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by Campag
11 Mar 2020, 10:13am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Where to start with recumbents?
Replies: 27
Views: 1046

Re: Where to start with recumbents?

Tim - in response to a couple of your questions: It is possible to fit a standard 3 point fixing bike rack on a Kingcycle, the only additional work is a long bracket to connect the front down to rear brake bridge. I bought a second hand Kingcycle as my first recumbent, even though it is an old desig...
by Campag
6 Mar 2020, 7:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Routes around Keswick
Replies: 22
Views: 928

Re: Routes around Keswick

There's a nice loop heading out over Whinlatter (cafe and toilets at the top). Cycle path alongside the A66 to Portinscale and Braithwaite. Then on the way down turn left towards Buttermere and when you get there, a right turn up over Newlands. Watch out for a very steep little hairpin on the way do...
by Campag
11 Feb 2020, 7:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Minister
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Cycling Minister

There are a very high percentage of Tory ministers who are from wealthy families, have been privately educated, and went to Oxford or Cambridge. Then to jobs in financial services, politics, or political 'think tanks'. Surprisingly enough their grasp of everyday life is limited.
by Campag
9 Feb 2020, 11:35am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 'Bent purchase history
Replies: 15
Views: 729

Re: 'Bent purchase history

Kingcycle - a local seller on fleabay, my first chance to try a recumbent. Comfortable and fast once I got the hang of it and still compares well to my newer ones Aerobikes Tour - a long wheelbase, fairly high bike. Comfortable and stable, a bit tricky stopping / starting because of the seat height ...
by Campag
4 Feb 2020, 8:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I found keys lying in the road today
Replies: 22
Views: 1158

Re: I found keys lying in the road today

My experience is that police have pretty much given up on preventive and community work as a result of ten years of cuts and no significant modernisation or re-structure. I went to our local police station to report some vandalism and anti social behaviour a few months ago. The civilian pcso there j...
by Campag
29 Jan 2020, 7:30pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: winter lubing and Chain tubes
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: winter lubing and Chain tubes

Good point Pete - a wrap around mudguard at the front, going further down over the front wheel than on an upright will reduce the gunge being sprayed onto the chain. This might mean putting a rear mudguard on the front, or adding an extension in front of the forks. As well as a full mudguard at the ...
by Campag
21 Jan 2020, 8:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: balcony road from bourg d oisans
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: balcony road from bourg d oisans

It's about 10 years ago so things might have changed.... a fantastic little back road heading along the side of a cliff, high above the town and looking across the valley to the main road. If I remember correctly, it went to a little mountain village called Les Gauchoirs. One cafe, run by the mayor....
by Campag
18 Dec 2019, 2:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands / Oxfordshire
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Re: West Midlands / Oxfordshire

Thanks for the replies - as I expected those Sustrans routes are of variable quality. My companions prefer off-road where it is reasonably well surfaced. Looks like I should check both options - minor roads as well as off-road. I've used Garmin connect and Komoot to plan routes and one of these took...
by Campag
15 Dec 2019, 1:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands / Oxfordshire
Replies: 13
Views: 715

West Midlands / Oxfordshire

I'm in the initial stages of planning a four day cycle trip, taking in Rugby or Daventry, down towards Buckingham; across to Banbury; then Stratford upon Avon and back to Rugby / Daventry. Stopping in B n B's or Travelodge / Premier Inn type places. Mixture of minor roads and canal / railway routes....
by Campag
18 Nov 2019, 3:49pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1910

Re: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?

The frameset was supplied without forks, and in the informative notes from the supplier a few different wheel combinations were suggested. I find the handling is fine, it feels predictable at different speeds. Even with the smaller front wheel it is still quite a long wheelbase so I suppose that hel...
by Campag
11 Nov 2019, 11:23am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1910

Re: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?

Better pics of the scopa. Its an amazing bike at a good price. Got some 10k local Kom s on it in the summer (about 15 mins) The major advantage that i can see vs a bachetta is that the seat position is fixed and it has an adjustabe boom. About £1100 total using a new frame and a mix of new and seco...
by Campag
5 Nov 2019, 11:35am
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: County Durham cyclists
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: County Durham cyclists

Stephen - there is an active cycling uk section that meets in Ponteland - that's the nearest one that I'm aware of. Also if you use Faceache, a group on there called 'cycling around the North East'. And another based at the cycle cafe / workshop in Swalwell called Pedalling Squares. I live in County...
by Campag
25 Oct 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1910

Re: Highracers - any experiences or advice ?

I have a Velomotion - similar to a Bachetta stick bike. Bought as a frameset direct from the manufacturer via eBay. It has the advantages of light weight and a direct chain line. I find it climbs well and good on the flat, despite an ageing engine. Plenty of choice in how you configure the bike, inc...
by Campag
18 Sep 2019, 2:39pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 521
Views: 237404

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

My first recumbent was a second hand Kingcycle, about 3 years ago. Since then a couple of quite rare vintage recumbents, made by Aerobikes (a small scale builder in Edinburgh). And most recently a new bike, using a Velomotion framekit from Poland and built up with various components either already i...
by Campag
23 Jun 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: York Rally 2019: 22-23 June
Replies: 26
Views: 11181

Re: York Rally 2019: 22-23 June

Great weekend. Obviously we were lucky with the weather, other things that could be controlled were spot on. Catching up with friends; selection of rides (I did the retro ride on Saturday on my 1964 Moulton); good food and beer on site; bargains in the trade stands and saddlebag sale; interesting bi...