Ive been trying to upload my photo for nearly an hour now. Photobucket just doesnt seem to work on my laptop with O2 dongle. Tried Imageshack...much the same. woods bike at the beach by alecw35, on Flickr I'm not happy on using Flickr. Pretty sure that photo wont show.
Anyway. I was in the woods doing voluntary work. One of the others found a wheel. Then another one. then the frame and front wheel. He took a front wheel as he needed a tube. I pushed the rear wheel in and tried it. with finger tight wheel nuts. I then pushed it and my Tescos terror,er silver bike across town to where I had my bag of tools. Then later around 6pm I left town. On my silver bike, with seat low for better control. holding the stem of woods bike. took around 2 hours to get home. as was trundling and walking bits. Ive done some work on it. I took the cranks off. theres a bit of pitting on the axle. Might get another axle. Rear wheel axles bent. But have a couple of spares bikes that have 20" wheels. going to fit a single speed freewheel to one. so I can use it on my BMX. so will swap out its axle for a sh orter one. I took the cables off. shortened them a bit. as cracked at the ends. the stems stuck in forks. pedals stuck in cranks. will try to free off them. I might give the bike to the volunteers. They are talking about me running a bike maintenance class. So that can be the bike for learning on
I'm on a freinds computer, when there not looking. So heres a photo of the silver bike after Ive worked on it a bit.
I removed all the stickers. The head badge was on squint...ah great build quality. I fitted the axle out of the kids bike fixed wheel I got in a stream a while ago. As those kids bikes have stabilisers and 2 sets of wheel nuts, they have 170mm long axles. A bit too long for this 6 speed hub. I fitted the noodles off a spares bike, as the rear one was snapped. I need to get a proper pedal spanner. Ive got two 15mm spanners. but the cranks are plastic coated and that doesnt leave enough space for a propper spanner. Pedal bearings are gone. Right pedal squeals. The stems stuck in the forks. Ive oiled it and left the bike upside down. Still no budging. Forks flex when getting muscular with the bars. Other than that. Its a good going bike. I havent used propper twist grip indexing for a while. My silver bike doesnt seem to index. And my Marin that I passed onto a Retrorider had Rapid fire.
yeah the expander wedge is free in the steerer tube. But the stem quill tube is rusted in there I think. maybe have to look for a concrete fence post that I can put under the fork crown and thump the stem with a big hammer.
I stripped the paint from another seat pin. so will paint that today.
I ussualy wrestle with the bars too. But this has cheap suspension forks on it. so the forks flex and the wheel goes to an angle. Not keen on that at all.
I stripped the paint from the Tescos terrors seat pin, my other mountain bike that I pulled from a skip a few weeks ago. I stripped the paint from the seat pin from the green BMX. bits of a bike that I got from someones clearout. there both 25.4mm seatpins, so fit most of my bikes. Painted them black. Left them in the boiler wee roomie at the volunteers place. I stripped the remaining parts off the little blue bike that I got for parts a while ago. It still had wheels, gears, forks and cranks. The headset and bb are ok. I'm thinking of putting the suspension forks, headset, BB. Onto my Chrome BMX frame. With the one peice cranks, cd, bars, from the green BMX. Theres a single speed wheel from the green bmx. I had set the chrome bmxs rear end at 110mm wide. thinking thats how wide a single speed hub is. But its like 120mm. have to wrestle with it more. that wheels a bit buckled, if truing it is unsuccessfull. will respace a mtb wheel and redish it. so its single speed
I biked upto Dundee the other day. Its around 12 miles. Used the Tescos Terror. a rigid frame mountain bike I got out of a builders skip a few weeks ago. The radio said there was no busses allowed on the Tay bridge. I was hoping it was cause there was a tailwind to Dundee. But was a strong headwind. I was in the middle ring and straining to get anywhere. Doesnt help that for half the distance, the bike paths right on the shore. No shelter. Took 90 minutes to get to Arnold Clark garage in Dundee centre. Think its about 12 miles. I was going upto Scewfix to get a load of wood screws. Got a plan to build a wooden Python out of the spare bits I have. www.python-lowracer.de/ Very low, front wheel drive, very difficult to ride. But Screwfix came up red on most of the screws I was after. Non in stock. And I'm to much of a tight Scotsman to pay for the postage on a few packs of screws. Oh yeah. took around an hour to get home. Even though I stopped to try and get across a train line. And then I stopped to eat a wagon wheel. And it was quite dark when I was near home. Have to fit lights to the bike. Mostly straight, the bike path
I've seen a local guy riding one of those, wondered what it was....Always thought it was a 'home brew' thing.
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I was in the Parkys discount store when in Dundee. They had Platinum power LED lights. But they only had a belt clip. No bike bracket. 50p each. So I got 3. Took them into the volunteers centre today. I took a reflectar bracket. took the light too bits and drilled the back so a bolt can fix it to the bracket. there a good fit on there. Not much power in Platinum tho. but will be a running light with another better light
I was out in the woods with the volunteers. cleaning up the litter. It wasnt far. so biked there on my woods bike...er Eagle. Its about as far as that bike can go. as its pedals are knackered. rusted into the crank arm too. Anyway. we found a lot of dumped tyres. a man that came to one of the garages, he had a Raleigh folding bike in his garage. he says he seen the scrap man suspiciously driving a van with old tyres. GRRRR. I found a smashed up girls mtb in long grass. I went back that evening. but there was lots opf dog walkers. they were at where we had piled the tyres. the council worker that was with us, said he had arranged a van to pick them up. not been yet. I woke up early this morning. went and got the girls bike. my Platinum lights arent upto much. couldnt see where I placed my bike. from across the rough ground. heres the bike in my kitchen. Its not upto much.
the wheels are wrecked. rear of frames bent with hammers. I was going to give a freind the rear axle. but its bent.
So as I said, this isnt just a bike thread. Ive got some home entertainment goodies to mod now. Theres a charity shop in town thats packed with stuff. They are on there winter sale now. 40% off the sticker price. So I went and got a Barco industries CM33 monitor, a Bush 2051DIVX dvd player and an original Playstation. For £14. I popped the hood of all 3 items. Nothing seems broken. Was a little plastic key in the DVD player. Little kid must have posted it in the DVD tray. I switched on the monitor. Put a yellow phono plug in the Composite video out of the DVD player. Held it against the centre pin of Video 1, on the monitor. Picture came up. played the titles of, Too Late the Hero. Colours were good. I should have got a red and white phono lead at the shop. Will get one tommorow. Plans are to rip the Playstation and DVD from there cases. And extend the steel case of the monitor, upwards to hold them. Might make it in wood. So looks like a proper 70s telly.
I could have got a TV/DVD combo. Seen one for £7 in another shop. But since Ive been living on my own. I havent got....or want...a TV license. So wont watch live broadcast TV. But watching DVDs or playing computer games is nothing to do with the BBC. Also, when I used to have a TV. There was a Video, freeveiw, DVD and a playstation connected to it. Loads of ugly wires and broken remotes cluttering up the room. I don't want that. So everything will be integrated together. With the wires run inside the casings. Only the PSX controller will be external to the system.
The monitor has Video 1, and Video 2 BNC connectors. I geuss for 2 different security cameras. Want to connect DVD to one and PSX to the other. the connectors are on a removable panel. the BNC connectors are bolted to it, then soldered to the circuit board. Geuss I could get phono sockets. and replace the BNCs. I got a PSX RF lead. for the connector. But am wanting to solder wires to the PSX circuit board. Does it need any other components? I think Ive heard it needs some capacitors to boost the signal
grrr. what I was writing just dissapeared and it went back to the other mods list.
I tried a different film in. as hadnt got full screen. was ok. so must be a widescreen war film. :/ I pulled the phono plug. put it on a sound channel. and touched the lead to a pin on the XLR connector on monitor. sound come out. even tho it wasnt grounded. its only got 1 speaker. 2 wires inside the monitor to the 3 pin XLR. I suppose the others ground. I set to cleaning the machines.
I'm clever....I umplugged it first. and took out all the electronics. I tried the Playstation board with a crummy music cd. held down the door switch. it spun up and stopped. then pressed play. it spun the disc again. I don't have it connected to the monitor yet. I looked at the RF wire. popped the modulator case open. its got red/white/yellow/black. then a seperate wire thats got a sheild soldered to case, and a wire inside it. I take it that the 4 wires are composite video and stereo. and other wires power. Will have to look at the hardware book site. see the pin out.
well I tried to print out from hardware book. not so impressive. it printed stuff over the chart. I wrote on the page what the pins do. but theres only 12 pins. so wouldnt have took long just to write out the chart. grrrr
I was out at charity shops. got a few PS1 games including Colin McCrae and Formula One 2000. I got home and there was a note from the postie about a sega console that I had been waiting for. I had paypalled the ebay seller on the 6th. got it 19 days later. :/ It had a crusty set of duracells in it. I popped them out and cleaned the corrosive muck off. hadnt damaged the terminals. so after wiggling the poundshop batteries. it worked ok. I took the top and back off the monitor. popped out the connector panel. it slides out like panels you see on old thrillers with huge computers that break down. I got a phono lead from a camera. chopped the mini usb off. soldered the white lead to the XLR connectors pins. And the yellow to one of the video channels bnc pins. but got it wrong. only got video. then if change video channel. the sound only. I soldered yellow to a different bnc. then watched some of McBain, action film. then some of a documentary. was ok. I then tried to connect the sega. difficult as the 2 leads both had phono plugs on them. so I got the masking tape out and wrapped them up into L shapes so the pin and sheilds touched together. It works. Heres a pic of sonic the hedgehog on it.
the removable connector card has a lot of small signal transistors on it. and other discrete components. I thought this was a sound and video amp. but now think its a preamp. as Ive found another panel that looks like a power amp. its on the side of the chassis. got an alloy heat sink round it. with a 5 pin din and 2 pin din speaker connector on top. facing up into the casing of the monitor. this things strange. Also. thye monitor has plastic feet on one end. I tried it on end. but cant find the switch to change the orientation of the picture. Its not like a smart phone that does it for itself
Heres the white bike on the way there. I had biked on the pavement that had frozen snow on it. You can see the tyre tracks. But my feet wouldnt leave an imprint. As my shoes must have a larger contact area than my tyres.