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by Tigerbiten
16 Feb 2019, 6:58am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 29
Views: 844

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

All but the first paper quoted are about outputting the maximum sustainable power over some time. That's where a high cadence works best. But the first paper quoted is about novices and recreational cyclists who sometimes stay in a low gear and spin quickly, even though the overall intensity of thei...
by Tigerbiten
14 Feb 2019, 1:37am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 29
Views: 844

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

I think what the article is trying to say is ..... If you want to tick along at about 15 mph then pushing a 60" gear at 85-90 rpm may not be as efficient as say pushing a 72" gear at around 70-75 rpm simply by the fact your legs are moving up and down to fast for your power output. If you ...
by Tigerbiten
13 Feb 2019, 5:58pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 29
Views: 844

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

It's actually "Scientists say high cadence is inefficient in low gears".
Which is correct as a low gear has a lower optimal cadence than a high gear.
So if you try and spin all gears at the same cadence then at some point you lose efficiency as the gear inches drop.

Luck ........ :D
by Tigerbiten
10 Feb 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 15 - the best bits to do?
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: Eurovelo 15 - the best bits to do?

I think the higher up the Rhine you can start the better because you'll have a lot more variety in the scenery.
If you want to skip a boring bit then it's easy to just hop on/off a local train.

Luck ....... :D
by Tigerbiten
8 Feb 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Cycling for Disabled People.
Replies: 12
Views: 1563

Re: Cycling for Disabled People.

I've seen both the Kett and the Adventure used by various disabled people. They are very similar in use even though one is a delta and the other is a tadpole. Do you know if you'll need a hardshell seat shaped to fit your back or a more GP mesh seat that will just support your back and help smooth o...
by Tigerbiten
7 Feb 2019, 10:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Road riding in Czech
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: Road riding in Czech

Main roads where busy, back roads where quite.
I knew roughly where I was going, Danube to Elbe.
I saw plenty of signs for bike routes but didn't have a map showing where they went.
So I made the route up as went along.
Apart from getting my tent raided at the Prague campsite, I liked the country.
by Tigerbiten
7 Feb 2019, 11:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 5 Month loaded tour - destination advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1129

Re: 5 Month loaded tour - destination advice

What type of distance where you thinking of covering ??

Start in the south where it's warm and work up the west coast of America in the mountains up towards Alaska could be one option.
2-3 months in America and the same in Canada gets you around any 3 month visa limit.

Luck ........ :D
by Tigerbiten
7 Feb 2019, 11:36am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Fitting bar bag at side of ICE Sprint seat
Replies: 18
Views: 1514

Re: Fitting bar bag at side of ICE Sprint seat

The two largest Radical sidepods needs a rack to support two straps, only the front strap is on the seat. With the smaller sizes the straps are only supported by the seat. It's possible to make cheap side bags out of a couple of triangular boot/buggy bags and a couple of wide web straps. But how muc...
by Tigerbiten
3 Feb 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 1925

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

It's not like you're going to the wilds where it's 2-3 days between shops. Check your route and time your ride right so just before lunchtime you get to a cafe, village shop, supermarket. As others have mentions a baguette with cheese and ham makes a good lunch. Then carry a couple of breakfast bars...
by Tigerbiten
28 Jan 2019, 10:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Changing from 1st to 12th
Replies: 50
Views: 4044

Re: Changing from 1st to 12th

Something got me thinking today so I will ask the crowd. When going up hill while changing gears from say 8 to 1 but once you get to 1 you now need to drop the front ring to the smaller ring........ how do you go about that because you will then be going to the very easiest gear instead of the next...
by Tigerbiten
27 Jan 2019, 10:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight bike lock
Replies: 27
Views: 2581

Re: Lightweight bike lock

My main lock is a pain padlock and a 4' cable. The lock is sized so I can only just get the cable into the locks shackle. This goes through one of the front wheels to the chain guard. I can lock anything up to a small tree is the space between the cable and the trikes frame. I use a mini aluminium D...
by Tigerbiten
27 Jan 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand
Replies: 40
Views: 2990

Re: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand

You're not likely to be nicked if you only have one working brake. But if your in an accident then how much compensation will you lose because of it ?? Why make the argument for compensation any harder than it has to be. I rode a bike a few times after my accident and was ok as long as everything wa...
by Tigerbiten
27 Jan 2019, 8:44am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 1x11 gearing on a bent
Replies: 34
Views: 2975

Re: 1x11 gearing on a bent

11 X 50 lowest gear anyone? 11/50x26"= 5.7"......... :twisted: That's getting down to the range of the original "Ice Trike" that went the south pole. I think that had a 5.5" first gear. Even 14/50X26" = 7.3" And I thought I was bad with a 9.8" first gear. But...
by Tigerbiten
26 Jan 2019, 6:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand
Replies: 40
Views: 2990

Re: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand

I was wondering whether anyone has any experience of adapting hydraulic disk brakes so the back and front brakes can both be controlled by only my right hand (I have a brachial plexus injury and not able to use my left hand). Really appreciate any ideas. I have di2 so don't need to use my left hand...
by Tigerbiten
25 Jan 2019, 10:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand
Replies: 40
Views: 2990

Re: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand

I use a Tektro Auriga Twin (HD-T525) setup on my recumbent trike. This is a single lever into twin caliper setup. They work well on a tadpole trike because you have twin front wheels to brake. If you adapt them to use on a bike then you'll need to replace at least one brake pipe. Also I'm not sure i...