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Busyman Bicycles

Once upon a time when a bicycle saddle wore out you threw it away. I had a Rolls that had gotten to end of its comfortable life. As many people know these saddles have stood the test of time and were used in the pro peleton for years as the saddle of choice for many and it seemed a shame to dispose of it. Luckily we now have Mick Peel from Busyman Bicycles http://busymanbicycles.blogspot.com.au/ to recycle and or personalise our saddles for us.I decided that this was what I would do and what started out in my mind as a relatively simple transaction turned into a bit of a collaboration. For many people dealing with Mick is probably through email and postage. Fortunately for me he is just on my door step and in fact between home and work. I originally dropped the saddle of with the idea that I would have my name embossed in the covering. I was going to send Mick the artwork but overnight had second thoughts. I felt uncomfortable branding something I hadn’t made myself. After chatting to him that first night I decided to go with the statement that I use to describe my work. “handmade with soul”

I felt it also described the way Mick works. I discussed it with him and sent him the artwork. He got back to me after having a go at cutting the letters with a request. Did I know of anyone who could laser cut the letters?. They were a bit small for him to do a good job on. Fortunately again, I did and he couldn’t have been more helpful. Thanks Jas.. I got the letters back to Mick and, hey presto, a new recycled Rolls for my bike with a description of both the maker and owner. Thanks Mick it was great to work with you and I look forward to many more years of riding on this saddle

Recycled Rolls "Handmade with Soul" by Busyman Bicycles

Recycled Rolls “Handmade with Soul” by Busyman Bicycles

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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Yet another stem and a bit of jigery pokerey

Another fillet brazed stem this time with a couple of extra additions. Firstly and easily enough a bell mount on the side. Secondly, a built-in cable hanger for a set of cantilever brakes. Nothing too difficult one thinks untill I started to wonder how I was going to hold that little extra bit of metal in the right place to braze it. This is what I came up with.

Cable Hanger brazing jig

Cable Hanger brazing jig

The smaller section is pushed into the bottom of the stem and the slot that you can see is so that not too much heat needs to be generated to get things up to brazing temp. It also stops me inadvertently brazing the jig to the stem. I may never have to use this again but along with a number of other little jigs that I have made I know that it has enabled me to do the required job in the most efficient way. It may sound like the job takes longer but the end result is always better

Off to the chrome platers

Reading  Peter Carey’s The Chemistry of Tears

Listening to  Mick Harvey’s Sketches from the Book of the Dead

Stem and jig

Ready for plating

Ready for plating

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Serendipity

In the lead up to the Moscow Olympics in 1980 my friend Martin Gillespie became the cartoonist for the Maryborough (Queensland Australia) Chronicle. He and I had been friends for ever , even then. At the same time,

Moscow Olympics by Pie

Moscow Olympics by Pie

I had just taken up competitive cycling and despite the fact that we lived over 2000kms from each other he chose to use a caricature of me to depict the controversy surrounding Australian athletes participation in an event being held behind what was then, the Iron Curtain. He got it pretty right at the time. I had knobbly knees and still do and back then I had a moustache. There are a number of coincidences here. The Australian 4000m pursuit team for Moscow was made up of Kevin Nichols, Kelvin Poole, Colin Fitzgerald and Gary Sutton, whose brother Shane is now a DS with the Sky team of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, probably both the strongest and fastest men on a bike right now. On Saturday night Australian time as the Olympic road race for 2012 rolled out of London and onto the roads at Box Hill we celebrated my friends 50th birthday. We now live in the same state of Victoria and this picture hangs over my workbench and reminds me of many things. Not the least is the fact that it seems extremely rare to me that two things that have been so constant in my life, my friendship with Martin who isn’t a cyclist and my love of the bikes could be tied together in a simple cartoon drawn so long ago

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized