News and Events

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Tailbox

Current Tailbox with sidepanels made by Christine Durbridge.  Occasionally I get problems like this one, the hook and loop holding the panel on comes loose. Besides that, the seat part broke, the backbone broke, it could have a bit more volume and the clamp arrangement could be improved.
Parts arrived for a new tailbox on Wednesday night.  Thanks Damian!  Here are the side frames.


These are the parts that clamp on to the frame, the structural backbone.

Side panel detail. There are a few loose parts shown here, they will be screwed and glued on.  One of the "loose parts" is a small jig for locating the other parts.

These towels had been wet before the photo was take. The plywood seat panel was soaked in water, then heated with the iron to make the ply flexible. Here is the website for the plywood with a link to instructions.

About as far as I've got sofar, parts shown in photos 2 and 6 assembled.  The seat ply now conforms to the frame shape.

Hi, pictures and captions tell the story this time.  I will blog more about this soon.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Youtube Videos


A while ago, due to an email address expiring, I lost he ability to log in to my youtube channel, and a few videos have accumulated in the meantime.  Her are the addresses.


Blog Posts with links to new videos:

and the direct links to the videos are

(Most up to date video of my trike, riding long distance)

(Around St. Kilda, a little pootle shot on a selfie stick)

(A few years old now, travelling on a wooden bike.)


Steve nurse

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Bike Storage at Uni

My trike in the secure lockup area.  This trike is 2.44m long and there's plenty of room for it.

Advertisement for an upcoming event, Ride to Work day on October 12


For a year and a half I have been attending Monash Uni at Caulfield, and for quite a while, I parked my trike outside.  For various reasons I stopped doing this, my trike is related to the work I do and it helps to have it nearby and its good to have it out of the weather and out of harm's way.  In the early stages, the trike would occasionally blow over in the wind.

Anyway, a few days ago all the staff got an email about a new, super-duper bike lockup facility, so I went to check it out.  My trike is quite long, (so are a range of other pedalled vehicles like this bakfiets @ 2.55m long) but it fitted in fine.  There are tools and a pump nearby, and entry to the enclosure is via a computer-linked student identification card.

So it all looks good in my book, but I will probably stick to my routine of carrying my trikes up 2 flights of stairs to my shared office for now.

There is a poster for Ride to Work day in the enclosure, and I will try to display one of my trikes at Caulfield's ride to work day coming up in a few weeks.


Steve Nurse

Bike Repair Workstation near the new lockup.   Note the spray on the back of the trike!  You get this when the road or track is wet - and because of the different wheel position the pattern ends up different on each side.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Collins Annual #7, 1954

On weekends I have a habit of visiting the local op shops and dumpsters.  At the local dumpster-depot there is a free book exchange and I came back with a few books last week.  One of them has some cycling stuff in it which I've copied here for your pleasure.  Soon I'll pass the books on - I think this book is a really good one for kids and has pages and pages of activities like making things from bits of junk.

All for now.

Steve Nurse