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by recumbentpanda
30 Apr 2010, 6:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Future of 4x4's?
Replies: 38
Views: 1726

Re: The Future of 4x4's?

I have come across at least one post on a US bike forum from a guy who bought an electric assist bike to help with his obesity, and then decided to ditch the assist because it was too tempting to press the button and he wasn't getting the exercise he needed. Then I noticed that a lot of electrics I ...
by recumbentpanda
19 Apr 2010, 5:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Floating Bikes
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: Floating Bikes

I have actually pedalled one of these, a one-off called the 'WyeCycle'. The paddle propulsion was a very laborious way to have an enema. Not sure what Barbie and Ken were doing there either. It was pleasant on the flat bits but effing hairy on the 'downhills' as the steering was almost non-existent....
by recumbentpanda
20 Jan 2010, 6:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: SMIDSY - Vulcan Bomber
Replies: 29
Views: 1559

Re: SMIDSY - Vulcan Bomber

There have been fatalities . . . If he is a club flyer, I would have a word with his club . . .
by recumbentpanda
20 Jan 2010, 5:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear light mounting
Replies: 24
Views: 1148

Re: Rear light mounting

Cateye sell a rear light mounting that screws to this kind of flat plate carrier bracket -ask your LBS.
by recumbentpanda
20 Jan 2010, 5:43pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shorter cranks - what's out there?
Replies: 8
Views: 1753

Re: Shorter cranks - what's out there?

Have fitted the Thun crankset and done a couple of rides of about 6miles each. One unexpected feature: there is no 'offset' to the left crank (probably because designed for kids bikes). This means there may be clearance issues for the steering link rod of some indirect steering USS bents. The link r...
by recumbentpanda
15 Jan 2010, 1:41pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shorter cranks - what's out there?
Replies: 8
Views: 1753

Re: Shorter cranks - what's out there?

Anyone wondering if short cranks are the way to go, can find out cheaply: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BANKRUPT-BIKE-TRIPLE-CHAINSET-150mm-BLACK_W0QQitemZ380162082602QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR?hash=item58836d072a#ht_686wt_853 Mine just arrived today. All steel, but the cranks ...
by recumbentpanda
5 Jan 2010, 7:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cars just get in the way!
Replies: 38
Views: 1392

Re: Cars just get in the way!

Heavens to Murgatroyd! OP here. I feel I owe the mod an apology for stirring up such a hornet's nest! I had no idea honestly . . . My intention was not to criticise drivers, but merely to point up the irony of the fact that (in my opinion) cars slow bikes down far more than the other way round -yet ...
by recumbentpanda
4 Jan 2010, 8:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cars just get in the way!
Replies: 38
Views: 1392

Cars just get in the way!

A common thread to a number of recent topics on this forum, and to the car/cycle debate in general, is motorists' frustration at being slowed down by cyclists. I would like to put the opposite point of view. Cyclists are actually much more slowed down and obstructed by cars than cars are by cyclists...
by recumbentpanda
22 Nov 2009, 4:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... how to make me enthusiastic about my Brompton?
Replies: 24
Views: 1912

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: 3971

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: 1208

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: 2292

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: 1441

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: 2197

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: 869

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 ...