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by hercule
4 Dec 2011, 6:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Azub Twin
Replies: 6
Views: 12439

Re: Azub Twin

We've ridden with Kettwiesels in tandem - it works very well, though it's a bit harder to speak to your stoker than on a conventional upright tandem. Load carrying is not IMHO the best feature of the Kett but tow a Y-Frame Large trailer behind you (same wheel size and nearly identical axle width) an...
by hercule
3 Dec 2011, 5:39pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Kettwiesel review in Cycle.
Replies: 28
Views: 18213

Cycle review of Kettwiesel

I received my current edition of Cycle today and was pleasantly surprised to see that there is a review of the Hase Kettwiesel. I must admit to some bias here, as I've been riding one for the last 5 years. I've been increasingly disheartened by what has seemed to me as Cycle's tendency towards the &...
by hercule
22 Nov 2011, 9:43pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Longstaff solo trike education required
Replies: 9
Views: 14117

Re: Longstaff solo trike education required

Longstaff trikes tend to be on the pricey side - deservedly so, as they are the pinnacle of the frame-builder's art! Ken Rogers made trikes with differentials - I know, because I have one in the garage... Having ridden OWD trikes, I can confirm that TWD ones are easier especially on hills and on ste...
by hercule
8 Nov 2011, 9:13pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: fairing for TWBent Artifice trike.
Replies: 51
Views: 25292

Re: fairing for TWBent Artifice trike.

They're a lot cheaper second-hand: I spent £130 on mine and perhaps £20 on the parts to fit it to the trike. I was doubtful about whether it would make a noticeable difference and had reservations about paying out the full price. Mine has some scratches, but you don't look through the fairing so opt...
by hercule
6 Nov 2011, 3:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: fairing for TWBent Artifice trike.
Replies: 51
Views: 25292

Re: fairing for TWBent Artifice trike.

I wonder if they have changed the shape of the Streamer fairing over the years. I've no idea how old mine is - I bought it second hand from Dtek - mine is much deeper in front and more rounded in profile than byegad's shown above. My feet don't get wet in the rain. I had to make my own fittings, whi...
by hercule
9 Oct 2011, 3:56pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Lights on a Trike
Replies: 10
Views: 9706

Re: Lights on a Trike

I've been wondering how to fit lights to my Streamer-equipped Trice QNT. Mounting them inside the fairing seems simply to light up the inside... I did wonder about mounting on the outside of the fairing (mine is reinforced with bolts at the end of the support bows) but this would only allow for very...
by hercule
8 Sep 2011, 5:40pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pashley PDQ questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1947

Re: Pashley PDQ questions

BTW, while on the subject of PDQs, what tyres are we using? Mine are the originals and are getting a bit ropey, going to need hew ones soon and would like a bit more grip, comfort and speed! Kojaks on mine: because I was looking for minimum seat height for my short legs. I have found them a bit ske...
by hercule
5 Sep 2011, 6:18pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pashley PDQ questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1947

Re: Pashley PDQ questions

My comment about the "off" was merely that I was going slowly at the time: compared to my trike it seems pretty brisk (alarmingly so at times)! There's a photo somewhere on this very forum of a chain-tubed PDQ, which is pretty much what I did. And yes, PDQs did come with a single chainring...
by hercule
4 Sep 2011, 8:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pashley PDQ questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1947

Pashley PDQ questions

As a confirmed 'bent triker I have been investigating the world of two wheelers and am currently practising on a Pashley PDQ that came to me at a reasonably cheap price. I've had a couple of months of less and less wobbly riding and have been impressed by the bike... but have an irresistible urge to...
by hercule
30 Aug 2011, 9:19pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: New to recumbents
Replies: 19
Views: 3961

Re: New to recumbents

I jumped in, partly because we had a need for something that was disability-friendly. Test rides were really not an option with the nearest dealer being hundreds of miles away. I've never looked back. Now have two trikes, and two recumbent bikes, one of which I built myself. As [XAP]Bob says, they t...
by hercule
9 Jun 2011, 6:09pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent suspension
Replies: 30
Views: 3088

Re: Recumbent suspension

(I am mostly a trike rider by choice (Kett), but sometimes use a bike for speed: I would love it if my trike was a closer speed to my trike, and then I could drop the bike :-)) A fairing has made an appreciable difference to my Trice (DF riders disappearing rapidly in the mirror on downhills!) but ...
by hercule
1 Jun 2011, 8:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike tyres...
Replies: 20
Views: 3308

Re: Trike tyres...

Big Apples on the Kettwiesel. The Kett is a rigid trike, and Marathon Racers I found just too hard and narrow to be comfortable. The Conti tyres it came with were low pressure and slow rolling. Big Apples seem supple, quick, and at low pressures offer good suspension effect at minimal extra rolling ...
by hercule
15 May 2011, 2:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: natural breaks
Replies: 11
Views: 1710

Re: natural breaks

My personal answer is "not really" but if the OP is noticing a difference it might be a postural issue. In my diving days bladder demands were an ever present issue (not an easy thing to solve in a full wetsuit, or worse, a drysuit!) I was told by the "old hands" that it had to d...
by hercule
12 May 2011, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why tricycle when you can bicycle??
Replies: 18
Views: 1797

Re: Why tricycle when you can bicycle??

I've got two upright trikes and two 'bent trikes - three deltas and one tadpole. Why? Because I can, and more particularly because others can't - it does give me a small feeling of superiority to see confident and faster cyclists than me try the upright trikes only to find things not working as they...