Sunday, 18 December 2011

Santaskate: present with presents

As you'll already know if you were there: the Firebrox took its customary place behind the dancing reindeer at the front of the Santaskate, and pumped out traditional Christmas tunage for the three hours that we spent touring around town dispensing Christmas goodwill and cheer to all.

"Pics, or it didn't happen": click on thumbnails for bigger images. Here's the Brox arriving at the setup point:

From Firebrox santaskate
and a closeup of the new shiny drive axle
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Fully assembled
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Decoration in progress:
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And here it is in action (thanks Rebecca Cornford for taking the action photos and letting us use them)
We'll give it a full going over later, but the immediate feedback was that it did not break, that the new back brakes work nicely, and that the lighter faster single-speaker configuration is indeed lighter and faster. And many many people said they were happy to see it again. So now, what do we want 2012 to bring? A new home would be nice.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Brox with one box

Our correspondent from the garage writes:
Bit dark and rainy for a waking up the neighborhood stylee test, but there it is.

In fact, dark and stormy, heck: Igor, dust off the electrodes!

As you see in the picture, we have (or more precisely, Peter has) redesigned the top bracket of the bike to allow its use with either one speaker or two. As the speakers are about 7kg each, this makes the bike significantly lighter and correspondingly much easier for the average chap (or lady) to ride - especially when going fast or up hills.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Back with the back end

As shiny as only a lump of black metal can be, we have the new back end back from Kingsmead on schedule. Pictured, its emotional reunion with the front.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

So what's the plan anyway?

What's the idea here? Is this a one-off, or is the bike being fixed for a return to twice-weekly skating like it always used to be, or what?

We don't know. Right now, the plan is to put the bike back together for Santaskate, and hope that when it turns up glowing and piping and singing and sparking (OK, maybe not sparking) on the 17th December (subliminal message: get your tickets now) then lots of people will say "hey, I'd forgotten how much better the sound on the skate is when there's some proper bass as well as all the asbombs" and among them will be at least one who says "you can keep it in my garage if that helps". Or shed, or lockup, or living room even - almost anywhere that's secure and accessible and less than a couple of miles from Paddington.

In short, yes, we'd like to have it return to the skate regularly - twice a week would be ideal, but at least a couple of times a month and on special occasions - but the principal problem with doing so is finding storage. Let's talk figures for a minute: rented storage from the likes of Safestore or Big Yellow is likely to cost about £30/week - as private individuals (the LFNS is not presently funding the bike) we can't cover that, and even if someone does want to be that generous, that amount could buy us a new amplifier a year. So, does anyone have a spare shed?

Lights, camera

More time in the garage
  • cleaning up the perspex box and removing dirt from the paintwork
  • resoldering the connections for various LEDs
  • affixing headlight and taillight brackets so that the bike can actually be road-legal at night
  • refitting and testing the amp in place: now we have two subwoofers again
Meanwhile the very welcome news from Mark at Kingsmead is that "Friday pm or sat am looks good [for collection]. I decided to build you up a new frame at the rear, so you have a 20mm axles both sides." Looking forward to a more robust rear frame.

Monday, 5 December 2011

News from the garage

Peter writes: "Have spent some time tinkering with [...] the wood sections that support the perspex bit at the front, over the weekend, re-glued some joints, did some very light re-painting of some of the black bits but the main thing is increased the cut out/chamfer for the two struts, which sit lower in the single speaker set up"

Meanwhile I have been designing T-shirts. Look out for an exciting new range of print-on-demand Firebrox merchandise in the New Year (and the return of the classic Skatespotting T-shirt)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

I don't expect you can see it in the photo, but there's a dry joint on one of the pins for the left rear rca input. Now fixed. Still have to make sure it works after reassembly, but fingers crossed it looks like it will have been a simple job.