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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Timber Chainguard

Victoria separating bike with timber chainguard on modded bike....

And on highly modded velocino.......

Still needs a bit of work!
Hi, in the last few days I've been working on a chainguard for my separating bike which is timber , and half hockey stick guard and half trouser guard.  Anyway, I think the idea is ok but this one needs more work, and to be a bit narrower.

It looks a bit better on the modded bike and not on the Velocino version.  You can only take in so much and the Velocino already has enough going on!

Anyway, I will continue on with this shortly.

Regards

Steve Nurse

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A trip down the coast


Squeezed the bike into the train.

Near Anglesea on the....

Great Ocean Road
Edible Brassicas thriving.






Hi

At the end of last week I had finished a slab of writing for a conference paper and so planned to get away for a few days. Very fortunately my family has a place to stay on the West Coast of Victoria.  I wasn't pressed for time so planned to go there by bike, and it all went well! I took the bike I had repaired a few days earlier, no problems with the repair or the bike at all.

There was some traffic congestion heading into the city, and I made my planned 12:30 train from Southern Cross station to Waurn Ponds with about a minute to spare.  Whew!  That meant I didn't get to the right carriage to accommodate my bike, but I managed to make do with an empty corner of the carriage I got into. All this was less drama than I had on a similar trip 18 months ago: then the side panel of my bike fell out, and I needed to buy more bulldog clips to hold it together!

Navigation from Waurn Ponds was better too.  Turned left instead of right at Ghazepore Road, and it runs almost all the way to Bellbrae, but with the odd gravel section (Ok) and hilly gravel section (get off and walk the front wheel drive leaning trike, no real drama).

Quite hungry by the time I reached Urquarts Bluff, and I wolfed down some left over Thai takeaway, then it was on to Airey's Inlet where I was staying. The bakery (woohoo) was open and I bought donuts, cheesecake and bread.  The donuts were enough to stop the immediate hunger.

After a day or so (I managed to get some surfing in and caught up with a few friends out in the water) it was time to head back, and took a few photos on the way.  The potential roadside free feed this time is the Brassica weed as discussed in a previous post.  It seems to be everywhere from the empty railway land near Southern Cross station to the roadsides of the Great Ocean road, and my pic is of it thriving in a small crack near the Bellbrae roundabout.

Uneventful trip home, with plenty of time for correct bike stowing on the train, I got back quite refreshed.

Regards

Steve Nurse

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Tailbox Repair

Trike in for repair with lots of.....

clamps on the back to ensure the glue takes hold.
Inside of the tailbox after repair.  The small brown part in the centre is a splint glued into place as a repair to the split timber underneath.
Hi, after overloading my tailbox about a week ago, its all fixed now.  this involved cleaning its inside, then carefully glueing it back together.  All fixed, this is the 2nd repair to this tailbox.  I have been using this trike as an all-purpose ute, and keeping the one that is for sale on ebay in good condition.

Regards

Steve Nurse

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Velocino Continued

Almost finished, this is with the handlebars folded.

First Mission included retrieving a teapot from a junk pile


Overloaded Recumbent

Cleaning up the drill press

Ceres metal, .....

bike tube and bike tyre recycling. Woohoo!
Hi, in the last few days I have fixed up the Velocino and had it on the road for a short test run this afternoon.  This included custom 3d printing a light enclosure and using it to plug the front frame tube. It goes quite well, and I think the above seat steering does a good job, allowing me to lean forward on the handlebars for improved aerodynamics, but its not quite classic Velocino . There is still quite a bit I can do with this bike which is quite fun to ride.  I should be able to make a wooden chainguard and have been working out how to make that in my head.

In other news I visited the Ceres bike shed where they have recycling facilities for bike tyres, and donated a drill press I had bought in Germany in about 1987 to the Wecycle bike shed.  I initially attempted to haul the drill to Wecycle by trike but I only lasted 2 streets before having to return home tail between my legs having broken the tailbox with all the weight.  No permanent damage done I hope.

Regards  Steve Nurse