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08-02-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 372
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm going to be another voice telling you it's OK...

I'm going to be another voice telling you it's OK to be mis-matched. The braking capability is different between wheels anyway. I have three bikes that have one wheel with a disc brake and the other...
07-31-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 372
Posted By BlazingPedals

The large cage on the DMR pedal is for when...

The large cage on the DMR pedal is for when you're using 'regular' street shoes.
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By BlazingPedals

What do you want out of the bike? Speed? Touring?...

What do you want out of the bike? Speed? Touring? Plodding on the MUP? Answering that might indicate the options you could consider.
07-27-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 819
Posted By BlazingPedals

Aero gains are cumulative. You don't have to be a...

Aero gains are cumulative. You don't have to be a racer to appreciate them. Guess which cyclist is working the least - the guys drafting or me up front on the recumbent?
...
07-26-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,607
Posted By BlazingPedals

You don't even have one of each kind yet. Quit...

You don't even have one of each kind yet. Quit slacking off!
07-22-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 899
Posted By BlazingPedals

If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand the...

If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand the answer.
07-20-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,424
Posted By BlazingPedals

Good thing it's not oriented the other way or the...

Good thing it's not oriented the other way or the air resistance would be horrendous!
07-20-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,315
Posted By BlazingPedals

I've heard of radial wires for almost as long as...

I've heard of radial wires for almost as long as I can remember, sometimes even referred to as "Michelin wires." But I think the most common source is truck tires. Trucks often use retreads, which...
07-16-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,428
Posted By BlazingPedals

It wasn't in the original question, but bike...

It wasn't in the original question, but bike durability seemed to be a side-current in the thread. Possibly due to other responses, not the OP?
07-16-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,556
Posted By BlazingPedals

Whether internal combustion, electric, jet, or...

Whether internal combustion, electric, jet, or something entirely new, once you add power the only contest is who has the biggest motor. So someone can go ahead and stick two wheels on an Atlas...
07-16-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,428
Posted By BlazingPedals

At your weight, a good set of wheels is...

At your weight, a good set of wheels is mandatory. Cheap factory-built wheels that aren't laced tightly enough or have enough spokes will self-destruct.
Forum: Recumbent
07-14-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By BlazingPedals

As a rule of thumb, tadpole trikes (2 wheels in...

As a rule of thumb, tadpole trikes (2 wheels in front) are generally lower to the ground than delta trikes (2 wheels in back.) Tadpole trikes are the most popular style, at least in the US, because...
07-13-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,421
Posted By BlazingPedals

What pace are we talking? Yes Eastern Tennessee...

What pace are we talking? Yes Eastern Tennessee can be flattish, hilly, or mountainous. But sometimes shop-organized rides can be real hammer-fests that are just beyond a newbie, regardless of how...
Forum: Recumbent
07-10-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 983
Posted By BlazingPedals

I was kinda surprised to see that you got a...

I was kinda surprised to see that you got a trike. I guess that's what shops stock these days, so you were just getting what was available. Sure the trike is low. I don't get why lowracers are too...
07-02-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,829
Posted By BlazingPedals

Not in my experience. At least not unless the...

Not in my experience. At least not unless the heavy person is on REALLY crappy wheels. Downhills are all about weight and aero.
07-02-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,743
Posted By BlazingPedals

Gaining 5 lbs means your next frame has to be 5...

Gaining 5 lbs means your next frame has to be 5 lbs lighter to come out even. Do whatever is necessary to avoid needing a negative-weight frame!
07-02-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,692
Posted By BlazingPedals

My avatar bike has had several cracks, but no...

My avatar bike has had several cracks, but no asplosions. The frame originally came to me as a warranty-replaced cast-off, so I was prepared to fix it up. It's been trouble-free for about 7-8 years...
07-02-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,309
Posted By BlazingPedals

I used road tubeless for most of a year once. I...

I used road tubeless for most of a year once. I used no sealant whatsoever. One tire held pressure about as well as a tube, that is I'd have to top off the pressure every other day. The other tire...
06-19-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,126
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm suspicious that instead of using Craigslits,...

I'm suspicious that instead of using Craigslits, Ebay, or whatever else is availble in Great Britain, he asks us how to sell it - giving all the details of course (which would be irrelevant if he was...
06-17-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,296
Posted By BlazingPedals

When I try to get my riding partners to do this...

When I try to get my riding partners to do this for me, they always miss my mouth, and hit me between the eyes!
06-17-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,296
Posted By BlazingPedals

The recommended solution is to practice the...

The recommended solution is to practice the maneuver a step at a time. But if you want a fast fix, there are myriad ways to mount a water bottle to your handlebars. Just search Amazon.
06-15-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,035
Posted By BlazingPedals

:popcorn

:popcorn
06-15-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,853
Posted By BlazingPedals

Yeah, if he climbs the hill without pedaling,...

Yeah, if he climbs the hill without pedaling, he's demonstrating that it's not a contest between individuals; whoever can buy the *biggest motor* wins. Not playing that game. Makes me wonder why he's...
06-14-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By BlazingPedals

Report on longevity in 3-5000 miles.

Report on longevity in 3-5000 miles.
06-08-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By BlazingPedals

They're all hyrids with 3x7 drivetrains and...

They're all hyrids with 3x7 drivetrains and low-end components. At that price point, don't get front suspension. Beyond that, I can't help.
06-05-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 660
Posted By BlazingPedals

It sounds like an extra rest day was called for.

It sounds like an extra rest day was called for.
05-28-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 17,819
Posted By BlazingPedals

Define "current, high tech, carbon frame." I got...

Define "current, high tech, carbon frame." I got my (carbon) avatar bike 13 years ago, so not exactly current. My other (carbon) main ride has been with me for 10 years. I'm not against new, but...
Forum: Recumbent
05-24-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 591
Posted By BlazingPedals

Trailmate is nowhere near enthusiast level. Which...

Trailmate is nowhere near enthusiast level. Which you could probably guess by the plastic front wheel. Almost anything, even a Walmart trike would be better quality. Maybe an adult trike like this?...
Forum: Recumbent
05-23-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 591
Posted By BlazingPedals

Maybe someone here who owns a delta trike can...

Maybe someone here who owns a delta trike can explain how the drive wheels are *usually* handled, but I'm pretty sure that only having one drive wheel is the norm. Most new trikes are going to start...
05-22-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,795
Posted By BlazingPedals

It's all in the marketing. Sales people will tell...

It's all in the marketing. Sales people will tell you that 650B is stronger than 700C (which it is by virtue of smaller diameter) and that it gives taller gearing than 559 (also true.) What they...
05-22-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By BlazingPedals

The trails in your vids remind me of a lot of...

The trails in your vids remind me of a lot of fire trails up in Yooperland (Michigan's Upper Peninsula.) Those were a blast to ride, back in my younger days when the whole family would go there for...
05-20-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By BlazingPedals

Thanks Zipp. If I had more extensive trails...

Thanks Zipp. If I had more extensive trails anywhere near me, I might own a mountain bike. Not really worth it to ride the same winding 2 miles shoehorned into the park all the time.
Forum: Recumbent
05-20-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,668
Posted By BlazingPedals

Looks OK even at $600, although I'd try to talk...

Looks OK even at $600, although I'd try to talk him down a little bit. It's 20 years old, after all! It might not need a new pulley, it might only need bearings. Idlers use inline skate bearings,...
05-18-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,274
Posted By BlazingPedals

Get a free Strava account. That way I can follow...

Get a free Strava account. That way I can follow you.You probably don't want to see my rides, though.
05-09-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,412
Posted By BlazingPedals

Why is that a LOL?

Why is that a LOL?
05-08-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By BlazingPedals

Whaaat? Sheldon Brown wrote something about...

Whaaat? Sheldon Brown wrote something about bicycle band brakes??? Shocking! ;)

Don't get yourself a recumbent tadpole trike or you'll end up having to get her one too. Although I think if you...
05-05-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,155
Posted By BlazingPedals

You do all her maintenance? Check her brakes....

You do all her maintenance? Check her brakes. They may be too loose and need tightening!
05-04-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,078
Posted By BlazingPedals

Maybe I'm just out-of-sync with the rest of the...

Maybe I'm just out-of-sync with the rest of the world; but if I had no hills, I'd gear up, not down.
05-04-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,092
Posted By BlazingPedals

When I read this title, I thought maybe someone...

When I read this title, I thought maybe someone had a mishap with their crabon bike...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-04-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,411
Posted By BlazingPedals

Since there's no ride this year, I guess we'll...

Since there's no ride this year, I guess we'll have to make do with videos of past rides. Here's a short clip I took in 2013, which had much nicer (and more representative) weather than in the 2016...
04-26-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,441
Posted By BlazingPedals

My advice is, just ride! If a saddle or stem...

My advice is, just ride! If a saddle or stem doesn't feel right because your body has changed with time, then it can be replaced. I essentially start from scratch every spring. This year has been...
04-17-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 858
Posted By BlazingPedals

Varies by bike, it's not a hard-fast rule. Heck,...

Varies by bike, it's not a hard-fast rule. Heck, KOPS is impossible on my bikes.
04-17-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,569
Posted By BlazingPedals

That it has Shimano basically says nothing....

That it has Shimano basically says nothing. Shimano has a whole range of stuff, from complete and utter cr*p to professional-level. Acera is second from the bottom of their named stuff. It's a...
Forum: Recumbent
04-17-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,700
Posted By BlazingPedals

No, that's a standard 30/42/52, 130 BCD triple...

No, that's a standard 30/42/52, 130 BCD triple with the 52 replaced by a 58. I had to go to aliexpress to get it because I wanted it to be pinned and I couldn't find anything domestically. 42/58...
04-16-20, 06:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,461
Posted By BlazingPedals

If I can't fix it with a patch kit, frame pump,...

If I can't fix it with a patch kit, frame pump, multi-tool, and 1 spare tube, it ain't getting fixed. (I have a quick-link in my patch kit.)

I'd be interested to hear otherwise, but I suspect most...
04-14-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 459
Posted By BlazingPedals

Treefort bikes (https://www.treefortbikes.com)...

Treefort bikes (https://www.treefortbikes.com) lets you filter on tons of terms.
Forum: Recumbent
04-09-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By BlazingPedals

Like the article noted, it's been around for 20+...

Like the article noted, it's been around for 20+ years. One-of-a-kind, for looks only. My guess it that it's a single-speed with a coaster brake. Should have made the seat bigger - that's barely a...
04-07-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 689
Posted By BlazingPedals

Saddle sores can be completely avoided if your...

Saddle sores can be completely avoided if your bike doesn't have a saddle. But that's the subject for another forum. If you gotta have a saddle, that WTB one looks a lot like my old-time favorite...
Forum: Recumbent
04-06-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 956
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'll just add that trying to build a velomobile...

I'll just add that trying to build a velomobile with no prior hands-on isn't necessarily a recipe for failure; but you can expect to build 3 or 4 of them before you have a practical machine that fits...
04-06-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By BlazingPedals

LOL Some recumbents have heel strike, and some...

LOL Some recumbents have heel strike, and some uprights have toe strike. You usually just learn to live with it.
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