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Forum: Recumbent
07-23-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 16,206
Posted By BlazingPedals

Rebikes were one of the early brands that gave...

Rebikes were one of the early brands that gave recumbents an eternally bad name for being slow and not climbing. They were department store quality at best. The only one I ever saw was in a Sears...
Forum: Recumbent
07-23-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,815
Posted By BlazingPedals

Rotovelo is an example of a shell over a trike...

Rotovelo is an example of a shell over a trike chassis. Even with a shell-over-chassis, the shell still needs to be stiff enough to hold its shape rather than flattening out like a water balloon,...
07-23-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,145
Posted By BlazingPedals

Trade it for a Sun Delta? Some tadpoles are...

Trade it for a Sun Delta? Some tadpoles are higher than others, but they're all fairly low.
07-19-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By BlazingPedals

There, fixed it for ya. In June, farmers here...

There, fixed it for ya. In June, farmers here were complaining that lack of rain was going to cause their crops to fail. Now I see sections of their fields underwater.
07-19-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,145
Posted By BlazingPedals

Sun also makes a delta recumbent trike. Deltas...

Sun also makes a delta recumbent trike. Deltas have one wheel in front/two in back. With only a few exceptions, deltas are generally higher than tadpoles, so easier to get into/out of; but the...
07-18-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,452
Posted By BlazingPedals

"Decimate" is when you have ten partners,...

"Decimate" is when you have ten partners, right?
07-15-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 5,362
Posted By BlazingPedals

I break out the clippers a couple times a season,...

I break out the clippers a couple times a season, otherwise I'd look like Sasquatch. But shave 'em? Haven't in years.
07-12-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By BlazingPedals

If you break another spoke, you should probably...

If you break another spoke, you should probably have the wheel re-spoked. But the rim? Unless there are cracks somewhere it's not the rim's fault.
07-09-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,169
Posted By BlazingPedals

The Tour stopped getting my attention when it...

The Tour stopped getting my attention when it became obvious that they were turning a blind eye to Lance and his doping; and as far as I can tell not much has changed since, from doping to motors....
07-09-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 708
Posted By BlazingPedals

I have a 56/11 on one of my lowracers, which has...

I have a 56/11 on one of my lowracers, which has a 26" drive wheel. I think that's probably equal to a 53T on a 700c wheel, though. Once on a trip to Tennessee I changed that to a 58T ring. I only...
Forum: Recumbent
07-06-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By BlazingPedals

You may be at a disadvantage compared to upright...

You may be at a disadvantage compared to upright riders, but just think -- your eyes aren't as far back from the front of your vehicle as a car driver's eyes are.
Forum: Recumbent
07-05-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 464
Posted By BlazingPedals

If the tailbone area isn't structural, you could...

If the tailbone area isn't structural, you could cut relief in the shell. Performer does this to their FRP seats, I believe.
Forum: Recumbent
07-05-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,123
Posted By BlazingPedals

The normal advice is to test ride as many...

The normal advice is to test ride as many different models and types as you can. One will 'speak' to you. Then feel free to come back here or BROL and ask more specific questions.
Forum: Recumbent
07-05-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By BlazingPedals

I always slow more than my buddies on uprights,...

I always slow more than my buddies on uprights, even if they call 'clear.' It's not a problem, I can always make up the lost distance, usually before they even get back up to speed themselves.
Forum: Recumbent
07-03-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 464
Posted By BlazingPedals

I don't know what "spaghetti vinyl loop" is, but...

I don't know what "spaghetti vinyl loop" is, but is using two layers a possibility?
06-30-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 411
Posted By BlazingPedals

I used to give blood. At the time, I'd ride my...

I used to give blood. At the time, I'd ride my bike 1/2 mile to/from the center and could do an easy/moderate ride the next day. I finally stopped giving when I was unable to ride until the 3rd day...
06-29-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,736
Posted By BlazingPedals

OP is apparently an anti-snob snob. Something...

OP is apparently an anti-snob snob. Something that makes the activity more enjoyable isn't allowed?
06-29-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,539
Posted By BlazingPedals

I thought through axles were to address a...

I thought through axles were to address a liability issue. It seems that if you apply a front disc brake hard enough it can pull the axle out of the dropout, even if it's properly tightened. One...
06-25-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 769
Posted By BlazingPedals

This. Also, the welds in your pic look too big...

This. Also, the welds in your pic look too big for steel. I suspect it's an aluminum frame, in which case NO you shouldn't get it repaired.
06-22-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,385
Posted By BlazingPedals

I've never had THAT problem, even at some of the...

I've never had THAT problem, even at some of the stupid speeds I see. Maybe I just need to go a little faster!
06-20-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,232
Posted By BlazingPedals

At least Swami phrased it a little differently....

At least Swami phrased it a little differently. The usual question is, "what's the best bike for me to buy?"
Forum: Recumbent
06-17-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,123
Posted By BlazingPedals

Stickbike (straight monotube frame) like the...

Stickbike (straight monotube frame) like the Bacchetta highracers, tend to be the closest in performance to a standard road bike. A new rider should look for a model that has an adjustable seat...
06-13-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,384
Posted By BlazingPedals

It's possible that the wheel is slightly out of...

It's possible that the wheel is slightly out of round. Or out of true. It might be 'within spec' and OP is just sensitive to it. Or it might be a bunched or pinched tube, as those kinds of things...
06-13-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,270
Posted By BlazingPedals

Tires don't hold air, tubes hold air. Tires hold...

Tires don't hold air, tubes hold air. Tires hold tubes. If it's got a tube and you can't get it to hold air, take the tube out and inspect it. Just FYI, if it's a tubeless setup, the valve stem bolts...
06-09-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,592
Posted By BlazingPedals

Obviously, it's a fund-raiser first and foremost....

Obviously, it's a fund-raiser first and foremost. I tend to agree with your basic sentiment, though. If they want you to ride, make it reasonably-priced because they're in competition with other...
Forum: Recumbent
06-07-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 631
Posted By BlazingPedals

With a tadpole, what you really, really don't...

With a tadpole, what you really, really don't want to do is start a skid with the rear wheel. If the rear loses traction, it can pass the front end and then you've got a real problem! With two front...
06-05-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 825
Posted By BlazingPedals

In all fairness, he's come here and asked a...

In all fairness, he's come here and asked a question that we can't answer with the insufficient info he's given us. Yes, a photo would help. But chances are, if he inspected all the moving parts, he...
06-05-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 850
Posted By BlazingPedals

I guess it would all come down to how deep the...

I guess it would all come down to how deep the inside of the rim was. Tubes or tubeless, mounting issues would be the same.
06-04-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 825
Posted By BlazingPedals

It must be the plastic thingy and not the carbon...

It must be the plastic thingy and not the carbon thingy, otherwise the bike would spontaneously asplode.
06-04-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,034
Posted By BlazingPedals

Looks like an upgrade to me. All materials can...

Looks like an upgrade to me. All materials can fail; I've seen chromo forks fail, too, without warning. I replaced an aluminum fork with a carbon one 5 years ago and it's been a great choice. I agree...
06-04-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 910
Posted By BlazingPedals

I've always considered 27.5 to be a zombie size....

I've always considered 27.5 to be a zombie size. It was obsolete, then resurrected in order to use for a specific purpose, then everyone jumped on it (got infected with the zombie virus.) As soon as...
06-03-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,278
Posted By BlazingPedals

For over a decade, I used my Toyota Tacoma with a...

For over a decade, I used my Toyota Tacoma with a cap. On the rare occasion I needed to hold more than one bike, I could either stack them with blankets in between or in the case of my lowracers, run...
06-03-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,145
Posted By BlazingPedals

Thanks! Right now it's about the same speed as my...

Thanks! Right now it's about the same speed as my Trek 7500 hybrid. Since the pic it's gotten carbon handlebars to lighten it up a teeny bit. Next up will be to upgrade the front wheels from the...
06-03-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,145
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm 65, and although I own a Catrike Speed...

I'm 65, and although I own a Catrike Speed (tadpole recumbent trike,) I really don't use it very often. My tastes run more into the fast machines, and trikes ain't. There are a TON of recumbent trike...
06-01-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,635
Posted By BlazingPedals

Bwah hah hah! We have him now!

Bwah hah hah! We have him now!
05-29-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,783
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'll just add that it's not just spokes that can...

I'll just add that it's not just spokes that can make a hole. If the tape doesn't *completely* cover the spoke holes, the edge of a hole can cut the tube too. Sometimes it's hard to see it happening...
05-28-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,175
Posted By BlazingPedals

Sore legs? Are you on statins?

Sore legs? Are you on statins?
05-28-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 775
Posted By BlazingPedals

Just my opinion, but they'll have a hard time...

Just my opinion, but they'll have a hard time making a case that the *imperfection* is a dent caused by you. Technically it's a defect and they should cover it. It's too bad the shop didn't have the...
05-28-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,451
Posted By BlazingPedals

Maybe it's just a mis-perception on my part, but...

Maybe it's just a mis-perception on my part, but it seems like more people are killed on sidewalks and in bike lanes than are killed in the traffic lane. And if not "more," then certainly a large...
Forum: Recumbent
05-27-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 732
Posted By BlazingPedals

Penninger is/was a custom builder. He seemed to...

Penninger is/was a custom builder. He seemed to enjoy creating unnecessarily complicated bikes. I remember seeing one that used a 'floating' chainring as some sort of idler. Looked very prone to...
Forum: Recumbent
05-26-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,424
Posted By BlazingPedals

No matter what style of steering you choose, it's...

No matter what style of steering you choose, it's going to contact your knees at times, particularly in turns. What you don't want is to be hitting the bars with your knees on every pedal stroke.
05-25-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,489
Posted By BlazingPedals

The easiest way to check for a tight link is to...

The easiest way to check for a tight link is to slowly backpedal and watch as the chain passes through the jockey pulleys. A tight link will make them 'jump.' IMHO this is more likely than having a...
05-24-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,622
Posted By BlazingPedals

Quite a few recumbent riders use short cranks....

Quite a few recumbent riders use short cranks. And by "short" I mean 155mm or less. Buying a set of 165mm cranks hardly seems worth the cost for the 0.2" reduction in radius. Reduced knee flex seems...
Forum: Recumbent
05-22-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,611
Posted By BlazingPedals

I'm not aware of any list that exists. You just...

I'm not aware of any list that exists. You just have to look up your own state's definition of a bike. Some states say a bike has 2 or 3 wheels, some say 2 or more. If 4 wheels isn't a bike in your...
05-19-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,699
Posted By BlazingPedals

I don't see that overall sizing has changed all...

I don't see that overall sizing has changed all that much. That said, our club used to get our club jerseys from Louis Garneau. Until some whiner laid out jerseys from 5 successive years (all L) and...
05-17-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,555
Posted By BlazingPedals

So, a slightly updated IGH. One that only has 2...

So, a slightly updated IGH. One that only has 2 internal gears and shifts electronically. Pass.
05-17-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,858
Posted By BlazingPedals

It looks like your standard department-store...

It looks like your standard department-store hybrid. I seriously doubt most of us here would classify it as 'lightweight,' but at least it doesn't have suspension to weigh it down even more. It's...
05-15-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 8,970
Posted By BlazingPedals

Exactly. Said another way, you're going to ride...

Exactly. Said another way, you're going to ride as hard as you're going to ride. If you ride harder on the heavier bike, then you'll get a better workout. If you're already riding as hard as you can,...
05-14-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,592
Posted By BlazingPedals

A $25 Zebco rod/reel set will catch the same fish...

A $25 Zebco rod/reel set will catch the same fish that a $500 set will. So why buy the expensive stuff? Maybe because the aficionado appreciates the higher build quality, the balance, the more...
05-14-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,699
Posted By BlazingPedals

I stay away from euro-cut. If I lost all the...

I stay away from euro-cut. If I lost all the weight I could, I'd still be something like a 5x in their sizing. Stick to US sizing or Club Cut.
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