Monday, August 17, 2009

Tandem !

Bought an old burley tandem for $400. ~15 yrs old ? but lightly used and sensibly made (i like the internal shifter cables..). Fairly heavy, but sturdy.
I added my new tandem wheels (the original tandem wheel had a bent axle even from light use). I re-machined the front bottom bracket eccentric to take a 110 mm spindle rather than the bowlegged length of 126 mm.

Added V-brakes which of course are huge improvement over cantilevers, especially for the rear brake (with its long cable). [Note must use "v-brake" road levers and not say a travel agent with normal road levers, to get the advantage of less force in cable and subsequent less "sponge"]. We did a couple max-stops and yes can almost slide the tires ! Its stops like single racing bike. Kool stop pads of course. The rims are a fairly inexpensive Alex Rim, wide but 30mm deep , so plenty of aluminum for a "heat sink" or at least i hope. Panracer 35c tires; way wider than i expected. Should have went with 32 or 28.

We did the Portland sunday Parkway and rode up mt tabor. Felt great both going up and coming down. The steering is a little strange and will take some getting use to.

2014 comments.   This was a great tandem.  It is sold now and we have new Tsunami frame, which I also built new wheels for (which I will do a new post on...)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Shelves and Shaper

Been making some nice garage shelves. The secret to making them fast and accurate is to Dado cut (shelve slots) the fours corner posts all together. In this particular case i had a 2x8 that I slotted, then i ripped into 4 pieces. With subsequent bracing makes for a lightweight and strong shelves.

Finally got the metal shaper body hauled away to Metro Metals. 740 lbs. Using a pry bar, 4x4's and jacks and a cable winch it took an hour plus to load without injury... The tailgate barely handled it, and is now slightly bent.

It was unloaded in all of 5 seconds by a big magnet (which for a second or two, when only holding on a corner and about 5 feet above, thought was going to let go and really bend up the the pickup..)

2014 comments:  still have the shelving, and since have made _a lot_ more shelves (especially for the new rented townhouse that has no built-ins...).  The Pickup has long been sold, but was of course a great little vehicle.