Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Speedway Bikes for the Road - pt III

If you read my recent post on Road Bikes with a Speedway Influenece then you will have seen the vintage Weslake that the guys at Flake Kings were attempting to ride on the road, well, I'm happy to tell you that it's nearly finished. The frame, forks and rims have been powdercoated, the aluminium has all been polished and all of the green parts were mega-flaked the "Flake Kings" way. Lots of special parts have been used such as the Teflon Speedway spoolhub and a hard-to-find 23inch slick front slick tyre. The speedway seat was covered in a matching flake vinyl by Miller Kustom Upholstery. Now all they need is some methanol and to get this bike on the road... Oh Yeah!

The excellent photographs were taken by Limpe Iven 

A Welcome Visitor...

I'm used to finding insects and bugs in my tent, but look what jumped out of it on Sunday.

The last time I used my Vango Trek 200 it got very muddy, so I decided to pitch it in the garden to get it cleaned up. My four year old son gave me a hand to wash it and we left it to dry while the young man used it as a den for the rest of the day.

Later that night I went to take it down, unzipped the door, picked up the bag and whaaaa.... A brown thing, the size of my hand jumped out from under it. Once my heart stopped jumping I looked down to see a regal looking Common Toad, who must have followed the bugs into the tent in the hope of a tasty feast. "Wow Dad, Look" said my son son as he knelt down for a closer look. "Shhh... Don't frighten him, he must be looking for his Mammy". The wee fellow stayed around for a while, took a rest behind the tubs of coriander before jumping away again in search of his next meal.

The common toad is a solitary soul and not really so "common" these days. I hope this one comes round to our house again sometime soon.

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Disenchanted City Boy who rode out of the fast lane and into the back lanes! Life on Two Wheels is so much fun.