I think we need a bigger boat…

Just when I began to think that it might be possible to carry absolutely anything by trailer, I think I might have encountered the exception that proves the rule (for the stock Y-Frame trailer, at least)…

Just when I began to think that it might be possible to carry absolutely anything by trailer, I think I might have encountered the exception that proves the rule (for the stock Y-Frame trailer, at least):

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The posts, fixings and metalwork for 10m of chain-link fence? Not so much…

Although I did actually manage this, it was pretty tenuous… the 2300mm posts were supported OK by the tow arm, but the chain link itself had to ride out back, throwing the weight right off (with a longer towing arm you’d be able to put this all on comfortably centred on the axle, not hanging off the back of it).

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I then had a ton of awkward spikes to try and lash down in such a way that they wouldn’t fly off and kill small children or worse, cause a motorist to be slightly delayed.

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All in all, quite a tricky loadout. An extended hitch is needed really to get the axles under the weight, then perhaps it would be possible to put the rest in a box that lashed down on top.

Don’t think it set a weight record (quite) although I couldn’t lift all the wood in one go, so it must be fairly burly.

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SRAM Automatix Review

This is a two-speed hub with coaster brake – it has no cables… the unique selling point is that instead of selecting the gear manually, the hub changes gear based on your speed- automatically!

£68 rock solid two-speed hub with coaster brake

Shifts automatically, but absurdly early

After my dismal experience with the Sturmey Archer S2C, which failed dangerously, and having already gone through one terrible S5C hub before that, I decided to branch out in the coaster brake hub gear department, hence this SRAM Automatix review.

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The SRAM Automatix offers two gears with a 137% step (that is, it will yield 100″/137″, or 52.5″/ 72″). The unique selling point is that instead of selecting the gear with a shifter, or even by back-pedalling as with the S2C, the hub changes gear based on your speed… automatically!

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What makes audax different?

Like me you probably have a handful of common routes that you revisit time and time again. You could ride off the beaten track any time you like, but still each weekend finds you wheeling around one of the usual suspects…

A few random observations that have been rumbling around in my mind for a while…

See new places

Like me you probably have a handful of common routes that you revisit time and time again. You could ride off the beaten track any time you like, but still each weekend finds you wheeling around one of the usual suspects…

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The experience of riding many audaxes is like combining the best bits of lots of strangers’ favourite rides all in one go. Jink through country lanes that seem like they might end at any moment (but never do), slave up wild passes that are hardly even marked on an OS map (yet the tarmac is in suprisingly good condition), pound along trunk roads that you’d never otherwise dare (yet nobody comes close to grief on) – the full spectrum.

Amaze yourself when you realise it’s possible to ride between major cities on quietish roads in relatively short order – try Edinburgh to Stirling for lunch (via Perth!) and you hardly feel like you’ve seen a soul on the road?

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Making money with the Y-Frame trailer

Rather than spend £66 taking the car on the ferry, we chose to take the Y-Frame instead, mounting two large plastic boxes with rucksacks strapped on top…

Full ROI after just 9 months – bring on the good times

We just took a long weekend and went to the isle of Arran.

Rather than spend £66 taking the car on the ferry, we chose to take the Y-Frame instead, mounting two large plastic boxes with rucksacks strapped on top:

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This is catering for 5-6 people plus three days gear for biking and mountaineering for two. All handled easily (on the way across, the liners went outside the bags to keep everything dry).

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CYCLE LOGICAL unveiled

A crowd of several people formed outside the Laid Back Bikes showroom this afternoon as the newly-liveried Milan Velomobile was rolled out for a first taste of sunshine!

Milan Velomobile liveried; causes a stir

A crowd of several people formed outside the Laid Back Bikes showroom this afternoon as the newly-liveried Milan Velomobile was rolled out for a first taste of sunshine!

Alongside are specialist velomobile constructeurs Joe (L) from the Bicycle Works and David Gardiner (R) of Laid Back Bikes:

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Milan Velomobile drivetrain

The new Milan at the Laid-Back-Bikes showroom continues to progress; this post will highlight the next step in the build process, the drivetrain.

It can move!

The new Milan at the Laid-Back-Bikes showroom continues to progress; this post will highlight the next step in the build process, the drivetrain. Presented with a bag of bits and half that number of pre-drilled holes, this was the next step forwards!

Both sides of the chain run along the body in a recessed channel, inside chain tubes:

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At the rear, a large toothed idler brings the power side up towards the cassette:

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Another day, another trailer-load

I’ve now saved 60% of the (purchase + maintenance) cost of my Carry-Freedom Y-Frame trailer as measured by mileage saved on the car!

Carry Freedom the default option in hilly Edinburgh

I’ve now saved 60% of the (purchase + maintenance) cost of my Carry-Freedom Y-Frame trailer as measured by mileage saved on the car!

We’re almost finished with the new kitchen fitting, so that means there’s a load of odds-and-ends to dispose of.

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Mille Alba 1000

Scotland’s 1000km audax took riders as far afield as Banchory and Braemar, Berwick and Biggar, with the wilderness and despair of a hundred glens between!

You take the high road. And the low road.

And that other road round the back.

Four loops on Scotland’s 1000km brevet took riders as far afield as Banchory and Braemar – where they rode up almost over ski slopes – to Berwick and Biggar, with the wilderness and despair of Talla and the pass into Glen Lyon (plus a hundred others) in between.

Of course, they also went to Comrie!

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Challenge Seiran 26″ SL-II USS

When this lightweight build of the classic 26″ all-rounder turned up at Laid-Back-Bikes en-route to a customer I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to take some photographs…

High roller built for comfort and mileage

When I saw this near SL-II spec Challenge Seiran 26″ USS in the LaidBack showroom I couldn’t resist taking some photos, but I didn’t ride it, as it wasn’t a demo – just waiting around to be boxed and shipped to its happy owner.

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Recumbent bike transportation

I wondered if my unmodified Carry-Freedom Y-frame would be capable of carrying a full length recumbent…

The converse is also true, but less photogenic

I previously wrote about transporting a bike on my Carry Freedom Y-frame. Yesterday I went a step further and moved a recumbent – a seriously large load and one with plenty of sharp edges!

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This is Laid-Back’s Challenge Fujin SL, which I wanted to drop off at the showroom without having to walk back (as I’d have had to if I rode it up).

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