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by squeaker
23 Sep 2021, 9:58am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Anybody with a recumbent trike in Gloucestershire?
Replies: 17
Views: 493

Re: Anybody with a recumbent trike in Gloucestershire?

Tigerbiten wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 8:43pm If not then you really need to think how you can maximize the gear range.
A first gear of sub 15" will let you climb most hills strain free.
And a top gear of over 100" will make it harder to spinout which again raises your heart rate.
Agree with the former, but not the sentiment behind the latter: you don't have to pedal downhill ;)
by squeaker
22 Sep 2021, 10:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: Solar panels

AlanD wrote: 21 Sep 2021, 10:04pm If you have PV cells and you are harbouring pigeons, then you really need to do something about it.
Amen: there's also a risk of cables being pecked. We had to get the panels on our local sailing club 'barge boarded' - pleased to say there was no obvious drop in electrical output. Locally the pigeons seem to prefer the trees, but I do check from time to time. Had to evict a collared dove from the satellite dish, though...
by squeaker
22 Sep 2021, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning a new chain
Replies: 33
Views: 1200

Re: Cleaning a new chain

Stradageek wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 8:12am Am I alone?

I never clean a new chain, or an old one for that matter.
No, not alone. I usually wipe the excess grease off a new chain with a rag, then lubricate from time to time following another wipe with the rag. The shopping bike's chain just gets a spray of WD40 if it's been out in heavy rain.
by squeaker
16 Sep 2021, 10:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Elemnt Roam... Get me home!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Elemnt Roam... Get me home!!!

Jdsk wrote: 16 Sep 2021, 7:18am Did you try RETRACE RIDE?
Not too useful on a circular ride?
by squeaker
14 Sep 2021, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Measuring cassette wear
Replies: 9
Views: 416

Re: Measuring cassette wear

Given that worn cassettes can work 'happily' with worn chain, but throw a wobbler with a new chain, I think your quest will be challenging!
by squeaker
9 Sep 2021, 9:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Light question
Replies: 18
Views: 764

Re: Front Light question

On the basis having used a CatEye GVolt50 for a while, I'd suggest a GVolt70.1, on offer here. I would also stay away from anything with a stretchy rubber strap mounting.
by squeaker
7 Sep 2021, 10:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain slipping
Replies: 14
Views: 555

Re: Chain slipping

Spen wrote: 6 Sep 2021, 6:30pm Last week I changed the chain (same length as the existing chain)...
As in same number of links?
by squeaker
5 Sep 2021, 9:29am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Mango
Replies: 27
Views: 816

Re: Mango

Another thing to consider is drivetrain noise. IME most derailleur systems are relatively quiet (except possibly when gear changing :roll: ) but hub gears of any sort can introduce additional ticks and whirrs (not to mention whines) which might not be intrusive on a conventional machine, but may be when radiated by the velomobile's body. Very much a subjective area, though.
by squeaker
4 Sep 2021, 11:12pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Mango
Replies: 27
Views: 816

Re: Mango

I think you'd need to think carefully where the 2.5:1 jump with the HSD will occur. I use the MD on the WAW for the steeper hills: mostly I stay in the high range. If you'd only use the HSD to get the downhill overdrive, then that would probably be acceptable, but if you had to use it on the flat it could be annoying, although the SA hub would help you 'play tunes' and save a full 7 gear cassette shift when HSD activated.

Be interested to read how you get on :wink:
by squeaker
4 Sep 2021, 7:01pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Mango
Replies: 27
Views: 816

Re: New toy

[XAP]Bob wrote: 4 Sep 2021, 4:23pmI’m tempted to go slight barmy with gearing, putting the Schlumpf HSD up front and the CS-RK3 in the middle.
Nice 8)

What gearing does it have at the moment? An 18" low gear sounds 'high' to me: I'm more comfortable on steeper hills with 15" on my WAW. At the other end I find 120" adequate, but could understand a wish to go higher! The mid-drive crossover does give you lots of options, though.
by squeaker
3 Sep 2021, 11:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police attitudes to riding side by side
Replies: 40
Views: 1804

Re: Police attitudes to riding side by side

Mick F wrote: 2 Sep 2021, 3:29pm :lol: :lol:
Great photo.
It is in deed: lots to consider - I do worry about the pedestrian with his(?) back to the traffic though...
by squeaker
30 Aug 2021, 10:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 3rd hand
Replies: 26
Views: 908

Re: 3rd hand

nez wrote: 29 Aug 2021, 2:03pm As a youngster I had a third hand, a sort of spring with a handle to lightly compress calliper brakes while you adjust them. I lost it and have spent the years between using cable ties but have now decided that's seriously non-green. I don't want my grandchildren to inherit a world full of my old cut cable ties.
Use re-usable cable ties :roll:
by squeaker
29 Aug 2021, 12:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sprocket compatibility within Shimano
Replies: 21
Views: 736

Re: sprocket compatibility within Shimano

531colin wrote: 28 Aug 2021, 5:41pm Here is an old thread about mixing up Shimano sprockets from different cassettes. viewtopic.php?f=5&t=54328&hilit=nightmare&start=15
As I recall, the general experience is that the "join" between 2 cassettes can give a slightly clunky or hesitant shift, but I don't recall anybody reporting real problems.
I run a 13-34 'special' made up from 2 Shimano cassettes, giving a 1 step top 3 gears. The 'join' is noticeable, but OK (using indexed bar end shifter) - but then my first bike had a 5 speed freewheel...
by squeaker
29 Aug 2021, 12:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Who should be a Lorry Driver?
Replies: 48
Views: 1557

Re: Who should be a Lorry Driver?

Doesn't sound that attractive a career to me, esp. at £10/hr :(
by squeaker
28 Aug 2021, 5:11pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: The old DF vs recumbent chestnut
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: The old DF vs recumbent chestnut

rjb wrote: 28 Aug 2021, 4:01pm excuse my ignorance but is a DF a diamond frame? :?
Mostly, but could be one of these...

Maybe we should be using 'safety' or 'upwrong' to describe bicycles with a common Victorian frame / rider position?
(please don't take this seriously :roll: )