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.

Quiz What sort of bike should you be commuting on Bike Radar

Quiz

A fun quiz for you. One thing that can make commuting via bicycle a more rewarding experience is – perhaps not too shockingly – having the right bike for the task. Of course, finding exactly which bike that is depends on many different variables, and there are probably many riders who could benefit from a change of ride.

The Bike Radar latest quiz attempts to work out exactly what type of bike we think you should be using for your commute. Simply answer six questions on your route and riding preferences and let us do all the work!

My personal choice is a mountain bike with panniers,  I ride mainly along the promenade with some cycleway and road usage it is a five mile journey each way and I have to carry a laptop and paperwork each way. I find that the wider tyres and front suspension make it easier in the sometimes sandy conditions, in certain places I have to ride along a slope so the wider tyre also helps there.
Quiz on Bike Radar link

Kinmel Railway Track Cycleway.

 

Disused Railway track cycling.

An interesting article on the Cycling North Wales website bringing together my favourite subjects local history, heritage railways and cycling (please click link to view full article on external website).

I currently ride along the Prestatyn to Dyserth track past Meliden in Denbighshire on a regular basis and would love to see more routes like this. Railway tracks by their nature have only slight inclines which makes for really good cycling.

Kinmel Railway track crossing A547
Kinmel Railway

“In 1995 a voluntary group called Clwyd Community Roots, based on the now famous Sustrans principles, set about creating a cycle way along the redundant track of the former Kinmel Railway. This ran for three miles from the main line at Kinmel Bay serving the Army training Camp at Kinmel Park during the first world war. With the cessation of hostilities it went on to carry limestone from the nearby St George quarries to the main line at Rhyl until their closure in 1964.

Local cycling activists.

Inspired by local activist and family doctor Stuart Anderson, Community Roots set about acquiring consents and funding around the year 2000. At the time it seen as the first example of a scheme such as this being established entirely by volunteers.

Invaluable support and guidance was provided by Mike Chown, one of the earlier pioneers of converting redundant rail tracks for cycling and walking. Despite cycling being key to the concept, and most of the members involved being cyclists themselves, objections to cycling were raised adjacent landed interests, and consent has never been obtained for its formal designation as a cycleway.

A Gain and a Sad Loss.

It did however win a Welsh Conservation 1st prize. Sadly not during the life of Simon McQuillan, one the founder members CCR, who died suddenly at home whilst construction work was taking place”

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