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Postby Kalgrm » Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:32 am

Leigh,

In answer to your question of speed: all three conditions were met this morning, although I was still suffering a little from the after effects of the cramps I had getting home last night. Still, I managed a respectable (and surprising to me) 37km/h average speed on the flat path for the 25 minutes I was on it.

Andrew, had I known you were looking to ride I would have ridden with you. I might have even taken the edge of the wind for you ..... (I've lost your number too - phone died on X mas day.)

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Postby Leigh_caines » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:47 am

Graeme I’m impressed…
While I’m not a speed demon and am more of a average tour-er …
Caring a heavy load and doing 60 to 150 ks a day….
Still it is tempting to have a fast light recumbent for around town
And keeping up with those on road bikes.
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Postby Mini Man » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:12 am

Hi, have been trying all morning to post pics of my recumbents , have got them on to photobucket but cant seem to get anything on to this site ,just wondering if someone could explain how to do it , thanks ,John.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:20 am

John
I'm no expert
but seems you have to post 10 times and have been a member for 10days
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Postby europa » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:21 am

Mini Man wrote:Hi, have been trying all morning to post pics of my recumbents , have got them on to photobucket but cant seem to get anything on to this site ,just wondering if someone could explain how to do it , thanks ,John.


You can't post links until you've got ten posts up. Just PM the links to me and I'll put them up for you, but please resize the photos (photobucket does it for you) to 640x280 first.

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Postby Uba Tracker » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:03 pm

Hi all, well here is the missing 'Lynxx'. I've included before and after shots of the steering configuration, for the record the tiller steering is 'before'. And yes I should mow the lawn, or I could go for a ride...........................

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Postby Kalgrm » Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:20 pm

Very nice Uba. I really like the clean look of the USS modification. Well done.

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(looks like a thirsty ride though - where do you carry the bottles?)
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Postby Uba Tracker » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:49 am

Thanks Graeme, there is one set of Bidon mounts on the back of the seat on the left side, which the photos don't show. I abandoned the water bottle in favour of a hydration pack very early on, as it happens the one I have hugs the seat shell perfectly. The rack is actually a combination of two racks, the original as shown in the pre USS photo plus the Ventura rack off my Suzuki, I haven't got my act together as far panniers are concerned yet.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:54 am

Looks good and I like the USS too…
I have it on my long bike and nothing like having nothing in front of you as you roar down a hill.

I tried out a 'Lynxx' when I first went to buy a recumbent [trip down to “Flying Furniture “]
But at the time I’d never been on any recumbent so I never had a clue as to which one was good or bad for me.
Back then the Lynxx wasn’t as flash as yours…
And there was something about the seat that didn’t feel right for me so I went for something else [at the same time it was half the price :)

I like the look [as I wonder at the feel] of the suspension at your back [this works well on my long bike but I’d always wondered if one need front suspension of a SWB [I don’t have it on mine and sometimes I think it would be good] …. What do you think?
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Postby Uba Tracker » Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:41 am

Funny you should ask about front suspension, I have only just ordered (within the last 12 hours) a pair of Meks Saso front boingers http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... =p3907.m29 . The design of the SWB 'Bent lends itself well to upgrading to front suspension, to be brutally honest I feel it should be mandatory. Proportionatlely the Lynxx shoulders around 65% of payload over the front wheel (according to the scales) and yet it is the rear that enjoys the shock absorber. My personal opinion is that Optima should reconsider which ends gets the suspension.
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Postby Mini Man » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:43 pm

Hi Uba Tracker , thats a very nice bent you have there &I can picture it with the Meks forks ,once you get them on & ride you are going to wonder how you rode it before! I have a similar SWB bent 50/50 weight distribution & you really have to be carefull where you point the front wheel ! the next one I build will have f/r suspension thats for sure. cheers , John.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:11 pm

yes... they look nice
I've thought for some time about getting a set...
On the Irish trip I just did there were a lot of rough road and they would of been great.
Looks like you did the looking for me :D
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Postby Uba Tracker » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:58 pm

At that price Leigh I don't see how you can go wrong. The exact same fork from Optima retails for $295 US plus freight and I have seen them for as high as 399 Euro's from other resellers. Get in while you can mate, there's only three sets left :wink:
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Postby Pushy » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:19 am

Hey, Ive seen those boots b4, Exadios. Think you were fixing a flat at Blackwall Reach and I picked up the thorn you pulled out and had a flat about 100m further on.

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Postby John Lewis » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:52 pm

Hi all,

Finally got my pics on Photobucket so guess I'll post them here.

Three LWB. My Purple one is the first bent I built and learned to braze at the same time. The Blue one for Rob was No. 2 and Dicks with the interesting seat was No.3 There is a 4th but no pic.
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I built a SWB Bentec. The Yellow one and a Bentec frame for David (red).
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You can see David's build up of the frame and comments on his experiences on this forum under RDP fairly early last year I think.

The Trikes are logo's built in Perth by Martin Arnold and the loaded shot is on tour in Tassy.
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So I own the Logo's, The Yellow bike and the Purle bike presently. My favourite is the Purple LWB.

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Postby Kalgrm » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:56 pm

Posting on behalf of a new member, Marge Simpson:

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Postby Uba Tracker » Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:20 pm

Aye Carumba................now I consider myself to be reasonably familiar with the occupants of Evergreen Terrace, but I have no idea who Marge's cycling companion is.
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Postby Kalgrm » Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:59 pm

Apparently it's her uni professor. The shot came from an episode screened in the US last night, so you can expect Channel 10 to show it around the time of the London Olympics. :roll:
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:17 pm

Can't be right, a prof on a 'bent, without a beard :P

Gotta wonder about their pedal action tho... :?

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Postby Hotdog » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:31 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Gotta wonder about their pedal action tho... :?

Their pedal action? I'm more curious about the incredibly neat, visually unobtrusive, almost invisble even, chain management :wink: Or maybe the bikes use shaft drive, internally routed inside the frame :shock: With a geared hub, naturally.
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Postby Jeremy » Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:53 am

Mulger bill wrote:Can't be right, a prof on a 'bent, without a beard :P

Shaun


Relax mate, it's a cartoon.....it's not real :)

oh, and John Lewis, is the missus now missing parts of her Ab Swing? :lol:
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Postby Mini Man » Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:51 am

They look like linear drive models to me :lol: , John.
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Postby Uba Tracker » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:47 am

C'mon guys, it's America - the chain is on the other side, that's why it's difficult to see :wink: :wink:
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Postby Leigh_caines » Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:24 am

O no!
My girls have been trying for years to get me to watch those yellow people…
I’ve always said, “I don’t need that s**t in my head”
Those yellow people are everywhere …
Now even on my bike forum
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Postby Leigh_caines » Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:28 am

John [Lewis] they all look good …
I think I like the blue one best ….
Or… maybe the Yellow one :)
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