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by pjclinch
25 Jan 2021, 10:54am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Do Recumbent Trike Chains Suffer Less Road Muck?
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Do Recumbent Trike Chains Suffer Less Road Muck?

Do chains on recumbent trikes suffer fewer road muck issues? What made me wonder was that a significant portion of the chain is in-front of wheels, plus the front wheels are not in-line with chain so muck thrown-up misses chain? But is this how things work in practice or do other factors cancel any...
by pjclinch
23 Jan 2021, 12:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy
Replies: 16
Views: 934

Re: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy

https://twitter.com/RantyHighwayman/status/731799079227953152?s=19 shows a young girl happily cycling along a busy London street.

If you really think that would happen without a segregated lane there then I'd make sure Kool-aid deliveries aren't being held up in the customs fiasco.
by pjclinch
19 Jan 2021, 8:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting Luggage
Replies: 26
Views: 925

Re: Commuting Luggage

Well yes, I admit that I was thinking of mountain bikes as in bikes used on mountains. Which isn't for commuting, usually. If it's got a rack, it's not a mountain bike in my view. There's plenty of cross country where a rack is a real benefit. This is mine taken on a day when I went exploring nooks...
by pjclinch
18 Jan 2021, 9:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting Luggage
Replies: 26
Views: 925

Re: Commuting Luggage

I'm surprised no-one has suggested a simple rucksack. I've never used anything else. Beats messing about with panniers any day. I don't use a rucksack because there's very little "messing about" with panniers and if the bag is on the weight bearing frame I've paid a lot of money for it is...
by pjclinch
7 Jan 2021, 10:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy
Replies: 16
Views: 934

Re: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy

Given that the purpose of cycle lanes is to speed up motor traffic by clearing us out of the way... And here were lots of us thinking the main idea was to enable safe, reasonably pleasant routes for relatively inexperienced riders like primary school children who shouldn't be expected to mix it wit...
by pjclinch
4 Jan 2021, 7:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Warmest Winter Gloves
Replies: 34
Views: 1399

Re: Warmest Winter Gloves

alexnharvey wrote:In summary, not an issue gettings hands in and out.


Thanks, that's good to know.
(I guess unlike paddling ones the bar stays pretty much put, unlike a paddle shaft.)
by pjclinch
4 Jan 2021, 1:28pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Large Helmets
Replies: 23
Views: 544

Re: Large Helmets

Whatabout helmets made for other purposes? I imagine many firefighters and divers are big people with big heads If you want to cycle in a fire service helmet then go ahead... but cycling helmets tend to be light and well ventilated for a reason... I have helmets for caving, climbing and paddling, a...
by pjclinch
3 Jan 2021, 3:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Warmest Winter Gloves
Replies: 34
Views: 1399

Re: Warmest Winter Gloves

All else being equal mittens (and to a lesser extent lobster claws) are warmer than gloves, though they may not be compatible with your gear shifters. Ski gloves work pretty well IME, mountaineer's double-mitts (with optional thin liner glove inside) are generally over the top, but if you suffer mig...
by pjclinch
2 Jan 2021, 3:59pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts
Replies: 58
Views: 1365

Re: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts

More importantly your head will be against the seat/neck rest, so you may need a different fitting helmet. With an additional add-on rest, very probably, with a typical seat IME no. I've ridden a few 'bents in my time, including back when I always wore a lid, and I've always found the back of the l...
by pjclinch
2 Jan 2021, 12:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts
Replies: 58
Views: 1365

Re: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts

There's always the option of a hi-viz cover, and there are orange ones out there. You could get two, one for winter left as is, and one for summer where you cut out the vent holes... Also, there's the stickers option which is probably cheaper and less faff. IME (in)visibility of 'bents in general is...
by pjclinch
2 Jan 2021, 10:41am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts
Replies: 58
Views: 1365

Re: 1st Recumbent Trike Questions & Configuration For Any Thoughts

On the subject of visibility, I don't use a flag or DLR but I do wear a hi-viz helmet. I noticed on a charity ride many years ago that a couple with recumbent trikes stood out from the crowd by a country mile because of their hi-viz helmets. i didn't notice their flags. Useful to know as (with bala...
by pjclinch
1 Jan 2021, 9:26pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets for cricketers, footballers, motorists, not cyclists
Replies: 124
Views: 5086

Re: Helmets for cricketers, footballers, motorists, not cyclists

(more head injuries to occupants of motor vehicles than cyclists in the average year, I believe) Motor crashes are the #1 cause of head trauma in the UK. Trips and falls are second. Cycling hardly gets a look in... but with so many more people getting about by car and foot than by bike a simple cou...
by pjclinch
1 Jan 2021, 9:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...pros and cons of a tricycle? Sidecar?
Replies: 20
Views: 699

Re: ...pros and cons of a tricycle? Sidecar?

You don't necessarily need a differential on the back of a delta, you can just have one driven rear wheel (may sound odd, but simpler versions of the Hase Kettwiesel use this arrangement quite successfully) For those thinking that trikes implies slow, note that the LEJoG record is actually held by a...
by pjclinch
31 Dec 2020, 1:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Rain Jacket with Pit Zips ?

I find my hair is pretty waterproof. My bald head is very much waterproof... but does get cold quite easily, especially in the wet. I prefer a hat to a hood (including hillwalking when I don't have to worry about traffic), but there is certainly a Better Class Of Hood that will move with your head....
by pjclinch
31 Dec 2020, 12:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

. The current trend to pedestrian/cycle paths and shared pavements, painted lanes in most areas are just another nail in coffin for cyclists freedom to use the roads. Better measures to safeguard cyclists on the road would be far better in my opinion. The current trend is to dedicated cycleways, wh...