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by hercule
9 Jun 2011, 6:09pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent suspension
Replies: 30
Views: 3107

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: 3316

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: 1716

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: 1803

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...
by hercule
12 May 2011, 9:22pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: A two wheeler that's a good climber?
Replies: 31
Views: 5777

Re: A two wheeler that's a good climber?

Yes, I found that out after pursuing your suggestion.
It'll just have to be a Giro, then. Or perhaps a Raptobike. Or perhaps... :D
by hercule
9 May 2011, 9:16pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: A two wheeler that's a good climber?
Replies: 31
Views: 5777

Re: A two wheeler that's a good climber?

I'm in the Frozen Northness of Scotland. 'Bents here are few and far between, and buying one is not a straightforward proposition...
by hercule
8 May 2011, 8:57pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: A two wheeler that's a good climber?
Replies: 31
Views: 5777

Re: A two wheeler that's a good climber?

Yes, I'm sorry I missed the B1 - it would have made a good companion for my QNT!

I have a theory that they never took off because typing "ICE B1" into search engines usually gives a result that the search terms are too short! (Try it here or on BROL, for example)
by hercule
1 May 2011, 9:45pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: A two wheeler that's a good climber?
Replies: 31
Views: 5777

Re: A two wheeler that's a good climber?

Thanks for all your advice - so many choices, so much to think about! I suspect I've not fully exploited all that my engine has to offer. Today I did a 50 mile ride on my Trice QNT - the longest I've done on any number of wheels for a good while - and discovered to my surprise that I rode it as fast...
by hercule
24 Apr 2011, 8:36pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: A two wheeler that's a good climber?
Replies: 31
Views: 5777

Re: A two wheeler that's a good climber?

Thanks for the comments - as a Kettwiesel rider myself I can attest to its remarkable hill climbing ability, no matter how much it may weigh! I still like the look of the Bacchettas, and wonder if a 5'7" chap like myself could stretch to a Giro 26/26....
by hercule
23 Apr 2011, 4:04pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: A two wheeler that's a good climber?
Replies: 31
Views: 5777

A two wheeler that's a good climber?

I've been on three recumbent wheels now for a number of years and latterly have found myself doing less and less on the uprights because the trike is so comfortable - plus I like the way cars give me a wide berth. The downside of trikes is that they are a bit slower than uprights. I built myself a L...
by hercule
7 Apr 2011, 10:09pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Kettwiesel wheel removal
Replies: 8
Views: 1757

Re: Kettwiesel wheel removal

Having ridden both - an original one wheel drive steel Kett and my own two wheel drive aluminium one - I definitely prefer the TWD one. It's a bit like the Range Rover of trikes. It goes up anything, and I can climb gravelly tracks that leave trikes with one driven wheel just spinning. At first I ha...
by hercule
1 Apr 2011, 8:32pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Kettwiesel wheel removal
Replies: 8
Views: 1757

Re: Kettwiesel wheel removal

I no longer have a steel Kett for comparison purposes, but I've taken the wheels off my newer AL model and it wasn't too tricky. For the steel Kett you will need a suitable socket, extension bar and tommy bar. The trick is to use a long lever over your tommy bar - I used a long length of steel pipe,...