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by mark aldridge
26 Jan 2019, 2:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Made to measure cycling shoes - anyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 2306

Re: Made to measure cycling shoes - anyone?

I have tried a lot of so-called wide fitting shoes because I suffer from cold feet and need room for socks and wiggling. Beware of a lot of the so-called wide fitting shoes. Most brands just use the regular sole unit and bond on a wider upper. If your feet are very wide you often feel the edges of t...
by mark aldridge
26 Jan 2019, 2:26pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 1x11 gearing on a bent
Replies: 36
Views: 9297

Re: 1x11 gearing on a bent

Like a lot of the posters I have been playing around with my gearing over the years. I live in an areaf the country with a lot of steep choppy hills where it is difficult to build up any momentum hence err on the side of low gears. I run a Toxy ZR with Schlumpf Mountaindrive and have become expert a...
by mark aldridge
24 Nov 2018, 12:53pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Problem feet and general comfort.
Replies: 0
Views: 222

Problem feet and general comfort.

I have been having a few problems with my right foot and given the lengthy wait on the NHS am trying to sort it out myself. It is the common problem of an extremely painful heel leading to walking on the ball of the foot to ease the pain. It could be any of the standard complaints, bruised heel, hee...
by mark aldridge
24 Nov 2018, 12:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Keeping feet warm while inactive.
Replies: 33
Views: 9619

Re: Keeping feet warm while inactive.

Just been whiling away an hour on the internet and came across these Northwave Himalaya boots. Northwave have a proven record of delivering impressive winter cycling shoes as these look as though they are. They are described as touring boots which hopefully means they have a more roomy toebox as Nor...
by mark aldridge
14 Nov 2018, 3:02pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Turbo Trainer with KMX Trike
Replies: 16
Views: 6757

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: 33
Views: 9619

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: 11278

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: 1766

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: 590

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: 1164

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: 2624

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: 2624

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: 1209

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: 3128

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: 3128

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...