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by hercule
24 May 2012, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Kingpin
Replies: 17
Views: 10950

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: 10950

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: 37167

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: 29233

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: 5011

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...
by hercule
7 May 2012, 10:45am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Hard shell seats: advice on choosing and fitting?
Replies: 1
Views: 28322

Hard shell seats: advice on choosing and fitting?

I'm planning on fitting a hard shell seat to my Pashley PDQ. The bike came with a mesh seat with tubular frame, and therein are the problems I've had with it. Firstly, the hammock effect of the seat (it's very saggy mesh) means that it can be difficult to get a foot down: with a hard shell seat I sh...
by hercule
5 May 2012, 7:29am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Bents on trains
Replies: 23
Views: 36653

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: 36653

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: 47899

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: 86234

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: 34722

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: 34722

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: 1281

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: 26992

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: 37610

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...