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Thread: computer q
21/06/2018 10:59:34

have got 2 old hard drives from a laptop which died couple of years ago.

is there anyway to get info of them?

think all my old bike pics are on them.

i know you can get boxes to fit them into as external hard drive as got one guy at work sorted it for me but as left now.

but wouldn't know what type to get.

or even if i could get usb cable to fit them.

not good with comps would normally speak to eldest but in japan at min.

Thread: 22mm x 16g steel tube
20/06/2018 11:19:10

cut load up for parts for building them but no tubing that will fit into headstock.

guy i'm building one for as no use of left left so will have steering and crank between legs.

loosely based on one in pic below.

20/06/2018 07:57:19

it's two of these i'm building for mate's who need steering altering to suit their disabilites.

normally would weld to std gooseneck but can't this time for way i have to modify steering.

so have to scratchbuild.

20/06/2018 07:29:04

martin have sent email to someone on ebay asking for od cheers.

can sand down .2 off 2mm ta.

michael i have built about 40 bikes from steel from recumbants to american style choppers with car back wheels for my kids with no problems.

my first tadpole style recumbant i built 6 yrs ago is still in every day use by friend i passed it onto and ridden to work 8miles every day by him.

i don't know about your normal bikes these days as haven't ridden one years.

19/06/2018 13:57:46

might be bit thin but neighbours dad is plumber so will see if he as an offcut i can try ta

19/06/2018 13:27:25

anyone know a supplier?

tried local places but what they list 22mm is actually 7/8 now i know 0.2mm ish

shouldn't matter but it does as for some custom length goose necks on bikes i'm building.

if still had lathe set up would have gone for 14g and skimmed down but not an option.

only other option is go for 14g and sand length using flap disc on grinder and marker pen.

done it before and got good results but if idea works will need to make 50.

Thread: Lost and Found
19/06/2018 12:57:08

done it loads of times.

me and ex once spent afternoon turning place over to find something did same got new one.

and what was first thing we found upon getting home?

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
14/06/2018 14:09:27

if i remember correctly a spoke is 2.2mm x 56 tpi.

rolling head i have works fine for bike spokes.

stripped load of 26" wheels down and i just use the spokes from them to do short one.

hard part is working out length you need.

just measured some vary from 1.89-1,96mm

Edited By mick70 on 14/06/2018 14:11:33

14/06/2018 09:52:23

not me.

i haven't written anything for publication since early 90s.

14/06/2018 07:56:06

little project me and my 10 yr old been working on.

need to make some custom length spokes for a bike project, already got threading head as used to use it in lathe.

but as lathe in storage at min had to find another way.

took old crank and bottom bracket from bike we cut up for parts along with crank arm and a center stripped from old pedal.

and made tool works great, next stage is make die holder for it for small work.

might also weld to box section then can clamp it down to any surface.

total cost excluding head was £0 as all from scrap pile.

Edited By mick70 on 14/06/2018 07:58:49

Thread: bearings
10/06/2018 16:13:44

that's great cheers

10/06/2018 15:46:00

is there a good site where i can input od-id and width of bearings to get bearing i need?

need to find some for project.

want to see if i can put some different bearings in a bike hub to fit 14mm axles into it.


Edited By mick70 on 10/06/2018 15:46:54

Thread: steambox for ply
05/06/2018 13:04:12

as anyone ever built one?

just wondering on best way as need to put some curves in 6mm ply.

30"x10" tapering to 6" for a recumbant seat.

wondered if just soaking in hot water for while would do?

need to do 2-3 pieces then glue them up.

would do one at time put in jig to dry and hold shape.

one in pic trial to see if right shape and made using strips of ply.

actually very comfy..

bike is just a test bed for trying out ideas on till happy hence all the hacking and adding bits to it then will make new frame 


Edited By mick70 on 05/06/2018 13:07:14

Thread: hot enough?
28/05/2018 19:07:10

when i get it finished will put pics up.

got another project under way at min but thinking ahead.

it's for a tadpole style bike

Thread: Clean hands?
28/05/2018 17:00:49

try toothpaste amazing stuff.

used to work where it was made and we always had a tub of it in workshop.

also good mixed in boiling water to clear sinuses.

Thread: hot enough?
28/05/2018 16:50:22

need to bend a bike frame rear triangle as in link will a plumbers gas torch be up to it?


want to use idea for different project to on site.

Edited By mick70 on 28/05/2018 16:51:17

Thread: spoke spacing.
12/05/2018 09:13:28
Posted by Nigel Bennett on 11/05/2018 19:36:24:


I can see now why you wanted to try it - and I had no intention of doubting that you love your son


sorry shouldn't have fired off like i did.

can be over protective when comes to my kids.

and react first then think

it is being done as a can it be done project with him.

won't be used on a bike unless he puts it on one to see what it looks like but def not ridden.

know what you mean about wheels though had two done by cycle shop few years ago that bent on me so done my own ever since.

Edited By mick70 on 12/05/2018 09:17:55

11/05/2018 18:52:54

David i highly suspect you are right.

my son is autistic and once gets idea in head it's sometimes better to let him run with it if possible.

so want to give it a go so he can satisfy his curiosity more than anything.

11/05/2018 17:22:19
Posted by David Standing 1 on 11/05/2018 16:57:55:

Knowing a bit about building bikes, if the spokes go from the hub to the smaller rim, then from the smaller rim to the bigger one, you will almost certainly never get that to run true.

Building a strong and true wheel is all about triangulation of the spokes to hub, and a rear wheel is offset to allow for the cassette, I would say it would be almost impossible to get it to work, and you would spend a lot of time achieving something that won't work.

Wheel building is an art, that isn't easy to achieve, and I certainly wouldn't start this way

Edited By David Standing 1 on 11/05/2018 17:02:38

i have built normal wheels but nothing like this.

plan is to use 2 sets of spokes smaller rim spoked. and then spoke from smaller rim outer as on a hub to rim of bigger rim

11/05/2018 16:34:18

i do actually love my boy.

and i resent the being accused of not doing so.

he wants to do it as an exercise in doing it neither me nor him are stupid enough to consider using it,

it is purely to see how it would be done and if it could be done,

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