A nasty Out Of Place Artifact is perhaps Giant Hogweed. Its sap can burn our flesh. Really. Locally, around the River Irwell Valley, Hogweed seeds are now grown and the huge plants flowering in order to re-seed for next year. Take care if walking or cycling along river-banks – youngsters at Bolton and Salford have been badly burned – and along all cycle-routes and tracks. Moses Gate. Clifton Marina. Close Park (Radcliffe). The Nature Trail to Salford/Manchester. Sion Street, Radcliffe. Around Daisyfield Greenway valley, below the viaduct. River-banks at Warth. Bury/Radcliffe and River Irwell, Croal, Roch – banks in general. They say that Giant Hogweed can grow to five feet tall – not quite true – there are plants well over twelve feet. One or two reaching perhaps fifteen to twenty feet.
Take care out there!
Very warm today while out on the works transport.(Pictured)
Over the past few months methods of carrying goods, from suppliers, for stock or ordered use have been tested. Weight isn’t really too much but bulk can be a problem. A back-pack, for one or two items, is okay but in weather as today would render the carrier very warm. So a few weeks ago investment was made and a set of (cheap) canvas panniers fitted to the already fixed rear carrier. This takes bulk off the rider directly and is far less noticeable carried on the bike itself. Already benefits, in the form of a carried water-proof coat, were found. It’s easy to carry one yet it isn’t noticed weight or bulk wise. Today, it being warm, a jersey-style coat could be taken-off and packed away without any bother in the panniers, which have side and a top ‘bag’. Even with such investment (about £25.00p retail) the transport is remarkably cost-effective – profits hardly affected …
A picture, of an oopart(?), taken earlier this month. Folk repair such things and run them as a kind of ‘heritage’ thing.
Yesterday a ‘phone-call brought a bike-repair to the door. It wasn’t ‘major’ – just a slipped front dérailleur on a fairly new 29-er ATB. The gear-changer was also bent slightly. A wire type bike-lock was also wrapped around the bike frame – the customer, after losing keys, unable to shift it. The customer had contacted two local repair shops – one a well-known national company the other an up-market local shop. Neither would help him with a repair.
Just over half an hour after calling he left with the (very nice) bike working well again and the lock removed. He paid more than was asked.
Are folk that mend metal becoming out of place artisans?
Check-out today’s ‘photo again!
Local bike routes are blooming nicely lately but one or two folk seem to have a few route problems. Met a couple from Bolton along Banana Walk – they were searching for the Route 6, canal tow-path, to Bury. Radcliffe centre, by Town Hall, had given them problems.
From Little Lever the tow path is a single ‘lane’, no problem. But at Radcliffe you leave the canal, cross the main road, go along a dirt track by the pub over the road, down a few steps, and you’re back on the tow path at the wharf (pictured). Keep on the tow-path. Don’t come off it at the red bridge (Coney Green) but go under the bridge and keep straight on. There is a ‘gate’ just past the bridge. Go through it and keep on the tow path to Bury.
Check out the Pages here for tow-path and Hinds Lane routes. Hinds Lane leads to the Town Hall end of Bury, the farm-lane over the scaffolded bridge at the beginning of Hinds Lane, leads to the Elton parts of Bury along Bury and Bolton Road.
Warmer and drier weather means that far more folk take to the paths and trails on two wheels or two feet. Nothing wrong with that. But for those newly venturing the off-road greenery take care if you end-up surrounded by large-leaved plants like the one pictured which is Giant Hogweed. River-side banks are covered in these toxic plants whose sap can, when exposed to sunlight on skin, cause bad ‘burns’. Take care along river banks, the local Nature Trail and certain areas of the Manchester arm of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. Plants around there are massive and many already – they grow fast to seed – and can reach well over ten feet in height.
An old railway bridge near Radcliffe Halt (Black Lane Station) will be demolished in the next few days so a picture has been taken. At one time trains from Radcliffe came up what is now Banana Walk, went under Ainsworth Road, and then under this bridge on the way to Bolton (etc). The place is now a building-site for new homes along Station Close.
Rainy weather deems staying indoors (a bit!) so the two-wheeled oopart can be ‘serviced’.
(Picture from last May)
A broken spoke in the back wheel, cog-side, was replaced – wheel out, tyre, tube and tape off, cog off – and the wheel (an old steel 700c) trued-up. Tape back, tube back and a new tyre fitted – the old one was down to the canvas nearly – and it’s much better for (literally) everyday use. Front tyre is worn but fitting one at a time is easier on the wallet! For general use Schwalbe Land Cruisers seem to give good mileage. For a more ‘sporty’ bike Schwalbe Delta Cruisers, with a lower tread pattern, work well – all have ‘Puncture Protection’. The latter are slightly more expensive but both types, for regular cyclists, last well.
Bottom-bracket cup and washer was tightened a thread or two and old brake-blocks – that were prone to ‘screaming’ – changed for slightly more expensive but softer rubber. Screaming gone.
A drop of oil works wonders and the (very cost-effective) old steely is back on the road. And occasionally on the dirt.
A drop or two of rain around the old canal ‘oopart’ but no problem on the bike.
A couple of pics taken literally in Bury centre of the ‘Ski-Jump’ – the Rochdale (steam) line going over the Metrolink (tram) line at Bury – it’s hard to get a close shot of this is it’s built-up around it. Nearby is the road bridge over the various underpasses (bike-routes).
After a muddy January the local off-road bike-routes (such as Hinds Lane) are at last major-puddle-free!
Carrying-on the Daisyfield Greenway to (say) Ainsworth Road at Radcliffe would be great – Bury in fifteen minutes or less for cyclists.
The old Apollo bike still gets around local lanes but does need a bit of work now and then. This isn’t that expensive and a few bob on tyres and tubes is really money well spent for regular cyclists.
Read earlier this month of a Metal-Detectorist (?) who has unearthed a barrowful (?) of old silver coinage with his detector. He had to borrow a bit of £ for petrol to actually go detecting.
He will get something out of this – eventually.
I like this idea, but prefer not to bother with the detector investment!
Well, it runs the bike.