Noah’s Ark Zoo

Below are some of my favourite photographs from my visit to Noah’s Ark Zoo last month.

Photos From My Walk When Away In Hay On Wye

Last week I spent my the week away staying in Hay On Wye for the annual literary festival which is held there. Aptly named the hay Festival. I would absolutely recommend this anyone who enjoys; reading, science, history and learning as well a whole range of topics. Simply put, there is probably something for everyone there.

While away, We went on a walk. Here are a couple of pictures I took during a walk while there.

Bespoked bike show

What is Bespoked bike show?

Bespoke, in a nut shell, is a cycling event in Bristol where companies who painstakingly spend the time to hand make their bikes. Show them off .

They also have talks on various different things such as ‘cycling and sustainability’ and numerous more.

This year bespoked took place between the second and fifth of may. I travelled on the last day, to see what it was all about.

First impressions

I only attended the Sunday and I’ll admit that I definitely didn’t utilise Bespoked for it’s full potential. If you are looking at buying a bespoke handmade bike just for you but don’t know which frame builder to go to, Bespoked has it all. There are too many frame builders there for me to count and it would be worth looking at there website here. http://www.bespoked.cc/index.html

Unfortunately, I don’t have the money needed to splash out on a handmade bike made to my specification.

I attended a talk at 1’O clock which was a Q&A with 5 frame builders. Which I have to say I had a couple of issues with. The room we were in wasn’t the largest but sitting at the back, it was near on impossible to hear them. I wouldn’t expect frame builders to be good public speakers and to be able to carry there voice. However, a simple microphone for them would have helped. As well as this, it felt at times the frame builders were speaking to each other rather than the speaking to the audience which further exasperated the issue.

Conclusion

Bespoked is a fantastic event for anyone who loves bikes or handmade bikes. I would fully reccomend it. It’s best enjoyed if you are a potential customer and there were some talks on the Saturday, which I wasn’t able to attend due to football commitments. Stupidly, I didn’t think to bring my camera and only snapped a couple on my phone. To finish off I leave with you two bamboo bikes shown off there.

Part 1 of my bike restoration project – Pulling it apart

First off, what I’m doing is simply stripping the bike down until I’m left with just the frame.

Pictured above, is me early on in the process. Also yes, you don’t need to say. The room is extremely cluttered and messy. And no it’s not ideal nor does it make for the best photos! But it has to do.

So, as you can see (i hope) I have removed the saddle and the seat post as well. The wheels are simply done and for anyone who has ever had a bike and have had to change their inner tubes, which should be anyone who cycles will know how to do.

Removing the seat post, fortunately for me wasn’t the headache I thought it might be. As the seat post and the frame in old bikes can fuse togother making it a pain in the backside to remove. For me though, mine was amazingly easy to remove.

Next I’ll be removing the break callipers. These again is easily done. I used an adjustable wrench.

All you need to do is remove the nuts which hold it to the bike. You will also need to cut the ends off the cables as well. Dont do what I did and use cheap cutters which couldn’t do the job properly. I was left wrestling with wire for 30 minutes until I had finally gave up and headed to my local B&Q.

Thank you for reading, to be continued.

Vintage Bike restoration

The project

Usually my blog follows a day out I have done with my camera and I talk about the day and share some of my favourite photos. For a short while it’s going to be focused on bikes. More specifically, bike restoration.

My new bike, which i purchased for a humble £95 on ebay. This will be my first attempt at restoring a bike, so it will be a learning curve for me. Hopefully of it though I’ll have a greater understanding of our a bike operates and how to complete repairs myself.

The bike I’ve chosen is a viking road bike from the 70/80s. Nothing spectacular and in fact they aren’t worth much. So I’ll be keeping the budget as tight, as I’m not looking to sell it, I’m not too worried if I over spend. I know for certain I’ll have to buy some equipment to help me pull it a part and patch it up but i won’t include them in the costs required.

So if you’d like to see my progress of cleaning and fixing up the bike over the next coming days and weeks. Follow my blog to keep updated on my progress.