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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Oct 2019

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    Decathlon sailing range, ikiwat? They do 5 litre dry bags that you can stitch/3m double sided tape onto some abs backing board. Loads of folk done it already. Think they are £7 each at decathlon

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    Get an old defunct van, gut it and park in your space, then park bikes inside the van!

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    There's that one, but the green commute initiative is open to residents of England, Scotland and Wales (unfortunately looks like nothing for Northern Ireland and Isle of Man).
    Scotland also has significantly better eye care than England, and free prescriptions..... Midges though....

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    Sounds about right, many folk I used to work with were into their sort of classic bikes (50-70s British stuff), most never got very far, and they all lived in new build suburb type places so their break down locations were often just outside a gregg's or a vape shop, not very picturesque.

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    You can get the bits individually, remember seeing drive unit/engines available on ebay.de, but only to domestic market addresses, you'd have to use a forward shipping company to get one. Battery and wiring parts are much easier.
    My understanding is the European directive that covers e assist bikes means that unless you are a registered OE supplier/manufacturer and have some kind of traceability they don't want folk buying and installing kits themselves. Every proper e bike I've seen retailed in UK has a little sticker on it stating that it conforms.

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    We are now hooked up with the Green Commute Initiative (bigger budget cycle scheme amongst other differences, see here ), makes cargo bike purchases that little bit more manageable.
    Have many folk used the scheme yet? Opinions vs the long standing cycle 2 work and cyclescheme options?

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    Well made though, and TBH all of these types of bikes are very low production numbers. How many allez does Specialized's manufacturer knock out for them every year, 80k, 100k, 150k?

    Loads of DIY solutions online, just got to figure how much your own time is vs buying ready to go. Some DIY solutions are excellent, as you say depends how much engineering you want to put in, always terrified when I see people walking out of halfords/evans/decathlon with a child seat that they will fit themselves, probably with a zip tie and an adjustable!

    R+M are much heavier, but for more sedate non bikey people, the front forks have problems with wear and then corrosion, they might have fixed it for 2020MY. Also Bosch have a new 'cargo bike' specific motor out for 2020 which I imagine will be found on a lot of R+M products which if your thinking of one, maybe hold out until then ;)

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    Bluesound node 2i?
    Just randomly found a shop that Reccomended it, seems to tick all the boxes for function and online reviews say it sounds good too, probably unbeatable at £500 price point. However, again online reviews, a few folk getting it dropping off the WiFi network frequently and/or not being reachable by WiFi or Bluetooth from a phone to control it (network chip going bad?).

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    Seized swing arm bolt, or rather bolt now spinning easy thanks to a high powered facom impact wrench and some kroil. It moves in and out of the frame around 3 to 4mm then stuck fast.
    Bike is..
    Steel bolt with steel bush's slid over, then needle bearings with fibre seal washers either side, 4 sets of them. Through frame and through gearbox casing.
    So imagine the inner bearing surface vs the Bush is free, but the Bush needs to be free from the bolt and that's the tiny bit of movement I have.
    Been soaking with rags around it as best possible with Kroil (acetone and atf pretty much).
    Suggestions? Swingarm and bolt seem to be OK, it's just the corrosion forming a strong bond. Tried much hammer action with everything upto a sledgehammer and a variety of air hammers.
    Suspect I've now flared the bolt shaft diameter out on one side so it'll never come back out again. Thought of maybe drilling and tapping an m12 hole in one end (have a large slide hammer that's m12 end) and see if pulling it out is better than hitting it out.
    Last chnace is to cut up the perfectly functioning swung arm into pieces so I can get an angle grinder or death wheel into the area to chop the bolt. Or am I missing an obvious solution no

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    I know some of the shoppers are attractive to be modified but that is one sad looking little bike. I guess less than £100?

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