Author Topic: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop  (Read 145500 times)

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #500 on: 29 September, 2019, 10:58:43 pm »
I've just been made aware of another East Anglian weird bike builder: https://tallbikenorfolk.weebly.com :thumbsup:

Take a look at his 'Other inventions' pages...
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fruitcake

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #501 on: 30 September, 2019, 09:31:30 am »
He has a wobble bike!

And I think he is referencing a certain Spielberg film on his bike trailer page
https://tallbikenorfolk.weebly.com/storage-trailer.html

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #502 on: 30 September, 2019, 06:53:14 pm »
I've just been made aware of another East Anglian weird bike builder: https://tallbikenorfolk.weebly.com :thumbsup:

That's all sorts of excellent!  ;D  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #503 on: 20 November, 2019, 02:41:19 am »
How's the TRICE coming on John?

Need more pictures.

I was watching it on Ebay, contemplating weather to get it.....

….Ended up getting a Trice XL.

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #504 on: 20 November, 2019, 07:08:41 am »
Haven't done much on it recently. The cover I was intending to use for the seat isn't working as well as I thought, and I ought to rebuild the front wheels.
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #505 on: 30 December, 2019, 12:25:33 pm »
Before Christmas, my daughter was sending me links to bikes to replace (8.5 yr old) Grandson's worn out, and too small one.

She was getting "Made of Cheese" and "Boat-anchor" comments back from me, and decided to leave it until after Christmas.

I took on the task of sourcing one - requirements were:

Not necessarily new

Strong and able to stand up to abuse

We picked this up last night, and I've just had it on the workstand and apart from paint chips..





There's nothing wrong with it - in fact it looks as if it's been professionally serviced as the seller told me.  :D

Not bad for £20!  :o :o :o :o :o

Meanwhile, just before Christmas, I collected this for his younger brother (older grandson already has one). It's apart because I would like him to be able to ride it this spring/summer when he's 5 yr old, and it's going to be a bit too big, I think.  :smug:



Spoilt Rotten!  ;D

One of my Christams presents from them was this sign:



 :) :) :)
 
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ElyDave

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #506 on: 30 December, 2019, 04:23:31 pm »
Love the sign, grazed knees and silliness a speciality
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #507 on: 30 December, 2019, 06:05:03 pm »
That is special.  :-)
Rust never sleeps

fuzzy

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #508 on: 31 December, 2019, 08:46:48 am »
 :thumbsup:

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #509 on: 31 December, 2019, 01:41:01 pm »
Love the sign.  :thumbsup:

Is that a KMX trike? Looks cool.

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #510 on: 31 December, 2019, 02:41:24 pm »
Yes, it's another KMX Kart.

The original Mk 1 I have has a few issues with worn steering pivots - they are bronze bushes and the steel kingpin spindles are also worn - I might drill them out and weld in some tube to take ball races I have.

This one was about £70 and needed the rear brake cable replacing as it was too long and therefore had too much friction and was too stiff. The tracking needed setting up too, and there's a bit of play in the trackrod ends, so I'll order some more.

I got to know the guys from KMX when theydid a few events with us in 2002-4.

Grandson one has an identical, but red one to the one I just bought: https://www.facebook.com/wobbly.john/videos/2052725838111196/?hc_location=ufi
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #511 on: 04 January, 2020, 05:42:08 pm »
My 'found on today's ride':



I have a use for the 'Skyway' compatible brake pads, but it's the bottom bracket that I want this for.

Bugger - plastic bushes for bearings  >:(  - that won't do for what I want.  :facepalm:



I have another bike on the scrap pile that I can use



This one has proper balls...  :D



I also need the shell, so the frame gets chopped.  :demon: :demon:

If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #512 on: 10 January, 2020, 10:49:30 pm »
After grinding off all the frame tubes from the botom bracket shell, I holesaw a bit of square box tube to suit the bottom bracket shell...



...tack it in place...



...before welding fully and grinding the welds.





I also have some pulley wheels to turn (on the lathe) from 1/4" U to grooves to fit a chain.

If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #513 on: 11 January, 2020, 10:29:52 am »
I've just discovered some old photos of forummerites enjoying some of my cycling creations at Mildenhall cycle rally:

















Smiles compulsory...

 :D :D ;D
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #514 on: 11 January, 2020, 10:41:20 am »
...and sadly missed, Mal Rees



 :'(
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #515 on: 19 January, 2020, 07:02:39 pm »
This week I bought a chopping board...



...to CNC machine into chainring guards



Also fitted new left & right threaded track rod ends to the blue KMX.



The new boom isn't quite ready yet.  >:(
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #516 on: 19 January, 2020, 07:52:01 pm »
This week I bought a chopping board...



...to CNC machine into chainring guards



I feel a contender for the BHPC chainring guards gallery coming on...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #517 on: 25 January, 2020, 11:01:43 am »
This week, I saw a useful looking tool-case in the work skip.  :D

I thought it was a bit heavy when a nabbed it, and found it contained a reciprocating saw.  :o

Of course it didn't work...   >:(





...until I tightened the mains lead terminals.   :smug:



It even came with spare metal cutting blades.  :demon:
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #518 on: 25 January, 2020, 01:57:17 pm »
Wowser !  Good find.
Rust never sleeps

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #519 on: 25 January, 2020, 02:47:47 pm »
Today I fitted the bottom bracket boom and chainguards pictured up the page, to make Elliott's KMX Kart (hopefully) small enough for him to ride - shorter boom, shorter cranks & lower gear.  :thumbsup:





The nearest square tube I had was 1.2mm undersize, so I've been building up layers of paint for the last couple of weeks - not the best bodge, but it'll do.  :-\
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

ElyDave

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #520 on: 26 January, 2020, 08:03:35 am »
Looks good, chain guard because small child I assume?
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #521 on: 26 January, 2020, 12:32:29 pm »
You'd need a pretty good reason not to have one.  I used to think that in normal riding (ie. not racing or poorly controlled pissing about as you'd expect from children) they were a convenient way of not getting oil on things, but after the recent dog incident I've changed my mind.

Given the chainline, that one probably helps to prevent backpedal derailments, too.

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #522 on: 26 January, 2020, 01:46:27 pm »
Both to reduce chain derailment and protect chain from errant clothing - it originally had chunky chainring guards each side.

Elliott (4.5 yr old grandson) had his first ride on it today, with his older brother using his.  :smug:





A comparison between the blue, adapted for a 4 year old, and the standard, set up for an 8 year old KMX Cyclone Karts



Video: https://youtu.be/122qmltyZOk & https://youtu.be/oOTs-SJ4ick :thumbsup:

Older grandson James got to have his new (to him) £20 BMX.  :D

If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #523 on: 26 January, 2020, 03:50:31 pm »
...and I took the KMX Karts to the leisure centre for the boys to safely try them out, on the big trailer.  :smug:

If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #524 on: 27 April, 2020, 08:27:28 pm »
Sorry I've been so quiet recently.

Today I took, to my daughter's (I am able to visit as I am doing shopping for her) some:
  • prepared planks (old laboratory benchtop),
  • wheels & axles (the wheels came from a fly-tipped push-chair, axles were scrap box-section with bolts welded in)
  • seat (kids' picnic chair that the leg had broken off - from skip)
  • Pivot (lock-nut, bolt, washers, circular metal plates and hard disc platters all from scrap box)

This was to enable grandsons to drill and screw them together to make a basic soapbox.  :D











My daughter supervised and took the pictures.

Social Wobbly Workshop distancing at it's best!  :smug:

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