CHESTERFIELD CIRCULAR CYCLE From Alastair Meikle, Chesterfi eld, UK In response to your request for holiday photos I attach a couple from our cycling holiday in August. Chesterfi eld to London (St Pancras) by train, cycle round Regents canal, train Marylebone to Beaconsfi eld, visit friends, cycle from there to Ashford (Middlesex) using the Grand Union Canal Path to visit in laws. Train to Havant, cycle along south coast to Brockenhurst using Hayling Island, Gosport, Hamble and Hythe ferries, also taking in a friends wedding. Train Brockenhurst to Chesterfi eld. Me on red Brompton towing Radical trailer, wife on modifi ed Decathlon B Twin bike. Son (12) on green Brompton, daughter (9) on ‘Aldo’ bike bought a couple of years ago in Holland. Another great magazine by
to Havant, cycle along south coast to Brockenhurst using Hayling Island, Gosport, Hamble and Hythe ferries, also taking in a friends wedding. Train Brockenhurst to Chesterfi eld. Me on red Brompton towing Radical trailer, wife on modifi ed Decathlon B Twin bike. Son (12) on green Brompton, daughter (9) on ‘Aldo’ bike bought a couple of years ago in Holland.
the way, I am very impressed with your new trailer. My son had a similar idea a couple of years ago and we built it up out of wood, with bent copper pipe as the towbar. As you would expect it fractured after not too long – but he enjoyed making it. His idea was that the spine had lots of holes in it allowing the crosspieces and axle to be moved up and down the spine to balance different length loads.
Excellent idea with the length-adjusting trailer. I considered something similar but went for simplicity in the end!
RECUMBENT RALLYING From Mary Arneson, Minneapolis, USA During the summer of 2008, we rode our two delta trikes from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Stevens Point, Wisconsin for a recumbent rally. The 250 mile (400 km) ride took us three days, with more than 100 miles (160 km) on the third day. The comfortable recumbent trikes left us feeling good enough to ride in two days of rally events. The front trike is one of the last prototypes for the Greenspeed Anura (purchased from Ian Sims at the Spezi bike show in Germany in 2007). Hitched behind it is a Hase Kettwiesel. The trailer is a Burley fl atbed, modifi ed by Calhoun Cycle for use with a delta trike, by replacing the usual offset bar with one mounted down the centre. We used a quick-releasing German Weber hitch for the attachment. The blue storage box and the yellow waterproof bag kept our gear dry through a rainstorm. There was another trike tandem at the rally – with two Hase Kettwiesels – and
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many people expressed interest in this way of tandeming. It has the advantages of a tight turning circle, independent geartrains, and the ability to ride separately if desired. There’s never a problem with balance, and it’s possible to stop and restart on climbs. We reached speeds of as much as 36 miles per hour (57 km/h) on the descents. We enjoyed a close-up view of a wild fox,
were followed for a mile or so by a bald eagle hunting along the road, and saw sandhill cranes and deer in the fi elds as we rode through Wisconsin on small country roads. We did rent a van to drive home because problems with our house required us to get back earlier than we could manage with the trikes, but we hope to do some pure trike tours in the future!