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by recumbentpanda
26 May 2020, 9:10am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Speedmachine - continuously under repair
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

My Nazca fuego has similar internal routing of brake and gear cables through the tiller. The model also has comments in reviews about stiff shifting to the front big ring. Mine was never too bad, but when re-cabling recently I ditched the internal route and just let the cables ‘fly’ above the tiller...
by recumbentpanda
17 May 2020, 9:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How widespread is (poor) knowledge of wheel Q/Rs
Replies: 51
Views: 1625

Re: How widespread is (poor) knowledge of wheel Q/Rs

Well, I thought I knew enough about qrs until I discovered my back wheel had been shifting under load sufficiently to mash the drive side downward facing drop out! This was even with the qr done up as tight as I could get it. Trying to resolve this, I discovered the difference in efficiency between ...
by recumbentpanda
9 May 2020, 9:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there any treatment to prevent mud sticking inside mudguards?
Replies: 21
Views: 785

Re: Is there any treatment to prevent mud sticking inside mudguards?

Last winter, I put tyres on my road ‘bent that were a bit chunky for the clearances. Did a lot of work clearing them with sticks. Come dryer weather I replaced the front, the worst offender, with a smaller higher pressure tyre. What a great tyre! I thought. I’m so much faster, and riding up hills in...
by recumbentpanda
6 May 2020, 8:33am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 258
Views: 11832

Re: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

Finding, once again, the local railway cyclepaths far too crowded for comfort, I thought ‘OK I’ll do the return leg on the road, it’ll be nice and quiet. And so it was, until I discovered the traffic comes in ‘pulses’. Every time a pulse came by I was subjected to eight or ten hog-whimperingly stupi...
by recumbentpanda
2 May 2020, 7:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: No-through roads
Replies: 47
Views: 2219

Re: No-through roads

You should always press on wading through cow slurry if necessary
I did that -then found I was back where I’d started. (But not home!) :x
by recumbentpanda
1 May 2020, 8:51am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Face masks: Why? Why not?
Replies: 33
Views: 1214

Re: Face masks: Why? Why not?

Have spent time in Japan where mask wearing is very normal. It is done to protect others from yourself. I also suspect it’s a way of saying to others ‘please be nice to me, I’m feeling a bit poorly today!’ Also, any form of nasal discharge is a big no-no in the culture. It is so normal, that it is h...
by recumbentpanda
11 Apr 2020, 6:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 258
Views: 11832

Re: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

Andy_I That’s rough! My experience in SW is similar: nice quiet roads, but more than usually feckless driving from people who seem to think they don’t have to bother anymore, or bandidos taking the opportunity for a little law breaking. Big shout out of thanks to all the delivery drivers who seem to...
by recumbentpanda
3 Apr 2020, 4:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Bristol Path -too busy for me . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Bath Bristol Path -too busy for me . . .

Swung by an entrance to the Bath Bristol path today wondering if it might have quietened down a bit. No, lots of people around entrance, and plenty more coming on and off. Confirmed my resolution to avoid it for the duration and ride low traffic local roads instead.
by recumbentpanda
30 Mar 2020, 5:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Embarrassing confessions
Replies: 58
Views: 2697

Re: Embarrassing confessions

Not me, but a work colleague (bike shop) was keen to try the new office runabout, a fixie. Saw the whole thing out of the window. He saddled up, strapped his feet firmly in and pushed off with a mighty heave . . . Then squealed like a rabbit climaxing and fell over sideways. He had forgotten to chec...
by recumbentpanda
25 Mar 2020, 10:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak
Replies: 1055
Views: 33168

Re: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak

Had to go and help out an elderly relative today. Decided to ride, so as to get exercise in as well. Detoured via part of the Bath Bristol path on way back to get more exercise. Shan’t be going there again until this is over. Full of denialists of all ages with a few self isolators desperately tryin...
by recumbentpanda
25 Mar 2020, 5:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak
Replies: 1055
Views: 33168

Re: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak

Let’s be gentle with each other . . . Some of us may not be here long! Getting on with everyday life is really not the sensible thing to be doing at the moment. It’s brutal: if we carry on like normal or even nearly normal, then the epidemic spikes. That spike goes well above what the NHS can cope w...
by recumbentpanda
10 Mar 2020, 5:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury
Replies: 50
Views: 2080

Re: Extinction Rebellion - go slow Salisbury

Recentering our neighbourhoods is essential. The model that we all work in one place, and live in another, a car drive or a train ride away, is no longer viable. Paris is beginning to look at ‘15minute’ neighbourhoods. No essential facilities more than 15minutes away. We will need job swap websites ...
by recumbentpanda
10 Mar 2020, 9:37am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Where to start with recumbents?
Replies: 40
Views: 1653

Re: Where to start with recumbents?

At the risk of being tedious (!!) a few comments on bents mentioned in this thread. The Kingcycle is an early classic, and by all accounts a great bike - but it was designed many years ago around wheel sizes that are now unusual. It is one for a confident mechanic who can modify or chase up parts to...
by recumbentpanda
10 Mar 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Where to start with recumbents?
Replies: 40
Views: 1653

Re: Where to start with recumbents?

My ‘entry bent’ was an American Linear. A lot were imported to this country in the 80s and they come up now and then on eBay in about your price range. They have their quirks but are very adjustable and ‘tinkerable’ and have a relaxed but not too extreme seating position. I rode mine straight off th...
by recumbentpanda
3 Mar 2020, 10:44pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Alternative pedals, Foot Position, Knee Pain
Replies: 33
Views: 2320

Re: Catalyst pedals, Flat pedals, Foot Position, Knee Pain

Gearoidmuar has it right re the pedal position. Some recumbent riders actually modify shoes to shift cleats to or near the mid-foot. I personally use flat pedals and shoes with very thin grippy soles, and I find I move my foot position around a fair bit depending on road conditions. Mid foot seems t...