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Forum: Recumbent
06-17-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By curbowman

I do agree. The Ortlieb Kettwiesel bag holds 42...

I do agree. The Ortlieb Kettwiesel bag holds 42 litres, while a set of their recumbent bags for tadpoles carries 54 litres. However, the Kett bag is a big cube instead of two bananas, which might be...
Forum: Recumbent
06-07-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By curbowman

I posted this question in a video review about...

I posted this question in a video review about the Kettwiesel, and the owner wrote this:

"First, I have had a difficult time finding the variety of accessories for the Kett that I could easily...
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,323
Posted By curbowman

Yes, they do angle outwards in both front and...

Yes, they do angle outwards in both front and rear, as seen in this picture:...
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,323
Posted By curbowman

Maybe BOTH is the right answer. Most rear racks...

Maybe BOTH is the right answer. Most rear racks available at bike shops are the ones that mount the panniers beside the top of the rear wheel, so they are the ones seen more frequently.
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,323
Posted By curbowman

Thank you all for your replies! I hadn't noticed...

Thank you all for your replies! I hadn't noticed the fact that rear lowrider racks put the weight behind the rear axle. That's a classic recipe for sluggish behavior on any vehicle. And clearance for...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,323
Posted By curbowman

Why did lowrider rear racks stopped being popular?

I would like to know why most modern rear racks mount the panniers so high on the rear wheel.

Older European and Japanese expedition bikes had lowriders on both the front and rear wheels, which...
Forum: Recumbent
05-06-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By curbowman

I found out Hase sells some carrying gear for the...

I found out Hase sells some carrying gear for the Kettwiesel. For the fully suspended models like the one you've posted, there is a 100 liter bag that even has an option to add a wheeled cart. And...
Forum: Recumbent
05-05-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,014
Posted By curbowman

You might like to see these videos: a tour of the...

You might like to see these videos: a tour of the Performer Factory, in English, made by Matt Galat. Matt is touring the world on his HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs, so he is used to ride a very fine...
Forum: Recumbent
05-05-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By curbowman

Hase Kettwiesel for touring?

I often see tadpole trikes for touring; but I wonder if someone has used a Hase Kettwiesel for long trips. Do they have some shortcomings that precludes their utility for those trips? Any owners out...
09-20-18, 10:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By curbowman

I found it! It's a Grand Master bike, a Japanese...

I found it! It's a Grand Master bike, a Japanese brand very popular here in Venezuela. I found a picture of one with the original finish, chromed stays and fork included, and the lugs are exactly...
09-20-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By curbowman

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/229x491/img_20171105_wa0004_24e9d844ae43bf90b61f950ed13eb24c149a7815.jpg

Oh, yes.
09-19-18, 08:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By curbowman

Which bike is this?

I got a '70s bike, but the previous owner removed all identifying clues. The lugs, however, are kind of unique, and I wonder if someone has a clue about what brand could this be. I guess it's a...
09-15-18, 05:30 PM
Replies: 660
Views: 321,373
Posted By curbowman

The pictures are missing! Could you post them...

The pictures are missing! Could you post them again, please?
09-15-18, 11:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,377
Posted By curbowman

Some folks face their mid-life crisis by buying...

Some folks face their mid-life crisis by buying that exotic car they had on their walls when they were kids. Since I'm broke I chose to rescue a neglected road bike similar to the one I had back...
09-15-18, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By curbowman

Hmmm... I hadn't thought about a rack. But it...

Hmmm... I hadn't thought about a rack. But it truly makes sense in that scenario. Thanks!
09-15-18, 03:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By curbowman

Inverted rear brake mounting?

I've just learned that Harry Havnoonian installs the rear brake INSIDE the rear triangle. Is there a practical reason for that?...
05-16-18, 05:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By curbowman

How can I unstick a sticky freehub?

I have a Shimano freehub FH-RM30 that's becoming sticky. Could it be fixed without dismantling it?
The freehub clicks easily except in a 30º sector. I didn't notice that when it was on the bike, but...
Forum: Recumbent
05-06-18, 10:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,576
Posted By curbowman

Wow... That's so sad. Let's hope someone can get...

Wow... That's so sad. Let's hope someone can get the Windcheetah back on production again.
Forum: Recumbent
05-04-18, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,576
Posted By curbowman

What happened to the Windheetah?

I tried to access the Windcheetah site and got no results. However, I found some rumours about the company going bankrupt in 2017. Can somebody share any good info about it?.
01-09-18, 11:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By curbowman

Thanks for your advice! Caracas is damp,...

Thanks for your advice!

Caracas is damp, indeed. I'll get some gloves to extend the lifetime of the bar tape.

The thing about replacement is that the inflation here in Venezuela is off the...
01-08-18, 08:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By curbowman

Cork handebar tape maintenance

Hi there! I just installed my first cork tape and I'm lovin' it: much more cushioned and easier grip than the classic ones I've had before.

However, I don't know how to keep them clean and...
01-04-18, 11:23 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,989
Posted By curbowman

What about gold, then?

I have to admit the early 70s Lambert/Viscount bikes were controversial at least, but their gold-plated model was stunning.
12-26-17, 12:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,697
Posted By curbowman

Oh yes, I did that. The tests were done always on...

Oh yes, I did that. The tests were done always on the same circuit, and they were done between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm local time, during three straight weeks.

I always used only one app at once. I...
12-24-17, 04:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,354
Posted By curbowman

My Android Apps Comparison

Hey there! I have posted my impressions of a bunch of cycling apps rights here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1131428-my-test-android-based-cycling-apps.html#post20070714
...
12-24-17, 04:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,697
Posted By curbowman

My test of Android-based Cycling Apps

A few months ago I started a thorough testing of some free cycling apps available on Google Play Store. I compared each one against my cyclocomputer for accuracy, and used them in the same "circuit"...
12-23-17, 02:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,354
Posted By curbowman

I did a thorough testing of the cycling apps...

I did a thorough testing of the cycling apps available on Google Play Store. I compared each one against my cyclocomputer for accuracy, and used them in the same "circuit" around my home, which...
12-23-17, 02:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,525
Posted By curbowman

Lovely Bicycle is one of the best written bike...

Lovely Bicycle is one of the best written bike blogs. And her photography is concours-worthy as well.
12-23-17, 01:59 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,989
Posted By curbowman

Gender-specific colors are pure marketing...

Gender-specific colors are pure marketing horsesh*t. It was all created by big shopping centers a hundred years ago:

A 1918 editorial from Earnshaw's Infants' Department stated that pink was "a ...
12-23-17, 01:40 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,989
Posted By curbowman

I think the reason matte finishes are so popular...

I think the reason matte finishes are so popular is because it's cheaper for big manufacturers.

Most artisans will tell you that a matte finish is more complicated to do, but when doing it in big...
12-22-17, 09:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,629
Posted By curbowman

I found a very good review of this bicycle in...

I found a very good review of this bicycle in Velo-pages.com. It was written in 1974 by an airline pilot who wanted a bike he could travel with. I also attached an advertisement from 1973, also found...
12-16-17, 03:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,694
Posted By curbowman

Sturmey-Archer has some offers of drum brakes...

Sturmey-Archer has some offers of drum brakes with IGH. They might be heavy, but they are still being made. That speak volumes about their dependabilty.

BTW, respected German recumbent...
12-10-17, 02:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,993
Posted By curbowman

I don't like the Rohloff shifter, so I was happy...

I don't like the Rohloff shifter, so I was happy to know there are aftermarket alternatives. cyclingabout.com compiled some of them:

https://www.cyclingabout.com/rohloff-hubs-with-drop-handlebars/
12-06-17, 03:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By curbowman

Let's hope he managed to brake safely.

Let's hope he managed to brake safely.
Forum: Framebuilders
12-06-17, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 933
Posted By curbowman

Here's the Méral catalog from 1984. They didn't...

Here's the Méral catalog from 1984. They didn't list the angles, though. I really like the randonneur version with full racks.
Forum: Framebuilders
12-06-17, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 933
Posted By curbowman

According to the BellaCiao website: "SANTO...

According to the BellaCiao website:

"SANTO SUBITO is a wonderfully snappy roadster inspired by the geometry of a French frame by the former bicycle manufacturer Méral in the Loire valley."
...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-06-17, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 933
Posted By curbowman

Bella Ciao vs. Méral: a copy with a different angle.

I just found out the Bella Ciao "Santo Subito" bike is a close copy of a Méral "lady" model. However, it is evident the angles of the seat tube and head tube have been changed. It seems the Méral...
12-06-17, 06:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By curbowman

Oh, I get it!! I missed the "if you live"...

Oh, I get it!! I missed the "if you live" part.:lol:
12-04-17, 10:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,279
Posted By curbowman

I didn't know chromed steel rims were better than...

I didn't know chromed steel rims were better than aluminum ones when braking in the rain. AFAIK chromed steel rims are not as good as aluminum ones when braking in dry conditions.
Forum: Touring
12-01-17, 12:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,819
Posted By curbowman

Oh, yeah. The "official" cycling attire around my...

Oh, yeah. The "official" cycling attire around my home was to wear shorts with the three white strips on the side. And for grown up, jeans were the standard, with the pants tucked inside the socks.
11-30-17, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By curbowman

What kind of brake levers are these?

I've seen these strange setup of brake handles and stubby hand rests in the Dia-Compe catalog, and I don't understand them yet. Has anyone around here used them? Are they more or less comfortable...
11-30-17, 03:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By curbowman

The most important consideration is the number of...

The most important consideration is the number of teeth of the biggest sprocket. If you need to climb hills or carry lots of stuff, you will need a cassette with at least 28 teeth and a long cage...
11-30-17, 01:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,039
Posted By curbowman

Can you build a custom brake straddle cable?

I have read two respected people claiming the straddle cable on a centerpull brake should be as flexible and short as possible. Thing is, most brakes have one straddle cable and there's no way to...
11-29-17, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 930
Posted By curbowman

You need to take into account the "Gear...

You need to take into account the "Gear capacity". That is the amount of teeth variation between the biggest and the smallest cogs in both the front crankset and rear cassette or freewheel.

Let's...
11-27-17, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,307
Posted By curbowman

My gluten-free diet was a result of being...

My gluten-free diet was a result of being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Since Asperger is kind of borderline autism, the the****** suggested a gluten-free diet and the results were so good he...
11-25-17, 09:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,307
Posted By curbowman

My diet is not that diferent from what I used to...

My diet is not that diferent from what I used to eat, but the doctor said I should eat more often. So, instead of three meals per day, I'm now eating 5 to 6 times every day. Instead of eating a snack...
11-24-17, 12:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,307
Posted By curbowman

I have the opposite weight problem: I'm 170 cm...

I have the opposite weight problem: I'm 170 cm tall and weigh just 52 kg. (5ft, 7in. tall with 115 pounds). In fact, my doctor says I need to gain weight, and I already eat A LOT.

Yes, women...
11-23-17, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,307
Posted By curbowman

Newbie morning rider needs breakfast advice.

Hi, I need some help from the morning riders of the forum.

I want to start riding in the mornings but I don't know what or how should I eat before the ride.

I started riding again this year...
11-23-17, 02:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,587
Posted By curbowman

Catalog picture

According to the catalog, the Grand Record had a paint scheme similar to yours in 1974. In the 1978 catalog it appears with a different, more subdued color. You'll end up having a helluva good bike!!
Forum: Touring
11-23-17, 01:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,819
Posted By curbowman

What happened to Kirtland bike bags?

I was looking at the excellent library of old catalogs in velo-pages.com and "discovered" the Kirtland bags & panniers.

Kirtland (http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_itemId=77140)

They seemed...
11-22-17, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,633
Posted By curbowman

You might find this useful: how to fix a damaged...

You might find this useful: how to fix a damaged rim yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oGWgSKAjw0&t=65s
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