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by mark aldridge
5 Dec 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: ICE trike front boom for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 612

Re: ICE trike front boom

Hello OB

It was the original build. A lot of the recumbent makers now have a Pinion option listed (it can take a bit of ferreting around on websites). If you can't get an original makers boom you might strike lucky if your boom diameter matches theirs. Failing that it is not a major job for fabricator or frame builder to cobble one up (diy?).

Good luck.

Mark
by mark aldridge
4 Dec 2019, 5:12pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: ICE trike front boom for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 612

Re: ICE trike front boom

I have had a Pinion box on my Velomo trike for three years now and it just gets better the more I use it. For recumbent use I think it beats a Rohloff hub hands down. The ease with which you can just swap booms makes it a very valid option. For uprights it is a totally different and costly proposition. Let us know how you get on.
Mark
by mark aldridge
26 Jan 2019, 2:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Made to measure cycling shoes - anyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 2598

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 the sole unit.
Lake sole units are different widths as well as lengths so you get a truly wide shoe. This does not make them cheap and you have to be very lucky to find them in any shops. I initially got ten pairs of varying sizes and models from the internet to try on at home and managed to get a perfect fit (if you time it right with your credit card you can get them back and the refund processed so it doesn't result in an horrendous bill).
A lot of the Lake models also have leather uppers so they tend to mould to your feet over time.
Good luck.
Mark
by mark aldridge
26 Jan 2019, 2:26pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 1x11 gearing on a bent
Replies: 62
Views: 18659

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 at low speed balancing and controlling wheel spin on steep up hills.
My workaday Windcheetah runs an old Campag mtb triple chainset at the front with a 14 tooth inner ring. The middle and inner rings are rear sprockets mounted on a cut down section of a freewheel body. All very ingenious and in theory you could have an 11 tooth inner ring (11 X 50 lowest gear anyone?)
All my set-ups are non-indexing and it has taken a lot of practice to enable smooth gear changes.
As with everything in life the body adjusts to a multitude of it-will-do situations that enable you to just get on with other things.
by mark aldridge
24 Nov 2018, 12:53pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Problem feet and general comfort.
Replies: 0
Views: 297

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, heel spur, pulled tendons/ligaments etc. I have been icing it, resting it, elevating it etc and swing from Eureka it is cured to Black Dog I'll chop the bloody thing off.
Having pulled all the insoles and footbeds out of my other shoes to give them a try I think I am onto something. I then remembered buying memory foam for my recumbent seat from Algeos.
I now have a bag of goodies to play around with that will keep me amused for hours.
Google them if you have any biomechanical problems as they have vast amounts of interesting stuff, are not expensive and will point you in the right direction if you give them a call.
by mark aldridge
24 Nov 2018, 12:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Keeping feet warm while inactive.
Replies: 33
Views: 9955

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 Northwaves can be a bit pointy Italian at times.
I will read the runes and monitor the holly berries and if a long cold winter is indicated might "invest" my winter fuel payment in a pair.
by mark aldridge
14 Nov 2018, 3:02pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Turbo Trainer with KMX Trike
Replies: 16
Views: 7027

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 abroad but it was cheaper buying the HCT which was available in the UK. Google Draftwheelchairs.com for details as even if you do not buy it is worth thirty minutes wandering around their website and being amazed.

The Fusion Speed mini roller is currently out of production but nag them and they might do a small run early next year.

Cycle Ops do a folding roller that splits into two enabling you to use just the rear wheel portion.

Rollers are just so convenient to use that I wouldn't contemplate a turbo trainer unless I had a spare trike to leave permenantly on it. I just cycle over the trainer, bump the rear wheel onto it and start training. With practice you can even bump the rear wheel off but it is not advised if you have any sort of mechanical sympathy.

Good luck.
by mark aldridge
25 Oct 2018, 2:44pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Keeping feet warm while inactive.
Replies: 33
Views: 9955

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 insoles (make your own out of estate agents For Sale signs).
Multiple changes of dry/warm WOOL socks (carry them down your bib tights).
Barrier socks/plastic bags.
Hand warmers down shoes.
Hill walking gaiters.
Over shoes.
Electric boot warmers.
Bigger shoes/boots with thicker/multiple socks
Bigger boots with arctic felted wool insoles or complete inner boots.
Winter cycling boots. I use a mixture of Bontrager OMM, Lake and Wolvhammer depending on my level of activity.
Fairing on trike.

In all honesty, if you can get away from SPD's and use over sized walking boots you are most of the way there. Fairings are magic if you can live with them as they keep your feet out of the wind and dry. Changing sweaty socks for warm dry ones works miracles if you do it regularly.

When you are standing still a square of insulating foam works wonders and for longer stays a bin liner/bivy sack is worth investing in.

Have a look in your local horse or agricultural suppliers shop. Their clients are used to standing outside in all weathers and are against paying too much for solutions.

Good luck

Mark
by mark aldridge
24 Aug 2018, 3:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Getting into the recumbent cycling
Replies: 60
Views: 11859

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 recumbent there is a possibility of damage to the knees by bending them negatively. This is due to two things, the weight of gravity (think of the design of an arched bridge alongside a flat bridge, the latter either has to be more solidly built or suspended from above) or the instability due to rough roads or potholes.
It is not a major problem and you will soon get used to it as you build up experience and leg muscles.
Shorter cranks do help as they lessen the distance through which the physical mass of your legs move.
by mark aldridge
15 Jun 2018, 3:56pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent trike speed
Replies: 36
Views: 2456

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: 806

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 advantage but it holds the wheel to the frame, what more do you want.

I have run a Windcheetah or two for years and find them my go-to machines for fun riding. The all round mono-stays do make puncture repair a doddle though.

A few years ago I had a test ride on a Velomo Hi Trike TT and instantly placed an order. If you can imagine a full suspension Windcheetah you are not far off. Coming from a very small scale builder it is a bit rough at the edges but it is one of the best riding trikes I have ever ridden and I would not hesitate in buying another. The only negative is the nigh on impossibility of fitting mudguards. For me it is definitely a keeper with the bonus of all round monostays.

Mark
by mark aldridge
23 May 2018, 3:50pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Thoughts on Challenge mistral sl
Replies: 22
Views: 1572

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: 2882

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 ride more and longer I can lose inches off my waist without really trying.
by mark aldridge
7 Apr 2018, 3:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike Weights
Replies: 16
Views: 2882

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: 1703

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.