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by recumbentpanda
20 Aug 2017, 7:03pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Chain twist on hpvspeedmachine
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Re: Chain twist on hpvspeedmachine

Check the chain is seated correctly on the return idler, and not the wrong way up. If that is not the problem then somebody connected up the ends of the chain with one of them the wrong way up - easily done on a bent with a crossover chain path and or lots of chain tubes. Don't ask me how I know thi...
by recumbentpanda
30 Apr 2017, 8:18am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Taming the Fuego
Replies: 10
Views: 7217

Re: Taming the Fuego

Strikes me this is really a post about 'bike fit'. One of the nice things about the fuego is its adjustability, so provided you have the right frame size ( they come in small medium and large I believe) you should be able to tune it to suit your particular build. Un-used to tiller steering, I also f...
by recumbentpanda
22 Apr 2017, 7:58pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Shout outs
Replies: 26
Views: 11012

Re: Shout outs

I was waiting to go through the entrance to the Bath end of the Bath Bristol path for a silver-bearded roadie coming the other way. As he passed me on my low rider, he leaned down from his lofty carbon perch and said in a most sinister whisper "You must be mad!" I looked up towards his hat...
by recumbentpanda
24 Mar 2017, 9:02am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: LWB vs SWB
Replies: 16
Views: 11052

Re: LWB vs SWB

To actually answer the OPs question . . . I have many years experience on an early model Linear, but have been riding a SWB Nazca Fuego for the last two. The long wheelbase bike handled very well, and after a few months practice I could navigate sharp reverse bends at walking pace, and almost tracks...
by recumbentpanda
13 Mar 2017, 8:24pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: My new ride
Replies: 9
Views: 6658

Re: My new ride

If memory serves me well, it was a short-lived British make, following the same basic inspiration as the Linear which was the US Avatar, and the one-off Cambridge UK designed prototype on which the Avatar Itself was based. It always looked to me like a well sorted bike, except for the massive length...
by recumbentpanda
13 Mar 2017, 8:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Those with shortened cranks
Replies: 109
Views: 26256

Re: Those with shortened cranks

On the headwind thing: went into town on some errands during storm Doris or whatever it was called. I Only found out there was anything wrong with the weather when the wind blew my down over the ears Belgian style cap off. Effect on bike handling (Nazca fuego low rider) - zero. On the safety thing: ...
by recumbentpanda
14 Feb 2017, 5:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sicily ???
Replies: 29
Views: 1574

Re: Sicily ???

Spent a week last September touring the south east corner. Very nice, but take lots of water unless its actual winter. It gets v hot and humid and there isn't much shade. 4 litres per person per day minimum . Plus lemon granitas to taste :) . Drivers are much less homicidal than UK, use of horn is a...
by recumbentpanda
4 Jan 2017, 8:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Black ice
Replies: 84
Views: 7513

Re: Black ice

I also went down on black ice on Monday, also on a cycle path (the Bath-Bristol). Big plus point for low-rider recumbent, no damage to rider! As I was soon after overtaken by numbers of roadies caning it on narrow tyres who appeared to have come to no harm, I began to wonder if my bike with its rela...
by recumbentpanda
19 Aug 2016, 9:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bournemouth - another cyclist hurt
Replies: 13
Views: 1290

Re: Bournemouth - another cyclist hurt

I walk past that Bournemouth roundabout regularly, at rush hours. Traffic speeds through the junction and 'zombie commuter driving' is such an issue I actually walk several dozen yards down side roads away from it before crossing. There is a lot of pavement cycling there, wide pavements, despite bik...
by recumbentpanda
19 Aug 2016, 9:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: When do you know you should stop driving ( a car )?
Replies: 45
Views: 2774

Re: When do you know you should stop driving ( a car )?

As with smoking, the best way to stop driving is never to start . . .
by recumbentpanda
5 Aug 2016, 8:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do we put up with drinks that taste like a chemical factory?
Replies: 32
Views: 1915

Re: Why do we put up with drinks that taste like a chemical factory?

Bigjim, thanks for the 'nasty piece of work' comment. I have a low tolerance for non-evidence based theories, especially in medicine, and that tends to make me terse. My reference to 'your head' was nothing more than me arguing that the correlation you claimed was merely an idea, a notion, rather th...
by recumbentpanda
3 Aug 2016, 10:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do we put up with drinks that taste like a chemical factory?
Replies: 32
Views: 1915

Re: Why do we put up with drinks that taste like a chemical factory?

No, I don't take your word, or his. Your link goes to a website promoting the entirely discredited acid/alkaline diet notion. Balance of available actual evidence suggests this notion falls into that class of ideas known as 'people making random s**t up without bothering with actual evidence'. And b...
by recumbentpanda
3 Aug 2016, 10:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shared use paths - Bells ringing ignored...
Replies: 200
Views: 11042

Re: Shared use paths - Bells ringing ignored...

On a motor road, walking facing the traffic may be a good idea - I don't presume to know. On a shared pedestrian/cycle path I would suggest it is a very bad idea particularly at busy times. If you keep left, as people in the UK tend to do, then a cyclist coming up behind you, who cannot overtake bec...
by recumbentpanda
15 Jul 2016, 7:51am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Is there any reason you wouldn't wear a helmet?
Replies: 255
Views: 10441

Re: Is there any reason you wouldn't wear a helmet?

DaveW, Stevek76's second to last para answers your question.

The logical solution to your own point is to wear full body armour and carry a fire extinguisher on your bike at all times. ('You never know what is going to happen') :D
by recumbentpanda
16 Jun 2016, 8:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Frightening horses
Replies: 87
Views: 6342

Re: Frightening horses

A wise and experienced horseperson of my aquaintance once gave me an important piece of technical information about these animals. We had been discussing much the same issues as this thread. After a while, she summed things up for me like this: 'What you have to understand,' she said, 'is that when ...