Friday, 31 October 2008

Busy week

The Bike has now been converted to singlespeed so no more worrying about gears.
It has now turn very cold so the cycling has been put on hold.
It's been a good week, imagine this picture with Snow on the hills, dark clouds and rain.
A Friend phoned to tell me he had slid into the ditch on this road and asked me to help him get out.
(If you look in the centre of the picture you can see the part of the road he came off)
It came out with no damage so it was a good ending, but it was a bit of an adventure.
The only thing that broke were the rubber exhaust mountings on my car, they split with age and I had to lay under the car in the rain to fix the problem so I could get home.
They could have done it in a better place, I fixed it properly when i got home.

My car went in for it's Mot (Yearly check) One brake hose, 2 rear tyres, I suppose it could have been worse.
Most of the problems are caused by lack of use.

Still sorting the parts out for the new bike!! still trying to finalise which frame to use.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

It's turned Cold

The Sun is shining but it's still cold.

Just built up another bike as a singlespeed, it turned out the wheels would not convert to singlespeed as the hub is Suntour MD with a screw on cog.
But I had a set of wheels that converted easily so they went on instead, chainrings came off easily and the secondhand Dmr Bashguard I got from the Retrobike Forum fitted straight on.
It's nowa simple 32x16 singlespeed setup .
The biggest job was changing the tyres and the chain tensioner fitted perfectly with very little slack on the chain even without it.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

One of those days

Well, I seem to have done nothing put pay out money today, even then I forgot to order half the stuff I wanted !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But at least I will have one complete bicycle with all the right parts .

It's been warmer today and the wind stayed away till 5.00pm so it was a good day weatherwise.

I have decided to completely build and finish the new bicycle before sending for the Epic Bag System I want to fit on it, just incase I change my mind which bike I am building.
but it seems the best bag system around, I'm surprised no one thought of it before.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Missed a Day

I seem to have missed a day, I thought it was Tuesday today not Wednesday.
More Bike parts arrived today so the new bike is getting closer to reality.

Now planning the new Workshop, this was planned last year but shelved when other things needed doing .
It's sectional so it can be moved if needed, I'm planning a wood burning Stove or some other form of heating, but as there is a lot of old wood lying around I think the woodburner could be in first place.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

A Monument to Greed

A Monument to Greed, this is happening all over the Highlands of Scotland.
where I live they are building another Windfarm next to this one another blot on the landscape.
Are these a viable alternative scource of energy ??
It has been proved they cost more to construct than the amount of electricity they ever produce.
How much pollution is caused by their construction ??

Monday, 20 October 2008

Cold and wet

It's been a cold and wet day today.
I have now made a list of bike parts I need .
I have just got a 34 tooth chainring and maybe a bashguard and I seem to have more parts already than I thought I had .
It's parts like the disc brakes, frame, wheels and tyres which I will have to buy special.
I have just about got all the parts planned and sourced
It would be easier to put together a 26" wheel bike as I have more parts for those, but I prefer riding 29" (700c)
I have a 21 speed Dutch bike with 700c wheels (29") which rolls over the ground easily compared to my 26" wheel mountain bike, .
So the search goes on and decisions are being made even if they are being made slowly.

The picture above is of a Surly Pugsley, mine will look much the same but with narrower wheels as they would be overkill for the type of riding I do.
The Bags are from Epic Designs and are made by Eric Parsons checkout his Blog to see more details

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Have now started to get together parts for the new Bike I am building.
I will buy the fancy parts when I know exactly what I am looking for things like the handlebar stem ??? (what length will be the correct one for me??)
So it's build it cheap, ride it, then perfect it .
So far I have the crank arms and the handlebar stem( Ebay)
I have decided that when it gets transformed in its final build I can build another bike with the leftover parts.
The frame will be a Surly karate monkey as it means I get 29" wheels plus I can run gears or singlespeed.
It was going to be a Surly 1x1 but that would mean singlespeed only.

Above is a picture from todays ride along the beach.