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by mark aldridge
14 Nov 2018, 3:02pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Turbo Trainer with KMX Trike
Replies: 16
Views: 411

Re: Turbo Trainer with KMX Trike

I bit the bullet earlier in the year and bought a trainer. After looking at everything on the market that was suitable or could be adapted I ended up with a Sportcrafters HCT110. I know it is the model intended for handcycles but all you do is not fit the upright brackets. I could have bought from a...
by mark aldridge
25 Oct 2018, 2:44pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Keeping feet warm while inactive.
Replies: 32
Views: 931

Re: Keeping feet warm while inactive.

I also suffer from perpetually cold hands and feet and carry gloves even in the summer. Here are a list of various things I have tried from cheapest/easiest to dearest/complex. Hot drinks and porridge Vaseline Tiger Balm Bathroom filler round cleats. Duck tape over any shoe holes/vents Insulated ins...
by mark aldridge
24 Aug 2018, 3:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Getting into the recumbent cycling
Replies: 60
Views: 2730

Re: Getting into the recumbent cycling

Just one note of caution regarding how straight your legs should be able to go whilst pedaling. I would advise erring on the side of caution and go shorter rather than longer until you have built up recumbent specific leg muscles. The reason for this is that if the leg is over extended on a recumben...
by mark aldridge
15 Jun 2018, 3:56pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent trike speed
Replies: 36
Views: 1419

Re: Recumbent trike speed

Is that with the fairing ?
Just think how much faster it would be if it was painted red.
I'm glad you are enjoying it.
In my heart I regret selling it but my head says think of the money.
Mark
by mark aldridge
29 May 2018, 4:19pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Monoforks
Replies: 12
Views: 532

Re: Monoforks

Hello Pete I am currently running a Burrows Fujin special from Bikefix and finding it all I ever want from a fast audax style recumbent. I went for the monofork more because I wanted the very neat Burrows steering tiller and got the mono-fork as a bonus. I can't really say I notice any riding advant...
by mark aldridge
23 May 2018, 3:50pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Thoughts on Challenge mistral sl
Replies: 22
Views: 995

Re: Thoughts on Challenge mistral sl

Challenge is still in business and machines and parts can still be sourced from continental shops. I have got bits within days.
Bikefix in London can manage it as well but a degree of patience is needed. This is not down to them but the reluctance of Challenge to service the UK market.
by mark aldridge
9 Apr 2018, 2:19pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike Weights
Replies: 16
Views: 2539

Re: Trike Weights

This post was always based on just a thought as I was doing a bit of trike maintenance. I live and ride in the real world and by the time I add tools, water bottle and food the all up weight rockets. In my experience trike riding is an amazing way to lose weight and get fit. In early Spring as I rid...
by mark aldridge
7 Apr 2018, 3:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike Weights
Replies: 16
Views: 2539

Re: Trike Weights

Just an update, another Windcheetah FRO owner has just weighed her trike and it comes in at 24.5lbs. This is with a shortish boom (and therefore less chain), double Shimano Hollowtech chainset, Bebop pedals (the weight is in the cleat, not the pedals) and only a bottle cage to add extra weight.
by mark aldridge
5 Apr 2018, 3:35pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Broken Wrist !
Replies: 21
Views: 1048

Re: Broken Wrist !

This post and the foray into skateboarding made me smile.
I remember about twenty years ago taking my father into A&E when he fractured his wrist. The look the young nurse gave him when I forced him to admit to having fallen off his grandson's skateboard at the age of 72.
by mark aldridge
24 Mar 2018, 1:54pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks
Replies: 19
Views: 3047

Re: Short cranks

My apologies for inserting a rude word into my previous posting. Any Ian Dury fan can re-insert it. I blame it all on my Grandmother who taught me to swear at a tender age.
by mark aldridge
22 Mar 2018, 4:01pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks
Replies: 19
Views: 3047

Re: Short cranks

Hello Gary I think you might be overthinking the matter. Look at your Truvative cranks. If they are solid alloy, not cut away or too fluted (ie have a narrow neck or pinch point) it would be easy to have them shortened. Then your chain line would be unaffected and your Q factor identical or slightly...
by mark aldridge
21 Mar 2018, 2:30pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks
Replies: 19
Views: 3047

Re: Short cranks

Google Highpath for crank shorteners.
These were previously made and sold by Chris Bell of Egg Ring fame and have a sound reputation.
by mark aldridge
20 Mar 2018, 2:44pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks
Replies: 19
Views: 3047

Re: Short cranks

Hello Gary Google Kiddy cranks. Spa Cycles and SJS usually have a choice at reasonable prices. Cheap basic solid arm cranks are easy to find and can be shortened by any competent engineer/mechanic etc. Also scroll back through the forum and go to the BHPC website as this subject comes up frequently ...
by mark aldridge
28 Feb 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Front jersey pockets
Replies: 42
Views: 4434

Re: Front jersey pockets

If you just want pockets on the front try Googling fishermans, reporters or photographers vests. All have more than enough pockets and tend just to have a lightweight back.
by mark aldridge
23 Feb 2018, 2:56pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike Weights
Replies: 16
Views: 2539

Re: Trike Weights

It looks as though a lightweight trike in summer mode should be around 30lbs and in winter mode 2-3lbs more. I think you could get down to 26-27lbs if you severely restricted the gear range with a carbon double crankset, a narrow range high geared cassette and a lightweight chain. To get much below ...