Saturday, December 14, 2013

The fourth room.

Last Saturday I went with my mum and my sister to look at ukuleles. I know next to nothing about the ukulele apart from holding a vague perception that it is (probably) an easy instrument to learn. And quite suitable for a clueless adult without any musical background. Over the next 24 hours I discover that the typical ukulele comes in three sizes: the soprano which is just a little small in size and sound; the tenor which handles nicely but sounds too much like a small guitar; and the concert uke which, sitting between the soprano and the tenor and is, well, just right. That Martin ukuleles make a nicer noise than the rest in their class even when they are made in Mexico. And that the E chord is really difficult to get to grips with..

“Umm, do you consider yourself normal?”


But not because I’m learning to play the ukulele (you shameless schmuck). Because I have one of these..

The fourth room with sliding glass door. 

(and security keypad)

"Wow. Can I come in?"

"Well, don’t mind me if I do.."

This inner cave is organised.
“You know how the world can be divided into folders and scrunchers?”
“Well, you are so totally a folder. He-he. Yeah, I bet you even line up the squares..”
You are starting to annoy me.

Hidden treasure.

"Now this is a little kooky.."

This room has no windows.

With seven poles locked to the floor.

*cue creepy ukulele music*

You stare blankly at the history that sprawls beyond your insular little world. 
For you are not my old acquaintance, Bruce Lee..

..But some doppelganger with teleporting powers!

Villain! You are here to play with my bicycles and, possibly, take over the world! 

Let’s see you teleport out of this! 

The door closes. Your cries for help cannot be heard.

Play all you want in the rest of the house.

But don’t ever mess in the fourth room.


Alexey said...

sorry for the off top.
I have a question for you as for the delta brakes specialist))

Just got a 3rd gen. Delta brakes on Ebay with c record levers and there were 2 small steel parts in the package. I dont really know where it fits or what is it for. It looks like this:
If you know what is it, how to mount it and where I would be very grateful. The seller knows nothing about it )))
Thank you
kind regards

wingnut said...

Hi Alexey,

They are inserts for Campagnolo brake levers when they sold them with an option for either standard (i.e. through the top of the hoods) or the new-fangled "aero" (i.e. modern on the side of the hoods) routing. You can check if your levers have them as the slot sits on the lever just under the hoods, above and behind the pivot.

The inserts are used for the aero routing.

As an aside, you can also retrofit them into nonaero levers by milling a slot and modifying the body.

Cheers and have fun with the brakes!

Alexey said...

Thanx a lot!
I found the slots for the inserts!))



wingnut said...

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Unknown said...

What an amazing room!! (and bike collection)

I wish I could have one of this room when I build my dream home :)

Anonymous said...

that is an enviable room! out of curiosity any cinelli supercorsas in there?

wingnut said...


Andy said...

Not bad.

Anonymous said...
nice, my humbler version also included a third floor flat and no lift.