Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Going through channels

There was nothing actually wrong with the Brox other than the axle when we took it off the road - obviously, it had been on the road and playing music just before it coasted gently to a halt. But while it's away anyway this is a good time to look at some other bits that we think will need fixing in the near future.

Pictured right is the power amplifier. In 2006 this was a 4 channel 2000W amp (yes, we believe the manufacturer's power output figure, of course). By late 2010, four years of being shaken across London's road surfaces had turned it into a 2.5 channel amp (sometimes three, sometimes less - it's intermittent). Also pictured is the multimeter with which I hope to find the missing 1.5 channels, and the soldering iron I shall use to reattach them. And my feet, if you look closely.

The frame has now been transported to the good folk at Kingsmead for welding and new brakes. Yay frame. If today is the 30th November, we have 17 days remaining until SantaSkate

Monday, 28 November 2011

Axles of Evil

The problem: see figure, below. This was the drive axle of the bike, and is supposed to be a single piece of metal, not two.


The solution: take it to Canterbury, where the man who designed the Brox Compact has recently restarted in business building them. There he will "modify the drive side of your frame and bore out the wheel hub to 20mm. then repaint the frame"

Welcome

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dsc00317.jpg, a photo by dan_b on Flickr.

Welcome to the new Internet home of the Firebrox. Spun off from the London Friday Night Skate, this iconic skater sound system now has its own dedicated team of fixers and bodgers, who are working flat out around the clock [*] to get it back on the road: follow this blog for all the news as it happens.


[*] subject to time out for eating, sleeping, working, skating, drinking, watching TV, and having a life, naturally