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by hercule
11 Mar 2012, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carry Freedom Y-frame trailer: small or large?
Replies: 29
Views: 5304

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: 98324

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: 29401

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: 29401

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 ...
by hercule
7 Mar 2012, 8:39pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Schwalbe Tryker tyres in stock
Replies: 39
Views: 98324

Re: Schwalbe Tryker tyres in stock

According to reports both here and on BROL, they seem to do the impossible - reduce rolling resistance and increase traction. I, like lots of others, have Marathon Racers on my Trice and whilst they do good service, the rear wheel grip on steep or even just frosty hills is pretty poor. If they can s...
by hercule
6 Mar 2012, 9:39pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Schwalbe Tryker tyres in stock
Replies: 39
Views: 98324

Re: Schwalbe Tryker tyres in stock

rand wrote:What is a "crotched" rim?

Rand.


Hooked, in other words - the edge of the rim is rolled to hold the tyre bead. Most rims that I've seen come that way now. Stops the tyre blowing off - rather vital on a hard-cornering trike!
by hercule
22 Feb 2012, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton brake drop
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Re: Brompton brake drop

Without going out to the garage to measure (which possibly isn't being too helpful!) I can tell you that my Frankenbent recumbent has a Brompton rear brake, nut fitting, that manages to reach over a mudguard and 1.25" tyre. Being more helpful, I've just measured it and can report that the maxim...
by hercule
17 Feb 2012, 4:49pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Folding delta?
Replies: 4
Views: 28522

Re: Folding delta?

The Lepus folds in the sense that the rear, suspended axle, can be swung under the trike, and the seat can be flipped forward over the boom. I'd think it would still make a large package, though, and it's not a light machine. The Kettwiesel doesn't fold but you can 'shrink' it by sliding in the boom...
by hercule
6 Feb 2012, 9:01pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: 50's velocar
Replies: 1
Views: 26047

Re: 50's velocar

I think that's an early prototype of the Duo Quest... :D

http://www.recumbent-gallery.eu/duo-quest-velomobile/
by hercule
29 Jan 2012, 9:52pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: ICE asymmetric frame, hub gears...
Replies: 12
Views: 26245

Re: ICE asymmetric frame, hub gears...

I've no experience of hub gears on recumbent trikes, but would make the following observations: - it's a long way from the front to the back of the trike, I doubt chainline would be a major issue over that distance. On uprights where the distance is much shorter, chain running at acute angles becaus...
by hercule
15 Jan 2012, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much is a Wester Ross bike worth?
Replies: 10
Views: 2159

How much is a Wester Ross bike worth?

My dad is looking to sell his early 80s Wester Ross. We narrowly missed my mum putting it out for recycling! It's custom built in 531 tubing (ST, I think) and mostly period... 5 speed freewheel, TA triple, etc. It's a 21" frame. It's also in absolutely pristine condition: I doubt he rode more t...
by hercule
5 Jan 2012, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Looking for bits for a Sturmey 8 speed...
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Looking for bits for a Sturmey 8 speed...

Part number is HSL882

Tried Old Bike Trader - no joy. The last dealer I tried suggested I look overseas.
by hercule
5 Jan 2012, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Looking for bits for a Sturmey 8 speed...
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Looking for bits for a Sturmey 8 speed...

Last year I picked up what I thought was a bargain on eBay: a Sturmey XRK8(w) hub gear built into a 26" wheel. It has a particular advantage for me in that it can fit a bike I have with narrow (120mm) dropouts. Unfortunately I subsequent found that there were a number of bits missing - what Stu...
by hercule
1 Jan 2012, 3:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: osprey recumbent
Replies: 4
Views: 19201

Re: osprey recumbent

There's definitely a couple of allen bolts visible under the boom suggesting it has an adjustable boom like nearly every other recumbent, so I don't think the pedal reach should be an issue - seat height might be, but so is the case with other bikes. And there seems similar adjustment of the seat an...
by hercule
21 Dec 2011, 8:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: turbo trainer
Replies: 7
Views: 33922

Re: turbo trainer

An Elite Crono trainer will work - although they are described as fitting 26" wheels minimum, they work well enough with my Trice's 20" wheel. They are the kind with the swing arm rather than the fixed triangle (like my older Tacx). You will need to raise the front wheels otherwise your he...