Monthly Archives: March 2016
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.
And it has various adjustments available.
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 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.
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.”
Several pictures of the VeloMetro can be seen HERE.
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.
I 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can read his daughter’s article about him HERE.
And HERE is Dan’s Facebook page.
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.
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, 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’
A tadpole rider who goes by the name of “Mohave 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.
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.
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!!!!!!!
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).)
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
MK. 5 TRIKE- 55 MPH TOP SPEED, UP TO 245 MILES RANGE
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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;
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.
Loopwheels are even available on these.
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’
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.
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.
After healing up and totally re-outfitting with a new trike and trailer he started off again.
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.
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:
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’. 🙂
I would say that this is a clear cut case of photoshopping going on.
(Actually it was done with an fun image app.)
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 …
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?
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.
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.