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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wooden Bike Mk2 Prolog

Hello and welcome to 2013!  Its 20 days or so into the new year and I still haven't posted anything.  Very remiss of me!

So here is a run down of recent bike activity at Abbott Grove...

Bucket List
I've been thinking about what I want to do with my fledgling (or maybe twinkle in it parent's eye, younger than fledgling!) bike business this year.  I'm very broad minded, success means building and proving a new bike, actually making money still seems a long way off.....
So for what its worth, the bucket list is shown in my sketch book above:
Build a wooden bike and ride it in a registered 200k ride. Well on the way with this, some nc routed timber for the bike should be arriving by the end of the week, so more on this soon I hope.  Incorporating some of the sketches shown above in the design.....
Sell 10 bikes or plans for bikes.  Made a good start on this, 4 bikes sold on ebay today, the results wer Moulton mk1 $500+, Raleigh, Bickerton, Panasonic all about $40.00.  Well worth the effort of selling the bikes.  A few weeks ago I bought 2 Bickertons off ebay so still have one left.  Not too fussy about what bikes I sell!
Complete an Audax 1000k ride.  I had a go at the Great Southern Randonee 1000 k without success last year.  There is another Great Ocean road 1000k late April, and I'm keen to train and have a go at it, but I'm under no illusions, there will be a lot of work to do to get there.  My current commute of 2 X 70k rides a week gives me the ability to ride 200k in a day relatively easily, but for a multi day, 1000 k ride quite a lot more training and time away from the family is necessary.  Riding an Audax 400 or 600k ride has to be part of the training!  Sofar I've sketched out a training plan with weekend rides of 200 / 300 / 200 / 400 / 200k leading up to the Geelong Flier ride on April 25 - 27.   See how I go with this one, if I don't do it it won't be a great loss.

Cycling Sandals made from Cycling Shoes
Last night I unmercifully hacked at some old bike shoes to make sandals (shoes that breathe a bit better)  Nice to ride in and inspired by a pair of Shimano Cycling Sandals I bought which aren't quite aerodynamic enough for my taste.

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