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07-20-12, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11,193
Views: 1,247,789
Posted By ppc

Thank you. It was supposed to be functional first...

Thank you. It was supposed to be functional first and foremost, but it turned out okay-looking too, which is just as well. I've reached that age at which I'd rather have 4 brake levers than rotten...
07-19-12, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11,193
Views: 1,247,789
Posted By ppc

It's old and a bit rusty, it's not been...

It's old and a bit rusty, it's not been repainted, it's not particularly beautiful, it doesn't have light fancy components, but it's one of my favorite bikes and I like it :)
...
10-07-10, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,614
Posted By ppc

3 chains on one side are useless, and so are 2...

3 chains on one side are useless, and so are 2 chains on both sides. One chain is plenty strong to withstand the effort of any cyclist. Mechanically, only one cog can be fully screwed onto the hub,...
10-06-10, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,200
Posted By ppc

I use a 104mm BCD 43T Sinz ring. It's a thick...

I use a 104mm BCD 43T Sinz ring. It's a thick aluminum ring so it won't taco. It was only 20 euros too, so about $28. I'd never a chainring that costs $1 per tooth, that's much too expensive.
10-05-10, 01:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,614
Posted By ppc

Amazingly clever shift-once two-speed fixie drivetrain arrangement from the 80s

I just came across this page (http://bicyclespecialties.blogspot.com/2009/04/two-cranksets-two-chains.html) that deals with the bizarre idea of running two chains on a bike, when I read the following...
10-04-10, 12:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,554
Posted By ppc

What you need is a flip-flop hub : one side with...

What you need is a flip-flop hub : one side with a fixed sprocket, the other with a freewheel. I personally run 43/16 fixed and 43/17 freewheel. Miche (http://www.miche.it/) makes very nice, cheap...
10-03-10, 12:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,321
Posted By ppc

I tend to do that too (regulate my speed,...

I tend to do that too (regulate my speed, anticipate), but sometimes when you gotta stop, you gotta stop. Even if you're careful, it just takes a dog crossing the road out of nowhere, or that kid...
10-02-10, 12:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,321
Posted By ppc

Yeah it sure is fun - albeit expensive in tire...

Yeah it sure is fun - albeit expensive in tire rubber - but the problem is that some people rely solely on that to stop. Scary...
10-01-10, 02:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,321
Posted By ppc

I follow the pedals and pedal round in reverse,...

I follow the pedals and pedal round in reverse, so to speak, if that makes sense, and I don't bounce, even at high RPM.



Actually once a tire starts skidding, the braking force decreases...
10-01-10, 01:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,321
Posted By ppc

No no, I didn't compare stopping with your legs...

No no, I didn't compare stopping with your legs and stopping with brakes. Nothing stops better than brakes. I was comparing slowing down by trying to reverse the rear wheel hard but letting it spin,...
10-01-10, 01:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,321
Posted By ppc

Best method for stopping with your legs

Alright, so what started as a quick ride of my old bike (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?683194-Looks-like-I-m-cool-again) for *****s and giggles is turning into a serious re-discovery of...
10-01-10, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,254
Posted By ppc

If you ride any bike to be cool, you may as well...

If you ride any bike to be cool, you may as well not start at all.
10-01-10, 03:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By ppc

Thanks for the responses guys. I can roll my own,...

Thanks for the responses guys. I can roll my own, it wouldn't be that complicated in fact, but I just didn't want to. I figured I'd go with a commercial solution if it existed. Looks like I'll have...
09-30-10, 02:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By ppc

It's not that simple. The saddle in question is a...

It's not that simple. The saddle in question is a well broken-in Brooks, and I don't ride the other 2 bikes nearly often enough to break in 2 new Brooks to the same level of comfort. Also, I'd like...
09-30-10, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By ppc

Sharing a saddle between several bikes easily ?

I have 3 bikes, all with slightly different seat post angles and different seat post diameters, and one preferred saddle. Does anybody know of a quick release system that would allow me to quickly...
09-28-10, 12:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,911
Posted By ppc

I don't know, I've never had a problem on a bent,...

I don't know, I've never had a problem on a bent, and the lower it is, the better I feel. Cars can see me fine, and I'm confident that I can manoeuver quickly in heavy traffic and brake as hard as I...
09-28-10, 12:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,911
Posted By ppc

With a 15mm wrench ? :) Seriously tough,...

With a 15mm wrench ? :)


Seriously tough, all it takes is drilling and threading the new holes into the crank arms at the right location. The thread size used for pedals is standardized (9/16" x...
09-28-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,911
Posted By ppc

Fixed that for you.[/QUOTE] Sorry I'm not...

Fixed that for you.[/QUOTE]

Sorry I'm not biting. Anyone who rides any pedal-powered machine, be it a recumbent, an upright, a unicycle or anything else, is okay by me. If you like flamebaits,...
09-28-10, 01:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,911
Posted By ppc

http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad291/Giraut/ol...

http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad291/Giraut/old_peugeot_bike/peugeot_10_speed.jpg

It don't look like much but it still rides nice and quiet.
09-26-10, 03:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,911
Posted By ppc

I'm 40. The bike was my first "real" bike that I...

I'm 40. The bike was my first "real" bike that I paid for myself when I was 14. I got it for cheap from a neighbor, because I couldn't afford a 10-speed. It was uncool then, and I fully expected it...
09-26-10, 11:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,911
Posted By ppc

Looks like I'm cool again

So, I was sorting my pile of bicycle parts when I rediscovered my old fixed gear Peugeot 10-speed conversion that I used to ride in my teens at the bottom of the pile, complete with flaking paint,...
04-01-07, 02:47 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 14,906
Posted By ppc

I was with you until I read this. I'm sorry to...

I was with you until I read this. I'm sorry to say, you're completely out of touch with reality. Try to go carbon-neutral and you'll quickly find out that you're hungry, winters are cold inside the...
02-27-07, 03:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 14,995
Posted By ppc

Actually, pulling out the dent made the alu...

Actually, pulling out the dent made the alu around the area even weaker. I work with steel and alu metal professionally, and I can tell you this : aluminium has very little elasticity and a low...
Forum: Recumbent
02-25-07, 02:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By ppc

SRAM uses a different cable pull ratio than...

SRAM uses a different cable pull ratio than Shimano for the ESP components. Shimano uses 1.7:1 (1mm of cable pull moves the derailleur by 1.7mm), and SRAM uses 1.2:1. Therefore Shimano shifters won't...
Forum: Recumbent
02-24-07, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By ppc

Definitely triple. Remember, you can't honk with...

Definitely triple. Remember, you can't honk with a recumbent. For what it's worth, with my touring bent, I have 22/34/44 at the front and a 32-11 cassette at the back, with 150mm cranks.



I...
Forum: Recumbent
02-24-07, 06:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,947
Posted By ppc

The true answer to your question is: whatever...

The true answer to your question is: whatever bike you feel good with. The only way to know whether you'll prefer SWB or LWB, ASS or USS, or whatever other bike feature, is to try bikes one by one...
Forum: Recumbent
02-24-07, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By ppc

Could you honestly? :) I can't even picture...

Could you honestly? :) I can't even picture myself driving for that long...
Forum: Recumbent
02-24-07, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,363
Posted By ppc

There are two issues : the safety of cyclists in...

There are two issues : the safety of cyclists in general, and the safety of recumbent cyclists in particular.

Regarding cyclists on open roads, I don't know the stats, but I would think that as...
Forum: Recumbent
02-22-07, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,374
Posted By ppc

Actually the prone position does address certain...

Actually the prone position does address certain issues with conventional bents, i.e. slightly better aerodynamics, shorter RWD chainline and simpler steering, but at the cost of comfort of course....
Forum: Recumbent
02-22-07, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,374
Posted By ppc

Apparently the bike has a double-mirror...

Apparently the bike has a double-mirror contraption just above the front wheel to reflect the road ahead while the rider has his face pressed against the headrest (face-rest?). I don't think the neck...
Forum: Recumbent
02-21-07, 04:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,392
Posted By ppc

Well yeah, if you put an angry gorilla in the...

Well yeah, if you put an angry gorilla in the seat, it'll do 60mph no problem. Seriously though, a bike goes as fast as you push on the pedals, so speed claims are nonsensical.

About that lever...
02-21-07, 01:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,484
Posted By ppc

I think I meant "duathlon". You can tell how much...

I think I meant "duathlon". You can tell how much I know about sports ;)
02-21-07, 01:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,484
Posted By ppc

Exactly. That's the same reason I want to use...

Exactly. That's the same reason I want to use them too, only I'm not a triathlete, just a lazy bum :)
02-21-07, 01:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,484
Posted By ppc

I currently ride with Cannondale "hiking" shoes...

I currently ride with Cannondale "hiking" shoes (with a recessed cleat) and SPD pedals. My shoes are fine, so are the pedals. Only I can't wear those shoes at work, so if I want to try commuting with...
02-21-07, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,484
Posted By ppc

Okay, I asked around on other forums, and I think...

Okay, I asked around on other forums, and I think I finally found the pedals. They are (or I should say "were", they're not made anymore) Ordas transition pedals used in biathlon and triathlon....
Forum: Recumbent
02-21-07, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,374
Posted By ppc

A nice prone recumbent

Here's something different : http://www.h-zontal.com/pages/presentation.html

There's a video of the bike here (in french) where the builder shows the different riding positions to ride tucked in,...
02-21-07, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,484
Posted By ppc

Desperately trying to find special pedals

Hello everybody,

I usually commute with a beater bike but I want to give commuting with my touring recumbent a shot. The recumbent is equipped with SPD pedals and I can't imagine riding it without...
Forum: Recumbent
02-19-07, 04:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,316
Posted By ppc

As others have posted, train to spin. The problem...

As others have posted, train to spin. The problem with recumbents is, you can push as hard as you want and ruin your knees without even noticing, so you need to develop a mental reflex of always...
Forum: Recumbent
02-19-07, 04:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,589
Posted By ppc

For touring, if you're tall enough, I think it's...

For touring, if you're tall enough, I think it's tough to beat an Optima Condor for the following reasons:

- It's a 26/26, meaning you can mount any old mountain bike tire (i.e. no trouble finding...
10-22-06, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,585
Posted By ppc

That's what I told him to do yesterday. He went...

That's what I told him to do yesterday. He went to all our LBSes in our area, a grand total of 3 in a 20 mile radius, but no luck. Bike shops around here aren't much good besides selling new bikes...
10-22-06, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,585
Posted By ppc

Shortening a spoke

Hello everybody,

Here's my problem : a friend of mine rides on a 20" wheeled recumbent. The rear wheel is strangely laced and uses custom-made spokes with a special lengths. He broke a spoke this...
Forum: Recumbent
05-20-06, 10:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,328
Posted By ppc

I've adopted a simple super-cheap solution that...

I've adopted a simple super-cheap solution that gives me a "workstand" both at home and on the road: I use a long piece of string to hang the bike, to a hook in the ceiling in the garage, or to any...
05-20-06, 10:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,437
Posted By ppc

You'll find plenty of ideas to modify your bike...

You'll find plenty of ideas to modify your bike for one-handed cycling here:

http://www.mtb-amputee.com/bikemodifications.htm
05-17-06, 06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By ppc

I'm afraid what you need is a recumbent. You can...

I'm afraid what you need is a recumbent. You can never make a diamond-frame bike back-friendly, and especially not a road bike. You can only make it hurt less, and that's if you have a good back in...
05-09-06, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By ppc

I agree completely. However, for those who really...

I agree completely. However, for those who really insist on taking their nice bikes out all the time, there's a trick: camouflage. The idea is that thieves are attracted by shiny things, so what I...
05-07-06, 11:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By ppc

You need one of these anti-lock QR skewers: the...

You need one of these anti-lock QR skewers: the ones I have on my commuter have a penta nut with a free-turning slippery outer sleeve in lieu of the lever. Of course, nothing is completely fool...
05-07-06, 06:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,950
Posted By ppc

Rolling resistance comes from a phenomena in...

Rolling resistance comes from a phenomena in wheel materials called hysteresis. To make things simple, the way a tire works is this: when a section of tire comes in contact with the road, its...
Forum: Recumbent
05-07-06, 03:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By ppc

I've never understood why people would choose...

I've never understood why people would choose wireless computers: they're more expensive, they get confused at the first sign of EM perturbation (powerlines, hamradios...) especially if the head unit...
05-07-06, 02:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,950
Posted By ppc

I agree somewhat when you're comparing different...

I agree somewhat when you're comparing different brands of the same kind of tire with similar treads. But I can tell you I feel a huge difference between the 26x1.5 road tires I mount in the summer...
Forum: Recumbent
05-01-06, 01:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,763
Posted By ppc

Sorry to reheat this thread, but it seems I found...

Sorry to reheat this thread, but it seems I found exactly the solution I was thinking of:

http://www.alfredsaws.de/english/streamer.htm

This seems easy enough to make with an ordinary rain cape...
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