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by hercule
5 Jun 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about kickbikes?
Replies: 43
Views: 6556

Re: ... about kickbikes?

Thanks - I’d read the LEJOG thread. The Swifty Mk3 looks exactly like what I saw part folded. New varifocals must have made the wheels look bigger!
by hercule
4 Jun 2019, 10:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about kickbikes?
Replies: 43
Views: 6556

... about kickbikes?

I was in our local John Lewis the other day, trying to amuse myself as my OH was engrossed in the haberdashery department when I noticed a woman wheeling something round that on first glance looked like a part folded folding bike. On closer inspection (discretely hiding behind the displays of diarie...
by hercule
2 Jun 2019, 5:19pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike
Replies: 15
Views: 3718

Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

On my Fuego I find it easiest to lie it on its left side and slide it in. The new SRAM rear mechs that lock out the jockey wheel spring make a fiddly task much easier! The strap technique will also work with a bike, provided you’ve got a prop stand - just use the strap on an appropriate branch etc t...
by hercule
28 May 2019, 9:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Should You Install E-Assist On Your Trike/Bike?
Replies: 31
Views: 8089

Re: Should You Install E-Assist On Your Trike/Bike?

Like ambodach I inherited a Kalkhoff ebike a couple of years ago. After a brief go on it it spent a time sitting in the garage going nowhere, I tried putting it up for sale on here but there was no interest. Then I injured my knee, cycling became very difficult and surprisingly more painful than run...
by hercule
25 May 2019, 11:53am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Windcheetahs
Replies: 13
Views: 3601

Re: Windcheetahs

Hidden in all of this is one of the gems of eBay... someone selling something they don't really know about, they might be asking a totally ridiculous price, or it might be a bargain. A bit of expert knowledge and willingness to travel might snag you a bargain. There was a very nice ICE trike for sal...
by hercule
24 May 2019, 2:00pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Windcheetahs
Replies: 13
Views: 3601

Re: Windcheetahs

I saw that one; no idea about production serial numbers but it looks to me like it has 17” wheels so is one of the early ones. That looks to me like the Wolber tyre Moulton fitted to his early AM bikes (I know, ‘cos I’ve got one!); AM allowed Mike Burrows to use them, I don’t think any other machine...
by hercule
22 May 2019, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help. Frame broken.
Replies: 16
Views: 1114

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: 642

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: 3012

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: 848

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: 301

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: 301

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: 1555

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: 1555

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: 1555

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...