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!