Sunday, 3 April 2022

New Cord Maker Modifications, And Adding A Core To A Cord

How Do All,
I was recently asked by a customer if I could add a central hook to the cord maker which I produce, and also a removable manual crank handle.
The reason for the central hook is that the customer would like to use the cord maker for making cords/rope with a central core, like shroud laid rope.
From the Oxford Reference:" The name given to rope laid up with four strands instead of the more usual three. The strands are laid up round a heart, or central, strand, as the four strands would not bind close enough together, and without a heart would leave a central hollow. Size for size, shroud-laid rope is not as strong as hawser-laid rope. However, it is less liable to stretch, and therefore proved more suitable to be used in sailing vessels as standing rigging."
And the reason for the manual crank handle is so that the machine can be used as a traditional cord maker, using a traveller and rope top for forming the strands into a cord/rope.

Making a cord or rope with a core is not so easy in itself, and made in the traditional method the yarns would have been spun up into strands, and then the core positioned before the rope was laid up, the rope top having a central hole for the core strand to pass through.
Also due to the rope becoming shorter that the length of the strands as it laid up; the core would have to be managed by another set of hands.

My cord maker, and cord making method being completely different from the traditional means that the above method will not work as the cord forms from the centre out, all the time the drill spinning at high speed, so no space, and not safe for another set of hands to manage the core at either end! however my cordmaker can be used single handed to friends or helpers are entirely optional.

So, after trialling several different ways that I could possibly use my cord maker to make a cord or rope with a core strand I finally came up with the one thing that actually works.

I attached a ball bearing swivel to the central hook on the machine, this allows the machine and hooks to rotate as intended without the the central core being over twisted or untwisted, as either of these would effect the lay of the final cord and its integrity.

At the opposite end of the cord/rope walk sits the outend; which replaces the traveller as the cord maker itself travels instead, I added a central hook here also and the core passes over this and off the bench, the end of the core strand is weighted to take up the slack as the strands are initially spun up.

Below you can see the core strand exiting the formed cord.

If you have any questions regarding making cords/rope with my cord maker, either with or without a core; please feel free to ask.

Take care,
Barry, The Knotty Bear

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Burley Nomad Trailer, For Sale!

SOLD!
£230.00
Priced for a quick sale as Grahams eyesight has meant he can no longer cycle at all!


How Do All,
I am selling this Burley Nomad trailer with optional cargo rack for my friend Graham, he has had to give up cycling and touring now due to his eyesight.
The trailer comes with two arms to suit smaller and larger wheeled bikes. It has an optional cargo rack included also. 
This trailer retails for RRP: £349.00 and the cargo Rack RRP: at £89.00 so this is quite a bargain to be had!

Please note: in our efforts to get pictures before the next snow flurry we put the wrong wheels on this trailer, the pictured wheels are from another trailer, but the proper Burley wheels with black rims will be sold with the trailer.
Graham is more than happy to have anyone come visit him and examine the Trailer. he is in the Hayes area Middlesex, just minutes away from the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit.

If you are interested in this item please contact me. 
knotty dot bear at gmail dot com




SOLD!
£230.00
Priced for a quick sale as Grahams eyesight has meant he can no longer cycle at all!



ICE Sprint X (FSX), For Sale!

For Sale!

£2,800.00
Grahams eyesight has meant he can no longer cycle at all!

How Do All,
I am selling this lovely ICE Sprint FSX (full front and rear suspension) on behalf of my friend and world renowned author Graham Williams. 

This is a great condition trike and needs no work or improvements, you can ride off into the sunset with no worries at all

If anything has been missed or you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Please see all the honest pictures for a full 360 visual examination, and any extra details.

Graham is more than happy to have anyone come visit him and examine the Trike. he is in the Hayes area Middlesex, just minutes away from the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit.

If you are interested in this item please contact Graham directly: (remove the spaces from the email address!)
everyday 30 @ hotmail .com
Or myself at:
knotty dot bear at gmail dot com

The Details:
Inspired Cycle Engineering, Sprint X (FSX).
Please see pictures for extra details and points of interest!

ICE: ICE trike are packed with pioneering features and hours have been spent perfecting every detail. No corners are cut in the manufacture and assembly of every ICE trike. With ergonomically designed seat, ICE Road Response suspension, and the ICE Rider Positioning system, every ICE rider can be assured of a comfortable ride. ICE trikes have toured the world, proving exceptional reliability due to engineering integrity and depth of quality. Reliable, predictable, and assured, ICE trikes have renowned handling, stability, and efficiency, ensuring years of exhilaration and fun.
handling, stability, and efficiency, ensuring years of exhilaration and fun. The ICE Sprint folding trike is the ultimate fusion of sporting performance and long- distance comfort. With a mid-height seating position and ICE’s renowned handling the Sprint is a trike which begs to be explored.

This trike has been upgraded with the X-type package, optimizing it for speed performance with race specification components.

20″ wheel full suspension trike
ICE Compact Flat Twist folding frame
ICE front and rear Road Response
Suspension
Tektro Auriga hydraulic disk brakes
30 speed SRAM X9/TT500 shifters
Avid disc parking brake
Ink Black with red graphics
Wheels with Alex aero rims with
black spokes and red nipples.
Schwalbe Shredda tyres on the front
Schwalbe Marathon Plus on the rear.
Extras purchased by Graham:
X package a mentioned above
ICE over seat bags 
There is a new seat cover to be included as the original one has a small area of damage to the mesh.
Bottle cage riser
New version head rest and rear light mount (light included) 
New version flag mount on seat back
Front light mount
Full mudguard set with quick release front fittings
Ice mirror mounts and Mirrycle mirrors x 2
Front Windwrap fairing with light mounts, and Moon lights included
Fabric disc wheel covers
Front chain ring guard
Rear rack
A pair of Ortlieb pannier bags
Rear Rack light
Crane Ritten Bell (My personal favourite, Sounds Awesome!)
SPD pedals
There are also some brand new spares/extra tyres that will be included with the sale.

The Pictures:
Taken on 01/04/2022

Windwrap Fairing

Rear rack and rack light

New head rest and light

Mirror mounts and mirrors

Front suspension

Light mount 

Front suspension

Moon lights and fairing light mounts included



Rear Rack, please note: Burley trailer hitch is not included

For Sale!

£2,800.00
Grahams eyesight has meant he can no longer cycle at all!

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Unicycle.com 52" Mk4 Penny Farthing For Sale! Excellent condition!

Sold!
£1000.00
A Genuine near offer may be considered!

How Do All,

Here I offer for sale my Unicycle.com 52" Mk4 Penny Farthing, in Excellent condition! no damage at all!
(details of this bike can also be found here at the UDC website: Mk4 Penny Farthing )
I bought this High Wheel in September 2019 after winning the European Penny Farthing Championships in Belgium as a stand in for my bike which was damaged after the races.

I removed the seat post and fitted a SHW race saddle which is sprung and sits much lower on the back bone (frame) making it easier to use the pedals in the longest position which is great for hilly terrain.
The section of Velcro behind the saddle was to stop my saddle bag from rubbing the paint.

The bike originally had two upper steps opposite each other but this made mounting awkward for me as I kept hitting my shin on the upper right step, I removed this step (see pictures) I have the removed part which can be welded back on if you so desire.
The lower step is positional and you can adjust the height and angle of it, or if you have long legs you can remove it completely and mount traditionally with just one step.

The VCX+ cranks have three sets of pedal threads so you can change between 100mm, 125mm and 150mm crank lengths to suit your preference, whether you be racing, hill climbing or just out for a jolly.
The pedals are the original, brand new and unused platform pedals which came with the bike as I use SPD's
My leg length from the bit between my bits and the floor is 33" wearing trainers if that helps with sizing.

There is a Light mount fitted to take an Edelux or B+M light. please see pictures for example. I ran my light from a 7.4 volt Li-Poly battery pack.

As I used this bike for commuting during 2020 I added lots of my favourite reflective love hearts which looks awesome at night and really make you visible to cars. they can be peeled off if you prefer.

The handle bar is brand new as I fitted swept back race bars.
There is a rear brake.
The fork angle can be altered by sliding the rear fork in and out of the frame.
This bike took me to some very Beautiful places!

The Details:
Year of manufacture 2019, Colour: Ocean Gloss Black.
Saddle: SHW Race Saddle
Forks Frame: 52" UDC Mk4
Cranks: Nimbus VCX Plus ISIS Cranks - 100/125/150mm (Polished)
Pedals: Aluminium Studded Pedals (Black) Brand New, Unused
Handlebars: UDC Penny Farthing Aluminium Handlebars (Black) 
Brand New, Unused
Black Handle Bar Tape Brand New, Unused
Rear Brake: Tektro R539 Long Drop Brake (Black)

Front Wheel-Size: 52"
Front Rim: UDC Penny Farthing Rim - Anodised in Black
Front Tyre: Standard Highwheels Type #1
Front Hub: UDC Penny Farthing ISIS Hub - 64 Hole, Black
Front Spokes: 64x 12g Stainless Steel with Brass Nipples

Rear Wheel-Size: 18" (Nominal size)
Rear Rim: UDC Penny Farthing Rear Rim - Anodised Black
Rear Tyre: Standard Highwheels Type #1
Rear Hub: UDC Penny Farthing Hub - 28 Hole, Black
Rear Spokes: 28x 14g Stainless Steel with Brass Nipples.

Weight: 15.01 kg

This is a gorgeous Penny Farthing and needs no work or improvements, you can ride off into the sunset with no worries at all!

If anything has been missed or you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

I am more than happy to have anyone come visit me and examine the bike. I am in the Heathrow Villages area Hillingdon, Middlesex.
If you are interested in this item please contact me. 
Sold!
The price I am is asking for this Penny Farthing is:
£1000.00
A Genuine near offer may be considered!

Thank you for looking!
Take care,
Barry ;-)

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Jubilee River KAP (kite aerial photography)

 How Do All,

Looking Eastwards along the Jubilee River towards Slough (left), Windsor (right) and Datchet (middle'ish)

After a few weeks of not being able to get out due to my back hurting after work, and the lack of wind when I did actually try to go out, today I finally got out and flew a kite, Yay! though with hindsight of the impending doom I should have stayed in my little warm shed! 

I rode to and along the Jubilee River just outside of Windsor, to try and take some pictures of the river. It was nice when I left, sunshine and nice wind but by the time I got there it was grey, cold and blustery.

You can read about the jubilee river here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilee_River

My friend Adrian joined me and I'm not sure he expected so much fun in such a short time.

Me on the bridge, but not quite the angle of the bridge I had in my mind.

I had a bit of trouble launching my kite from a bridge I wanted to get in the photos, and due to the wind direction my intended idea of the bridge being in the shots was out of the window.

I made several mistakes today and learned some valuable lessons, I'm really good at that, but I find this the best way to learn, if a little costly sometimes!

Firstly in my haste to fly I fixed a lighter line than I usually use, and with the wind I should have known better, but at supposedly 110dan I thought I was covered. 

Next I managed to nick the line in the gate hook of my carabiner somehow but decided this was superficial fluff and carried on sending the camera up. 

The track on the right runs for 6 miles from Maidenhead to Datchet or vice versa if you like.

After a few minutes there was a little jolt and my kite  separated from the main line and flew off across a farmers field, camera still attached  just and headed towards a tree, the camera slid off the line and went down like it was floating, and the kite stopped in the top of a tree, sigh, I thought I had lost them both, I suppose I should be thankful they didn't fly off over the trees and out of sight across the Thames

Just after the line broke, the kite and camera are drifting across this nice muddy field.

Luckily the kite was facing the right way and the line attached was plenty and trailed across the field, I was able to fly the kite right out of the tree and saved it with no damage, Yay!

My friend Adrian helped look for the camera and luckily I eventually spotted it nowhere near where we thought it might have landed. 

The last picture the camera took before getting some  shuteye in the crops!

Sadly I have no pictures of the kite rescue as taking more photos was the last thing on my mind.

We decided to call it a day as it was so cold and windy and headed off to Windsor for a tea.

Out of 200 photos the last 123 exposures were of the ground from ground level in any case!

My friend Adrian on the bridge




Random passers by just as I launched the camera




Take care,
Barry (The Knotty Bear)


Wednesday, 10 November 2021

ICE Sprint X (RSX), For Sale!

SOLD!
£3,000.00
£2,100.00
Reduced for a quick sale as Grahams eyesight has meant he can no longer cycle at all! and no offers below this price please as they will be refused!


How Do All,
I am selling this lovely ICE Sprint X (RSX) on behalf of my friend and world renowned author Graham Williams. 

Graham bought this beautiful trike in Jan/Feb 2012 direct from ICE and added lots of extra/optional parts.
You can see the unboxing and build of this very trike in the video below.  


This is a gorgeous trike and needs no work or improvements, you can ride off into the sunset with no worries at all!

If anything has been missed or you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Please see all the honest pictures for a full 360 visual examination, and any extra details.

Graham is more than happy to have anyone come visit him and examine the Trike. he is in the Hayes area Middlesex, just minutes away from the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit.

If you are interested in this item please contact me. 
knotty dot bear at gmail dot com

The Details:
Inspired Cycle Engineering, Sprint X (RSX).
Please see pictures for extra details and points of interest!

The ICE Sprint folding trike is the ultimate fusion of sporting performance and long- distance comfort. With a mid-height seating position and ICE’s renowned handling the Sprint is a trike which begs to be explored.

This trike has been upgraded with the X-type package, optimizing it for speed performance with race specification components.

20″ wheel rear suspension trike
ICE Compact Flat Twist folding frame
Front chainset: 50, 39, 30 
Rear Cassette 9 - 32 
ICE rear suspension
Avid BB7 disk brakes
Schwalbe Kojak tyres all round
30 speed SRAM X9/TT500 shifters
Avid disc parking brake
Ink Black with red graphics
Wheels with Alex aero rims with
Black spokes and red nipples.

Extras purchased by Graham:
X package a mentioned above
Radical over seat bags
Computer mount 
Bottle cage riser and bottle cage
Pump
Head rest and rear light mount (light included)
Front light mount
Full mudguard set with quick release front fittings
Ice mirror mounts and Mirrycle mirrors x 2

The trike is fitted with new tyres and recently a new chain etc.
There are also some brand new spares/extra tyres that will be included with the sale.

The Pictures:
Taken on 05/11/2021













If you are interested in this item please contact me. 
knotty dot bear at gmail dot com
SOLD!
£3,000.00
£2,100.00
Reduced for a quick sale as Grahams eyesight has meant he can no longer cycle at all! and no offers below this price please as they will be refused!

Saturday, 6 November 2021

ICE Trice X2 Expedition Tandem, For Sale!

 How Do All,

SOLD!
£4,100.00
Genuine very near offers will be considered!

Graham at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead.

I am selling this tandem on behalf of my friend and world renowned author Graham Williams. 
Graham acquired this beautiful tandem in 2018, and together we fully refurbished and upgraded it with all new parts and lots of nice new ICE kit, turning this into a one of a kind thing that dreams are made of!
Sadly, due to my body deciding that it has had enough of fun cycling, and times changing for both me and Graham, Graham has reluctantly decided to put the tandem up for sale, Sorry Graham!

The frame and paint work were in such excellent condition that we didn't need to repaint anything.

We did however replace the seat frames and seat covers with brand new up to date versions, with special red stitching to match the Tandem. also head rests, one is a brand new version, one is an older version. The original seats, covers and rear seat mount will be included with this sale for completeness.
Graham had ICE manufacture a new layback rear seat mount so he could move the seat further back (he is very tall) this and the original are included.

A complete new drive train all cranks (150mm crank length), chain rings, chains etc are brand new, new rear derailleur. all brand new chain idler pulleys.
New pedals.
All cable housings, cables, joiners etc are brand new. 

All the tyres and tubes are brand new.
We have installed all new Ice mudguards in black but the original silver ones are still included in this sale for completeness

The hydraulic brake system is Shamano XT on Hope hubs and disk rotors, fully drained, fresh oil and bled.
There are two parking brakes operated from the front and rear seats.
We added lots of new ICE mounts for mirrors, cameras etc. and there are more bottle cage mounts and extra bottle cages than you can shake a stick at!

All of the original parts that came with the Tandem have been saved and will be included with the sale, along with some new spares. 
One thing of note! it is possible to separate the tandem into 2, 3 or 4 sections for transport if needed. and also the rear of the tandem and the front of the tandem can be combined to make a solo trike. identical to what was sold as the Trice Explorer trike, so it has great potential as both a tandem and solo trike, it would need some setting up so not a quick job to do as chains and cables would need adjusting to suit.

This is a gorgeous tandem trike and needs no work or improvements, you can ride off into the sunset with no worries at all!

If anything has been missed or you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Please see all the honest pictures for a full 360 visual examination, and extra details.

Graham is more than happy to have anyone come visit him and examine the Trike. he is in the Hayes area Middlesex, just minutes away from the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit.

If you are interested in this item please contact me. 
knotty dot bear at gmail dot com

The Details:
Inspired Cycle Engineering, Trice X2 Expedition Tandem.
Please see pictures for extra details and points of interest!

Original specs as the Tandem was bought from ice:
This tandem was customised at the time by ice to include:
Rear Carrier with mounting kit.
Upgrade to Hope Sport front hubs and disk brakes.
Full SKS mudguards and custom ICE mounts.
Two Mirrycle mirrors and Ice mirror mounts.
Front light mount on boom. etc.

At Burnham Beeches.

Riverside, Maidenhead

The Rusty Bike Café.

The Pictures:
Taken on 05/11/2021

Original cranks, pedals, rings etc included!

Two rear parking brakes.


Front seat.

Under the rear seat, note: we have used an ICE mount hear also to move the seat further back, this can be removed and the seat moved forward to it's original mounting.

Please note: in front of the rear seat one of the bottle cage braze on bosses is broken but still serviceable using the Velcro strap, we planned to fix this at some point but never got around to it. I will however offer to machine a new bottle cage boss and braze it onto the frame for the new owner! you will have to paint a small area around the braze site where the paint will need to be removed for brazing.
please ask for more details.

Stoker cranks and loads of cage mounts!

front cruciform junction and steering headset, nice brazed lugs.

New XT rear mech.

Rear flag mount and the layback seat mount specially made by ICE for Graham.

Rear rack, and Cateye light/mount included,
please note the seat will move further forward with the original seat mount fitted, and give more room on the rack top.

New idlers and chains under the front seat.




Stoker seat.


Extra cage mounts for pilot.

Right control for rear 3 speed internal hub gear and 9 speed cassette.

Shimano XT hydraulic levers



Front light mount

Front crankset and 

Pilots control for stokers triple crankset 

Hope hubs and disks

There are new spare chains, Cable, the old rear cassette and other parts too.

Flag can be fitted behind pilot of stoker.

If you are interested in this item please contact me. 
knotty dot bear at gmail dot com
SOLD!
£4,100.00
Genuine very near offers will be considered!