Author Topic: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop  (Read 69650 times)

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2013, 11:33:21 pm »
Today's project was started...

...but is now on hold as I ran out of the special extra-strong thread.  >:(

More leather from the old dumped sofa:



And logos added via the laser cutter  8)



This time I also used it to cut out some of the parts as well.  :smug:





A few tangles on the heavy-duty sewing machine this evening  :-[



and thus I ran out of thread with less than half of it sewn.  :facepalm:



BTW, I must remember to sort out the logo - the 'transparent' bits of it end up black when I change it to monochrome, so it's ending up a rectangular outline.  :(
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2013, 10:33:07 am »
Mmmmm: A YACF man bag, for the chap around town.
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #52 on: January 10, 2013, 02:18:51 pm »
Mmmmm: A YACF man bag, for the chap around town.

Next project: YACF chaps rainlegs, for the man about town?  ;D
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #53 on: January 10, 2013, 10:19:31 pm »
No new project today, so here's how one of the Wobblebikes was built -the 20" Wheeled Mini Wobblebike

Chopped frame:

 

Where the bits will go:



The 'crossbar-link' welded up:



Welding the rear end is done in situ so that the alignment is right - note how the seatpost locks everything together.



A cable stop is brazed on 8)

 

An here are the component parts of a Wobblebike frame



And assembled



Because these bikes tend to get abused at events, I opted for the hammerite approach to paintwork. Frame now painted, stickers stucked, and reassembly started. 



The finished bike looks like this  :smug:





...and this is how it folds.   :o





We also made a short video - I didn't get the fold right first time   :facepalm: , but left it in for you to laugh at.

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #54 on: January 14, 2013, 06:36:39 pm »
I love your cheeky look at the camera every time you ride past! :thumbsup:
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #55 on: January 14, 2013, 10:01:05 pm »
Not as much response as I expected.  :(

Fear not, your thread is being watched :)

Very impressed with the neatness of the leatherwork above, for one thing.

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #56 on: January 15, 2013, 12:38:17 am »
My aluminium rods arrived today for my Wobbly inspired hip flask carrier.  I'm thinking of something that will attach to a rear rack and have a red light fitted.

I'm gonna limp to the pub and drink 'til the rest of me is as numb as my arse.

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #57 on: January 15, 2013, 09:08:13 am »
A brothel? :o
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #58 on: January 15, 2013, 11:18:32 am »
A brothel? :o

My flask won't be for broth!   :thumbsup:
I'm gonna limp to the pub and drink 'til the rest of me is as numb as my arse.

Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2013, 11:30:13 pm »
OK. New thread arrived, so I've been able to get on with the YACF man saddle bag.

It was an idea I had a while ago and this was just going to be a trial one with the final version being lined as well.







I've decided not to make another as Carradices are better & cooler.  :P
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #60 on: January 16, 2013, 11:09:49 am »
I think that that is a fair observation John but hey, nothing ventured.
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #61 on: January 16, 2013, 12:26:47 pm »
Interesting experiment nonetheless.

I have a lot of ideas on how to improve a Super C saddlebag, but neither the skills nor tools to implement it.  I had an offer of help from a forumite, but failed to get myself together enough to act upon it. :-[
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #62 on: January 20, 2013, 07:24:36 pm »

I have a lot of ideas on how to improve a Super C saddlebag, but neither the skills nor tools to implement it.  I had an offer of help from a forumite, but failed to get myself together enough to act upon it. :-[

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...

?

 ;)
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #63 on: January 20, 2013, 07:48:28 pm »
Might be a bit dark with the rain cover on though!
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #64 on: January 21, 2013, 10:55:19 pm »
Here's another old project from the workshop to entertain you during the cold weather:

Bike chopped:





The first bit of construction is to make a loooooong head tube, by welding a scrap headtube into each end of a longer tube which they are a tight fit in.





The rest of the frame is welded in place:  ???




Have you managed to guess what it is yet?











...It's a pedal powered radiator!  :D



And with copper pipe, Lauterwasser stylee handlebars...



...it's ready to race.  :smug:

And where do you race a pedal powered radiator?

In the Pedal Powered Furniture World Championship, of course!  ::-)

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clarion

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #65 on: January 22, 2013, 10:06:23 am »
Utterly awesome.  I love the sofa collisions. 

I bet you wished you'd given it a higher gear, though. ;D

IIRC there was a toilet involved in the earlier rounds, or am I imagining that?
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #66 on: January 22, 2013, 10:13:57 am »
Brilliant!

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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #67 on: January 22, 2013, 10:18:06 am »
That clearly demonstrates the advantages of a bicycle in a situation where traffic congestion is likely.

Have you considered rigging a small stove to a heat exchanger and keeping yourself warm on cold winters' days?
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #68 on: January 22, 2013, 10:41:44 am »
Brilliant !!   But ... I want to know why you didn't include some articulation into the radiator body.

 ;D
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #69 on: January 22, 2013, 12:23:17 pm »

IIRC there was a toilet involved in the earlier rounds, or am I imagining that?

There was a pedal powered toilet, and it proved to be the fastest in the preliminary heats on the Saturday (this was at a 2 day cycling event). However, the strong winds that were present all weekend, blew the Bog Chopper over and smashed it. Although gaffer taped together, the race organiser disqualified it on Health & Safety grounds, due to sharp porcelain.  :o
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #70 on: January 22, 2013, 12:33:46 pm »
I wonder what the UCI regs on chips to the porcelain are.
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #71 on: January 23, 2013, 10:34:43 pm »
<soppy grin>

It was at that very event that MFWHTBAB and I first met.

I was with someone else at the time, but MFWHTBAB admits that at one stage he was riding a recumbent trike behind me walking along, and admiring my Bikester-glad bottom.

</soppy grin>
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #72 on: January 23, 2013, 10:38:37 pm »
Isn't admiring bottoms the whole point in recumbents?  You certainly get to see a lot of them...
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #73 on: January 24, 2013, 06:53:31 pm »
Isn't admiring bottoms the whole point in recumbents?  You certainly get to see a lot of them...

Only as long as the bottom you wish to admire doesn't belong to someone also riding a recumbent, I guess...
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Re: Tales from the Wobbly Workshop
« Reply #74 on: January 25, 2013, 09:34:38 pm »
At work, over the last week, we've been doing Aluminium casting - grading the sand up and handling metals in this weather makes the skin split on my fingers. We've also had a couple of machines breakdown in the workshop which I've had to fix, so I've been doing extra hours and getting no free time...

...but now it's time to start making a new bike.  :)

This is going to be a major project and it takes time to strip a frame and prepare the component parts before any construction starts, and I'll update regularly as it prgresses.

First we'll take a couple of frames off the scrapheap - this is one I bought for 99p on ebay - the back wheel has already been used in the Penny Fakething upthread.



The chain's a bit...

easily dealt with by holding it in a vice and clouting with a hammer to snap it.  :demon:

The first thing I need is a head-tube and this comes from another old frame. Chopped out and as much waste trimmed off with a hacksaw...



...then using a grinder...



...and finishing with a file.

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