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by Tigerbiten
20 Jan 2018, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4861

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

The only reason I've got an equal spacing of ~13.6% through all my gears is I'm using twin internal hub gears along with twin chainrings. I did think about going half step and granny with my setup but the Schlumpf HSD at the front stops me from doing that. If I was setting up a system using deraille...
by Tigerbiten
20 Jan 2018, 12:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4861

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

I like calling low gears under 20" 'silly low gears' just to differentiate them from the more standard low gears. It's just like how I call gears higher than 130" 'silly high gears'. It's just my way of thinking as I have roughly 5 gears both above and below a standard bikes range due to h...
by Tigerbiten
19 Jan 2018, 6:57pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: How did you break into recumbents?
Replies: 34
Views: 780

Re: How did you break into recumbents?

I rode a bike as a kid. I tried to start again after my accident with a Tiger. But never felt safe as I couldn't work out a safe way to work the brakes. Then I saw ICE on the internet. Gave them a ring, can you adapt one for a one handed cyclist "yes", can I try one "yes". 2 days...
by Tigerbiten
19 Jan 2018, 6:27pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Garmin 810 and ICE sprint trike
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Garmin 810 and ICE sprint trike

I extended the derailleur post as a support for my Streamer fairing.
As it ends just below eye height, I stuck my Garmin mount on the end of the extension.
by Tigerbiten
18 Jan 2018, 10:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4861

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

I use chainrings of 20 or 22 with a 36 rear cog (standard 9-speed cassette). That's 15 or 17 inches. Tell me you use a gear lower than 16.5 inches and I'll allow that you do need those 26in wheels. But wait, I hear that 9-speed is on the way out and that 42 teeth is commonplace on the 10-speeds we'...
by Tigerbiten
15 Jan 2018, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading my gears ... is it possible?
Replies: 22
Views: 812

Re: Upgrading my gears ... is it possible?

Now that I've learnt a lot more about gears in general,I think you need to set up 3 gear ranges. The most important are your flatland gears as these will be the common ones used. Depending on your cadence, they will be in the 60"-70" range. Get this wrong on a double and you'll either be r...
by Tigerbiten
13 Jan 2018, 11:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4861

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

In fairness there are those who claim that 'this doesn't really matter in this day and age'. All you need, they say, is to be able to contact someone who does have the correct parts (even if they are in another part of the globe entirely) and they can have the parts shipped to you in a day or two. ...
by Tigerbiten
13 Jan 2018, 11:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What gear range do you use.
Replies: 72
Views: 2358

Re: What gear range do you use.

But the question was what do you use, not what do you have. I'm happy to walk up those hills I can only ride up at walking pace, like to freewheel down a long decent and see a tailwind as an opportunity to take it easy rather than go faster. So, I spend so little time in the gears under 24" or...
by Tigerbiten
13 Jan 2018, 5:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 'bent to try near Cosham Portsmouth ?
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: 'bent to try near Cosham Portsmouth ?

Seems very relaxing, is there a risk of falling asleep? I tend to overheat while slogging up a long hill, so I take layers off. Going over the top on to flat section in a cold/damp wind and I'll cool down fairly quickly. I don't like to stop to put the layers back on and sometimes I cool down to mu...
by Tigerbiten
13 Jan 2018, 3:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 'bent to try near Cosham Portsmouth ?
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: 'bent to try near Cosham Portsmouth ?

KMX will be a good choice if you want to sit on a range tadpole trikes just to get a feel. Looks like London Recumbents are a good choice for trying a Delta Kettwiesel. Not sure if they have other trikes to try, but they may have a range of bent bikes. There's also Bikefix in London who look to have...
by Tigerbiten
12 Jan 2018, 8:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4861

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

...[ 26" wheels] ....Think very hard and then think again..... Just recently bought such a marathon plus for the rear of my ridgeback expedition. Hope CJ is being overly gloomy on future tyre availability and quality. Am happy to use 1.75 tyres on that bike. I think CJ is thinking about if you...
by Tigerbiten
12 Jan 2018, 3:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4861

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

The advice on tyre size is not 100% true as the most common tyre size depends on the area you're in.
I understand that outside europe, 26" tyres may be more common.

But if you think that's bad, they finding 20" outside major cities while on tour.
by Tigerbiten
12 Jan 2018, 3:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo maps 5,6,and 13
Replies: 11
Views: 472

Re: Eurovelo maps 5,6,and 13

How are you going to do your day to day navigation ?? Are you aiming to do it as fast as possible or take some time ?? Camping or hotels ?? For long tours I find you don't need to stick 100% to route as long as you are going in roughly the right direction .... :D But I camp and I'm not trying to do ...
by Tigerbiten
11 Jan 2018, 3:52pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you transport your bike to and from LEJOG?
Replies: 12
Views: 598

Re: How do you transport your bike to and from LEJOG?

I start when I on my bent trike as I leave home ....... then ..... cycle the whole way ...... then ....... get off the trike when I get back home. I need to do that because the bent trike is not allowed on any public transport bar ferries. So for me it's easier just to cycle to the start, do the rou...
by Tigerbiten
8 Jan 2018, 3:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Why are recumbents so rare?
Replies: 126
Views: 2979

Re: Why is recumbents so rare?

Look pretty dangerous to me, harder to see them being so low down. I never hear anyone say a low sports car is hard to see. So why does everybody say a low recumbent is hard to see ?? I would say they are unexpected. But anything unexpected is going to catch your attention more. So they are easier ...