Thursday 5 January 2006
I'VE updated the Events
page with map links for those who wish to plan an itinerary
for the 60 YEARS OF THE VELOSOLEX
from Compiegne, France has kindly pointed
that there is FREE Camping at
the Stade Municipal d'Allonne
(Sports Stadium of Allonne) for those attending the
two-day International Meeting.
from the UK has suggested
that one can take a trailer if coming from the UK or
even fit a bike carrier on the rear of a car, although
I'm sure there will be those who will wish to ride there!
Brian from the US will,
of course, require water-skis fitted to his VeloSoleX...(;-)
As for me, I'm not sure how I will be going yet as I
may be taking a holiday down the South of France for
a few more days afterwards. For those intending to take their VeloSoleX
over, don't forget to use the old Solvol
Autosol chrome polish for those rusty wheel
Many thanks goes to Jeff Matthews,
Brian and all the others
who did a great bit on my website in the November
2005 issue of the Solex
Newsletter. Thanks again to everyone concerned!
For all English-speaking Solexistes who are after
an English Solex Repair Manual,
I believe that Jeff
may be able to supply you with one if you contact
him at . I have also been informed that Jeff is
a big supplier of VeloSoleX S
3800 parts for shipping to all countries of the world and specializes in Hungarian
S 3800 parts which are often considered to
be the closest to the original French parts that were
made in the Saint Quentin
factory in the 1980's.
Monday 2 January 2006
I received an email yesterday from my friend Jean-Claude
from Compiegne, France who hosts the excellent
Millenium website on details of the "60 YEARS OF THE VELOSOLEX" event
in the Hotel du Departement du
Conseil General de l'Oise at 1 Rue Cambry,
60000, Beauvais, France which
begins with the month-long Solex Exposition from
4 May 2006
and finishing with the international gathering of Solexistes
from around the world on 3
& 4 June 2006.
I have updated my Events
page with some tourism links and direction maps for
those wishing to go. Andrew
from the UK is sure
to go, as he has just emailed me to that effect! I hope
to be going too on Saturday 3
June 2006 and I'll be looking out for familiar
faces from around the world. As for me, I am sure no
one will have difficulty recognizing me...!
Sunday 1 January 2006
A snowy new 2006 year to all Solexistes!
in London, UK, this morning, it's about 8°C and dry. The sweeping
snowstorms, vicious snow blizzards and
traffic chaos disaster predicted to rage uncompromisingly across
the country is, erm... apparently absent this early first
of 2006, here in London. But I do feel a spot of rain coming
Ah yes, it's all coming back to me now - the dark
grey clouds and drizzle of London - and if I'm not mistaken, that must
Holmes on the foggy side of the street smoking his pipe
under that old Victorian lamp-post... which reminds
me - where shall I go for my Summer holidays
A-ha, my sense of humour! Of course, there are many undiscovered
places to visit in London, preferably on the VeloSoleX. Off the
beaten track and away from the tourist trail is the
John Soane's Museum at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields near
Holborn. Another interesting place to visit
(£5.00+ entry) is Dennis
Severs' House at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields.
& Albert Museum at Cromwell Road, South Kensington
is always worth a visit with its changing exhibitions
(mostly free) and is quite empty on Wednesday
evenings (closes at 22.00 hours) as well as on the last Friday
night of the month. During the holiday period it is,
of course, busier.
Regarding the VeloSoleX, while it was a quiet December on
the News front, WERONIKA'S
VELOSOLEX still managed to receive 6754 Page Loads and 782
First Time Visitors, one of whom was John
in the UK who emailed
me for information concerning the availability of VeloSoleX
S 3800 spares in the UK
and I have to admit that there is a limited
choice here compared to France or the US.
I did suggest to John
to change the condenser to a 0.22uF
1000V DC (500V AC) Metallised Polypropylene Film Non-Polarised Capacitor (RG24B
from Maplin Electronics, see http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=RG24B%20&doy=8m12&source=15)
which can be fitted inside the housing of the old condenser.
One of the two
capacitor wires should wrap back into a small split made into the side of the
housing as a ground connection and the other capacitor wire soldered to the
original screw terminal before sealing the whole thing with high-temperature
epoxy resin (see photo on http://www.weronika.freeserve.co.uk/magneto.html#Magneto%20Coil%20Modification).
This quality capacitor should last for the lifetime of the VeloSoleX S 3800, unlike the original
condenser which was very prone to breaking down.
I also mentioned to John that
the original foam Air Filter could profitably be replaced with some modern air filter material (such as A91BH from Maplin Electronics, see http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=A91BH&doy=8m12&source=15)
which can be cut round to fit. Otherwise, the filter material from an S&B or
K&N type air filter
could be used as seen on the Air
An NGK BP5HS spark plug suitable
for the VeloSoleX S 3800
be obtained from any good motor factors such as:
A 6V 15W (type P26S) Headlight Bulb (as LB070) and a 6V 10W
(type BA15S) Rear Bulb (as LB010) appears to be available in the UK from XS Parts (http://www.123bikes.co.uk/acatalog/index.html).
I had an email from Keith
in the UK who tells
me he was pleased to order and receive parts satisfactorily
from Marc Deschamps' website Le
Also, I had an email from Harold
& Linda of California,
US who were after a Magneto
Rotor for a VeloSoleX
5000. I directed
them to Jeff Matthew's
website at http://www.velocruz.com/store/flywheel.htm
who hopefully was able to supply them.
Ian has emailed
me asking whether the Exhaust
Silencer and Air
Filter modifications detailed on my website
can be done on an S 2200
from 1962. There are a number of differences between the S 2200 and
the S 3800 (revised
crankcase, cylinder, carburettor, fuel pump, etc) so it is not always easy to
predict the results but the Air Filter Housing is similar.
If anyone has carried out engine
improvements on the S 2200 successfully
is willing to share the details, please drop me an email
and I will put the information up on the website for other
Well, that's about it for now. So until the next time,
happy Solexing and have a great new year in 2006!