Archive for the ‘Recumbent’ Category

Recumbent Muscles?

18 September 2015

I’ve had the Grasshopper for more than a week and I’ve been putting in some effort preparing myself and the bike for the first big tour next week.

musclesMy first priority has been to give my recumbent muscles a bit of a workout.

11 days is not sufficient time to alter your fitness, you need around 6 weeks for proper payback from exercise, but I did need to test my recumbent muscles and at least wake them up after several months riding only upright bikes. So my plan was to do three short but testing rides over 5 days, then relax and hope for the best. I picked an uphill route  and planned to go further (and climb further) each time. (more…)

Can’t wait

5 September 2015

Here’s my new bike, in Glasgow where Ben Cooper of Kinetics has just finished re-assembling it and setting it up after it was repainted in yellow.

Grasshopper Yellow 1

The factory had a long delay on special colours so Ben arranged for the yellow paint locally in Glasgow and did the strip down and rebuild himself and all for the same price. What a star!

It will be in Sheffield on Wednesday and I’m looking forward to some happy days getting my recumbent muscles to work and thinking about setting the bike up for touring 5 days with guitar and luggage. (more…)

Sit Back and Enjoy the Music

4 September 2015

Seven League Boots has been quiet for a year or so as I’ve been caught up in some non-cycling activity, including the Folk Music Map which has been quite a success with folk music people round the world.

But everything comes round and my efforts on the map have led me to start planning folk music cycling tours. If you have a map of every live folk music venue in the UK it stands to reason you will want to cycle between them!

Plus I failed to publish anything about my very successful tour last summer on my Brompton Recumbent, along the first part of the tour of British Bromptons route. 50 miles a day for five days and no discomfort, which is astonishing for me, especially as the Brecki has a well shaped but barely cushioned seat. It made me realise that I really don’t want to use an upright bike for touring.

So a new bike and a new plan

I’ve bought one of these:
It’s an HP Velotechnic Grasshopper, and yes it folds, although not quite as neatly as a Brompton. And mine will be bright yellow! Hoping it will arrive in the next couple of days.

And the plan is to ride this:
Bicycle Jaunts
Click on the image for more information, cycle touring with a social purpose?

So watch this space.

So what’s it for anyway? – Recumbent Brompton Project 3

21 July 2014

For the past week I’ve been riding the Brompton recumbent around town and a couple of shortish (10-15 miles) rides out into the country.

Yellow Brecki 1st day 11
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a really nice toy but probably unlikely to become more than some casual summer fun.


Just about on the road – Recumbent Brompton Project 2

11 July 2014

Whooeee! It all seems to work.

Yellow Brecki 1st day 15

Having overhauled my old red 2003 Brompton and re-installed the Juliane Neuss recumbent kit, with a single chain drive to replace the old belt and chain setup, I’ve ridden it round the block and it all seems to work. (more…)

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…)

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…)

Lie back and think of…

28 August 2011

A new toy, watch this space for more details

Juliane Neuss Brompton Recumbent adaptation

It’s already done 7 train changes, one rural and one urban ride and so far pretty good.