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by hercule
22 May 2019, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help. Frame broken.
Replies: 16
Views: 1089

Re: Help. Frame broken.

Job done. An LBS took my pal to a trusted welder. They didn't even charge him. Many thanks for all the help. Long term i think he will get the stay swapped out. Just needs to get to Lisbon now. That's a shame. Your pal cycled a long way to get his bike looking like that, personally I think it makes...
by hercule
15 May 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Crossbar or Step Through Hybrid ?
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: Crossbar or Step Through Hybrid ?

A practical issue: a step through frame is really helpful if you load up the rear rack. Wide or tall loads can impede the ability to swing a leg over the back of the saddle. Step through frames do tend to be a bit heavier than diamond frames because of the need for greater rigidity through one big t...
by hercule
12 May 2019, 4:44pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Speedmachine mudguard questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2793

Re: Speedmachine mudguard questions

1. Not sure about the front; any photos and perhaps the collective intelligence of the forum might come up with an answer? 2. Not got a Speedmachine but a Fuego and I suspect at the rear there isn’t much difference - the rear guard probably has an extra pair of stays from a standard DF mudguard to s...
by hercule
9 May 2019, 9:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Second car - electric?
Replies: 42
Views: 807

Re: Second car - electric?

Surely a small petrol hatchback that is zero tax is the way to go. No tax. Minimal petrol use for a few local journeys. True, I'm sure. It fits in with my OP perhaps, but here's a little sort of fact. If we reset the trip computer at startup on the drive, then drove up the hill to the local shop - ...
by hercule
9 May 2019, 11:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: More bottom bracket queries!
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: More bottom bracket queries!

Running a domed bolt from the other side - yes, that should work!

Thanks also for the tip about the cranks - I haven’t heard of that brand before




I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my stupid phone.
by hercule
8 May 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: More bottom bracket queries!
Replies: 3
Views: 292

More bottom bracket queries!

I ride a Hase Kettwiesel recumbent trike. As currently set up it has a Shimano chainset with an external bottom bracket, but the cranks are 170mm and I want to swap to a TA square taper triple chainset with 150mm cranks. I’ve got a dodgy knee and all my other laid back machines have short cranks so ...
by hercule
28 Apr 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1357

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

I love the helmet question on a trike... ICE were, for quite a while, rather keen on pointing out on their website that helmets were something they thought you should be wearing. It's still the case that all of their promotional models wear them... I don't know why, I'd never felt they would be par...
by hercule
26 Apr 2019, 8:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1357

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

Re racing BikeE: there is a photo on the web of someone who’d chopped one about a bit to turn it into more of a dragster. But you’re not going to break any speed records on one, though dual 20” wheels do add an impressive speed boost (personal experience!)
by hercule
26 Apr 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1357

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

It’s something I immediately notice when I (now very occasionally) am out on the open road on an upright. It’s very unpleasant compared to riding a bent. I think I’ve had two close passes on a bent in the last 13 years, I get that number (even riding in primary, etc) in the first few miles on an upr...
by hercule
26 Apr 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: No more Nazca Fuego
Replies: 3
Views: 2773

Re: No more Nazca Fuego

I thought the Fuego was one of their best selling models - at least it seems that way in Scotland! I think that only leaves the HPV Speedmachine as a quality alternative?
by hercule
22 Apr 2019, 9:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Track pump spare parts
Replies: 9
Views: 505

Re: Track pump spare parts

I’ve got that replacement head on my track pump. Works very well, but it’s a bit of a squeeze trying to use it on my Brompton.
by hercule
22 Apr 2019, 9:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Uses for a dead D-lock.
Replies: 14
Views: 851

Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Croquet hoop? (Or whatever they are called)
by hercule
20 Apr 2019, 4:59pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Can you revive a dead battery?
Replies: 12
Views: 819

Can you revive a dead battery?

A couple of years ago I added electric assist to one of our recumbent trikes so that my OH could get out a ride with me. It took a lot of fiddling but I finally got there! Sadly last year I only managed to persuade her to get out on it once, but she’s been talking about using it again, so I was full...
by hercule
18 Apr 2019, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stem Raiser To Raise The Handlebars
Replies: 13
Views: 667

Re: Stem Raiser To Raise The Handlebars

It’s this one: https://bbbcycling.com/uk_en/bhp-21-extender Note that they also do one for 1” steerer (the BHP-20). This was mentioned on a thread here quite a while back, I think the recommendation was to use it on steel steerers only with a fairly beefy thickness. Essentially it fits inside the st...
by hercule
17 Apr 2019, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stem Raiser To Raise The Handlebars
Replies: 13
Views: 667

Re: Stem Raiser To Raise The Handlebars

I had to raise the handlebars on my Thorn XTC. It fitted fine when I got it, but that was nearly 20 years ago and I don’t bend so well now. Tried a Satori stem raiser first but the multiple Allen bolts (including 2 for the stem itself) looked offputtingly ugly and I’ve since swapped it for an altoge...