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Friday, October 7, 2016

New Tailbox Part 3

The bike with the new tailbox installed  on part of the Yarra bikepath.
The box has side-panels which are held on by bulldog clips. Some more construction details are shown in photo 5 of this post.
The fit of the seat to my back and bottom are not perfect, and I took this photo yesterday to assess how I can change the design to make it more comfortable and aerodynamic. The shoulder rest will  move back 30mm and the tailbox top will be raised 30mm.

In this photo (click to enlarge) you can see the piece of ply between the 2 seat supports, right above the back wheel.  This stops the supports from failure by buckling, something which happened with a previous box.


For 3 few days now, I have been riding a trike with a new tailbox and curved plywood seat fitted.  My quest for the perfect tailbox takes another step, but is not over!  The timber panels of this 'box can be replaced with corflute or cloth versions, but I haven't made any of these yet.


Steve nurse

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Tailbox Part 2

While adding the internal braces for the seat....

I found I had to do this (modified tab shown at left, existing tab shown right) extra chamfering to get all the tabs to fit in.

Bending the base board.  It had been soaked using a towel before applying the iron to finish off the bending.  Cable ties were used once the bending was done, then the tabs were glued together.

At the dumpster on the way back from stationary supplier officeworks.  A sidepanel is hanging out the side of the tailbox, I'd bought it with me to check the size of the bulldog clips I was buying. 

Flattening the pivot part of the bulldog clips.  The clip (right) has been hit with a hammer while it was clamped on to a spanner as shown below.  This lets the clip fit into the tailbox assembly easier.

Hi, A few more photos of the tailbox assembly.  Finished for the most part now, I should have it on the bike trike tomorrow.


Steve Nurse

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Tailbox

Current Tailbox with sidepanels made by Christine Durbridge.  Occasionally I get problems like this one, the hook and loop holding the panel on comes loose. Besides that, the seat part broke, the backbone broke, it could have a bit more volume and the clamp arrangement could be improved.
Parts arrived for a new tailbox on Wednesday night.  Thanks Damian!  Here are the side frames.


These are the parts that clamp on to the frame, the structural backbone.

Side panel detail. There are a few loose parts shown here, they will be screwed and glued on.  One of the "loose parts" is a small jig for locating the other parts.

These towels had been wet before the photo was take. The plywood seat panel was soaked in water, then heated with the iron to make the ply flexible. Here is the website for the plywood with a link to instructions.

About as far as I've got sofar, parts shown in photos 2 and 6 assembled.  The seat ply now conforms to the frame shape.

Hi, pictures and captions tell the story this time.  I will blog more about this soon.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Youtube Videos


A while ago, due to an email address expiring, I lost he ability to log in to my youtube channel, and a few videos have accumulated in the meantime.  Her are the addresses.


Blog Posts with links to new videos:

and the direct links to the videos are

(Most up to date video of my trike, riding long distance)

(Around St. Kilda, a little pootle shot on a selfie stick)

(A few years old now, travelling on a wooden bike.)


Steve nurse

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Bike Storage at Uni

My trike in the secure lockup area.  This trike is 2.44m long and there's plenty of room for it.

Advertisement for an upcoming event, Ride to Work day on October 12


For a year and a half I have been attending Monash Uni at Caulfield, and for quite a while, I parked my trike outside.  For various reasons I stopped doing this, my trike is related to the work I do and it helps to have it nearby and its good to have it out of the weather and out of harm's way.  In the early stages, the trike would occasionally blow over in the wind.

Anyway, a few days ago all the staff got an email about a new, super-duper bike lockup facility, so I went to check it out.  My trike is quite long, (so are a range of other pedalled vehicles like this bakfiets @ 2.55m long) but it fitted in fine.  There are tools and a pump nearby, and entry to the enclosure is via a computer-linked student identification card.

So it all looks good in my book, but I will probably stick to my routine of carrying my trikes up 2 flights of stairs to my shared office for now.

There is a poster for Ride to Work day in the enclosure, and I will try to display one of my trikes at Caulfield's ride to work day coming up in a few weeks.


Steve Nurse

Bike Repair Workstation near the new lockup.   Note the spray on the back of the trike!  You get this when the road or track is wet - and because of the different wheel position the pattern ends up different on each side.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Collins Annual #7, 1954

On weekends I have a habit of visiting the local op shops and dumpsters.  At the local dumpster-depot there is a free book exchange and I came back with a few books last week.  One of them has some cycling stuff in it which I've copied here for your pleasure.  Soon I'll pass the books on - I think this book is a really good one for kids and has pages and pages of activities like making things from bits of junk.

All for now.

Steve Nurse

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Port Campbell to Geelong

Well-set up Audax bike at Port Campbell....

and another one....

and another one.... Mick's Barchetta.

Near Port Campbell.....sodden paddocks.

Suicidal worm on the road between Port Campbell and Simpson...

and another one up close.

Near Geelong: this is at the wayside stop on the freeway into Geelong from Colac.  A tour bus had stopped there and I chatted to the drive for a while and got one of the passengers to take this photo.

After a good sleep at Port Campbell I woke up to see the predicted rain pouring down, then showered and had breakfast.  I was scheduled to do the 200k return ride through the Otways but decided against it, I had made it "home" the day before with 20 minutes to spare in fine weather and with a 6am start. Foul weather and an 8am start changed all the equations a bit.  In everyday person terms I was probably being sensible.

The youth hostel was a flurry of activity in the morning.  Sodden 600k riders were coming in from the 50k Timboon leg of their ride and Peter Donnan and his team were serving them up carbo-laden breakfasts of champions of huge plates of toast, eggs, bacon, and baked beans.  200k riders were heading off into the wet weather, and eventually I did too, but let Peter know I'd be heading inland,  avoiding the hills and not doing the official Audax route.  There have been injuries and deaths on Audax rides and "come home safe" should always be the priority.

This proved to be a good decision, I was able to go at my own pace and have a look at the scenery, as well as ride some of the route of another Audax ride I might try a bit later on.  I saw sheep, lambs, cows, worms, a kangaroo, a fox and managed to take a short video. Without maps, GPS or even a speedo but reasonably familiar with the area, I rode through Simpson, Colac and Winchelsea back to Geelong, with most of the ride on the Princes Highway.  I stopped for half an hour or so at the excellent Simson General store and had a pie and a cup of tea there, and later, briefly at Colac to top up the fuel tanks with iced coffee and large pink, nominally strawberry donuts.

The Princes highway was ok for the most part but the rain came back in the form of a savage rain squall came through as I was approaching Winchelsea, and the roadside shoulders were a bit sketchy at times, especially with large trucks swooshing past at high speed.  As well, I had a dicey moment, almost coming off-balance when crossing a wet, angled railway crossing outside of Colac, I should have seen this one coming!

After Winchelsea there is a divided 4 lane highway all the way to Geelong and the road shoulder for bike traffic is very wide.  Unfortunately its also very bumpy and I felt that the road surface was slowing me down but at least its relatively safe.  The freeway has a "bikes must exit" sign near Geelong and the exit it takes you to a monster roundabout which I navigated ok, and it was easy going all the way back to the Kardinia Cafe after that.

Asides from an issue with not having appropriate low speed gearing, the only problem with the trike over 2 days was the derailleur being out of adjustment for the highest gear and that was fixed with a screwdriver without problem.

Thank You Audax, Thank you ride Organisers, see you next time.

Steve Nurse