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by Tigerbiten
20 Apr 2018, 2:41am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bent Seat Options?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Bent Seat Options?

It depends if you want the seat to lock your upper body in place or do you want to lean into the corners. If you want to lean into the corners then a narrower seat is easier because you can use the groove between your shoulder blades to hook the edge of the seat and that helps to hold you in place a...
by Tigerbiten
18 Apr 2018, 6:26am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bent Seat Options?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Bent Seat Options?

I did a part-ex mesh seat -> hardshell seat with Kevin at D-Tek around 7 years ago.
I've just had to buy a new ventasit cover for it this year after ~40,000 miles covered.
by Tigerbiten
12 Apr 2018, 7:41pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent questions
Replies: 17
Views: 556

Re: Recumbent questions

It's mainly 2 wheel bents that need to be researched due to the learning curve when first getting on one. Bent trikes have a very small learning curve, ie how fast you can corner before tipping up. The main difference in trike is handling between direct (Catrike) and indirect (ICE) steering. Direct ...
by Tigerbiten
12 Apr 2018, 5:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent questions
Replies: 17
Views: 556

Re: Recumbent questions

How much speed should I look at loosing compared to say a my 14kg fat bike or my 8kg race bike? The commute is only 10 miles but has 1200ft of climbing. How long is a piece of string ?? On a recumbent trike you'll have a much greater range of speed. On my bent trike any bike I can stay with going u...
by Tigerbiten
10 Apr 2018, 11:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What cassette would you match with a 48T single crankset?
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: What cassette would you match with a 48T single crankset?

When I was a kid, the old "standard" 7 speed cassette was 14-16-18-21-24-28-32.
That will give you reasonably even gear spacing without a silly high top gear.
by Tigerbiten
24 Mar 2018, 11:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My least favourite junction.
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: My least favourite junction.

I don't like busy uphill multi lane entry roundabouts because I'll always get someone undertaking/overtaking/cutting me up. But the most dangerous for me are downhill entry roundabouts with bad sight lines because I'll want to keep as much speed as possible around it. Whereas I'm willing to slow dow...
by Tigerbiten
20 Mar 2018, 11:32pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks
Replies: 17
Views: 1550

Re: Short cranks

The trouble is everything is related. If you shrink your cranks 170 -> 155 then you have 10% less leverage through the cranks. So you need to then shrink your smallest chainring 26 -> 24 (~10%) to keep the same feel and up your cadence by the same 10% to keep the same speed. So unless you never use ...
by Tigerbiten
20 Mar 2018, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tablet/Garmin route navigation question
Replies: 14
Views: 1025

Re: Tablet/Garmin route navigation question

I'm not that technical ...... :D On my Garmin 30, once I've worked out roughly where I'm going off a map/atlas. I just plug various roads/junctions into it and let it join the points together. It normally take me a couple of attempts to get it to pick the right roads due to the route planning softwa...
by Tigerbiten
20 Mar 2018, 3:10pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG Route setting off 6th May.
Replies: 34
Views: 3297

Re: LEJOG Route setting off 6th May.

Don't expect to much out of the solar panel. As long as you can position it in direct sunlight it will charge stuff. But once it's in a bit of shade/overcast then forget it. My 20 Watt panel will only just charge a couple of AA in light overcast. A better bet if your not going the whole hub dynamo p...
by Tigerbiten
15 Mar 2018, 10:33pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG Route setting off 6th May.
Replies: 34
Views: 3297

Re: LEJOG Route setting off 6th May.

The way I navigate on long tour is to pick up a cheap road atlas and draw in it the proposed route and any alternatives before I set off. Then each night I plot the next day route in to my sat nav from the altas. I also mark the first 3-5 campsites, beyond that it gets more iffy depending on how I'm...
by Tigerbiten
10 Mar 2018, 8:24pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Help, I want a recumbent, which one?
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Help, I want a recumbent, which one?

How well can you hold things in your right hand and/or how much control do you have of your right arm/shoulder?? That will be the limiting factor on how safe you are when you need to let go of the handle bar with your left hand either to indicate turns and/or wave at traffic. Pedal wise you either n...
by Tigerbiten
9 Mar 2018, 6:12pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short drop deralier for 20" wheel trike
Replies: 16
Views: 1619

Re: Short drop deralier for 20" wheel trike

It's not really a problem unless you do a lot of true off road cycling. Most tracks have a section you can cycle down to keep the derailleur safe. I also found that to a degree you can work around it with the correct choice of chainring/sprocket. Some combos will tuck the derailleur up better than a...
by Tigerbiten
9 Mar 2018, 5:53pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: How much to get a fully kitted touring / commuting recumbent?
Replies: 58
Views: 4304

Re: How much to get a fully kitted touring / commuting recumbent?

Only with the small banana bag is the rack free.
With the medium and big banana bags, the back 2 straps fit on the rack and only the front strap fits across the seat.
by Tigerbiten
2 Mar 2018, 6:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fast charge powerbanks?
Replies: 32
Views: 2740

Re: ARe: Fast charge powerbanks?

Mjr was referring I think to the charging of the devices FROM the powerbank. Maybe mjr would explain what he means, all of my devices - phone, Garmin, torch, radio, camera - can be left to charge overnight. Yes, I mean charging devices from the powerbank. You can leave them to charge but they keep ...
by Tigerbiten
2 Mar 2018, 3:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fast charge powerbanks?
Replies: 32
Views: 2740

Re: ARe: Fast charge powerbanks?

I use a 21W solar panel to top up the power bank if I'm in a fixed location I've not yet tried fixing it on the outside of my luggage to see how it does charging on the move). It seems to provide at least some charging even on a rainy day in the UK (I've used it in North Wales & Yorkshire Dales...