day once help arrived, as I was not in a position to go anywhere now. I sat at the side of the road, my bike fallen in the centre, and waited. 20 minutes later the lights of a taxi convoy became visible. A brief discussion followed pertaining to the merits of leaving the bike where it was as opposed to taking it with me – the driver finally agreed to take it along and it was lifted up onto the roof.  I couldn’t help. I felt sick. The convoy tried to move on. It couldn’t. Out came the snow chains and finally we were on our way.

The rescue was good for me, but not for the bike. Bouncing along over the potholes, EVERYTHING on the left side of the bike was shattered. The extra lights, crash guard, air horn, even the footpeg hanger extrusions… these were junk now. My priority was repairing as much as I needed to ride and riding home on a minimum equipment list as it were, and doing proper repairs at home.

Attempt #1 was over. Floored by the mighty Himalayas

Round 2

Same bike, same loadout, but there was a small change this time – the bike had been fitted with a R15 monoshock and linkages which meant it was much better in terms of road holding as well as shock absorption. The extra fuel tank was gone, as I figured I did not need so much, and could make do with 3 litres in bottles for emergencies. This time the trip till Manali was smooth – but unusually for June, Rohtang pass was closed for the previous 10 days. And it continued to stay that way with stories of waist deep slush in some of the other passes doing the rounds. 4 days of waiting and it became clear that it would be a minimum of another 5 days before the passes would open (subject to good weather!). Once open the vehicles stuck there would get priority. The “roads” would be icy bogs. All of which might shut down again due to the weather.

Time to pack up and head for home. The first attempt had lasted less than 200 km, and this one… I had not even made it to the start point. I think it might hold the record for the shortest Limca endurance attempt ever. Start point minus 495, having spent 4 days in the vicinity.

Attempt #2 was over.

Round 3
The bike was fully prepped and there was another small time envelope to do the run – late September. Monsoon practically over, and minimal slush on the passes. All the same for the slush, I was going to use dual sport tyres, much better in the slush than the street tyres which the bike would be shod with, ex Manali, for the rest of the run on tarmac. The trip to Manali was fine, as was the climb up Rohtang, almost to the end. As there was traffic, I was riding on the edge of the cliff, but due to some obstruction in front, I slowed down and came to a halt, and put my foot down. Into space.
The next thing I was aware of was a panoramic view of the sky and the feeling of landing on my back and beginning to roll after parting company with the bike. I came to rest on a narrow ledge, the bike near me, more than 30 feet below the road. Miraculously, I had no injuries except for a minor scratch on my palm (which was only because I had taken my gloves off to take photographs).  The bike however was not so lucky – the front end was smashed, but that had protected the chassis. How I got out of there is a long story, but eventually I did. The bike had to be couriered back and the courier (GATI) delivered my luggage including the bike after pilfering some items and then altering  the shipment logs to try cover up the theft.
www.gaticourierhorrorstory.com is the site to go to if you ever have the urge to ship your bike using GATI

Attempt# 3 was over. Almost knocked out be the mighty Himalayas. Almost but not quite. K to K had built up a good lead. It were winning the fight, which had already cost an average of 40K/trip if bike prep was included. But for the ZMA, it was a knockout punch. Apart from one trip out of town, it was used henceforth as a commuter.
Read about the previous attempts here:

There would be a gap of two full years before I would take on K to K again. And it would be on a rather more capable bike, a CBR250 R fully modified for fast, long range touring. By itself, the CBR250 is a very sweet bike, but not a tourer. A hard seat, little weather protection, a tiny tank, very poor headlight…..these things need improvement.

India Bike Week - A Big Heads Up

15 January 2013 - 12:57 AM

Please go through the T&C for the forthcoming India Bike week. Apart from providing practically nothing apart from entry (that too in non restricted areas), you will allow them to subsequently use your images as per their discretion, that too after paying them 3000 rupees.

Which is non cancellable and non transferable.

What's more they do not undertake to provide you anything.

They compare themselves with Sturgis but at Sturgis, different types of accommodation (buyers choice) is clubbed together with the rally entry charge.

And nowhere in the world do you PAY anything more than a nominal amount (or more usually FREE) to get into a trade fair where you are the potential customer.

Do read their terms and conditions as mentioned on their site: http://in.bookmyshow...e-week-fest-tc/

I've pasted them below as they appeared on 14/1/13 (in case they get changed later , yes, that happens)

70 Event Media Group and NGC Network (India) Pvt. Ltd. Welcomes you to the 'India Bike Week' Festival ("Event" or "Festival"). The following Terms and Conditions is applicable to all the Guests (as more specifically described below)who will be attending the Festival and must be read and understood before enrolling/registering for the Festival.


  • "Guest(s) or Patron(s) or Participant(s)" means "you" as the holder of the valid Ticket and "Your" shall be read accordingly. The terms and conditions listed herein are applicable to all guests attending the festival either as a) Rider, B) Visitor c) Pillion Rider d) Sponsor attendee, e) special invitee/guest.
  • "Organiser(s)"means (i) Orangefish Entertainment Private Limited trading as Seventy Event Media Group, having its registered office at 1st Floor Vasu Smriti, 13th Road, Khar West, Mumbai - 400 051 and(ii) NGC Network (India) Pvt. Ltd., having its office at 77 Institutional Area, Sector 32, Gurgaon - 122002. and includes their subsidiaries, holding companies, any subsidiaries of the holding company and their Sponsors, Authorised Agents, Contractors, representatives, Directors, Consultants and Employees.
  • "Terms and Conditions" means these terms and conditions mentioned herein.
  • "Ticket" means any IBW official validated badge or a wristband, which permits you to attend the Event.
  • "Venue" or "Festival Area" means the venue(s) within the TBC where the Event takes place or such other venue(s) as the Organiser(s) may decide in which the event may take place from February 1 to February 3, 2013.
  • "Force Majeure Event" means and includes, act of God, war, insurrection, riots, act of terrorism, earthquake, epidemic flood, fire tsunami and explosion accident, riot, war (declared or undeclared), blockade, embargo, act of public enemy, civil disturbance, labor dispute, strike, lockout, any act of God or any act which is beyond the reasonable control of any person and provided such acts are not attributable to any negligence, unprofessional or fraudulent behavior of that person.
  • Children under age of 12 are free (please carry ID).


  • Revocable and Limited License
    • Your Ticket/band is a revocable and limited license to attend the Event, which may be withdrawn anytime at the sole discretion of the Organiser(s). Your Ticket/band shall at all times remain the property of the Organiser(s). All the Tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions mentioned herein.
    • Your Ticket may be revoked for any reason, including but not limited to -
      • your failure to meet payment schedules;
      • if at any point you are found to be guilty of any offence of a criminal nature or otherwise that is likely to harm the goodwill of the Event or harm the people attending the Event or violating any of the Terms and Conditions mentioned herein;
      • behaving in a manner which has or is likely to hamper the safety or modesty of other persons at the Event;
      • threatening, abusing or using insulting words or gestures
      • whether acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs or otherwise;
      • failure to produce proof of identity, proof of participation or proof of age whenever required;
      • refuse to comply with the Organiser(s) security searches;
      • breaching any of the Terms and Conditions mentioned herein;
      • possessing void Ticket.
    • The holder of the Ticket assumes all risks incidental to attending the Event, whether such risks occur prior to, during, or subsequent to the Event.
  • Payment and Distribution of Tickets
    • The terms and conditions mentioned herein should be read carefully before enrolling/registering for the Event and before making any purchase of the Ticket.
    • The Organiser(s) reserve their right to reject or not to issue the Ticket at its sole discretion, without any obligation to give any reason.
    • Any queries relating to the Event should be raised with the Organiser(s) before enrolling/registering for the Event.
    • You are requested to check your Ticket carefully upon purchase. Tickets are not issued on a sale or return basis and refunds will not be made on returned Tickets unless provided for under circumstances and situations as listed below in these Terms and Conditions. The Organiser(s) shall not be responsible for any Ticket that is lost, stolen,torn, mutilated or destroyed. In any circumstances, if a duplicate Ticket needs to be issued, the same will be issued by making a payment of a reasonable administration fee.
    • The enrollment/registration for the Event or the purchase of the Ticket automatically constitutes your willful acceptance of the terms and conditions mentioned herein.
    • Admission into the Festival Area is permitted only for Guests having valid Tickets,including wearing valid wrist bands or badges.
    • You must carry your Ticket and also wear your badge or wrist band at all times during the Event. Your Ticket, including the wristband or badge may be invalidated if any part of it is removed, altered or defaced.
    • In case of wrist bands, the same should not be removed once tied on to your arm. The bands are moderately water-proof (can be showered with) and must be taken care of at all times. Wrist bands that have been torn / cut etc. will not be accepted as valid for entry into the Festival Area.
    • The Ticket issued is non transferable.
    • Ownership or possession of a Ticket does not confer any rights (by implication or otherwise) on you to use, alter, copy, or otherwise deal with any of the symbols, trademarks, logos and/or intellectual property appearing on the Ticket. Any such use, alteration, copying of the intellectual property with respect to the event, will be treated as infringement and strict punitive actions will be taken against you.
      The payments made towards purchase of Ticket does not include the following:
      • Personal Insurance for any person, including holder of the Ticket.
      • Any personal expenses incurred or expended during the Event or in the Festival Area;
      • Food & Beverages, Accommodation, Transit, Transfers to and from the Venue, Bike Transfers, Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, fuel, bike maintenance, bail, government penalties& items of any personal nature.
      • Individual emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges.
      • Pre or post ride arrangements, including transport to and from the Venue or in the Festival Area
  • Ticket Cancellation Policy
    • The Ticket is issued on non-refundable basis, except in case of cancellation of Event. In case if the Event is cancelled due to any of the acts as mentioned above under the 'Force Majeure Event' or for reasons unknown, you will be entitled to claim a refund in respect of the Ticket from the Organiser(s). The refund will be granted at any rate as the Organiser(s) may think fit after deducting the necessary Government taxes and other regulatory charges.
    • The Organiser(s) shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, suffered by the holder of the Ticket in respect of or in relation with the cancellation of the Event, including but not limited to loss of opportunity, business profits, etc.
    • All the Claims for refund will only be processed after obtaining legal clearance from Insurance settlements between the Organiser(s), Sponsors & Partners.
    • Only Tickets bought from official partners & oragnisers are eligible for a refund. Point of purchase receipts will be required mandatorily for all claims of refund.
  • Entry Policy for Guests
    • Certain areas of the Festival Area have restricted access and are not open for general access. Such areas will be categorically demarcated with a "Restricted Entry" sign. You will however have to adhere to the privacy of these areas and should not enter or make any attempt to enter into these zones / areas. Any attempt to or enter into such restricted areas by you will be treated as trespassing and strict punitive actions will be taken against You.
    • By attending IBW through Ticket registration / sales promotion / or sponsor barter /invitee; you automatically express consent on non chargeable basis of your likeliness to be included in any photograph / video / film / audio footage (including the recordings by security cameras) during the Event in the Festival Area to be exploited in any and all media for any purpose at any time throughout the world by the Organiser(s). The Organiser(s) makes every effort to handle your personal information in accordance with acceptable privacy practices. The information remains the property of the Organiser(s) and will not be passed to third parties, except required to be disclosed under any laws or order of statutory or regulatory authorities.


  • Only approved motorcycle brands (owing to participation & sponsorship) are allowed to enter the Festival Area.
  • Entry and Exit for these riders is time-bound and Organiser(s) take no liability for theft, damage and security of these bikes inside & outside the Venue itself.
  • The Entry and Exit is applicable on a first come first serve basis for these limited brands and will be permitted only following the regular registration process by all riders.
  • These specific riders can only bring into the Festival Area their own bikes as detailed in the registration form.
  • Participants of the approved brands will be intimated about their eligibility to enter the Venue by the Organiser(s).
  • Bike handle bands / stickers will be provided if your bike brand is eligible to enter the Festival Area.
  • Entry into the Festival Area with bikes only allows for reserved parking - stunts, willys, burn outs in these designated parking areas will not be permitted and can lead to loosing the liberty of using this facility.
  • Riding of bike anywhere else in the Festival Area besides the designated and demarcated parking zone is strictly prohibited unless specifically allowed by the Organiser(s). If any bike rider is found guilty of riding outside the designated and demarcated parking zone, he will be immediately asked to leave the Venue.
  • If you choose to get your bike pin stripped, customized and would choose to take part in biking games, etc. you may get your bikes into the Venue by applying for a special temporary entry pass for such bikes from the Organiser(s) at the event site office.
  • Entry for these bikes will also be granted under the same Terms and Conditions for display,security, stunt regulations as mentioned in the points above.
  • Organiser(s) reserve the right to allow or reject any rider with his bike regardless of appointed brands as per their discretion.
  • Organiser(s) also reserve the right to remove from the Festival Area any bike or biker if found posing a risk to the health & safety to others and himself in the Festival Area.
  • The Ticket cancellation policy mentioned herein does not apply to the bookings made by the Organiser(s), sponsors and partners and these will be subject to their respective cancellation policies.


  • Any person seeking to use a void or invalid Ticket in order to gain access or provide entry in the Festival Area will beconsidered to be a trespasser and will be ejected and liable to legal action.
  • The Organiser(s) reserves the right to conduct security searches at entry or at any time during the Event and confiscate any item which in the opinion of the Organiser(s) may cause danger or disruption to other persons or the event or is one of the items not permitted in the Venue as listed in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Any person found in possession of any illegal article, substance or contraband goods will be refused admission or ejected from the Venue and will also be subject to prosecution. Knives, Knuckle Dusters, Clubs, Swords, Rods, any kind of fire arms, drugs are not allowed in the Festival Area. Any other items that may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated by the Organiser(s).
  • Warning - Alcohol will be served at the Festival Area on a chargeable basis. Enrollment/Registration for the Event automatically indemnifies the Organiser(s), directors, officials,partners and sponsors from any incident caused due to being under the influence of Alcohol.
  • Riding under the influence of Alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited and is also against the law and is condemned by the Organiser(s). Any rider who is found to be guilty of riding under the influence of alcohol or any drug will be immediately be discarded from the Event and will further be penalized or dealt with according to the prescribed laws.
  • You must collect and carry a liquor permit during the course of the Event and the same will be required to be made available at the registration counter. You will be allowed to purchase and consume liquor only on the production of such liquor permit.In case you are below the age of 21 years, you will not have access to the Bars and the purchase of alcohol drinks. You acknowledge that the liquor will be only available to people beyond the age of 21 years. Any person purchasing or consuming liquor below the required age of 21 years will be fined and will also be liable for imprisonment as per prescribed laws.
  • The Organiser(s) shall not be responsible for the contravention of any of the aforesaid terms and measures and you shall keep the Organiser(s) fully indemnified for the same.
  • Organiser(s) accept the limitations to actively monitor guests and indemnify themselves from any and all incidents and accidents related to minors whether under the influence of alcohol or in the event of damage caused to self by riding, or by attending the event, driving in and from the Venue or any other circumstance.
  • Your prolonged exposure to loud noise may cause damage to your hearing.
  • You are strictly not allowed to smoke in the Festival Area considering it is a public place.
  • You are asked to observe and comply with safety advice and site signage in and around the Venue.


The Organiser(s) reserves the right to change any part or the fullprogram, function, display, activity line up, games, promotions, scheme, at the Festival Venue without giving prior information to the relevant Ticket holders.


  • You shall not bring into the Venue or display or distribute (whether for free or not) during the Event any sponsorship, promotional or marketing materials.
  • Terms and Conditions for any kind of sale in the Festival Area needs to be approved by the Organiser(s). Details for the sale of parts in the flea market will be put up on the website separately.


  • Organiser(s) / its office bearers proprietors, partners, vendors, officials, promoters and sponsors hereby accept that all the information provided in the registration form and the terms and conditions herein is authentic to the best of their knowledge.
  • All riders / pillions & visitors upon enrollment/registration herby accept and ensure that they are in good health, mentally and physically at the time of enrollment/registration and through the course of the Event.
  • All riders / pillions & visitors hereby on registration for Event accept and acknowledge the inherent dangers of participating in a Motor Bike Event and herby agree to do the same at their own free will and are aware of the risk to injury, death or damage to property, self and others. All riders / pillions & visitors shall be solely responsible for their acts and the Organiser(s) does not accept any responsibility thereof whatsoever, except in case of negligence on the part of the Organiser(s). The Organiser(s) and Sponsors of India Bike Week are not liable for any prolonged illness, injury, accident or trauma, which may result, from participation or from being present at the rides to and from the festival and the main festival itself.


Personal insurance is not included in the price of the Ticket for the Event. It is a condition of participation in the Event that you are adequately insured for the full duration of the ride the event and thereafter as a result of the ride &Event in respect of illness, injury, death, loss of baggage and personal items and cancellation and curtailment. Your participation at the event automatically implies that you have adequate Life Insurance Cover.


It shall be your responsibility to read all information that is made available via emails, the website or handouts concerning the Event. Periodic updates on the Terms & Conditions will be flagged for reference.


You shall, at its own expense, indemnify, save, and hold harmless the Organiser(s), sponsors, the partners andtheir successors, licensees, assigns, agents, representatives, and affiliates from and against the spread of any type of disease or illness which you may be suffering from, for causing any type of injury to any person attending the Event, spreading harmful rumors or doing such harmful acts which may result into injury or death of any personattending the Event; and shall further indemnify against any and all claims, demands, causes of action, obligations, liability, loss, damage, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees), incurred or sustained by the Organiser(s), sponsors and the partners on account of the Guest.


All Legal matters are subject to THE JURISDICTION OF Mumbai Courts only.

These Terms and Conditions incorporate, and should be read in accordance with, any Sponsor Promotion and/or authorized Ticket agents terms and conditions. In the event of any inconsistency between these Terms and Conditions, and the terms and conditions of the Promoter and/or authorized Ticket agent, these Terms and Conditions shall prevail.

Rann Ride 2012

28 December 2012 - 11:55 PM

I’ve been to the ROK before, but that was in the heat of May, a time when the Rann has all the charm of a blast furnace spewing superheated steam at you. 40+ degrees in the (nonexistent) shade + close to 100% humidity. Not the sort of weather you want to do any sightseeing in, basically.

Sanket Kawli would be traveling with me on this trip and we had just two days to get there and return, which would give us another two to visit whatever we could. His departure would be before mine, with the idea of syncing up near Ahmedabad or thereabouts, considering he would be making more stops and the KTM is really not the bike to go fast over long distances.  We had also decided to pick and choose hotels as we got to them considering that none in Bhuj seemed reasonably priced and had conflicting reviews.

As luck would have it, he managed to get stuck in a horrendous traffic jam near Bharuch, whereas I followed the locals and managed to avoid it. So we wound up meeting just after Bharuch, from which point we rode together.

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Another rotten jam was avoided at Baroda, by adopting the same tactic. It was now time for some grub as my early morning brekker was long digested. The first hotel we stopped at turned out to be a non veg one (Delhi Darbar) which was clearly a very good omen for us foodies.

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A satisfying meal later we were off and at that point I realized what had subconsciously been nagging me since morning. I’d forgotten to pack the fully charged recyclables which the GPS consumes. I knew most shops don’t keep alkaline cells so getting them was a priority – apparently there were shops in Narol which might have it (correctly as it turned out) so bypassing Ahmedabad entirely would not be possible. Seeing the chaos on the SP ring road on the return, though, I’m not sure it made too much difference.

We headed North from Viramgan and as Sanket wanted to stop for tea, we pulled over at a small eatery at Dasada and had two cups of ultra Kadak chai

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Here's Sanket peacefully sipping away at the tea, just before he realized that the gold ring on his finger was AWOL

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