Lightening the load

7 April, 2014

Suitcase manufacturers, as far as I can tell, don’t take into account the laws of physics when they design their products. It’s not that my suitcase is very old, or that I do as much travelling as some people, but already the wheels have worn down to uselessness so that you have to drag the wretched thing every step of the way, cursing the manufacturer and thinking that the Sumerians could have done a better job.

Still thinking about how to solve that one, short of gluing the castor into position.

The angle of wheel wear also suggests a more serious design flaw.

To the workshop! Underneath the little black hubcaps. the wheels are held onto the castors with rivets. I hate rivets.

Unless you are building an actual ship or something. This is not a ship.

Thou Shalt Not Rivet.

Next, new wheels. Charlie picked up these not-quite-roller-skates at the local dodgy car boot sale.

I had never seen these things before.

“Street Gliders”, you say? I’ll take two!

They have standard 78mm skate wheels, which are slightly too big for the castors. No problem:

Manic laughter slightly muffled by the facemask.


There, fixed!

Quite a bit of plastic removed, but they seem sturdy still.

One down, one to go.

The little black hubcaps ain't going back on, though.

Still stable when it’s upright. Good.

As for why I went to all this effort to use these particular wheels: I could tell you that it’s because now my suitcase takes standard wheels that I could buy in any skate shop in any city, which is clearly an improvement, but the eagle eyed amongst you will have figured out that this is not the real reason.