Monthly Archives: December 2014

3 WHEEL TRIKE CAR


3 wheel trike car

As you can see in the link below they call it a 3 wheel BIKE car but that is ridiculous as it is obviously a TRIKE and not a bike. I don’t know why people do that … I mean “bi” means two and “tri” means 3. Can’t they count? ūüôā

http://www.instructables.com/id/Three-Wheel-Bike-Car/

3 wheel trike car 2

3 wheel trike car drawing

ICE FULL FAT TADPOLE TRIKE


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, here are probably more than a thousand pictures put together and flipping fast … known as a video. And they pretty much tell the story without saying much more. I will just say … IMPRESSIVE!

Off Road Riding on a Tadpole Trike

And here is another video. I can not understand what is being said, but again the pictures tell the story.

Yes, from this …

ICE polar trike 2

http://www.icetrikes.co/community/ice-blog/south-pole-by-trike

came this …

ICE Full Fat

http://www.icetrikes.co/community/ice-blog/ice-full-fat-26fs

I am ¬†pretty sure this would have better traction …

Back to 3 wheels …

The one thing I have against most of these is the vulnerable rear derailleur and off road use. This last one has an internal hub so it would get my vote. Of course, any of these could be equipped with an internal hub.

Anyway, if these trikes with the “fat tires” are capable of riding off road as these videos show than I am impressed. I have tried riding off road on my standard tadpole trike and when dealing with uneven ground it readily will tip over. That is not impressive. This looks like it would be fun to ride.

Steve Greene has a great article posted on his Trike Asylum blog about Fat Trikes.

Whatever you ride and wherever you ride be safe and …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

THE JOURNEY


An Award winning film from Griffon Media about Paul Pritchard’s recumbent trike ‘pilgrimage’ to Mount Everest. Accompanied by Carol Hurst the ride took them on 1150km (714.5 miles) across the Himalaya from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp.

Paul Prichard 2

Paul was a well known and respected mountain climber with lots of accomplishment to his name. You can read more about him here …

Paul Prichard on Wikipedia

An excerpt from Wikipedia … “On Friday 13 February 1998, Pritchard’s life changed drastically when he was hit by a large boulder as he was climbing the Totem Pole, a slender sea stack off the coast of Tasmania. He was left suffering from hemiplegia, a condition that robbed him of feeling and movement in his right side and which caused his speech and memory to suffer.”

Considerably paralyzed on his right side he uses mostly his left side to function in life. That, of course, includes his tadpole trike riding. His is an interesting story and one which should both encourage and challenge the rest of us whether we do or don’t have physical problems to deal with.

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON


Happy Holidays? … Not Hardly! It’s called Christmas (with a capital C) for a reason. And this song says it all …

Sadly our society has changed drastically. Until the last few decades here in these United States the two most popular holidays each year were Thanksgiving and Christmas … both centered around God and His loving goodness toward us. Do you know what has replaced these two holidays as the favorites? Halloween and Super Bowl Sunday! It is no wonder that this nation has come under God’s judgement. We have demonstrated to Him that He is no longer important in our lives. I am not here to preach. I am just stating a fact … one which I find so very tragic. God’s love for us has not changed nor will it ever. We are the ones who have changed. Today is Christmas Day and I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year … not happy holidays.

Remember … the truth is not what you think it is. The truth is not what I say it is. The TRUTH is what (and WHO) God says it it. Jesus said “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except thru ME.” (John 14:6) It is not about religion, but rather it is about personal relationship with God which is only possible thru Jesus Christ.

ORGANIZED BICYCLE RIDES, RECOMMENDED RIDES and ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS


I¬†have added another page on this blog with links to various websites pertaining to¬†ORGANIZED BICYCLE RIDES, RECOMMENDED RIDES and ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS. You can always access it by clicking on the “INFO RESOURCES” tab.

WHEEL STANDING FLAME THROWING SLINGSHOT QUAD


Ya sure don’t see this everyday (or even at night) …

pedal power dragster with flames

WHEEL STANDING FLAME THROWING SLINGSHOT QUAD

pedal power dragster with flames 2

It is pretty amazing some of the HPV people have come up with. With the rider sitting with his weight distributed just right over the rear axle it is easy to pop and ride a wheelie. Notice the small size wheel trailing behind which keeps the ¬†quad from going up up up while doing a wheelie. You know what they say … “Kids and Their Toys!” ¬†ūüôā ¬†Want one, don’t ya? Me too! Just so it is quiet as I wouldn’t want to disturb the neighbors. Meanwhile I am just going to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

HOW BRIGHT ARE YOU?


public service announcement

This is a Public Service Announcement … and I am asking … how bright are you and what is your aim?

bright headlight

When we are riding somewhere away from motorists (and fellow cyclists) using an extremely bright headlight is fine, but when we are dealing with others out there it is not a good thing to have our headlight too bright or pointed upwards to where they have to deal with it’s brightness. Indeed it not only is not very nice of us, but it makes for a very dangerous situation which could lead to serious problems … namely an accident where somebody could get injured or killed. When I ride in the daytime I use my headlight on flashing mode so that it is attention getting. I also have it pointed upward so that it is aimed at drivers eyes as well as pedestrians. This is not a problem in the daytime and I highly recommend it. But if I ride at night I aim my headlight down so it helps me see the path ahead of me and I use it on steady on mode. There is nothing wrong with having bright lights. Just don’t be a menace out there with them. The life you save may be your own. We all want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

SCHLUMPF HIGH SPEED DRIVE


Schlumpf HSD

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it” so they say. In this case I am talking about having the money to afford some nice features on a tadpole trike. The Schlumpf HSD (high speed drive) is one such feature. In a word … NICE! They aren’t cheap monetarily speaking, but they sure are NICE! The cost is about $800. They come with a 5 year warranty. Here is a video about them …

Schlumpf is a company out of Switzerland that specializes in internal hubs. Their internal hubs are all located in the front however, and not in the back as is the traditional internal hub location. The beauty of this HSD is that it¬†eliminates the standard front derailleur and improves the chainline besides just giving you higher gearing. Another big advantage is that you can shift at anytime, whether you are stopped or coasting, so you‚Äôll never get stuck in too high of a gear. The low gear is the equivalent of a 27 tooth sprocket and the high gear is the equivalent of a 67.5 tooth sprocket. The standard large chain ring found on tadpole trikes is 52 tooth and the largest available chain ring is 56 teeth. So you can see the huge difference … 52 to 67.5.

A standard 9-speed cassette found on many trikes (11-32) in combination with the HSD provides a gear inch range of 17 to 123, compared to the stock gearing of 18 to 96. Most newer trikes are 10 speed and have a 34-tooth low sprocket. This equates to low-speed gearing of 16. With this kind of gear range a rider should be able to climb almost any hill, as well as be able to pedal at well over 30 mph. Now that is quite a range. I told you it was NICE! Install a 14 speed internal hub in the rear wheel and you can do some serious riding with the gear ratios available without having to deal with a derailleur system and all the inherent problems that come with them. That would really be NICE!

It takes special tools, knowledge and ability to install this unit so it is not something most of us could do ourselves. Even if we were “qualified” the special tools needed are extremely expensive so it would be quite impractical unless you would be installing these for a living. ūüôā ¬†Here is a video about installing the Schlumpf HSD …

Note: Utah Trikes states that they install the drive free if you buy it from them.

Here is a picture of the chamfering tool in use on a bicycle …

schlumpf chamfer

And here is what the finished chamfer looks like …

chamfer completed

As you can see once chamfered there is not much hope to ever going back to a standard crankset. A new boom would be needed to do so.

Here is a video of an ICE tadpole trike with what I would consider the ideal setup I have previously eluded to … internal hubs front and rear which are neat, clean, and nearly maintenance free …

Yeppur! The Schlumpf HSD is really NICE! Now if I could just get someone to buy me one. They are really nice, ya know! So if you’ve got it … you can flaunt it! One last thing … they are really NICE!

HERE is Utah Trike’s article on this product.

HOW TO FIT A CHAIN ON A TADPOLE TRIKE


Recently on Steve Greene’s Trike Asylum blog Steve featured an instructional video about ICE trikes which ICE produced. It demonstrates how to fit a chain on their Sprint and Adventure models. I thought I would share it here as it pretty much applies across the board to other brands of tadpole trikes as long as they have a derailleur system.

STEINTRIKE’S WILD WAVE FULL SUSPENSION TILTING TRIKE


steintrike wild wave

Germany’s Steintrike has come out with a leaning trike (Wild Wave) which is full suspension. Although they are reported to offer it starting this past summer. I have noticed that there doesn’t seem to be much available about it and the one and only YouTube video of it is listed as private so it isn’t available for viewing.¬†Steintrike has a WEBPAGE¬†which mentions¬†the trike but, again, the trike doesn’t seem to be available at this time even though they show it available June 2014. ¬†The webpage is confusing as they show clearly “Wild Wave”, but the pictures they have posted are all of the Wild One model which is full suspension, but doesn’t lean. This picture above is the only one of this model I have been able to find online.

This is posted on Facebook:

“The Steintrikes Wild Wave (WW) fully suspended leaning tadpole trike is now available for $4695 and orders are being taken (with late Summer delivery expected).

Pending final verification, the mesh seat as well as the FRP ($150 upgrade including seat pad) seat works on the Wild Wave. The WW is also able to be set up with either 18″ (355mm) or 16″ (349 mm) wheel fronts and either 20″ or 26″ rear.

In other news, Streintrikes now also offers carbon fiber seats – upgrading from the base model mesh seat is $595 ($790 with seat pad).

Thanks and regards,
-Ethan Davis
Steintrikes NA
Wildfire HPV, LLC”

Another online source shares this:

“The weight of the mounted trike is 19,6 kg (43lbs), the seat height is 30 cm (12″) and the height of the bottom bracket is 43-48 cm (17-19″). It can tilt up to 45¬į. The front axle has 90 mm (3.5”) suspension travel. If you drive on one side by a pothole, the suspension travel is monstrous and the 18 “front wheel overcomes as in sleep the 30 cm deep holes. Who drives mainly asphalt, you will also float above everything, ala hovercraft and who likes motorcycling with its maximum tilt in curves, who will love the Wild Wave.”

I think they had a few problems in either translation or their use of English, but hopefully you can get the gist of it.

This looks to be an interesting design so I am hopeful that there will be more news on it soon. I don’t understand what is going on. I guess only time will tell the story on this matter. Meanwhile I am going to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

 

TADPOLE TRIKES ARE NOT MADE TO CLIMB WALLS


Tadpole trikes are not made for climbing walls. A friend of mine found out the hard way. I don’t have any pictures of his accident as he was by himself at the time. Since I wasn’t there I didn’t see it happen, but I would guess that it was either a matter of going too fast or not paying enough attention. Either way the result was the same. He was turning a sharp 90 degree corner in this boardwalk (illustrated by yellow arrow in the second picture below). The first picture shows the trail as it goes along and to this boardwalk. The yellow X shows where the accident happened.

maumee trail and zigzag boardwalk marked

This section of the trail incorporates a zigzag boardwalk which connects the trail at street level to the trail down below … a matter of about 30 feet or more in height difference. You can see this in the video below.

zigzag boardwalk marked

Here is a video I made several years ago showing the view of this area as I ride down this boardwalk ramp. I was riding my homemade tadpole trike I had at that time. I apologize for the rather poor quality of the video. It has been cloned a couple of times at least and lost some quality with each copy (much like what happened in the movie, Mulitiplicity. Also I made the mistake of allowing YouTube to “stabilize” it¬†which only made it worse.¬†This boardwalk starts at about the 2:35 minute mark and the wreck occurred at about the 3:48 mark. By the way, this same friend had another wreck when he ran into the sides of another boardwalk which is also shown in the video at about the 6:38 mark. He was coming the opposite direction I am going in the video and was “hot dogging”. He broke his ankle in that accident. That was within a couple of weeks or so of buying his first tadpole trike.

As my friend made the turn his left front tire got into the wooden fence and climbed up the “wall” until he tipped over. It flipped him over hard and fast and he landed on his shoulder and back and got injured somewhat. It was sore for quite awhile.

Anybody who has followed my writings knows that I have said more than once that a trike is a blast to ride and relatively safe and stable. However, they will tip over and it doesn’t take much to get into trouble quickly. Once a trike starts going over it is difficult to recover from it.

I took my trike to the place where it happened and positioned it so it looked like it was climbing the fence … in an attempt to sort of illustrate what happened. I could not duplicate it since I was by myself and had nobody to help either hold the trike in position or take the pictures for me. Here are some of the pictures I took.

climbing wall front

climbing wall side

climbing wall rear

I think you can see that it would not take much for the trike to tip over, especially when the rider’s weight is suddenly shifted to the right as the trike¬†gets into the wall and¬†starts tipping.

By the way, if you have not yet discovered it these wooden boardwalks can be extremely slippery when wet and very dangerous.

Anyway, be careful when riding near fences and walls as this could happen to you. We all want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

RECYCLED RECUMBENTS


I recently came across a website called Recycled Recumbents while looking up information to help someone on Facebook who is looking for parts to complete the build of his homemade tadpole trike. Recycled Recumbents makes bikes, sells bikes, sells parts, makes recumbent seats, sells recumbent seats, provides details instructions to DIYers on making seats (frame and fabric), provides plans for bikes, and offers his help via email.

So if you are in need of any of the above mentioned things or like me, you are just interested in such, I recommend Recycled Recumbents to you. You will also find a link to it on my TADPOLE BLOGS page.

HOW A BICYCLE HELMET IS MADE


I¬†am almost 68 years old as I compose this article. I started riding bicycles when I was about 5 or 6 years old. To the best of my knowledge bicycle helmets didn’t exist anytime during my childhood including my teen years. At least I never heard of them. The year 1970 seems to appear when trying to do a quick research concerning bicycle helmets. I was 23 years old then. Anyway, like most people my age, I didn’t wear a helmet while bicycling as they just weren’t around then. Over the last many years I believe strongly in wearing them on a bicycle and I do if and when I ride a bike (which is rare nowadays). I stumbled upon this YouTube video about how these helmets are made and found it interesting. So I thought I would share it here.

INVISIBLE BICYCLE HELMET


invisible bicycle helmet 4

Do you see the bicycle helmet in the picture above? Of course not! It is invisible! That’s right. I am talking about an invisible bicycle helmet. Seriously, there really is a product known as an invisible bicycle helmet. It works much like an automotive air bag. It consists of a collar of sorts worn around the neck on top of the shoulders. It weighs about one pound. On board electronics and sensors activate the gas filled “air bag” within 1/10th of a second upon triggering. There is even an on board “black box” which records useful information during the accident.

invisible bicycle helmet

Like an automotive air bag it is a one time use matter so it isn’t a cheap way to go. It is an interesting concept however. The cost is approximately $600. (In the last video below it mentions a price of $450, but it is my understanding that the current price is about $600). At this time it is only available for purchase in Europe.

invisible bicycle helmet 2

It is the invention of two young Swedish women. About 7 years of time and $10 million have gone into the development as well as a lot of testing.

invisible bicycle helmet inventors

Here is a video about it …

And here is are two videos of some testing of it:

There are a number of videos about this product and I could go on and on sharing them here. I will end with this one however:

Here is their website:

http://www.hovding.com/

I don’t know if it could be used on a tadpole trike however. I think it would depend upon whether or not the trike¬†rider has open space up around their shoulders, neck and head like a bicyclist does. That all depends upon the individual outfitting I guess. Some seat backs are higher than others and come up behind the rider’s head. Some use/have head/neck rests which would definitely pose a problem. Some have other items right up behind their heads which would be a problem. And if you happen to have a canopy over your trike that would probably be a problem as well unless there is plenty of clearance above and behind the rider’s head.

Personally I would think that wear a pound of material up around your neck and shoulders could be a bit uncomfortable and get quite warm in summer weather.

$10 vs. $600 … visible vs. invisible

What do you think? Have they really got something practical here or is this simply vanity? One thing about it … the invisible helmet appears as though it would offer a whole lot more protection than a traditional bike helmet.

TIRE OVER-INFLATION


tire sidewall separation

It’s not a pretty sight, is it? I know. I had it happen to a winter knobby tire a couple of years ago. I knowingly over-inflated it by about 10 psi and while out riding the tire opened up a whole lot … the cords quite literally separated. I wish I would have taken a picture of the tire as it would have made a very good illustration as to why you should not over-inflate a tire. I have not been able to find any pictures online that look anything at all like the tire that I had which failed.

 I am sure that just how much concern there should be and resulting damage that could happen is dependent upon the brand of tire. What I am saying is that there is a difference in the quality of tires in their construction. The tire I over-inflated and suffered extreme damage was an off brand Chinese made tire. The regular tires I run, Schwalbe Marathon Plus, I am pretty sure I could over-inflate by more than 10 psi and nothing would happen to them. They are very well made and could take it I think.

Speaking of Schwalbe tires HERE is their webpage about tire wear and premature failure.

tire overinflation damage 2

Anyway, it makes no sense to pay out good money for tires and then destroy them by not following the manufacturer’s instructions on tire inflation. The tire I destroyed was still like new as far as tread wear. I learned my lesson. I don’t care to lose any other tires before their time. Even if you don’t experience the tire self destructing, over-inflating a tire makes it more prone to being damaged by running over objects such as stones, holes in the pavement … most anything which produces sudden shock to the tire. Over-inflation will also likely effect tire wear. Usually the wear will be uneven.

Inflating a bicycle tire with a hand pump the air goes in slowly. Inflating it with an air compressor is another story. Since a bicycle tire is a relatively small area it will pump up fast with an air compressor and can easily be over-inflated quickly if attention is not paid during the process.  Over-inflating a tire can also result in the tire coming off of the rim. It may not happen immediately but rather it is most likely to happen while you are out riding. This, of course, means that you will have a pretty serious mechanical breakdown that you may not be able to handle unless you are mechanically inclined, knowledgeable and equipped to deal with it.

Over-inflating a tire will result in a harsher ride … something most of us would prefer to avoid. Some people run their tires low on pressure so that they will have a softer ride. Under-inflation is not good for a tire either. Tires should be inflated somewhere within the range shown on the sidewall of the tire. Over-inflation will decrease rolling resistance while under-inflation will result in higher rolling resistance. Even inflating the tire anywhere within the proper range will have this same result. A tire which has a range of 70 to 100 psi will have less rolling resistance at 100 and more rolling resistance at 70. Under-inflation can also result in more flat tires and damage to the wheel. Over-inflation can also lead to wheel damage. Both over-inflation and under-inflation can adversely effect handling.

You might be tempted to over-inflate your tires to decrease rolling resistance. I was. I paid a price for it. I advise you not to do it. It could result in more damage than simply replacing a tire prematurely. I think we all want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

BTW … UNDER INFLATION can also damage a tire and cause premature failure and need of replacement. Here is a picture of a tire with fatigue cracks from under inflation. Such cracks weaken the sidewall and allow the internal pressure from the inner tube to “work” on it until they open up further and totally fail. You might hear an explosion when that happens.

fatigue cracks from under inflation