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by Lodge
24 Mar 2019, 11:38pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Should You Install E-Assist On Your Trike/Bike?
Replies: 30
Views: 2434

Re: Should You Install E-Assist On Your Trike/Bike?

Absolutely spot on. I've recently had a motor fitted to my ICE Sprint to enable me to get up the many 10%+ hills in the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands where I live. Now my mileage is increasing again. I used to do over 10,000 km/year (unmotorised) before retiring (commuting in the Rhine v...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 11:20pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Folding ebike recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Folding ebike recommendations

We bought my son a Raleigh Stow E-Way (£1100 last November). He commutes to work on this across Birmingham (generally by canal tow path, unless icy) and reckons it to be the best Christmas present ever. So far it's proving reliable and straightforward for him to maintain. Touch wood. It's ideal when...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Riese and Muller
Replies: 30
Views: 1290

Re: Riese and Muller

The dual battery "thing" just enables R&M to use available Bosch 500 Wh units. I assume if there were a 1000 Wh unit available it would be just as good but finding a place on the bike to put such a large unit would be an interesting design exercise. That said, having two battery packs ...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Riese and Muller
Replies: 30
Views: 1290

Re: Riese and Muller

Fitted flat bars and an adjustable stem today. I must get out for an extended ride as soon as the weather eases off a bit (rather windy right now).

And yes, the dual batteries are wonderful. No range anxiety... unless I insist on going everywhere on boost (but it's so tempting...).
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 12:33am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Pendix Mid Crank Drive Electric Bike Kit
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Pendix Mid Crank Drive Electric Bike Kit

I test rode a Pendix before buying a ready-made ebike. Decided against it as it a) was wide i.e. large Q-factor such that my legs felt like they were splayed out. Not good for my knees. Possibly it would be better for those with wider hips (I'm only 170 cm). b) felt weird. It's direct drive and very...
by Lodge
12 Mar 2019, 12:15am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Riese and Muller
Replies: 30
Views: 1290

Re: Riese and Muller

Just got a Delite with E14 Rohloff and Gates belt the week before last. Had to wait from last November due to the factory move. But it is an amazing beast. I live on the edge of the Peak District and was getting bored with spending 90-95% of the time crawling up 15-20% hills at walking pace on my Pa...
by Lodge
11 Mar 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Down, not yet out.
Replies: 13
Views: 2448

Re: Down, not yet out.

Done very much the same from a Bacchetta Giro. Down a 15% hill, level out and into a right handed corner at about 45 kph. Front Kojak lost grip. Damaged handlebar, right brake lever & cable, and derailleur (but still rideable). And damaged me of course with small graze to my right hand and a 10 ...
by Lodge
5 Mar 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding Touring Bikes? Airnimal?
Replies: 13
Views: 1510

Re: Folding Touring Bikes? Airnimal?

My wife and I have done a 7 day tour on our folders. Very useful to put in the back of our Audi A3, drive from the UK to the Alsace then do the wine route. I've a Brompton with Rohloff, she a Tern Vectron with Bosch motor and Alfine 11. Both did very well (lots of gears for the hills). The Vectron i...
by Lodge
31 Jan 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 25
Views: 1155

Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Yet another vote for the Thule 3 bike carrier. We’ve had ours for many years and it’s carried my other half’s VSF Bosch ebike back and forth from Switzerland to the UK many times, together with my heavyweight tourer (and, on a couple of occasions, our son’s MTB). Just keep the total weight to the li...
by Lodge
16 Dec 2018, 10:43pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Advice please re conversion
Replies: 12
Views: 956

Re: Advice please re conversion

sounds like you’re doing very well! My average these days at age 61 years is only 10 mph unassisted on flattish ground (Brompton, Patria Terra tourer or ICE Sprint). Much slower (6 mph) in the hilly Peak District. Though I will admit that I’m planning to fit a motor to the Sprint in the New Year to ...
by Lodge
15 Dec 2018, 12:03am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Advice please re conversion
Replies: 12
Views: 956

Re: Advice please re conversion

What sort of speed do you normally tour at unassisted? My wife has a Tern Vektron which is Bosch powered, 250 W. I have a Brompton, un-powered except for my own legs and we tour quite happily together (week long Tour d'Alsace this last summer, both flat Rhine plain and the foothills of the Vosges). ...
by Lodge
31 Oct 2018, 7:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dooring - Have You Experienced It?
Replies: 30
Views: 1891

Re: Dooring - Have You Experienced It?

Yes I have been doored but not since I was a teenager (I'm now 61). So unforgettable that I still give plenty of space. It would be all the more interesting these days given that over half the time I'm on a recumbent trike not a bike.
by Lodge
14 Oct 2018, 9:51am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Keeping feet warm while inactive.
Replies: 33
Views: 9619

Re: Keeping feet warm while inactive.

I suffer from Raynaud’s disease and hence cold feet are a real problem in winter, even when riding the trike energetically. Over the years I’ve tried many things, including bubble wrap duck taped around the shoes (with hole for SPDs). This helped but the cure has been electric socks. I bought the Le...
by Lodge
8 Sep 2018, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Capacity of Rohloff tensioner for two chain rings
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: Capacity of Rohloff tensioner for two chain rings

An update... The proof of concept worked so I've obtained a 50 tooth 104 mm BCD Middleburn chainring to go with my existing 34 tooth Surly on the Hope crankset. Also managed to get a 19 tooth Thorn threaded Rohloff sprocket so no need to adjust the alignment of the tensioner. Added in a Shimano dera...
by Lodge
4 Aug 2018, 9:02am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike Weights
Replies: 16
Views: 2624

Re: Trike Weights

My unsuspended ICE Sprint is 17.5 kg naked, 20.3 kg with lights, rack, mudguards and lock. Weight of Rohloff offset by carbon seat, narrow rims and tyres. My wife’s Kettwiesel on the other hand is 35 kg due to STEPS motor, battery, Rohloff and full suspension. It’s great fun until the battery runs o...