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by EnquiringMind
23 Feb 2013, 5:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why the government must not cut fuel duty...
Replies: 80
Views: 4128

Why the government must not cut fuel duty...

Not generally the sort of thing I bother writing about, but some of the quotes in the local rag irritated me just enough to provoke a minor rant... "Why the government must not cut fuel duty" . http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8500097921_8d8b8486bd.jpg Sorry, just needed to get that off ...
by EnquiringMind
19 Feb 2013, 6:51pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Various recumbent reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 71590

Re: Various recumbent reviews

Nazca Gaucho 26" mini photoblog now up. A versatile bike which handles really nicely, and great load-carrying capabilities...

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by EnquiringMind
14 Feb 2013, 8:14pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Park Tool CN-10 cable cutter
Replies: 4
Views: 12678

Park Tool CN-10 cable cutter

After cabling about twenty bikes-worth of cable with my Park Tool cable cutter (review), it's still in top-top condition: well worth the (admittedly slightly eye-watering) cost compared with labour, or the sad experiment I tried with a cheap tool beforehand :oops: http://davemccraw.s3.amazonaws.com/...
by EnquiringMind
24 Jan 2013, 5:50pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Various recumbent reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 71590

Re: Various recumbent reviews

That's a good point, and not one I mentioned. When you're touring and spares include tyre(s) have common spares could be significant.
by EnquiringMind
24 Jan 2013, 1:24am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Various recumbent reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 71590

Re: Various recumbent reviews

After another shameful delay, I've now published my review of the ICE Sprint 20RS:

http://mccraw.co.uk/ice-sprint-20-rs-review/

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Bestseller for a reason...
by EnquiringMind
21 Jan 2013, 1:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Red Lights - Pushing a Cycle and the Law
Replies: 166
Views: 9740

Re: Red Lights - Pushing a Cycle and the Law

It's never caused me any loss of sleep, as it's hard to see who is disadvantaged... The only problem with that approach is that it's also used to justify ignoring speeding laws. I'm not sure the two are really comparable, since vehicle A going faster than vehicle B is clearly different in some self...
by EnquiringMind
21 Jan 2013, 12:22am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Red Lights - Pushing a Cycle and the Law
Replies: 166
Views: 9740

Re: Red Lights - Pushing a Cycle and the Law

I skimmed this whole topic just now, as I regularly walk across signalled junctions on my commute (sometimes two or three times on a single journey) against red lights. It's never caused me any loss of sleep, as it's hard to see who is disadvantaged (and often there is a big advantage for all concer...
by EnquiringMind
19 Jan 2013, 4:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike-powered snow plough!
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Bike-powered snow plough!

Impressive - bet it makes your legs ache though! Strangely it's not that noticeable (even though it's just the boards dragging along, absolutely no wheels). It was only an inch or two of snow at most though. The main difficulty was that I had to ride quite slowly to avoid the trailer jumping around...
by EnquiringMind
19 Jan 2013, 10:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike-powered snow plough!
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Bike-powered snow plough!

Spent an hour this morning with some scrap wood and my Carry Freedom Y-frame fulfilling a life ambition: a bike-powered snow plough! Warning: involves pavement cycling... http://mccraw.co.uk/bicycle-snow-plough-mk1/ http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8394856028_87e70ccc36_n.jpg Makes an excellent jo...
by EnquiringMind
8 Jan 2013, 7:48pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent visibility
Replies: 74
Views: 11116

Re: Recumbent visibility

Clearly the OP has enjoyed a hitherto sheltered life without the usual spectrum of "advice" from non-recumbent riders! :) The bottom line is this: recumbents are quite visible, as evidenced by the almost total lack of people crashing into them. This despite the exhaustive theorising along ...
by EnquiringMind
11 Dec 2012, 1:35pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Various recumbent reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 71590

Re: Various recumbent reviews

I suppose a really, really long bike could accommodate stoker's cranks at seat+10" height, but yes - it's more akin to a LWB or CLWB in positioning than a SWB racer (or tadpole)
by EnquiringMind
8 Dec 2012, 10:34pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Various recumbent reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 71590

Re: Various recumbent reviews

Hopefully as it splits completely in two, it would be easy to bag and board with two normal bike bookings. (the front might need some kind of strap to allow it to hang from a vertical rack?). Methinks a folded tandem would still attract a lot of unwanted attention from the modern British rail "...
by EnquiringMind
8 Dec 2012, 2:43pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Various recumbent reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 71590

Re: Various recumbent reviews

I've added the excellent Nazca Quetzal folding tandem to the list:

http://mccraw.co.uk/nazca-quetzal-review/

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This one is a real treat :)
by EnquiringMind
18 Nov 2012, 1:48am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: B&M Lumotec IQ Cyo, Lyt, Toplight Line Plus
Replies: 1
Views: 7617

B&M Lumotec IQ Cyo, Lyt, Toplight Line Plus

Hi, Probably most in here have noticed by now that it's getting dark at 4pm and you need lights to go about your basic business... Just in case, I've now got some coverage of dynamo-related produce on my site, which may or may not be of interest: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8487/8195137514_cda8254...
by EnquiringMind
5 Nov 2012, 8:36am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Various recumbent reviews
Replies: 46
Views: 71590

Re: Various recumbent reviews

All three wheels are suspended (I have no idea how soft the suspension is compared with other velomobiles though). And I suppose you can ride without the cap if you prefer - see i.e.this image from their website