Originally Posted by fordie
Smashing to hear your essex tones!! I was thinking that maybe I was th only one in england on a noisy push bike!!
Honestly, how much do you ride yours on the roads? Maybe I'm just being paranoid! Don't know how you found the bike building, mine went dead easy, it was just the first starting took some time, now starts dead easy!
Where about in Essex are you? Before moving here we used to live in Halstead (near Braintree), but now we just laze about in north suffolk!
Wonder if I wore a short skirt it'd make the police let me go by in peace........or do you think the hairs and my beard might make things a bit awkward!
The bike is at the moment my own form of transport so I ride it quite alot. I think on this machine I am somewhere around the 1000 mile mark. I did about 20 miles or so yesterday.
The longest trip I usually do is Lexden to Mersea which is around a 22 mile round trip depending on the route you take.
Building mine was more challenging than the last one I did mainly because its a bike with a lot of new technology on it for me. I have never before done anything with coaster brakes nor have I had the joys of hub gears but it runs fine now. I had a period after having the pipe welded/fitted where it broke spokes but it seems that it doesnt want to do that any more - although I learned how to replace them (and get them around the joy that is a GEBE sheave) without too much problem.
I know halstead - and my ex partner (a few back) lives in Braintree - so I know it a little... I havent ever ridden up there mainly because I am a little lary of the A120 and the odd maniac that'll try and take you out lol (plus it'd be damn freezing going up there at this time of year). I had the joys of being born and brought up in Layer... talk about boring.
I wouldnt recommend the belt skirt method of police evasion - if the ones out your way are anything like the colchester lot they are a little, how shall I say, behind the times, when it comes to things like that
Have you found the NACC buzzing site yet.... they have a lot of interesting info on the British autocycle scene - would love to see what they would make of mine... its a strange fusion of periods - a retro '40s-50s style bike with belt drive (from the earliest bikes) and a screamer of a modern two stroke. At the moment it does, flat out, more miles per hour than it has cc's and will cruise happily at a smidgen under 30mph. Most of the autocycles had to take 98cc's to get that sort of speed
Although I do wonder what the police would say if they spotted the 750ml screw top wine bottle full of petrol in a holder clamped to the seat stay pipe
(and remembering the wine that was in it - the petrol would probably taste better).
How long have you been up suffolk way?