Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Ordinary Rider

     I rode my big pennyfarthing to join Tam and Brigid at Fat Dan's Deli for lunch, and afterward, took a cruise up the Monon and back down for a total of about three miles.
     You'll note the bike now has a small front basket.  This is from the clever bike dorks at Portland Design Works, and is just little enough to clear my knees.  The bag comes with it, designed to fit and buckle into place.  Only problem so far, the stainless metric clamp bolts galled on installation, two of them so badly they're stuck.  So they're going to have to come out and get replaced by SAE stainless, maybe with some beeswax rubbed in the threads just for luck.

     Update: PDW came through with new stainless hardware within a couple of days of e-mailing them and it worked very well with a dabba beeswax. High marks for Portland Design Works! 

     Stopped off at Restoration during my second ride, where I found what may be the perfect light (if I can get it to work) for this bike, a black-wrinkle finish Ash Flash.  Alas, the red flasher lens is long gone -- but I'll come up with something.

14 comments:

Turk Turon said...

That bike needs a kerosene or carbide lamp, IMHO.

Roberta X said...

Or, better yet, something that looks like one but incorporates a modern high-intensity light.

BGMiller said...

Y'know.....
If you got hold of an older carbide lap with a reflector that was in good shape it shouldn't be too hard to retro fit the lap assemble out of a small LED tactical light and a battery pack for a pair of C cells...

As for a tail light...
Hmmmm.....

BGM

BGMiller said...

A carbide lap.....
A lap assembly....

Not sure how that'll light your way but it makes for an amusing metal image.

Here's a couple of spare emms to drop in if you so desire.

m m


BGM

Anonymous said...

Very Nice (TSG)

Jim Dunmyer said...

Stainless steel fasteners are notorious for galling, you absolutely MUST use some sort of lube during assembly. Unfortunately, you're usually reminded of the need by experiencing the galling. The fastener must usually be cut apart.

Roberta X said...

Yep, and these were, I think, the near-universal-on-bikes 5mm size.* A fairly fine pitch, with all the more surface to grab and gall. :(
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* I can tell most SAE sizes by eye, especially 2-56 through 1/4-20. Metric, I usually need to double check to be sure.

Roberta X said...

BG: We think one of those ms snuck out with an n in its pocket.

Here's a replacement: n

perlhaqr said...

Yeah, I ran into that with some stuff I was building a few months ago. I'm not really looking forward to drilling out the button head socket cap, but, I guess at least the bit has a centering hole already?

Must remember antisieze next time.

Brigid said...

I have an old smudge pot around here somewhere from ag flying associates. That might fit in the basket. Just don't let the California EPA see it.

BGMiller said...

:facepalm:

Oy
Vey


BGM

Gewehr98 said...

Roberta, why not a late-model railroad brakeman's lantern? (I've got two, lots of light, 6v lantern battery)

http://store.ampersandvintagemodern.com/assets/images/vintage_railroad_lantern_1.jpg

Roberta X said...

Very kewl! Yes, that would do nicely.

Will said...

Best penetrating lube I've ever found: PJ-1's black and yellow can of motorcycle chain lube.
NOT the blue/yellow o-ring chain lube. That stuff is worthless.

Spray, and wait 5 minutes before attempting removing fastener.