Wednesday, 30 September 2009
And we must give a nod to an excellent chap from America, Pat Hinch, who has grabbed my fancy by combining two favourite hobbies, landboarding & skating (although he appears to be a lot better at both than I ever was). Just click on the link below to be whisked to his video:
And sticking with landboarding for a few minutes...
Good eh?!!! When I needed replacement bearings for my board I got rubber sealed bearings & had them re-greased with water-resistant, free running grease so that they turned easily but kept all of the beach nasties out! Just a little pointer for landboard bearing maintenance - if you brush your wheels to get the sand off them after a landboaring sesh at the beach, be careful not to brush the seals that cover the bearings as you might actually be pushing grit into the bearings, eventually making them much harder to turn.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
You'll be pleased to know, dear reader, that Dave did eventually retrieve his rod & had a good day's fishing.
Monday, 21 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
This weekend sees the start of the 2009 Tour of Britain, once again taking place over eight days, beginning in North Lincolnshire on Saturday 12th September and finishing at the heart of London on Saturday 19th September.
Eight exciting stages will once again provide close and spectacular racing, ensuring that a worthy winner is crowned in London after the final day's action.
A combination of familiar venues and regions, as well as new exciting additions will mark the route of this year's Tour of Britain, which will begin with a Grand Depart in Scunthorpe for the first stage, which finishes in York.
Subsequent stages will re-visit the North East as The Tour once again travels from Darlington to NewcastleGateshead on Stage Two, while Stage Three will see the northern most point of the race, as The Tour heads to Scotland and takes in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
The Tour of Britain then heads south, with Stage Four featuring the North West of England and Blackpool, with Stage Five both starting and finishing in Stoke-on-Trent, with a hard days racing in store through the scenic North Staffordshire countryside.
The South West, scene of some of the races biggest crowds in 2008, has two stages in 2009, with Stage Six taking the riders across Exmoor as the pass from Somerset into Devon, on their journey from Frome to Bideford.
The penultimate day of the race then sees the peloton retrace its steps, from Hatherleigh in Devon to Yeovil in Somerset, on a stage that could decide the winner of this year's race.
A spectacular final day of racing will round out the 2009 Tour, as riders tackle the iconic London circuit that opened last year's race.
For the second year running there will be full coverage of the race on ITV, with viewers able to once again enjoy an hour long nightly highlights show of all the action on ITV4, between 7pm – 8pm, with repeats the following day, so if you can't make it out to your nearest stage, you won't miss out on any of the battle to win the 2009 Tour of Britain.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
The Olliewood competition took place recently in & around Bristol, where teams of 3 must record, edit & show a 2-minute short film -all in less than 40 hours!
The film featuring our very own 5 year old Schaeffer Mclean came in at a very respectable ninth place. To see more about the Olliewood event visit http://www.olliewood.tv/index.php.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
"We are back off of our school holidays now and the regional finals are only two months away so now we are going to start work on our portfolio and presentation. The car has been designed and the school now has a 3d printer so we can make custom wheels to fit your bearings and we can make the aerofoils using the 3d printer to make it lighter. The car improved drastically timewise in our tests with your bearings. We are making two cars for the regionals and through previous bearing with motors and various other things small bearings can be quite delicate. So please could we have 12 more bearings for the regional finals?!"
Thanks Elliot - your bearings are now being relubricated with something to make them go extra-fast, they'll actually be diamond encrusted!
We use Diamond Nanolube to coat the bearings - thousands of tiny diamond particles, suspended in a carrier oil, coat the surfaces of the bearing & float between the metal parts of the bearing to keep surfaces apart (it will still work even if the carrier oil is gone):
- preventing metal to metal contact
- prolonging bearing life
- reducing friction
- preventing galling, gouging & scoring
- preventing heat build-up
We're glad you've had some good results so far Mach1 Team, keep up the good work!