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by Tilley
24 Sep 2021, 9:11pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Upgrade or gulp buy new?
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: Upgrade or gulp buy new?

I purchased a used ICE TNT 20" with rear suspension and was really pleased with the rear suspension. I was surprised how much the front end suffered from uneven road surfaces and after reading Bush triker I took the plunge and upgraded to full suspension. Initially I as reluctant to undertake the upgrade myself. But when I couldn't find a local dealer who would quote for the works I took on the challenge. I was a competent bicycle mechanic and once I had successfully installed the new suspension it revealed to me that there really was no mystique to the trike just some additional mechanics. The front suspension will not remove the shocking jolt from an unseen pothole, but it does remove the chatter from poor and uneven road surfaces.
by Tilley
24 Sep 2021, 8:53pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Anybody with a recumbent trike in Gloucestershire?
Replies: 25
Views: 875

Re: Anybody with a recumbent trike in Gloucestershire?

I'm based in Bristol and have an ICE sprint 26" and a TNT 20". The TNT is an earlier version of the ICE adventure trike and it has been upgraded to full suspension as well as other mods. I also run a Facebook group for recumbent trike riders in Wales and the South West with some members in Gloucester. So between us we should be able to arrange a test ride.
by Tilley
31 Aug 2021, 1:26pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Shoes

I have pair of the Exustar sandals and they are my preferred shoe in the warmer months. They are a nice wide fit so easily the most comfortable of the shoes I have. For colder months I have a pair of Shimano MT 32L and in an attempt to go faster I also have a pair of Botranger RXL road shoes. The latter are very tight fitting and slightly stiffer than the Shimano's but as the cleats aren't recessed they are only worn for short fast local rides.
by Tilley
21 Jul 2021, 5:25pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Wye Valley Greenway
Replies: 12
Views: 1515

Re: Wye Valley Greenway

I have ridden the track on a full sus recumbent trike and it is good, but the tunnel lighting will severely limit your speed, and the surface is variable. There are sections which are tarmaced, there are sections which are compacted dust, and there are some sections which appear to be little more than well compacted soil. Nowhere was there any deep mud or washed out ruts. However in the unsurfaced sections the track was dirty, slippery, and uneven, very similar to the towpath beneath the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. In this current heatwave the shade offered by the route would be very welcome and it is a ride I plan to do again. I just wouldn't recommend it on a cold wet day.
by Tilley
21 Jul 2021, 5:06pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Amputee cycling
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Amputee cycling

Within a Facebook group which i administer South West and Wales trike riders, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1669047716480391, we have at least 2 amputees. One has a leg amputated above the knee, the other is a double below the knee amputee, they both ride ICE recumbent trikes with electric assist and cope very well on the group rides.
by Tilley
21 Jul 2021, 4:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling through the Longleat Estate
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Cycling through the Longleat Estate

Thanks for the sensible answer I will now plan the ride.
by Tilley
19 Jul 2021, 10:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling through the Longleat Estate
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Cycling through the Longleat Estate

I am looking at a potential route from Frome to Longleat which use NCN routes 24 and 25. Doing a simple Google search of the route details I also found posts suggesting that the license for the route sections through the estate had been revoked. Can anyone clarify what the current situation is please?
by Tilley
11 Jul 2021, 10:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent trike friendly helmet
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Recumbent trike friendly helmet

I was recently looking to replace my helmet and wanted something that didn't compromise the head/neck rest on the trike. After reading reviews on Google I chose to go with the Lazer Blade+ and I can confirm that it does fit well and does not interfere with the neck rest.
by Tilley
26 May 2021, 7:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maintenance Books
Replies: 31
Views: 4111

Re: Maintenance Books

Zen and the art of mountain bike maintenance.
by Tilley
25 Nov 2020, 2:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is there any such thing as tough DIY paint?
Replies: 112
Views: 4357

Re: is there any such thing as tough DIY paint?

The few times I spray painted bike frames in the fashion you are referring I applied a clear lacquer over the paint finish to provide a more durable finish.
by Tilley
3 Nov 2020, 7:51pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Grasshopper sturmey Archer hub gear
Replies: 6
Views: 890

Re: Grasshopper sturmey Archer hub gear

You could fit a Sturmey Archer Axle Fulcrum Lever with Washer - HSJ905
by Tilley
14 Aug 2020, 9:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hitch upgrade for cargo trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: Hitch upgrade for cargo trailer

Weber make a more substancial trailer hitch but it isn't cheap.
by Tilley
12 Aug 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bike/tarp combo?
Replies: 11
Views: 1445

Re: Bike/tarp combo?

I too use a cheap cycle cover. I managed to pick up a double size cycle cover from a charity shop it fits over my recumbent trike a treat. As well as keeping the rain and dew at bay it also effectively disguises the trike from inquisitive eyes.
by Tilley
2 Aug 2020, 10:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheel builders in Brizzle area
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: Wheel builders in Brizzle area

The other option would be the Bristol Bike project. They operate an evening session called the bike kitchen where experienced people can have access to the well stocked workshop and that includes at least 1 wheel building rig.