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chit chatter thread, community communication

Just for anyone who has any thoughts or ideas they want to share.
car or non car specific or both is all good.

Im in Okinawa Japan and if you ever plan to visit the Japanese Isles
consider the weather and seasons are very specific for activities.
Theres always something on somewhere but be careful of the weather
as summer is too hard to enjoy in Asia with all the humidity.
Just before and after summer is awesome but if you plan to go to japan
in Summer I suggest Hokkaido up north for its dry summer heat and
beautiful traditions that time of year that co-incide with the good weather.

If you plan to go to its southernest Isles in Okinawa avoid july, august, sept
as its typhoon season with heavy heat humidity etc.

Winter is great in the sub tropics, we have Sakura season here still atm.
Late January to mid Feb etc.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell 'Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer -- so I wasn't lying -- and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.'" Harold Rosenthalhttp://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
Joined your chit chat thread D.

...continuing from our other thread.
Nothing too steampunk here

Bike is a 26 inch dirt jumper that I will be using as a MTB for my local trails.


2013 NS Metropolis that I picked up on gumtree for $550.
The RRP would bave been somewhere around 2K mark back in 2013.

The NS was in an almost unused state, no scratches, original tyres etc.
The older model suits me just fine as MTB has moved onto bigger wheel sizes as standard nowadays.
I actually prefer the smaller wheels as I feel it gives a more playfull riding experience.

Mods to the NS so far..

  • 180mm Madera Protocol Crank arms.
  • Fireye PJ Pedals
  • 180mm Avid BB5 Front brake
  • Generic Chain tugs, cut down to suit NS Dropouts.
  • Maxxis minion 26 x 2.35 Front/Rear tyres
  • ODI Longneck Grips
  • Odyssey Bluebird Chain
  • Shadow Conspiricy Front Chainring 23T (Also have 22t Animal Sprocky Balboa Chainring to try out)



Until recently I have been using a 24 inch street trials bike as my MTB.


2017, 24 inch, CZAR Neuron.
Mods to the CZAR.

  • Bigger/better brakes (203mm Avid BB7)
  • DaBomb stem
  • Modified chain tensioner to actually keep the chain on while riding the rough stuff.
  • ODI Stay Strong Grips
  • DMR Pedals


Oh and some Rat Fink valve caps.



Just like my Datsun Hobby, The bikes is something that I decided to make a real effort to have a positive impact on my riding community.
I have been maintaining my local trails for about 10 years or so now, minimum of about 6-8 Hours of shoveling/week (Mostly do approx 8am untill 2-5pm one weekend day/week)


Sometimes we do tracks for beginners/children.
Sometimes Jumps.
Sometimes decending trails.
Whatever the area needs/ranger allows.

Tomorrow we start a refurbish of an old disused illegal trail.
Once it is completed the rangers will signpost it and make it an official part of our MTB trail network.
1967 Datsun B10 2 Door.
Wow great things for a great cause and keeps you healthy as well
make sure you use hoes and rake hoes to save your back.
Got my first expensive BMX (exxy for a paper delivery waged kid)
back in 1978 an all steel Bennet which jumped everything I saw,
went down stairs in housing commission stairs, dirt roads in
South America as well when Dad took us there due to work was
quite weird to be the only BMXers (brother as well but he had a soft
weak 3 piece cranked H&F BMX) in 1979 in country towns with
200-300 year old buildings and yesteryear settings. When I got back
to Oz in 1983 I managed to lay buy a Redline but with the chrome
steel cranks not the dream Profile cranks that still have eluded me.
I found over the years these are the best tools for moving soil, gravel
and ripping up hard compacted ground with more ease than shovels
and buckets along with a lightweight wheel barrow or garden trailer.
The hoe I use is thin walled but tough stainless while the rake hoe is
just cast iron but used for tearing up any sort of ground cover.
 
I just do up junk and discarded bikes found in the larger towns
and bring them back to my small farming town for those that
could not afford a bike and in return always get fruit and veggies
from these poor farmers which suits us fine.
 
Bikes are ahead of cars for me but just scored a TVR speed eight
over in the mainland in Osaka via Auction. Its a 4.2 75 dergree
very light (121kg) 360hp / 320lbs, Al Meling designed v8.
Not into big engines but this thing is tiny and light with lighter
flywheel, no air con and power steering pump I can get rid of
another 15kg so close to F1 engine weight just need to get a
TVR 2500M from America in the future and mod the body to
look like an earlier griffith 400 with the upside down cortina tailights.
 

 

 
The 2500M model is cheap and has the longer 92inch wheelbase the windsor v8 powered griffith lacked and made it unstable. FRP is the best body material I can deal with in Okinawa as the air is salty here and a hardtop with the speed eight engine instead of the all cast iron 2.5L straight 6 triumph grenade will bring back the weight to the 650kg mark and improve its handling dramatically as it will be 90kg lighter in the nose and more midmount location.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell 'Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer -- so I wasn't lying -- and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.'" Harold Rosenthalhttp://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
Thanks for the tip on digging tools vs back strain.
Currently one of my favourite tools is an El cheapo $20 shovel from bunnings.

The long handle makes working with it comfortable.(mandatory sticker bombing of new shovel was inevitable)


We have a hoe in our collection, but it rarely sees use as our local trails are on extremely rocky ground.

We have had sections where even a mattock wont cut it and we need to start with a pick and prybars.

Most of the time a mattock, shovel and McLeod works best for our trails.
That and regular old paint buckets, buckets move just as much as wheel barrows if you plan your use of materials well.

Good work on putting together old bikes for the locals.

As for owning profiles...The madera cranks i have are profile without profile stamped into them.

Profile made a second company called madera, same products just without the extra work put into cosmetics to reduce costs.

As for the TVR, the car and engine look amazing.
FRP makes sense for salty environments.

I quite like the blue colour of the one in your pic above.
The older colour sits well on the older body styled shape.

The build quality appearance of that motor reminds me of a road motorcycle engine.

Road bikes get all the good engineering.
1967 Datsun B10 2 Door.
Here is my bikepacking rig. I have a '14 Giant Anthem X 29er. We (the missus and myself) love the Snowys so we do a few trips up through there when we have time off together. Train it from Melbourne to Bairnsdale and then set off to Canberra and finish at Goulburn to catch the train back.

Looks like a few of us are into the bikes.

Looking pretty loaded up there.
Did a big ride with my brother loaded up like that for about a week many years ago.
Once you take the bags off, the bike feels wierd without them.
1967 Datsun B10 2 Door.
Fully loaded it comes in just over 25kg with another 5-8kg in my back pack for a 10-14 day trip. I threw some road tyres on it once to try it out for the ride to work and canned it after one day...went back to the commuter. Just felt to weird without all the gear.
there seems to some strage connection between simple 1k cars for the road
rather than luxury modern four wheels. Then going off it we choose even simpler
2 wheeled machinery for adventure and freedom 
 
Some impressive info there on the Madera cranks thats ace and the
search will come soon for the reddy frame again before they get
even more out of reach in price. Our boy has to experience old school
repro Profile setup that I didnt, but must build it up before he rides it.
 
The Mattock is tough work I use a 5 feet long 25kg 2 inch thick forged steel rod
(dont know what they are called but has a blade on each end one narrow one a tad wider)
they cut through rocks better than rock pick hammers but I also modded a pick hammer
with a longer shaft/handle for easier torque and head velocity now 28 inches same length
that is efficient for swinging a tennis racquet or batton albeit with a heavy head!.
The paint buckets is the only way considering where you guys go.
 
Some good info here coming along from you guys. I used to pack my roady when I lived
in Kyoto from 1996-1999 and travelled around japan with low slung packs and stayed
in love hotels and sometimes strangers apartments after scoring in the night life.
 
Offroad I only used rear packs & back pack usually same 35-40kg depending on needs.
Through Thailand the 29 inch mountain bike I scored from a hard rubbish round was
the best off road so good reminder from you guys I need to stick to at least 26inches.
 
Ash that recent purchase is nicely designed, with much better fork angle than your last
trials setup which works well for steep leaping but would have been challenging offroad
with any speed, id feel like you would go head first if not careful or quick enough.
 
I do like the higher position handle bars on the trials one though as I never like my
body weight forward in any way at high speed and bumps. Thats a rear engined
habit or addiction from many years also tinkering with vw based dune buggies.
The TVR is a long term thing, first got to find a way to get one from the US as
in Japan they are doubled or triple once they land here. Converting the wheel
to be driven on the correct side will be the biggest mod compared to the engine.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell 'Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer -- so I wasn't lying -- and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.'" Harold Rosenthalhttp://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
We have a big steel bar like what you are describing.

Pointy on one end and has a small bend on the other end.
The bend makes the bar into a leverage beast.

Yeah the CZAR has a steep steering angle.
It made every trail i rode new and challenging.
Still did rock gardens on our decending trails, just felt scarier.
1967 Datsun B10 2 Door.
Thats the way! for me its the only Bar that gets any use here
everyone drinks on the beach around here

My next investments are a bit pricey atm but been waiting for a battery powered
jack hammer for myrock coral fascination which I collect to make rock coral walls.
[url=http://www.coptool.com/12v-recip-saw-showdown-milwaukee-v-bosch-v-dewalt-v-makita/]Also a lithium compact saw so I can cut firewood and tree tops
(garcinia trees) that overgrow and become dangerous during typhoons.[/url]

The Czar has slightly higher riding postion for your shoulders than the new beast?
Thats a nice looking track there, here is a nice effort by the non wheeled variety
love to teach that to my Border collie Ryukyu cross bitch as she is like spider man
but no time from the little beast boy that is like a ball and chain.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell 'Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer -- so I wasn't lying -- and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.'" Harold Rosenthalhttp://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
Yeah, i think i would prefer the NS to have a slightly higher bar set up.

Might look into a top load bmx stem in my bar diameter down the line to raise the bars around an inch or so. And play about with headset spacers to fine tune my stack height.

Had a fun day today building a decending trail that both flows and is awkward at the same time.

Off camber trail tread, loose rocks, drop offs mid way through steep tight corners, angled logs buried into the trail tread to break your wheels predictable traction etc.

Didnt get pics today sorry.


Do have one from ages ago of a rock wall we made to keep a constant inclune through a switch back on a two way XC trail for you D.


All hand built and we made 3 in a row.
Rocky area to be building in.
1967 Datsun B10 2 Door.
Send me that TVR engine...I'm sure I need it for something
Im sure your coupe would be happy with it instead of a heavier v6
Still only halve the cylinders of your v16 caddy
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell 'Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer -- so I wasn't lying -- and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.'" Harold Rosenthalhttp://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
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