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by recumbentpanda
17 May 2019, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reverse-wearing a cassette...?
Replies: 42
Views: 3381

Re: Reverse-wearing a cassette...?

It interests me that some velomobile riders report much longer drivetrain life than average[*] With modern materials and manufacturing methods, surely it’s possible to design a derailleur compatible chaincase for some types of bike? [*]velomobile designs differ in the amount of protection they give ...
by recumbentpanda
15 May 2019, 8:46am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Attaching/drilling to a hard seat
Replies: 6
Views: 2674

Re: Attaching/drilling to a hard seat

Drilling into any kind of fibre reinforced laminate is a bit of a mission. Unless precautions are taken, the drill bit can easily skate about and wander on the gel coat. Glass fibre is horrible crunchy stuff, like trying to accurately drill shreddies. Carbon fibre even worse, plus the dust and debri...
by recumbentpanda
27 Apr 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner
Replies: 139
Views: 5771

Re: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner

One situation where these chain cleaning devices are a boon is mine: taking the equivalent length of three normal chains off a low rider recumbent, washing it and then threading it back through the chain tubes and extra jockey wheels is the best part of a day’s work! Consequently I am very happy, fr...
by recumbentpanda
27 Apr 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: No more Nazca Fuego
Replies: 3
Views: 2818

Re: No more Nazca Fuego

Wouldn’t be surprised if somebody didn’t offer Nazca a deal to build the Fuego - it’s such a nice, well-sorted design. Or does Taiwan’s Performer have a model in its enormous range that fills a similar niche?
by recumbentpanda
27 Apr 2019, 10:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does this external bottom bracket look OK ??
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: Does this external bottom bracket look OK ??

What you are calling a ‘cover’ on your ‘other bike’ is in fact the bolt that holds the crank to the spindle. It is fitted with a kind of built in washer or seal to keep crud out of the recess in the crank. I remember the days when crank bolts had ordinary hexagonal heads so there had to be a big rec...
by recumbentpanda
25 Apr 2019, 1:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent
Replies: 34
Views: 1368

Re: A reminder of why I ride a recumbent

Well, I can’t say my bent has been a solution to all bad driver behaviour, but there is certainly a long, long list of cycling problems and gripes, commonly read about on boards like this, to which ‘recumbent’ is a solution! :)
by recumbentpanda
13 Apr 2019, 8:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 34
Views: 1648

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

I suspect the important word in your story about Irish towns may be ‘recently’. The phenomenon I am talking about is technically termed ‘induced demand’. The Wikipedia article on it is very thought provoking for anyone interested in transport planning issues. It seems that the answer to motor traffi...
by recumbentpanda
12 Apr 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 34
Views: 1648

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Plus, as noted above, if it gets built, then in five years or so the problems will be just as bad or worse, because building roads attracts more traffic.
by recumbentpanda
11 Apr 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 34
Views: 1648

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Hmm, as someone who fairly regularly has occasion to walk and cycle in, through and around Bath, I think ‘purgatory for pedestrians and hell for cyclists’ is slightly overdoing it. Certainly it has its problems, and certainly there has been a heightened level of debate lately, although check out the...
by recumbentpanda
3 Apr 2019, 8:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What distinguishes between a mens saddle & womens saddle ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1531

Re: Trasgender issues....

To answer the OPs factual question the difference is primarily in width. The male pelvis is generally narrower than the female, hence the need for the padding supporting the ‘sit bones’ to be closer together for males and a little further apart for females. Of course these are generalisations over a...
by recumbentpanda
11 Mar 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Down, not yet out.
Replies: 13
Views: 4730

Re: Down, not yet out.

Oh, and yes, BlackPanther, I second the recommendation of elbow pads! Stole my son’s Bauers after he gave up inline skating. Put more scratches on them than he did! Have also long contemplated some hip pads as I get older and bonier. :lol:
by recumbentpanda
11 Mar 2019, 9:17am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Down, not yet out.
Replies: 13
Views: 4730

Re: Down, not yet out.

When my fuego suddenly dumped me a few weeks back, I carefully examined the site for evidence, Sherlock style. A recumbent capsize usually happens so much quicker - the journey to the ground is shorter, and so it can be hard to be sure exactly what happened. Tyre tracks revealed that in avoiding a p...
by recumbentpanda
26 Feb 2019, 12:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More cycling? Less motoring?
Replies: 64
Views: 16257

Re: More cycling? Less motoring?

I have visited quite a lot of countryside in Japan by train. For example, ‘Rabbit Train’ gets you from central Tokyo to Utsunomiya, and thus within taxi, bus or walking distance of much of the Kanto Plain. Further up the line and you can hike in the mountains of Nikko.
by recumbentpanda
19 Feb 2019, 8:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: People who provided or shorten cranks in the UK?
Replies: 13
Views: 1652

Re: People who provided or shorten cranks in the UK?

Sugino make nice old school triples in a range of crank lengths. Have to import from US suppliers via eBay. Shop around, not cheap but not out of the ordinary prices for good quality parts.
by recumbentpanda
29 Dec 2018, 4:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )
Replies: 42
Views: 4241

Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

I have two wheel recumbent experience on this. I live barefoot off the bike, (yeah, I know, super eccentric!) so on the bike I wear ‘barefoot’ minimalist shoes. I use wide mtb pedals with the sharp tungsten studs. I can testify that this is fine for both comfort and grip. My shoes however are either...