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by recumbentpanda
22 Nov 2009, 4:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... how to make me enthusiastic about my Brompton?
Replies: 24
Views: 1894

Re: ... how to make me enthusiastic about my Brompton?

The key to enjoying a Brompton is the same key to enjoying any bike: -get the fit right. When I got mine, many years ago, I quickly decided I needed the longer seat-pin, and more forward reach to the handlebars, so I fitted some of those mini bar-ends. I kept the suspension block it came with but fi...
by recumbentpanda
19 Nov 2009, 5:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: you don't pay road tax !
Replies: 34
Views: 3960

Re: you don't pay road tax !

Let's say this clearly: Road Tax does not exist in the UK. It has not existed since 1937. Vehicle Excise Duty goes into the general taxation pot and is not reserved for roads. We all pay for roads out of general taxation, even if we never so much as step on a road. Motorists pay more tax, because th...
by recumbentpanda
9 Nov 2009, 9:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not a good afternoon, home delivery & WVM
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

Re: Not a good afternoon, home delivery & WVM

Along with some other posters in this thread I'm wondering if the 'pointless overtake' is not applied only to cyclists. I don't often drive, but yesterday was behind the wheel, heading for a light-controlled junction where a dual carriageway rapidly becomes a single lane on the other side of the lig...
by recumbentpanda
13 Oct 2009, 1:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Ride
Replies: 16
Views: 2262

Re: Recumbent Ride

Few, but rarity has its value . . . Ted's idea of a 'short ride' I should warn you, was thirty two miles :shock: -very enjoyable, but ambitious for me at the time (I've smartened up my act a bit since then). There are some pics of us at the end of the ride, I am leaning casually on my bike -so as no...
by recumbentpanda
13 Oct 2009, 11:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are Women Cyclists in More Danger Than Men?
Replies: 27
Views: 1428

Re: Are Women Cyclists in More Danger Than Men?

Women in more danger than men? Definitely my wife is in more danger than me: she knows not that emotion called fear and does downhills like a nutter. :roll: But my real feeling is: We are all in more danger. Having been on a bike for more than a quarter of a century I am increasingly shocked at the ...
by recumbentpanda
23 Sep 2009, 4:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: On Wobbling
Replies: 31
Views: 2184

Re: On Wobbling

It's a bit difficult for me to 'wobble' -my bike is a long wheelbase recumbent and its a bit like asking the driver of an 18-wheel truck to 'wobble'! You are either in primary or secondary or on the way slowly from one to the other . . . Recently I was cruising down a fast smooth hill towards traffi...
by recumbentpanda
14 Sep 2009, 2:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Scottish Exec wants to tax bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 868

Re: Scottish Exec wants to tax bikes

Worth noting perhaps that VED is not a 'road tax', and has not been since 1937. We ALL pay road tax even if we stay indoors all year round. Roads are funded out of general taxation. It is arguable that because maintaining a road system fit for motor vehicles costs a lot more than would otherwise be ...
by recumbentpanda
14 Sep 2009, 2:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ban helmets
Replies: 27
Views: 1591

Re: Ban helmets

Not sure why some people see helmets as a 'con'.It's a product. Buy it or don't. I am under no illusions that it would protect me from death in a serious crash with a car, and never was under any such illusion. I was part of the bike trade back when we were introducing the first helmets to the UK ma...
by recumbentpanda
14 Jun 2009, 7:27pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Ride
Replies: 16
Views: 2262

Re: Recumbent Ride

Fabulous day out, great shake-down cruise for the newly rebuilt bike, great time had by all. :D :D

Regards

Andrew
by recumbentpanda
13 Jun 2009, 7:36pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Ride
Replies: 16
Views: 2262

Re: Recumbent Ride

Bug vanquished. Also spent today on final tune-ups of the Linear. Spouse and her rather elegant if battered mixte-frame upright likely to also attend. One question -is it the racetrack car park or the village car-park?
by recumbentpanda
9 Jun 2009, 9:26pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Ride
Replies: 16
Views: 2262

Re: Recumbent Ride

If I can shake off this bug in time, I would like to be there -heavily re-built Linear LWB . . .
by recumbentpanda
7 May 2009, 11:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Silliest Comment You've Had...
Replies: 76
Views: 3961

Re: The Silliest Comment You've Had...

While riding a Brompton. "It's got very small wheels -don't you have to pedal awfully fast?" As to the gent with the enquiry about how would you carry a six-foot length of four by two, -my bike IS a six-foot length of four by two! (Linear recumbent) But as for things shouted at recumbent r...
by recumbentpanda
7 May 2009, 10:11pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Raptobike video report / road trial
Replies: 20
Views: 12169

Re: First impressions of the Raptobike low-racer

Hi, The reason for front-wheel drive on many low-racers is that it is difficult to route the chain all the way to the back wheel without big changes of direction. It has to go up and over the front wheel, and then down under that low, low seat and back up to the rear axle. This involves a lot of idl...
by recumbentpanda
6 Apr 2009, 12:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Climbing
Replies: 78
Views: 13464

Re: Recumbent Climbing

The original poster on this thread has probably wandered off long ago to either buy a recumbent or not . . . but the great debate goes on, so here's my pennyworth. As a tourer on 5-speed DF with a dinner-plate sized granny gear back in the 80's I climbed a lot of serious hills -so, not a super-fit r...