Thursday, 28 July 2011

my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

sans bike, boo...
off to meet Roland and Rowan and Toddy and Chubb and Quaffie and...
no invitation reqd- haha
see you hipsters friday @ Hayride
be there or be square

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

one step know the rest...

Two 'bonded washers' solved banjo leak
my seventies (bought in 1979) 'drag specs' lens broke!
another piston fitted with new seal to that bloody caliper and leaks

Saturday, 23 July 2011


Can't believe this... but course its true
a shame about her troubled times
her last cd was pretty damn good
and what a voice
RIP Miss Winehouse

and the rain came down

these beauties, unearthed today in arcadia, 
 like rain

Thursday, 21 July 2011

badda bing...

 check those pushrod covers
 badda bing 
the shovel is king
courtesy of the latest cycle source magazine

'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain. For forty days it will remain.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Punta Bagna Shovel

 gorgeous winner 
 check the detail
 at the Punta Bagna Bike Show, Valfrejus  France

pictures courtesy of Roland @ Outta-Control

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

not bates or period...

 sometimes two much is enough...
the idea was to buy a cheap headlamp for the time being and get on the road, but Christine was not happy and so ended up with two contemporary lights in a 70's stylie - and an empty wallet.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

in which some things are achieved

a third mounting point for the oil tank
as only the two are liable to crack
bracket by 'moi' 
utilizing the drain plug hole for fixing (???)
a confusing pic as the crappy copper oil feed is still there 
 unusually made in the usa, £30 and you have to assemble yourself... 
three foot of 8.8 cable, thats custom fella. 
None of that pansy cloth covered stuff that arcs when it rains...
 spaghetti junction...
 thank fuck I junked the copper tube...

The sun has just come out between rain clouds and its stopped raining this afternoon, hope anyone who did go to the Chop and Rod in Surrey had a chance to dry out, what a pisser.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

two steps forward...

 new clutch handlebar mount - and featuring my old lever - is on...
the 'copper oil pipe idea' is canned - looks good but poorly executed - that bloody bending tool (and me)... 
and rubber is good here too, covers the nasty chrome billet nouveau crap

Sunday, 10 July 2011



Thursday, 7 July 2011


 from crowes customs usa, ignition kit evidently made for ultima by dyna
 the old coil will have to go...
 christine's new pacemaker... 
Hmm, going to need a white sticker Rowan, haha 

Although Ultima's parts are supposedly USA made (Mexico) the coil was in a box that said made in China.

Monday, 4 July 2011

where were you...

a curiously low turnout but made a comfortable Kempton...
the metalman stall, got some brass...
 winter project sir...
my would be winter project, but I didn't have £85 
no price for this... 
if you have to ask... 
you probably can't afford it... 
this is more like it... 
 so how does this man turn left, a periscope perhaps...
oh yeah, wholy holy...

Sunday, 3 July 2011

not another bobber...

Matt Barnes deservedly got a feature for his show standard sporty 
in 100% Biker.
A fenland frame and dry build
He's had a few hiccups but he's made it his bike.
Refreshingly funky fat tyred lowrider sporty
Bloody gorgeous ~ from Leicestershire

in which I learn that you can teach an old dog a new trick

Having almost destroyed the caliper piston trying to remove it by heating the caliper in the kitchen workshop oven and then hitting it with a hammer my fucking patience blew.

I even took it to kempton bike jumble with me, stick the caliper in a lathe was one opinion (big chuck!), my mate Paul suggested heating just the piston or freezing just the piston...
This morning I 'googled' it and voila, theres the airline option (seemed a bit dangerous and I don't have an airline) and this the 'grease gun option' 
I found my old gun and a flexible connection which made it a lot easier and screwed into the banjo bolt hole.
And fuck me it worked