HEATED GLOVES … GONE WITH THE WIND … THE HEAT, THAT IS

recently purchased a pair of heated gloves. I tried them out today. I am sending them back tomorrow. Yes, they work. They keep my hands quite warm as long as 1) it is not cold outside  2)  I am sitting still.  Therein lies the problem. I bought them to wear when it is cold outside … when my unheated handwear does not keep my hands warm. And, of course, riding my trike means that I am moving.  When cold air moves across the gloves it removes the heat being produced and makes them ineffective. If I had some means of keeping the cold air off of them they might work. As is I have to have the heat turned up on high which means the rechargeable lithium ion batteries only last 2 hours. I ride a lot longer than that each day so I would have to have about 3 sets of batteries to last thru my rides. Well, that is my review. If a person rides really slow these gloves might work for them, but if they ride 15 mph or faster the heat is “Gone With the Wind”. I may try one more product … heated glove liners … and wear them inside of my mittens which do a pretty good job stopping air from getting thru. It is hard to …

ENJOY THE RIDE

with cold hands.

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES or WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER and DO IT ANYWAY YOU CAN PAY A PRICE

Have you ever done something that you knew better than to do and experienced the consequences? I am pretty sure most all of us have as it is part of being human. If nothing else that is one way we learn in life. Yesterday was one of those days I paid a high price for my stupidity. I am well aware of the concern of carrying various things in the front pockets of my pants when I am riding a recumbent. Those items have been known to fall out. I used to carry my wallet in my left front pocket of my sweat pants I wear in colder weather. I have lost it a couple of times but fortunately I discovered it quickly and was able to turn around and go back to get it before anyone else did. So I stopped carrying my wallet in my front pocket. However, later I went back to doing it as it didn’t seem to be a problem anymore. My wallet stayed in place and I rode many thousands of miles with it in that pocket. Recently I bought a new wallet and yesterday I discovered that unlike my previous wallet this new one didn’t seem to stay put. I was riding down a city street taking the lane when it fell out. I didn’t notice it so I just kept going until I got to the trail I was planning on riding and turned off of the city street. It was a couple of hours or more before I discovered I had lost my brand new wallet. I went back to the area where I had lost it but, of course, it wasn’t there. Somebody else has it now. I am hoping they will return it but I am not holding my breath. Of course, I immediately started doing all that needed to be done reporting lost credit cards, getting them replaced, getting a new drivers license, etc. There is a lot to do when this happens and it is a royal pain. And the bottom line is it is so unnecessary … if only … if only I would have used my head it never would have happened. But it did and yes, I learned a valuable lesson. It was an expensive lesson as I had more cash in my wallet than I normally carry. And, of course, I have various fees involved in replacing credit cards and drivers license.

Yes, when we know better but do it anyway we can find ourselves in deep doo doo. So do try to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN!

Just try not to do anything stupid like I did. It definitely will help you to …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

UPDATE … There is good news … answer to prayer. When I got back home from my trike ride yesterday I checked our mailbox before going inside of the house. I saw a large priority mail envelope folded in half stuffed into our mail box. I wasn’t expecting anything via the post office so I was curious as to what this was. I pulled it out of the mailbox and noticed that whatever was in it was the size and shape of my lost wallet. I opened it up and sure enough it was my wallet. Somebody had placed it in a blue collection box and our neighborhood post office sent it to me. The post office wrote a sticky note which was attached to the wallet. It simply said that it was found in a blue collection mail box. All my money was gone as well as a check made out to me which I hadn’t cashed yet. Also some misc. cards and my list of medicines I take were missing but everything else was there. God is good! And a kudos to the post office as well!

RIDE ALONG WITH MATT

I have written about and shared quite a bit concerning American, Matt Galat, and his around the world excursion via tadpole trike. Matt produces top quality videos which are always very interesting documenting his travels. In this video below Matt shares with us all about what he is doing and some of what has transpired thus far. I think you will enjoy it.

And here is Gary Solomon’s interview with Matt.

Yeah, Matt is quite a guy. He is a bit unusual at times as though he is not from around here. I mean just look at this picture of him he posted some time back …

Now I ask ya … does he look like anyone you know? I am glad to see he has a good sense of humor. I always appreciate that in people. His trike journey if I remember correctly started out to be a 5 year journey. In the video above he mentioned 10 years. He also said 100 countries and 95 more to go. Lets see … where has he been thus far? I may be wrong but I think he has ridden in: China, Viet Nam, Laos, Korea, Taiwan and Japan (not in that order). He has had to interrupt his journey a few times for various reasons. He is becoming better known as time goes along. He has met up with others on their bike journeys and rode with some of them. Those of us who have “rode along with him” via his videos have watched his little girl growing and have been enchanted by her along the way. Thanks Matt for including your family as you document your journey. The introduction and use of a drone has added greatly to the videos making for spectacular views and helping the viewer to take in far more than we could from ground level camera work. I don’t know if I will ever get to meet Matt and ride along with him as he gets over to my area. I would love to. We’ll see what happens when that time comes. I may not even be around by then. Or if I am I may not still be riding my trike. I am getting old. Matt is a young man yet compared to me. I am nearly twice his age and he is not catching up to me regardless of what people say. Matt, enjoy the ride while you can and do so for the rest of us as most of us will never be able to undertake such a journey. Thanks for inviting us along and making it possible to accompany you thru your excellent videos. BE SAFE, BE VIGILANT, and …                                                     KEEP ON TRIKIN’

JaYoe!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

HEADWATERS PARK

The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana where I live was built on the confluence of three rivers … the Saint Joseph river which flows from the north, the Saint Marys river which flows from the south and turns east in the downtown area. These two rivers converge and form the third river, the Maumee river which flows east and then northeast and empties into Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio.

With rivers come flooding and Fort Wayne has experienced some bad flooding over the years. One of the most memorable floods that happened in my lifetime was back in 1982 when downtown was flooded and then President Ronald Reagan visited and did a photo shoot of him lending a hand handling sand bags.

After that flood occurred “Headwaters Park” was built near downtown. It is designed to flood over and prevent the river’s floodwater from going into the city. I guess it works. I don’t recall seeing any more flooding downtown since. But then again I don’t recall seeing Headwaters Park flooded over either. Oh, I have seen flood water over portions of the park, but I have never seen the entire park flooded over. Anyway, it is a nice park with lots of paved trails running thru it. I have ridden on them many times.

Here is a picture taken from the north looking south. It only shows the northernmost portion of the park.

This photo must be “touched up” as I have never seen blue water in our rivers. They are all brown and nasty looking … nothing at all like this picture shows. BTW, the rivers are also nasty smelling. There is gobs of trees jammed up at bridges, etc. Maintenance is badly needed.

That is the MLK jr. Memorial Bridge which was built a few years ago to replace (upgrade) the old bridge across the St. Marys river on Clinton St. It is a beautiful bridge which lights up at night. It has several different colors of lights on it that can be turned on making it very attractive. Here is a video of it. At about the half way point (one minute into the video) they show the lighting.

Here is another video showing the bridge from the side as the lighting changes.

The park is divided in two by Clinton St. One can ride a trail to go under Clinton St. on the north end of the park to get from one side of the park to the other side. That is, if it is not flooded over. There is also a crosswalk with pedestrian traffic light control on Clinton St.

Here is a satellite image of the park (in the center of the image). You can see all the trails in the park.

And here is an aerial view of the park.

Here is a video I made of me riding my trike across the MLK jr. bridge and thru Headwaters Park.

The regular bicycle trails are close by running along the river. They are called the “Rivergreenway” because they are built along the rivers … all three rivers. They were the original trails built here in Fort Wayne. There are about 25 miles of them. They are nice but unfortunately they flood over all too often and the trails remain closed for some time as a result.

Here is a video I made several years ago as I rode to and thru Headwaters Park. I approached it from the west side this time. The area I am riding thru to get to it is all changed now as “Promenade Park” has been built there.

I have posted about this bridge and park once previously. You can read that post HERE. If you ever visit Fort Wayne and have your trike (or even bike) with you and would like to ride our trails I would be delighted to ride with you and help you navigate them. Just  email me initially to communicate. Yep, I know the trails like the back of my hand. Hey, where’d my hand go? 😉

tadpolerider2@gmail.com

Wherever you ride, do try to …

ENJOY THE RIDE! 

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

RECUMBENT HISTORY

 

came across this interesting webpage I want to share here. It is the history of recumbents. Lots of photos and information are found here.

https://www.lightningbikes.com/riders/martin-krieg/recumbent-history/index.html

It was the photo below that influenced me when I built my first recembent bike. I considered using this steering setup on it, but went with  a different type instead.

Here is what I built. I used two steering heads and connected them together with an adjustable connecting rod …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

A $25 TADPOLE TRIKE

Having made my first tadpole trike I know what is involved in doing so. I definitely saved money in building my own. Never the less I still had about $600 invested in my homemade trike. This man says he only has about $30 invested in building this one. I had written  several sentences about this trike in which everything I said was negative. I came under conviction remembering the saying “if you don’t have anything good to say just keep silent. So I deleted everything I had written. Anyway, here is the video of his $25 trike.

May we all enjoy whatever we ride and …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

CHECKING OUT A FUTURE TRAIL

 

 I try to keep up with the news about trail construction where I live. One of the future trails is called Becketts Run. There is a small creek on the north end of the Becketts Run subdivision. This, of course, is where the name comes from. On the map above I have drawn a blue line showing the St. Joseph River. The black line is the St. Joseph Pathway. It is an existing trail. The red line is the future Becketts Run Trail. Right now it is still under construction. It is gravel the entire distance. I rode my trike on it today to check it out. It should be a really nice trail when it is done. I talked with a construction worker today who is the inspector of all the work going on. He said that it should be paved next April so it is only a few months off before it will be open. I am looking forward to it as it adds to the available trails to ride. It is fairly wild looking back in some areas. We have quite a lot of miles of trails already (over 120) but with too many of them there is no connectivity  making some of them impractical to get to and ride on. I have mentioned before that I like variety and hate monotony. So having more and more trails to ride on is great for me. This means that I can …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

and

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

Hey BTW, today is Veterans Day in the United States and so I want to thank all military veterans for their service.

I salute you!

Yes, that’s me … circa mid 1960s.

I think  I could still fit into the hat today but not the rest of the uniform. 🙂

I thought you might find it interesting to see the photo that the above photo of me saluting was cropped out of. Notice that I am looking downward. Here is why …

It was Christmas time and I was back home on leave. This little boy in the navy uniform was the son of some friends of mine. We all thought it would make a cute picture of the two of us saluting each other.

I will allow our beloved President to have the last word …

NOVEMBER, GREAT WEATHER & TOO BUSY TO RIDE

Yep, it is November and the current weather is exceptionally nice with daily highs in the low 70s … absolutely perfect riding weather. There is only one problem … I have too much going on right now and don’t have the time to ride and take advantage of this. And it really bums me out. It is extremely unusual for me to be so busy that I can’t ride. I am so used to riding almost everyday … at least 6 days a week. By the time I am able to get back to riding this nice weather will have ended. Oh well, maybe there will be some more of it as my wife and I have been praying for a really mild winter. As the saying goes … so far so good. Of course, it is still Fall. The official start of Winter is about 7 weeks off yet … dry, sunshine with no threat of rain.

I am sure this happens to many others. I should not complain since it is so rare in my life. I am usually out there riding almost all the time. Not everybody can say that. And you know what? I think I am going to be able to sneak a ride in today after all. It may not be very long of a ride but at least I think I will be able to get out. I hope all of you who want to ride are able to do so as well. May we all …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

CONVENTIONAL HIGHWAY VS. INTERSTATE HIGHWAY

Now I ask ya … which looks more inviting … the “interstate” on the left or the “conventional highway” on the right?

Most of us probably know that travelling on a conventional highway is slower but more scenic than travelling on an interstate highway. Interstate highways are usually thought to be rather boring in comparison. As for me I equate most rail trails to an interstate highway. They are usually pretty straight and relatively flat. I have always been a person who prefers variety. I can’t stand monotony. Working on an assembly line is not for me. Riding in a relatively straight line is oh so boring to me. I also like and appreciate good shade trees along the trail. I have ridden on some rail trails that don’t have any trees at all and in the hot summer it was miserable not having shade trees for relief from the scorching sun. Now I know that there are exceptions to all of this. Some rail trails offer curves, and scenery as well as good shade. Others, however, offer nothing but mile after mile of absolutely nothing of interest.

Here where I live and ride (Fort Wayne, Indiana) we only have one rail trail, the Pufferbelly Trail. I am pleased to say that it is an exception to most of what I mentioned. It has some curves in it and quite a bit of shade in  much of it. In fact, it is one of my favorite trails to ride.

And then there is the St. Joseph Pathway. For years we waited for the trail to be built on the west side of the St. Joe River. Meanwhile we rode on the east side of the river on the trail thru Purdue University property. It follows along the river making turns. It has always been a fun trail to ride on. They eventually got the trail built on the west side of the river but it is a straight line with no shade trees at all. When I ride on the St. Joe Pathway I usually ride on the west side of the river going one direction but on my return I usually ride back on the east side of the river as I just like riding on that trail. The west side is boring but the east side if fun to ride on. Yep, like riding on a conventional highway vs. an interstate highway. Interesting and fun vs. Boring! That is the way I see it and that is the way I call it. You may or may not agree. But deep down you know I am right, right?   

Hey, whatever trail you are travelling on …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

PRESCRIPTION: RIDE !!

It is 10:34 AM as I sit down here at the computer to compose this post. I am frustrated over the fact that the election results are dragging out. I feel confident that the outcome will eventually be what I am hoping for … what my wife and I along with millions of others all over the world have been praying for despite all the efforts of the Demoncrats, deep state, and globalists to cheat and steal this election. (It is the only way they can possibly win.) God is still in control and He is the One Who sets up rulers and takes them down. Meanwhile one thing I know … I need to go for a ride. That will help me immensely. Riding is good medicine. Yep, rather than sit around at home waiting for the election results to come in I need to push myself out the door and onto my trike. My sitting around waiting won’t change anything. It is what it is. I know that going for a ride is the thing to do. So … goodbye … I am out of here. And if you are doing the same may we all …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

I would not be at all surprised if I end up with that infamous recumbent smile on my face once I get out there riding.

DISAPPEARING TRAILS

 

It is that time of year again when falling leaves cover the trails. Some trails are fortunate enough to get the leaves removed off of them. Some are not so fortunate and they can present a serious problem for cyclists trying to ride on them. As Steve Irwin was known for saying … Danger, Danger, Danger! Not being able to see the edge of the trail can lead to disaster. Having a front wheel suddenly drop off the edge of the pavement can lead to a tip over or worse.

Over the years various individuals have voluntarily undertaken the task of leaf removal on one of our local trails. I did it myself for about 3 years. A friend made a device to pull behind his trike. It worked okay but watching it and giving thought to how to improve upon it I made an angled “plow” of sorts to pull behind my trike. Being angled it “unloaded itself” as I rode along. All I had to do is pull it.. It worked great … much better than what my friend devised as his was straight and loaded up making it necessary to stop frequently to empty it and manually remove a large pile of leaves off of the trail. If he did not stop to unload it it would unload itself leaving a large pile of leaves on the trail to contend with. Here is a picture of mine as I removed wet leaves off of the trail. Being wet they did not move off to the side unloading as well as dry leaves did. Never the less it still did a pretty good job even on the wet leaves … which surprised me.

As you can see by these pictures it did a really good job.

Here in Fort Wayne, Indiana the city street dept. is supposed to do it, but they rarely do. So there have been individuals tackle it. It is a lot of hard work for them as they don’t have the equipment available to them to use that the city government has (blowers, sweepers, tractors and utility vehicles with various sorts of plows, snow blades and rotary brooms).  Scrapers, brooms, rakes, shovels are their tools. And they are walking not riding as my friend and I did. It has been about 3 years since I last removed leaves off of the trail. At the end of the season my broom I incorporated into my device broke and I never replaced it as I had decided I wasn’t going to do it anymore. I still have it and it would not take much to get it going again, but I doubt if I ever will.

The last couple of years an elderly bicyclist has been doing it using two pusher type snow shovels he holds side by side as he walks along.

 

His are antiques I think. They are steel and all rusted. He only does the outsides of the trail leaving a bunch of leaves in the center of the trail. When I did it I got them all off. At least he has enough of the leaves off to make it safe. We can see the edge of the trail and that is what is most important.

Hopefully whatever trails you may ride on are maintained and the leaves are removed. Do be careful out there.  Riding a tadpole trike is definitely safer than riding a bicycle. I have seen bicyclists go down riding on leaves and wet boardwalks. So …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

DAVID RIDES A TRIKE (and is truly an inspiration to many others)

swore I posted something about this man on this blog recently but I can’t find it. Oh, now I remember … it was his video talking about trail etiquette. I was impressed with it. Now I am finding that he does indeed have other good videos to watch and glean from.

Here is a short statement David Goldman wrote about himself and his media he provides:   ”Yes, my name is David and I ride a trike.
I try to provide a little bit of motivation for people to get outside and do something – ride a bike (trike), walk, run, etc. in order to feel better and specifically those with chronic illness or disabilities.”

David’s website

David’s YouTube channel

David’s Facebook Page

David’s photos

good article about David

I hope you are encouraged and motivated.

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

TADPOLE VS DELTA … “IN” VS “ON”

We all know the saying “different strokes for different folks”. When it comes to adult tricycles we have choices … many choices actually. But I am only interested in talking about “recumbent” so that narrows down the selection some. Basically there are tadpole trikes and delta trikes.

One big difference in these two configurations is the seating position. On a delta trike the rider sits “on” the trike. On a tadpole trike the rider sits “in” the trike. That is to say the seating position is much lower so that the rider is much closer to the ground. There are exceptions to this, of course, as some customers want to sit up erect and high rather than be “recumbent”. There are big trade-offs with this in the handling dept. A low slung tadpole is a blast to ride as it handles like it is riding on rails. But a tadpole with a high seat has no advantage over most delta trikes in the handling dept. Oh well, if that is what they want they can have it. I may be nearly 74 years old but I still enjoy riding a “recumbenttrike which handles great and is so much fun to ride.

Anyway, most delta trikes and tadpoles with high seats can’t begin to compare to a low slung tadpole when it comes to handling.

 

A few months ago I rode a Catrike 700 … a trike built for speed and handling with a 25 degree seat back angle. I have always wanted to ride one so I asked my local Catrike dealer if I could. That is about as recumbent as one can get on a recumbent trike.  My trike is a Catrike Trail which has a seat back angle of 45 degrees. That is quite a difference. I have to admit I preferred riding my Trail over riding the 700. Maybe if I were in my 30s instead of my 70s I would choose the 700. Truthfully at my age I did not find the 25 degree angle very appealing to me. I have never ridden a Catrike Expedition which has a 37 degree seat back angle. I think I would like that angle as the 45 degree angle always has disappointed me in that it won’t go back down any further. If I am going to have an adjustable seat back I would prefer it go back down further rather than up further. Oh well, Catrike didn’t see fit to provide this in their design build. They seem to cater to those who prefer not having a recumbent trike.

Delta trikes can tip over easier than a tadpole. Again, there are exceptions to this. Tadpole trikes can and will tip over. As dirty Harry said … ” a man has to know his limitations”. Delta trikes tend to be much longer than tadpole trikes. This may not be an issue for some folks but it is a real “turn off” for me.  Definitely most folks seem to prefer the tadpole design over the delta.

IN vs ON … speaks volumes to me. IN equates to a sports car. ON equates to a family sedan. So whether you ride a “Corvette” or a “Rambler” (and I am not talking about TerraTrike Rambler) be safe and …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

A Rambler isn’t all that bad. Do you remember this song?

 

CAR 54, ADAM 12 … WHERE ARE YOU?

Some of you reading this will remember the television comedy series “Car 54, Where Are You?” … if you are old enough that is. Car 54, Where Are You?, was an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 1961 to April 1963, is the story of two New York City police officers based in the fictional 53rd precinct in The Bronx. Car 54 was their patrol car. Later “Adam 12” came along. It was no comedy. What does this have to do with tadpole trikes you ask? Absolutely nothing. Those two TV shows just pop into my head when I think about riding on trails and not seeing police patrolling the trails. I can understand why not. Our local trails are not busy enough to warrant and justify the cost. We do have a few police officers riding bicycles in town and on rare occasion they make an appearance on our trails … mostly near downtown. Some localities use horse mounted police to patrol trails.

Sorry, I could not help myself. I really like that picture. Somebody did a really good job of photo editing. One of my pet peeves is dealing with people who don’t obey the trail rules. They know they can and will get away with doing so. It is just like every Autumn home owners rake and blow their fallen leaves out into the streets. They know it is against the law but they also know that they will get away with it. To my way of thinking it would be an excellent opportunity and way of bringing income into the city’s coffer. Yep, just write tickets for violation of the law with a healthy fine to pay. Give the home owner 48 hours to remove the leaves from the street. If they fail to do so add an additional fine of several times as much as the original fine. For repeat offenders increase the original fine by at least twice as much. Changes, needed changes, could happen … could be accomplished …  if some effort was made. It is not likely to happen , but I tell ya … if I were in charge things would be different! 😉

Seriously,  I do wish something would be done to enforce the trail rules. But many people are rebellious and will do whatever they can get away with. That is just a fact of life and it is only getting worse. And it is exactly the way God’s Holy Word (the Bible) tells us it is going to be as we approach the very end of this age we are living in. See 2 Timothy 3:1-4.

Obviously without any enforcement of the trail rules we will just have to deal with the situation and accept that it is going to be this way. I call out Car 54, where are you … but I get no answer. Oh well, I will do my best to …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

I hope you do too.

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

WOOLY WORM – HAVEN’T SEEN YA

Strange … I don’t recall seeing a single wooly worm yet this year. Usually I see thousands of them. Is this just one more strange thing taking place in 2020? I don’t ever remember this happening before. I wonder if it has any significance?  One good thing about it is that I am not riding over them. I hate riding over animals with the exception of Canadian geese. Those critters I hate with a passion. They are like a “flying rat” in my book … absolutely good for nothing. But hey … getting back to wooly worms … have any of you seen any this year? One question comes to mind … “What’s up, doc”? Curious minds want to know. What is going on? What does the future hold?

Wooly worms, also known as wooly bears … According to folklore, the amount of black on the woolly bear in autumn varies proportionately with the severity of the coming winter in the locality where the caterpillar is found. The longer the woolly bear’s black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be.

Hey, do you suppose since I have not seen a single wooly worm it means that we are not going to have winter at all this year? Naw! I don’t think so. I have heard different things as to what kind of a winter we are going to have … everything from very mild to very harsh. I am sure hoping to be able to keep on riding thruout the winter. Mr. Wooly Worm apparently isn’t interested in helping a guy out this year. Oh well, like the the ground hog ya can’t trust ’em anyway. I just wanna …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

BROKEN SKEWER BOLT – NO THIRD TIME FOR ME

Perhaps you can not tell what you are looking at so I will tell you. The picture above is of the broken off skewer bolt which goes thru my Catrike Trail’s seat back. I replaced it once before when it broke off. It is broken again. I am not going to replace it again as I am convinced that the bolt is too soft and therefore not up to the job it is intended for. I am going to drill out the holes thru the pieces and go to a 1/4″ hardened bolt. I don’t adjust my seat back anyway so I have no need of the quick release skewer Catrike uses there. Catrike replaced my first broken skewer without charge but I am not going to ask them to do it again. Besides the one they sent me only lasted a few months in service before it sheared off. There is no sense in continuing to replace it with the same thing which keeps breaking. I truly miss the space frame the Catrike Trail had when I first bought my 2009 trike. Catrike can have their new frame … just give me back the space frame. The more complex one makes something the more likely something will go wrong. I prefer to stay away from things like folding frames and suspension. KISS applies for me … Keep It Simple Stupid. I don’t know if it will ever happen but I would love to come across a Catrike Trail space frame and revert back to it. My original 2009 space frame developed a hair line crack in the weld on the underside of the crossmember of the frame so Catrike replaced the frame under warranty. I appreciated that but what I didn’t appreciate is that by that time they had discontinued using the space frame and replaced it with the monstrosity they offer now. I was hoping they might have a space frame lying around somewhere they could send but that didn’t happen. I was stuck with this new frame which I hate. Such is life. I often wonder if I would have just kept my original frame and never replaced it under warranty if  it would have held together or if the hairline crack along the edge of the weld would have failed. Of course, I will never know. One thing about it with the space frame I would not be dealing with broken skewer bolts. The only thing left of my 2009 trike is the boom. I still have my 2009 boom on my 2013 frame. My frame is green but my boom is silver. BTW, the Catrike Trail costs just about twice as much now as it did in 2009. It is ridiculous! I am glad I bought mine when I did. I had a hard enough time coming up with the money involved in 2009. I can’t imagine attempting to buy a trike at today’s prices. I don’t understand how they can justify such an increase in cost. All that money and they can’t even supply a simple bolt that doesn’t shear off. I come from the old school where “design should follow function and not trend” and “if it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it”.

Nearly 11 years later I am still …

ENJOYING THE RIDE!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

KEEPING THOSE HANDS WARM

Are you tough or are you a wimp? Do you ride thru the winter or hibernate? If you do ride do you manage to keep your hands warm enough? Over the years I have tried numerous gloves, mittens, and chemical hand warmers. I have also tried using bar end mitts. I wish I could say that I finally landed on a combination that works great for me, but alas, it just ain’t so. However, what I am using now is working as good as anything I have tried. I use a combination of hand knit wool mittens made in Russia. Over those I use a larger pair of mittens. And when needed I use chemical hand warmers inside of the wool mittens.

The wool gloves do a pretty decent job of keeping my hands warm as long as the wind isn’t a factor.

The larger mittens do a pretty good job of “breaking the wind”.

That’s it …  that is what I use … at least at this time. The wool mittens I got off of Ebay for about $10. The larger mittens I bought at a local Dick’s Sporting Goods store for about $30 I think. The best price I have found for the chemical hand warmers is Walmart. I think they were less than 60 cents each.

I hate winter and don’t like dealing with it. That being said it is just part of life and I have to deal with it. As long as I live where I do I will have winter to deal with. And it is likely I will remain living here where I am at. Winter or not I do try to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

(while staying warm)

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

3 WHEELS 1 LEG

 

I just discovered this tadpole rider, Paul Fogarty, and his Facebook page he is using as his blog. He is a disabled person who doesn’t let that stop him from riding. He is indeed an inspiration to others. With no arms and only one leg he rides a highly modified tadpole trike adapted to his needs. He is new to triking and his trike is a work in progress to get it all set up for him to effectively serve his needs. I am impressed with his accomplishments. Check out his FB blog page and perhaps give him a shout out to encourage him. And may he be able to continue on trikin’ and …

ENJOYING THE RIDE!

BTW, Paul has an ICE Adventure tadpole trike on order.

Paul also has a personal FB page for those interested in checking it out.

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

RIDING AROUND HORSES

I have touched on this subject previously when I wrote “Honk if you’re Amish” … about riding in Amish country. I witnessed an Amish man dealing with a spooked horse as a result of my riding along in the opposite direction passing him. I assumed it was my flashing headlight that scared the horse. Later when I asked some other Amish men they said that it was more likely my safety flags. Anyway, when I saw the horse rear up and go berserk I really felt bad for the Amish man trying to control the horse. He had his hands full. I could tell he was up to the task however. He finally  headed the horse down the driveway of another Amish farm away from me. The horse settled down and all was okay. That was bad enough and as I said I felt really bad over causing it. I would have felt a lot worse if it were a buggy full of kids and their mother … or just kids with no adults. They might not have been able to regain control of the horse and the result could have turned really ugly … even tragic. It happens all the time when horses get spooked.

BTW, the best advise is … DON’T RIDE AROUND HORSES! If you encounter a horse be aware that they spook easily and it can be a dangerous situation. They could even charge at you. Safety flags should be removed or  at least covered up somehow so the horse doesn’t get spooked by it/them.  It is best to totally yield to the horse … pulling over to the side completely off of the trail if possible and stopping and remaining still until they get by. If there is any concern talk to the rider asking them what you should do. Cooperate together for everyone’s safety.

I seldom see any horses while I am out riding my trike. I pretty much have to ride out in Amish country to encounter them. Horses are not normally allowed on our local trail system for which I am very thankful. One day from the time this is posted on my blog an exception will occur. Horses will be allowed on one of our local trails between 10 AM and 3 PM. It is my favorite trail and I usually ride it every day. I will make an exception that day. Personally I wish they would not have made this exception and kept the horses off of the trail. I don’t really understand why they are doing this. There is a large property alongside of the trail which the city owns. It used to be a golf course. It went “belly up” and was sold. Now it is just land going to waste … pretty much unkept. It has paved trails running thru it. They plan on using this property as part of the “horse day” event. In my opinion  it would not be necessary to use the multipurpose trail as well. The golf course property by itself is quite sufficient to accommodate the horses. It was an 18 hole golf course so there are lots of acres available. But this is “politics” and “we the people” have no say in it. At least they do have 4 volunteers who are supposed to clean up any horse poop. At least it is only one day and I will survive. I will just have to forgo riding on that trail unless I do it before or after the horses are on it. Fortunately there are other trails to ride on. And I do want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

As an update on the horse event day I offer the following which I posted on Facebook:

“Today was one of two days that takes place annually. Horses were allowed on one of our local trails. The city bought the property of an 18 hole golf course and they opened it up for the horses to ride on as well. I rode my trike to where they were forming up and receiving information and instructions before being allowed to continue on with the ride in groups of 5 to 8 .  There were probably about 100 horses and most of the riders were female. I guess that doesn’t surprise me. I am posting two photos. The first shows one of the small groups receiving the instructions.

The second picture shows a couple of horses that I had noticed had left all the other horses and came back over near where they entered the golf course property. I wondered about it but didn’t give it much more thought. Suddenly I heard shouting and commotion going on. One of the two horses had just thrown its rider and the horse landed on top of her. At first we were hearing “Call 911” “”Get HELP!” But before the call could be made they shouted back cancelling the 911 call saying that she is ok … just shaken up. I hope she is still feeling ok the following day. These bodies of ours are not designed to have horses land on top of us. This picture of the two horses was taken after the incident and they are headed back to where the rest of the horses are riding. I was told that the horse that threw the rider did not have a bridle and never has had one. My guess is that the rider was having some trouble controlling the horse and that is why she and a friend left the pack and came back over to where the horse threw her. BTW, you can see my safety flags in the foreground. I have them wrapped around the flag pole so that they don’t spook the horses.”

I am just seeing if you are paying attention. 🙂

A FREE GIFT awaits you!