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by Tigerbiten
8 Dec 2019, 12:07am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: In for a penny - trike vs velomobile

So, if you are a recumbent triker, why would you not consider a velomobile? Why is a simple trike superior? Hills, heat, noise, steering ......... Velomobiles work best if you keep their speed up where air resistance starts to hurt you on a bike. I probably couldn't keep it up in that speed range f...
by Tigerbiten
7 Dec 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tenting/Camping LEJOG
Replies: 43
Views: 1717

Re: Tenting/Camping LEJOG

It's a question of power ....... Do you want your GP to run off an internal battery or AA's ?? A GPS running off an internal battery tends to be more sophisticated but is useless if it runs out of power. Running off AA batteries tends to more basic setup but you do have more options if you run low o...
by Tigerbiten
7 Dec 2019, 4:41am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Ineos 39.59 challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Ineos 39.59 challenge

The current record is 43 25. A record that might stand for some time. The above record is only for a bicycle. The record for cycling from Land's End to John O' Groats is held by Andy Wilkinson, who completed the journey in 41 hours, 4 minutes and 22 seconds on a Windcheetah recumbent tricycle. Luck...
by Tigerbiten
7 Dec 2019, 1:11am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent
Replies: 32
Views: 1299

Re: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent

Consider what you'd do if you were, for example, on Benbecula (where strong wind is relatively common), half way through a 2 week holiday, when the tent failed. The nearest replacement tent is likely to be Inverness, Fort William, or maybe Oban, so you've several subsequent night's accommodation to...
by Tigerbiten
5 Dec 2019, 8:51pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Support vehicles and "rules".
Replies: 29
Views: 1078

Re: Support vehicles and "rules".

"Rules" are ok .... But you must be happy with them both when you set off and when you finish. I went down to London for the queens mum lying in state. Because of my obvious disability, I was allowed to jump the queue and was in and out within 15 mins. At the time I was happy with it. But ...
by Tigerbiten
5 Dec 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tenting/Camping LEJOG
Replies: 43
Views: 1717

Re: Tenting/Camping LEJOG

If your flying out of Edinburgh then ........ Ferry to the Orkneys -> cycle across -> ferry to Aberdeen -> Train onwards. It may take a little longer but it will probably be less hassle than trying to get a train back from the far north. Especially if there's mores than one of you in the party. Luck...
by Tigerbiten
3 Dec 2019, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: gear ratios for Dawes SG
Replies: 17
Views: 531

Re: gear ratios for Dawes SG

Because of the way your resistances increase with speed, in an ideal world the step between your first gear should be fairly wide and then decrease logarithmically as your gears increase. This way you can keep in your power band around your ideal cadence on each gear change over the whole gear range...
by Tigerbiten
2 Dec 2019, 9:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: gear ratios for Dawes SG
Replies: 17
Views: 531

Re: gear ratios for Dawes SG

I have a 92/93 supergalaxy, bought just before manufacture moved overseas. It was kitted out with Deore Lx chainset and deraillieurs, 105 bar end shifters. It's now happily running 10 speed 11-42 with an additional gear hanger and original front and rear mechs. Just a few weeks ago the original BB ...
by Tigerbiten
2 Dec 2019, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: gear ratios for Dawes SG
Replies: 17
Views: 531

Re: gear ratios for Dawes SG

Another thing to think about ......... Going from 11-32 to 11-34 means not only will you get a bigger large sprocket but you'll also change some other sprockets as well. It depends on which sprockets change versus which are the sprockets you most commonly use if you may or may not notice any differe...
by Tigerbiten
30 Nov 2019, 3:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trike v low step through battery cycle
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Trike v low step through battery cycle

Another vote that trikes can be tricky if you're used to bikes. A bike you lean into a curve then steer to correct the course. But if you just lean right to counteract a camber then a trike will start to drift left due to the change of your center of gravity. Also if you just lean then your hands mo...
by Tigerbiten
27 Nov 2019, 10:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sweating
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: sweating

The trick I use on long rides in very cold dry weather is to put my windproof/waterproof layer in the middle.
This way a thin inner layer will get damp with sweat while the thicker outer layer stays dry.
As daft as it sounds, I stay warmer in the long run.

YMMV ........ :D
by Tigerbiten
24 Nov 2019, 8:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster
Replies: 170
Views: 5936

Re: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster

Sturdy sign posts used to cause fatal accidents, look at how wayside posts are made now, they are flimsy and do little damage to chelsae tractors Sturdy signs just stand there, inert and unmoving, how can they cause accidents? Easy as I've hit one in daylight ....... :( It was towards the end of a ...
by Tigerbiten
16 Nov 2019, 2:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How much did your RTW trip cost?
Replies: 10
Views: 820

Re: How much did your RTW trip cost?

I used to recon on around £20 per day while cycling on a 4-5 month/4k-6k mile tour around western europe and/or the UK.
The further east I got, the cheaper it became.
Never been out of europe as my recumbent-trailer rig won't fit in an airplane hold without paying silly money.

Luck ......... :D
by Tigerbiten
16 Nov 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: East Baltic touring
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: East Baltic touring

I cycled towards home along the coast from Riga a few year ago. Unless you set the visa up in advance, you need to cycle around Russia ..... :lol: The cycle tracks I used where very variable in standard, good tarmac to soft sand, just like in the UK. You may have to do a few miles on a main trunk ro...
by Tigerbiten
15 Nov 2019, 3:50pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Trikes
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: Recumbent Trikes

I think the mesh seat is a bit 50-50 for backs. It is easy to set up and gives reasonable support. But with the hard shell seat, you can adjust the shape of it with thin blocks to fine tune the shape needed to exactly match the support needed for your back. I've found through experience the hard she...