Thursday, 29 April 2010

Project Fixie

Welchy gave me an old 10 speed Peugeot racer. So, time to make it into a fixie.

How it started:-

Stripped down:-

Spare bits:-

As it is now:-

Looks like it'll make a nice bike. Having read up a bit more about fixies I need a track hub for the rear wheel. Also need a seat post mount, a front brake lever and some grips. And to do a bit of pruning on the front chainrings.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Busy Times

Been dashin around all over the place the last few weeks - skated a coupla times with `Nur and Bobster - Marlboro, Calne, Deaner, Groover and Cretesham. Also went to the Stafford Classic Bike Show and did the Ariel Club Long Distance Run. All good fun. And my computer picked up a virus so I've been back in the mid 1970's for the last week or so......

And I have a new project - Retro Fixie - more to come.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Monday, 5 April 2010

Unit 1

Crackin skate yesterday with the MAS crowd. Legs aching still. To busy to take any pics tho.

Saturday, 3 April 2010


A couple of months ago I won a Benjyboard off EBay. As ever, it looked a lot better in the photos than in reality.

So, wet Easter Saturday, mild hangover due to meeting up with Hong Kong Dave last night, time to dismantle the Benji and try some, ahem, `restoration'.

Had to saw off the bolts to get the trucks off:-

Trucks are Tracker but not sure if they're Midtrack or Fultrack. Oddly there was an additional wooden riser as well as the standard deck one under each truck.

Heres the deck with the trucks off. Its taken a fair few knocks in its life:-

The underside is cleaner than the top.

Heres the top of the deck with the grip tape removed. Now you can see what colour it should be:-

The Benjyboard logo:-

So I started to sand the deck to tidy it up a bit. The edges are coming up really nice. Think I'll have a fair bit to do on the nose though. And I'm not sure how to preserve the logo - it'll need to be sanded to clean it up but I don't want to destroy it.
The wheels are 1st generation Star-Trac Kryptonics in bottle green. 70mm I think. They have also had a fair old bit of use and the outer part of the wheel had faded to an amber colour. You can still see the lovely translucent green in the core though:-

Friday, 2 April 2010

Wet Good Friday

= no skate.

So, as the Ariel Club Long Distance Run is fast approaching and the 38 Red Hunter let me down last time it went out, it was time to take a look inside (yet again).
I suspected a sticking exhaust valve and once in bits it was obvious where the valve had picked up on the guide. Stoned the valve and a bit of guide reaming and hopefully we're back in business - find out next Friday anyway.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Slipping Clutch

= Honda Unhappiness.

Into the garage it goes then - hopefully under warrantee.