Monthly Archives: March 2016

AZUB TRICON 20 VS 26 FOLDING TRIKE


Azub Tricon 26

Azub, a tadpole trike manufactured in the Czech Republic has been around for a few years now. They have some nice looking trikes. One of their models, the Tricon, is available in either a 20 inch or a 26 inch rear wheel. As you can see in the picture above it has rear suspension. It also folds.

Azub Tricon folded

And it has various adjustments available.

Azub Tricon adjustments

Azub Tricon 20

The Tricon 26 was selected as BROL’s 2015 Trike of the Year award. Here is what BROL’s Bryan Ball said about it … “This is Azub’s top of the line three wheeler and it has blown people away with it’s easy fold, super stiff chassis and superb handling. I’ve heard at least three recumbent dealers and/or dealer employees call it “the best handing trike I’ve ever ridden.”

Lots of options are available so the price varies considerably depending upon what features and options are ordered. The 20 inch has a range of $3122 to $5652. The 26 inch has a range of $3266 to  $5760. You can check out all the available options HERE. I am confused by their website as the prices I quoted above are shown one place while different prices are shown on another place. Those prices are: $3326 for the 20 inch and $3516 for the 26 inch.

Azub back of seat adjustment

Azub bottom of seat adjustment

Azub cruxifix

Azub handlebar brake lever

Azub handlebar shifter & brake lever

Azub hinge area

Azub rear suspension

Azub Tricon wheel release

Azub makes some nice looking trikes and nearly everything I have read about them has been good. If you are looking for a tadpole trike I don’t think you could go wrong with any of their offerings.

VELOMETRO


Velometro Veemo 1

Yet another velocar is making its appearance. Meet the VeloMetro, a product of Canada. Here is what they say about their offering:

“VeloMetro is creating the next wave of sustainable personal transportation. From the original inspiration that was the velocar, VeloMetro is creating a 21st century update with the latest technology and engineering: human powered, enclosed from the weather, fully networked, and assisted by electric and solar power.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, VeloMetro’s goal is to provide a completely sustainable transportation option for urban commuters around the globe that is also cool, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and fun to ride.”

http://www.velometro.com/veemo.html

VeloMetro sketch of interior

Several pictures of the VeloMetro can be seen HERE.

VeloMetro green

Velometro’s YouTube channel

Article

I have to admit that these velocars are cute and I am all for them as far as seeing people pedal them around when they are practical to use in place of a gasoline engine powered car. Whether or not they catch on and have a market is something I reckon we will just have to wait and see.

RECUMBENT TRIKE WINDOW DECALS


recumbent trike vinyl window sticker

am sure many of you have been seeing these window decals. I am sure many are interested in getting one or more. So I thought I would make things easier by providing some information about these and how to obtain them.

Fellow tadpole rider Sam Burton makes these. They currently are available on Ebay and cost varies according to the size ordered. They are available in small 4″x6″($7), medium 5″x8″($9), large 6.5″x10″($13) and extra extra large 8″x13″($20). There is a $2.75 shipping charge. The selections available are: white, black, yellow, green, red, grey and matte white. To try to eliminate confusion here Sam told me that he no longer offers the small size (3 x 4.5) shown on Ebay and so the medium has become the small and right on up the line which is what I have shown here in this article. I don’t know if this listing shown on Ebay will be changed to reflect that or not. Just understand that the original small size no longer exists.

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Sam also offers this Trike On decal for $6 plus $2.75 shipping. It only comes in one size, but 4 different colors (white, grey, red & black). http://goo.gl/CyDsQ5

Trike On window decal

And this Lay Down and Ride decal is available at $6 plus $2.75 shipping in one size and 4 colors (white, grey, red & black). http://goo.gl/Zn7DZV

lay down and ride decal

DEALING WITH CURBS AND OTHER UNEVEN SURFACES


rounded curb at intersection

I have written about Trike Tip Over before. It can happen easier than you might think and very quickly so that all too often there is nothing a rider can do to prevent it once it starts. One of the things that can occur in everyday riding is going down over a curb at an intersection. I am talking about riding on the sidewalk or a trail where it crosses a street or road where there is a curb to deal with. It is getting more and more common to have ADA compliant sidewalks which, of course, are a very big help to anyone transitioning using a wheeled vehicle. Going over curbs with a tadpole trike is not a good thing to do. First of all it is dangerous. Secondly it can damage the trike.

Whether you are dealing with a standard curb, rounded curb (by rounded I mean a curb that curves around a corner like in the picture above) or an ADA Compliant Curb Ramp (like in the picture below) there are concerns. I think I have been the victim of a tip over 3 times when going over curbs in the past. One time it spilled me right out in front of motor vehicular traffic. Fortunately the driver of the car was paying attention and stopped rather than run over me. Well, actually the traffic light had just changed and he hadn’t really taken off much yet. He was the lead vehicle so he had a “front row seat”. I was quite embarrassed by the incident. I got up and out of the street as quickly as I could. It happened because where I was attempting to ride was uneven. By that I mean that I was not over where I should have been … where the ADA Compliant ramp was at. Instead I was part way in the ramp and part way where there was still a curb. There was someone over there where I needed to be so I was simply going to take off and pass them as I crossed the street. Looking at the picture of this location the curb is not very high. So you can see that it doesn’t take much of an uneven surface to cause major problems. Obviously the ADA Compliant ramp they have here isn’t very practical in its design. It is what I would call “minimal effort”. Anyway, in the picture below I have drawn lines showing where a person was standing blocking off the ramp. I have also drawn lines to show where my wheels were at as I attempted to ride around the person. One wheel was on the ramp on level ground and the other wheel went down over the curb area.

State Blvd. at Spy Run Ave. with lines

There is something I am leaving out in my story which greatly effected the outcome of this. I had my dog with and he was riding in the basket. That was 25 extra pounds of weight located up high making the trike tip over all the easier.

If you find yourself riding down over a curb (which I advice against) be sure to tackle it on a 90 degree perpendicular angle so that both front wheels go down over it at the same time. If you don’t you are asking for problems … a tip over. In the picture below I have drawn two sets of lines … one set is blue and the other set is red. The blue represents going off of the curb with the front wheels going over at different times. The red represents going off of the curb with the front wheels going over at the same time at a 90 degree angle to the curb.

rounded curb at intersection with lines

I suppose one could get involved in some controversy here as to the matter of how fast or how slow one should go over a curb if they choose to do so. I will say this … one should either go over a curb extremely slow and carefully to avoid damage or go flying off of it so fast that there is not any opportunity for things to go wrong. 🙂 But even going over slowly is no guarantee that the trike won’t receive damage. Most trikes are built low to the ground with very little ground clearance so things can scrape, get struck, etc. when going over a curb. The paint can get all messed up and the idler pulley(s) underneath can get messed up also. One common thing that happens on my Catrike Trail if I go over a curb is the metal piece which goes down and under the idler pulley to keep the chain from coming out of the pulley can be pivoted backwards and up into the chain so that the chain rubs on it making noise and destroying the metal piece.

catrike idler pulley with lines

Definitely it is much easier and safer to deal with curbs on a bicycle than it is a trike. With a bike you can hop curbs easily without concern of damage to the bike (if you know how and do it right) as the tires just barely touch … actually they don’t touch the curb itself. It is possible that the rear wheel might, but ever so lightly that it is no concern. You just can’t do that on a trike. You can’t do wheelies on a trike either. That’s ok. They are still a lot of fun to ride. Just try to avoid tipping over. It is not fun.

PERFORMER TRIKES


Performer trike models

Performer trikes have been around since 1999. Located in Taiwan they currently manufacture about 7 models according to their WEBSITE. Taiwan is known for bicycle manufacturing. Some of the well known trike manufacturers have their trike frames made in Taiwan. And HERE is a link to Performer’s Facebook page. The Performer website lists only one dealer here in the U.S.

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Recumbent Bike Riders
1306 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801 USA
Phone: 814-234-4636
Email: sales@rbr.info
Website: http://rbr.info/

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There are a few other dealers in the U.S. however, they are not listed as dealers on Performer’s website because RBR is the sold U.S. distributor and any dealers in the U.S. get their trikes from RBR and not directly from Performer.

I am very confused by the websites I am looking at. The Performer website shows that the only trike they manufacture with a cro-moly frame is the JC70CM-FRP model, but they show other models as having cro-moly frames elsewhere on their website. Performer shows the following models as having an “alloy” frame: JC20AL-FRP, JC20AL-Mesh, JC70AL-FRP, JC70AL-Mesh, and the Trike-E. The word alloy doesn’t mean much to me. There are a whole lot of different alloys so just saying alloy is meaningless as far as I am concerned. It is only a notch above saying that the frames are made of metal. Cro-moly is an alloy. Even steel is an alloy. By definition an alloy is a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements, especially to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion. For example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. To add to the mess Performer shows more models available than the dealer’s website shows. I have always found this sort of thing when dealing with Taiwanese/Chinese companies and their websites. Somebody needs to get their act together. The more I try looking at these two websites the more confused I get. Quite honestly I don’t know if what I am showing here is accurate or not. Like I said, I find it confusing and frustrating. Somebody needs to get all this straightened out. I am going to try to list the trikes according to what I think I understand from Performer’s website. It ain’t easy folks! 🙂 And I sincerely apologize for anything I don’t have shown correctly as I really want to be fair and accurate. If Performer reads this or the dealer reads it and has anything to say to help and advise I welcome their communication. I will do my best to edit and get things right. To be fair to the dealer they are dealing with this same confusion so it is difficult to get things shown accurately and correctly.

Note: Since posting this article I have heard from Performer Trikes. They said that they have removed the one dealer from their website and they will change to word “alloy” to help clarify just what the frame is made of.

Note: Some of their models have 4 different versions which consist of different components such as shifters, derailleurs, sprockets, mesh seat vs. hard seat, etc. Some are 27 speed and some are 30 speed. Naturally the higher grade of components involved the price increases. I am not going to try to list and show them all here as there are just too many.

Performer trike e

Performer trike e … $1395

alloy frame

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Performer trike x
Performer trike x FRP LX 27 speed … starting at $1650 (available in 4 different versions)

7005 aluminum frame

rear suspension

currently on sale on Amazon $1349 plus $175 shipping

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Performer trike jc-20
Performer trike JC20 … $1795 (available in 4 different versions)

7005 aluminum alloy frame

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Performer trike jc-70
Performer trike JC70 (30 speed)  … $1750 (available in 4 different versions)

cro-moly frame

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Performer Recumbent Trike JC70AL-FRP X.9 30 speed

Performer Recumbent Trike JC70AL-FRP X.9 30 speed … $1949 on Ebay

7005 aluminum frame

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Performer Trike-X FRP LX 27S
Performer Recumbent Trike-JC70 AL FRP LX 27 speed … $1555 on Ebay (available in 4 different versions)

7005 aluminum alloy frame

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Performer trike JC70CM-FRP

Performer Recumbent Trike Acera JC70CM-FRP … $1325 on Ebay

cro-moly frame

Performer provides a 5 year warranty on their trikes. Performer currently offers these colors:

all color options

Ebay currently sells 3 models of Performer trikes:

Performer trikes on Ebay

Be aware that you must look carefully at the postings on Ebay as there are some people selling used Performer trikes priced as much as or even more than new ones.

Buyers should be aware of some trade offs when considering buying trikes such as these. With so few dealers around and parts coming from Taiwan one might have some complications and delays in receiving repair/replacement parts. In keeping the cost down there are some things commonly found on most trikes may not be found on these. One thing in particular that comes to mind is the rear derailleur hanger which normally is a separate part made of aluminum and designed to bend to help save the rear derailleur from damage. Cheaper bicycle frames and these trike frames do not have these. Instead the rear derailleur just bolts onto the frame and should the derailleur get forced to one side the frame gets bent instead of a replaceable part. The frame can even get broken off should this happen. And it is not uncommon for rear derailleurs to receive such forces. I have had it happen several times. All in all Performer makes a pretty decent trike for the money although the lower end ones have lesser quality components.

I have found some other online sources to purchase Performer trikes:

SuperScooterStore.com

Alibaba.com

ThreeWheelBicycles.com

DAN MCGUIRE, AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY & A TRUE INSPIRATION


Note: I want to state upfront that when I started writing this article I was under the impression that this tadpole trike journey was still ongoing. It was not until after I completed writing the article that I discovered that the ride was completed in August 2014. I have made some changes in what I wrote in an attempt to try to reflect this, but I can’t assure you the reader that everything will be clear and accurate. I am still a bit confused myself. Never the less, I think you will find it an interesting story.

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Dan says  ‘cycling is therapeutic and gives him purpose’.

Dan McGuire is a determined tadpole rider who indeed is an inspiration as well as a challenge to the rest of us. I think he is approximately 83 now. Dan is stricken with Parkinson’s Disease as well as arthritis, scoliosis and something weird with his eye according to his daughter.  She writes “Canada is his playground” and it sure looks like he is making his way around its vastness. He started this current journey in 2013. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’t in 2007. Dan has been a longtime cyclist with several accomplishments in the past. This was approximately a 10,000 km (6214 mile) trike ride he set out on at approximately 80 years old and he did it alone although others have accompanied him on parts of his journey.

map of Dan's journey

You can read his daughter’s article about him HERE.

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And HERE is Dan’s Facebook page.

Dan McGuire

HERE is another article about this incredible tadpole pilot. And HERE is another article.

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Note: Although his journey ended in 2014 the following webpage appears to be still up and functioning as far as I know … And HERE is a webpage where you can donate on behalf of Dan to help Parkinson Society British Columbia. Their statement is that they are “there for those in need. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to offering support, sharing reliable information and raising funds for programs and research. We receive no government funding, so we rely on you. ” Dan has a personal goal set to raise $10,000 for this organization. On this webpage you can also leave a comment for Dan to encourage him and wish him well.

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Upon further reading about Dan it appears that his journey across Canada was successfully completed in 2014. It just goes to show ya that you have to be careful what you read online. 🙂

 Dan McGuire finishes journey

Dan, I don’t know if you will ever see this and read it, but I just want to say thanks for your commitment and effort in raising awareness and demonstrating that life isn’t over just because one becomes affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Your journey was (and is)  indeed incredible and my hat is off to you. I don’t know your current status as to whether or not you are still cycling, but I sure hope you are and will be able to continue to do so for some time yet. You are an encouragement and inspiration to the rest of us to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

CATRIKE REAR WHEEL EXTENSION KIT


Utah Trikes Catrike Extension Kit 2

Utah Trikes has announced that they are now offering a rear wheel extension kit for all Catrike models.

Utah Trikes Catrike Extension Kit 3

Here is what they say:

“All of our SolidWorks training has paid off and we have created a very nice extension kit that will allow you to put a 26 inch or 700c wheel on your 20-inch Cat. Catrike owners have been asking for these from us for a couple of years and we have finally finished the prototypes. The results are fantastic.

So, what am I talking about? Well, let’s suppose that you bought a Catrike Road a few years ago and then the Expedition came out. Well, you really like the Expedition with its longer wheelbase and larger rear tire, but you have a lot invested in your trike. Up until now your only choice has been to sell the road (or give it to your significant other) and then buy an Expedition for yourself. While there is nothing wrong with that (after all, we are more than happy to sell you an Expedition) it may not be in your budget.

Our kit includes the machined extensions and bolts. We are working out the exact parts for each kit, as some will require additional chain routing modifications. Our extension kit is setup with the OEM mounting for a Rohloff hub and we’ll have many other wheel choices.

Our Catrike Wheel Extension Page shows our last prototype. We are going into production within the next two weeks. The final version will appear a little different in that it has disc brake dropouts and is black anodized with lazer engraving. We are trying to estimate how many to make on our initial run, so please let me know if you are interested. We should have pricing for the different kits up by next week.
In recent Journal correspondence with Catrike, Paulo Camasmie, commenting on third party modifications, said, “We always see, with good eyes, add ons and accessories that are made by third parties and we encourage that. People like options and we think it is cool that people and suppliers will spend time developing add-ons for our products. That shows the thorough passion behind our products.”

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I could not agree more. Everything I have seen Utah Trikes offer from their own resources is always excellent quality. They have offered an extension kit for Catrike models for some time, but when Catrike changed the frame in 2013 the extension they were making and selling would not work on the new frame. So until now owners of the newer frame did not have this option.

Utah Trikes Catrike Extension Kit 4

Here are links to the two different products.

pre-2013 models    post-2013 models

EXPEDITION FOR SPINAL INJURIES


Expedition for Spinal Injuries trike route

tadpole rider who goes by the name of “Mojave Johnson” is planning on going to do a solo, uninterrupted, unassisted circumnavigation of the lower 48 States on a Catrike Expedition recumbent trike. He is doing this in an effort to raise money for research for spinal cord injuries.

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Here is his statement: “A good friend of mine was left paralyzed after an accident in 2009. He’s taught me a lot over the years, and he’s been a great friend. This ride around the country will be dedicated to him. The plan is to collect $60,00 or more to be donated to research and/or rehabilitation for people with spinal injuries. We haven’t decided which organization yet, but I’ll keep you posted. My plan is to do a circumnavigation of the lower 48 States in an uninterrupted, unassisted solo trip. I’ll be riding through 33 or 34 states (my route isn’t set in stone) over a period of about 190 days (5 months). I’ll be starting from Southernmost Point in Key West, FL, and riding clockwise around the country back to Key West. I’ll be leaving at the end of March, and I hope to be back in Key West by the end of September.”

If you would like to donate to this cause you can do so by going to his GoFundMe page.

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And HERE is his Facebook page.

March is half over so that means the start of his journey is not far off. I certainly wish him well and safety while on his adventure. That is quite an undertaking.

Here’s his TENTATIVE list of stops. This list could very well change before or during the Expedition, but he says he has to start with a plan, so here it is… (The elevation shown is for each day’s destination.)

Day 1: Key West, FL (elev 18’) to Key Largo, FL (~105 miles; elev 7’)

Day 2: Key Largo, FL to Cooper City, FL (~80 miles; elev 9’)

Day 3: Cooper City, FL to Naples, FL (~100 miles; elev 3’)

Day 4: Naples, FL – REST DAY

Day 5: Naples, FL to Bradenton, FL (~100 miles; elev 6’)

Day 6: Bradenton, FL to Inglis, FL (~130 miles; elev 16’)

Day 7: Inglis, FL to Perry, FL (~103 miles; elev 46’)

Day 8: Perry, FL to Tallahassee, FL (~52 miles; elev 203’)

Day 9: Tallahassee, FL – REST DAY

Day 10: Tallahassee, FL to Panama City Beach, FL (~110 miles; elev 10’)

Day 11: Panama City Beach, FL to Pensacola, FL (~100 miles; elev 102’)

Day 12: Pensacola, FL to Pascagoula, MS (~100 miles; elev 10’)

Day 13: Pascagoula, MS to New Orleans, LA (~ miles; elev -7’)

Day 14: New Orleans, LA – REST DAY

Day 15: New Orleans, LA to Houma, LA (~63 miles; elev 10’)

Day 16: Houma, LA to Lafayette, LA (~100 miles; elev 36’)

Day 17: Lafayette, LA to Orange, LA (~ miles; elev 7’)

Day 18: Orange, LA – REST DAY

Day 19: Orange, LA to Humble, TX (~100 miles; elev 90’)

Day 20: Humble, TX to Sugar Land, TX (~60 miles; elev 100’)

Day 21: Sugar Land, TX to Halletsville, TX (~85 miles; elev 233’)

Day 22: Halletsville, TX to San Antonio, TX (~95 miles; elev 813’)

Day 23: San Antonio, TX – REST DAY

Day 24: San Antonio, TX to Castroville, TX (~70 miles; elev 758’)

Day 25: Castroville, TX to Uvalde, TX (~55 miles; elev 942’)

Day 26: Uvalde, TX to Del Rio, TX (~70 miles; elev 1002’)

Day 27: Del Rio, TX – REST DAY

Day 28: Del Rio, TX to Ozona, TX (~96 miles; elev 2349’)

Day 29: Ozona, TX to Ft. Stockton, TX (~107 miles; elev 2997’)

Day 30: Ft. Stockton, TX to Van Horn, TX (~120 miles; elev 4042’)

Day 31: Van Horn, TX – REST DAY

Day 32: Van Horn, TX to Ft. Hancock, TX (~70 miles; elev 3579’)

Day 33: Ft. Hancock, TX to El Paso, TX (~60 miles; elev 3800’)

Day 34: El Paso, TX to Las Cruces, NM (~45 miles; elev 3908’)

Day 35: Las Cruces, NM – REST DAY

Day 36: Las Cruces, NM to Hillsboro, NM (~78 miles; elev 5180’)

Day 37: Hillsboro, NM to Silver City, NM (~57 miles; elev 6142’)

Day 38: Silver City, NM to Safford, AZ (~115 miles; elev 2953’)

Day 39: Safford, AZ – REST DAY

Day 40: Safford, AZ to Globe, AZ (~80 miles; elev 3500’)

Day 41: Globe, AZ to Phoenix, AZ (~90 miles; elev 1117’)

Day 42: Phoenix, AZ to Wickenburg, AZ (~60 miles; elev 2057’)

Day 43: Wickenburg, AZ – REST DAY

Day 44: Wickenburg, AZ to Blythe, CA (~114 miles; elev 295’)

Day 45: Blythe, CA to El Centro, CA (~103 miles; elev 39’)

Day 46: El Centro, CA to Julian, CA (~62 miles; elev 2100’)

Day 47: Julian, CA – REST DAY

Day 48: Julian, CA to Poway, CA (~60 miles; elev 515’)

Day 49: Poway, CA to Newport Beach, CA (~80 miles; elev 25’)

Day 50: Newport Beach, CA to Los Angeles, CA (~75 miles; elev 1084’)

Day 51: Los Angeles, CA – REST DAY

Day 52: Los Angeles, CA to Palmdale, CA (~82 miles; elev 2657’)

Day 53: Palmdale, CA to Lake Isabella, CA (~103 miles; elev 2513’)

Day 54: Lake Isabella, CA to Camp Nelson, CA (~53 miles; elev 7000’)

Day 55: Camp Nelson, CA – REST DAY

Day 56: Camp Nelson, CA to Sequoia Nat’l Park, CA (~79 miles; elev 2100’)

Day 57: Sequoia Nat’l Park to Fresno, CA (~107 miles; elev 325’)

Day 58: Fresno, CA to Turlock, CA (~107 miles; elev 101’)

Day 59: Turlock, CA – REST DAY

Day 60: Turlock, CA to Sacramento, CA (~99 miles; elev 118’)

Day 61: Sacramento, CA to Chico, CA (~104 miles; elev 203’)

Day 62: Chico, CA to Burney, CA (~140 miles; elev 3195’)

Day 63: Burney, CA – REST DAY

Day 64: Burney, CA to Yreka, CA (~100 miles; elev 2595’)

Day 65: Yreka, CA to Shady Cove, OR (~80 miles; elev 1406’)

Day 66: Shady Cove,OR to Crater Lake Nat’l Park, OR (~52 miles; elev 6178’)

Day 67: Crater Lake Nat’l Park, OR to Bend, OR (~113 miles; elev 3623’)

Day 68: Bend, OR – REST DAY

Day 69: Bend, OR to Mt. Hood, OR (~110 miles; elev 3821’)

Day 70: Mt. Hood, OR to Portland, OR (~48 miles; elev 263’)

Day 71: Portland, OR – REST DAY

Day 72: Portland, OR – REST DAY

Day 73: Portland, OR to Chehalis, WA (~100 miles; elev 243’)

Day 74: Chehalis, WA to Des Moines, WA (~86 miles; elev 91’)

Day 75: Des Moines, WA (Seattle) – REST DAY

Day 76: Des Moines, WA to Cle Elum, WA (~89 miles; 2107’)

Day 77: Cle Elum, WA to Wenatchee, WA (~68 miles; 668’)

Day 78: Wenatchee, WA to Wilbur, WA (~97 miles; elev 2161’)

Day 79: Wilbur, WA to Spokane, WA (~74 miles; 1946’)

Day 80: Spokane, WA – REST DAY

Day 81: Spokane, WA to Sandpoint, ID (~73 miles; 2102’)

Day 82: Sandpoint, ID to Libby, MT (~96 miles; elev 2097’)

Day 83: Libby, MT to Whitefish, MT (~105 miles; elev 3029’)

Day 84: Whitefish, MT – REST DAY

Day 85: Whitefish, MT to Browning, MT (~96 miles; elev 4377’)

Day 86: Browning, MT to Great Falls, MT (~124 miles; elev 3323’)

Day 87: Great Falls, MT – REST DAY

Day 88: Great Falls, MT to White Sulphur Springs, MT (~100 miles; elev 5012’)

Day 89: White Sulphur Springs, MT to Big Timber, MT (~92 miles; 4094’)

Day 90: Big Timber, MT to Billings, MT (~90 miles; elev 3125’)

Day 91: Billings, MT to Ranchester, WY (~120 miles; elev 3767’)

Day 92: Ranchester, WY – REST DAY

Day 93: Ranchester, WY to Buffalo, WY (~53 miles; elev 4587’)

Day 94: Buffalo, WY to Gillette, WY (~80 miles; elev 4555’)

Day 95: Gillette, WY to Spearfish, SD (~100 miles; elev 3647’)

Day 96: Spearfish, SD – REST DAY

Day 97: Spearfish, SD to Keystone, SD (via Mt Rushmore) (~72 miles; elev 4331’)

Day 98: Keystone, SD to Wall, SD (~75 miles; elev 2824’)

Day 99: Wall, SD to Murdo, SD (~83 miles; elev 2293’)

Day 100: Murdo, SD to Highmore, SD (~100 miles; elev 1886’)

Day 101: Highmore, SD – REST DAY

Day 102: Highmore, SD to De Smet, SD (~103 miles; elev 1727’)

Day 103: De Smet, SD to Garvin, MN (~99 miles; elev 1391’)

Day 104: Garvin, MN to Mankato, MN (~98 miles; elev 829’)

Day 105: Mankato, MN – REST DAY

Day 106: Mankato, MN to Rochester, MN (~89 miles; elev 997’)

Day 107: Rochester, MN to La Crosse, WI (~73 miles; elev 668’)

Day 108: La Crosse, WI to Richland Center, WI (~66 miles; elev 732’)

Day 109: Richland Center, WI – REST DAY

Day 110: Richland Center, WI to Cambridge, WI (~88 miles; elev 851’)

Day 111: Cambridge, WI to Waukesha, WI (~49 miles; elev 820’)

Day 112: Waukesha, WI to Milwaukee, WI (~18 miles; elev 614’)

Day 113: Milwaukee, WI – REST DAY

Day 114: Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL (~90 miles; elev 595’)

Day 115: Chicago, IL – REST DAY

Day 116: Chicago, IL to South Bend, IN (~105 miles; elev 709’)

Day 117: South Bend, IN to Montpelier, OH (~95 miles; elev 854’)

Day 118: Montpelier, OH to Freemont, OH (~89 miles; elev 628’)

Day 119: Freemont, OH to Cleveland, OH (~83 miles; elev 656’)

Day 120: Cleveland, OH – REST DAY

Day 121: Cleveland, OH to Erie, PA (~110 miles; elev 652’)

Day 122: Erie, PA to Derby, NY (~75 miles; elev 670’)

Day 123: Derby, NY – REST DAY

Day 124: Derby, NY to Henrietta, NY (~89 miles; elev 562’)

Day 125: Henrietta, NY to Fair Haven, NY (~73 miles; elev 279’)

Day 126: Fair Haven, NY to Redfield, NY (~62 miles; elev 999’)

Day 127: Redfield, NY – REST DAY

Day 128: Redfield, NY to Old Forge, NY (~61 miles; elev 1727’)

Day 129: Old Forge, NY to Newcomb, NY (~64 miles; elev 1585’)

Day 130: Newcomb, NY to Fair Haven, VT (~78 miles; elev 383’)

Day 131: Fair Haven, VT to Plymouth, VT (~40 miles; elev 1415’)

Day 132: Plymouth, VT – REST DAY

Day 133: Plymouth, VT – REST DAY

Day 134: Plymouth, VT to Andover, NH (~69 miles; elev 646’)

Day 135: Andover, NH to Conway, NH (~71 miles; elev 466’)

Day 136: Conway, NH to Brunswick, ME (~83 miles; elev 64’)

Day 137: Brunswick, ME – REST DAY

Day 138: Brunswick, ME to Kennebunk, ME (~71 miles; elev 65’)

Day 139: Kennebunk, ME to Derry, NH (~72 miles; elev 280’)

Day 140: Derry, NH to Worcester, MA (~59 miles; elev 482’)

Day 141: Worcester, MA – REST DAY

Day 142: Worcester, MA to Windsor Locks, CT (~81 miles; elev 151’)

Day 143: Windsor Locks, CT to Highland, NY (~98 miles; elev 173’)

Day 144: Highland, NY to East Stroudsburg, PA (~87 miles; elev 477’)

Day 145: Highland, NY – REST DAY

Day 146: East Stroudsburg, PA to Philadelphia, PA (~106 miles; elev 40’)

Day 147: Philadelphia, PA – REST DAY

Day 148: Philadelphia, PA to Airville, PA (~105 miles; elev 254’)

Day 149: Airville, PA to Washington, D.C (~110 miles; elev 72’)

Day 150: Washington, D.C. – REST DAY

Day 151: Washington, D.C. – REST DAY

Day 152: Washington, D.C. to Fredericksburg, VA (~93 miles; elev 153’)

Day 153: Fredericksburg, VA to Surry, VA (~120 miles; elev 51’)

Day 154: Surry, VA to Elizabeth City, NC (~91 miles; elev 9’)

Day 155: Elizabeth City, NC – REST DAY

Day 156: Elizabeth City, NC to Hatteras, Island, NC (~109 miles; elev 2’)

Day 157: Hatteras, NC to Newport, NC (~118 miles; elev 19’)

Day 158: Newport, NC to Wilmington, NC (~78 miles; elev 39’)

Day 159: Wilmington, NC – REST DAY

Day 160: Wilmington, NC – REST DAY – planned optional extra day

Day 161: Wilmington, NC to Myrtle Beach, NC (~95 miles; elev 19’)

Day 162: Myrtle Beach, NC to Moncks Corner, SC (~84 miles; elev 53’)

Day 163: Moncks Corner, SC to Hardeeville, SC (~107 miles; elev 20’)

Day 164: Hardeeville, SC – REST DAY

Day 165: Hardeeville, SC to Brunswick, GA (~90 miles; elev 10’)

Day 166: Brunswick, GA to Jacksonville Beach, FL (~94 miles; elev 11’)

Day 167: Jacksonville Beach, FL to New Smyrna Beach, FL (~98 miles; elev 10’)

Day 168: New Smyrna Beach, FL – REST DAY

Day 169: New Smyrna Beach, FL to Sebastian, FL (~107 miles; elev 9’)

Day 170: Sebastian, FL to Lake Worth, FL (~114 miles; elev 35’)

Day 171: Lake Worth, FL to Kendall, FL (~96 miles; elev 8’)

Day 172: Kendall, FL – REST DAY

Day 173: Kendall, FL – REST DAY

Day 174: Kendall, FL to Islamorada, FL (~72 miles; elev 9’)

Day 175: Islamorada, FL to Key West, FL (~83 miles; elev 5’)

Day 176: Key West, FL – CELEBRATION DAY!!!!!!!

BROL CLASSIFIEDS … USED TADPOLE TRIKES FOR SALE


BROL header

Are you looking for a used tadpole trike? Or do you have one you want to sell? Probably the most popular place for both is BROL (BentRider OnLine). However if you are not familiar with their website you might find it difficult to find where to look for used trikes whether you are buying or selling. So I thought I would write about it in hope that it helps. BROL has a “fixed stationary header” … something I despise as it takes up valuable real estate on the computer monitor screen leaving very little viewing area available to try to see what you are wanting to look at. Why they do this I don’t know. It makes no sense to me … especially since their header is so large. To their credit I have noticed that recently they have made the header smaller which helps some, but I would still much prefer if they would simply do away with the fixed header. Anyway, in order to find the classifieds you need to click on their Message Board tab in the header. Then on the page which appears next you will see Classifieds listed under Forums. It should be the second one down the list right under Recumbents.

BROL Forums

Click on Classifieds and then you should see a screen showing the various Categories in Classifieds. Trikes For Sale should be the second one down the list.

BROL Classifieds categories

If you want to post a trike for sale you must have an account and be logged in.  There are some rules to follow all of which seem fair enough:

For sale area rules! READ BEFORE YOU POST!

1 – The For Sale area is NOT for discussion. If you’re not legitimately interested in an item, keep your comments to yourself. Ad critiques are not welcome.

2 – Do not repost items for sale that are not yours. If you list an item yourself on eBay or Craigslist, you’re welcome to repost the ad here but don’t repost things that aren’t yours.

3 – Please lock or delete threads when items are sold.

4 – Do not post items for sale if you are a commercial entity. This section is for private individuals and BentRider’s sponsoring dealers only.

5 – Please post items for sale in the appropriate category.

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I have never posted a trike for sale on BROL so I am only guessing from here out as far as instructing others what to do. I think it is necessary to click on “New Thread” where you can compose a message including pictures … in an email format I believe. There is a second section on that page for additional options.
In the image below please note that you can place your mouse on the image and left click the mouse on the image to get it to open up in its own window to view it larger size. When you are finished viewing the image in that window just use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
BROL New Thread Composition
That is about the most I can tell you about how to go about doing this task.
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Now I want to put a plug in for my own blog. Recently I discovered that most online search engines list my tadpole rider blog at the very top of the heap when one does a search for “used tadpole (or recumbent) trikes for sale”. And that means that most people who are searching for a used tadpole trike for sale are visiting my blog first as a result of it being listed first. That is great for my blog and it could be great for you. All you have to do to advertise your trike for sale on my blog is send me an email to the address I show below.
Be sure to provide all pertinent information such as brand, model, year, asking price, condition, any extra accessories/upgrades that come with it, where located (city and state only), whether or not you are willing to ship the trike to the buyer, and your contact information. Please include pictures in .jpg format. I will gladly post your ad for you. All I ask is that if you sell the trike let me know so I can remove the ad. 
HERE is a link to that page on my blog.
Send email to: tadpolerider at outlook dot com   (I don’t show my email address in the normal format … @outlook.com … as I am trying to avoid the address being the target of lots of SPAM. If you use an email address for contact purposes in your ad I would suggest you do the same … although I will do whatever you prefer. Just let me know.) There is no charge involved to you or the buyer. I offer this as a free service. There is nothing in it for me other than the satisfaction of helping others.

ODYSSEY TRIKES


55 mph - 245 mile range

Mk. 5 Trike

Odyssey Trikes are a product of Wisconsin in the United States. They are electric motor assist and use KMX trikes for their platform. Here is their Facebook Page . These trikes do have pedals so they can be pedaled, but clearly these are designed for those who want to have a motorized tadpole trike capable of zooming down the road. I mean 50 to 65 mph isn’t exactly common place when talking about riding a non fairing tadpole trike. That just might make your lips flap around. 🙂 I understand that these trikes are shipped out to the buyer with the power turned down so that the comply with the 20 mph maximum law, but what I don’t understand is how they can advertise those high speeds without getting into major trouble with law enforcement folks since clearly the law* forbids ‘motorized bicycles’ from going faster than 20 mph. (*The federal Consumer Product Safety Act defines a “low speed electric bicycle” as a two or three wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals, a top speed when powered solely by the motor under 20 mph (32 km/h) and an electric motor that produces less than 750 W (1.01 hp).)

inventors with trike

Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass are the inventors of these trikes.

They had a Kickstarter Campaign which has ended and didn’t go as well as they had hoped it would. They are not giving up hope of getting their product into production and to market. One thing they are attempting is the popular television program “Shark Tank”. They have an interview scheduled hoping to get on the show. They are also making other appearances to promote their trikes.

motorized rear hub

From their kickstarter page:

The Mk. 5 trike is legally a bicycle, but has the power and speed of a motorcycle. It has a 4kW electric motor capable of powering you through your commute and a removable high capacity battery pack that makes charging simple, yet versatile. It has options for on-vehicle storage capacity, options for lighting, options for gearing, and – we may not have mentioned it before- pedals!

battery pack

The Mk. 5 represents the culmination of a five year development process. We ended up with an effective vehicle design that uses the best aspects of everything between a motorcycle and a bicycle, but has the stability of three wheels instead of two. We keep pedals on these trikes to make them street legal- in every state in the US.

As an emerging form of transportation, the trikes themselves need to have options. So, we make sure that riders have access to all the capabilities they need.

The Mk. 5 has the option to remove the battery pack bag from its sliding rack for charging and also has significant carrying capacity, in the form of saddle bags that can be attached to the side of the battery rack. Add that to the fact that you can park this trike at any bike rack, and you end at transportation that gives you the options you need to use it on a regular basis.

Performance

It’s fast. That’s the easiest way to describe the way the Mk. 5 operates. It accelerates quickly and has a fast top speed. Specs follow:

Evolution

This is the fifth iteration of our trike prototype and we are proud of what the Mk. 5 has evolved into.

The model is based on a frame design with well-known operational characteristics, and is the culmination of a variety of new technologies that have matured to the point where they work, and they work well.

The Mk. 5 represents the logical evolution of transportation.

Safety

The Mk. 5 has a well-designed, sturdy frame which will take the abuse of racing, trail riding, and even skipping the trails entirely. We know this because we have been there. We tested our prototypes to the point of failure and we were surprised at what it actually took to cause damage.

In addition to superior frame strength, we integrate LiFePO4 batteries which are known for their safety compared to other lithium cells. When overcharged, the cells’ electrolytes react to render the entire cell inert instead of bursting into flame like LiPO and other Li-ion cells.

We include disc brakes, which have demonstrated the ability to stop the trike in a hurry, and a bike flag and reflector for greater visibility.

Their Story

Odyssey Trikes was founded by Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, both of Slinger, Wisconsin. Dustin is out of college with a degree in International Business and another in Industrial Engineering, and Ryan is still in school, studying IT Networking. Besides racing and trail riding our trikes, our other interests include aviation, electrical engineering and nuclear physics projects, and gaming. Take a look at our bio’s on our website: http://odysseytrikes.com/About%20Us.php

Five years ago, Odyssey built its first trike as a side project in an airplane hangar in the neighboring town of Hartford, Wisconsin, as a high school business project.

From their About Us page:

Odyssey Trikes was started in an airplane hangar back in 2008. Our first trikes were functional but lacked reliability and needed work.

We spent years re-building, re-tooling, and re-engineering our designs and eventually came up with something we found as functional as the motorcycles we used to get to our engineering space. The big day happened on the 4th of July of 2010 – Our first truly functional trike was driven 10 miles to get home from the shop, and managed the drive at roadworthy speed with no issues.

We lent several trikes out and determined there was a market for the concept, so we moved the company to the nearby town of West Bend where we found adequate space to get our work done. We now have a small but capable production facility where we are able to do all the welding, 3d printing, and assembly work to build our trikes as well as the space and resources to engineer, build, and test new concepts and ideas.

We have set both speed and range records with our standard models and have created our own battery building processes and technology. We utilize 3d printing in all our trikes and are continuing to push the boundaries of what 3d printing and our battery technology can bring to the free market.

Currently they are building two models for sale  They are the Mk. 5 Trike and the Mk. 5 Super Trike as mentioned already. Here is the information found on their website on the Mk. 5 Trike:

MK. 5 TRIKE- 55 MPH TOP SPEED, UP TO 245 MILES RANGE

from $6,499.00
A motorcycle in bicycle’s clothing. Up to 245 miles range. Road and bike trail legal.

The Mk. 5 is the result of several years of engineering and testing, and the result is a 55 mph, onroad/offroad capable machine that has handling similar to a gokart. The only faster, longer range electric trike in existence is this trike’s big brother, the Mk. 5 Super.

The Mk. 5 is street legal (if you keep the power setting down, but we’re not watching) and has a respectable 60 mile range with the smallest battery, or an incredible 245 mile range if fully equipped.

This trike comes standard with a seat riser (4″ rise), a frame mounted battery, headlight and taillight package, an APM display cycle computer and a rear rack capable of carrying any Topeak rack bag – or an auxiliary battery pack for up to 90 miles of additional range. It will come out of the crate preassembled with a charged battery, ready to roll.

55 mph top speed. 72v Li-Mn battery made by Blue Line Batteries mounted on the frame. 16″ wheels in the front with disc brakes, 24″ wheel in the back. You can request an 8 speed cassette, but if you don’t we’ll ship you a single speed.

Mk. 5 Super Trike

And here is the information found on their website on the Mk. 5 Super Trike:

MK. 5 SUPER TRIKE – 65 MPH TOP SPEED, UP TO 300 MILES RANGE

from $8,699.00
This trike holds records for both top speed and range in this vehicle class.

The Mk. 5 Super consists of the most extreme electronics and mechanics packages possible to build into an electric trike. This vehicle has a wide-eyed, heart-pounding 65 mph top speed and can be equipped with enough batteries to yield a record-setting 300+ mile range. This outranges other electric bikes with the Mk. 5’s charge indicator still reading full – and is able to outrange the Tesla Roadster’s 245 mile range by 55 miles when the batteries have seen their charge through. That effectively makes this vehicle the longest range electric vehicle currently on the market.

This trike comes standard with a seat riser (4″ rise), a frame mounted battery, headlight and taillight package, an APM display cycle computer and a rear rack capable of carrying any Topeak rack bag – or an auxiliary battery pack for up to 105 miles of additional range. It will come out of the crate preassembled with a charged battery, ready to roll.

65 mph top speed. 88v Li-Mn battery made by Blue Line Batteries mounted on the frame. 16″ wheels in the front with disc brakes, 24″ wheel in the back. You can’t request an 8 speed cassette on this model – single speed only.

All trikes come with a helmet! Drop us a note for your helmet size when ordering, or we’ll send a medium helmet as default.

Expect 45 days between payment and shipping, but we frequently get these dispatched earlier than that. Freight shipping to anywhere in the continental US is included in the price.

Trikes ship out with a 750 watt maximum power limit set on the controller. Change this power setting at your own risk!

trike building

For questions, comments and test rides call them at  262-208-4889 or sending them a message thru their CONTACT web page.

I would encourage anyone considering buying such a trike capable of obtaining such high speeds to be extremely cautious while riding them. I learned as a young child that “SPEED KILLS”! It would not take much to wrap yourself around a tree or telephone pole attempting to ride at such speeds. As for me, I am going to just …

KEEP ON PEDALIN’

which is what I would advise everyone one to do.

WHEEL BUILDING


wheel building

This is something I have absolutely no experience with and have never really had any interest in. I am talking about lacing up a wheel from scratch. I have replaced a lot of broken spokes and aligned many wheels, but I have stayed clear of wheel building. At my age I doubt if I will ever be attempting it. There may be some of you reading this who want to give it a try. Fortunately there is gobs of helpful information available on the internet including videos. Here is one I have selected which hopefully you will find helpful.

KMX FAMILY LINEUP


KMX family

The well known Utah Trikes has a video they have produced which features all the trikes KMX manufactures. KMX has a bunch of models for kids of all ages. That included you and I. 🙂

EUROVELO FELLOW (and gals)


Eurovelo 8

Trisled has come out with yet another velomobile. This time it is a bit different in that the body is made of a special material somewhat unique in the industry. And it is pretty nifty as it is tough and doesn’t damage nearly as easily as most other materials used in making velomobiles.

Eurovelo 4

Here is what they say about their new product:

“Rotovelo is a robust, tough, simple and maintenance free velomobile which has a roto-molded plastic aerodynamic fairing. This means you never have to worry about minor accidents, bumps or knocks- the fairing will remain safe, intact and damage free! Use it for commuting, racing or just for a leisurly ride.”

Eurovelo 12

Eurovelo 11

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Product Specifications:

LENGTH: 2380MM (93.7 inches)
WIDTH: 800MM (31.5 inches)
HEIGHT: 920MM (36.25 inches)
WEIGHT: 33.2KG (71 pounds)
TURN CIRCLE: 5.6M (16.4 feet)(OUTSIDE TO OUTSIDE)
GROUND CLEARANCE: 130MM (5.19 inches)
FRAME: AIRCRAFT SPEC 4130 CHROMIUM MOLYBDENUM ALLOY;
TIG WELD;POWDER-COATED.
BRAKES: 160MM MECHANICAL DISC; PARKING BRAKE
GEARING: 27 SPEEED
CRANKS: EXTERNAL BEARING; 38T, 50T, 61T CHANRINGS
TYRES: SCHWALBE KOJAK
WHEEL PROTECTION: INTEGRATED ROTO-MOLDED WHEEL COVERS
LOAD SPACE: 80 LITRES (2.82517 cubic feet)
STEERING: TRISLED ‘ALL-IN-ONE’ TWO HAND STEERING AND BRAKING
HATCH SYSTEM: ABS-MOLDED PLASTIC WITH ELASTIC STRAPS
MIRRORS: FULLY-ADJUSTABLE ZEFAL SPY MIRROR
FAIRING: ROTATIONAL MOLDED (ROTO-MOLDED) HDPE
SEAT: ROTO-MOLDED HDPE WITH FOAM SEAT PAD
WHEELS: 406MM (20″)
LIGHTS: 12 VOLT LIPOL BATTERY LED TAIL LIGHT, MR-16 LED HEADLIGHT (CHARGER INCLUDED)
COLOURS: YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE, RED, PURPLE & WHITE
PRICE: AU $5990
OPTIONAL EXTRAS: OUR ONLINE STORE STOCKS A RANGE OF ACCESSORIES FOR ROTOVELO, SUCH AS RAIN COVERS, SEAT PADS AND T-SHIRTS.

Eurovelo 7

Prices

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Eurovelo 3

Loopwheels are even available on these.

Loopwheel 20 inch for derailleur cassette

Eurovelo 1

So if you have a hankerin’ to get yurself a velomobile this just might be one to check into. I like the looks of it and what I read about it. Having a body made of a material that will take some abuse with damaging it is a big plus. And it sure ought to help in keeping one to be able to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

JaYoe! … JUST ADD FUEL


JaYoe! Add Fuel

Matt Galat is getting to be pretty well known as time goes along. His ambitious undertaking of riding his tadpole trike on a 5 year long journey covering more than 100 countries as he goes from China to the United States is indeed an amazing and challenging adventure. Most of us could never make such a journey, but we can take advantage of what Matt offers us thru his excellent videos and writings about his journey. His website has a new look which is phenomenal in itself. He has done a great job with it.

JaYoe!

Those who have already been following Matt on his journey probably already know of the two set backs which have occurred on his first two attempts. The first one ended when he got hit by a truck and received a broken collar bone as a result.

Matt Galat laying on road

After healing up and totally re-outfitting with a new trike and trailer he started off again.

Matt Galat with new trike and trailer

That attempt ended when he developed a knee problem. Since then he has been working toward getting into the physical condition he will need for his next planned adventure … climbing Mt. Everest before he continues on his trike journey.

JaYoe! Travelogues

Matt’s videos and narrative are always very well done and interesting so I highly recommend them to you. Follow along keeping up with his epic adventures. There are several different ways you can do this. Here are some of them:

Twitter    Facebook    YouTube    Website    Instagram    Podcasts

I can see that this journey Matt is on has already brought on some changes in him … good or bad … you be the judge. Hey, it just might grow on ya’. 🙂

alien facelift

I would say that this is a clear cut case of photoshopping going on.

(Actually it was done with an fun image app.)

FOUR SEATER VELOMOBILE


Most of us are familiar with velomobiles and have seen various ones in photos and videos if not in person. All of them I have seen were built for one person … until now that is. Feast your eyes on this one of a kind prototype built by Trisled of Australia …

4 seat Trisled velomobile 2

It is not in production and may never be. It was custom made for someone who wanted one. It is interesting. Can you picture something like this coming down the street towards you?

4 seat Trisled velomobile 3

Here is a look at the framework underneath the body. As you can see it is basically two tandem bikes side by side. And it is a quadricycle, not a trike. That should make it a bit more stable.

4 seat Trisled velomobile frame

HERE is an article about this vehicle.  The article states that this trike was made for a charity ride across Australia, but to date there has been no such charity ride take place and this one of a kind velomobile has disappeared and its whereabouts are unknown.

4 seat Trisled velomobile rear view