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by dkmwt
9 Jan 2019, 7:52pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!
Replies: 11
Views: 5914

Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

UpWrong wrote:They provide more "bike-like" steering than tillers and more real-estate for handlebar furniture.


This is the exact reason that I want to try them.

As well as having no way locally to try them I'm having trouble finding somewhere to buy them.
by dkmwt
8 Jan 2019, 4:42pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!
Replies: 11
Views: 5914

Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

I ride an ICE B1 with hamster bars (tiller steering) as well as a Qnt 26. I will be very soon going to Bikefix to collect a Challenge Fujin SL2 with tiller steering. I would like to try superman bars but everyone I've spoken to about it advises me against it. Also, I've recently read that for tight turns you have to drop the inside leg. I think the only way for me to find out is to go somewhere and try a bike with them but I don't know of any near Plymouth that I can try.
by dkmwt
25 Jun 2015, 4:54pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: recumbent riders where are we...
Replies: 176
Views: 153108

Re: recumbent riders where are we...

dkmwt wrote:Plymouth, 2005 ICE "S" rear suspension upgrade, streamer fairing and resprayed purple. Also my brother has a 2005 "QNT" with a rear suspension upgrade.


In the past 18 months I've changed to a Qnt 26 and an ICE B1.
by dkmwt
24 Jun 2015, 8:23pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bicycle Chain by the meter
Replies: 5
Views: 8455

Re: Bicycle Chain by the meter

I'm not sure what make or model you ride but ICE in Falmouth sell the correct length of chain for a trike for similar price as a standard chain.
by dkmwt
20 Apr 2015, 10:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Steering when starting
Replies: 18
Views: 5666

Re: Steering when starting

I've recently started riding an ICE B1 that I got from Neil.

I think I had the same problem as you when I started but never gave it much thought on the flat I just persevered and got better. I do still sometimes get it on uphill starts.
Looking at your pedals, would I be right in saying they are single sided that can only be used on the cleat side, mine had the same pedals. I've since changed to double sided with a cleat on one side giving me the ability to ride on the flat side without fear of clipping in when I don't want to. It's good for getting going then flip the pedal when in motion.

Another steering problem I get is to catch the front wheel with my heel when pulling away at right handed T junctions when I need to turn sharply because of parked cars on the other side of the road.
by dkmwt
6 Apr 2015, 10:04pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike on a ferry
Replies: 15
Views: 14681

Re: Trike on a ferry

Many Thanks, I shall venture to France at some point in the future then. Is there anything else I need to know about cycling in France? Apart from the obvious, other side of the road. How about roundabouts? Sorry to sound daft but I've not been abroad very often. I've only been in the archery club three years so this will be my second time to France.
by dkmwt
6 Apr 2015, 6:39pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike on a ferry
Replies: 15
Views: 14681

Trike on a ferry

I'm thinking of doing a bit of cycling in France. My incentive for this is an Archery club in Pontivy. As I'm a member of Tavistock Co. of Archers and Tavistock is twined with Pontivy we have an exchange each year. Last year they came to us, this year we go there. All of the arrangements are made for car travel this time but in two years time I'm thinking of cycling over.
As I live in Plymouth getting to the ferry is easy so I could go on day trips to France. Booking it is another matter. I could just book it as a bicycle but I don't want to get there and be told you can't bring that on as a bicycle it's too big. Especially with the trailer that I would need for camping. I looked through the FAQ and it says book a trike/tricycle as a car. This makes the cost totally prohibitive. It would cost (one way) £50 as a bicycle but £180+ if I booked it as a car which thinking about it, it wouldn't let me do it as my trike doesn't have a number plate.

What do you do??
by dkmwt
7 Dec 2014, 9:27pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Oops, sheared bolt...
Replies: 32
Views: 14587

Re: Oops, sheared bolt...

My brother has snapped that bolt and also lost that bolt. When he snapped it the first time he didn't realize what had happened (he's thick as two short planks) and ended up sawing into the frame. No matter what I tried I couldn't get the bolt out. I took it to ICE, they got it out and patched the frame. He also started sawing through the handle bars.
by dkmwt
1 Nov 2014, 6:12pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bottle dynamo placement. Am I mad?
Replies: 20
Views: 14258

Re: Bottle dynamo placement. Am I mad?

Having used a dynamo on a rear suspension ICE S with the curved mono stay. Due to the width of the rear forks the dynamo wasn't at a very good angle, this caused a lot of cap wear on the top edge. I even tried putting washers in to get it closer to the wheel to get a better angle.

Looking at your pictures the position of the dynamo is much better in relation to the wheel. As said above make sure the axle of the dynamo is in line with the centre of the wheel.

As for the speed of descent down hills I regularly did 45mph on the way to work powering two Lumitek IQ flies.
by dkmwt
25 Aug 2014, 11:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Accident Insurance?
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Re: Accident Insurance?

I had an argument with a guy at work a few years ago about this very subject. I said that as my ICE trike is a named item I had full cover with my house insurance, he insisted that I didn't. When I got home I phoned my insurers to ask this question. The person that I spoke to couldn't answer right away so they went to find out. The answer came back a very positive yes. As it is a named item it has full cover to the same level as a car driver, if not better as it's new for old cover.

The QnT 26 with front suspension and hydraulic front disks is covered for £4000 and the B1 is covered for £2000.
by dkmwt
14 Aug 2014, 10:20pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Handle bars, wraparound or hamster!!
Replies: 6
Views: 4253

Handle bars, wraparound or hamster!!

As you might see by my recent post on the pictures thread I've got myself an ICE B1 with hamster bars.

I was wondering if anybody is in a position to compare hamster bars to wraparound bars and which is easiest to get on with. One of the reasons that I ask is that with hamster bars and the front boom at what I think is the correct length I'm touching my thumbs with my knees on each turn of the pedals. I don't want to spend out getting wraparounds only to find out that they are more difficult to ride with and don't solve the problem.

After 9 years of riding a trike (which I'm still riding occasionally) learning to balance is quite a challenge but I'm getting there, all be it slowly.
by dkmwt
30 Jul 2014, 10:48pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 582
Views: 265664

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

My first new ride that I got in March of this year. It's a Qnt 26 with front suspension and hydraulic disc brakes
my first new ride.jpg


My newest ride that I got from ICE last Wednesday. It's a standard first edition B1. As this one has a wheel missing I need to learn to ride it.
my new ride smaller.jpg
by dkmwt
23 Jul 2014, 10:42pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: recumbent riders where are we...
Replies: 176
Views: 153108

Re: recumbent riders where are we...

Still in Plymouth, now with a Qnt 26 and a B1
by dkmwt
1 Feb 2013, 9:19pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Drive train changes....
Replies: 16
Views: 33322

Re: Drive train changes....

You can still keep the bottom end gears when buying from a.n.other.

When you get the new cassette very carefully grid off the rivets that hold the cassette together. Then not so carefully as it's not a problem to put the cassette back together take the 26 tooth sprocket off the new cassette and replace it with the 32 tooth sprocket from the old cassette. You should find that the biggest one isn't very worn. I've had my Trike 7 1/2 years and I'm still using the 34 tooth sprocket.

After grinding the rivets off the cassette becomes a pile of sprockets and spacers so you'll need to rebuild the cassette on the wheel. As long as you get the sprockets the right way up (with a bit of logical disassembly it shouldn't be a problem) the sprockets will only go back onto the hub one way.

Also you'll find it cheaper to buy new chain from ICE as you'll get what you need for a reasonable price. Rather than paying an extortionate amount for 3 chains and only using 2 and a bit.
by dkmwt
5 Dec 2012, 11:35pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Problem with drum brakes(Trice S)
Replies: 9
Views: 1515

Re: Problem with drum brakes(Trice S)

I've had the same problem many times and suspect that I'm going to get it again very soon if I don't change my cables. Due to the "puddles" that I've had to ride through.

Another thing that I do after talking to Neil at ICE is to put Milburn cable oilers in at the bottom of the loop. Then you can attach a can of lube to it and spray into the middle of the cable and the lube comes out the end with any water and muck that might be in there. This isn't a total fix but it helps pre-long the time between cable changes.

It also happens with gear cables. I've had to ride 6.5 miles across Plymouth at 10pm up hill and down dale with only one gear. That is after releasing cables and adjusting stop screws to get it into a usable position.