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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Fixing 50 Bikes Project


Old Chain, very rusty and stiff

Some of the parts from the bike shed, old pedals, handgrips, bell.

Almost finished

Bit of a problem this one! I found out this freehub body is removable but couldn't find any compatible parts. After swapping parts in and out a few times I settled on replacing the wheel and cluster with ones from Wecycle. I showed a few others how to do this, but they didn't find compatible parts or get to fix any wheels either. Update Feb 11: by washing the freehub body in mineral turpentine, I was able to get the clutch inside working. I reassembled the wheel and was able to donate it in working condition to wecycle.


For a while I have been fixing bikes for Wecycle, and most of this has been ignored as far as this blog is concerned. But I was speaking to a coworker and said that I guessed I fixed 50 bikes in a year for Wecycle, and if they went to people who need them that was a worthwhile contribution. But I don't actually know if I've fixed 50 bikes because I never counted them.

So now I thought, stuff it, I'll count them and document them, and where the parts come to fix them.

Bike Number 1

From (Place and Date, Comment): Sackville Street Kew, Jan 12. 2021

Make model and size: Giant Upland SE, 26" wheel mountain bike.

Parts used to fix: 

Recycled from Wecycle: Pedals, rear wheel, seatpost, seat, rear reflector, 4 brake pads

New from Wecycle: Chain, handgrips, bell.

Recycled or new from my shed: Cable ends.

To: Wecycle shed, Jan 30, 2021

Comments: I shortened a few of the cables and by doing that was able to tidy up some of the cable ends. The bike scrubbed up and rode ok. I quite like the seatpost. It looks good and lifts the appearance of the whole bike.

Spider-infested gearchanger before cleaning

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Serge's Velocino

Serge's Velocino
Serge at Wecycle, and
having a quick sit on
My trike


Hi A few days ago, I was working at the bike charity wecycle when someone called me from outside.  It was Serge, he was keen to show me his bike, a Velocino  - simply a small bicycle.  Anyway I had a quick go and it was quite a nice bike. Mostly made from standard parts with a custom fork and front wheel. A very good fate for a Huffy mountain bike.

Regards  Steve Nurse

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

OzHpv Rally Day 5 Sunday


Everton bus shelter

Everton number plate tree

Accoutrements and luxuries  (joke props) at the Everton bus shelter, a phone and a TV remote.

Some tucker by the rail trail, ripe cherry-plums. You tend to ignore them when you're riding with others, but by yourself you have time to observe and pick and eat the fruit.

Trike and cherry-plum tree

Op shop, It was a Sunday, but this was Free Stuff left outside. I missed out on visiting this op shop during opening hours but went to the other one a few times.

Dave McCook and Helen Curtis with Helen's Optima "Baroness"

Domes Deli testing a Lloyd Charter trike.

Breakfast and trike tweaking

Checking Jeff's velo

Myrtleford, Emma Mickle Centre


A last set of photos for the ozhpv gathering. I was riding the 50k from Myrtleford to Wangaratta Station, then taking the train back to Melbourne. This was jumping ship a little bit early, some of the other mob were riding to Lake Buffalo. 

At the Myrtleford Bakehouse we met Emma Mickle who was on a supported ride to raise money for  a Spinal Cure charity. She was doing very well. The ride was a return to normal life for Emma after recovery from a hiking accident. She had raised $28,000 via gofundme .

The ride to Wangaratta was not too bad and I used the rail trail for the first half, then the road. I was in plenty of time for the 1pm train despite a puncture. It had been a good trip, and nice to catch up with Myrtleford and a few old friends.


Best Wishes


Steve Nurse