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by hercule
5 May 2012, 7:29am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bents on trains
Replies: 23
Views: 36624

Re: Bents on trains

Tightness is not a word I would associate with my PDQ's seat - it's more of a saggy hammock than a seat!
by hercule
4 May 2012, 4:03pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bents on trains
Replies: 23
Views: 36624

Re: Bents on trains

My PDQ takes up less space in the back of the car than my F-frame Moultons. I can't see it being an issue on trains. It's easy enough to take the seat off if anyone complains, but I don't think the seat's any wider than MTB handlebars.
by hercule
12 Apr 2012, 8:48pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Place to try a recumbent
Replies: 18
Views: 47872

Re: Place to try a recumbent

I remember first riding a recumbent trike. It was a Kettwiesel which I bought for my wife via eBay because it seemed the only practical way of getting her mobile after an accident. I remember sitting down, and thinking how low it was and thinking how vulnerable I felt. Such ideas were rapidly correc...
by hercule
10 Apr 2012, 9:36pm
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?

I regularly ride my Kettwiesel with a wheelie bin (on its side) strapped to my Y-Frame trailer. When I reach my plot it sits up normally and I fill it up with garden refuse, carry it back home for the compost heap...
by hercule
8 Apr 2012, 1:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks on trike
Replies: 7
Views: 34710

Re: Short cranks on trike

Oh, and I have a pair of 152mm cranks. Haven't fitted them yet and keep thinking that a 44T big ring is ridiculously small compared to my usual 52, when in fact I could well do with a 55T ring.
by hercule
8 Apr 2012, 1:45pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Short cranks on trike
Replies: 7
Views: 34710

Re: Short cranks on trike

Shorter cranks -> LONGER boom. Think about what will need to happen at full leg extension.
by hercule
1 Apr 2012, 5:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing spider / cranks from ?tapered square?
Replies: 13
Views: 1228

Re: Removing spider / cranks from ?tapered square?

You didn't mention it and I'm hesitant to mention it in case it's too obvious, but... crank puller? The cranks are basically forced onto the taper of the bottom bracket by the crank bolt. I believe you can get captive bolts that pull off the crank as you unscrew them, but most are not. A crank pulle...
by hercule
29 Mar 2012, 10:07pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: ICEs with full bounce
Replies: 3
Views: 26982

ICEs with full bounce

I'm sure that there was a thread on this somewhere, but I can't find it! I'm giving serious thought to upgrading my QNT with the front suspension upgrade. I spend a lot of time riding Moultons when I'm on upright bikes, and notice how much difference the suspension makes on rough chip seal roads: no...
by hercule
23 Mar 2012, 8:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Suitable Recumbent Clothing
Replies: 18
Views: 37515

Re: Suitable Recumbent Clothing

Speaking as a keen fell runner, Peter Bland Sports is an excellent shop! Most of my running stuff does double duty for recumbent riding. The biomechanics aren't all that different. All you really need is something suitably flexible for the legs - and whilst I don't like Lycra shorts for running, the...
by hercule
18 Mar 2012, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning a cassette?
Replies: 42
Views: 2964

Re: Cleaning a cassette?

Ah, but a pressure washer on the cassette without the rest of the bike attached... after a good soak in degreaser... that sounds like a solution!
by hercule
18 Mar 2012, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning a cassette?
Replies: 42
Views: 2964

Cleaning a cassette?

I've been searching the forum for this and don't want to go into the minefield of opinions that is cleaning and lubricating a chain. Rather, how do you easily clean a cassette? In the past I've unbolted them and cleaned them all lovingly tooth by tooth, spacer by spacer, but my latest has the sprock...
by hercule
11 Mar 2012, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carry Freedom Y-frame trailer: small or large?
Replies: 29
Views: 5297

Re: Carry Freedom Y-frame trailer: small or large?

Giant with giant load http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h158/torfness/Giant-with-Giant-load.jpg Large Y-Frame with bag of compost and three 80l bags of bark. Plus a tree stake! I remember the assistant asking, "Do you want help to take that out to the car?" and her expression when I replie...
by hercule
10 Mar 2012, 8:57pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Schwalbe Tryker tyres in stock
Replies: 39
Views: 98300

Re: Schwalbe Tryker tyres in stock

I see SJS are out of stock now... Clearly they didn't appreciate how many trikers would want to go further, faster, and for less effort... :D

They are listed as 20x1.5", so surely not too different in size from Marathon Racers?
by hercule
9 Mar 2012, 9:11pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Squeaky SPuDs
Replies: 5
Views: 29397

Re: Squeaky SPuDs

Thanks for your suggestions - will give them a try!
by hercule
7 Mar 2012, 8:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Squeaky SPuDs
Replies: 5
Views: 29397

Squeaky SPuDs

I have Shimano SPDs on my 'bents, in fact on all my bikes. On the bents I get a very irritating squeaking whilst pedalling that I can eliminate by rotating my ankle inwards, but it's not the most comfortable way to ride. My theory is that the DFs have the same squeak, but I don't hear it as I'm not ...