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by hercule
15 Oct 2019, 8:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Add-on e-bike conversion kit - Swytch or eBay kit?
Replies: 57
Views: 6247

Re: Add-on e-bike conversion kit - Swytch or eBay kit?

I got very frustrated with Panda after buying a kit a couple of years ago, mismatched connectors, a battery that was entirely unsuited to my application (which I had discussed extensively by email beforehand), and the charger stopped working shortly after purchase. They were very prompt in replying ...
by hercule
13 Oct 2019, 6:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Crank drive query
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Crank drive query

Looking at options for motor assist on a tadpole recumbent trike, I had dismissed crank drive as I would lose the gear range I currently enjoy. However I was looking at the Bafang motors which seem to have a square taper interface just like any other square taper bottom bracket. What’s to stop me fi...
by hercule
7 Oct 2019, 7:42pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Kalkhoff Adattu With gates Belt Drive-Which Tool ?
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Kalkhoff Adattu With gates Belt Drive-Which Tool ?

Did you ever find an answer to this?

My inherited Agattu (belt drive) has the same (or similar) issue, reading up on it suggests it’s the gears in the motor. I could replace the motor, which is apparently a reasonably easy job, but it’s not cheap!
by hercule
6 Oct 2019, 3:52pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!
Replies: 63
Views: 5877

Re: eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!

my Kettwiesel with front hub motor: 2447D225-0C1D-4BBE-9E46-35B558159ADF.jpeg The first battery died last winter, I think it was a case of neglect and deep discharge. Not wanting to go guddling about in its innards I bought a bigger bottle battery (13Ah) which I’ve mounted forward of the seat... thi...
by hercule
26 Sep 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank powered Old Ordinary
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Crank powered Old Ordinary

The treadle drive looks interesting - not only variable stroke length, but they work independently so you can push with both feet at once (if you were so inclined).

The chap at the beginning with the magnificent beard would be riding a recumbent trike in the 21st century, and wearing sandals :lol:
by hercule
25 Sep 2019, 11:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Guitar Players - Is It Hard?
Replies: 21
Views: 658

Re: Guitar Players - Is It Hard.?

My wrist isn’t flexible enough to stretch round the neck of a guitar. I took up the (acoustic) mandolin about 6 or 7 years ago (zero prior musical experience except abortive attempts to learn the violin in my early 20s) and whilst I may not be good in any absolute sense it gives me a huge amount of ...
by hercule
21 Sep 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton development over the years
Replies: 21
Views: 1402

Re: Brompton development over the years

Thanks for the replies. It was the introduction of the BWR with well spaced efficient gearing that made me sell on my old L5 (I remember the correct designation now!) and buy my S6L. I know Kinetics sells a SA 8 speed kit but from comparing the two I much prefer the BWR and 2 speed derailleur system...
by hercule
21 Sep 2019, 1:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: most aerodynamic/fairingiest handlebar bag or basket?
Replies: 18
Views: 533

Re: most aerodynamic/fairingiest handlebar bag or basket?

Anecdata warning... 6 or 7 years ago I fitted a HP Velotechnik Streamer fairing to my Trice QNT recumbent trike. The QNT is a narrow track machine, and the Streamer is only slightly narrower than the trike’s width. I did think about fitting a tail fairing but so far have never got round to it, thoug...
by hercule
19 Sep 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Small e-cars and e-bikes: please explain!
Replies: 48
Views: 1389

Re: Small e-cars and e-bikes: please explain!

Low Tech Magazine published a couple of articles on velomobiles as low carbon transport options in 2010 and 2012 https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/velomobiles/ Sadly we don’t seem to have come much further. Acknowledging that velomobiles can be awkward for the less able to get into, and the limitation...
by hercule
18 Sep 2019, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain catcher?
Replies: 28
Views: 997

Re: Chain catcher?

They now make a bigger seat tube size. My Moulton is frequently unshipping its chain (due to the violence of the ultegra STI levers, I think- I use barcons or DT levers on everything else). Tried to fit a Jumpstop a few years ago, seems like I can now.
by hercule
11 Sep 2019, 11:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Whatever happened to bamboo clothing
Replies: 20
Views: 1064

Re: Whatever happened to bamboo clothing

Actually I was incorrect. HH tops are a fashion statement in the rarified world of fell and hill running. A Lifa top, the bobblier the better, marks one out as a highly experienced fell runner and distinguishes one from the arrivistes :lol:
by hercule
10 Sep 2019, 10:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Whatever happened to bamboo clothing
Replies: 20
Views: 1064

Re: Whatever happened to bamboo clothing

BAM’s catalogue makes much of their clothes as suitable for athletic use, eg running, and even have a few magazine quotes saying how good they are. Certainly very comfortable but sizing erratic; however don’t dare to sweat in them. They hold a massive amount of water. I weighed one top after washing...
by hercule
7 Sep 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton development over the years
Replies: 21
Views: 1402

Brompton development over the years

An email advertising the soon-to-be released Brompton Explore piqued my interest and before I knew it I was browsing the Brompton website and starting to feel the first twinges of bike envy. I’ve had a Brompton since about 1997, firstly a 5 speed L5 then in 2009 I traded up to a S6L. The S6L is vast...
by hercule
1 Sep 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: GCN tries a recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 877

Re: GCN tries a recumbent

The next video by GCN is a talking heads one with a “discussion” about recumbents. Apparently recumbents are horribly slow, especially round corners, give you a sore back, and are always falling over (especially trikes). I’ve been riding recumbents of two and three wheeled persuasion for the last 15...
by hercule
28 Aug 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: GCN tries a recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 877

Re: GCN tries a recumbent

I’d love to have a go but with a 700-800 mile round trip to the nearest events it’s hard to justify.

I did try time trialling in my youth and really didn’t like it. So I joined the CTC. :D