Saturday, 24 July 2010

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Prince of Darkness

This is a Lucas E3H dynamo. I know this because it says so on the shell.
This little wonder of British technology has lived on my 1938 Ariel as long as I've had it. Its does everything a dynamo should except generate electricity. Sometimes it does, more often it doesn't. I've stripped it, cleaned it, fiddled with it - still the same result - sometimes charging, sometimes not.

Some years ago I bought a spare dynamo, but still stuck with this one. Imagine my amusement when at long last I swapped the dynamos to find that the spare is in perfect working order, knocking out the amps like no-ones business. Of course this will only be the case during daylight.... Joe Lucas - Prince of Darkness.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Stop The World....

Busy again.

Bit of a skate with Bob at the Deaner followed by `An Introduction to Street Skating' with Jim, Dave and SamJebusSonofGod which basically mean't watching cos I can't skate street.
Coupla rolls at Cretesham, one with Gaffer.

Off to Nothumberland with the Ariel on a trailer for the Gathering - top weekend with some great riding, beer, talking bollocks, beer, eating pies, beer - and I won a trophy - Best Post Vintage. T'was a fluke. Honest.
Sqwelch adjusting mappage (Ariel W/NG):-

1920s AJS 500, Raleigh 500 and a swing arm Ariel SQ4

And the rare and lovely Liver Pie (cunningly designated with a pastry `L' so as not to be confused with chicken pies which look outwardly similar, and are designated with a pastry `C'. Makes after beer pie eating a far less haphazard affair):-

The it was off to Essen once again for a week with the Germans. Managed to watch some football and have a skate at the Essen Kray skatepark, which was excellent. A load of blokes turned up from Dusseldorf - imagine my surprise when I bought a copy of Monster Skateboard Magazine in the airport to find them all in there. They weren't shabby skaters mind.

Their blog:-

Monster Skateboard is a bit like a German Sidewalk - not too bad really:-

And the Essen Kray park, now well graffitti'd:-