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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

3d printed bike taillights

Modern-day ad for Peugeot 404 wagon Circa 1967 featuring taillights
Prior experience! 3d printed light mount for my fred bikes recumbent

Busted Tailllight from Peugeot NS22 bike
Some cleaning so existing parts can be traced and measured and replacements made
New Taillight base and old lens / reflector (top) , and raft / support material from 3d print (below)
Finished assembly.
Next Project!  Below are some different Peugeot bike taillights with good bases and reflectors but lacking lens covers.......
or be a heathen and just use this one from the shed!  Its only a reflector, not a taillight lens but seems to look and fit ok on the bikes.

In the 1980's my brother Richard was a motor mechanic and collected or rather shuffled through a series of Peugeot 404 cars including the rare but hugely practical 404 wagon.  And I remember, the taillights were always a problem with these cars. They broke or cracked, but needed to be intact for roadworthy certificates, and were hard to find secondhand and hideously expensive when bought new from France.

So now decades later, I am facing my own Peugeot taillight dilemma, or rather just working with the lights in restoring some old NS22 Peugeot bikes (no roadworthy required!).  From Edithvale a few weeks ago, I purchased some old bikes and am in the process of doing up the white one. Both taillight bases were shot, and only one taillight lens was intact.

The pics above show the result of my Solidworks and 3d printing skills, designing and making a new base for the taillight. I have more busted taillights for the NS22's in a different style and might have a go at printing new lamp covers for them.  I'm pleased and encouraged with the results sofar

Regards  Steve Nurse

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Bennett Street Crossing


Part of the Capital City Trail bikepath runs just near us and there have been works going on and blockages in recent weeks when its been in high demand. Roadworks are mostly over now and it all seems worth it. At Bennett St, cars must now give way to cyclists and walkers, and I didn't have to wait long to take these pictures,  lots of dogs, kids, cyclists taking advantage of the new arrangements. A few years ago, Monash university academic Marilyn Johnson wrote about this sort of "reversed priority" intersection, here is the link.

I took Yarraville Orange out for the photo shoot, couldn't help but take the last picture of the bike camouflaged amongst the traffic bollards which are waiting to be picked up.

Regards  Steve Nurse

Monday, May 4, 2020

NC Routed Adapters

Sheets of NC routed plywood at Sean and Horn resulted in..
this new crate adapter.
The bike whose frame I straightened here is taking shape, I have replaced the generator lights front and back with battery lights,
And here it is with the new crate adapters fitted and in portrait mode, the back adapter acts as a stand.
New additions to the stable which (of course) need fixing, are this one, a
"FU 22/5", or "Edithvale FU" after the suburb I got it from (another one is mentioned here, and they say "Perhaps FU stands for Fold-Up, 22/5 being 22 inch wheels, 5 speed. I have not seen that before. I have heard people say "F You" meaning something else". Never a truer word was spoken)
And this one, Edithvale Vale Blue with a paint job I really like!
Some rusty tools and a mouldy old saddle bag came with Edithvale blue
Rear lighting wiring I've never seen before on Edithvale blue. Other bikes have had the wiring tucked into the folded edge of the mudguard.

Non-original Shimano derailleur on Edithvale Blue

Rust parts soaking in vinegar and water. This is more a test of the process than actually needing the parts restored.
Pics say it all, some of my work of the last few days

regards  Steve Nurse