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by recumbentpanda
29 Dec 2018, 4:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )
Replies: 36
Views: 1518

Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

I have two wheel recumbent experience on this. I live barefoot off the bike, (yeah, I know, super eccentric!) so on the bike I wear ‘barefoot’ minimalist shoes. I use wide mtb pedals with the sharp tungsten studs. I can testify that this is fine for both comfort and grip. My shoes however are either...
by recumbentpanda
11 Dec 2018, 11:29am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!
Replies: 11
Views: 1782

Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

+1 for the Fuego! Modded mine to give a slightly wider gear range at both ends over standard ‘touring set up. Very happy with tiller as I have numerous very tight corners to negotiate -push tiller forward for slow speed manoeuvres, lay back again for that lovely mile eating feeling. Hands close toge...
by recumbentpanda
30 Nov 2018, 8:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Chocolate Path Bristol
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: Chocolate Path Bristol

Thanks for the link wilpom! My memory of the construction was wrong, and it’s actually the main river wall that supports it -and from the report you linked it seems the river wall is very unwell! Something will have to be done as you point out, but whatever it is is going to take a long time -severa...
by recumbentpanda
21 Oct 2018, 9:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: dont ask a copper
Replies: 77
Views: 3741

Re: dont ask a copper

Now if the driver of the white van had made a racist comment we would have seen scores of police trying to catch him, the met employs over a thousand police offers just trawling the internet looking for hate crimes, yet if you get burgled it is treated about as serious as throwing a sweet wrapper o...
by recumbentpanda
8 Oct 2018, 1:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small Wheel Blow-outs
Replies: 67
Views: 11058

Re: Small Wheel Blow-outs

Hmm, not sure about the physics of MickF’s explanation for the cooler running of his new brakes. Squeezing force at the rim doesn’t care how you got it there, whether through bendy calipers or stiff ones. Much more likely explanation for the improvement is a more efficient and cooler running block m...
by recumbentpanda
3 Sep 2018, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have inner tubes changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 1266

Re: Have inner tubes changed?

Never had an issue with pre-glued patches, but I always put a little air in the tube so it is nice and round before sticking it on. If this is not done, I feel the patch is put under too much strain as the tube is pumped up to pressure, stretching it at a time when the glue bond has yet to reach ful...
by recumbentpanda
18 Aug 2018, 8:03pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Halfords link
Replies: 3
Views: 2075

Re: Halfords link

I encountered my third Halfords assembled bike this year with the forks on back to front . . . Then I discovered the last one, a ‘Wiggins’ model is actually designed with reverse curved forks. Who thought it was a good idea to confuse Halfords mechanics even more with that one?! Apparently the whole...
by recumbentpanda
10 Aug 2018, 10:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close encounters of the agricultural kind
Replies: 37
Views: 1620

Re: Close encounters of the agricultural kind

Riding along a local ex railway path that is also a farm access road, I was passing some dense woods on my left with concealed turnings. Something made me wary and sure enough, a large agricultural machinery contractors van suddenly began to nose out, the driver on his phone. Cue loud spectacular sl...
by recumbentpanda
13 Jul 2018, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 24in Big Apple Tyre - replacement with less rolling resistance ?
Replies: 15
Views: 530

Re: 24in Big Apple Tyre - replacement with less rolling resistance ?

In my experience Big Apples are quite ‘sensitive’ to pressure: run them too hard and they will be juddery and rough riding over any surface irregularities. Run them too soft and they will be draggy and slow. Pay attention to the numbers on the sidewall and keep them in the ‘sweet spot’ and you get t...
by recumbentpanda
13 Jul 2018, 10:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why put safety/info stickers all over a new bike ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1486

Re: Why put safety/info stickers all over a new bike ?

I see this one as quite a sensible workaround for a real issue: Even if, on first assembly, you tighten square taper crank bolts to the specified torque, they will need re-tightening after the bike has been ridden for a few days. This is because the hard steel of the square taper B.B. axle ‘beds in’...
by recumbentpanda
18 Jun 2018, 6:47pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Gears query
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Re: Gears query

Front shifters often have several 'clicks' per gear - to allow for trimming of position as you move across the rear cassette. I did not know that! Limited experience of indexed mtb set-ups I guess, all mine have been single click. Not so useful a feature I imagine, on a recumbent with long chain li...
by recumbentpanda
17 Jun 2018, 9:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’
Replies: 139
Views: 7780

Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Well, I guess this thread went pretty much as I suspected it might. I can see the logic in many of the points, but still, every time I ride past a car with bike racks parked near to a cycle only route, I can’t help feeling depressed. Somehow, by creating off road infrastructure we have ended up turn...
by recumbentpanda
17 Jun 2018, 9:38pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Gears query
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Re: Gears query

I too suffered from ‘unwanted steering input’ when using twist shifters on my OSS Nazca Fuego, so switched to triggers with happy results. On my more upright LWB Linear with USS, twisters were fine. One click on either system should correspond to one gear. Different makers systems pull different amo...
by recumbentpanda
15 Jun 2018, 9:43am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shifters for hamster bars
Replies: 12
Views: 610

Re: Shifters for hamster bars

I replaced the twist grips on my ‘not-quite-but-nearly-hamster-bars’ because I found operating them gave unwanted steering inputs! (Probably just me!) I fitted sram xo triggers - pricey, but you can set the thumb lever to start and finish its ‘throw’ exactly where you want it. Very happy with the re...
by recumbentpanda
29 May 2018, 9:33am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bristol to Newbury to Bristol
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: Bristol to Newbury to Bristol

Be prepared for rough surfaces and narrowness on parts of the canal towpath. Slow going, but yes, very pleasant.