Giant Revive



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Ian Wilson

Guest
I have just bought a Giant Revive. Yes, I know it is not a true
recumbent, but having test ridden a demo bike for a day I really
thought it would be great for my commute to work and some leisure
rides. I have found the bike to be really stable and great fun to
ride. I have a few days off work now and will get out for a few hours
when I can. I would like to hear any comments from other owners of
this bike.

Ian
 
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Martin Wilson

Guest
On 13 Sep 2004 12:42:09 -0700, [email protected] (Ian Wilson) wrote:

>I have just bought a Giant Revive. Yes, I know it is not a true
>recumbent, but having test ridden a demo bike for a day I really
>thought it would be great for my commute to work and some leisure
>rides. I have found the bike to be really stable and great fun to
>ride. I have a few days off work now and will get out for a few hours
>when I can. I would like to hear any comments from other owners of
>this bike.
>
>Ian


Yeah I've got a Giant Revive DX 8. Sadly I can't ride it at the moment
as I'm too heavy for it. It has a weight limit of 125kgs and I'm about
135kgs. However as I'm losing about 2kgs per week I'm looking forward
to riding it in a few weeks time. To be honest I fell in love with the
looks of it. Very futuristic. Plus of course comfort.

I have a few questions though. I have a dynamo system that I wish to
mount on the bike and the front wheel handily has a dynamo mount as
well. I assume with the frame being aluminium I will need to connect
two wires from the dynamo to each light. Also whats the normal
procedure for mounting a speed computer to it when the wheels have no
spokes. I thought about make a bit of wire that would fasten under a
bolt on the wheel and enable me to put the magnet on the end. Is there
a better way?

Lastly what exact specification should the tyres and tubes be? Its
just its a weighty bike and its small wheels so wondered if the tyres
and tubes had to withstand a minimum pressure to be compatible with
the revive.

This is the bike I bought;

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=3697094744&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT
 
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Peter Clinch

Guest
Martin Wilson wrote:

> Lastly what exact specification should the tyres and tubes be? Its
> just its a weighty bike and its small wheels so wondered if the tyres
> and tubes had to withstand a minimum pressure to be compatible with
> the revive.


The size of the wheel doesn't really affect matter here, AFAICT.
No reason not to run at high pressure, since you've got suspension to
counter any harshness from the tyres.
Any tyre that's worth putting on a half-decent bike will be quite up to
the job of handling highish pressures so it's not something I'd worry
about. Inner tubes tend to be much of a muchness, it's the tyre that
handles the pressure.

Pete.
--
Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
 
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Ian Wilson

Guest
Hi Martin,

I was bidding on the same bike!!! Congratulations on winning it. I
have bid on ebay a few times, but I get fed up of being beaten in the
last few moments....

I bought mine new as I was being forced off my upright due to back and
leg pain and wanted to continue riding. My lwb recumbent didn't feel
very safe on the roads around here, I would have gone under a bus I
think!

The tyres on mine are Chen shin and are only rated to 40 psi. I
thought they would make it feel like a wheelbarrow, but they do seem
to roll quite well. When I wear them out I will upgrade them, but they
are ok for now.

Alas, I cannot help you with the computer mounting. I would love to
hear from anyone who has mounted one on a bike with wheel covers!

Hope you enjoy the revive
Ian
 
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Edward Dolan

Guest
"Peter Clinch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Martin Wilson wrote:
>
>> Lastly what exact specification should the tyres and tubes be? Its
>> just its a weighty bike and its small wheels so wondered if the tyres
>> and tubes had to withstand a minimum pressure to be compatible with
>> the revive.

>
> The size of the wheel doesn't really affect matter here, AFAICT.


I am assuming AFAICT means "As far as I can tell", but Mr. Clinch of Dundee,
Scotland assumes we all know his jargon. What is affect pray tell? Don't you
mean effect? But none of your sentence above makes any sense at all. Can't
you think of a better way to write it?

> No reason not to run at high pressure, since you've got suspension to
> counter any harshness from the tyres.


Why not spell tyres like most of the rest of the world's English speaking
peoples - tires. What a stick in the mud!

> Any tyre that's worth putting on a half-decent bike will be quite up to
> the job of handling highish pressures so it's not something I'd worry
> about. Inner tubes tend to be much of a muchness, it's the tyre that
> handles the pressure.


What is all this **** about highish and muchness. Are these words even in
the dictionary? And this bloke presumes to lecture me about how I use the
language!

> Pete.
> --
> Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
> Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
> Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
> net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/


Why all the above address? Note how others are signing off and go and do
likewise. Or is there something special about you that we need to know?

And what the hell is medical physics? Is it like metaphysics?

--
Regards,

Ed Dolan - Minnesota
 
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Tom Sherman

Guest
Edward Dolan wrote:

> ...
> Why not spell tyres like most of the rest of the world's English speaking
> peoples - tires. What a stick in the mud!...


Tyre/tyres is the usual spelling in the Commonwealth nations.

--
Tom Sherman - Curmudgeon and Pedant
 
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Edward Dolan

Guest
"Tom Sherman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Edward Dolan wrote:
>
>> ...
>> Why not spell tyres like most of the rest of the world's English speaking
>> peoples - tires. What a stick in the mud!...

>
> Tyre/tyres is the usual spelling in the Commonwealth nations.


Well, the Commonwealth isn't what it used to be. But frankly, tyre just does
not look right to me. I think it is strictly a British variant. God help any
American who spells it like that.

Whenever I see the word tyre, I think of Tyre, a city in Lebanon which goes
back to the time of the Phoenicians.

--
Regards,

Ed Dolan - Minnesota
 
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James S. Prine

Guest
>Whenever I see the word tyre, I think of Tyre, a city in Lebanon which goes
>back to the time of the Phoenicians.


Interestingly, Tyre was originally named "Tire", or so the old records
indicate.

<wink>


James S. Prine
http://hometown.aol.com/jsprine/
 
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Martin Wilson

Guest
On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 11:01:32 +0100, Peter Clinch
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Martin Wilson wrote:
>
>> Lastly what exact specification should the tyres and tubes be? Its
>> just its a weighty bike and its small wheels so wondered if the tyres
>> and tubes had to withstand a minimum pressure to be compatible with
>> the revive.

>
>The size of the wheel doesn't really affect matter here, AFAICT.
>No reason not to run at high pressure, since you've got suspension to
>counter any harshness from the tyres.
>Any tyre that's worth putting on a half-decent bike will be quite up to
>the job of handling highish pressures so it's not something I'd worry
>about. Inner tubes tend to be much of a muchness, it's the tyre that
>handles the pressure.
>
>Pete.


What are the recommended brands and models tyre wise for the Revive?
 
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Martin Wilson

Guest
On 27 Sep 2004 08:42:29 -0700, [email protected] (Ian Wilson) wrote:

>Hi Martin,
>
>I was bidding on the same bike!!! Congratulations on winning it. I
>have bid on ebay a few times, but I get fed up of being beaten in the
>last few moments....
>


Oh dear sorry about that. I do as you say bid in the very last seconds
rather than allow people time to outbid. Many times my bid amount
isn't enough to outbid the previous bidders maximum bid and I lose but
sometimes I got lucky as on this occasion. Where did you get your
Revive in the end?

>I bought mine new as I was being forced off my upright due to back and
>leg pain and wanted to continue riding. My lwb recumbent didn't feel
>very safe on the roads around here, I would have gone under a bus I
>think!
>

I've never ridden one or even seen one close up but I imagine there
would be a wonderful sensation of speed as your lower to the ground.

>The tyres on mine are Chen shin and are only rated to 40 psi. I
>thought they would make it feel like a wheelbarrow, but they do seem
>to roll quite well. When I wear them out I will upgrade them, but they
>are ok for now.


Doesn't seem a particularly high rating at 40psi. Not sure what mine
are I'll have to check.


>
>Alas, I cannot help you with the computer mounting. I would love to
>hear from anyone who has mounted one on a bike with wheel covers!
>


I will try to make a little fake spoke attachment that can go under
one of the wheel bolts like a washer with a protruding wire leg and
then mount the magnet to that. One thing every bike has to have is a
computer. I love my techy gizmos.

>Hope you enjoy the revive
>Ian


Hope too very soon :)
 
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Peter Clinch

Guest
Martin Wilson wrote:

> What are the recommended brands and models tyre wise for the Revive?


I don't know about specific /official/ tyres, but any good 20" road tyre
should be okay. Typical vales of Usual Suspect here would be the
Schwalbe Marathon and Vredestein S-Lick. I run Marathons on my Brompton
and Streetmachine and have been happy with them: they're pretty tough,
seem to wear well and take 100 psi without problems.

But I'd only worry about replacing the original equipment straight away
if it's clearly well worn.

Pete.
--
Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
 
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Martin Wilson

Guest
On Tue, 28 Sep 2004 14:15:42 +0100, Peter Clinch
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Martin Wilson wrote:
>
>> What are the recommended brands and models tyre wise for the Revive?

>
>I don't know about specific /official/ tyres, but any good 20" road tyre
>should be okay. Typical vales of Usual Suspect here would be the
>Schwalbe Marathon and Vredestein S-Lick. I run Marathons on my Brompton
>and Streetmachine and have been happy with them: they're pretty tough,
>seem to wear well and take 100 psi without problems.
>
>But I'd only worry about replacing the original equipment straight away
>if it's clearly well worn.
>
>Pete.


The tyres are looking a little worn. I'm unsure what merits
unroadworthy and as previously stated I'm not quite light enough yet
to ride it but I suspect when I do I'll need to change them fairly
soon. Actually I think its the rear only that looks worn from memory
but I'd be tempted to change both at the same time.