Sunday, 27 November 2016

Some Autumnal Instagram Highlights.

How Do All ;-) 
 Here are some highlights from the past few weeks events. 
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Testing! Testing! Again! ๐Ÿ˜‹ After giving the Michelin Wild Run'r tyres a fair go last week, I found them to be too slow for my liking, upto 20mph they were ok but over that and trying to cruise along at 30mph was a real struggle compared to my Durano's. So after much searching for a larger tyre that would fit between my narrow 46mm seat stays I have had to go for the Schwalbe Kojak's. I would have liked to give the Compass Naches Pass a go but at 44mm they would have probably caused problems ๐Ÿ˜ฟ The Kojak's are supposed to be 35mm but they measure up at an actual size of 32x32mm which is rather disappointing as the Michelin sized also at 35mm came in at 36x36mm. A problem I came across with the Kojak's was that I could not inflate them onto the rim with the largest volume track pump I have, so being inventive I came up with a home brew, air shot tubeless inflator, I had an old pressure vessel from my old works, and some spare fittings from my composites vacuum set up. I pumped this up to 90psi and opened the valve, and ๐Ÿ’จ pop! The tyre was on and up. Well that saved me £50.00 for a shop bought air shot bottle ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ˜‹ The two kojak tyres I bought seem to be from different batches also, as the side walls of one are clearly thicker that the other, and the thinner one is porous, this took a while to seal up properly but the Stan's liquid has done a great job of making the tyre airtight. Fingers crossed these Kojak's are as easy rolling as my Durano's or more so, and hopefully more or less as comfortable as the Michelin's were. Roll on the weekend for a test ride! #stansnotubes #tubeless #gaia2 #gaia #laidbackcyclist #recumbent #recumbentbike #ligfiets #liegerad #velocouche #knottybear #testing #bicycle #cycling #londoncycling #laidbacklondon #mavic #schwalbekojak #schwalbe #notubes #airshot
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Testing! A pre-work de-stress ride, and chance to try the Schwalbe Kojak's I set up tubeless last night. Running at 55psi they roll extremely well, and the difference between the Michelin Wild Run'r tyres is very noticeable! Though the Kojak's are a smaller volume tyre, they still have that cushioning I was after, and even on wet leaves and twig covered ground I was not the slightest bit bothered about slipping or being deflected off course as I would have been on the high pressures I ran the Durano's at. All in all a very successful morning and I hope to do more testing this weekend to see how they handle as I get more confidence throwing them hard into corners and the like, I just hope they don't blow off the rims ๐Ÿ˜‚ #stansnotubes #tubeless #gaia2 #gaia #laidbackcyclist #recumbent #recumbentbike #ligfiets #liegerad #velocouche #knottybear #testing #bicycle #cycling #londoncycling #laidbacklondon #mavic #schwalbekojak #schwalbe #notubes #airshot #beautifulplaces #burnhambeeches #ifyougodowntothewoodstoday #autumn
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More Testing! A nice ride into town with @britswed to give the tubeless Schwalbe Kojak's a proper run out. Now running at 60psi, mainly due to the porosity of the front tyre, to allow a little loss of pressure during the ride without getting squishy, and until it fully seals itself. The difference between 55psi and 60psi is pretty much unnoticeable so will probably stick to 55psi in future as any higher will only make for a harder ride, possibly less road grip, and no gains in speed, only a feeling of speed as you get rattled down the road! I'm really enjoying the softer ride, and with a headache all day it has really helped๐Ÿ‘ #stansnotubes #tubeless #gaia2 #gaia #laidbackcyclist #recumbent #recumbentbike #ligfiets #liegerad #velocouche #knottybear #testing #bicycle #cycling #londoncycling #laidbacklondon #mavic #schwalbekojak #schwalbe #notubes #airshot #beautifulplaces #thamesbarrier #river #london #autumn #riverthames
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Thank you for looking. 
Take care, Barry ;-)

Monday, 31 October 2016

An Amazing Two Weeks, Instagram Highlights!

I had an amazing two weeks in Frome, Studying at The Bicycle Academy.
Not only did I design and build my very own frame and forks, I saw some great sights on my rides in the countryside around Frome.

You can see all the pictures on my Instagram page here:






It was a good day today! I brazed the rear dropouts into the chainstays, mitred the chainstay's to the bottom bracket, which was a very satisfying job, breather holes drilled in bottom bracket. Then the seat stays were bent as they needed more clearance for my choice of tyre, then the ends cut and notched to the rear dropouts, the last mitre's were cut for the seat stay to seat tube interface and breather holes drilled. The drive side chain stay still needs dimpling for tyre clearance and notching for chainring clearance. All this followed by more brazing practice, there really aren't enough hours in the day! Paul's teaching and advice today was invaluable! Thank you! ๐Ÿ‘ Tomorrow I hope to get the frame all fillet brazed and possibly start the fork. I am thus far very happy with my progress! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Thanks to @thebicycleacademy @ndrwdnhm @86customs @tedjamesdesign @sturdycycles @academytools @btr_fabrications and Dorota for all your help so far, it is mind blowingly awesome to be on this journey with such cool people and feel like part of the family. #framebuilding #thebicycleacademy #learning #doing #theresnoplacelikefrome #knottybear #laidbackcyclist #cycling #brazing #fabrication #design #awesomepeople #family #beautifulplaces #bicycle #steelisreal #newbeginings #neverstoplearning #therightpath #portuerbike
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I now have my basic frame all fillet brazed, and with anxiety levels running at 11 it was a stressful but very enjoyable learning process. Paul only beat me once during the brazing, but he does get the best out of you. I am extremely happy with the quality of my first fillets and intend to leave them as they are "warts and all" so I have something to judge my future work by. It was very nice to have Jake Rusby in house watching over the process, he is a very talented builder a great help too, thank you! I still need to add the rear stay bridges and all the braze on's and some other bits of fluff, hopefully the extra top tube and weeks and weeks of work to do ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to @thebicycleacademy @ndrwdnhm @86customs @rusbycycles @tedjamesdesign @sturdycycles @academytools @btr_fabrications and Dorota for all your help so far, it is mind blowingly awesome to be on this journey with such cool people and feel like part of the family. #framebuilding #thebicycleacademy #learning #doing #filletbrazing #theresnoplacelikefrome #knottybear #laidbackcyclist #cycling #brazing #fabrication #design #awesomepeople #family #beautifulplaces #bicycle #steelisreal #newbeginings #neverstoplearning #therightpath #portuerbike
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How Do All ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today was sadly my last day at The Bicycle Academy ๐Ÿ˜ฟ and here is my finished, hand made, custom frame and forks for my Porteur style bike with double top tubes. And it was all finished, "just by the skin of my* teeth" at 17:30 this evening. It all looks rather messy and cooked at the moment but once cleaned up and flux free it should look much nicer. I got quite emotional on the ride back to the hotel as it was all over quite suddenly and there was no time to stand back and enjoy the fruits of my labour before having to leave, well it was Friday and people do have homes to go to ๐Ÿ˜Š as I was not able to take the frame and forks with me due to being on the train I will have to wait until I am reunited with them before I can really enjoy them. To get this far in just ten days from virtually nothing, I feel was a real achievement! I have to say a very special thank you to *Paul Burford @86customs for going the extra mile for me in the final push to get the bike done on time, by mitering the second top tube and shaping the front disc mount so I could concentrate on building the fork and then brazing the parts in. And also for shaping and TIG welding the double chainstay cut outs which make it possible for me to run my large tyre /crankset combination, he is a true craftsman and it was a joy to watch him work! Thank You Paul ๐Ÿ˜˜ Thank You to @thebicycleacademy @ndrwdnhm @86customs @rusbycycles @tedjamesdesign @sturdycycles @academytools @btr_fabrications and Dorota for all your help, it was mind blowingly awesome to be on this journey with such cool people and feel like part of the family. You have provided me with the tools I need to continue forwards with meaningful practice, and hopefully a future in Frame Building, not to mention an awesome new bicycle to ride ๐Ÿ˜˜ #framebuilding #thebicycleacademy #learning #doing #filletbrazing #theresnoplacelikefrome #knottybear #laidbackcyclist #cycling #brazing #fabrication #design #awesomepeople #family #beautifulplaces #bicycle #steelisreal #newbeginings #neverstoplearning #therightpath #portuerbike
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Instagram Highlights!

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Here are a few highlights from the past weeks events.

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Highlights From Instagram!

How Do All ;-)

Here are some highlights from the past weeks events.

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Nap time over ๐Ÿ˜ My completed hand built wheel set for Gaia 2.0, my new Performer High Racer recumbent project. All rubbered up with a set of Schwalbe Durano's, my favourite everyday tyre. I don't normally run a rear brake so I have not installed a rotor on the rear wheel, I'm dangerous like that ๐Ÿ˜‚ Shimano XT Disk hubs, Mavic XC717 standard rims, I used rim brake rims for two reasons, one; so I can run a Velogical dynamo on the front, and two; so I can disk the rear wheel at a later date if wanted. DT Swiss double butted, Competition spokes, and brass nipples, Volox rim tapes, Schwalbe Tyres and tubes. #wheelbuilding #cyclinglife #laidbackcyclist #recumbent #recumbentbike #knottybear #bicyclewheel #newbike #craftsman #handbuiltwheels #shimano #mavic #dtswiss #bicycle #londoncycling #spokes #hub #rim #wheel #gaia2 #gaia #performer_recumbents #schwalbe #durano #velox #rimtape
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Thank you for looking.
Take care,
Barry ;-)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

More Instagram Highlights!

How Do All ;-)

Here are a few highlights from the past weeks rides courtesy of Instagram.






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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Getting Low and High this weekend ;-)

Some Video and Pictures from this weekends rides, via Instagram and YouTube.

Some fun with the sun on Penny Tuesday :-)








Saturday, 9 July 2016

More Penny Tuesday Goodness From Instagram!

How Do All ;-)

Here are some more Photos from my Rides today, and last week on Penny Tuesday.