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Is this a bike thing? What is it?

Old 11-18-23, 03:52 AM
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I think the short bits move a little, more like rotate. Not much though.
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Old 11-18-23, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Robvolz
I think the short bits move a little, more like rotate. Not much though.
Are they sprung - do they work as pawls?
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat
It' the guts of a parking brake handle! Bet ya!
Best guess IMO, but...nothing like any parking brake handle I ever took apart (and I usually never had to touch the guts of a handle to replace any broken cable)
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Originally Posted by gbi
Don't ask me how it works, but, that is part of the automated device that flips the bird to unruly drivers.
on a tangent, but: old VW beetles had a "semaphore" turn signal that flipped out of the "B-pillar" and was cable actuated...but this ain't one of them.
Here's a pic of a replacement part (and wow they are expensive these days!)

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Looks typical French origin. And whatever it is, the maker attempted a concession of drillium.
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That's actually a piece from a vintage French colonoscopy scope, known as the alésoir de cul
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It's a bow for playing the steel violin in a heavy metal band.
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Old 11-18-23, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Retro, turbo, whatevero. Results of relying on memory instead of looking it up.
I'm not sure what it says about me, but I did look it up.
There was both a retro encabulator and a turbo encabulator.
There's a web site that goes over the history of the whole encabulator family of gadgets. I think it was a CNET article?? It has links to a number of videos, and I recommend checking it out.

After a career as an engineer and having worked in the defense industry (both as a supplier and a customer), the whole encabulator thing really speaks to me.

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Old 11-20-23, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat
It' the guts of a parking brake handle! Bet ya!
Originally Posted by unworthy1
Best guess IMO, but...nothing like any parking brake handle I ever took apart (and I usually never had to touch the guts of a handle to replace any broken cable)
This seemed like the best guest to me as well . . . until I spent 20 min looking at parking brake schematics! Back to where we started, Is this a bike thing? What is it? I am joining the encabulator camp.
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This is a tool used at the zoo to trim the nails of badgers. Veternarians use the same tool to trim the nails of Australian Shepherds, which are quite like a badger but slightly larger.
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A Pull-em; essential part of the Pickle bottling process
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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist
That's actually a piece from a vintage French colonoscopy scope, known as the alésoir de cul
Appears to be the the deluxe model with the rotary nose hair trimmer. Typical of French efficiency.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
You're all wrong. It's dates from the Cold War. It is part of a device that makes otherwise sane bicycle enthusiasts get all uber-huffy with each other over stupid things like comic strips that portray cyclists in less than flattering terms.

'Uber-Huffy'? Sounds like the name of my next build!
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Unscrew the little bolts and see if it comes apart - being certain to take a coupe pictures if it does.
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Originally Posted by madpogue
I would say it's part of a tool, possibly a staple gun?

What happens when you pull on the cable core? Do those notchy bits in the slot move?
I pulled the cable a some needle nose.

not a full pull, but enough if there was movement….

nothing
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Inner door latch of a TARDIS.
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Inner door latch of a TARDIS.
It's what allows it to be bigger on the inside.
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I'm pretty sure it is the actuator for the ejector system in a MIG-21 pilot seat. It are only a single use item and should be discarded, as it will fail upon a second use with unexpected ejection occurring randomly during flight. Smiles, MH
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Take a picture of it using the Google Lens app. I've had luck with that finding answers to "whut the heck is that thing?" questions I've had.
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Motherfu**in Scotland Yard here boys!

Transfer system for bicycles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Robvolz, I DARE you to build an entire bike around that part! Actually, you need to get the entire bike, and keep that as a spare part.
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Well done, thank you for the closure haha.

For those interested:
https://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2012...reak-bike.html
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It’s really a bike part??

yowzers.

should have it bronzed

i can’t wait to get back and see if the rest is there

tell me about the cable??

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