I first met Gabe Bouris a couple of years ago. He is a former tri-athlete who had a stroke and was later diagnosed with MS. He wanted to get back on the bike and I did some work on a leg brace for him. Given his condition Gabe has limited movement on his left side and can’t afford to over-extend here. He realizedhe needed an effectively shorter crank on that side. How much shorter was unclear. Working with Darryl Perkins they came up with an idea that would hopefully answer that question. Darryl designed a series of plates that can be bolted on to an existing crank (after drilling a hole).The original pedal hole is used as the starting point with a pedal axle stub drilled and counter bored to take a 6mm cap screw. Each plate has 3 options for pedal placement, positioned 15mm apart and each starting at a different distance from the original pedal hole. Gabe came to me to get them made up. Coincidentally the pedal offset brought about by attaching one of these to the outside of a crank works in his favor. Hopefully this will enable Gabe and Darryl to find the optimal position so that he can have a real tilt at making the team for Rio. Best of luck mate
Monthly Archives: February 2013
Its February already and while I was away in Port Fairy,riding with the locals down there and swimming in the ocean I got a couple of very exited texts from Tim who had met with Kevin Wigham pf Paconi fame to sus out details for the repaint of a frame I built for him a few years ago. I came back from holidays and a week later was met by Tim with a look of excitement and a frame with one of the most incredible paint jobs I have seen. Tim wanted to invoke all the elements of a traditional frame in the paint job. Kevin did the spray job and Ken Dickie did the lining.I believe Ken was the man responsible for the paint jobs on many of Norm Bates bikes.There is a nice symmetry here because this frame was built using lugs that came from Bates shop in Coburg. I cant take any credit for what you see, and can only be flattered that Tim would go to these lengths on a frame I built. I know these photos wont do it justice but enjoy.
Time to build it up