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08-10-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 838
Posted By BlazingPedals

It looks interesting. I'd like to eliminate the...

It looks interesting. I'd like to eliminate the front derailleur on my carbon lowracer, but unfortunately between the thru-axle and the proprietary cassette, this still doesn't fill the bill.
Forum: Recumbent
08-07-22, 05:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 322
Posted By BlazingPedals

It's not quite as easy as it sounds. The large...

It's not quite as easy as it sounds. The large chainrings have one bolt circle diameter (BCD) - the circle defined by the 5 attachment bolts. Most road cranks use 130mm. You can probably swap around...
Forum: Recumbent
08-07-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 479
Posted By BlazingPedals

You can do that anyway, even with a 2-wheeler. It...

You can do that anyway, even with a 2-wheeler. It doesn't get you to the top any faster, though. The last time I had to stop and get off, the grade was something like 24%. That was hard even to walk...
08-06-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 393
Posted By BlazingPedals

Mounting the bead at the valve stem last, is a...

Mounting the bead at the valve stem last, is a good way to get the tube pinched under the bead, and make your tube explode. Then you can come back here and ask "why did my tire blow up?"
Forum: Recumbent
08-05-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 912
Posted By BlazingPedals

Anything low can offer that benefit, although...

Anything low can offer that benefit, although that includes most trikes anyway, even without the 3-wheel stability at a stop.
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Forum: Recumbent
08-05-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 322
Posted By BlazingPedals

The RANS Rocket, which had a 20" drive wheel,...

The RANS Rocket, which had a 20" drive wheel, came standard with a 39/52/62 chainring set. That allowed almost normal gearing. Traditionally, trike riders have always wanted lower gears, even using...
08-04-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,442
Posted By BlazingPedals

To me at least, "training" is just exercising to...

To me at least, "training" is just exercising to a plan. If calling it "exercise" sounds less intimidating, then go for it!
Forum: Recumbent
08-03-22, 01:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,967
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'd like to hear a post-ride recumbent report...

I'd like to hear a post-ride recumbent report from this year. The two Nocoms were a year or two before I did it. When I went, my buddy was on a Nocom and I took my Baron. At that point I had a Nocom...
Forum: Recumbent
08-03-22, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 479
Posted By BlazingPedals

As someone once put it, you train the hill. Every...

As someone once put it, you train the hill. Every time you get to a hill, you hit it hard. By mid-summer the hills will see you coming, recognize you, and lie down in submission. I think the logic is...
Forum: Recumbent
08-03-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 156
Posted By BlazingPedals

Must have been a temporary confloozle. I tried...

Must have been a temporary confloozle. I tried 10-15 minutes after my post and it worked.
Forum: Recumbent
08-03-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 156
Posted By BlazingPedals

Brol

Is anybody else having problems accessing BROL? I'm not getting errors, I just get nothing at all.
Forum: Recumbent
08-03-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 479
Posted By BlazingPedals

I will say that trikes in general tend to be...

I will say that trikes in general tend to be worse at climbing than 'bents in general. My M5CHR loses very little to uprights until the grades get crazy. I can't stand.
08-03-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,043
Posted By BlazingPedals

OP can try wearing whatever he wants - as long as...

OP can try wearing whatever he wants - as long as he's not scaring the kids with the parts he's exposing. If what he's trying doesn't work, he can try something else.
Forum: Recumbent
08-02-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 479
Posted By BlazingPedals

You don't give a location, so I have no idea what...

You don't give a location, so I have no idea what kind of hills you have, or what kind of recumbent you have. Sometimes powering up and over short hills works well;and when it doesn't, maintain a...
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By BlazingPedals

Winds were lower than predicted, maybe 15-20 mph....

Winds were lower than predicted, maybe 15-20 mph. But I barely noticed while the uprights made remarks about how "windy" it was. Sometimes lower is better. :)
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,786
Posted By BlazingPedals

I guess this has morphed into a "Bike-E Lounge"...

I guess this has morphed into a "Bike-E Lounge" thread.
07-28-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,847
Posted By BlazingPedals

Even without racing, aluminum handlebars have a...

Even without racing, aluminum handlebars have a finite life. Sooner or later, the metal will fatigue and break. it's what aluminum does. I had it happen once. Luckily, it's rare for both sides to...
Forum: Recumbent
07-28-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By BlazingPedals

Winds

Winds of 20-30 mph are predicted for this afternoon/evening. Sounds like a good day to dig out the lowracer! After all, having a draft is a sign of inefficiency.
07-28-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By BlazingPedals

My HR was elevated for a while after Covid - a...

My HR was elevated for a while after Covid - a month or two? But it eventually returned to normal.
07-28-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 769
Posted By BlazingPedals

It varies from state to state, but Michigan...

It varies from state to state, but Michigan states that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of vehicles. The law stops short of actually defining a bicycle as a vehicle,...
07-28-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 769
Posted By BlazingPedals

Yep, reflectors are required on new bicycles...

Yep, reflectors are required on new bicycles being sold. Once the owner takes possession, he/she can legally remove them. Note too that headlights/taillights are only required starting a half-hour...
07-27-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 14,053
Posted By BlazingPedals

The way I see it, e-bikes are what mopeds always...

The way I see it, e-bikes are what mopeds always wished they could be - some at least you can run around under your own power and turn on the assist when your legs run out. Others can merely...
Forum: Recumbent
07-24-22, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By BlazingPedals

Well, if it's a moveable boom, then you should...

Well, if it's a moveable boom, then you should add or remove twice as much chain as the change in boom length. So if you move it out an inch, you will need to add an inch on the power side of the...
Forum: Recumbent
07-22-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By BlazingPedals

Most recumbents will fit a range of x-seams....

Most recumbents will fit a range of x-seams. Essentially your X-seam is a measurement from the back of your hips to the ball of your foot. Hostelshoppe.com used to have an instructional video on how...
07-22-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By BlazingPedals

Glad to hear you only had a mild case. As for...

Glad to hear you only had a mild case. As for recovery, do what feels comfortable and don't over-do it. The blood cell explanation sounds about right, at least in my case. I never had any lung...
07-22-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,027
Posted By BlazingPedals

I think you're just talking about pedal stroke...

I think you're just talking about pedal stroke here -- pedaling circles instead of doing continual squat thrusts. That's also a Good Thing(tm) although it's independent of what platform or what size...
07-20-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 734
Posted By BlazingPedals

Maybe if the obsolete 559 tires get tough to...

Maybe if the obsolete 559 tires get tough to find, it'll trigger some company like Compass to sell some high-quality tires in that cachet size. Then, maybe after a while, more people will discover...
07-19-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 460
Posted By BlazingPedals

Gear spacing on a cassette should be sufficient...

Gear spacing on a cassette should be sufficient to prevent the chain rubbing on the next gear - unless you're using the wrong chain. For instance, a 7-speed chain on a 9-speed cassette. Or a 5-speed...
Forum: Recumbent
07-15-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By BlazingPedals

It sounds like the front shifter is a little...

It sounds like the front shifter is a little loose either the lever or the cable clamp - and is slipping. It had nothing to do with the recent flat tire.
07-14-22, 11:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,027
Posted By BlazingPedals

This is a distillation of the group's wisdom:...

This is a distillation of the group's wisdom: Different platforms - upright, crank forward, or recumbent: all those may do is change your hip angle. If the pedal circle is the same size, the...
07-14-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 543
Posted By BlazingPedals

The time to determine the gears you wanted should...

The time to determine the gears you wanted should have been before you removed the multi-gear system.
07-14-22, 11:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 467
Posted By BlazingPedals

The sharktooth profile cuts the wind better at...

The sharktooth profile cuts the wind better at the top, where ground speed is highest.
07-14-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,755
Posted By BlazingPedals

Tailwinds never get the credit, do they??? It's...

Tailwinds never get the credit, do they??? It's either a headwind day, or "good hydration". :)
07-14-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 976
Posted By BlazingPedals

...although if adjusting linear brakes is beyond...

...although if adjusting linear brakes is beyond his skillset, adjusting mechanical discs will be, too.

I agree, the logical response to brakes not working correctly is NOT normally to disconnect...
07-13-22, 01:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,755
Posted By BlazingPedals

If you change nothing but the bike's weight, then...

If you change nothing but the bike's weight, then you will only see a minor improvement in overall speed. Most of the resistance you see at 16+ mph will be from aerodynamics. Changing your frontal...
07-13-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,079
Posted By BlazingPedals

Any chainring tattoo that's less than a...

Any chainring tattoo that's less than a 53-toother is for wimps. ;)
07-13-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 873
Posted By BlazingPedals

Yes, I always wondered why they trained the deer...

Yes, I always wondered why they trained the deer to cross in such inconvenient spots. :)

I had two deer cross in front of my on last night's ride. 50 feet or less at 20 mph. Just as scary as the...
07-08-22, 01:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,131
Posted By BlazingPedals

A bike with a 7-speed rear is probably pre-2000....

A bike with a 7-speed rear is probably pre-2000. In fact I think my old Trek 14-speed was from the early 1990s. How much is a possibly 30-year old bike worth? (Not much.)
07-08-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By BlazingPedals

Cut the mesh liner out of some swim trunks, and...

Cut the mesh liner out of some swim trunks, and wear a pair of jammers under the shorts? Sounds do-able.
07-08-22, 11:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,778
Posted By BlazingPedals

... or dry lube instead of wet... <g> You're...

... or dry lube instead of wet... <g>

You're upgrading only to get slightly newer components? Do the new components have tail fins or something?
Forum: Recumbent
07-07-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 291
Posted By BlazingPedals

Are you sure the original is a 1 1/8" headset? In...

Are you sure the original is a 1 1/8" headset? In 2003, 1" headsets were common.
Forum: Recumbent
07-07-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 356
Posted By BlazingPedals

Now that you mention it, I think I was. Thanks...

Now that you mention it, I think I was. Thanks for the correction.
07-07-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 42,590
Posted By BlazingPedals

The TdF dumpsters are heavily-guarded, because...

The TdF dumpsters are heavily-guarded, because the needles are a bio hazard. :)
Forum: Recumbent
07-06-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,194
Posted By BlazingPedals

LOL, you're not wrong. The AX is not fast. I'm...

LOL, you're not wrong. The AX is not fast. I'm sure the tire size has something to do with it; but more it's the seating position and the fact that everything about it is very heavy. A friend rode...
Forum: Recumbent
07-06-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By BlazingPedals

Going from 1 3/8" to 1 1/4" is a very small...

Going from 1 3/8" to 1 1/4" is a very small change and shouldnt' be a problem. Just make sure, as Vegas says, you get the correct ISO (also called Bead Seat Diameter) size. Matching the rim size is...
Forum: Recumbent
07-06-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By BlazingPedals

The only potential problem point I can think of...

The only potential problem point I can think of is the fork. The headset angle is very relaxed and applies some extra stress on the fork. I've seen some cases where a fork leg broke, even the steel...
Forum: Recumbent
07-06-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 356
Posted By BlazingPedals

The guy who ran FinerRecliner died, and for a few...

The guy who ran FinerRecliner died, and for a few years at least his family wasn't aware that the website was still accepting orders and money. If Terracycles took over the design, I'd see that as a...
Forum: Recumbent
07-06-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,338
Posted By BlazingPedals

That sure seems to be like Penninger made them....

That sure seems to be like Penninger made them. Tank-style steering when standard USS would have been so simple. I can't see, but is it one-wheel driver or is there a second freewheel for a sort of...
07-06-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,239
Posted By BlazingPedals

Where can you get these mythical $2 rotors?

Where can you get these mythical $2 rotors?
07-06-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,814
Posted By BlazingPedals

A half bottle of vodka? And it didn't even have...

A half bottle of vodka? And it didn't even have any ciggie butts in it? Backwash?
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