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by Loomis
27 May 2012, 5:06pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: York Show
Replies: 8
Views: 44489

York Show

Is anybody with a recumbent thinking of camping at the York Show this year? I went last year with my Giro 20, but felt a bit like a spare part. As I was inexperienced with it then I decided not to go on the runs or Minster on Sunday. A year later I am a bit more confident.
by Loomis
1 May 2012, 9:34pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shorter Cranks on Giro 20
Replies: 9
Views: 30135

Re: Shorter Cranks on Giro 20

Can't say I notice a problem with dropping down from 170-160, though the 150's might be a different story.
by Loomis
1 May 2012, 3:53pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shorter Cranks on Giro 20
Replies: 9
Views: 30135

Re: Shorter Cranks on Giro 20

Can't say I noticed much difference in the one ride so far, although I do spin the cranks quite fast as normal. That is possibly one of the reasons I found the 170's such hard work.
by Loomis
1 May 2012, 3:40pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shorter Cranks on Giro 20
Replies: 9
Views: 30135

Shorter Cranks on Giro 20

I have just had a reasonable run on my Giro 20 after fitting shorter cranks and the difference is marked. The standard 170's always felt too long on a recumbent, though I never had a problem on my upright bikes in the past. I noticed that things were not well with unusual knee pains, despite heeding...
by Loomis
17 Apr 2012, 4:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks on trike
Replies: 7
Views: 34709

Re: Short cranks on trike

My Bacchetta Giro 20 came fitted with the usual 170 chainset. I suspected that maybe this was too long after experiencing unusual knee pains. I am 5ft 8in in old money and used 170 on uprights for many years with no such problem. I have just fitted one of Spa Cycles 'budget' chainsets which is avail...
by Loomis
24 Nov 2011, 8:44pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Parts from US
Replies: 8
Views: 10575

Re: Parts from US

Thanks for the very useful info. I am much more clued up now on what to expect.
by Loomis
18 Nov 2011, 9:13pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Parts from US
Replies: 8
Views: 10575

Re: Parts from US

Thanks for that byegad; looking a bit gloomy now. How do they assess how much to charge without knowing the value or content, or does the vendor have to specify this? Sorry but I am a bit ignorant of these things.
by Loomis
18 Nov 2011, 1:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Parts from US
Replies: 8
Views: 10575

Parts from US

Has anybody with a Bacchetta had experience of ordering parts direct from the manufacturer in America? I see from their website that Pay Pal is now accepted, which I would be comfortable with, but my main concern is VAT or import duties and such like. Would it matter for small relatively low value p...
by Loomis
16 Nov 2011, 9:12am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: recumbent riders where are we...
Replies: 176
Views: 144204

Re: recumbent riders where are we...

South East Northumberland, with a Bacchetta Giro 20.
by Loomis
2 Sep 2011, 9:36am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: New to recumbents
Replies: 19
Views: 3955

Re: New to recumbents

I too jumped, for exactly the same reasons and restrictions as hercule. After much research and web browsing I bought my Giro 20. The initial problems that everybody has I drove through, having no choice other than to give up the cycling I have loved for so many years. As previously mentioned I thin...
by Loomis
24 May 2011, 12:05pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Gear Shifters on Giro 20
Replies: 15
Views: 6317

Re: Gear Shifters on Giro 20

Thanks for the very useful feedback. I think I will take your advice squeaker and get used to the strangeness of the bike for a few months to make a more balanced judgement. At the moment I think I am nearing the end of the dry mouth and death grip phase, and beginning to really enjoy the bike, but ...
by Loomis
23 May 2011, 3:50pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Gear Shifters on Giro 20
Replies: 15
Views: 6317

Gear Shifters on Giro 20

On taking delivery of my Bacchetta Giro 20 I was rather disappointed in the quality of the x5 twist shifters on a relatively expensive bike, and indeed the transmission in general. I gave them a try but the shift seems extremely crude to one used to road sti and Deore LX trigger shifts. I was thinki...
by Loomis
21 Apr 2011, 12:54pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: First Off
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Re: First Off

Thanks Richard, encouraging to know that I will probably crack it eventually. Being on the small side I don't seem to have the knee problem, so that's in my favour. I must say that despite the counter intuitive aspects of the bike I am really enjoying it. No frightening incidents with cars yet thoug...
by Loomis
19 Apr 2011, 9:03pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: First Off
Replies: 3
Views: 947

First Off

Had my first fall today from my month old Giro 20 in a way that I imagine would be a classic for recumbent newcomers. Intending to turn left at a T junction I slowly approached checking traffic from the right. All clear and continue. Unfortunately on looking forwards I realised I had drifted too nea...
by Loomis
13 Apr 2011, 12:45pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: New to recumbents
Replies: 19
Views: 3955

Re: New to recumbents

I have had my Bacchetta Giro 20 for a month or so now, and am really beginning to enjoy its very different ways. I had ridden and loved my upright bikes for many years, but medical problems left me with only one option; recumbent or no bikes. I had read many of the on line reviews and comments so pr...