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The Scaffolding Bike

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  • Started 2 months ago by I were right about that saddle
  • Latest reply from gembo

  1. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Early nineties we all aspired to look a bit like Paul Heaton? But unkowingly because we were poor and boiling A with B to make C and burning holes in anything we wore? Haircuts out of Woods on Drummond Street?

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. unhurt
    Member

    Disappointingly sensible.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. gembo
    Member

    IWRATS on far right of photo?

    Flat top from Woods was good

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. I were right about that saddle
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    @gembo

    Hard to recall how little appearances mattered then. We were interested in atoms and numbers. A certain ornamentation of the mind, no more. Monkish austerity at times. Very important to be clever.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  5. gembo
    Member

    @iwrats, yes you describe the credo. What a good place to be.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  6. Snowy
    Member

    Definitely happy hour.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  7. wingpig
    Member

    Paul Heaton captured in a rare moment of his neck not being covered. He might have recently resumed displaying it if the vox pop in a documentary I recently saw was recently filmed.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Stripped the components off the frame. Bottom bracket going nowhere under medieval levels of persuasion. Plastic side snapped rather than move, drive side intractable, unimpressed by lubricants, fire and Archimedes.

    So the bike was on its last legs anyway. Good reminder to fully strip and reassemble bearings every year. Spare bottom bracket been sitting in the cupboard for two years now, awaiting the expected failure.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Purchased a host frame for the components from the Bike Station today. A Cube CMPT 29er that someone had rather rudely stolen the fork and front wheel off.

    Nice frame - eyeleted for a rack so good bikepacking and commuting potential.

    I'll get it shot-blasted and painted. Any ideas on colour to go with the black fork? Hungarian mechanic in the Bike Station suggested dove grey which I like but could just go for transparent lacquer to keep the scaffolding vibe?

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
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    Also - I'd quite like to scribble arcane obscenities on the frame. Anyone know any good custom decal makers?

    I could do them myself I suppose - I do have some laser printer decal paper somewhere.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  11. wingpig
    Member

    kaputnik mentioned a custom decal supplier a few years ago. Can't remember if it was a tweet or on here but I'll have a rake.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  12. gembo
    Member

    Dove grey very Shandyesque. The steel bike maker in livi, not Tristram nor the drink for soft southerners.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  13. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @gembo

    Excellent point well made. Hoping for some quite architectural hues - Hendersons' main business is radiators and stuff.

    That cheese is the business.

    Posted 4 weeks ago #
  14. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Had the usual weird but genial and enthusiastic chat off Hendersons. That's what I like about them.

    Have dropped the host frame off for shot blast and powder coat. I looked at the greys and I just saw too many other utility bikes wearing a coat of dove feathers. Bianchi turquoise not for me. I've opted for this. Should look striking with the black components, like a seventies Hot Wheels car and that's a look that never gets old.

    Dropped into the Bike Station on the way home on the off chance they might have a left-hand hydraulic Shimano brake lever for the caliper that was on the frame when it was donated.

    Raked the whole drawer out, and at the back, buried under the pile of Avid Juicy DoT4 brake systems was....a single left-hand BL-M525 lever all on its own. Happy days.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  15. Trixie
    Member

    I love the colour.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  16. Arellcat
    Moderator

    @IWRATS, good colour choice. I went with RAL 4004:


    Untitled by Ben Cooper, on Flickr

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  17. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Picked the frame up. I like. A sort of shocking lilac.

    Looking forward to a thorough servicing of all bits and the build of a new off-road tourer. To do;

    Strip and rebuild fork
    Replace spokes in rear wheel with DT Swiss
    Strip and rebuild rear caliper

    Anybody got a spare plastic cup for an octalink bottom bracket? fear I forgot to gather it up when I took the bearing out.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  18. gembo
    Member

    Shocking lilac framed gentleman?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  19. I were right about that saddle
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    I can't see it catching on.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  20. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    My stainless bolts arrived in a padded envelope. What did they think the postie was going to do to them?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  21. Greenroofer
    Member

    @IWRATS - padded envelopes good. Also good for sending keys. While the bolts are indestructible, a simple paper envelope isn't. With something hard and lumpy inside, it's likely to get shredded by the sorting machinery and spill your (undamaged) bolts on the floor of the sorting office.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  22. unhurt
    Member

    I'm always happy to get a padded envelope. I haven't bought one in years. They cycle round my far away friends with stuff in them.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  23. I were right about that saddle
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    @Greenroofer

    Good point well made. Back in the day keys were sandwiched between two bits of cardboard. Are we the Blue Peter generation?

    @unhurt

    Yes, I slit the envelope with a blade and have put it in the Drawer of Storage for re-use.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  24. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I used the Bike Station's 'fix your own' facility to strip the fork and replace the seals and oil.

    The mechanics all gathered discretely to see if I'd take the cap off the air chamber without letting the pressure down, thus getting a face-full of manky 15W fluid. No joy for those monkeys, no siree.

    Rebuilt and now sitting upright to let the oil settle before I pump it back up again. Fingers crossed.

    I was delighted to find some dried grass seeds under the lock-out control. Fossilised remnants of a happy meadow somewhere.

    Posted 1 week ago #
  25. sallyhinch
    Member

    When we moved house I was persuaded to ditch a good half of my lifetime's collection of padded envelopes (I'm not bitter, though). Like biros there are people who buy padded envelopes and there are people who just acquire them. I don't think anyone in my family is a buyer

    Posted 1 week ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    @sallyhinchcliffe, used to have a lot of padded envelopes, what's not to like. Mix tapes came in them. Now it is mostly fancy bag's that wine bottles came wrapped in. Seem to have many of them

    Posted 1 week ago #

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