Archive for the ‘Practicalities’ Category

Where the rust is – Brompton Recumbent Project 1

29 June 2014


A year ago I posted some thoughts on how I might get my Juliane Neuss Brompton Recumbent into a good state for regular use, and perhaps make a few improvements to the kit that Juliane produced more than a decade ago. This has become pressing as I’ve signed up to join an international recumbent racing team (Juliane’s Feet Up Gang) for the 2014 Brompton World Championships. This will be the fastest recumbent Brompton Racing team in the world, and the slowest.

So I’ve started work, (more…)

Guitar on the Brompton Bag Frame

23 December 2013

I’ve adapted a Brompton front bag frame to carry my Lukas Brunner Travel Guitar in its neat hard case. The approach I’ve taken would allow a wide variety of other things to be carried on the frame with an adjustable, semi-permanent fastening system.

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Brompton Toolkit – New improved tyre levers?

28 November 2013

Just had a phone call from Brilliant Bikes, who supplied my stylish Brompton Toolkit last year. I wrote earlier about my dissatisfaction with the kit, especially the fragile tyre levers which snapped first time out.

Brompton have now produced redesigned levers and are sending free upgrades to all toolkit owners so I’m looking forward to seeing them. Previously Brompton supplied me with replacement levers for the broken one including advice on how to avoid breakage, so it’s clear that they are taking this seriously.

Ands as Bromptonistas often remark, Brilliant Bikes are brilliant.

Take These Chains…

3 November 2013

Worried about leaving your bike on the street?
image thanks to Dustin Quasar

Here’s a brilliant article by Eric Hansen who started his research by talking to professional bike thieves in New York. A great read, lots of insight and he ends up with some very simple practical advice. Mainly that there are some very good affordable U locks available, cables don’t work at all, any lock can be broken and understanding the thieves is the best starting point to planning your own security.

Thanks to Andrew Richards who told the CycleSheffield members forum about Eric’s article.

(this post also appears in EdgeCyclists, the Nether Edge Bikebus blog)

Platinum Blonde Nomads – Packing the Pino

12 October 2013

The Hase Pino is a big bike. It’s slightly shorter than a conventional tandem but it’s more awkward in some ways as it has unusual wide handlebars that wrap around the wide front seat. However it does split in two for transport and I was confident that we could transport it by air as others have done in the past but it wasn’t clear how to pack it. (more…)

Free maps on your Cycling Satnav

22 May 2013

Having explained how much I like using my new GPS gadget for navigating I should give some more information about the practicalities, starting with how to get the maps you will need installed on such gadgets without spending a fortune.

Garmin navgwide 2 800 (more…)

A Sceptic Converted to Cycling Satnav

21 May 2013

Garmin navgwide 800

I bought a Garmin trekking GPS unit (eTrex30) for our trip to India partly to have a good bike computer and partly to capture a gps record of our travels. It did both of those things very well. There wasn’t any scope to use the navigation features in India and we didn’t really need them for the rides we did, and anyway I’ve always been very happy to use paper maps which have many more uses than simply following a route. However since then I’ve been exploring ways to use GPS navigation on planned routes and I must say I’m really impressed by how useful it is.


Two months with the Neuss Brompton recumbent

17 May 2013

Whoops, I wrote this last summer and was waiting for some photos so it fell down a crack in the computer. It’s now rather out of date but I’ll follow it up shortly with an explanation of what I’m doing next with the Neuss-B. Basically I’ve decided on a complete rework of transmission and some other things to overcome the problems identified here. I decided that the present arrangement is too complicated and heavy but  developments in recumbent bike technology make it worth considering a major upgrade.

Juliane Neuss Brompton Recumbent adaptation

So I’ve had my new toy for two months, spent a few days fiddling with the setup and ridden it around town a few times. Today I took a slightly longer ride involving some hills. (more…)

Pino by Train

11 May 2013

Our Hase Pino Tandem has done a lot of miles by car in Britain, France and India, thanks to the neat way it splits in two to fit into quite small cars. It has flown to India and back (details coming soon) but until last week it has not been on a train.

Pino train


Platinum Blonde Nomads – Gadgets Part 1: Reading, Communication, Navigation

25 April 2013

Any new venture is an opportunity for a gadget addict like me to add to the collection and many touring cyclists seem similarly inclined. Going to Kerala we had a rich set of needs that might be met by a careful choice of gizmos.

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