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by squeaker
26 Jan 2007, 9:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to carry personal effects when touring?
Replies: 15
Views: 3442

Bum bag

I use a bum bag back to front. Sits on my tum when touring so I can get stuff out as needed - but that's another recumbent advantage :wink:
by squeaker
22 Jan 2007, 4:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1576
Views: 425295

Another Carlton

A Corsa, bought second-hand in 1975 - now much modified and regularly used for local shopping trips.
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by squeaker
19 Jan 2007, 4:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling on Seafronts
Replies: 56
Views: 9670

Does anyone know why, and for what reason, all the anti-cycling attitudes developed. I suspect it was to do with the rapid rise of 'off-road' capable bikes in the 90's which saw more bikes being used off-road (including on-pavement, and sometimes quite agressively) hence antagonising the dog-walkin...
by squeaker
19 Jan 2007, 11:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 2007 year of the hub gear?
Replies: 18
Views: 5086

No

Not with the current gear range (a little over 3:1) or cost (for a wider range = Rolhoff). At 4:1 and reasonable cost, definite 'maybe' - 22" to 88" would be pretty handy.
by squeaker
19 Jan 2007, 11:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Should cyclists shout at Motorists/others?
Replies: 31
Views: 8559

Yes!

I'm trying not too shout (usually rudely) at motor vehicles that have just cut me up etc., but I'm not suceeding :twisted:
by squeaker
19 Jan 2007, 11:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recumbents – a balanced argument
Replies: 48
Views: 8321

Much more difficult?

The distraction of balancing This is obviously not a problem with tricycles, but recumbent bicycles are much more difficult to ride in a straight line, especially at low speed. The surprising, counter-intuitive reason for this is their lower centre of gravity. Whilst I agree with the higher roll ra...
by squeaker
18 Jan 2007, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Exceedingly tight 20" (405) Schwalbe Marathon Slick tyr
Replies: 9
Views: 1729

Non-stretch

Surely the bead must stretch ? Otherwise how else does the tyre get from being stretched across the rim as a straight line, to dropping over into the bead seating ? Er, no, that's why it's important to make sure that the diametrically opposite bit of the tyre bead, that's already on the rim, is dee...
by squeaker
17 Jan 2007, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Exceedingly tight 20" (405) Schwalbe Marathon Slick tyr
Replies: 9
Views: 1729

Maybe 405 tyre is the problem?!?

One of my recumbents uses 40x406 Schwalbe Marathon Slicks on Alex DA-16 rims; the other 50x406 Marathon Racers on Jetset CH-EH280 rims. Both tyres can be fitted and seated using only thumb pressure, although a single lever helps removal (but it's not impossible without one). Seems that either your r...
by squeaker
14 Jan 2007, 10:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling on Seafronts
Replies: 56
Views: 9670

Re:Cycling on Seafronts

You probably know already, being in Littlehampton, but Worthing seafront has a bit on which you can ride - from Lancing to 'Splash Point', and a bit you can't - the Promenade bit along the rest of the front. It's all an hodgepodge here at the moment, though the local councillors promise a tidy up e...
by squeaker
13 Jan 2007, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mirror for using on a Powabyke
Replies: 10
Views: 1147

B&M cyclestar

Also has a handlebar clamp option....
by squeaker
13 Jan 2007, 12:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mid 1990's Marzocchi Air Forks Advice.
Replies: 3
Views: 723

jb wrote:Hi

I don't know anything about those forks specificaly, but as a general rule of thumb the air pressure should be such that the forks compress about 10% of their full travel when you sit on the bike.
Hmm, I'd say 20 to 30% compression.....
by squeaker
13 Jan 2007, 12:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recumbents – a balanced argument
Replies: 48
Views: 8321

Re: Recumbents – a balanced argument

So my question is then, <b>what are the BAD points of a recumbent</b> that everyone seems to not mention? Tend to be heavier for a given number of ££££ (but Challenge do sub 10kg for 2000Euro) so a bit slower on hills (there's also an estimated 10% max power loss due to the raised legs). Banned by ...
by squeaker
12 Jan 2007, 11:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: disc brakes NB Avid BB5 mechanical brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes

Very pleased with the BB7's on my recumbent (essentially BB5 but with outer pad adjustment) and will change my MTB to them in due course. (PS: the only reason for using them on the rear is to stop rim wear, as they are heavier than a good v-brake, and for Bling factor, IMHO)