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by skelo
20 Feb 2019, 9:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Port Appin loop
Replies: 4
Views: 352

Re: Port Appin loop

[XAP]Bob wrote:In general I find most users sympathetic to the disabled bloke on a funny bike ;)

Likewise!
by skelo
12 Feb 2019, 9:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Cycling for Disabled People.
Replies: 12
Views: 2321

Re: Cycling for Disabled People.

I don't have a back problem but a paralysed left side following a stroke, so similar problems getting up and down I ride a kettweisel and it is ok to get in an out of, just sit down onto the seat and swing my good leg over the boom. you might want to talk to your specialist or physio about the seat ...
by skelo
26 Jan 2019, 6:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike
Replies: 15
Views: 1572

Re: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike

Thanks Mark. that is maybe an option but I have trouble with balance and walking (hence the trike) on longer rides I usually go accompanied, but I am planing to try this alone so don't mind detours around obstacles. It sounds like I will be generally ok in Yorkshire, but not so good on the wrong sid...
by skelo
25 Jan 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike
Replies: 15
Views: 1572

Re: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike

Thanks All, much as I feared. So it's probably back to Plan 'A' and the Way of the Roses from York and drop off south somewhere near Settle towards Chorley (not a choice destination - there is a reason!)
by skelo
16 Jan 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike
Replies: 15
Views: 1572

Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike

Looking for advice/observations from anyone who has followed the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. I am hoping to follow as much of the canal towpath as I can en route between York & Chorley , joining the canal in Leeds I ride a recumbent trike (Hase Kettweisel) 0.9m wide and 2.0m long. Looking for advice ...
by skelo
19 Dec 2018, 10:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric motor retrofit
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

Re: Electric motor retrofit

That's interesting. People seem to get a high mileage with careful use. I too would carry a 2nd smaller battery though it all adds to the weight & bulk. How & where do you charge yours? I'm told that batteries can take 7 hours to charge which means as there's 2 of us and 4 batteries we'd ha...
by skelo
17 Dec 2018, 9:07pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric motor retrofit
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

Re: Electric motor retrofit

I'm not sure that it is very comparable. but for what i's worth: i have a Heinzmann Direct Drive system on my kettweisel. 8 speed Nexus Hub (wish I had a Rohloff) and diff on the rear. and single chainring up front. I am 6'3" 110kg with a paralysed left leg. on tour with two full 20L panniers a...
by skelo
26 Nov 2018, 10:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent. A gadget?
Replies: 14
Views: 2115

Re: Recumbent. A gadget?

When I bought my Kett it was an essential (and only) form of independent transport I had for 3 years, now I can walk a mile again and drive too. The trike is now really just for pleasure & fitness but I would hesitate to call it a gadget. i think my electric tin opener is a gadget, how could I p...
by skelo
14 Oct 2018, 12:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1607

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

i hadn't thought about Newcastle so i am now thinking we could cheat a bit and get dropped off in Newcastle, or somewhere close, get the ferry and start in Amsterdam and go south towards either Europoort or Zeebrugge? I would do it the other way round, so you have the prevailing wind behind you. Ar...
by skelo
14 Oct 2018, 12:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?
Replies: 32
Views: 1427

Re: Do you find it harder to take risks as you get older?

No, just more proficient at risk assessment and mitigation. i.e. justhave a bit more common sense than before!
by skelo
20 Sep 2018, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 57
Views: 2343

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

I know that feeling, I was the same after my 2 month tour in 2017, I was ready to go again this summer but don't seem to have accrued sufficient brownie points from the wife yet!
by skelo
15 Sep 2018, 2:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1607

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

My brief experience of 5 days through the Netherlands cycling last summer left me with the feeling that a detailed route is not necessary, you can 'wing it' with a vague plan of where you want to visit, there is an abundance of well signposted cycle paths and the Dutch are so friendly and accommodat...
by skelo
11 Sep 2018, 10:19pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Insuring a 'bent
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Insuring a 'bent

I had my kett noted on the house insurance at a value of £5K with no additional premium. One of the advantages of having an old fashioned insurance broker.
by skelo
18 Aug 2018, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 16428

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

last summeren route to Italy I rode my trike with hydraulic discs on the two rear wheels, alongside me was a hybrid with calipers. after 900km (in Lugano) we had to stop at a bike shop for new blocks on the hybrid. no such problems with the discs. overall I have done about 4000km including some very...
by skelo
18 Aug 2018, 9:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bus exhaust
Replies: 26
Views: 1211

Re: bus exhaust

not a lot of fun on a recumbent trike. I just keep well behind buses (and well away from them in general!)