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by Lodge
31 Jan 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 15
Views: 523

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: 813

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: 813

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: 1802

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: 3392

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: 443

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: 2580

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...
by Lodge
2 Aug 2018, 10:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Capacity of Rohloff tensioner for two chain rings
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: Capacity of Rohloff tensioner for two chain rings

Many thanks for the replies. Much appreciated. I've currently run a 16 rear to 34 front but have a 44 in stock so could give this a try for no cost. Then get a front derailleur if it works. This would give me two more gears. If the tensioner would stretch to a 50 this gives three more as suggested e...
by Lodge
2 Aug 2018, 7:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Capacity of Rohloff tensioner for two chain rings
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Capacity of Rohloff tensioner for two chain rings

Does anyone happen to know how to translate a capacity of 10 links into what two chainrings I could use with a Rohloff? I have an ICE Sprint and have just moved to the Staffordshire Moorlands. The Peak District starts about 3 miles away and there are loads of rather steep hills such that the 526% ra...
by Lodge
20 Jul 2018, 11:12pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: recumbent riders where are we...
Replies: 173
Views: 125641

Re: recumbent riders where are we...

Evening all. I'm now located in the Staffordshire Moorlands just east of Stoke-on-Trent. I've an ICE Sprint and Bacchetta Giro 24, wife a Hase Kettwiesel. Plus a Hase Pino (rarely used though). Just retired so available for rides any time of the week, weather and house renovation permitting. Just ge...
by Lodge
27 Jun 2018, 6:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 150 mm cranks saddle height.
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: 150 mm cranks saddle height.

Yes, adjust saddle height. I’ve got 155 mm on the Brompton and 170 on the Patria Terra. I also noticed my average cadence on the Brompton suddenly increased to be significantly higher than the Patria; 80-85 to 90-95 rpm. Another advantage of the short cranks on the relatively low slung bottom bracke...
by Lodge
23 Jun 2018, 6:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: what to buy..... decisions, decisions
Replies: 19
Views: 1064

Re: what to buy..... decisions, decisions

The specifications for the Kettwiesel Kross are available online at http://hasebikes.com/files/adventure_en.pdf We've not had any problems with front wheel lift even when ascending steep uphill sections off road. Probably because our Kett has the Shimano Steps motor adding weight up front plus rear ...
by Lodge
20 Jun 2018, 5:31am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: what to buy..... decisions, decisions
Replies: 19
Views: 1064

Re: what to buy..... decisions, decisions

The Hase Kettwiesel folds. Ours would go inside the VW Passat estate but if was close fit. I suspect the BMW X1 could be a bit smaller. We sold the VW and have an A3 now but a trailer for the two trikes, the wife’s Kett and my Sprint. The Kett is definitely easy to get on and off and with two wheel ...
by Lodge
26 May 2018, 3:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good recumbent trike for arthritic knees?
Replies: 21
Views: 539

Re: A good recumbent trike for arthritic knees?

My wife has a Kettwiesel and absolutely loves it. She did have a seriously arthritic knee but fortunately has now had it replaced. I'm still the fitter party and have an ICE Sprint. But there again I borrow her Kett when it snows as it has two wheel drive therefore better traction. Her Kett is defin...
by Lodge
30 Apr 2018, 8:52pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano STEPS battery, always shows 5 LEDs
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Shimano STEPS battery, always shows 5 LEDs

This is completely normal. When using the bike/trike all 5 LEDs stay lit. They only indicate charge status when recharging. It’s in the manual somewhere as I remember.