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by hercule
7 Sep 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton development over the years
Replies: 21
Views: 1495

Brompton development over the years

An email advertising the soon-to-be released Brompton Explore piqued my interest and before I knew it I was browsing the Brompton website and starting to feel the first twinges of bike envy. I’ve had a Brompton since about 1997, firstly a 5 speed L5 then in 2009 I traded up to a S6L. The S6L is vast...
by hercule
1 Sep 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: GCN tries a recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 1147

Re: GCN tries a recumbent

The next video by GCN is a talking heads one with a “discussion” about recumbents. Apparently recumbents are horribly slow, especially round corners, give you a sore back, and are always falling over (especially trikes). I’ve been riding recumbents of two and three wheeled persuasion for the last 15...
by hercule
28 Aug 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: GCN tries a recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 1147

Re: GCN tries a recumbent

I’d love to have a go but with a 700-800 mile round trip to the nearest events it’s hard to justify.

I did try time trialling in my youth and really didn’t like it. So I joined the CTC. :D
by hercule
27 Aug 2019, 8:54pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: GCN tries a recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 1147

Re: GCN tries a recumbent

I was one of them! Incidentally GCN did an interview with round the world unicyclist Ed Pratt recently, and the same presenter learned to ride a unicycle in a remarkably short period of time. I was surprised he had so much initial difficulty with the Raptobike, it gave me (briefly) a smug feeling of...
by hercule
26 Aug 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?
Replies: 13
Views: 780

Re: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?

Thanks for the replies... I do have an old Garmin strap (I think it might have come with my Edge 810) so the strap-watch-to-handlebars method seems the most practical. Somewhere I even have a rubber mount for just that purpose!
by hercule
25 Aug 2019, 1:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?
Replies: 13
Views: 780

Re: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?

Problem solved. I’m looking at this the wrong way. Strap a second running watch to the handebars and broadcast wrist heart rate from my Garmin. I’ve got an old Polar in the drawer which should do the trick - if the Garmin doesn’t broadcast on Bluetooth I have an equally old Polar heart rate belt I c...
by hercule
25 Aug 2019, 12:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?
Replies: 13
Views: 780

Re: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?

... I could strap my running watch to the bars but then I lose the wrist based heart rate function... Forgive me, but why don’t you just ride your bike whilst wearing your wristwatch? That’s what I do now I have a Garmin watch. I do, but I can’t see it easily - taking a hand off the handlebars whil...
by hercule
25 Aug 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?
Replies: 13
Views: 780

Are there any bike computers that do pace rather than speed?

I’m looking for a bike computer that will tell me my pace in minutes per mile to mount on my kickbike where comparisons with running rather than cycling at more meaningful. Are there any that will do this? Sadly my Garmin Edge 810 won’t. I could strap my running watch to the bars but then I lose the...
by hercule
10 Aug 2019, 9:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gain Ratio?
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Gain Ratio?

I switched to short cranks on my recumbents a few years ago (a very good move for me personally, YMMV). Using Sheldon’s gain ratio setting on his gear calculator was helpful to check what my equivalent ring combinations needed to be as I shrunk the cranks. That said, reducing the rings by the same r...
by hercule
7 Aug 2019, 7:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Penny farthings
Replies: 36
Views: 2151

Re: Penny farthings

Also check out unicycle.com’s UK site:

https://www.unicycle.co.uk/penny-farthing.html
by hercule
29 Jul 2019, 2:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does moving the cleats back load your quads?
Replies: 40
Views: 4915

Re: Does moving the cleats back load your quads?

The logical progression of this is... to get a recumbent! When I started riding recumbents, my original cleated shoes (Shimano SPDS) felt like I was hanging on to the pedals with my toenails, though they were fine on an upright bike. So I got another pair of shoes and following perceived wisdom fit ...
by hercule
27 Jul 2019, 4:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about kickbikes?
Replies: 43
Views: 6550

Re: ... about kickbikes?

PS I’m even thinking of adding unicycling to my repertoire, my inner teenager must be restless!
by hercule
27 Jul 2019, 4:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about kickbikes?
Replies: 43
Views: 6550

Re: ... about kickbikes?

Six weeks on and I’m kicking away with even more enthusiasm! The self consciousness bit went pretty quick (well, I do also ride a recumbent!). I’m getting quicker and at a push can do 5 miles in 30 mins on a moderately rolling course (there’s nothing round here that would count as flat). Even though...
by hercule
20 Jul 2019, 7:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling and bone health
Replies: 33
Views: 1553

Re: Cycling and bone health

Runners get stress fractures, what sport should they take up? Having struggled with a dodgy knee for the last nine months (running *not* the cause, it was moving a 90kg concrete slab!), I have found it: kick biking. All the effort of running with none of the impact. It’s very like cross country ski...
by hercule
16 Jul 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best folding bike for me?
Replies: 24
Views: 1862

Re: Best folding bike for me?

I’ve always fancied a R+M Birdy. Slightly larger than Brompton size (I have a B), quick fold, and importantly full suspension. I’ve got an AM Moulton and a couple of 1960s ones and I find they run beautifully on rough but firm surfaces - much better than my Brompton despite similar sized tyres. Havi...