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NEW RECUMBENT TRIKES GROUP ON CLOUDHUB

CloutHub is an alternative to Facebook and is quickly catching on as it is not into censorship like Facebook. I joined it recently and upon searching their groups I discovered that they did not have any existing groups about recumbent trikes. So I made the decision to do something about it. Anyone who is a member of CloutHub is welcome to join the Recumbent Trikes Group. I chose that name because I did not want to exclude non tadpole recumbent trike riders. One does not have to have a recumbent trike to join this open (public) group. All that is required is having an interest in recumbent trikes. There is one important thing I want to state upfront. This group is about recumbent trikes and only recumbent trikes. Anything posted or comments made must be related to recumbent trikes. If not it will be deleted. Members who do so are subject to being removed from membership. I would love to see this group grow and be a blessing to everyone. COME CHECK IT OUT … Recumbent Trikes Group

I need to explain something important. If you should do a search for recumbent trikes group on CloutHub you would likely get three groups with that name. I don’t understand how and why CloutHub allows this as it is crazy. In trying to set up this group I had problems and in the midst of it all I ended up creating all three of these groups. Only one is being used and the other two I hope to eventually delete. Anyway, HERE is a link to the correct one to join. I apologize for this mess.

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ANOTHER MILD WINTER

So far it has been another mild winter here in Fort Wayne, Indiana where I live. I am quite thankful for that as it means I have been able to keep riding most days. I am not one for stationary indoor exercise so being able to ride outdoors has been great. We haven’t even had any snowfall worth mentioning … just a few dustings. And most days are dry … no rain either. I haven’t bothered to install my knobby tire on the rear wheel for a few years now as I haven’t needed it. This year the temperature has been above normal on most days. I can handle mid 30s okay, especially when there is sunshine along with it. Yesterday and today were in the low 40s and I was quite comfortable. In fact, I prefer riding in the 40s over riding in the 80s. I can bundle up and stay warm but there isn’t anything I can do to stay comfortable when it gets hot out. We are about half way thru the winter … that is … the normal winter weather months. I remember a few years ago I had a suntan in late February as the weather had been that good that I was able to wear shorts while out riding. Who needs Florida anyway? I know not everybody can say that they are experiencing the same thing I am. Some are definitely experiencing winter … cold and snow. Hopefully you too will be able to get outdoors soon to ride. I know that we all want to …

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5 BEST RECUMBENT E-TRIKES

I came across this video and found it interesting although I noticed these guys are not doing much pedaling … just using their e-motors to propel them.

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MOVING TO A RECUMBENT

Gradual, a little at a time … or … just take the plunge, cold turkey, full speed ahead. I am talking about switching from a diamond frame (DF) bicycle to a recumbent bike or trike. There are some riders who never quit riding diamond frame bicycle. They ride both DF and recumbent. What’s the word for that? … masochist? Yeah, a person who enjoys an activity that brings pain. I pretty much made the switch rather quickly and never looked back. I remember the misery of riding a DF bike and how great it was to find relief from it all when I started riding a recumbent bike. Then after a few months of riding a recumbent bike I tried riding a recumbent tadpole trike. I found it even more comfortable so I made the switch to tadpole trikes. I tried going back to the recumbent bike but quickly  returned to my trike as it was both more comfortable and more fun to ride than the recumbent bike. I eventually sold my recumbent bike since I didn’t ride it anymore. I still have a DF bike. I don’t ride it. I have tried to sell it but had no success. I am reminded of the TV commercial where a person is told “I bet you can’t eat just one”. It sort of parallels taking a ride on a tadpole trike and getting “hooked”. I speak from personal experience. It is a very rare person who takes a ride on a tadpole trike without falling in love with them. They “sell” themselves. Have you taken the plunge? You could be joining the rest of us who …

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VELOMOBILE RIDE

Most of us probably know that velomobiles are far more popular in parts of Europe than they are here in the U.S.

This video is just one of many they have available …

Here are a bunch of videos of velomobiles in one particular area.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmiFpfGDYDuEZnVgNJjU7Gw/videos

I am sure that in foul weather it would be nice to be enclosed inside of one to stay dry and warm. Other than that they have absolutely no appeal to me as they are very noisy and hot inside in the summer time. I doubt if I could even get in and out of one of them unless it had a door on the side to use. To each his own. May we all …

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BACCHETTA CT 2.0 carbon fiber tadpole trike

 

Thru the years there have been a few carbon fiber trikes manufactured and sold. None of them have ever seemed to go over all that well and most of them disappeared from the market. The latest one to appear that I am aware of is made by Bacchetta, a company well known for its bicycles. Their trike offering is the Bacchetta CT 2.0  and it lists for $5995 which is not inexpensive but then carbon fiber never is. I consider them to be a “rich man’s toy”.

To my way of thinking making a bike or trike out of carbon fiber is not at all practical. As stated it is expensive and when damaged it is pretty much junk. So why make a trike out of carbon fiber you ask? Mainly because carbon fiber is light in weight while being strong. But not many people need a trike that weighs 1 to 4 pounds less than one made out of aluminum. For those who qualify to meet the restrictions of physical size and body weight the Catrike Pocket only weighs 28 pounds … only one pound more than this carbon fiber trike.

Here are some specs on this trike:

Frame Full Carbon Monocoque w/Internal Storage. 28 Degree Seat Angle.
Idler Alligt 68mm w/Aluminum Drive Teeth
Seat Integrated Carbon w/Vertical Seat Back Adjust
Seat Pad BCT Custom
Handlebar BCT Custom Aluminum
Rear Derail Shimano XT 11 speed, RD-M8000-SGS (extra long cage)
Front Derail Microshift FD-R58-B with 31,8mm clamp, black
Shifters MicroShift BS-M11 11×2 speed for Shimano DynaSys
Crankset SRAM Force 22, GXP, 50-34T 170mm
Bottom Bracket SRAM Force, GXP, BSA68
Headset Tange Seiki 1 1/8″
Cassette Microshift, CS-G113, 11-42 T
Front Brake Tektro M521 Gemini SL Hydraulic, black
Rear Brake N/A
Brake Levers Tektro Gemini SL Hydraulic (with parking brake band included)
Front Wheel 406 BCT Lightweight Disc, Tubeless Ready
Rear Wheel 700c BCT Lightweight Disc, Tubeless Ready
Front Tire 406 Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless, 28c
Rear Tire 700c Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless, 28c
Chain KMC X11 11 Speed
Pedals N/A
BB Height 14 1/4″
Seat Height 7 3/4″
Wheelbase 47″
Weight 27 lbs.
Weight Limit 275 lbs.
Gear Range 21″-120″
Color Matte Black w/Clear Coat- Red or Blue Stripe/Decal Option
Frame Size Standard Only
X Seam 37″-48″
Overall Width 29″
Overall Height 27″
Overall Length 65″-76″
Turning Circle 19′
Track Width 27.5″
Ground Clearance 3″

Looking thru the specs I see some which would greatly concern me and be a real turn off. The fact that is has a very large turning diameter(19 feet) would be problematic as well as the ground clearance of only 3 inches. It could and would get easily damaged. And with only an overall width of 29 inches I would be a bit concerned as to how it corners compared to a trike of 32 or so inches. As you can see it comes with a partial rear fender .

I was just looking at the various options available when placing an order for this trike. Several hundred dollars could be saved by selelcting some of these options. In doing so weight is added to the trike resulting in it weighing as much as some of the lighter weight aluminum trikes such as a Catrike 700. With all the various options they offer one could change the final price considerably … especially upwards. The pictures show a neckrest but I noticed that it is a $130 option. I would think that at $6000 they could include a neckrest which is a necessity in my way of thinking since the seat is 28 degrees.

Naw, I prefer the Catrike Pocket … not a prema donna like this carbon fiber build. It might be a beautiful machine but not at all practical in my opinion. I only need to lose about 50 pounds to qualify for the weigh limit of the Pocket. I  reckon time will tell whether or not this Bacchetta trike remains on the scene or disappears like all the others that have come along in the past. Hey, whatever you choose to ride …

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BEST CRANKDRIVE E-MOTOR?

Although this posting is about the Tongsheng TSDZ2, mini 750W crankdrive(or as some call them middrive) e-motor it started out talking about what trike I would buy if I were to get a new trike today and led into what e-motor I would choose today. So it is mostly about this particular e-motor.

I have had my Catrike Trail since 2009 although my current trike is a 2013 frame (original frame was replaced by Catrike under warranty when I discovered a hairline crack alongside of a weld on the underside of the cruciform) and nearly all of the components have been changed at least once and upgraded from what it originally came with. I have a lot of money invested in my trike so it would not be cheap to replace it today. I really love my Trail but truthfully if I were buying a new trike today I think I would get the Eola and customize it some. The newer Trail model does not appeal to me.  I have no use of a folding model nor the adjustable seat back. I much preferred my 2009 model which was the “space frame”.

The Eola has the space frame and really appeals to me. Since I have an e-motor the fact that the Eola is only 11 speed is not a concern to me as I would be motorizing it.

I have always had a hub motor and prefer a hub motor over a crank drive motor. However, if I were to buy a new trike and motorize it I am seriously considering going with a crank drive … something I did not think I would ever do. And I think I would go with a  Tongsheng TSDZ2, mini 750W crankdrive motor. I am certainly not saying it is the very best e-motor in the offering but it is one that has caught my attention.

As you can see it is fairly small in size. It has built in controller with torque sensing. I have read and heard nothing but good reports about this motor. There is one exception, however, and it concerns me greatly. It is said that one must be careful not to overheat this motor as it will get damaged all too easily. It is recommended not to try to use too large (voltage wise) of a battery because of this. 48 volts is the most recommended. Even then the rider dare not ‘hot dog’ with it.

Two chainrings can be used on this motor.

Here is the display unit that comes with it.

Yeppur, it is a very nice looking unit and is fairly low cost … about $400 not including the battery.

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BEST ELECTRIC CONVERSION KITS FOR TRIKES

 

Choices … we have them … what is the best? HERE  is an article about the matter. I see that the one they list as number one choice happens to be my number one choice as well. I will be posting about that soon.

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CRANK DRIVES – A DISASTER FOR TRIKES

I ran across this article and it backs up what I have been saying … why I favor hub motors over crank drive motors on a trike. It does not cover one of my main objections to crank drive but it does cover one important factor I never thought of … the matter of stability. Having all that weight mounted out on the end of the boom effects the handling and stability of the trike. On the other hand a hub drive in the rear wheel makes the trike more stable.

https://www.electricbicycleworld.com/blog/middrives-a-disaster-for-trikes-blind-leading-the-blind/

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CHRISTMAS DAY RIDE

December 25th … hey, that’s Christmas day. Last year we had decent weather on Christmas day, but this year it is nasty bitter cold … arctic cold air coming down. So I won’t be going out for a ride this year. That being the case here is a video of last year’s Christmas day ride.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

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IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME!

Yes, it is that time of year and so I wish you all a very Merry CHRISTmas. Here is a video I put together last year which I may be offering each passing year as sort of a tradition.

Did you see anybody in the video you recognized?

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Yes, what is in a name? For many years the Facebook RECUMBENT TRIKES GROUP has flourished and led all similar groups in size (over 10,000 members). It has always been my favorite group. However recently the originator of the group changed the name of the group to Recumbent Weiner Trikes Group which has caused quite a stir. Some 200 or so members have left the group. Why this man did this I will never understand. It is so irresponsible and infantile of him. Some think it is funny and are “milking it” for all it’s worth with their posting and comments. In my opinion it has totally destroyed the group. It has invited unlimited abuse of the group rules. There is no end in sight. It is my understanding that the name change can happen once a month so it is nearly a month before it can be changed back. Meanwhile  the posting and comments continue on to where I don’t even want to look at it anymore. And I know that there are others who feel the same. There are those who try to say this was done as a joke. I am among those who see absolutely no humor in it whatsoever. Instead what I see it someone with both a sick mind and a sick heart doing a really inexcusable thing.

BTW, I just discovered that the name Recumbent Trikes Group has been snatched up and is no longer available for the original group to take it back. What a pity. But then again it looks like this was done on purpose so that no one else could grab the name. In a month when the name can be changed back it will be available to do so.

At this point I wlll put a plug in for another Facebook trike group. Mind you there are several but I only want to talk about one. I am sort of partial to it because it is a group I started and administrate. I am a firm believer in having group rules and enforcing them. This group, Tadpole Rider 2, has been around for awhile but at this point it hasn’t grown much in membership. I need to explain that the 2 in the name is there because I first started this group naming it Tadpole Rider. It quickly grew and became the second largest recumbent trike group on Facebook. Many members had told me that they like the group better than the Recumbent Trikes Group as they found it more informative and helpful. As time passed by I was experiencing various issues in my life including some very serious eye vision problems. I made the decision to close down the group. I know that it upset a lot of people and no doubt is the reason it has not grown much since I restarted it again later on. Facebook would not allow me to restart the group using the same name so that is why the 2 is in the name.

So if you would like to be part of a Facebook recumbent trike group that is no nonsense  and adheres to the rules please consider joining  … https://www.facebook.com/groups/2597823273637618/

Together we can make this group grow and become a bustling forum like it was previously. Just for your information my eyesight situation is currently under control. Although I have gone totally blind in one  eye I have pretty good vision yet in the other so I am able to function pretty much normally once again.

May we all continue to enjoy riding  and …

 

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RIGHT ON TIME … WINTER, THAT IS

It is like somebody flipped a switch. Suddenly winter weather has arrived on the scene. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow. I am not ready for winter. We have been so blessed with decent riding weather until yesterday. Yes, starting Monday, December 14th,  everything changed. It got cold and windy … well, we have wind quite often but wind along with cold is a bad combination. It is what it is and we are stuck with it. I could not go out yesterday due to an eye doctor appointment and getting another injection in my eyeball. That usually takes me out of the picture for the day. I was hoping to ride today but I don’t feel like dealing with the cold and wind. And with snow coming I may not be getting out at all. All 3 of my tires are worn out so I have no tread left on them. That is not a good thing when riding on snow. I have been procrastinating changing tires trying to get all the mileage I can out of these tires. They are fine for dry or wet pavement but not for snow. Even brand new the Big Ben Plus tires I run don’t have very much tread on them. I may put my knobby tire back on for the winter months ahead. It does great in the snow.

I have not used the knobby tire for a few years now as I haven’t really needed it. Our trails have been in pretty good shape as far as snow removal. I do like the balloon tires in the snow, but then I like them in any condition.

As I have got older I am finding that I don’t care to go out riding when it is cold.  Actually 40 degrees is about as low as I care to venture out. I may and do go out when it is colder than that but I don’t like doing so.

Yep, winter is here and the winter of my life is here as well. I enjoyed winter a lot more when I was younger.  But as they say … IT AIN[T OVER TIL IT’S OVER. Longing for Spring, I am. I want to …

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THE GREAT AMERICAN RAIL-TRAIL

Washington, D.C. to Seattle, Washington … some 3743.9 miles long. That is a long haul. Are you up to it? I know I am not. Oh, I could probably do the daily riding but it is what follows … trying to sleep anywhere besides my regular bed … that would cause me problems trying to do something like this. Anyway, they call it “The Great American Rail-Trail“. It is misleading as it is what is planned. It does not yet exist in it’s entirety. As is a common problem with trail building “connectivity” is the issue. It incorporates sections of existing trails. Other trails will need to be built to connect those sections to one another. Meanwhile anyone who wants to ride this cross country trail will have to use streets, roads and highways to get from one existing trail to another. Who knows … one may end up in a farmer’s field asking them-self “now what”? Truthfully I have not researched it enough to know what the plan is as far as connecting the existing trails together. If I were to guess at it I would say that some additional trails will be built while other areas will continue to use existing streets, roads and highways. But don’t quote me on this as I don’t know.

It will be passing through the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.

It will take years to complete, but it is already more than 52 percent done with more than 1,900 miles of existing trails and approximately 1,700 miles yet to be built  between Washington, D.C. and Washington State. Of course, that 52 percent of completed trails is no doubt almost entirely incorporating existing trails which the plan is to connect together to make up this cross country route. Looking at the map one would think that there is far more than 52 percent completed.

It will great for those who can take advantage of it. I won’t be among them, but meanwhile I will take advantage of the local trails where I live and for as long as I can I will …

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There are a bunch of YouTube videos about this trail project.

INNER TUBE INFORMATION

 

Like bicycle tires the inner tubes that go inside of them can be confusing. There are lots of different sizes and other things which vary in the offerings. It is imperative that we buy the right size and type. Probably the two biggest factors are valve type … Schrader or Presta … and the size … both in width and diameter. Rubber stretches but we need to be careful we don’t try using an inner tube which is too small and stretches too much. And as to diameter we need to be careful there as not all inner tubes are the same diameter. By that I mean it may say 20 inch on the box but upon trying to install it we find that it is way too big of diameter to fit. There are 406 and 451 diameters. Most of our trikes use 406. I have found that not all those who work in a bike shop know this and they might sell you a 451 inner tube. The picture below shows a 451 inner tube in a 406 tire. As you can see there is way too much inner tube to fit.

Here are some web pages to help  inform us and straighten out any confusion:

https://www.evanscycles.com/buying-guides/inner-tubes

https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/tubes/finder

https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/bike-inner-tubes/

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/inner-tubes.html

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PODRIDE REVISTED

I first wrote about the Podride e-quad vehicle five years ago. It is a cute little thing but I assumed like so many prototype projects out there trying to make it to market it failed and faded away. Just moments ago I was re-reading my article and decided to click on the link to their Facebook page. I expected it to be past history and no longer exist but much to my surprise and delight I found it still very much alive and functioning. And the first thing I saw posted was that their project is still going and getting closer to reality. I would love to see these running around. They are just so cute! HERE is their update. The body has been totally redesigned and now it is even cuter than before.

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