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Old 2015-09-19, 07:43 PM   #91
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My KH36 came with the wrong brake mount adapter. Post-/post-mount 160/180mm instead of IS-/post-mount 160/180mm.

Easy enough to rectify and it's a really cheap part. But I didn't get it in a local bicycle shop so I had to wait a couple of days for shipping. That was frustrating, with a new uni you want to put on the road.

Also the pins of the Gusset HL Pinhead pedals hurt my feet after a couple of km. I ride 5.10 Freeride, which means lots of feeling. Also you need to drill holes into them to put reflectors on. As soon as my hand has healed I'll switch to the trusted Odyssey Twisted PCs, which work really well with the 5.10 shoes.

I've finally got all the bells and whistles together to meet German road regulations for bicycles (apart from a mud guard)!
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Old 2015-09-19, 09:01 PM   #92
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German bicycles 'require' mudguards? What other requirements do they have?
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Old 2015-09-20, 08:06 AM   #93
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German bicycles 'require' mudguards? What other requirements do they have?
I think the mud guard is obligatory, but I've never seen it enforced.

What you also need:
- Two brakes
- A white front reflector
- A white torch, meeting some regulations, facing forward
- A red reflector in the back no more than 600 and no less than 250mm above ground
- A red reflector in the back marked with a Z (a mark of standard conformance, I think)
- A red torch, meeting some regulations, facing backwards
- Two yellow cat-eyes per wheel, or a white reflective circle visible from both sides. The white reflective circle may be painted on the tire, but can also be achieved with those reflector sticks, assuming there is one on EVERY spoke
- Orange reflectors front and back of every pedal
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Old 2015-09-20, 09:54 AM   #94
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- Two brakes
That's not going to be easy with a unicycle...

Seriously, are unicycles considered as bikes in Germany?

In France, and in the UK too, and in many other countries, our unis are considered like pedestrians.
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Old 2015-09-20, 10:00 AM   #95
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My Oracle has a D-Brake that has developed an awful vibration. I'm thinking it's the D-Brake that's the problem. Anyone have vibration problems with their KH?
On the KH, it's welded on the frame, so no vibration.
I remember someone on the forum fixing the vibration problem on his D-Brake by installing a thin metal bar running from the caliper to the Magura mount.

Having said that, KH can vibrate sometimes too. If the caliper is not adjusted properly (the pads must be at equal distance from the disc when not braking, and be parallel to it), you might get some vibration. Also, some pads vibrate more than others, depending on the material they're made from.
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Old 2015-09-20, 12:33 PM   #96
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That's not going to be easy with a unicycle...

Seriously, are unicycles considered as bikes in Germany?

In France, and in the UK too, and in many other countries, our unis are considered like pedestrians.
Not true about the UK! We are considered bicycles and have to follow all the regulations bikes do (including being on the road). Thankfully we don't have the 'two brakes' rule - it's one brake per wheel, with allowances made for direct drive wheels and wheels that are unable to turn independently of each other - if you built a 4-wheeler where all 4 wheels are powered by the same set of pedals (and fixed, not freewheeling) you wouldn't need a brake at all (So an unbraked uni is fine)

Those german ones are fairly strict - ours aren't much different though. We are 'required' to have a front white light, red rear light and red rear reflector, and orange pedal reflectors - though only after sunset (obviously you're not going to take it all off then clip it on as soon as the sun goes down though...). Weirdly a white front reflector isn't required, only 'recommended' - same goes for wheel reflectors/lights.
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Old 2015-09-20, 05:25 PM   #97
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We are considered bicycles and have to follow all the regulations bikes do (including being on the road).
I've spent my whole life in an area where bicycles are allowed to be on both the sidewalk and on the road, and encouraged to do either. And all human-powered vehicles are immediately classified as bicycles, which in turn become pedestrians as opposed to vehicles once they go on the sidewalk. We also aren't required to stop at stop signs and have one of the lowest cyclist fatality rates in the country.

This makes me realize I shouldn't take it for granted.
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Not true about the UK!
My bad, I thought both countries had the same description: "A bicycle is a human powered vehicle with at least two wheels".

To follow on the brake question from Vertigo, here are two threads that talk about squeaks and squeals and vibrations:
Here and here.
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Thanks for the info. I really should sort out my brake problem but I'd much rather spend that time riding.

Just day dreaming about my next unicycle and thinking it should be a KH so I can experience one of those.
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That's not going to be easy with a unicycle...
Two independent braking systems, pedals count. So non-freewheeling systems like unicycles or fixies only need one additional brake.

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Seriously, are unicycles considered as bikes in Germany?
They are in the same category as skateboards, kick boards or skates. I.e. they have to use cycling lanes when present, the sidewalk otherwise.

Unless they conform to the road regulations for bicycles. Than they also get the option to use the road, if no cycle path is available. They don't loose their pedestrian precinct privileges, though. So where a bicyclist has to dismount and push, a unicyclist can stay on.
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Old 2015-09-21, 05:59 AM   #101
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I think the mud guard is obligatory, but I've never seen it enforced.

What you also need:
- Two brakes
- A white front reflector
- A white torch, meeting some regulations, facing forward
- A red reflector in the back no more than 600 and no less than 250mm above ground
- A red reflector in the back marked with a Z (a mark of standard conformance, I think)
- A red torch, meeting some regulations, facing backwards
- Two yellow cat-eyes per wheel, or a white reflective circle visible from both sides. The white reflective circle may be painted on the tire, but can also be achieved with those reflector sticks, assuming there is one on EVERY spoke
- Orange reflectors front and back of every pedal
No, you need no mud guard. But all the other things from the list plus a bell.
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No, you need no mud guard. But all the other things from the list plus a bell.
I wonder where I got that idea from. And how I forgot the bell.
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