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by belgiangoth
4 Nov 2018, 11:38am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: First "commute" on Speedmachine
Replies: 8
Views: 1714

First "commute" on Speedmachine

Half term, but did a review session with the students. As it was a later start chanced it on the Speedmachine... * It's like being a new cyclist all over again, struggling to get the pedal-ready position and starting off at junctions/lights. * As a consequence much more timid at intersections, waiti...
by belgiangoth
27 Oct 2018, 3:57pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Moulton vs Laidback
Replies: 10
Views: 1945

Re: Moulton vs Laidback

It's true that bike theft in Laaanden is very different from, say, Birmingham. In London you have an extablished cycling culture and market, meaning that it's worth getting organised and stealing proper bikes to sell on (even to order). In Birmingham a bike you nick will be sold on ebay or down the ...
by belgiangoth
22 Oct 2018, 9:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Moulton vs Laidback
Replies: 10
Views: 1945

Moulton vs Laidback

On another forum someone asked about Moultons - which got me thinking ... If there is really an advantage to small wheels, why are laidbacks moving to bigger wheels - even with suspension? It seems that the better rolling of the larger tyres is an advantage, with or without suspension. Is the advant...
by belgiangoth
13 Oct 2018, 11:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32 or 36 spokes
Replies: 18
Views: 768

Re: 32 or 36 spokes

I've heard the 32 is stronger than 36 thing before. No credible reason given though. There isn't much weight advantage to saving a couple spokes, but the reverse argument - that *MIGHTY SPRINTERS* manage not to break low spoke wheels - suggests to me that there's no point worrying about it either way.
by belgiangoth
17 Sep 2018, 6:48pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recommendation for courier for trike
Replies: 8
Views: 1523

Re: Recommendation for courier for trike

Is this your first trike? Might you be able to meet part way and cycle it from there (possibly the trike owner has a vehicle that could carry it). WVM is probably the simplest as it involves the least deconstruction and repair.
by belgiangoth
14 Sep 2018, 9:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Battle Mountain - Guardian article
Replies: 9
Views: 1703

Re: Battle Mountain - Guardian article

Surely not! (I'd lend them mine if that were the case, though I am in the wrong country)
by belgiangoth
14 Sep 2018, 9:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 'Bent Legs
Replies: 25
Views: 2745

Re: 'Bent Legs

Bam! ... though not always true. For example for a short commute it's irrelevant how long you can ride and maximum speed is probably not important either in stop-start traffic. What is important is how fast you accelerate, which is down to power. ... I think. Very much a horses for courses argument.
by belgiangoth
14 Sep 2018, 9:10pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: New rider, new HPV Speedmachine - questions and observations
Replies: 19
Views: 2480

Re: New rider, new HPV Speedmachine - questions and observations

You're way beyond me in maximum distance, I hope to sneak out for a 10 mile ride soon - most of my riding is around the park. I too have noticed how some normally flat roads have acquired a gradient and every short bump is an impassible mountain. I'm considering doing all my riding in the granny rin...
by belgiangoth
12 Sep 2018, 6:42pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 'Bent Legs
Replies: 25
Views: 2745

Re: 'Bent Legs

I would expect HR for running would be >> than HR for cycling, on any bike (including an ordinary).
by belgiangoth
11 Sep 2018, 6:43pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 'Bent Legs
Replies: 25
Views: 2745

Re: 'Bent Legs

Hi, Significantly more efficient - though peak power is usually lower Ignoring aero effects? (a) I don't know the answer but... (b) why would you ignore the aero effects? Pete. Because there are conditions (say uphill) where you aren't going fast enough for aero to be an advantage? Dave McCraw has ...
by belgiangoth
9 Sep 2018, 6:12pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Insuring a 'bent
Replies: 12
Views: 1677

Re: Insuring a 'bent

KM2 - which insurer? I am with the COOP who will cover up to 1k personal posession, I need to specify for up to 2.5k Stradageek - for piece of mind, how about a floor anchor? Doesn't advertise that the garage contains valuables but does make it harder to nick. I now know why my neighbour keeps his b...
by belgiangoth
9 Sep 2018, 2:13pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Insuring a 'bent
Replies: 12
Views: 1677

Insuring a 'bent

I bought my speedmachine second hand, but a new one would be £2000+. My insurance (coop) replaces new for old, which is good, but up to 1,000 unless specified (probably at extra cost). Obviously if someone broke into the shed it would be a real pain, but as I am unlikely to leave the SM unattended o...
by belgiangoth
27 Aug 2018, 6:24pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Gears query
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Re: Gears query

Have sorted my gears and even managed a 5 mile round trip. There was quite a faff with front mech and it is still a pig to shift with the trigger shifters. I may revert to twist shifters, or change the mech/shifter to MTB and accept a smaller top front chainring (I go fast enough down hill without p...
by belgiangoth
14 Aug 2018, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Twist/Trigger Shifter for Shimano Road (Front) Mech
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Twist/Trigger Shifter for Shimano Road (Front) Mech

Looking for an affordable but not rubbish Shifter for a flat bar (recumbent) to work with a road front mech. I have just tried a Microshift trigger shifter for the front, but it is (second hand and therefore) a bit knackered and you need to put so much force into shifting to top gear that you would ...
by belgiangoth
2 Aug 2018, 12:01am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: HP Velotechnik Speedmachine
Replies: 22
Views: 1716

Re: HP Velotechnik Speedmachine

I found tillers quite odd, I can see that aero bars would be more like the turn you do on a DF. That said everything on my speedmacine is new to me (position, tiller, hydraulic brakes, suspension, gears) so I'm not ready to chuck out the tiller just yet (though I was tempted).