Re: Which Options for HP Velotechnik SMGTe? Build My Bike!
Peter Clinch wrote:
> Good policy. I asked the same when I bought one...
'Lo again, Peter! I must pick your brains...what's "good policy"??
> Having run a Streetmachine for several years without any I *know*
> they're not essential. I got mine with the original Tektro V brakes
> which were pretty so-so, but they were still good enough and stopped me
> whenever I had to stop. HPVel have upgraded to Avids now, which should
> be better.
And what makes for "better," exactly? Stopping time, reliability,
what? Between categories I understand -- though I wonder if we're
talking three seconds or ten (at, say, 30 miles on a dry 20-degree
decline) -- but how can one brand be much better than another when it
comes to something as "simple" as V-brakes?
> You can get hydraulic rim brakes (Magura HS-33) rather than mechanical V
> brakes. I have these now, having upgraded from the mechanical Vs, they
> have /much/ better feel than any mechanical brakes I've ever come
> across. These are cheaper than discs and are still superb to use, and
> not as fiddly to service. If I had to replace my Streetmachine I would
> get it with the HS-33s, but if money was tight they are an easy
> retro-fit upgrade as they don't need any specific wheel or fork hardware
> (aside from standard brake bosses) in place.
Oh my...this joy-ride is becoming quite the research project! HS-33?
Hmm...I wonder what this local dealer offers...he sounds like he only
sells complete bikes....
> Mine has the basic suspension, with the older Ballistic fork on the
> front which by general feeling isn't reckoned as good as the now
> standard Meks. But it's still fine, as is the default rear shock. The
> only thing I've done to the suspension since I got it is greased the
> bushings on the rear mount once a year. What you get is quite
> reasonable kit, perfectly adequate for Serious journeys.
> A chainwheel disc is a simple disc that bolts onto the chainwheel to
> give a rim that protrudes beyond the teeth so you don't perforate
> anything you ride into. The guard is separate the the chainwheel so
> doesn't move, and is a more enclosing affair. It was standard with no
> option when I got mine, today I'd get a chainwheel disc as they're much
> easier to work around when doing stuff to the bike (like cleaning).
Didn't quite understand. But at $25, maybe I'll just get it. Though I
never clean my bikes.
I must confess that though I love to ride and ride alot, I'm like the
guy who though he loves to eat and eats a lot he doesn't care to know
what it is as long as it tastes good. So half the time I don't know
stuff that you might expect an ethusiast to...like chain-guards,
> It is a 14 speed hub gear that gives you a 560% equally stepped gear
> range, basically similar to the standard 27 speed because there are no
> overlaps. There's also no maintenance to speak of to do to your gears,
> no dropped chains ever again, changing while stood still, all gearing in
> one mechanism. It's expensive, it isn't necessary, but it certainly has
> tangible benefits. If I had the cash I'd have it, but without it the
> bike is still fine. My partner /did/ have the cash but decided against
> it as she doesn't like twist grip shifters, which the Rohloff must use.
Gee, some partner! (You talking about your girl?) She coulda bought
it for you, then!
I thought the current default SMGTe design uses grip shifts as well?
I like 'em on a DF, but I can't quite imagine twisting my wrists that
way on an USS 'bent....
Rohloff...sounds cool...but its only advantages are that it requries no
service and the smoothest gear changes? I have no problems shifting --
even when I have problems -- and recall ever needing maintenance on
gears (derailleurs are something else -- sigh! Does Rohloff help with
> Never mind all the brake options etc., on a serious tourer you Really
> Want fenders and if it'll be heavy loads you want both sets of racks.
> The lowriders on the Streetmachine allow you to get heavy loads between
> the wheels under the rider so any weight there has no appreciable effect
> on the handling.
And I was wondering if the low-loads might get caught on something on
the ground...I don't expect to go off-road if I can help it, but if I
must...I'd not like any hitchhikers!
> If not taking such heavy stuff then consider recumbent
> specific panniers like Radicals (the Moonbiker panniers are rebadged
> Radicals, but only available in the largest size) which are more
> aerodynamic and let you spread the load quite well.
Panniers are those side-bags, right? A bag is a bag, no?
> I got the SON dynamo setup on mine, and absolutely no regrets from doing
> so. If you'll be riding after dark at all it's hugely recommended,
I was wondering about that! How does that work, and how does it work?
(If you know what I mean there!) Is it some big science-project gadget
I gotta lug around? Is the light very bright -- brilliant? How much
"play" do I get? Etc.
> more use than further tuning of already superb suspension.
You know what? Upon further reflection...you're right. This is my
first 'bent, ferchrissake! Sigh...I'm just such a perfectionist, you
I'll take up all those options for when I get a titanium bent! Heck,
maybe that Hase Titan-Pino tandem...sound like they'd be more useful
But wow...I'd like to know what riding such a "tricked-out" 'bent is
> Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
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