Saturday, January 15, 2011

hey ho,lets go (shopping)

There's a lot of very ordinary front carriers out there. Expensive,wobbly and not very durable.I've had this project in mind for quite a while now. Originally I had thoughts of an aluminium framed porteur rack in the old French style.Lot's of tubing,rivets,fasteners and a little bit of blind faith bending.Anything to avoid welding,which I can't do.In reality,the whole contraption would have looked  nerdy and makeshift.Think Mecano project circa 1970.It all seemed too hard and not quite achievable until it hit me. Build the box first and then the frame around it. Ideally, it would be capable of holding 2 enviro shopping bags side by side weighing 5kg each and, hopefully, strut free. It would be easily removable, and transferable between the fleet of Slow RPM schleppers.Needless to say, it should be aesthetically pleasing to the eye with that particular sense of French elan.

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There's got to be a better way dep't

With the highest rate of melanoma in the world,Australians are,understandably,fairly paranoid about sun burn.30+ sunscreen,compulsory wide brimmed hats for school children,long sleeved shirts year round;it's all pretty standard these days,but please tell me there's a better way to keep the sun off your noggin than a fluoro, full helmet sun cover.