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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dangerous Designs Entry

Chinese contingent 1.

Chinese Contingent 2.  Who is the ringin, 3rd from left?



Hi, as I wrote quite a few posts ago, part of the reason for building my newest timber trike was to enter the Dangerous Designs competition.  My entry is now in! As well as building the trike itself, a few nice photos and a video were needed.  Some of the photos were taken at the local park, but I wanted to include a few photos of riding on the trike too.  My son, Ewan works at Melbourne Uni, so I arranged to meet him there for a photoshoot.  Its very hard to get your head around the workings of a vuong trike but dynamic photos and videos can help a lot.

So I pootled in on a Thursday morning, making sure timber panels were in place for the timber design competition.  On arriving at Melbourne Uni, I was swamped by a Chinese tour group of some description and they insisted on posing for photos with the trike.  I got them to take a few photos of me too.  The photos with the chinese contingent did not make the cut for the Dangerous Designs comp though, it is actually worth being serious about these things!

Then I rang Ewan, and got him to bring his helmet along as my helmets are too geeky to be seen in respectable photos.

The filming went ok, thanks Ewan!  Here is a link to the video.  Another competition / exhibition I have now entered is Fringe Furniture, my timber trike will be there on display from September 14 to October 1.


Syeve Nurse

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Timber Leaning trike part 15

Mockup of trike and the actual trike with wooden panels
The same trike with fabric and coreflute sidepanels

This is how much the sidepanels weigh.  If you want to ride around with these timber sidepanels you have to suffer carrying an extra 1.25 kg around.

Last job before finishing, grinding the end off some screws which were sticking out of the timber panels.

A week or two ago, corflute was cut using the frame of the fabric sidecover as a template, and extra coreflute was cut to make clip holders.  Later the clip holders were cable tied to the coreflute.


My newest leaning timber trike is finished now.  It was just about finished a few weeks ago, but have been fairly busy and haven't got back to it.  But taday I had some time and finished off the quite heavy 4mm timber ply sidepanels and fitted and photographed them and the corflute panels on the bike.  The first photo shows my mockup of the bike from parts I had around the place, and next to it is   tadah! the real thing.  A few other vital statistics are weight: 18kg with cloth panels, and length 2400mm.  Not recommended if you don't want to be noticed!  Anyway, it has been fun building her and I hope she endures for many km.


Steve Nurse