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by recumbentpanda
24 May 2019, 9:35am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cowering pedestrians -is it just me?
Replies: 11
Views: 742

Re: Cowering pedestrians -is it just me?

@Ellieb & mjr: “over two metres wide” (Probably quite a lot over, now I think about it!)

@Mike Sales: Alas, the ‘hierarchy’ thing had occurred to me too. It’s deeply sad, if true.
by recumbentpanda
24 May 2019, 9:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cowering pedestrians -is it just me?
Replies: 11
Views: 742

Re: Cowering pedestrians -is it just me?

@Ellieb Un fortunately for that theory, it happens when I ride my uprights too. It must be the hat . . . Or my face . . . :)
by recumbentpanda
20 May 2019, 10:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cowering pedestrians -is it just me?
Replies: 11
Views: 742

Cowering pedestrians -is it just me?

Cyclists often complain of pedestrians being obstructive, but I seem to have the opposite problem. I must present a terrifying spectacle because I often notice pedestrians I pass on my local shared use paths shrinking away from me. For example, me travelling southbound at a moderate pace, two older ...
by recumbentpanda
18 May 2019, 4:10pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Linear Limo
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Linear Limo

I too have the old ‘Iowa-built’ Linear. It is no speed machine, despite relatively light weight, but is certainly a very pleasant tourer. As with all long wheelbase bents the rear wheel, as mentioned, is the one for heavy braking, and the front, being lightly loaded should generally be left strictly...
by recumbentpanda
17 May 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour
Replies: 39
Views: 1612

Re: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour

Methinks the ‘and?’ Is in your court! :D
by recumbentpanda
17 May 2019, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reverse-wearing a cassette...?
Replies: 42
Views: 3159

Re: Reverse-wearing a cassette...?

It interests me that some velomobile riders report much longer drivetrain life than average[*] With modern materials and manufacturing methods, surely it’s possible to design a derailleur compatible chaincase for some types of bike? [*]velomobile designs differ in the amount of protection they give ...
by recumbentpanda
15 May 2019, 8:46am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Attaching/drilling to a hard seat
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: Attaching/drilling to a hard seat

Drilling into any kind of fibre reinforced laminate is a bit of a mission. Unless precautions are taken, the drill bit can easily skate about and wander on the gel coat. Glass fibre is horrible crunchy stuff, like trying to accurately drill shreddies. Carbon fibre even worse, plus the dust and debri...
by recumbentpanda
27 Apr 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner
Replies: 56
Views: 1757

Re: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner

One situation where these chain cleaning devices are a boon is mine: taking the equivalent length of three normal chains off a low rider recumbent, washing it and then threading it back through the chain tubes and extra jockey wheels is the best part of a day’s work! Consequently I am very happy, fr...
by recumbentpanda
27 Apr 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: No more Nazca Fuego
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: No more Nazca Fuego

Wouldn’t be surprised if somebody didn’t offer Nazca a deal to build the Fuego - it’s such a nice, well-sorted design. Or does Taiwan’s Performer have a model in its enormous range that fills a similar niche?
by recumbentpanda
27 Apr 2019, 10:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does this external bottom bracket look OK ??
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: Does this external bottom bracket look OK ??

What you are calling a ‘cover’ on your ‘other bike’ is in fact the bolt that holds the crank to the spindle. It is fitted with a kind of built in washer or seal to keep crud out of the recess in the crank. I remember the days when crank bolts had ordinary hexagonal heads so there had to be a big rec...
by recumbentpanda
25 Apr 2019, 1:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1190

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

Well, I can’t say my bent has been a solution to all bad driver behaviour, but there is certainly a long, long list of cycling problems and gripes, commonly read about on boards like this, to which ‘recumbent’ is a solution! :)
by recumbentpanda
13 Apr 2019, 8:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 34
Views: 1333

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

I suspect the important word in your story about Irish towns may be ‘recently’. The phenomenon I am talking about is technically termed ‘induced demand’. The Wikipedia article on it is very thought provoking for anyone interested in transport planning issues. It seems that the answer to motor traffi...
by recumbentpanda
12 Apr 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 34
Views: 1333

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Plus, as noted above, if it gets built, then in five years or so the problems will be just as bad or worse, because building roads attracts more traffic.
by recumbentpanda
11 Apr 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 34
Views: 1333

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Hmm, as someone who fairly regularly has occasion to walk and cycle in, through and around Bath, I think ‘purgatory for pedestrians and hell for cyclists’ is slightly overdoing it. Certainly it has its problems, and certainly there has been a heightened level of debate lately, although check out the...
by recumbentpanda
3 Apr 2019, 8:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What distinguishes between a mens saddle & womens saddle ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1401

Re: Trasgender issues....

To answer the OPs factual question the difference is primarily in width. The male pelvis is generally narrower than the female, hence the need for the padding supporting the ‘sit bones’ to be closer together for males and a little further apart for females. Of course these are generalisations over a...