Lightning riders

Paul Copeland

Completed P-38 build

G’day Tim,

I completed my Lightning P-38 build last Friday. Four rides so far, fair to say the first 3 km ride was rather bracing and comical. But feeling much more comfortable now, especially following the advice of being a light touch on the bars. Hopefully will have 100 km on by the end of the week.

Campagnolo gears and shifters are working well, and I ended up using TRP RG957 long reach calliper brakes. They are working well too. At first I was concerned about how effective left turns would be with the cable stopping large wheel movements, but as I’m sure you know it seems a non-issue; the wheel never needs to turn that far. Certainly can climb, I managed to post a 4th best time on the climb out of my street on my second ride, fair to say I gave it a bit. My biggest challenge now is uphill starts.

I’ve attached some photos which you are more than welcome to use on your website or Facebook. I have posted about the build on the Facebook Recumbent Rider and OzHPV groups. Also will post more photos of it on Instagram (@saintplc) once I start to make it to a few more picturesque locales.

Specs of my build are as follows:

  • Crankset: Campagnolo Record (50/34)
  • Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record
  • Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record
  • Rear Cassette: Campagnolo Centaur (11-32)
  • Shifters: Campagnolo 11 speed bar-end/tri shifters
  • Brakes: TRP RG957 long reach callipers
  • Hubs: Miche RG2 (28 holes)
  • Rear Rim: Velocity A23 (622) (2 cross lacing)
  • Front Rim: Alex Rims Moulton 406 (radial lacing)
  • Rear Tyre: Rene Herse Chinook Pass 700Cx28
  • Front Tyre: Panaracer Minits Lite (28-406)
  • Weight (without pedals): 10.89 kg

Bike is beautiful except for a scratch on the top tube. I’ll live with that, might put a sticker over it. As a note a 1,900 mm Campy rear derailleur cable just reached the distance required.

Thanks again Tim for the lovely bike and putting up with my many questions prior to purchase.



Paul Copeland's P-38 build
Paul Copeland's P-38 build
Paul Copeland's P-38 build

For a forum for questions and sharing ideas, visit the P-38 page on Facebook.