Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Tue May 29, 2018 8:37 pm

It was funny riding a modern bike then my normal Ariel, I certainly got colder out in the breeze without my normal high screen. Fuel economy wasn't as good as my Huntmaster, probably cost £20.00 more in fuel to get her to Bere Island.

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I managed to finish my bag for the flight home from Cork. It's mayhem now on full flights as the overhead lockers are always full with suitcases. I managed to get this bag under the seat and avoid the panic.
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Tue May 29, 2018 8:43 pm

I fitted a "bolt on" side stand to Agnes which has been great till I found her on her side! The stand didn't grip the frame tight enough and spun. Alan helped me fix this now with a strap holding it in position fro the other side. I remember Adrie warning me also the danger of bending the frame when fitting a side stand so hopefully the strap will help prevent this also. I'm holding the bike whilst Alan cuts a bit of bolt shorter, he looks like someone shoeing a horse :D
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Tue May 29, 2018 9:01 pm

Back to reality with a job at Marchwood Power Station.
I arrived this morning soaking from a deluge on the M27. The engineer on site was expecting me but wasn't too sure why I was needed as my customer had been there just last week and measured them himself. He also wasn't looking forward to the prospect of having to escort me on site in the still pouring rain. I'd also left his office chair a bit wet as I did another health and saftey induction. All potentiality a bad start with someone I haven't met before. Ariel Huntmaster to the rescue :D

As we walked across the yard, he says is that your bike?. Yep. It turns out he's great friends with one of our Hampshire club members. It's lovely when something like that happens, My Huntmaster certainly knows how to break the ice so to speak :D

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu May 31, 2018 4:50 am

Camberly first then down to Barton Stacy. Managed to avoid the showers, don't know if I'll be so lucky today.
Most of the old Little Cheffs have turned into Starbucks.
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Last job down in Chichester at the festival theatre. Reminded me of a 60s underground station. Nice coffee though

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Thu May 31, 2018 7:36 am

That is same way I always do, leave your bike like that, so you can see it.
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:31 pm

Yesterday my first Job was at a care home in Witham. Halfway to the Netherlands.
This must be a fun house to live in. Handy for keeping an eye on the neighbours :D
Then a job in Greenford London then home but I've noticed a familiar problem with my steering. It's my head bearings have notched again.
So I'm taking it to bits.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Keith.owen » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:55 pm

Hi Steve,
Do you know why?

Is it the same arrangement as on the rigid singles, or is the huntmaster different?

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Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:59 pm

I think all the steering heads are the same, I've probably done it up too tight.
I should have stuck with the leatherwork :D
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I fitted the taper roller bearings and it's these that are causing me the trouble. I've a new set to put in.

I think you can see faint lines caused by the needle rollers embedding themselves into the race.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:30 am

I lent my plunger VH to a friend, or rather he thought he was one as afterwards he thought I was trying to kill him
The handling was so bad he looked terrified when he got off. I hadn't noticed a thing. Likewise my Huntmaster must have just as bad as today my ride to Worthing seems to be on a different bike :D

Coffee again. Here's a little tip. Starbucks coffee even the small one that you ask for is still to big for me. Try asking for a "short" coffee. Much better and if you have a filter coffee it's £1.65
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Keith.owen » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:27 am

Hi Steve,
Yes the measures are too big and if I drink too much coffee the outcome is predictable; I hate getting caught short!

Interestingly enough, the coffee is cheaper than the packaging material etc. so, if they can get you to take a large measure they can price it up pro-rata and make more money!!

On the subject of the head races, what I wonder is if there is an easy way to make sure the bearings are lubricated other than by squirting grease in to the nipples since I can't see how grease squirted into the upper nipple is going to work it's may upwards against gravity and past the small gap between the head stock and the bearing outer race?

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