Nov 9

Nov 9, 2004

Making HUGE progress!

This is the new laid back, low, lean and mean TCR2. Took it for a quick spin around the block and it feels FANTASTIC! Very stable and I loosened off the steering cables completely. I didn't even need them - no peddle wobble, no oscillation and very solid feeling.

Got a lot done today

1. Added interlocking tabs for the new cut-off top shell
2. Raised the fairing mounts at the front wheel 1/2 inch to stop fairing bottom from scraping on the road during turns
3. Fastened seat down
4. Added an above seat steering column! (More photos and details tomorrow - I bet you can't wait hey?)
5. Changed the way the cable steering system 'grabs' the turn lever to allow better fairing movement around the struts

Here's a tip: Do not use a brake cable to run all of your welding current through. I clamped my ground to the rear of the bike where I always do, and proceeded to weld the new steering column to the underseat clamp. When I finished, I hopped on to see how it felt and snapped both steel steering cables in two. Then proceeded to snap off the derailleur cable! What I hadn't realized was that since my underseat steering column runs through a UHMW plastic bushing, the only conduit for my ground current was through the 1/6" steering cable and my derailleur cable. The current toasted the steering cable and welded shut the derailleur cable.

So - I took the opportunity to finally change the way the cable steering works. I replaced the steel cables with Kevlar brake cables and moved where the sheaves terminate to the turn bar in the back. I'll post some photos tomorrow - I know, it's confusing... Basically what I get is no more loopies in the back getting caught in the fairing slots and rubbing on the fairing during turns. I believe this was Peter Heals idea - Thanks peter, it worked like a charm!

TCR2 (track) 2Do LIST:

1. Make a platform for the wind trainer (mini-rollers)
2. Add front caliper brake
3. Mount first fairing and all the work required with that
4. Make CF front wheel fairing
5. Make CF rear wheel discs
6. Make a new steering bar that rises up a bit higher - also takes up less room on the sides so fairing can be tighter
7. Adjustable seat height
8. Make fiberglass canopy top with acrylic bubble and tailbox
9. Paint this puppy!
10. Rear strut supports
11. lower and chop

TCR1 (cross country) 2Do LIST:

1 Add front derailleur
2 Run road, roll-over and watts tests for new suspension system
3 Worm gear steer prototype (Waiting for final design and parts list from Ben)

TOTAL distance on TCR1
756 km

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