View Full Version : Stainless steel wire.
10th Oct 2005, 18:06
Perhaps this should really be in Engineering, as I have a question about stainless steel wire.
Every evening at about 17:45 our quiet area is invaded by a prat on a green Track type motor bike, up and down a couple of times.
Based on a movie on tv last week, it would seem that a nice tight wire is the ideal solution, and BT and the power company have each got a pole ideally located one each side of the road.
Does the team think that a single strand would be best, or would there be a better 'shearing' effect with multistrand.
Personally I feel that the 'aerofoil' section used for aircraft rigging would be best, but there are two problems there, first the cost, second, ensuring it remained at the right angle with the thin side at the front.....
The problem is it will be you that goes to jail and not the prat on the bike....
Generally these guys don't have tax or insurance, so ask the police for help. If the bike is legit., then they can get him on nuisance...
10th Oct 2005, 18:22
I'd put a few swine feathers out. It's nice to see the lad pushing the heap home.
Two teenage boys thought it a laugh to string a wire accross a pavement in Brighton about thirty years ago. They all but decapitated their young target. They had targetted the boy they killed but didn't get punished as they were of good homes and nobody could imagine that they knew what the consequences would be.
African Tech Rep
10th Oct 2005, 18:26
Or try a multistrand with high tensile properties – the shearing effect will be a function of the speed he is going.
Not sure they’ll let you post the video here though.
10th Oct 2005, 18:28
Surely a single strand would leave less room for evidential finger prints or hair strands. Multi-strand wire would be a recipe for snagging one of your fair hairs and getting caught.
You could always lay in wait and remove the evidence once the perp has been slotted.
I'd go for single stand, assuming it'll take the strain. :ok: Have fun.
Alternativly, follow him home and fill his petrol tank with salt.
Dig a big comedy-ditch with a few leaves over the top to hide the gap. Cue one comedy over-the-handlebars moment. Make sure you're nearby filming some wildlife and when you capture the moment you'll get £250 from 'You've Been Framed' - I think the address is simply 'Freepost, You've been framed'
A broom handle through the spokes nearly killed me as a nipper, that'll also give you an amusing 'fly through the air' type view of the perp.
10th Oct 2005, 18:31
A rope at chest height may be more appropriate.
Wire will kill him and he won't learn his lesson and know that you're p*ssed off.
A rope should just dismount him and he won't do it again... Chances are, his riderless bike will get mangled as well so you'll get him in the pocket too.
I look forward to the article on the 6 o'clock news.
10th Oct 2005, 18:41
A little diesel oil spilt on the road creates a great slick, and
could well provide the result you are seeking without implicating
you in a messy court case!
Power to the People!! :ok:
10th Oct 2005, 18:48
Bow and Arrow..open window...aim...timing...BINGO.
Window then closed...sit down on seat...phone police and mention something about a pest on a bike...failing that, stainless steel wire is a great idea:p
10th Oct 2005, 18:50
What about going out there and having a word with this fellow before resorting to vigilante methods? If he just slags you off, and the authorities are no help then you might want to do something, but murder? That is just so, ah, uncool. Or is all this about stringing a wire across the road just a joke?
I heard about a fellow with a problem like yours, when he closed off a track with a chain. He wasn't trying to catch anyone one unawares but he ended up putting a biker in a wheelchair for life. So be careful about what sort of jokes you make about serious stuff, please.
10th Oct 2005, 19:20
Some young dipstick used to fly up and down my street,heard him coming one day and,with perfect timing launched my wheelie bin from behind my car! He went down like a sack of spuds,no helmet either so he was down a few minutes!!! :E The samaritan in me was going to help him up and tell him not to do it again but I couldn't stop laughing! Chavs,don't ya just love em':ok:
11th Oct 2005, 02:36
Prat on a motor bike? Come on now, we were all young once.
One day he'll be another fat prat like the rest of us, chuntering on about 'the young people of today' having no respect... :rolleyes:
Come to think of it, I was clattering up and down the Bandar Bangi Baru suburbs annoying the neighbours on my brother-in-laws' chopper just a couple of months ago. You don't live in Bangi by any chance? :uhoh:
Why not consider bungee rubber instead of ss wire? I saw it nearly work on a Road Runner cartoon once. I think the supplier was the ACME Company, if that helps. :8
"Bandits at 3 O'Clock"
"Roger. What should I do 'till then?"
I think the supplier was the ACME Company Would someone remind me what ACME stands for? Can't remember for the life of me!!
11th Oct 2005, 03:45
"A Company (that) Makes Everything"???? Sumphink like that.
Acc to dictionary.com acme is a Greek word meaning 'highest point' (of development or perfection). Hardly appropriate for the dodgy crap that Wile E. Coyote keeps buying from the company.
It should have read Acme - less confusion for people so used to acronyms!
11th Oct 2005, 06:06
Krystal n chips
11th Oct 2005, 09:45
Well if you know where the prat lives--dum de dum---and if the bike is accessible---dum de dum--and with those dark winter nights approaching--dum de dum-- a, er, bag of sugar will have the desired effect------so I am informed of course. :E
11th Oct 2005, 09:52
>Well if you know where the prat lives
It's never that easy. We have a bridleway that passes through our yard, and are occasionaly disturbed by an unsilenced, unregistered trials-bike and a similar quad-bike (not at the same time - suspect it's the same folk). Police aware, but 'not interested' - if you call them when vandalism is in progress, they always arrive AFTER the miscreants have disappeared, leaving picnic benches (and even trees) on fire. Fire Brigade not impressed . . .
Stinger Spike system (http://www.chiefsupply.com/spike_system.phtml) :E
11th Oct 2005, 11:53
I think the suplier was the ACME company.
11th Oct 2005, 16:52
I'm speechless that you could be so irresponsible to string a Stainless steel wire across a road...
Use a Carbon steel or possibly a Chrome Moly wire Higher tensile strength, so less likely to cause whiplash recoil injuries to passers by :ok:
11th Oct 2005, 17:53
What about RAZOR wire?
12th Oct 2005, 08:42
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12th Oct 2005, 12:33
If you can find where he lives park out side his house and make a racket....unfortunately his neighbours may find out where you live and come round and return the favour..It could escalate until the whole town is outside each others houses making a racket.
Alternatively, you could cut the majority of the spokes on his back wheel so the moment he starts off the whole shooting match stops dead as he sits there suspended on the back wheel with the inner chain and hub rotating ten to the dozen.
I had a kid bully me at school whose speciality on his cycle was pulling wheelies all the time ..he couldnt resist it .all the time it was....until one day he tried his usual routine, the front wheel went west, he went East and was stopped by the front wing of the games masters MGB roadster. His physical education suffered for 5 years as a result of my removing the nut from his wheel.