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by Lodge
30 Dec 2017, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 V's alivio 9spd ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1430

Re: Alfine 11 V's alivio 9spd ?

When the A11 was in the Brompton I ran 36/18 to give 17.8 to 72.9 gear inches. Achieving low gears is easy with small wheels. The A11 in the VSF P400 with its 26" wheels ran 32/20 to give 21.6 to 88.4 gear inches; note that this was a Bosch e-bike so didn't need such low gearing. It could climb...
by Lodge
29 Dec 2017, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 V's alivio 9spd ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1430

Re: Alfine 11 V's alivio 9spd ?

My wife and I have had two A11 hubs between us. Mine was in my (Kinetics) Brompton, hers in a VSF P400 e-bike. Both have been reliable for >5000 and >3000 km respectively. I also have a Rohloff in my Patria Terra tourer. The Rohloff has greater range, agreed, but the A11 isn't bad. Certainly enough ...
by Lodge
12 Nov 2017, 7:58am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Numb hands
Replies: 20
Views: 1735

Re: Numb hands

I suffer exactly the same with numb hands but tingly fingers leading up to that point. It has helped to increase the handlebar height somewhat using a variable angle stem, thereby decreasing the pressure. But it doesn’t cure the problem, just delays the onset to about an hour. It used to take longer...
by Lodge
9 Nov 2017, 8:33pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: recumbent buying Advice please
Replies: 12
Views: 2053

Re: recumbent buying Advice please

my wife and I have both a tadpole (ICE Sprint) and delta (Hase Kettwiesel) between us. I also had a Bond Bug in the 70’s. Both formats are great fun. The Kett has better traction in the snow with its two wheel drive and weight over the rear wheels. The Sprint is faster round corners being lower. I c...
by Lodge
5 Aug 2017, 1:34pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Can we discuss electrically assisted bikes here too ?
Replies: 43
Views: 4133

Re: Can we discuss electrically assisted bikes here too ?

I also fully agree that e-bikes/trikes should have their own section. My wife and I own three between us, a Bosch powered Tern folder, a Shimano Steps Hase Kettwiesel and a Protanium Hase Pino. Also now very intrigued by the electric Brompton; it's a pity it wasn't available sooner as it could have ...
by Lodge
20 Jul 2017, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Inherited Rohloff Very loud
Replies: 37
Views: 2169

Re: Inherited Rohloff Very loud

My wife and I have Rohloffs in our various bikes and trikes. They all make a noise, especially in 1-7 but also to some extent in 8-14 except for the direct 11. How much noise depends on the frame. My ICE Sprint is the worst, possibly because my ears are rather closer to the hub, perhaps also because...
by Lodge
10 Jul 2017, 9:59pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pictures of your recumbent
Replies: 518
Views: 227317

Re: Pictures of your recumbent

Latest additions to the N=N+1 stable... The Hase Kettwiesel we got last September and has been in use all winter (just over 5000 km). The Sprint is just on the road now and was supplied in partial kit form direct from ICE, then completed with Hope Crankset Hope X2 disc brakes and B&M lights tran...
by Lodge
21 Jun 2017, 7:36pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Squirt chain lube (wax)
Replies: 10
Views: 10875

Re: Squirt chain lube (wax)

I use my own wax lubrication process. I made up a mix of candle wax and a motorcycle gearbox oil which contains a PTFE additive. The proportion is such that it is solid but can be spread easily between thumb and fingers. To apply I just heat the chain with a hot air gun and touch a block of the wax-...
by Lodge
18 Jan 2017, 5:40am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbents - very small market?
Replies: 14
Views: 1436

Re: Recumbents - very small market?

+1 re. hiring to test. After prevaricating for two years I did this a year and a half ago then immediately after the week's hire put an order in for a Bacchetta Giro. The shop knocked the hire cost off the price. Wiltshire can be pretty hilly - make sure you get a wide range of gears. Climbing is no...
by Lodge
2 Nov 2016, 9:09pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike with differential in central belt Scotland
Replies: 15
Views: 4761

Re: Trike with differential in central belt Scotland

Hi, we have recently bought a Hase Kettwiesel Kross with differential and Shimano Steps motor. It is absolutely superb off road with really good traction and rarely losing grip even on steep slippery slopes. Before we bought it we tested back-to-back against the ICE Full Fat (also electrified with B...
by Lodge
15 Oct 2016, 10:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres - moving from MTB to slick
Replies: 36
Views: 3943

Re: Tyres - moving from MTB to slick

I'm very happy with my Schwalbe Energizer 47-559 tyres inherited from my other half's e-bike. They've been on for over 10000 km and still have loads of life left. No punctures to date even though my commute is about 40% shale track. Before that I used Marathon Plus Tours. They lasted well but were h...
by Lodge
8 Oct 2016, 9:19am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric Kettweisel
Replies: 9
Views: 3809

Re: Electric Kettweisel

Another question, skelo. You say the battery is mounted behind the seat - this is the same as for the Shimano motor. Do you have problems with bags coming into contact with the battery? With mine I'm concerned with damage to the battery (and the bag). Those batteries are darned expensive. The Ortlie...
by Lodge
8 Oct 2016, 9:10am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric Kettweisel
Replies: 9
Views: 3809

Re: Electric Kettweisel

If a Bafang would fit, that could be a good option. Looking at the schematics I would be worried as to clearance between the bottom bracket and motor housing and whether the Kettwiesel frame tube is too large a diameter. We tried the Bafang when we tested the ICE Full Fat. The demo model at Radiesch...
by Lodge
3 Oct 2016, 7:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Electric Kettweisel
Replies: 9
Views: 3809

Re: Electric Kettweisel

Interested - yes. We've recently taken delivery of a Shimano Steps Kettwiesel Kross. Very similar electric range possible as long as one stays in eco mode. High power and hills or soft off road conditions really deplete the battery rather quickly. Brilliant fun though. It can climb steep off-road sl...
by Lodge
25 Sep 2016, 8:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keeping Dry on a recumbent
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: Keeping Dry on a recumbent

as above, I wear the same as on my uprights, Goretex jacket and overtrousers, plus shoe covers and suitable gloves depending on season. I still get somwhat damp but from sweat/condensation rather than the rain per se. The overtrousers are high enough and jacket long enough for my approx. 35-40 degre...