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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Almost on the road!

During Last Week's Be Spon.
Melburn Roobaix in progress

Melburn Roobaix

Today's Rained out B-Spon....

With Robert Cook and Graham In Attendance

Recycling bins which are the source of most of our Video Entertainment.  Successive layers of discarded VHS tapes are placed on top of each other like minerals in some Paleolithic swamp.  If you are lucky you arrive at a time when an interesting layer is exposed.  Last night I found a few Spike Milligan videos....

Some of my dilemma......  3 working bikes and another one on the way.  1 has to be sold for the whole lot to be under shelter and not starting to overtake the spare room.

And this is the one.....

That is almost finished. It has a rear monostay.

Assembly and testing before painting.....

A lock mechanism for the top fork bearing housing.

Last week, sunshine and plenty of time for a chat with the neighbours including the ever style conscious Edith, 102 years old from 2 doors down.

On the trike, I cropped off part of the v-brake assembly to make the brakes not bottom out.
Last weeks Be Spon

Haven't updated thinks for a while, here is a selection of photos from the last few weeks.

In Melbourne in May, we had day after day of beautiful mild sunshiny weather, but now Winter is well and truly upon us.  Tuesday had the wildest weather we'd had all year, and a high tide in Port Phillip Bay coincided with a big blow from the south and the resulting high water flooded parts of the city.  Its been raining or windy or both just about all the time since, and it takes a bit of willpower to ride to work.

So today was a bit cold, windy and threatening rain, but I headed off for a B-Spon ride anyway.  Near the Hawthorn Bike Track, a very large crowd of cyclists had gathered and it was the start of the Melburn Roobaix .  I plugged on past them to East Malvern Station, where a few hardy souls had gathered anticipating slightly dryer weather.  Had a chat to Robert Cook and Graham Signiorini, checked my Myki card worked and then got on a train to (call me a wuss if you like) avoid riding in the rain.  I lucked on to a bit of dry weather when I got off the train at Richmond, and rode home from there.  Some of the Roobaix riders had spread out from Hawthorn and I saw them riding through Clifton Hill on the way home.  I followed some of them and took a few photos.  Last years equivalent video is here.

On the bike building and riding front I am enjoying riding my iLean Trike on the weekends.  It is more stable than the other bikes I ride and its tempting to ride no hands.  A lot. And I do!

With that as my funnest bike, and finishing another one which I'm yet to commission,  I am slightly overloaded with bikes, so the bike described here and here and here and here is for sale.  No official ads up yet but asking about $1900.  It has quite a few expensive bits, and there is not another one like it on the planet that I know of. Phone (03)94818290.

The bike I'm finishing has a hollow main beam and a monostay for the back wheel.  Still cobbling together bits for it but the frame is done.  Haven't built a seat yet but can borrow one from another bike.

Ok, thats it.  Hopefully on the road on the Monostay bike by next post.


Steve Nurse

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