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by Tigerbiten
5 Dec 2019, 8:51pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Support vehicles and "rules".
Replies: 29
Views: 1009

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: 37
Views: 1445

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: 510

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: 510

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: 510

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: 436

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: 969

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: 5885

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: 815

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: 2
Views: 239

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: 768

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...
by Tigerbiten
12 Nov 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e-trailer for touring?
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: e-trailer for touring?

One thing I've found out on a bent trike is ..... The lower the weight on your drive wheel, the quicker you will suffer from wheel slip/spin. So an e-trailer like that will work well on the flat. But it may not be very helpful on steep hills due to lack of weight on the trailer wheel. The break poin...
by Tigerbiten
10 Nov 2019, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre wear - mileages
Replies: 30
Views: 745

Re: Tyre wear - mileages

On tour I can do 1,000 of miles with a similar wear pattern front/back as long as it's flat. But once I'm in the hills, especially +20% hills, them my rear wears a lot faster than the front. The only reason I can think is ........... Low gears not only increase torque on the back wheel but also incr...
by Tigerbiten
9 Nov 2019, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre wear - mileages
Replies: 30
Views: 745

Re: Tyre wear - mileages

What kills a tyre is the amount of slippage against the road. The lower gears on the Brompton encourage this type micro/macro slippage going uphill. As you live where it's hilly, the rear tyre suffers. The rear wheel on my bent trike also suffers from this type of wear due to the lack of weight on i...
by Tigerbiten
9 Nov 2019, 12:26am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Tadpole motortrikes.
Replies: 31
Views: 3615

Re: Tadpole motortrikes.

An upright trike with two front wheels and one back is a Newton, a recumbent trike with two front wheels and one back is a Tadpole. You do get more front wheel braking on one but it not double due to the fact there's less weight on each front wheel therefore each wheel will skid easier. Luck ..........