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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Behind the Photo

Oh No!
Be careful if you want to try this.
Repaired,  from outside.
Repaired,  from inside.

Well a funny thing happened.  I was writing an article for the ozhpv magazine, Huff, about the Radbot 1000 taillights so went out to take a photo of them on the bike (top).  And as I was getting the photo ready for the mag, I actually looked at the photo, and saw there was a crack in the back of the wooden tailbox.  Scurrying out the front, I looked at the tailbox, and yes, there was a crack. 

Now I knew what the problem was.  For a couple of weeks there have been some bikes and bike frames left out for council collection, and I have snaffled them for personal use as shown in photo 2.  When I was taking a damaged Repco frame-and-bits home on my bike, the snaffled frame banged  into a tree. So (slightly) broken tailbox.

Fixing the break wasn't too hard.  I'd made the tailbox in the first place and used araldite in the process, so it was no big deal to glue, then clamp the broken bits together, then find, then cut, then glue, then screw, then clamp a bit of wood to the top of the box as reinforcement.  All good now.


Steve Nurse

Friday, September 22, 2017

NLT8 at Fringe Furniture

Outside the Clifton Hill Brewery

A promo bike and competition for 4 pines beer .  Note attempt at beer carrying.

My trike's beer carrying section with complimentary dark ale.
Setting Up at Fringe

Some Pressed-Steel stools.

At setup.  I was able to fit my ancient Bickerton (folded) into the back of my trike and ride it home after dropping off the trike.  Easy Peasy.

A screen
The tielike article I wore to opening night (just a bit of material really) was from the same cloth used to make the trikes sidepanel.
Opening night speeches

Trike on opening night.

Hi, Last week I entered my trike in Fringe Furniture 31 which runs till October 1.  This trike has not been my regular ride, so I spent a few days cleaning it and finishing it off before the exhibition.  I decided to show off the modular panelling by having one side timber and one side cloth.

One of my test rides was to the local pub-brewery and I was able to use the trikes beer carrying capacity to good effect, and make a comparison to the 4 Pines Brewery competition prize.  Fully enclosed but slightly squishy accommodation for 1 slab v. not very good accommodation for 1/2 slab. After a chat with the Drive-in-Bottleshop attendant, he gave me a free Dark Ale can, woohoo!

Dropping off the trike at the exhibition was not too hard, the Abbotsford Convent where the exhibition is held is 5 minutes down the bike path, and I was able to hurl a folded up Bickerton. (very much protruding) into the back of the trike and ride the Bickerton home.

I went to the exhibition opening night and made myself a tie  to match the fabric of the trike which hardly anybody noticed. I saw a few people I knew at the exhibition, some neighbours, and a few colleagues from uni.  Free beer at the opening too!

Since then I've made a few visits to the convent and added a prop for the boot lid so people can look in, also left the tie-like object draped over the handlebars with "please try me on" scawled on the skinny end.  The trike is for sale at the exhibition for $3000. There are about 9 days to go and see it, the exhibition ends October 31.


Steve Nurse

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fast bike Seat

Preparing Seat Frame Internals....

by clamping an offcut of the frame material to the frame, and mounting everything up.

Mostly finished seat frame with seat on the bike trike.

I have not posted for a while, but have progressed a bit on the fast trike.  The seat frame is complete and I've mounted it on the bike and sat on it.  Its all ok, and soon I will be setting up the steerer, gears, brakes etc.

Off to deposit my wooden trike at the fringe festival this afternoon, I will report on that shortly.


Steve Nurse