New bike projects underway

Projects Update 2016

With lots going on recently at Artisans Collective CIC, Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community and Prestatyn Men’s shed my personal bike projects had been placed on hold.

MX5
Jayne at Surf Snowdonia with our 1990 Mazda Eunos that is fondly nicknamed WTF due to its registration letters.

August was also very busy with work away from Prestatyn including a PR trip to Glasgow for Grow Wild. Also I went back to my roots adding a Mazda MX5 Classic sports car to our projects.

I have installed a new radiator, sound system, windblocker, cockpit brace, and am currently renovating a hardtop for use in the winter. I raced a couple of similar cars in UK race championships a few years ago. They are really nice to work on.

Having entered the Great Orme sponsored bike ride for charity again this year, it is time to consider what bike to use, last year I used the trike that I built for Jayne.
testing the trike projects

 

 

Latest Concept

This year I am considering designing, building and riding a 2 wheel drive electric bike.

The concept will use a 300 watt rear wheel and 250 watt front wheel to aid stability. I hope to be able to utilise a single Lithium-ion 36v 15ah battery. My calculations say that that would give just over 1 hour of power at about 25mph, when off road.

The current regulations limit electric bikes to 15mph and 250 watts when used in public areas. I propose to just use the front wheel drive when on public roads and enable the rear wheel drive when off road.

universal bike

I will utilise the bog standard Universal bike for testing the concept before building a higher spec bike if the concept works well.

If it proves successful I will build the mark two version around an aluminum framed mountain bike with suspension and disc brakes.

Artisans Collective of Prestatyn Information

Many people have been asking me about Artisans Collective of Prestatyn recently here is an update.

Artisans, Artists and Craftspeople display and sell their handmade art and craft items on the Old Library shelves alongside displays of local interest, heritage items and local information including walking resources provided by Walkers are Welcome and the Prestatyn & Clwydian Range Walking Festival.

Artisans at the Prestatyn Old Library
Home of the Artisans. The Old Library Art Craft and Heritage Centre in Prestatyn

Featuring Ceramics, Needlework, knitted crocheted items, Pure Natural Bath, body & pamper products, Leathercraft, Art, Handcrafted Wood and Acrylic, Clocks, Papercraft, Upcycled, recycled, and repurposed gifts, Bags and accessories, Jewellery, and lots more.

We are open for retail sales Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 5pm.

We also run art and craft clubs and workshops and continue to participate in local community events, at this location and others in the area.

Our Current list of weekly activities,

Prestatyn Men’s Shed each Tuesday morning from 10-30am

Stop Smoking Wales from 5pm until 7pm each Tuesday evening.

Aimee’s Art Group each Friday Morning.

Jayne’ Children’s art and craft workshops  from 10am and Yvette’s Crochet sessions  each Saturday morning.

During 2015 we also participated in many local and national initiatives to help benefit our community and improve our locality including:

  • Voluntary Arts week
  • Wales in Bloom
  • Incredible Edible
  • Grow Wild
  • Treasure Chest Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
  • Healthy High streets
  • The Great British High Street awards
  • Prestatyn Town Council Events including facilitating the Christmas grotto and lights turn on and DCC reopening of the Nova event.
  • The “Romans Return” heritage event at Prestatyn Town Football Club
  • Prestatyn flower show
  • Prestatyn classic car show
  • Denbighshire County Council, Ty Nant Development Consultations.
  • St David’s Day drop in art and craft sessions supported by Principality Building Society.
  • Working with Coleg Llandrillo facilitating  “Traineeships” sessions.

We also have a collection point for the Calgary Church foodbank. Flexible room hire is available for a variety of uses during the week.

Please let us know if you require any further details.

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