Been busy putting together a couple of bike things for two different kind of bike shops. Bike Yard East is the friendly bike workshop at Hackney City Farm run by Celia . I found an old kiddies bike by the side of the canal and wrapped it in old inner tubes that got cut down the middle . Tried to fasten it to the roof yesterday by the cut in half front wheel . Got to give it some more thought cos failed miserably .
The other is for Bike Kitchen .Its a new workshop space in Hoxton where you pay a membership then rent stand space to work on your own bike under expert supervision . Jenifer gave me an old Giant frame to work with . Been working with this tube wrapping technique . Its gonna have a butchered head jammed between the forks . See how long before the council make her take it down
While up in Hull at my mums 65th birthday party a bit ago we got chatting about cycling and our family . “Your great grandad was into cycling ” , says my mum . “I think there is a newspaper cutting up stairs about him .”
Well there was a cutting about him , and this is it . I think ‘into cycling’ was a bit of an understatement . He only started Hull Thursday road club and was a fanatical rider his whole life .Mum reckons he lived til 95 and rode his bike til he was 90 . What an inspiration . Always wondered where i got these cycle crazy legs from . Cant believe I never knew about him til now .
Hull Thursday club became one of the strongest cycling clubs in the country , and is still going today .
Think like a termite
AAAHHHGGRRRRHHHH. I am a carpenter and maker of things so thought that making my own web site would be a piece of piss . Spent the last few weeks bouncing off the walls trying to collect photos and write some stuff to make a web site of work ive been involved in . Next few weeks should see some shuffling around of what I put up there , adding bits and redoing all the crap bits . It’ll come , as long as i can stop throwing the computer at the wall .
before the haircut
lots of dead stuff
All this lush weather has seen the brownfield roof on the container building at Hackney City Farm bust into life . Thought it was time for some maintanence so got the ladders out , pulled off all the dead stuff and threw some buckets off water over it .
nickin the water
Salvaged the water from an unused water butt collecting water off the strawbale building .
The roof garden looks like it seeded well from last year and should go crazy this year .
Been working on upgrading the domestic battery system on Olive Oils big brother , Popeye ( mine and Ellens new boat )
This is the battery bank we get our power from for the electrical stuff we use like bilge pumps , lighting , stere ereo , hair straighteners and the like . Sick of run down batteries and no leccy we decided to do a proper job on it . First we got some fat new deep cycle batteries . Found them on ebay . Used to be back up power for the landing lights at Manchester airport . Never used , but replaced routinely every few years , a bargain at £ 100 for 2 6v to make one 12v 185 ah . We got 4 giving us 370 ah . GGrrrr . Should do the job .
We had a Sterling battery to battery charger laying around from bike power generating project , so we stuck that in . Simply put , this changes the voltage coming from the alternator to one that the leisure batteries like a bit more . Charges them quicker and more efficiently . Was easy to put in with only three 3 wires to connect .
To make sense of whats going on with it all , I splashed out and bought a NASA battery monitor . Until now ive always used a multimeter across the battery terminals to check the voltage . This gives some kind of indication of the state of charge of the batteries , isnt too accurate . The new monitor tells the batteries voltage , amps being drawn , percentage of capacity and time left till the next charge . Hopefully all this accuracy will prolong the batteries life , keeping them working better for longer.
Hunting around on ebay for a decent , cheap solar panel to add in to the system . Free sunshine power when its there and engine / alternator back up when its not .