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Not on Facebook

While the rest of the world whores themselves publicly on Facebook and Twitter I am proud to say I’m on neither and have no plans to ‘drift on over’ anytime soon.

It seems that I am very much in the minority here as even EWR now have a Facebook page…go check them out

 

Local Rideout – Rowney Warren

Local RetroBike mini-meet @ Rowney Warren (Chicksands)

Kudos to the Overbury’s Pioneer with Rollercams…

EWR Project – Phase Thirteen

After several months ‘off’ building bikes I finally completed one of the last tasks on this project, switching the ‘test’ stem for the proper Syncros CattleHead and cutting the steerer down on the new AccuTrax forks. In reality it didn’t take too long, most time was spent employing the ‘2p trick’ to separate the Syncros stem from the Race Face Air Alloy bars that had been sitting on my CD shelf at home for the last six months .

Measured twice just to make sure, knocked the old Star Nut through and out the bottom then got the Saw Guide out and sliced off just over an inch from the steerer, quick rub down with emery paper and on with the spacers and stem….dialled in perfectly at my magic 590mm dropout to bottom of bars measurement I have on all my bikes . A few more minutes faffing with preload and here we are….a nice pair of Period Correct Answer Alumilite DH bars from 1994 fitted to the NOS Syncros CattleHead stem.

Salcey Forest Sunday Mini-Meet (July)

Apologies for the lack of bike content here recently, been concentrating on ‘other hobbies’ that are very much Off Topic for this Blog. Bike builds have all but stalled but am getting out and about now and again on some rides and need to do more riding !!

Last Sunday was a little jaunt over at Salcey Forest where we have a couple of non-technical, scenic loops we do on a Sunday morning sometimes. On the ride was my EWR, a Klein and a Park Pre.

Loop One – Ride details

Loop Two – Ride details

 

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Sunday was a RetroBike Mini Meet for three Northants members (me, Gruff and GT-Steve). We did two loops in the Salcey Forest area of Northamptonshire, 1 at 9.47miles and a wind down loop of 4.50 miles.

The first loop became massively entertaining when GT-Steve overcooked it on a loose gravelly downhill section and vaulted into a large rocky pothole. What ensued was an arm/leg flailing ‘rodeo’ ride where he managed somehow to stay on the bike and assume control. At the bottom of the descent his seatpost was slammed right down in the seat tube and the front canti’s were nearly torn off 

Loop One: CLICK ME for trip details

Loop Two:
CLICK ME for trip details

The day was quite overcast so these pix were ‘dipped’ into PhotoShop for some tweaks on Colour Saturation…..this, like Steve’s downhill run were a little ‘overcooked’ so apologies for the slightly psychedelic ‘LSD Glow’ to some of the shots

Farm bridge crossing the M1

The M1

Glowing crops…

Mellow Yellow

Whoops…Rodeo damage

The damaged Alpinestars

Gruff’s Kona

EWR Project – Phase Twelve

OK so the NOS Accutrax forks went back in ok, first time this bike has had the correct sized forks in it since I bought it!!

The steerer is still uncut so short term I have switched the stem and bars so I can use normal stem spacers until I am 100% happy with the length, then I will cut it down. I couldn’t use my current stem as it’s a Syncros Cattlehead with one of those pesky angled tops on it, preventing me from using stem spacers above the stem

I’m thinking about modifying a stem spacer but that involves diagonally and accurately cutting a stem spacer to work with the angled top of the Cattlehead stem and I only really need to do this if I’m not 100% happy with the bar height.

So for now we have this ugly silver Specialized stem paired up with some VERY cool and scarce Answer Alumilite DH bars (still with the original gold shim ). I actually really love these bars and might stick with them, the only thing I’m not sold on is their colour as the rest of the bike has a black and yellow thing going on…


Here’s another neat trick to use with Oury Grips on a hot day…roll them off ‘condom/prophylactic’ style and roll them back on the new bars…..yep, you guessed it……’condom/prophylactic’ style

Rolling rubber…

Rolling it back on…

Continuing with the ‘body parts’ theme, what comes off the bike just looks sick….in fact do I need to spell it out or shall I just say “Pass the Butt Plugs”

So here we are with the temporary stem and bars and a mile of steerer tube…just while I convince myself the bar height is 500% correct…then the hacksaw comes out

So, for the first time ever maybe () I have two bikes in working order (just need to get the other five done now….)

EWR Project – Phase Eleven

So, where were we…….?

Ok, yeah, about a month ago I had just got my NOS Accutrax back from the paintshop and then all hell broke loose at home, so I’m picking up where I left off…

My friendly neighbourhood decal man had mailed me a bunch of repro decals a while back so task one was to get the new forks ‘decalled up’. I opted for black screen print onto a single clear sheet this time instead of pre-spaced lettering on a clear sheet as they are more robust, especially on the outside edge of a fork, plus I got two sets so I have a spare to use later when ‘trail damage’ trashes the first set.


Fatty & Skinny – 1″ and 1 1/8″ Accutrax

New decals

Spot the difference…

Decals now on, the next task was fitting the Chris King crown race to the forks, this was done using my custom made ‘Crown Race Setting Tool’

Perfect fit, ready for the EWR frame now…

EWR Project – Phase Ten

The Paradoxes of Motion (Zeno’s paradoxes)

“In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.”

—Aristotle, Physics VI:9


So, we ALL know i’m slow, but life is throwing shit at me currently so slow has slowed down to ‘More than slow’ so bear with me and try not to fall asleep

EWR Project….remember that in the depths of your mind?…well, here’s another small step for mankind. My NOS 1 1/8″ Accutrax are now back from the paintshop and the fresh decals have been ordered. I’m currently trying to figure out how to cut down a stem spacer diagonally so I can play with bar heights using a Syncros Cattlehead stem….then we are in business

In the meantime….here’s some freshly painted Accutrax that have been out of harms way while the clearcoat hardened.

It’s Tool Time…(Contd)

There’s a bunch of ‘heavy’ stuff going on at Goat Central, hence the lack of Blog posts but here’s a quick update on the continuing ‘Tool Time’ post from a few weeks back .

The second task on that list (M100 ‘Dale – Remove 1 1/4″ Chris King NoLogo (bike being sold)) is now complete and I have this beautiful 3DV King No-Logo headset back in the spares box. Harsh economic times says sell this badboy but my heart says I should keep it stashed as locating another one of these would cost $$$ if I ever have another 3DV project

EWR-less…..temporarily :-(

For the first time in six months I have been separated from my EWR

It has gone to the paintshop for a few weeks while the new Answer Accutrax get colour matched to the frame. It’s a task that needs doing but I’m gonna miss that legendary ride and will have to bring this old friend back from the dead as a stand in.

Sadly it does not currently look as nice as it does in the picture below, its been partially stripped and flung in the back of my shed since September 2009 when I started a wild love affair with my yellow EWR, turning my back on my first love……my Pace RC200

Never fear, it will be back but for starters this is how it DID look earlier last year:

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