Recumbents

Sep. 21st, 2007 11:58 am
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I haven't totally given up on the idea of a recumbent, though going for the electric motor as a an answer to "how can I make cycling into headwinds easier" does rather reduce the plausible budget for one.
There was a Speed Ross on eBay recently, but without having seen it and with the description saying it needed some work, I wasn't prepared to go higher than £200. It went for £206, but of course I can't tell how much higher the winning bidder might have gone. And it's not an ideal bike for in town use anyway, even if it would be faster for the not-town bit of the commute.
(I left a bid on one of these kits (built into a bike)before going on holiday, too, but that went for quite a lot more than my bid (which I can't remember now).)
The tyres on my folder are cracking, which might be an excuse for another visit to D.Tek.
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There was a mention on uk.rec.cycling of a Speed Ross on eBay. (More photos of the Ross here, since eBay ones will expire.)
(Mike's Ross was the first SWB recumbent I tried, and I have met David a couple of times before.)
I met him at lunchtime yesterday (and again after work to see his other bikes), then continued dithering about whether it was really a sensible commuting bike. Eventually decided I would try a bid this morning, only to find it had gone up beyond the limit I'd decided on.

Bikes

Jul. 23rd, 2005 10:28 am
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Joined the Cambridge Bent Friday Ride yesterday lunchtime to see Jon's homebuilt recumbent (u.r.c thread).
Rebuilt the folder wheel having cut 6mm or so off every spoke. The steel nipples are forming their own threads below the original ones to some extent, but with luck there is enough of the proper spoke thread engaged in undeformed nipple thread to hold. We'll see.
[Edit: and assembling the bike, I now notice the gear chain (like this) is now missing from the hub. Luckily I have a spare, albeit worn.]
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Did quite a lot of gardening this weekend, and sold Nana Pam's lawnmower.
Spent most of this afternoon with Kevin at D.Tek (who don't have a website) in Little Thetford, trying out assorted recumbent bicycles (LWB, SWB, and CLWB) and tricycles (delta and tadpole (a KettWeisel).
Most plausible from a budget point of view was a Dawes (I hadn't realized Dawes sold a recumbent, it was a rebadged Batavus Relaxx, and didn't sell very well (heavy, and not enough gears for the touring it was marketed for), but Kevin thinks it makes quite a good starter recumbent, plausible for commuting).
Favourite from a "we could replace a car" point of view was the ICE trike.
I failed to ride a Challenge Hurricane, which I wobbled on in much the same way as when I tried Mike C's Ross, but I only had a very short try at the end on that, so, like the Ross, would probably manage after more practice.
I enjoyed the session enough that I might well try hiring a bike for a longer period sometime this summer.

[EDIT: Now with photos. (From my camcorder in "save a still on the memory stick" mode. We might get a decent digital camera this summer.)]

Recycling

Sep. 3rd, 2004 09:47 pm
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Called in at Milton tip this morning since I was coming in on the A10 having come from Ely. Bought a dynohub.
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After lunch cycled to the Golden Boar at Freckenham for a drink with friends before they came back for Sunday dinner, with the boys on the U+2. Bright sunshine, though cold, when we left, but started hailing seconds later. Strong headwind across the fields beyween the villages. Vaguely wished I had a faired recumbent (maybe even with electric assist to help with towing), but it would cost more than my car (and wouldn't replace it). In theory I could commute by bike, and we could get rid of the second small car and Alice could use the big car, but I doubt it will happen. The boys were happy with the idea of going to school by bike again (we did it a few times last term, but haven't last half term).

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