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by BrownBear
19 Apr 2018, 9:56pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bent Seat Options?
Replies: 12
Views: 1251

Re: Bent Seat Options?

The wide shoulder back on the ~Thor carrier was interesting. I do feel that a back wider than the shoulder blades wouldbe good. The exotic http://synthetictransport.com/railgun/ is similar in this respect, but designed for far low seat angles, I'd like something in between.
by BrownBear
5 Apr 2018, 10:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Front jersey pockets
Replies: 44
Views: 12623

Re: Front jersey pockets

Most of the non specific options look a lot more viable for winter than summer. I have one short sleeve jersey that had the pockets resewn on the front by someone a lot more dexterous then me, actually easier with cheaper jerseys than high end ones I think. Top tube bags do look interesting, provide...
by BrownBear
5 Apr 2018, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre Lever in CW advert- Info?
Replies: 33
Views: 3005

Re: Tyre Lever in CW advert- Info?

The event of 'tubeless compatible' has made tight fits commonplace even if you have no desire to ditch tubes. This has meant I had to raise my game, and despite some tweaks to technique the Tyre Bead Jack was the only sure thing I found. I risked a tenner hoping for similar functionality in a more e...
by BrownBear
7 Dec 2017, 6:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPS computer vs dedicated phone?
Replies: 52
Views: 3199

Audible instructions?

Just read the mag reviews of dedicated units. I've used MM colour OS in the past, but agree that for the road black and white is much easier to see, so use a old Etrex. (In gliding there's re-purposing of ebooks with GPS chips, due to their legibility and battery life). I like the free route plannin...
by BrownBear
15 Aug 2017, 9:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Sporty spring top
Replies: 5
Views: 8100

Re: Sporty spring top

For anyone not terrified of appearing soooo last year, these are now avaialbe for a mere £18 https://uk.gymshark.com/collections/outlet/products/gymshark-edge-1-4-zip-pullover-charcoal-crimson Might get a second. I find that with a low seat angle I feel the ariflow in a similar way to being in an op...
by BrownBear
16 May 2017, 5:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre width on a road bike
Replies: 22
Views: 6433

Re: Tyre width on a road bike

It's quite funny how the CTC used to be a lone voice saying 28mm plus guards was a necessity for a UK bike, outside of competition. I recall the youth at the LBS sneering at my request to size up. Recently it's become 'fashionable'; apparently, it's been "discovered" they roll better on re...
by BrownBear
15 May 2017, 5:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Women's padded shorts - rear padding only?
Replies: 10
Views: 3943

Re: Women's padded shorts - rear padding only?

You'd find recumbent shorts have more rear liner than rowing shorts, which simply have a double layer on the rear.
If I was going to modify a pad I'd do it on a pair of padded undershorts.
by BrownBear
14 May 2017, 7:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: BHPC race - 2nd round
Replies: 3
Views: 6983

Re: BHPC race - 2nd round

Nice video. I didn't spot any chainring guards, did I miss any? Funnily enough I think I passed Hainault Forest that day without knowing what was going on.
by BrownBear
14 May 2017, 7:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shout outs
Replies: 26
Views: 11014

Re: Shout outs

Yep, cyclist are particularly concerned with the height issue, so it seems odd so many of them wear black helmets.

My response is to tell them that if they think they can be reliably seen above the roofline, with all the 4*4, SUV & Vans around then 'good luck' with that.
by BrownBear
14 May 2017, 11:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Women's padded shorts - rear padding only?
Replies: 10
Views: 3943

Re: Women's padded shorts - rear padding only?

You could try rowing shorts, such as https://www.rock-the-boat.co.uk/products/supplex-shorts , or recumbent shorts - though I only know of US brands Kucharik and Reverse Gear (the latter being offering gender specific) http://www.reversegearinc.com/product-c ... ept/women/ .
by BrownBear
13 May 2017, 5:10pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shout outs
Replies: 26
Views: 11014

Re: Shout outs

It's 20 years since Cycling Plus tried a few bents and said words to the effect 'nothing gets you more attention unless you get a Ferrari'. Sometimes you forget about it, wrapped up in your ride, but you frequently get reminded it's still true. In the main it's just funny, even the less friendly one...
by BrownBear
13 May 2017, 2:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 112
Views: 20206

Re: Supercommuter?

When I say I compare bike tinkering unfavourably to an annual car service, I mean that primarily from a technical perspective, 'why can't it just keep going for a year?' I've only had the first non-routine car bill at nine years and 70k, but, of course, things can get seriously expensive if you're u...
by BrownBear
13 May 2017, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Worlds worst shoplifter?
Replies: 16
Views: 7288

Re: Worlds worst shoplifter?

Loading straight onto a trolley does appeal to my sense of 'time and motion', though that's one aspect where the Bobs single wheel Bob would be lacking. But I'd still be falling foul of 'company policy' and potentially given a talking too. Love the offer to be searched, must remember that. In a way ...
by BrownBear
12 May 2017, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 112
Views: 20206

Re: Supercommuter?

Reading this thread just emphasises to me how far standard builds are from meeting the eminently practical requirement. I suppose, to be fair, not many of us would pay for the 'hidden' work that would be involved. But I do unfavourably compare the constant bike tinkering to the annual car service re...
by BrownBear
12 May 2017, 11:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Worlds worst shoplifter?
Replies: 16
Views: 7288

Worlds worst shoplifter?

It's my habit to fill my Bob bag when at the supermarket, in order to avoid repeating the time I bought more than I could carry (could equally apply to panniers I guess). I do this 'blatantly' and empty at the checkout. Never had a problem in Cambridge, maybe they're used to it there. However, in Lo...