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by Marc
4 Aug 2020, 12:51am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Everything you want to know about velomobiles
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Everything you want to know about velomobiles

Christoph Moder, a member of the German Velomobile forum*, made a real effort to gather all available info about velomobiles in his essay and "anotherwiki" (another member) did the fine job of translating it to English. The German version is up-dated more often, as the work progresses, whi...
by Marc
1 Aug 2020, 2:01pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 59
Views: 1605

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

I should add that for me they are significantly slower, so not good for social rides with friends. Might be worth watching this though: NAzAlh0FCtM The combination of the pretty nice hard shell seat at a low decline with the VTX (or the older Vortex) adds significantly to the amount of power you ca...
by Marc
1 Aug 2020, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: CO2 inflators
Replies: 14
Views: 430

Re: CO2 inflators

Nice to know Woods are still alive and kicking, but Schrader are an abomination for bicycles IMHO. Woods or Presta please for bikes. Preference of mine is for Presta. Schrader is for cars, vans and lorries ........ where the inflation system has high volume and flow, with the right equipment at a p...
by Marc
1 Aug 2020, 7:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reasons for different valve standards / advantages??
Replies: 17
Views: 484

Re: Reasons for different valve standards / advantages??

Schrader is a rubbish alternative to Woods. If there was any sense, Schrader would be the least common one. So, why do cars, trucks and even passenger aircraft (200bar tire pressure on the Airbus A380!) use the "inferior" Schrader valves? :lol: Schrader valves just work! And they work rel...
by Marc
1 Aug 2020, 7:43am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 59
Views: 1605

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

So there's another potential issue regarding the practicalities of a trike - tram tracks. They are becoming more common these days as UK cities re-install them. Yes, one does have to be very aware especially if your trike is wearing narrower tyres (e.g. my ICE Sprint). Those with wider touring or b...
by Marc
28 Jul 2020, 8:30am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 59
Views: 1605

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

I lived for a couple years in Hamburg. I wouldn't compare the issues of cycling in the UK with Hamburg, it's just not fair! (though, in HH you are required to cycle on the bike paths where provided, no? Is this not an issue with a trike - which would be too big?). 1. riding a trike on a bike path i...
by Marc
27 Jul 2020, 11:53pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Practicalities of living with a trike
Replies: 59
Views: 1605

Re: Practicalities of living with a trike

Same as you wouldn't commute on a full suspension mtb, the trike may not be your first choice for commuting. While I wouldn't commute with a MTB anymore (or any other two wheeler for that matter), I've commuted over 45.000km with my trikes since 2013. Usually, my commute was between 15km and 30km o...
by Marc
27 Jul 2020, 6:45pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 558
Views: 249407

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

A Dutch friend of him, who is also a BROL member, got the trike now. I was really glad to hear it. Would have bin a shame if that trike ended up rotting away in some shed.
by Marc
26 Jul 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 558
Views: 249407

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

Since you got a red Sprint 26, you might want to take a look at Jim Bolf's (RIP) gorgeous Sprint NT first :wink: https://etrike.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/3x700-qnt-deep-vee-rim.jpg https://etrike.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/3x700-qnt-deep-vee-rim-2.jpg This is/was his website: https://sites.google...
by Marc
26 Jul 2020, 3:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 558
Views: 249407

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

If you know your trikes, the difference in handling between 24" and 700 front wheels is pretty obvious. No need to change between trikes, since changing wheel sets is only a 5min job.
by Marc
25 Jul 2020, 12:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Laidback prices
Replies: 19
Views: 884

Re: Laidback prices

I realise you have setup costs and all that, but £100+ for a headrest? It can't cost £20 to make and even at £60 there's a profit to be had. Barely. I was self employed for a couple of years and know a thing or two about unsustainable price calculations. Its very easy to forget, that the cost of ma...
by Marc
25 Jul 2020, 10:49am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Laidback prices
Replies: 19
Views: 884

Re: Laidback prices

According to the Bank of England and the Govt inflation is only 2 or 3 percent!! You miss the exponential growth function of "only" a 2-3% price hike per year! ;) Check-out this video: https://youtu.be/F-QA2rkpBSY 2-3% inflation per year. Lets take the medium of 2.5% inflation per year an...
by Marc
25 Jul 2020, 10:28am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Laidback prices
Replies: 19
Views: 884

Re: Laidback prices

Did you compare shop prices to prices stated on the manufacturers websites? Some manufacturers raised prices considerably in recent years. Take Velomobiel.NL (Quest, Strada, Quattrovelo) for instance. The story goes: When Velomobiel.RO (where most velomobile models are build these days) raised price...
by Marc
23 Jul 2020, 10:00am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Basic tadpole trike question - brakes
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: Basic tadpole trike question - brakes

My understanding is that with tadpole trikes the rear brake (if any) is purely a parking brake and the front brakes are where it's at. Mostly, yes. You can use the rear brake on a tadpole trike, but combining front brakes and rear brake is usually a bad idea. The rear wheel gets awfully "light...
by Marc
23 Jul 2020, 9:31am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Website with trike routes?
Replies: 23
Views: 607

Re: Website with trike routes?

Try the BRouter web client*: http://brouter.de/brouter-web/#map=13/55.5471/-2.8415/standard&profile=vm-forum-liegerad-schnell It uses OpenStreetMap, but does pretty sophisticated navigation using different bike profiles (choose top left). You can customize the profiles (click spanner symbol at t...