Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Our completed bike and Publicity!!

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Race Day

Work done on May 17th and 18th

On May 17th Hayden and John worked diligently to replace our 1/4" u-joints with beefier 1/2" u-joints.

On May 18th Renee and Hayden completed our food processessor (PTO), Katrina made a bike stand for the PTO, and John continued to tinker, fix, and get help from the rest of the group on the rear axle.

Work done on May 12th

After test riding the welds on the hub broke.
The welded brakets on the rear triangles are accompanied by spacers and threaded ready rod to once again make space to hold our wheels.
Katrina's made this banana bike seat that will comfortably carry two riders.
Katrina turned two aluminum posts for rear handle bars. The posts are secured in the seat bore of the two small bikes.

Work completed on April 28th and May 5th

Work completed on 21st

Work completed on April 14th

Atleast we finally have a headset tube!!!
Because.... issues with irregularities in cuts of rear triangles monopolized most of our day.
We all needed the rear axle assembled to carry on with other procedures

Work Completed on April 7th

John and Kat placed brass shims in pillow block axles.
Katrina finished milling the half saddle holes on the mill.
Hayden successfully made a hybrid full-suspension/unicycle pillow block front fork. Wheel and pedals are now on.

After carefully aligning all 3 bike by a faux axle bar, we all marked out and chopped all three bikes along a plane near welded supports. Late we will weld bracket to the rear triangles to mechanically attach the pillow blocks

Work Complete on March 31

Hayden chopped welded together a hybrid fork - top is a full suspension front fork with a bottom unicycle pillow block. The jig between the forks helps to keep alignment during welding.
Renee and Kat created two aluminum blocks to connect cross bars and hold banana seat post. Only one of the saddle holes has been milled.
John necked the sliding member to fit in the U-joint.

Outer cross braces are mechanically held in place by two bolt holes.
Drafting up plans for the middle bikes cross bar/seat post solution. We decided on two 2"x2"x4" aluminum cubes.
Smoothing out edges of cross brace for cross bars to slide through.
Renee is showing off John's work from last day - turned pillow block axles that friction fit our u-joints.

Monday, May 17, 2010

We ride wednesday! Come and cheer us on at BCIT willingdon Campus. Assembly starts at 10, racing by noon, fun for the whole family all day!

Monday, May 10, 2010

The peices come together

Some photos of the peices coming together

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bike Prom - Our intermediate goal

This is our intermediate goal:

Please Visit - http://www.bikeprom.ca/

April 30th – May 2nd, 2010… Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

About The Bike Prom

The Victoria Bike Prom began in 2007, with the idea of having a party for the local cycling community hosted by Recyclistas Community Bike Shop. As word and enthusiasm spread, the event turned out to be an incredible gathering for bicycle-lovers from throughout the bike scenes of the Pacific Northwest. The following years saw the Prom expand into a weekend of festivities ranging from bike art shows to cyclists’ yoga classes to polo tournaments to group rides, which earned it the overarching title of the Bike Rider’s Ball.

For many, it is still the Prom itself that is the big draw: A chance to dress up fancy, and dance the night away with no need for any date beyond that two-wheeled love machine.

This year, the ante has been upped with a Prom location that holds 350 guests: We still hope to sell out, but not as quickly as in the past!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to drop us a line at bikeprom@gmail.com!

Photo Diary - Work completed on March 24

Our teammates Renee (sick) and Hayden (queer conference) were away today... life happens! :) Although greatly needed and missed, John and Katrina trudged on to the best of their ability.Here you can see Renee's handy work from the previous day (friction-fit head tube posts). Katrina coped the head tube posts and Mig welded four tubes into place. Eventually, a couple cross bars will be mechanical fastened through the tubes, locking all three bikes together.
Oh, what craftsmanship! and beautiful hands of a hardworking machinist! John finished attaching a U-joint to steel tubing for the rear-axle assembly.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Photo Diary - Work completed on March 17

John began turning *square holes* on the lathe for our rear axle U-joint assembly.
*Sounds intrest 'n - dun' it! ;)
Hey! Richard, you're not in our group... but wanna join? All are welcome! :)
Richard is full of life and brings smiles and good energy wherever he goes. Always a much appreciated pal of the Mud Chaps gang.
Oh, sneaky, sneak Mr. Trent! I have four-eyes today and could see you coming a mile away.
Katrina made an aluminum bracket that will be Tig welded to the aluminum frame of the main bike. This bracket supports the cross bars that attach two kids bikes to either side
(last week's seat attachment bracket needed to be scrapped and redesigned for this essential reason).
Okay Hayden... what is this?
Oh... it attaches to the front forks.
(I need to ask you more about this... update coming soon! )

Renee turned two friction-fit head stocks for the small bikes on the lathe.
(Renee, I am sorry, I didn't get a photo of you for today. )

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Photo Diary - Work completed on March 10

Renee drafted plans for the rear axle on Inventor, and John broke out stock for the rear axle sliding assembly. We're imagining how to weld the rear axle without warping a cassette and popping spokes... we'll make it work!

Katrina reclaimed a couple seat post attachments, and created a bracket on the top tube. With these connecting pieces positioned, she hopes to add further dimensioning detail to the banana seat design.
Hayden split and rethreaded an axle rod to extend our pedals away from the front unicycle wheel.