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Darkerside

Member since Jan 2011 • Last active Jul 2014
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    My review's slightly out of date - there's a new version (same name etc), with the only difference being the USB cable is now permanently wired into the main light unit, rather than via a plug.

    This rather knackers it for recumbents (the wire won't reach the handlebars and you can't add an extension any more), but probably improves life for uprights as the water ingress issue some people experienced will go away.

    Very good light, but it is big...

  • in Rides & Races
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    My report here, albeit on a recumbent rather than an upright: http://www.darkerside.org/2013/08/lel201­3-ride-report/

    Like Ed, also managed to oversleep, although at Market Rasen not Brampton. Made the next control with 25 minutes in hand after a bit of a sprint stage...

  • in Rides & Races
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    Aha, knew there would be a thread somewhere. I'm L22 starting a bit earlier (white highracer recumbent, blue tailbag, black cap with white stripe).

    To get my head around the route I ended up writing a TdF-stylee stage preview job last night. Elevation profile might be handy if you're not a GPS person:

    http://www.darkerside.org/2013/07/london­-edinburgh-london-2013-stage-preview/

    I'm laughably underprepared for this...

  • in Rider Down
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    As always with anything the EEN writes, don't read the comments.

    Hopefully enough noise about this that the sentence will be looked at again.

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    As a thought, what made you rule out a more normal bike and a trailer? Cargo bikes tend to have all sorts of expensive and unique parts, whereas you could knock up a DIY trailer pretty easily and cheaply (variety of plans on google) and hitch it up to a beater.

    I'd have thought for kitchen stuff the trailer would work particularly well as you've got a big flat low space for heavy stuff like stoves.

    Ideas -> http://www.carryfreedom.com/custom.html

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    I would definitely go for some kind of enclosed cage device, even if it's just chickenwire and a lightweight frame...

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    Jo - if you are thinking of a Y-frame Dave has written loads on what you can do with it. Versatile little beast.

    http://mccraw.co.uk/tag/carry-freedom-y-­frame/

    Makes my trundles with the glass recycling look a bit tame.

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    Think Uberuce on the citycyclingedinburgh forum managed pretty well with a standard dog cage thing lashed to a carry freedom y-frame.

    http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress­/topic.php?id=9252

    Y-frames are good all-round trailers anyway - recommended

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    On the other hand, I've got a Y-frame I haul around with a Kona Sutra, and I only ever change down uphill when I'm feeling lazy. I reckon you could manage SS if you were geared low and didn't have any long uphill grinds around. The momentum tends to punch you most of the way up short, sharp stuff, and it's a light trailer anyway.

    Harold - recumbent trike or upright? Definitely agree with gears on laid down stuff, but then you haven't got the option of putting your body weight through the pedals.

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    Probably wouldn't bother with that hat, mind.

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