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bio website recumbent.co.uk
location Consett, United Kingdom
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Oct
10
comment Why don't road bikes have disc brakes?
+1 for Weight. However I disagree with the bit where you suggest that bikes used on the road don't need to cope with the wet... Commuter/city bikes - the heavy kind - are oft equipped with drum/hub brakes in part to help deal with wet conditions. Frame issues hadn't occurred to me - that's a good point too.
Oct
10
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Oct
9
comment Recommendations for transporting twins on the front of a bike
@neilfein - Except that its clearly "designed" and equipped to carry those two passengers. A Kona Ute is designed to carry load on the back and the above bike is specifically equipped with suitable seats...
Oct
8
comment At what age/stage should my child be at before I start using a child seat?
I think trailers are wonderful - they have also evolved significantly (in most respects) from when I got mine some 15 years ago. Cumbersome... yes, maybe, ish. I think it depends on your intended use. Some have concerns about visibility - but I never found that to be an issue.
Oct
7
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Oct
7
revised Recommendations for transporting twins on the front of a bike
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Oct
7
answered At what age/stage should my child be at before I start using a child seat?
Oct
7
comment Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?
@Ian - or at least a pedal with a decent platform. Bigger issue would likely be shoes, I'm not sure I'd want to be using road shoes and an exposed cleat if putting my foot down regularly (though I'm aware that there are people who manage that trick perfectly well).
Oct
5
comment what benefits does a road bike give over a regular mountain bike for casual cycling?
As a recumbent rider for over 20 years I have to upvote this (though I have to point out that whilst my bike might be fast sadly I'm not...).
Oct
5
answered How can bum / testicle / inner thigh pain from a saddle be prevented?
Oct
1
answered When should cyclists use pedestrian facilities?
Oct
1
answered Trailer hitch between a bike and trailer?
Sep
29
comment When should cyclists use pedestrian facilities?
@Brian - there are a few places in the UK where provision for bikes is excellent (I believe the same to be true in a few places in the US) but as a country its very hit and miss and a lot of the provision is not well implemented. In Holland and Denmark (and probably other places - but I have real experience of those two) cycle provision is an integrated part of the whole rather than added here and there
Sep
28
comment When should cyclists use pedestrian facilities?
Dumb pedestrians then...
Sep
28
comment When should cyclists use pedestrian facilities?
@Brian - as a generalisation what you suggest isn't really the UK, no. Try Holland or Denmark. Yes there are places where there is better stuff but a lot of it is token paint or poor pavement sharing.
Sep
28
comment When should cyclists use pedestrian facilities?
"it seems silly to wait " - the same could apply equally as well to a car though and if you're on the road, unless specific exemptions apply, you are bound by the rules of that road.
Sep
24
answered Recommendations for transporting twins on the front of a bike
Sep
24
comment Recommendations for transporting twins on the front of a bike
Having towed my sons a fair few miles in a trailer on various roads I'd have to agree - I like trailers. Visibility is not the issue people make it out to be (I've been riding a recumbent - sometime towing a child trailer - for over 20 years, trust me on this one)
Sep
23
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
This is subjective, but I (very nearly) almost carry everything with me it lives with the bike (each and every one of my bikes should, but sometimes doesn't, have its own complete kit of tubes, levers, patches, boot, pump and multi-tool) - why? Because then I always have it with the bike...
Sep
21
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
Hmm, but bear in mind its perfectly possible to commute by bike and not need to shower (and without being offensive) - does depend on the commute and one's level of enthusiasm... but a stick of deodorant in your draw along with the emergency socks and undies goes a very long way.