Today I will collect our Kingcycle from a significant set of upgrades done by Andy Duffin of A.D. Cycles in Horsham
The key problem has been parts for brakes and wheels. The original magura hydraulic rim brakes were already missing and I failed to find any replacements. Also the wheels had horrible heavy steel rims but a great hope rear hub.
So now we have hydraulic disk brakes front and rear (using slightly clunky bolt on adaptors) and new wheels. At the same time we have gone to a 20" front wheel and a 26" rear wheel so that tyres and tubes will be easier to find.
Andy is not a recumbent person, his tiny shop is bursting at the seams with bikes and he assembles road bikes to personal specification, but we spoke on the phone earlier today he had been riding the Kingcycle around the car park and very much liked what he found.
I am away on one of my course weekends next week so I am now wondering whether I can pack a weekend of clothes and books into the tail fairing for a proper ride (approx 40 miles each way).
Originally the intent was for Andrew to use this for racing with the BHPC (British Human Power Club), but most of their events are on Sundays and anyway I think I want it