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by UpWrong
3 Jun 2015, 8:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A simple milometer - nothing more.
Replies: 40
Views: 2364

Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

I've been considering a GPS tracker. Just carry it somewhere on the bike. No cabling requirements and very light. Sure, you can't read your mileage by eye but you can download all the data later.
by UpWrong
3 Jun 2015, 12:02am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: DIY recumbent bike....?
Replies: 55
Views: 23943

Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Well done. I wish I could implement my own designs to test out my preferences and prejudices. Chapeau! As far as steering goes, I find the less trail the better on a recumbent bike. The smaller rear wheel on my Metabikes brings its trail down to close to zero and yet it's the most controllable bent ...
by UpWrong
26 May 2015, 6:32pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Rans Stratus XP vs Metabikes 20/20
Replies: 0
Views: 7354

Rans Stratus XP vs Metabikes 20/20

I finally had a weekend riding the recumbents. I did quite a mileage on Saturday with the RANS around Portsmouth, and a few miles on Sunday using the Metabikes 20/20. The RANS was supremely comfortalbe. I had an enormous grin riding along Southsea seafront where I was passed by the World Naked Bike ...
by UpWrong
26 May 2015, 6:15pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 558
Views: 249078

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

Little and Large: my RANS Stratus XP and Titanium Brompton.
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by UpWrong
21 May 2015, 3:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Decent quality 8 or 9-speed transmission components
Replies: 14
Views: 1745

Re: Decent quality 8 or 9-speed transmission components

IIRC shimano do a non-series flat bar shift/front mech combo that suits 'road' chainsets, might be worth looking into that part first. cheers Be careful with the R443/R453 flat bar front derailleur. It seems to need a specific index shifter, the R440. I don't think it works with MTB Deore shifter o...
by UpWrong
21 May 2015, 12:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre Pressure by Feel when touring.
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: Tyre Pressure by Feel when touring.

Easy way to check tyre pressure is the % of tyre deflection when you sit on the bike. You should see a noticeable but small bulge corresponding to a reduction between 10% and 15% of the tyre height.
by UpWrong
8 May 2015, 10:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: QR coded helmets to help in RTAs
Replies: 7
Views: 852

QR coded helmets to help in RTAs

Good idea or not? http://www.digitalhealth.net/news/EHI/10011/qr-coded-helmets-to-help-in-rtas

Perhaps we should just have our NHS number tattooed to our foreheads. The cynic in me thinks the drive for this is to increase the availability of organs for transplant.
by UpWrong
7 May 2015, 6:10am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Urban Recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 8112

Re: Urban Recumbent

First gen HPV Spirits (305 front and 406 rear wheels) come up for sale from time to time at reasonable prices. I had one and was impressed. Don't know how well you'd fit on one though.
by UpWrong
7 May 2015, 5:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords
Replies: 70
Views: 4825

Re: Halfords

And the store hours are convenient: open evenings and Sundays. Useful to order on-line and then to collect at leisure later.
by UpWrong
7 May 2015, 1:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: flat bars vs. drop handlbars
Replies: 29
Views: 2647

Re: flat bars vs. drop handlbars

I successfully converted my flat-barr Raleigh Pioneer to drops, keeping the V-brakes. I used Nitto Randonneur bars and Tektro RL520 brake levers with Dura-ace bar ends.
I changed the quill to a 30mm front loading one (from Raleigh) to bring the bars closer.
by UpWrong
4 May 2015, 5:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Schwalbe Big Apples
Replies: 14
Views: 8826

Re: Schwalbe Big Apples

Nice. I think the old ICE curved swing arm is much nicer visually than the newer triangulated affair.
by UpWrong
4 May 2015, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleurs compatibility and recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: Derailleurs compatibility and recommendations

For my Pinnancle Neon hybrid I've ordered Alivio M4000 front conventional swing and rear 9 speed derailleurs. These seem to support a good range of chain ring and sprocket sizes. I have some 9-speed Deore shifters to work with them. We shall see ....
by UpWrong
30 Apr 2015, 10:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A new audax bike build completed
Replies: 11
Views: 1487

Re: A new audax bike build completed

531colin wrote:I'm 11 stone, I run 28's at 70psi front, 80 rear, and thats probably higher than I need.


Ditto ...
by UpWrong
24 Apr 2015, 1:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pinnacle Women's frames
Replies: 4
Views: 663

Re: Pinnacle Women's frames

There's some confusion over whether the Neon 2 frame has a tapered head tube or not. The product details say "Headset: Integrated for 1 1/8 to 1 1/2" tapered fork" but the recommended fork is not tapered and a question about headsets elicited a staff answer that the headset was IS41 b...
by UpWrong
23 Apr 2015, 2:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: v-brake lever with DP caliper
Replies: 9
Views: 1275

Re: v-brake lever with DP caliper

I think you're right, the shorter AtoC length of the Thorn fork plus it's larger offset (55mm on my short top tube compatible one) would reduce the trail considerably. Think I'll look for a threadless 700c fork with V-brakes. The Neon 2 fork has a fork length of 400mm and an offset of 50mm so I can ...