Jun 13, 2010

Moving on ... to second attempt !!!

"I can't sit idle for more than an hour" ..


"I can't sit idle for more than even half an hour"

... it is true in my case ...

I "have to" do some thing or the other .... that is why my daughter is always behind me ( without getting bored ,, ) to play with her and make some thing for her all the time .. if she gets a small bit of paper she ask me to make a "lion" out of it ... I am blessed !!!!

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"I always wanted to make bicycles !!!! " or rather I love this machine which supports on 2 inches and take you long long way ... amazing one ... but for me time and space is again the villain .. a space to keep a bicycle in the apartment is a luxury ... space to keep a special bicycle is even more luxury ... yes kids and children come and start doing their experiments on the "new type of bicycle " and make sure that `they do some thing` on that ... keeping my experiment piece "away from them" is another challenge .. your arrogance will not help to deal with children .. they will find a way to "do things in their way" .... but any way - I started my job - my second custome made bicycle ...


This time I wanted to make some thing similar to a 'bent bike' ... as usual ran to 'Gujili' in Shivaji Nagar to collect all parts .... hmm I got almost all the things - except for good wheel .. then again back to Kumar - my old friend ... ( those who read my older post - I don't need to introduce him any more - an good welder with an excellent workmanship !! ) he was pretty happy to do things for me this time too ... ( yes last time I didn't do any bargaining with him - !! ) even for him it is some thing refresing from his regular small small patch works ... like fixing broken bike kicker , or geaser pipe etc ... yes he make his money from doing small tiny things - which other welding shops will not be willing to do .. so we fixed a day and went to him with my idea and parts and all ... he did a great job and that gave me a good relief ...

First my idea was to have a bike with a real slanding kind of seat where rider can lie down and pedle .. though he was not very convinced about the idea - he agreed to do the seat for me and fix it ... and Humayun - helped me to fix the cusion on the iron frame ... I fixed all the parts together to make my first version of bike !!! .. bhoooooooommmmm ... yes I could ride ... I could ride .. but is that what I wanted to make ... I don't think so ... I need to break it and make a better one ...




















Again went to Kumar to change whatever he already made ... - "I told you already that time itself - it will not work - now see !! " he was a bit happy that his theories proved to be true ... good .. I learned one more thing in life - why/how this will not work ... !!! that is good ... then I made some more alterations and a new seat to make a "decent looking" bike .. this time I had to alter the frame also as the seating position also is going to be changed ... Kumar did it without any complaint ... and it came out to be pretty neat and nice ... the new seat - again Humayun helped me to make it ... thanks to him too ...

Now for fitting the parts together I took every single bits and pieces to a cycle shop and asked him to fix them properly ... I didn't want to dirty my hand with greese too ... fixing the parts together to make the cycle running is also - I would say a skill work .. especially tuning the chain for special bike is a bit of a challenge ... I think I am also an expert in that by now !! .. yes next bicycle I would make myself !!! ...

back to painting ... this time also I tried to do spray painting but failed to get the fine finish ... all sprays fly away with wind :-( .. and finally had to go back to sticker technology .. bought almost 6 sqft of stickers and spend almost 2 days to cover the whole frame ... it come out really well .. I am happy at least ...