Greenspeed recumbent trike

March 2011, with the help of the BT benevolent fund I finally ordered A Greenspeed recumbent trike From Australia, Please see the link to their web site. The reason for such a change from solo Cycling to a Tandem is to reseeding eye sight , I am registered as blind as I have lost over 80% of my eye sight mostly from the centre of my eyes. I am still managing to ride solo with my Club the west Middlesex CTC see links. However it’s getting near the end and I’m getting ready for the time it will be too dangerous for the solo bike witch I will miss greatly as losing the independence just to go and get lost for a few hours on my own, or go touring with a tent around the UK. The Tandem will give me the tool to keep my cycling passion alive and my social life ticking over. My good Friend Adrian is the main Pilot / captain However it’s been modified by Greenspeed to take a large range of riding sizes for whoever wishes to take me out. I could not have achieved obtaining this tandem without BT and the charities BT contacted on my behalf. And I had one member of BT staff donate towards it thank you. And a big thanks you to the guys and girls at Greenspeed. This is a web site of its birth and journeys, of what I call my Thunderbird 2, in photos.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Tyres Experiment

Had some advice from Rob at West Country Recumbent about tyres I have been using for some years Marathon Plus tyres on other cycles and I have one on my rear on the ICE spring a 20 175 47 406. I have settled on trying them on the Tandem a 20 175 50 406 for the rear and the front I will try a 20 175 35 406 there a lot thinner than what i have on there at the moment there 50 406 and there somewhat heavy on the steering, well its worth trying and I can always put on a wider if it does not work out as I think and use them on the sprint fronts.
Plus we will have to work out the PSI to give comfort but sound grip looking for the balance.
I am going to try a smart Tube in the back may sound like over kill but worth it i think as most of our punchers have been thorns and the smart tubes handle that sort of puncher well, it turns out to work I will fit one on the ICE spring rear. Time will tell and will let you know how we get on.

Brought the tyres from West Country Recumbent thay have a good selection of tyres.
Hope to have them all fitted for the sky ride on Sep 4 London see you there.

By the way my pilot is getting married on the 27th August I do hope his wife lets him out to play on the tandem after they tie the knot.
Congratulations I hope you both have a great day and a great life together.     

Subday 21st

OK all tyre’s fitted and a smart tube in the back all three marathon plus so all set for the sky ride London, the tandem will be flying some flags this time out just for fun, see you there.
Will be interesting to see how it handless and runs Back Mare then plus 47 406 20” 175 with smart Tube fitted  
Runts Mare then plus 35 406 20” 175 normal tubing 175 1.5

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