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by AM7
11 Apr 2021, 1:02pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

belgiangoth wrote: 10 Apr 2021, 10:48pm I'm always struck by how much they look like a SPM on a diet. What's the headrest?
One review I read reckons their Fuego weighed more than a Streetmachine so not a great diet :D Mine is just over 16kg though which is not too bad I suppose.

The headrest was the one that was supplied by Nazca when the bike was bought. Can’t see it on their website now though so I guess they’re no longer available.
by AM7
10 Apr 2021, 8:23pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

I did think that getting aerobars/stem (or any Fuego parts really) from Nazca while the parts were still available might be sensible.

BTW, I really enjoyed your blog and you tube videos :)
by AM7
10 Apr 2021, 6:47pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

Actually I didn’t think of using a wider front tyre - that’s a really good suggestion :D
by AM7
10 Apr 2021, 6:24pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

nobrakes wrote: 10 Apr 2021, 2:30pm I think it is just practice. I ride a large size Fuego on the most stretched out setting. I can coast no hands on it. I think any bent with a small front wheel is a bit twitchier, but overall I would say the Fuego is one of the easier bents to ride.
I’m relatively new to ‘bents so I agree more practice is going to help, but the Fuego was the third one I tried and definitely the one I’ve found most difficult to ride - just goes to show we’re all different :)
UpWrong wrote: 10 Apr 2021, 5:57pm I might have got my terminology wrong. For maximum trail you want the top of the suspension coil unit on the highest of its 3 settings. This lowers the seat and slackens the head tube angle.
Yep that’s the setting I use, though as I say I couldn’t really tell the difference between any of the three settings.
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by AM7
10 Apr 2021, 2:04pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

UpWrong wrote: 10 Apr 2021, 1:00pm That's inconsistent with others' descriptions of the Fuego. Do you have it on the highest ride height? This reduces trail and quickens the steering. The lowest ride height will increase the trail and make the steering less sensitive.

I have a Nazca with the Aerobars. They make the handling more "bike"-like. I don't get on with tiller steering.
Yes, every comment I’ve read about the Fuego mentions that it’s a solid, stable ride - that’s one of the things that attracted me to it, but compared to the other two wheel ‘bents I’ve ridden (a 20/26 stick bike with superman bars and a dual 26 high racer with tiller bars), I felt it was the most twitchy - there’s no way I could take a hand off the bars to take a drink for example, and I just generally find it really difficult to relax when riding it. Perhaps it’s the combination of a small front wheel and the tiller steering, and aerobars would improve things.

Incidentally, this is with the ride height in the lowest position and the seat height in the highest, but I’ve tried other combinations too - to be honest I couldn’t really tell any difference between any of the ride height settings!
by AM7
10 Apr 2021, 10:39am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

hercule wrote: 8 Apr 2021, 7:18pm Delighted to lead you astray! :D
Thanks for the detailed response Hercule. That you (and others) have found the VTX to be about as quick as a Fuego is really selling it for me. I really wanted to like the Fuego but even after several rides I didn’t feel confident riding it, it just felt twitchy and unstable compared to other two wheel ‘bents I’ve ridden, and obviously not in the same league as a trike in the stability stakes.

I do really need to sort out a test ride of the VTX :D
UpWrong wrote: 9 Apr 2021, 10:13am I enjoyed reading the blog. I've owned 5 trikes over the years and now appreciate a higher seat height for ease of dismounting. How do you manage on that score with the VTX?
The user manual for my Trice S (which also has a pretty low seat) has illustrated instructions on how to get in and out of the seat and I believe the VTX manual has the same :) This video really illustrates how low slung the VTX seat is!
by AM7
7 Apr 2021, 9:19pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

hercule wrote: 7 Apr 2021, 7:56pm They really are quite good, I didn't realise how much quicker it would be than my Trice QNT. But the QNT is more versatile and a bit more comfortable so they complement each other rather well. Phone Kevin... I got my new one for rather less than I had budgeted for.
Thanks - that’s useful to know. My trike is a Trice S, so pretty similar to the QNT. You also have/had a Fuego and a Moulton AM don’t you? I’ve ridden both of them too. How do you think the VTX stacks up against them?

I didn’t think of calling Kevin. I’m only just down the road from Ely too :oops:

OP - sorry for hijacking your thread :(
by AM7
7 Apr 2021, 3:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

belgiangoth wrote: 7 Apr 2021, 3:11pm Well ...
Do you lack storage space? No
Do you already have a trike? Yes
Do you already have a fast recumbent? Sort of, but I’m not especially confident on a two wheeler
Would it be a stretch to buy one? No, and I think I could just about sneak one in under the C2W limit making it more affordable

I would say if you answer "no" to at least two of those...
Answers above :D I really need to take a test ride on a VTX to get a feel for whether or not it is noticeably swifter than my current trike
by AM7
7 Apr 2021, 11:51am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Blog for new recumebent trike riders
Replies: 29
Views: 1281

Re: Blog for new recumebent trike riders

Really enjoyed the blog, in spite of the fact that it's provided further temptation to get a VTX... :)
by AM7
15 Nov 2020, 2:41pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Giving up!
Replies: 27
Views: 1707

Re: Giving up!

[XAP]Bob wrote:
AM7 wrote:Price seems to have gone up a bit from when it was advertised on here last month?


To account for eBay fees no doubt


Of course. Well it looks like it’s sold already anyway.
by AM7
15 Nov 2020, 9:55am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Giving up!
Replies: 27
Views: 1707

Re: Giving up!


Price seems to have gone up a bit from when it was advertised on here last month?
by AM7
24 Sep 2020, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton tsr2 bottom bracket spec
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: Moulton tsr2 bottom bracket spec

My TSR2 originally came with a Sturmey chainset like this, which suggests a 119mm bottom bracket.
by AM7
12 Sep 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dura Ace downtube shifters - don't believe everything retailers tell you...
Replies: 43
Views: 1442

Re: Dura Ace downtube shifters - don't believe everything retailers tell you...

scottg wrote:Hmmm, the 10s d/t Shimano shifters have the d ring, friction option.
The 10s Shimano bar-cons do not have a friction option.
That could be the source of the retailers confusion.

9s Shimano bar-cons do have the friction d-ring.


Just checked actual bikes, reality is not as reliable as the internet in most cases
as we all know. :)

Hmm, my Shimano 10s bar end shifters do have a friction option...
by AM7
16 Jul 2020, 5:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2020 Audax LeJog
Replies: 54
Views: 14874

Re: 2020 Audax LeJog

charliepolecat wrote:My advice if he tries to put this on is to stay away, that way you will not have given him money and then been disappointed - and be out of pocket.


Based on the feedback on another forum from entrants trying to get a response/refund from the event organiser following its Covid enforced cancellation, it appears this was sage advice :(
by AM7
14 Jul 2020, 1:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is a Moulton a fair weather Bike.
Replies: 38
Views: 1520

Re: Is a Moulton a fair weather Bike.

Only you can answer that question! If you like your bikes to be fastidiously clean but don’t enjoy cleaning them, then a spaceframe Moulton probably is a fair weather bike. For myself, my bikes are tools not jewels, so I give my Moulton’s a wipe or hose down when they get too mucky, but otherwise just enjoy riding them :D