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by a.twiddler
7 Nov 2020, 3:51pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Newbie to a laid back view
Replies: 34
Views: 1530

Re: Newbie to a laid back view

Perhaps speed or the lack of it is the key. Other riders may be able to get more speed out of the Linear (though I don't claim to be fast on anything) but it definitely is built for comfort over speed. Even over the worst unexpected potholes my feet just stay in place when my backside is being jarre...
by a.twiddler
4 Nov 2020, 3:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Towns and Villages in Wiltshire
Replies: 40
Views: 1639

Re: Towns and Villages in Wiltshire

There are some very evocative place names in that list.
by a.twiddler
3 Nov 2020, 3:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Newbie to a laid back view
Replies: 34
Views: 1530

Re: Newbie to a laid back view

Clip? Unclip? What sorcery is this? Despite having initial qualms about foot retention, on my Linear I find that my feet stay put without mechanical assistance on flat wide BMX type pedals with ordinary shoes or trainers. In comparison with my folder which has smooth plastic folding pedals where the...
by a.twiddler
3 Oct 2020, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Interupter brake levers
Replies: 41
Views: 1343

Re: Interupter brake levers

They get a recommendation from me. I did a drop bar conversion to a flat bar hybrid about 12 years ago and found them straightforward to fit with 3TTT Randonneur bars. They gave the ability to gently brake with thumbs or a finger with hands on the sides as well as full on braking on the flats or dro...
by a.twiddler
1 Sep 2020, 8:56pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Nothing New
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Nothing New

Not only a short wheelbase, the rider seems placed very high compared with modern recumbents. She keeps on smiling though, perhaps it's an occupational hazard on recumbents, from whatever era!
by a.twiddler
28 Aug 2020, 10:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Linear Frame number or Serial Number
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Linear Frame number or Serial Number

Here we go. After some detective work I have come up with the following. As far as I know the dates are correct, but there may be errors. Rear hub. Sachs 3X7. Made from 1994-2000. Sachs taken over by SRAM in 1997. Marked with "Sachs 3X7", so probably pre '97, though Sachs marked stock may ...
by a.twiddler
26 Aug 2020, 11:34pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Linear Frame number or Serial Number
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Linear Frame number or Serial Number

It's a mystery. I have seen variations but they may have been options rather than standard date specific items. For example, bolted on bottom bracket assembly on mine vs welded ones, chain hangers riveted to the rear frame for convenience when folded (not on mine). There are no manufacturer's decals...
by a.twiddler
26 Aug 2020, 1:52pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Linear Frame number or Serial Number
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Linear Frame number or Serial Number

I emailed "The Bicycle Man" of Alfred Station, New York State, who currently produces the modern generation of Linears and he has confirmed that it is not possible to date Iowa Linears from the serial numbers. He gave me a series of links but these are easily found on his website, and have...
by a.twiddler
26 Aug 2020, 10:17am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Linear Frame number or Serial Number
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Linear Frame number or Serial Number

No sticker, but on the underside of the main frame is a faintly stamped 6 figure number, just behind the front fork folding aperture as you described.

Thank you for that. Now I have something to go on, if there is a way of dating it from the number sequence.
by a.twiddler
25 Aug 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Linear Frame number or Serial Number
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Linear Frame number or Serial Number

I spent some time tidying my Linear and getting it ready to ride when I first had it but one thing that I didn't come across was any frame number. It might be useful for working out the manufacturing date to fill in some history. Have any of you Linearites out there any info on its location, if inde...
by a.twiddler
23 Aug 2020, 3:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks Saddles (Sprung) to stop Wibble Wobble
Replies: 14
Views: 453

Re: Brooks Saddles (Sprung) to stop Wibble Wobble

How about something like this? It works better on a larger frame size due to height issues.

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by a.twiddler
22 Aug 2020, 11:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?
Replies: 129
Views: 4066

Re: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?

I can't really say what the bestest ever bicycle brakes are but maybe my standards are low. I have survived over the years with probably the leastest worstest brakes by riding accordingly, and since most of my club riding in groups in those far off days was more in club runs and tours, probably more...
by a.twiddler
14 Aug 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Newbie to a laid back view
Replies: 34
Views: 1530

Re: Newbie to a laid back view

I have to agree with other posters about overcoming difficulties with such simple things as starting off, especially on a hill. My LWB Linear has USS and a lot of the problem is getting the feel of the controls and where they are, especially the brakes if you need them in a hurry. I spent a lot of t...
by a.twiddler
10 Aug 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Linear recumbent tyre advice
Replies: 31
Views: 917

Re: Linear recumbent tyre advice

After a good run out yesterday I can confirm that the 438 tyre rolls fine and runs true. It looks fractionally narrower than the 440 it replaced and It may be my imagination but just feels a little more precise in steering feedback than the one that was in place before. Now that I am becoming bolder...
by a.twiddler
9 Aug 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: New to me Azub Origami
Replies: 31
Views: 5483

Re: New to me Azub Origami

I have watched your trials and tribulations with interest and have been glad to see you are now getting it the way you want it. As a newbie to recumbents myself I have nothing to compare my experiences with so it is good to see how others manage things. Keep up the feedback! It's interesting stuff.