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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ride to Work Day 2018

Ok, it was me.

Lots going on!

Gayle and a helper spruiking on the bikepath, successfully getting riders across to the celebration from the bike path in the middle of busy St. Georges Road.

Popular Ice Cream stall run by Mamoth

Bike tuning by volunteers

Hi, Yesterday was local cycling advocates The Bike Network's Ride to Work Day.  Its been going quite a while, and a few years ago I helped run a stall at RMIT promoting ozhpv as part of a ride to work day.  So this year I volunteered to set up Wecycle and the city of Darebin's ride to work day afternoon celebrations, arriving at about midday to help set up for the event running from 4 - 7 pm.

It all ran well, and I put up posters, moved bikes, made a prize wheel from a bike wheel and a trueing stand, swept, held the fort for a while and generally helped the other volunteers set up, and it was very enjoyable and well attended. Thanks to Gayle Kirsten and the other volunteers for making it a great afternoon.


Steve Nurse

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Convent fete 2018


Yesterday I woke up and remembered that it was the day of the fete at The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver in Cotham Road.  I ride past their building going to my mum and Dad's place, and had noted the date from the big billboard out the front. When my leaning trike design was brand new 5 years ago I had picked up a great vintage sewing machine there.  So I rang mum and Dad, arranged to visit them at 11 O'clock, and rode over. On the way over I saw: yes, the fete was in full swing, and there was a garage sale just down the road from there.

I visited Mum and Dad (we had been to a funeral in Hamilton a few days before and caught up with some relatives there, so there was a bit to discuss) and help mum with a job in the garage, rescuing a Globite case in the process.  On the way home I stopped at both the garage sale (not much good) and the fete.  The not-quite-so-good-crockery store was a ripper and were selling a small box of items for $5.00. At first I didn't think I needed a boz as I only wanted one or 2 things, but there was enough good stuff there that I opted for the box.

I had to rearrange my tailbox for the trip home and put most of the crockery in the Globite case to make it all fit which resulted in 1 breakage by the time I got home. But my wife Christine was generally delighted. Will add a bit more later.....


Steve Nurse  

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New Trike Part 9 bike hack 3741

Pic shows interference between chainguard and steerer.
Hacked aheadset parts (top) allow brake and gear cables to get through, and

....... modified headsetem parts allow it to sit more vertical to avoid chainring interference.

As installed.

And the whole damn thing.

Front frame detail

Separated for transport

Front frame end details, compared with the aluminium trike shown in this post, the front frame is much more compact.

Hi, yesterday I put in some more work on my new trike, and with 2 bike hacks fixed some remaining problems.  As mentioned last time, the steerer bearings were loosening because I had omitted a few aheadset pieces from the steerer assembly to let the cables go through the fork tube.  And I discovered another problem, part of the steerer would hit the new inside chainguard if it was steered too hard.

So a couple of bike hacks were in order, the first was to mod some aheadset parts so cables could go past them, and that worked.  Taking apart the steerer clamp and a bit of grinding of parts fixed the second problem.  The adjustable steerer clamp had to be more vertical than its initial limit to avoid interference with the chainguard, and grinding away bits of 2 parts helped that.

In the afternoon I took the bike for a test rides and rode it again today, no real problems except the bell is a bit loose!

Next time I hope to report on the trike being used in competition in the 2018 Ozhpv challenge in Geelong,


Steve Nurse