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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Murray 1200 Preview

New through-levers for brakes have

Their cables very low and discrete.

I bought a couple of pairs, but the idea really started when I tried this old pair of  aero levers out.
Packaged Fairing has arrived
Shoes - Shimano left, Rumble right
A buff, or tubular scarf to protect from sunburn.

I have had 4 of these lights (black, right) for a few weeks, and have just started using the Garmin, (the other thing attached to the handlebars, left) to record distances for training.


Within a month I will be embarking on my second ever Audax 1200k ride with 350, 350, 250, 250k days.  This is the flat-as Murray 1200 run by my friend Simon Watt.  This forces me to lift my game a bit from my standard ride-to-shop and ride-to-go-to-nightclass routine. So here is a bit of a summary of prep sofar and prep planned.


For a while I have been struggling to get the right bike shoe. Anaconda used to stock the "Fluid"ones I liked but then stopped stocking them. I bought some Shimanos from a local bike shop but they had the cleat too far away from the toe as per the pic. After 20 plus years of recumbenting, I am just used to one cleat position and it gets hard to deal with any other, and I can't click in! Anyway, at a family lunch, my son had some Rumble shoes which are available through Wiggle, and I bought some online and, hooray, they fit, and hooray I can click in with them. One problem sorted.

Its summer, I'm a white guy and I sunburn.  So while its ok slathering on sunscreen on my face, it's improbable that I can do it all the time properly during sunburn hours for 4 days straight.  So I bought a few tubular scarf things called Buffs. They seem of sofar, I have worn them on the bike twice. They are said to be uv 50+ protecting.


Its been 6 weeks or so since I did my last Audax 200k ride, and I am now booked in for another, a Great Ocean Road 200  this coming Wednesday. As the ride profile shows, the trick is to not go too hard too early. The biggest uphill is from Deans Marsh to Lorne, and its worth saving a bit of energy for that. Anyway, befor Christmas, me and Jamie Friday did the same stretch of road in pouring rain.  I can't see conditions being that challenging again!

As well, I have done one session of 3 hours and 80k or so last Sunday on our local set of hills on the Kew Boulevarde. To help this sort of training (record the k's) I have got the Garmin do dah (oh yeah, gps. thingy) out of storage and by various combinations of button presses have worked out how to make it tell me how far I've been on training rides.


I bought and installed some through brakes which are lighter and have more aero cabling than the ones I had before.  And I ordered a custom fairing which has arrived, but I fear it may not suit my bike perfectly!


I ordered 4 front lights from China and they have arrived. I have been riding home from night school using 1 of them and they seem very good.  They don't look terribly flash: thieves have not taken any yet!

Will continue reports of training etc.


Steve nurse

Monday, February 17, 2020

Peugeot NS Rear Brakes and Stand

Steel plate (rusty brown) bolted across existing brake bosses to mount centre mount, centre pull brakes.

Another view

Stand in original condition with a weld across the 2 plates at top right.

Weld removed to weaken the stand, and stand bent to fit new frame height from new smaller wheels.

Strength put back into stand with braze welding.

All back together.

Stand in place and doing its job.

We are up to about test ride number 5 now, a trip to get Thai Takeaway and

to the grog shop attached to a local pub. Milk crate is not permanent at this stage as it is held on a bit flakily for this short term job by velcro.
More progress on the Peugeot NS from the past few days. Vastly sophisticated with 2 brakes and a stand now!

regards  Steve Nurse

Sunday, February 16, 2020

A Small Victory

Pic of the issue as it appeared on Streets Alive Yarra under the heading Yambla St North......

And now, complete with my bike and highly professional graphic commentary.
Hi, I am happy to report a small victory here. Through our council, and with a possible nudge from out councillor Stephen Jolly, a problem I'd highlighted on the Streets Alive Yarra has been fixed.  It's only part of the problem as there are still cobblestone laneways and driveways which are difficult to navigate on foot. But we will take any small improvement. Thanks Yarra Council and Stephen!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Peugeot NS Brakes

Peugeot and Dia Compe Brakes from front...

and back....

and combined.
Hi, a few pics of progress on fixing the brakes on the NS Peugeot. Continued from my post on rescuing the bike here .

Regards Steve Nurse

14 Feb 2020, I fixed the combined brake onto the bike this morning and here is the result.  I had to move the brake arm bracket down a bit and did that by brazing on a tab of steel.  Quite good and robust now.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Peugeot NS restoration

NS22 in as-found condition, rear wheel is 24"

In liberating it, I broke this cable cutter, but Christine has found a use for it as a hand-exerciser.
BYK 451 wheels and stripped down parts and frame.......

and more parts........

And the slightly nasty fork wear.

Byk short cranks and bolted on 46T cog.
Byk 451 7 speed.

A few days ago, I took some photos of an abandoned bike, it had been locked up to a post in a neighboring street. I was doing some writing at the time and was interested in both locked up and unlocked abandoned bikes, and this one, a Peugeot NS folding bike was a classic locked abandoned bike, having been there for 2 years and slowly deteriorating.  Anyway, photographing the bike also meant examining it, and then working out that I wanted it, maybe some wheels I had at home would be ok for it.

So the next day was Sunday and I got up fairly early armed with tools and recumbented down to where the bike was, and started taking the front wheel of the bike off to disentangle it from the lock. I got as far as the mudguard stays and broke my cable cutters trying to snip them.   Not giving up, I went back home for more tools, and found a ring spanner to be the best of them. With that I could remove the mudguard stay, and with a multi-tool, I could remove the spokes the lock was around, and hey-presto, the bike was free and able to be plonked on the recumbent and wheeled home.

It was a quick turnaround at home, I dumped the frame and headed off for a bike ride where I managed to catch up with a few friends in St. Kilda. Later in the day I showed my wife Christine the busted cable cutters, and she immediately adopted them as hand-exercisers!

It's been a few days since then and I have stripped down the frame to reveal its occupant, a rather scary 3cm length spider, and also some wear on the fork thread. I think I can fix this and did a similar job here .  Will report more later, probably just carrying on with this post rather than writing new ones.

Regards Steve Nurse

Update Feb 7, 2020

I've decided that this fix-up is more of a resuscitation that a restoration.  Restoration implies some sort of authenticity, but the way its going I will need to do a bit of parts swapping to get things fixed. For example, the new steerer thread is not the same and I will need to fit some new parts there.  But I like this!  It gives me the option to do some slightly more creative things than just fixing it.

Layout for fork repair, the existing steerer tube is cropped, and a sleeve and threaded tube have been prepared to replace it.
Fork repair started, the basic weld is done. Note the bearing and bearing housing are in place, they don't fit over the sleeve.
Old and new steerer tubes, and
.......... another simpler but maybe dodgier option for repair.
How it looked at the end of the day. After 3 or 4 sessions, the frame has been cleaned, the fork fully repaired and reassembled.  Its all ready for repopulation. 

Here is the maiden voyage of the bike, up to WeCycle to take back in the rubbish bins after collection.  I had neglected to bring tools (doh) or tighten up the back wheel (doh, doh).  But I was able to limp along to the Darebin city bike tools and was able to fix things.

My first ride on the bike went ok, with no problems except for failing to tighten up the back wheel!  Gears are good, but brakes (only the front one connected at the moment) are horrible.  So I will keep on plugging away at things, installing a back brake and fixing the front one. 

And here's a slightly better photo, the bike is now 2 rides into its new life.  I plan to fit the blue milk crate to the front of the bike.

This is the end of this post now, I'll report about fixing the brakes (sofar the front brake was pathetic and the back brake not fitted) in a separate post.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Buckley's Ride 2020

The ride map from Ride with GPS
New camera used for this ride is the Canon Ixus (top),  its more compact than the Olympus so I could carry it in my top pocket.
At the start, Audax organiser Sarah provides a briefing

Another photo from the start
Rick Harker near Altona on his Cattrike Musahi, note hat in sunvisor mode.

Rick Harker behind a small mob near Altona

Past Altona
GPS in action on the road to the You-Yangs outside Werribee
Rick Harker past Geelong
Rick on the Ferry, note hat in mudguard mode, he had been soaked by back wheel spray.
My trike back in Albert Park.

As I have done for a few years now, I've taken part in the Audax Australia's Buckley's Ride. It was only yesterday, and I was happy with how it went.  I'd acquired a fairing during the year and although I was using it on an Audax ride for the first time, I had ridden with it for 200k's plus a few weeks ago so was quite ready to try it out again.

And I think it worked well.  There was light rain all the way to the ferry in Queenscliffe, and the fairing helped keep that off me and I was able to leave my rain jacket in the luggage compartment.  I kept up with a small pelleton to the outskirts of Altona, and then I had to stop for a pee, so lost them for 30k or so till near Lara when I overtook them.  I didn't stop except to pee and get food from the back of the bike till Queenscliffe and a few people overtook me but in general, I was on track to catch the midday ferry with a few minutes to spare.  This meant there was no particular exertion to catch the ferry.

Had a good chat over lunch with Rick Harker on the ferry which had most of the Buckley's riders on board.  Over in Sorrento I took it fairly easy but was gradually thinking of a planned finishing time mainly as motivation to get me over the hills between Dromana and Frankston. There was a tailwind, and it wasn't too bad.  I am slow up hills!

Anyway, the cool weather helped and and I was able to combine a bit of energy with a reasonably fast but heavy bike to get back at my target time, doing the ride in just under 11 hours for the 217k, an average of 19.7kph and much faster than the 15kph required for Audax completion. Last year I did the same ride 45 minutes slower. Can't really say whether the difference was due to training, the weather or a better bike, but I was glad to have the fairing on board.

A few things could have been improved. If I'm going to have muesli bars in the front storage area, they should be pre-unwrapped. Not much fun and quite hard to do this while riding.  Some sort of spray deflector for the front would be good. I was getting spray on my glasses making things blurry. Or I could take them off and have dirt-laden water in my eyes, and a deflector or mudguard might have helped.

Thanks to Sarah and Audax for organising the ride and good riding weather (Very hot 40C+ weather is just as likely this time of year). I look forward to receiving the new bling and modelling a surround for it. Will report on that when the time comes, and I guess I will need to do another 200 to get the other bling type on offer.

Best Wishes

Steve Nurse

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Wheel Discs

3d printed parts
Thin clear tape is used....
to hold them to the rim, these 2 are close spaced near the valve hole,

....... and this is the complete setup.
Corflute screwed to orange 3d printed bosses
Tape added
Tape trimmed and rolled over inside the rim.
Added and taped the other side. This shows the bomb door for valve access which can be screwed shut and taped over.
Training ride: single speed bike in Lorne after training ride from Airies Inlet.  There were a few bikes on the road and I passed none of them. Bike is my brother's, frame bag is my son Ewan's.

Ewan , Phoebe, Johnny, Christine and Oscar the dog kicked back and played the quite complicated game Photosynthesis while I made the wheel thingies.

Hi, As mentioned last time, I planned to make some wheel covers, and this post shows the finished parts. Quite happy with the result, I will have to wait and see how they go. I designed the 3d printed parts at home using Solidworks, then printed them on my Cetus 3d printer.

As well as make stuff for the bike, I actually did some training this morning and rode to Lorne on my brother's single speed clunker which is about a 40k round trip.
Best Wishes, Regards

Steve Nurse

Here is a pic of the trike with the wheels on at the boulevarde in Kew. This was one of the 5 or 6 cyclists I could outpace on the road which consists of rolling hills next to the Yarra. Managed three laps or about 50k as a training ride.