While we missed the big wet the following week end, it was still pretty damp and dirty but that certainly didn’t detract from a fantastic day. Since I have complete faith in the bike I think the only product under test here was me. Have already signed up for next year so might see you there. https://cyclingtips.com/125km-holden-giro-della-donna/
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In Late October I spent a week at Lake Eyre in South Australia. It is the largest lake in Australia and the lowest point in Australia at 15 meters below sea level, when it is dry. Its a salt lake and the location of the record breaking land speed record by Donald Campbell in the early 1960’s. Its one desolate place and while I am glad to have had the experience of seeing it I was kinda glad to be back and looking at the tools again.
I finally tied up the details of a touring frame for Jeremy in WA. We have been discussing this for at least 12 months and have at long last got things sorted.
You will see more of this in the coming months.
Bundit dropped another project off before I left for Lake Eyre so I got that finished. You might think the dropouts look a little strange sloping down from the chain stay. This is partly because it is a frame modification rather than being built with these dropouts but it does mean they run parallel to the ground and that the gearing remains constant along the length of the D/O slot
Caitlan’s beautiful chrome Rob Bailey was suffering from a case of seat post slippage. No matter how much she tightened the binder bolt it never really felt tight and the post slipped down under load. Looking at the seatpost lug it was clear that the hole in the ears was a bit too big for the bolt and this resulted in the ears deforming inward. ,while the bolt moved further out toward the back of the lug. The traditional way to fix this problem is to braze a piece into the ears, filling up the larger holes and then drill it out to match the bolt. To do this to the Rob Bailey would have meant destroying the chrome. A costly and more complicated job than was needed. I decided to machine up some stainless steel bushes that could be bonded into the lug. I made them with the appropriate diameter holes for the binder bolt and left a small lip on both of them so the epoxy would be tempted to give way when they were tightened. The flats are clearance on the back of the seat tube. If your interested, I used Devcon plastic steel to bond them together. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures after I assembled them into the frame, but the seatpost was finally tight when it left the shop
Gareth from Essendon Cyclery https://www.essendoncyclery.com.au/ brought round this Salsa that he was building up for a client. It was to have Di2 and a hub dynamo and he wanted to run the cables internally. I drilled holes in the appropriate spots and brazed stainless washers over them for reinforcement. I sent it off to Bell Powder Coating in Preston to be coated in Gloss Black.
Apart from the Di2 this build will have quite a few hi-end parts including a set of Praxis cranks and a top cap switch for the dyno hub. Looking forward to seeing the final set up
I am somewhat of an analogue person. I like manually operated stuff. I drive a manual car, like manually wound watches and have yet to convert to electronic shift on any of my bikes. Cables do pretty well. However I decided that it was time to bring my Deckel FP1 milling machine into the 21st century. One of the challenges in working with a relatively small machine was that I didn’t want the accessories to overwhelm the machine itself. So I decided to use the same bracket that the light mounts to for the swing arm, just to reduce the number of things bolted to the machine. I think it works, but only time will tell.