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by Si
19 Jan 2018, 5:21pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: How did you break into recumbents?
Replies: 30
Views: 618

Re: How did you break into recumbents?

Did you see a cheap secondhand one and took the plunge?

Yup. Traded in a dawes galaxy that i couldnt ride far due to a shoulder injury. Then gave up the bent due to a kidney problem. Woe is me.
by Si
19 Jan 2018, 5:16pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Cycling UK Survey 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Cycling UK Survey 2018

Cor blimey gov'nor, that took a while!

Plus they seem to have forgotten that they have life members.
by Si
19 Jan 2018, 4:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you intend to come and look at the Bayeux tapestry?
Replies: 49
Views: 702

Re: Do you intend to come and look at the Bayeux tapestry?

I think we should keep it. Afterall it has more to do with our history than france's, plus it was created in this country by people who were, in part, our ancestors. Maybe we could give the french them manky elgin marbles and let them sort it out with the greeks. Anyway, in case no one has said it y...
by Si
18 Jan 2018, 10:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Slower with mudguards?
Replies: 53
Views: 1545

Re: Slower with mudguards?

I don't think that I ever time or monitor my rides so precisely as to notice whether they slow me down at any particular instance on the journey. But I am of the opinion that on long journeys in dodgy whether the guards make me faster as I stay warmer, drier and more comfortable, which reduces fatig...
by Si
18 Jan 2018, 10:06am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: How much to get a fully kitted touring / commuting recumbent?
Replies: 31
Views: 542

Re: How much to get a fully kitted touring / commuting recumbent?

In my case: - second hand PDQ: £300ish - rack: £10 - bottle cages, mounts, mirror, speedo: £20ish - pedals: £25 - new tyres: £40 - new rear mech, casstte and chains £50 (after an unfortunate accident on trial run) so about £400-£450ish, bearing in mind I already had the panniers and rack top bag, ac...
by Si
16 Jan 2018, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Slower with mudguards?
Replies: 53
Views: 1545

Slower with mudguards?

Pigeons, have a cat!

https://janheine.wordpress.com/2018/01/ ... -you-down/

Sort of sounds reasonableish, but i guess it depends on how far forward they go, how fst and how close! But whether its right or not, its a good enough excuse for me :-)
by Si
14 Jan 2018, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alloy forks
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: Alloy forks

When you say 'alloy' do you actually mean aluminium (alu)? If steel i should get some paint on them before using them. Indeed i would also paint alu even though it doesnt rust like steel it can be damaged by road salt etc. As to whether a metal fork can be better than a carbon one, certainly. Differ...
by Si
11 Jan 2018, 12:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: BBC or CTC
Replies: 27
Views: 584

Re: BBC or CTC

Given that every other tv news report seems to have half of its time dedicated to vox pop interviews with random people in the street, i dont think you are missing anything by reading randon people on a forum!
by Si
11 Jan 2018, 10:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what these steel frame/forks from ebay are like
Replies: 14
Views: 750

Re: what these steel frame/forks from ebay are like

mercalia wrote:
fastpedaller wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:Looks like an MTB frame to me - none the worse for that though.


Indeed... One 'clue' is the cable guide on the seatube for a 'top cable' front mech.


well the Dawes 1-Down has a top cable and aint a MTB


is that not a bit of a skeudomorph?
by Si
11 Jan 2018, 10:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do people using spiked tyres leave them on all winter no matter what the conditions?
Replies: 35
Views: 1074

Re: Do people using spiked tyres leave them on all winter no matter what the conditions?

Wrt drag, i think that it may also depend on what speed you notmslly ride at. I dont go particularly fast and although i can feel the drag from studded tyres i dont find it that bad. But other people i know, who ride faster than me, do feel it is very noticeable. My main reason for not wanting to us...
by Si
10 Jan 2018, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what these steel frame/forks from ebay are like
Replies: 14
Views: 750

Re: what these steel frame/forks from ebay are like

1 inch steerer will limit your choice of fork a little more than if it had been 1.1/8th.
by Si
10 Jan 2018, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do people using spiked tyres leave them on all winter no matter what the conditions?
Replies: 35
Views: 1074

Re: Do people using spiked tyres leave them on all winter no matter what the conditions?

I think the ideal solution is to have a second bike, if you can manage it. Even a used hack is a good idea. if something happens to the main bike, you at least aren't without a bike. Also, winter is pretty hard on bikes, and I'd rather not use my 'nice' bike in salt and slush. my problem with the o...
by Si
10 Jan 2018, 1:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do people using spiked tyres leave them on all winter no matter what the conditions?
Replies: 35
Views: 1074

Re: Do people using spiked tyres leave them on all winter no matter what the conditions?

I leave mine on the other bike all winter...main bikes retains normal tyres and i make decision which bike to use after looking outside in the morning.

I did try putting the studded tyres on spare wheels but changing wheels too much hassle on cold dark mornings when sant to get into work quick.
by Si
7 Jan 2018, 4:40pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Why are recumbents so rare?
Replies: 126
Views: 2817

Re: Why is recumbents so rare?

They certainly arent as versatile as some bikes...i couldnt do my commute on one....there again i couldnt do my commute on a super light weight race bike either. You wont know if one suits you until you try it and the price and difficulty in finding a shop that sells them will put many off trying on...
by Si
4 Jan 2018, 7:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Shed and Buried
Replies: 12
Views: 461

Re: Shed and Buried

I get the feeling that they have researchers go into the sheds to see what is there long before the dynamic duo turn up.....bit like timeteam...yeah they only dig for three days but a hell of a lot of research happens first. I was wondering if they brief the man lovegrove first given that he seems t...