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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fixing a Flevo Part 2

How it started, from this post
Finished Bike with 24" wheels replacing 700 c size, front derailleur cable and shifter removed and 11-34 drive cog. The remaining shifter was upgraded to a non-indexing model. The heavy rack at the back is gone and replaced with an occy strap which keeps the back wheel from falling down when you carry it. The bike is meant to work with only one of the chainrings, the middle chainring with about 38 teeth.

Test ridden or maybe test wobbled by Aki.....





..... and by me.




Aki and my wife Christine

Part of the payment plan.

New brake brackets can be seen here.  Aluminium plates on either side of the frame, front and back hold the brakes and make the brake mounts independent of holes drilled in the frame.  The front brake was moved from near the derailleur to this new position so it couldn't interfere with the chain.
Hi

My friend Aki came over on Sunday and he picked up his flevobike, passing on a small amount of cash and some delicious home cooked Prawn Crackers as payment.  There have been other posts including this bike including this one from a year ago and this one last August.

Of course we had to have a test wobble!  Most of the fixing of the bike (removing the rack, smaller wheels, moving bottom bracket etc.) helped make the bike suit Aki's smaller leg size and he can now ride the bike ok with only a few goes up and down our street.  He had owned the bike for 15 years without being able to ride it!

I rode the bike along our street but was not so crash hot on the turns.  It was fun.  The cranks were quite a long way back for me but that didn't seem to matter.

Anyway, this post is mainly pictorial, the photos came out quite well with some long shadows and nice reflections in view.

All for now, if you have any questions please ask!

Friday, February 9, 2018

T-Shirt Bike

Selfie next to a gardeners shed in a park near my home.
Raw material, a couple of old t-shirts.  Decided not to use the yellow "Howard Hughes" shirt but instead went with 2 black "PBSFM" shirts.  One had holes in it, the other I retrieved from the pile ready to go to the op shop.

Halfway through cutting, the tshirt is behind the panel it will eventually cover.  The tshirt logo needs to sit in the right spot and the cloth needs to cover the panel.

Probably the best clips to use, but I......
Ran out and used some pink ones of these for one side.
Left hand Side.

Obverse.
Hi

In a few posts, I have shown my leaning trike with cloth panels on it but my choice of cloth has been a bit arbitrary.  For a long time now I have thought about putting something that reflects my character on them and over the last few days I actually did something about it.  I have 3 PBSFM t-shirts and that is a few too many, and the oldest one was full of holes anyway.  So I had decided one was for the rag bag and another for the op shop pile.  But then I got off my hind quarters and made my long-thought about t-shirt bike.  It just needed the old t-shirts fairly roughly cut and held to existing corflute side panels with stationary clips. So I still have a few bike t-shirts of which a great many exist in the world and now also a t-shirt leaning trike of which completely bugger all exist in the world.

It might make the bike look better but it does nothing else for it but make it a bit heavier. But that's what being fashionable is like, you have to suffer for your art...

And by the way I can still wear my other, other, mostly black PBSFM t-shirt while riding this latest creation.  Woohoo!

See you out there

Steve Nurse