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by hercule
26 Jul 2012, 5:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Moulton questions
Replies: 37
Views: 52179

Re: Moulton questions

I don't need much encouragement to share photos of my latest creation.... http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h158/torfness/Moultons/c91db5ff.jpg 8 speed Sturmey hub on a 1963 Moulton Standard. It's only taken me 25 years to finish. I'll get round to getting it painted properly this winter. Since I to...
by hercule
17 Jul 2012, 8:59pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent trike on TDF Footage
Replies: 19
Views: 41259

Re: Recumbent trike on TDF Footage

My upright trike (a Ken Rogers) is generally a placid beast when it has got to know you. Riders do have to be aware that it is partial to blackberries and may depart from the intended line to sample the fruits of the hedgerows. The Pashley Picador that we have, by contrast, is an evil creature whose...
by hercule
14 Jul 2012, 10:15pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 3 speed hub with 2 sprockets?
Replies: 7
Views: 36095

Re: 3 speed hub with 2 sprockets?

I have a Sachs 3 speed Torpedo hub with a drive sprocket in the normal place and another riveted to one of the spoke flanges. There are no holes in the other spoke flange! It looks like a factory item,not `home made`.Picked up at a car boot sale,new. It's likely for a trike. The sprocket riveted to...
by hercule
12 Jul 2012, 10:23pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: New bents from old
Replies: 1
Views: 33579

New bents from old

I posted here earlier in the year to see if anyone had any experience of fitting a hard shell seat to a Pashley PDQ. Apparently no-one had, but I was undaunted and tackled the challenge. It took a lot longer than I thought, largely because I kept rethinking the way I was going to do the job, but at ...
by hercule
5 Jul 2012, 9:02pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: The biggest/oddest load you've carried by cycle?
Replies: 25
Views: 86186

Re: The biggest/oddest load you've carried by cycle?

Do you get much "shunt" with those sorts of loads? Pulling three 60 litre bags of compost last night was OK but at times the trailer seemed to oscillate back and forward against the tow hitch. Carry Freedom Large Y-Frame and Kettwiesel trike (straight tow bar) in case you're interested...
by hercule
19 Jun 2012, 10:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: ICE Trice Q _QNT owners
Replies: 12
Views: 44223

Re: ICE Trice Q _QNT owners

I find my QNT a poorer climber on steep gradients than my two wheel drive Kettwiesel - climbing a frosty hill last winter I must have pedalled twice the distance that I actually covered! It's as much about where your weight is as about tyres, though like Byegad I have found Kojaks rather unsettling ...
by hercule
8 Jun 2012, 10:31pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbents
Replies: 5
Views: 34901

Re: Recumbents

I found even mesh seats on recumbents unbearable at first. I'd manage a few miles then be beset by excruciating pain in my buttocks. Varying the seat angle didn't help at all. However sitting on 2" of upholstery foam banished the problem forever. Worth bearing in mind.
by hercule
7 Jun 2012, 9:31pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: X-Seam measurement
Replies: 10
Views: 52714

Re: X-Seam measurement

My wife is far happier if I'm out on one of my trikes rather than an upwrong. Her own personal experience of altered driver behaviour does go a long way to help, of course.

OTOH, recumbent bikes are ALL WRONG despite arguments of hitting thing with feet rather than head...
by hercule
4 Jun 2012, 8:32pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Streamer Fairing
Replies: 3
Views: 34197

Re: Streamer Fairing

I fitted one to my trike a year ago: never had it off since. I think it's excellent!
by hercule
26 May 2012, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Kingpin
Replies: 17
Views: 10203

Re: Dawes Kingpin

I would just save myself the bother and swap the wheels round: modern battery LED lights are much more effective than the glow-worms of old. Of course it all depends what your intentions are. You could certainly salvage the rim and the dynohub, I think you would need new spokes though - they're prob...
by hercule
24 May 2012, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Kingpin
Replies: 17
Views: 10203

Re: Dawes Kingpin

500A size is ISO 32-440... You could fit an ISO 451 rim and 28mm tyre ("20x 1.1/8"), according to the CTC's tyre guide it's only 3mm bigger. Suddenly you'd have a high speed KIngpin! You'd probably need shorter reach brakes - no bad thing. The more common 406 rims are a fair bit smaller.
by hercule
23 May 2012, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Kingpin
Replies: 17
Views: 10203

Re: Dawes Kingpin

Nostalgia! My second bike was a Dawes Kingpin, mid 1970s I think, so contemporaneous with your bikes. I rode miles and miles on it (going much further than my parents ever suspected!). And so a cyclist was made... Regarding restoration: I'm not aware of a big movement to restore these bikes, unlike ...
by hercule
18 May 2012, 10:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Waterproofing for my tummy...
Replies: 15
Views: 37150

Re: Waterproofing for my tummy...

A fairing makes a big difference.

attached to the trike it is often called a Streamer or a Windwrap or a Zzipper. attached to the rider it is called an Aerobelly. the former are easy to remove in hot weather or to reduce weight to climb hills, the later is a bit harder to remove.
by hercule
18 May 2012, 10:29pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: ICE say helmet wearing is "absolutely crucial" on a trike
Replies: 1
Views: 29228

Re: ICE say helmet wearing is "absolutely crucial" on a trik

I was however somewhat alarmed that they didn't mention the necessity of clipless pedals. Leg suck is a real and potentially devastating issue. I also have suspicions that helmets might be dangerous on trikes and possibly bents in general. As you're likely to land on the rear of the helmet, there se...
by hercule
12 May 2012, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Current off-the-peg bikes with Shimano Nexus 8 hubs
Replies: 13
Views: 4793

Current off-the-peg bikes with Shimano Nexus 8 hubs

A few years ago I refitted my aging 1985 Saracen Triathlon (a nice, reasonably light 531-framed bike) with a Nexus 8 hub gear bought off eBay. I was anticipating using the bike for winter and wet weather, but the riding experience has been a revelation and the old bike has had a new lease of life, p...