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11-28-15, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 740
Posted By kiltedcelt

Fort Collins bike commuting question

My wife and I are planning to move to Fort Collins sometime next year and I'm curious about what sort of commute times to expect. I know obviously it depends on where you live and where you're going,...
07-05-14, 09:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,810
Posted By kiltedcelt

Good to see replies still trickling in for this...

Good to see replies still trickling in for this thread. I wired the dynamo up quite a while back and ended up routing the cable along the bottom of the main frame tube. I used plain clear packing...
05-22-14, 02:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,810
Posted By kiltedcelt

Lots of good tips here guys. I think I'm just...

Lots of good tips here guys. I think I'm just going to be using a pvc-like material wire loom I was able to find and thus run that along where one of the brake/shifter lines runs along the top of the...
Forum: Recumbent
05-17-14, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,182
Posted By kiltedcelt

In case anyone else has been following this, I...

In case anyone else has been following this, I believe I may have solved my own problem. Burley makes an extender piece that allows you to mount their hitch attachment piece spaced out away from the...
Forum: Recumbent
05-15-14, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,182
Posted By kiltedcelt

Thanks for the suggestion but I'm actually...

Thanks for the suggestion but I'm actually looking for something that would be more like a flatbed trailer. One of the things I'd like to carry would be a bag of cat litter without having to drap it...
Forum: Recumbent
05-15-14, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,182
Posted By kiltedcelt

Trailers with kickstand mount on a Bacchetta Giro 20?

I'm looking for a trailer to use with my Bacchetta Giro 20 for hauling stuff that just won't fit in panniers. I've done some searching around and I can't seem to find any info on a trailer that will...
Forum: Recumbent
05-15-14, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,773
Posted By kiltedcelt

I too have been wondering about average speed on...

I too have been wondering about average speed on my new 'bent versus my averages for the same routes riding DF bikes. So far I only have four real rides in to measure my 'bent average versus previous...
05-15-14, 11:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,810
Posted By kiltedcelt

Diegofrogs - I did purchase a 3' section of thin...

Diegofrogs - I did purchase a 3' section of thin wall aluminum tubing that I figured I could primer and paint black to match cable housings.

Also, update: I did some searching online and one of...
05-15-14, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,501
Posted By kiltedcelt

Good choice on the Sigma, but I don't know about...

Good choice on the Sigma, but I don't know about the STS. I had one of those and could never get it to work right. I always seemed to have issues with the cadence sensor. I had a replacement sensor...
05-14-14, 09:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,810
Posted By kiltedcelt

noglider, That's actually the most helpful...

noglider,

That's actually the most helpful (and neat), suggestion yet. I did use one of my spare Chromoplastic fenders on the rear wheel, but I think I could just as easily run the wire from the...
05-13-14, 08:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,810
Posted By kiltedcelt

The dirty secret of dynamo lighting

Yep. Dirty secret. Nasty ugly wires running everywhere. How the heck do you hide them? I have a Bacchetta Giro 20 recumbent and an AXA Luxx70 Plus head light and a Riff taillight. I will be running...
Forum: Recumbent
04-29-14, 08:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,492
Posted By kiltedcelt

Best rain pants for 'bent riding?

So, riding a DF bike I seldom worried much about getting wet when it was raining. I have some Bellweather pants that are sort of an extreme cold weather thing with a wind/waterproof barrier, but I've...
Forum: Touring
04-28-14, 07:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,720
Posted By kiltedcelt

I have a Watershed leather and while it was...

I have a Watershed leather and while it was instantly comfortable, I believe it stretches far too much. Watershed is a chrome-tanned leather which always tends to be more supple feeling, but if I had...
Forum: Touring
04-28-14, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,201
Posted By kiltedcelt

BF_Bob44 and donalson - thanks for the photos....

BF_Bob44 and donalson - thanks for the photos. It's nice to see 'bents in the wild decked out in touring gear. BF_Bob44, is that red Bacchetta a Giro 26 from a couple years back or so? Also, that...
Replies: 16
Views: 2,446
Posted By kiltedcelt

Steamer and StephenH - sounds like good advice...

Steamer and StephenH - sounds like good advice all around. I do think it will take a while to get used to all the new quirks and such to do with the handling of the new ride. I guess it probably does...
Replies: 16
Views: 2,446
Posted By kiltedcelt

Well, it's good to hear that some randonneuring...

Well, it's good to hear that some randonneuring groups have 'bents and are welcoming. I can't imagine that our local folks would be any different. Unfortunately, our local season gets going pretty...
Replies: 16
Views: 2,446
Posted By kiltedcelt

As I was searching through this forum and reading...

As I was searching through this forum and reading different topcis I too have noticed some predjucial attitudes regarding recumbents. I wonder if it's a prejudice of tradition that for some reason...
Forum: Touring
04-27-14, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,201
Posted By kiltedcelt

donalson - that should make for an interesting...

donalson - that should make for an interesting trip. I'm assuming you're talking about the Missouri Katy Trail, but seeing as how you're in TX I suppose it could be the Dallas Katy Trail, but that...
Replies: 16
Views: 2,446
Posted By kiltedcelt

Recumbents for randonneuring anyone?

I'm building a Bacchetta Giro 20 for commuting, and touring, however I've long entertained the possibility of riding some brevets or permanents. I've given up on DF bikes for the time being due to...
Forum: Touring
04-27-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,201
Posted By kiltedcelt

Let's get some recumbent touring love

I'm going to be building a Bacchetta Giro 20 for daily commuting duty and touring and I'd like to get some general 'bent touring love. I'd like to see photos of other folks 'bents set up with touring...
04-27-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,501
Posted By kiltedcelt

Another vote for the basic Sigma BC1609. I have a...

Another vote for the basic Sigma BC1609. I have a BC109 that has recorded over 10,000 miles of data for me and surprisingly only gone through two batteries in that time. I find it easy to use and if...
04-27-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 14,323
Posted By kiltedcelt

I wonder if some of the beam pattern issues are...

I wonder if some of the beam pattern issues are because the light is supposed to automatically adjust its beam pattern based on speed. Presumably it gets some info from the current input (sidewall or...
04-27-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 21,884
Posted By kiltedcelt

I purchased two different types of bracket to...

I purchased two different types of bracket to give me multiple options for mounting. This setup is going on a recumbent I'm building which has both disc tabs and brake studs. Since I'm using disc...
04-26-14, 04:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 14,323
Posted By kiltedcelt

byrd48 - I'll be interested to read your...

byrd48 - I'll be interested to read your review/impressions of the Luxx70 Plus as I just purchased one myself. I'm going to be setting up all dynamo lighting on my new Bacchetta Giro 20 and I'll be...
04-26-14, 04:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 21,884
Posted By kiltedcelt

I think the "slipping in the rain" is mostly...

I think the "slipping in the rain" is mostly unfounded from what I've read, particularly when you are discussing the newer models of bottle dynamos. It's all in adjustment. If there was a necessary...
04-25-14, 10:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 21,884
Posted By kiltedcelt

Spoke too soon. I actually bought the AXA unit...

Spoke too soon. I actually bought the AXA unit after all, along with an AXA headlight and taillight. There's a good article (albeit a bit old), which rates numerous dynamos on issues of high and low...
04-25-14, 09:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,127
Posted By kiltedcelt

I actually ended up purchasing an AXA HR dynamo...

I actually ended up purchasing an AXA HR dynamo along with an AXA Luxx70 plus headlight and a Riff taillight. I also purchased two separate brackets which should give me several mounting options for...
04-25-14, 04:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,127
Posted By kiltedcelt

Hmm... good point about the ease of...

Hmm... good point about the ease of engage/disengage on the dyno. Most of the time my commute is one a MUP where I won't really need to run lights except at night. When I'm on city streets I'd engage...
04-25-14, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,127
Posted By kiltedcelt

Thanks for the info. I think that bit about the...

Thanks for the info. I think that bit about the hub dynos and small wheels was what I had read. The recumbent has both brake studs and disc tabs, and since I'm using discs that frees up the brake...
04-25-14, 03:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 21,884
Posted By kiltedcelt

Holy Zombie-thread Batman! I never did buy that...

Holy Zombie-thread Batman! I never did buy that dynamo that I intended to back in '12, but now I'm building a new bike and it will have dynamo lighting. Again, I chose sidewall dynamo lighting for...
04-25-14, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,127
Posted By kiltedcelt

Dynamo lighting (sidewall dyno) - on recumbent mount to 20" front wheel or 26" rear

Title says it all pretty much. I'm building a Bacchetta Giro 20 (20" front wheel 26" rear). For reasons I'd rather not get into, I'm going to use a sidewall dynamo, so I don't want to hear about why...
04-13-14, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,514
Posted By kiltedcelt

Shimano bar end shifters wear out?

I have some Shimano bar end shifters - 8 speed - that I've been using for probably upwards of 10,000 miles. Interestingly, they worked fine as far as I can remember when I was using them on a drop...
04-09-14, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 15,171
Posted By kiltedcelt

"Sticker bombing" a bike

So I had an interesting thought the other day regarding "sticker bombing" my bike. Until now, my bikes have always had pristine frames with no stickers other than the frame decals the came with. For...
Forum: Touring
04-07-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,263
Posted By kiltedcelt

Three dudes rode The Spine (Rockies through the...

Three dudes rode The Spine (Rockies through the Andes), on three longtail cargo bikes. It can be done. I have a heavily modified Xtracycle Radish I've been considering whether to set up for touring....
Forum: Touring
04-06-14, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 915
Posted By kiltedcelt

It'll work, but why would you want to go with a...

It'll work, but why would you want to go with a braking system that is not as responsive or as easy to set up? If you want a dyno hub wheel, why not just sell the existing rim/hub combo and buy...
Forum: Touring
03-30-14, 03:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,387
Posted By kiltedcelt

Well, I played some with the bar and various...

Well, I played some with the bar and various brake levers this weekend and ultimately decided to give up on this idea. The way most trekking bars are designed, there is not enough room along the "bar...
Forum: Touring
03-26-14, 05:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,556
Posted By kiltedcelt

Almost universally, people I've been polling...

Almost universally, people I've been polling about this shoe/platform combo and others with similar shoe/platform combos seem to prefer BMX pedals with pins. I did some more research along those...
Forum: Touring
03-25-14, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,556
Posted By kiltedcelt

Wow, that's kind of surprising. I've read that...

Wow, that's kind of surprising. I've read that the clipless version of the Keen sandals ran a bit on the narrow side but I'd not heard of the regular ones not being wide enough. In fact, most folks...
Forum: Touring
03-24-14, 08:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,556
Posted By kiltedcelt

If you wear NON-clipless Keen sandals - what platform pedals do you like the most?

I've just about beaten this topic to death, but I've finally made the decision to buy Keen "street" sandals for general bike riding and touring. I've narrowed it down to the Arroyo II or the Newport...
Forum: Touring
03-24-14, 08:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,403
Posted By kiltedcelt

I decided after much debate that I'm going to get...

I decided after much debate that I'm going to get the regular "street" Keens, and probably use them with a BMX type pedal or Ergon pedals.
Forum: Touring
03-24-14, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,861
Posted By kiltedcelt

I bent my fender stays (P65 Chromoplastics), so...

I bent my fender stays (P65 Chromoplastics), so that they mounted to the middle bolt location on the fork arm versus the terminal ones at the dropouts. They're every bit as stiff and I didn't have to...
Forum: Touring
03-24-14, 08:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,555
Posted By kiltedcelt

I had a 700c touring bike with 700x38 tires and...

I had a 700c touring bike with 700x38 tires and later I built a Surly 26" Disc Trucker which I run 26x2.0 tires on. The Surly is by far the more comfortable of the two setups and I feel like I don't...
Forum: Touring
03-24-14, 08:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,956
Posted By kiltedcelt

They're not double eyelet or 36 hole, but I have...

They're not double eyelet or 36 hole, but I have Sun Ringle Rhyno-lite rims that are rim brake compatible. I bought mine with Shimano disc hubs as already built up wheels from Jenson. They're not...
Forum: Touring
03-24-14, 08:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,889
Posted By kiltedcelt

I used to have a 700c touring bike and because of...

I used to have a 700c touring bike and because of issues with the rough roads and road shock in addition to not being able to get enough cushion effect from 700x38 tires (largest I could run with...
Forum: Touring
03-21-14, 11:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,403
Posted By kiltedcelt

The Shimanos I'm guessing were clipless as i...

The Shimanos I'm guessing were clipless as i don't know of any shoe by Shimano that isn't clipless. However, the rider wearing the Keens - were his clipless Keens or the regular "street" variety?
Forum: Touring
03-21-14, 10:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,387
Posted By kiltedcelt

jhawk, I had the same observations. I think...

jhawk,
I had the same observations. I think this new approach should work and will give me the option of braking from more than one location. Sure you can always ride on the bar end position and...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 01:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,387
Posted By kiltedcelt

enigmaT120 I'll be blogging about the new setup...

enigmaT120
I'll be blogging about the new setup so I'll have plenty of photos. As for the triathlon levers, you have to look around. Some companies make super fancy carbon fiber ones which are mucho...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,387
Posted By kiltedcelt

I've seen those brake levers before and from what...

I've seen those brake levers before and from what I know, they suffer from the same weak leverage issues of the original "turkey leg" brake levers. For a while there was a company in the early 90s...
Forum: Touring
03-18-14, 09:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,387
Posted By kiltedcelt

RhinoDave, Right now the current setup on the...

RhinoDave,
Right now the current setup on the bike is using Shimano 8 spd. bar end shifters so I'll buy some Paul's Thumbies and turn them into bar top thumb shifters. With the thumbies I should be...
Forum: Touring
03-18-14, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,315
Posted By kiltedcelt

It's neat to see your build here. My first...

It's neat to see your build here. My first mountain bike was an Antelope 800 (probably similar vintage to yours or a bit earlier), that I had for a year or so. I ended up upgrading that to another...
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