Category Archives: misc.

LOOSING IT HERE, BOSS! (my headlight , that is)

I assume most of us have come across items others have lost and I assume most of us have lost items.. The old adage “finders keepers, losers weepers” come to mind. If we are fortunate it evens out but we are not always fortunate. Definitely I have not been one to have things even out. In fact, I think the only thing I have found while out riding that was of any real value was a Cateye taillight. It is not as bright as some of the ones that have come along since it was manufactured but still it is fairly bright. I seldom use it however. Recently I lost a headlight which I valued and do miss. I was using a universal clamp I have had for quite some time. It adjusts to accommodate various lights. I had switched to this headlight just this morning when I lost it. Apparently I did not have the clamp tight enough to securely hold the headlight. I assume somebody got a nice headlight out of the deal. I thought I knew where I lost it as I noticed it was missing just a short distance past the area I thought I heard something drop. I went back to look for it but didn’t find it. I ended up retracing my ride all the way back home and back again to where I first turned around looking for it. I even got off of my trike and carefully walked around looking for it. No one was around when I had heard the sound of something dropping. I was going across a boardwalk at the time and was nearly at the end of it. So if it did fall there I am quite sure no one else got it. And after a very careful look (three times) for me to have not spotted it would have to mean that it fell and rolled somewhere where it is very well hidden. I had just put brand new batteries in it and it was flashing very brightly which should have made it pretty easy to spot. It is kind of a sickening feeling when you lose something you value. Yes, it can be replaced. I just don’t like wasting money buying something I already had and was working fine. Anyway I immediately went to the LBS (local bike shop … or local bike store) and bought a new headlight identical to it. I like having at least one battery (AA or AAA) powered headlight and taillight as I can change the batteries while I am out riding if I need to. And the batteries last a very long time compared to the rechargeable type. They are another story and have let me down more than once with no recourse while I am out riding. Well, as they say … that is my story and I am stuck with it. So if you are riding along and see a headlight laying near the trail flashing away … well, no, it is not likely mine. That would be too far for it to roll. Hopefully you won’t loose anything … especially anything of value … while you are out riding. It is no fun, I tell ya. It is definitely not my idea of …

ENJOYING THE RIDE!

FREE GIFT awaits you!

Oh by the way … since this happened I have removed the universal clamp mount (shown in the picture below) and am using the mounts that came with the lights I am now using. I added another mounting post opposite the one which Catrike has on the front derailleur post. It is working out well.

CAMERA MOUNT

Thru the years I have tried various ways to take video as I ride. I have mounted my camera on my trike a couple of different times but never liked the results. One thing I object to is the camera picking up road noise thru the mount I had for it. I have had the camera helmet mounted but didn’t care for that at all even though there was probably the least jarring of the camera that way. Most of the time I have just held the camera in my hand. I really don’t like doing that however. Recently I have been trying out a mount I made using the mount for a headlight. I had to modify the headlight mount in order to mount the camera. Much to my surprise it doesn’t transfer much road noise into the camera.

Where I live and ride the road and trail surfaces are fairly rough so getting jarred around is a problem I have to deal with when it comes to taking video. Much to my surprise the jarring around using this camera mount is not as bad as I expected it would be. Never the less it is still present so I am considering doing some experimentation to see if I can improve upon this.

Also I would like to be able to quickly and easily remove the camera to hand hold it should I come across something I want to catch on video which requires re-aiming the camera or even moving it following the subject matter. Also I want to be able to easily remove the camera (only) and take it with me if I should stop for lunch or shopping while out riding.

Many of us like to video tape our rides and we do so for various reasons. How do you go about it? Please tell us by leaving a comment.

RIDE RECUMBENT!

FREE GIFT awaits you!

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

 

Today is January 1, 2020 … New Years Day . Yep, a new year is off and running. Some people make a New Year Resolution … something they decide they should do to make a change in their life. I have never been one to do that. for that matter I have never been one to set goals to achieve in life. I just live my life day to day.  For me that works great as I don’t deal with stress or anxiety. I never have. And I don’t have to concern myself with disappointment as a result of something not happening in my life. I am sure some, perhaps many, would argue that my thinking and approach is all wrong … that I have nothing going on to challenge and “grow” me. Perhaps this is true. I don’t really know nor do I care.

Why am I writing this you ask? I don’t know. It is Jan. 1st … New Years Day … and I needed to come up with something to post. Another question is … where am I going with this? And again, an honest answer is I don’t have a clue at this point in time. I got myself into this and now I need to get myself out of it.

Oh yeah, I am suppose to be writing about New Year resolutions. Do you make them? If you do, how well do you do at keeping them? Someone will probably say … this year I am going to ride my trike at least 30 miles a day. They start out with the best of intentions but within a few days they fail to achieve the 30 mile distance. Thus they have broken their word they made to them self and perhaps to others including God. When this happens we tend to be hard on ourselves. It is not good.

Perhaps a different approach is needed. God’s Word cautions us not to boast about tomorrow because none of us know what will happen in the next second of time much less tomorrow. That being the case perhaps we should say”with the Lord’s help I will try to …”.  And perhaps we need to think along the lines of “if I fall short of my goal I will accept it and move on picking back up  and working toward achieving what I started out to do”.  And if we discover our goal was set too high for us to accomplish that is ok. We simply need to lower the bar and do whatever we are capable of. Beating up on ourselves is not the answer.

Here in the United States as well as some other places in the world New Years Day bike rides are quite common. Some people ride by themselves. Others ride together with family or friends. And some ride in planned organized rides in our communities. Here where I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana this community has such an organized ride for bicyclists as well as motorcyclists. It is nice to have these rides available. There is only one problem … ol’ man winter” The weather dept. can definitely mess up our plans. Sometimes the weather is just too nasty to venture out … at least for many of us. I personally have only ridden on a couple of these New Years Day rides as the weather was not to my liking most years. Actually for me, riding the couple of times I did go was enough for me. I am not crazy about going anymore. Riding with a large number of people in close quarters doesn’t appeal to me. I much prefer to ride with just a very few other trikes. I really don’t like riding with bicycles at all. Most cyclists tend to meander around all over the place and pose a dangerous threat to my safety and others. So even if the weather is decent enough to venture out on Jan. 1st I usually just ride by myself staying away from the crowd. To quote the words to a song …. “the name of the game is I like it like that”.

No, I am not making any New Year Resolution, but I will be out there as much as I can riding thru the winter and doing my best to …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

FREE GIFT awaits you!

 

 

GIVING THANKS EACH DAY

It is almost Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. I am thankful for this holiday where we as Americans pause in our busy lives to give thanks to God for the many blessings we enjoy from His hand. I am truly thankful for many different things in my life.  I could compile a long list here but I will spare you that. Reflecting back I am thankful for my dad who lovingly made the money I needed available to me so that I could purchase the various items needed to fabricate my first tadpole trike. Otherwise I may not have ever got into this great sport of tadpole trike riding. And again, reflecting back I am thankful I was able to start receiving social security a couple of months before I actually retired from my job. That extra money made it possible for me to purchase my Catrike Trail tadpole trike. Otherwise it is likely that never would have happened. I am thankful for relative good health that each day I can enjoy and benefit from riding my tadpole trike. I am thankful for new friends I have made over the years thru riding my trike. I am thankful for the privilege of having this blog which is read all over the world in at least 193 countries. I am thankful for the many comments I have received back from readers of this blog which thanked me for helping them and encouraged me to continue on. I am sure that if I continued to think about this subject there are many more things I could add to this list.

Before I bring this to a close I just want to say that I am thankful that my Creator, Jesus Christ, loves me so much that He willingly died in my place so that my sin could be forgiven and I would not have to face the death sentence that was upon me as a result of my sin. And I am thankful that He is not a respecter of persons. He loves each of us just the same. He offers the same deal to each of us … forgiveness of our sin … and eternal life with Him. All He requires is that we come to Him on His terms. His great love is AIMED AT YOUR HEART. None of us know what a day may bring forth. We don’t have the assurance of our next heart beat and breath. Death could happen for any of us in the blink of an eye. Procrastination is a very dangerous thing for if we die in our sin our fate is sealed.

At this point in time I have no intention of stopping writing new  articles for this blog. But what if I were to do so? What would I communicate in MY LAST POST?

I am so thankful that each day (weather permitting) I can …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’ and ENJOY THE RIDE!

FREE GIFT awaits you!

TADPOLE RIDER FB Group

TADPOLE RIDER FB Group

I have decided to restart the TADPOLE RIDER Facebook group. It is an OPEN  (PUBLIC) group so anyone can view it without joining. Membership is required however if you wish to post or comment to a posting. If you are interested in joining it you can do so by requesting membership thru the FB group. Please be advised that this group is about tadpole trikes and only tadpole trikes. Postings and comments which do not pertain to tadpole trikes will be removed. Members who repeatedly violate this after being warned will be removed from membership. Postings and comments must not be used for personal attacks on other members. This will not be allowed.

TADPOLE RIDER Facebook group

FREE GIFT awaits you!

FROM ME TO YOU … HAPPY 4TH

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I NEED YOUR HELP

Yes, I need your help to keep this website current. When I first post new pages and posts everything was current and links worked and videos played. Over time that can and does change. If you come across something on this website that no longer works please let me know by email (preferably) or in a comment so I can try to fix the problem.. Thank you. STEVE

You can email me at: tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com

FREE GIFT awaits you!

HOW TO FIND INFO ON THIS WEBSITE

I am quite sure that there are many readers of this blog who don’t know that there are easy ways to find what you may be looking for or how to go about it. So I thought I would write this posting to explain it.

SEARCH FOR IT … I have tried to lay out this blog making it “user-friendly”. I purposely placed a Search Box at the very top of the right hand column and selected one with a Go button to use in case the reader doesn’t know to use the Enter Key to proceed with the search. So whatever the reader is searching for is quite easy to accomplish. Just type in whatever it is and push Go. If something exists it will show up in the search results. There may be more than one posting about it and, if so, they will all be listed. Please note that any misspelling of the words typed in will result in zero (nothing) in the search results.

SEARCH BY CATEGORY … Just a short ways further down in the right side column below the Recent Posts is “CATEGORIES”. There are many to choose from and using these is an easy way to find all sorts of postings on things the reader is interested in.

There is also a third way … searching by tags, but I don’t have a clue how to do so. Anyway, these two methods can be quite valuable. Give it a try.   And, of course, …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

FREE GIFT awaits you!

REVERSE TRIKES

No, a reverse trike is not a trike that goes in reverse backing up. Actually before the name tadpole trike came along the term reverse trike was used to describe what we now know as a tadpole trike. Some people refer to a tadpole trike as a recumbent trike and indeed a tadpole trike is a recumbent trike. However, a recumbent trike can also be a Delta trike so one needs to distinguish just what they are talking about. So to be most accurate we should refer to our tadpole trikes as “recumbent tadpole trike”.

I need to further clarify things as a tadpole trike may or may not be a recumbent trike. Recumbent means reclined. Being truly recumbent means that one is in the prone position (laying down flat). In today’s society it has become accepted that simply having one’s feet out in front of them is recumbent. I take issue with that but of no avail. I think if the seating position is not recumbent it should not be referred to as recumbent. “feet or pedals forward” would be a better and more accurate description.

There are tricycles which have two wheels in front and one rear wheel but they are just like a regular bicycle otherwise … with the pedals down below the seat and the seat is usually just a standard bicycle seat. They are a tadpole trike but they are not recumbent.

Now that I have covered that let’s move onto how the name changed from reverse trike to tadpole. What do you think of when you hear the word “tadpole”? My first exposure to the critter was as a young child and I learned that a tadpole was a stage of an amphibian developing into what we know as a frog. Legs slowly develop and eventually the tail is lost. Hey, here is one now …

I always thought that calling a tadpole trike by that name was interesting. To me the resemblence is very vague, but obviously the name caught on. And obviously the fact that a tadpole has a wider front end than it has a backend is why this name was thought up.

I made up this image years ago. I know that the color of the tadpole I am sitting on is not the usual color of a tadpole, but my Catrike Trail is green and most of the background is green so if I would have made the tadpole green it would have been much more difficult to see.

Still it seems funny to go around saying that we ride a tadpole trike. I guess no matter which we called it … tadpole or reverse trike … we would end up having to explain what we are talking about. I have no answer to it.

I reckon that is why I have a picture of my trike as “wallpaper” on my smartphone … so I can just show a picture of my trike making it easier for others to know and understand what I am talking about when I say that I ride a tadpole trike. (A picture is worth a thousand words.) Anyway, if you see me going in reverse just maybe I will be trying to explain to someone what I am riding. 

ENJOY THE RIDE!

FREE GIFT awaits you!

 

LOOKING FOR NEW POSTS?

For those who are looking for new posts on this blog I am sorry to disappoint you, but there are not as many as in the past. Due to vision problems I have had to slow down on my writing new posts on this blog.  Sorry to disappoint those who visit this site. I will post new articles as I can, but I no longer attempt to do so a minimum of three times a week like I used to.

But there is really great news … A FREE GIFT awaits you!

WHY i HAVE SLOWED WAY UP ON THIS BLOG

I rather imagine some of the readers of this blog are wondering what all is going on as far as my not posting much on it anymore. I had mentioned previously that I just feel more less drained and in need of getting away from it. That is quite true, but there is another factor which weighs in and all by itself has put the brakes on. My vision has become quite poor and so it is quite difficult for me to do much work at the computer. I had a stroke occur in my only good eye and it has really dealt me a blow. Previously many years ago I had a stroke occur in my left eye which left me legally blind in the left eye. There was no medical treatment for this at that time. A few years later there was  so when it happened to my right eye I have been getting treatment since. That being said, things have not been going well and slowly it has worsened. Spending much time at a computer is hard on good eyes, but it is even harder on bad eyes.

As many of you know I also had a Facebook Group called Tadpole Rider Group. I was more less consumed by it spending most of my life involved with it. It was totally out of control and was really taking its toll on me. I had to make the hard choice to close it. Unfortunately something went very wrong and it didn’t totally get deleted.  I spent many hours painstakingly going thru all that Facebook required to close it only to have some fluke take place and leave it up to be seen (what there is left of it). I can’t do anything about it as I don’t have access to any of it any more. It is just in limbo … stuck right where it is at appearing  just as it does. I have attempted to get Facebook to delete it, but that is a near impossibility … trying to contact Facebook that is. Everything I have tried has been in vain. In short, Facebook is really one screwed up entity.

I still have the desire from time to time to post something more here on this blog, but I find it just too challenging most of the time to even attempt it. I don’t know what the future holds as far as my eyesight. I don’t know if it will get better, stay the same or get worse. There is a posting I want to do right now, but I don’t know if I will be able to. Time will tell. Again, I want to thank all the loyal readers of this blog. I am sorry things have come to this. It has been a drastic life change for me and is something I struggle with to accept and deal with.

At least for now I am still able to ride my trike. Spring arrived yesterday on the calendar anyway. I am hoping the weather shapes up soon and indicates it is aware of it.

Here is a rather poor quality image of my trike with the eZee hub motor conversion kit installed.

I am really enjoying it although I am a bit disappointed with the amount of torque it has. It is a geared type motor which is suppose to be more torquie than direct drive gearless motors. However, it doesn’t seem to have as much torque as the direct drive motors I have had. Never the less I am liking it quite well thus far and have no regrets about buying it as of yet. It is rated at 1000 watts while the BionX motors I had were rated at 350 watts. The first BionX motor I had definitely had more hill climbing ability than this eZee motor has. It would shoot me up a hill just by itself while this motor only assists my pedaling and would do rather poorly on a steep hill or a long incline.

Well, that is my story and I seem to be stuck with it … at least for now.

FREE GIFT awaits you!

HAVE YOU BEEN GOOGLED?

Yes, our local trail system has been Googled.

It seems like it was about 2 years ago our city’s assistant manager of the Greenway System was driving a golf cart around with the infamous Google cameras aboard.

And here is the sign which appears on the back of the golf cart …

Also a man was wearing the back pack camera outfit and walking around with it. Yep, we’ve been Googled. It took a very long time before this effort finally materialized and showed up on Google Maps. Just today I received notice via email that it is available online. Unfortunately the entire trail system was not included and even some of the trails that were only have a mile or so filmed and appearing online. Never the less, it is neat to see this feature available.

Here are some screenshots I captured of the Street View of some of our trails:

Above: Pufferbelly Trail north of Dupont Rd. This trail upon completion will be about 80 miles long.

It is a rails to trails project.

Below: Pufferbelly Trail south of Dupont Rd.

Below: St. Marys Pathway which  runs alongside of the St. Marys River.

Above: The St. Joe Pathway which follows along the St. Joe River. Here it is going under St. Joe Center Rd.

Below: The St. Joe Pathway as it comes onto the property of a local university it shares the trail with. Here it crosses the river using this bridge and continues along the other side of the river.

Below, My current personal favorite local trail is the Maumee Pathway which follows along the Maumee River. Here it passes under Maplecrest Rd.

Upon Googling “Fort Wayne Rivergreenway Street View” HERE is where Google took me. It is the Maumee Pathway and just happens to be the section I am assigned to as a Greenway Ranger.

Here is a map showing some of the Fort Wayne Trails …

http://fwtrails.org/files/page/FWT005-Trail%20Map%202017-WEB(2).pdf

HERE you can find maps of individual trails around Fort Wayne, IN.

And HERE is an article about  the Google Maps Street View Trekker project.

As of the end of 2018 we have about 109 miles of trails and more are being added each year.

You may never have the opportunity to come to the Fort Wayne, Indiana area to ride the trail system, but if you do hopefully this information will be helpful. Regardless of where you are at do your best to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’ 

and

ENJOY THE RIDE

FREE GIFT awaits you!

THE ONLY REASON

Today as I post this is December 25th. It is the day when most of the world pauses to one degree or another to acknowledge the fact that God came to earth in the form of a human Baby on a mission to provide a way for man to be saved from the consequences and penalty of his sin. Man can not save himself although many try. That Baby grew into a Man and completed the mission He was on. Unlike us He lived a perfect life free from sin. This was most important as He was to be the sacrifice offering for sin … the only offering acceptable to a holy God. You can read more about all of this in great detail HERE . Sadly the world (most of mankind) has rejected this salvation God offers to us. Doing so comes at a very high price as our eternal soul is at stake. God offers us this FREE GIFT of His salvation, but for all those who reject it and ignore it they forfeit the opportunity He offers to be forgiven of our sin and we then must pay the penalty and answer to Him in judgement. God is love and He demonstrated His love for all of us by dying a cruel agonizing death in our place. His love is AIMED AT YOUR HEART. He has done all that is needed and all that He can and will for us to be saved from our sin. The choice and decision is ours. Once we breathe our last breath it is too late to choose Him and receive His gift of salvation. Our fate is sealed. So I ask you … if you have never responded to His invitation … WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS? Someday your heart will be asking … WHAT WILL JESUS DO WITH ME? The answer to that question can be readily found in His written word … the holy scriptures. God is holy and can not allow sin in His presence. We as sinful people have a problem. Our eternal soul will spend all of eternity either with God (if the sin problem has been taken care of) or apart from God. Being apart from God means spending eternity suffering in anguish in hell fire. God has warned us. We are free morale agents. God created us with the ability to choose to do what we want. We have free will. We are not robots preprogrammed by God to do what He wants us to do. There would not be any expression of God’s love in that. Recognizing and responding to God’s love for us loving Him in return is the ultimate expression of love. It is not a matter of obeying God because we have to. It is all about obeying God because we want to … we want to please Him out of a motivation of our love in return. Yes, God demonstrated His great love for us while we were yet sinners … in the very act of sinning and rebelling against Him … Jesus Christ died for us. Therein is love!

I know there are those who will read this and get upset over it. There will be those who want to tell me it has no place here on a blog about tadpole trikes. But you know … none of that matters. There is not a more important message to communicate to others than this message. In obedience to God I am willing to ruffle a few feathers upsetting some. This timeless message may touch a few hearts and that is what matters. So on this Christmas Day I present the Christmas message. It is not about the many things man does at this time of year … putting up an evergreen tree and decorating it, giving gifts to one another, feasting together as family and friends or any number of the things man does during this holiday. The truth is most everything man does is based on paganism practices the Roman Catholic church brought into our culture. And no where in the holy scriptures are we commanded or instructed to observe the birth of Jesus Christ. And He wasn’t born in December anyway. With all of this being true it is important not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” so to speak. This Christmas holiday does exist in our culture so I for one intend to take advantage of it and proclaim the message of the Cross of Jesus Christ. The reason for the season is truly all about the fact that Jesus did come to earth to provide salvation. He came the first time as a helpless Baby. He will be returning soon … very soon … as the King of kings and Lord of lords. His word tells us that He is coming to pour out His wrath (His anger) on all of those who have rejected Him and the salvation He alone offers. Far better is it to accept and respond to His love now than to be the recipient of His anger later. We are without excuse if we fail to respond to His great love while it is being offered and is available to us. Time is short. Besides none of us know what a day may bring forth. Our last final breath could be seconds away. It is all a most serious matter. The greatest gift is not one placed under a tree. The greatest gift in the One Who was placed on a tree. His Name is Jesus. Merry Christmas to all!

“RELIVE” YOUR ADVENTURE

Relive your adventure? Well, yeah … sort of. Actually I am talking about a smartphone app which is pretty nifty. Anyone who watches Matt Galat’s (JaYoe) videos has probably already seen it as he uses it on his videos.

RELIVE is free and works with Strava, Endomondo, Garmin Connect and Polar Flow apps to create a 3-D mapping of the route you rode.

HERE are other videos concerning this neat app.

FREE GIFT awaits you!

FINAL WORDS

With ongoing eye sight problems I am forced to end my writing new articles … at least for now. I am not saying I am leaving forever, but I need to give my eyes a break in hope of adding time to their usefulness. Looking at a computer screen as much as I do is very hard on my eyes. This will be my last posting. I can’t say what the future holds. I may be back, but I may not. I have enjoyed the journey thus far and trust many of you have as well. Thanks to all of you who have helped make this blog as successful as it has been. I will miss participating in this blog, but as the saying goes … “all good things must come to an end”. Perhaps we’ll meet up again. Goodbye for now my friends. Happy trails to you … maybe we will meet up again. I hope so.

BTW, there is a FREE GIFT waiting for you.

And if you like the song above HERE is another rendition of it I really like.

DOGS ARE PEOPLE TOO

Yeppur, dogs are people too. At least some of them think so and some of us do too. That’s okay. For sure they are part of the family.

Some of us even look like dogs. Did I really say that? I better restate that … sometimes we have dogs that resemble us. Take a look – – –

(In all fairness as far as I know neither of these national leaders own these dogs they are pictured with. Somebody just made up the images in jest. It is probably true of the images below as well.)

And some not quite as well known …

My point is … let’s see … I knew I had a point when I started this. Oh yeah, we are attached to these critters so it is only natural we want to take them along with us when we go out riding our trikes. Now some people pamper their pets to the extreme and only haul their furry friends in a trailer or basket. That is okay for some of the time, but hey … they need exercise too. So there are options available. Some dogs do better than others when it comes to catching on to what they need to do to walk and run alongside of us or perhaps up in front or even behind us. They learn quickly what is expected of them and what they need to do (or not do) to be safe. Other dogs need help and help is available in the way of devices to attach to our trikes which they in turn are attached to. Using these devices they walk and run safely alongside of us out of harms way. Well, they are unless we run them into something. With extra width these devices add to our trikes we need to be careful we don’t do just that. Some dogs even need a special shield alongside of the rear wheel to keep them from getting into it and getting hurt. Anyway, here are a few of the options available:

http://www.dogpoweredscooter.com/

In my opinion and experience it is best to have a means of both hauling your dog as well as walking and running him … at least if you are riding far enough with him where he needs a break from walking and running. If the dog is small enough he can be hauled in a basket aboard the trike, but a larger dog definitely requires a trailer to accommodate him.

Some people just prefer a trailer anyway regardless of the size of the dog. And, of course, some people have more than one dog so a trailer is pretty much a must to take the dogs along safely and comfortably.

And then there are the MUSHERS … dogs who love to pull

Some dogs are pullers, some dogs need to be pulled and some dogs are pretty much neutral … they just walk or run alongside without pulling or being pulled. It is important to “know your dog” and ensure he is getting his exercise without overdoing it. He may need to ride for awhile and then go at it again. Some dogs may only be good for a mile or so at a time while others can walk and run several miles before needing a rest.

Dogs On Trikes Facebook Group

Me with my dog. He was one great dog …

one could not ask for a better dog.

Some dogs are better trained and behaved than others. Some dogs seem to be more easily trained than others. Consequently some dogs do fine without being fastened into a basket or trailer while others definitely need to be “contained”/”restrained”. Keep in mind that in case of a tip over a dog being hauled in a basket is probably more likely to be injured than a dog which is somewhat free to move about some as he can jump out and avoid being injured … or least being less injured than if he would have been restrained in the basket. Unfortunately there are dogs which will jump out if they are not fastened in and that could be very bad especially if you are moving along when they jump. My wife and I had a dog once that jumped out of the window while we were driving down a highway. The only thing that saved him from serious injury is he had his leash fastened and my wife was able to pull him back thru the window before anything happened.

Keep in mind also that carrying a dog in a basket up high off of the ground raises the trike’s center of gravity considerably making it all the easier to tip over.

I have noticed that most dogs enjoy the view as well as the wind in their face. They often tend to move about just to see what there is to see. This can sometimes be a bit challenging for the trike rider as the movement of the dog can effect the handling of the trike.

Please don’t allow your dog to run loose on his own. It is irresponsible. It is dangerous for your dog and for others. Many “accidents” have happened as a result of dogs running loose. It is bad enough when a dog gets injured in these accidents, but it is far worse for innocent people getting injured as a result of the dog owners negligence. I have known friends who have been seriously injured when a loose dog went right in front of them. Sometimes dogs chase after other cyclists which can be very intimidating. And it is against the law to allow a dog to run loose!

And if you are taking your dog along with you please be a responsible and law abiding owner.

Unless you have a special dog who cleans up after himself, be sure you do it. It is the right thing to do.

It is absolutely disgusting to deal with this scenario … dogs owners who do this deserve to have their faces shoved down into this pile of shit.

Yeppur, dogs are people too as far as enjoying tadpole trikes. With our help and with our responsible behavior we can all …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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ORGANIZED RALLIES, RIDES and EVENTS

There are several various rallies, rides and events held each year around the nation. And, of course, there are similar events in other countries of the world, but I am only covering some which are here in the United States. By the way, to the best of my knowledge and understanding all brands of tadpole trikes, delta trikes, “Florida tricycles”, 2 wheel recumbent bikes and diamond frame bikes are welcome to participate regardless of the event being a specific brand name trike. There are always other pedal powered cycles in attendance from what I have seen in videos and still pictures and from what I have read about the rallies.

Rallies: (Some of the biggies/best known)

Heart of Texas Recumbent Rally  (HOT … a Catrike rally held in Austin, TX)

Wisconsin’s Hostel Shoppe hosts their Midwest Recumbent Rally in August. They also sponsor an annual FALL COLOR TOUR up in Wisconsin.

Fort Stevens (Oregon) Recumbent Rally

Here are some more individual listings of rallies:

West Michigan Recumbent Rally

RBR Recumbent Bike and Trike Rally (Pennsylvania)

Smoky Mountain Recumbent Rally  (Maryville, TN)

Tator TOT Recumbent Rally    (Idaho)

Great Western Bicycle Rally (central California)

PALM ride (Pedal Across Lower Michigan)

TerraTrike RiderFest (Michigan)

Michigan HPV rallies

For 11 years Catrike offered an annual rally including rides and a tour of their factory in Orlando, Florida. However they no longer sponsor the ride which I find very sad.

Rides:

RAGBRAI is an annual seven-day cycling ride across the state of Iowa, the oldest,
largest and longest cycling touring event in the world. The route averages 468 miles,
with an average of 67 miles per day. It begins along Iowa’s western border on the
Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River.

BAK (Biking Across Kansas) is a recreational and social rally for cyclists, an annual,
eight-day tour across the state of Kansas. BAK promotes wellness through cycling,
while experiencing the history and beauty of the Kansas landscape, and the warm
hospitality of the Kansas towns and people.

GOBA (The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) is an annual one-week cycling-camping
tour in June. Each year the GOBA route features a different part of Ohio, meandering
through the quiet countryside and stopping at tourist destinations. The ride includes
5 days of cycling from town to town, and 2 days of optional loops.

You can read about some other rides and events HEREHERE  and HERE

Bent Rider OnLine  has a MESSAGE BOARD concerning events, rides and rallies readers post.

Recumbent Events:

Recumbent Cycle-Con

Races:

http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/calendar.asp

Rider Meetups:

TrikeGroups is probably the best of the websites for connecting with other riders. HERE is another website concerning meeting up with other trikers and organizing rides together. I think you have to sign up to use this website. If there are none in your area you can start one here. HERE is a website where you can look up groups listed by State.

Sadly, these websites have been around for a few years, but there just doesn’t seem to be much interest in it. With only a few exceptions what few group listings there are only have 1 to 3 members and don’t ever seem to grow. I am not surprised at this however as it is exactly what I have found to be the way most riders are … no interest in riding together.

I created a group on TrikeGroups for Fort Wayne, but no one showed any interest so I deleted it. As much as I would love to see other tadpole trike riders here in Fort Wayne meet up to ride together it just doesn’t seem to be happening.

http://www.trikegroups.com/browsegroups.php?s=2&c=IN

I guess most of us who ride tadpole trikes don’t buy into the words of the song … “Let’s get together … yeah, yeah, yeah … It could be so much fun”. OK, I admit … I added my own words on the end. But it is true ya’ know. I don’t mind riding by myself, but I definitely think it is more enjoyable to ride together with other tadpole trikes.

There may be bicycle organizations in your area already, but most usually are hard core diamond frame road riders (“roadies”) who go out pedaling around 23 +/- mph average … in short, a different breed which I think most would agree that tadpole trikes don’t fit in too well.

One thing I want to mention is that most organized rides and test rides at events require helmets to be worn on rides.

I am sure there are numerous events I have not covered as I certainly don’t know about all that many. Hopefully those of you who have an interest in this can do some digging and find out. Usually local bike shops have information on rides and events concerning cycling. And hopefully this will be helpful or at least encouraging for all of us to …

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STICK CATCHING … NOT A NICE GAME TO PLAY

For those who have quick release wheel axles there is a matter which should be taken into consideration if you never have before. When tightened down the lever should not be pointed forward as many people often do. When they are pointed forward they can easily and readily do catch sticks, weeds, etc. A lot of people just tighten them up in whatever position that they happen to be in. I have seen the result of having these levers positioned facing forward. They are very good at snagging twigs, etc. as we ride along. So I highly suggest positioning them to face backwards if possible or “tucked away” somehow to avoid this problem. Here is one pointing up which is okay.

And here is one sort of tucked in where it would be hard for a stick to get snagged by it.

This applies to both the front and back axles.

This one on a front axle is positioned ideally.

This may sound like nit picking and silly, but from personal experience it can help avoid problems as we ride along. Just be sure that in changing the position of the lever the entire axle skewer assembly is sufficiently tight. You sure don’t want a wheel falling out of it’s proper position like in this picture of a mountain biker. Actually I photo edited this as I couldn’t find a picture online to demonstrate it. Hopefully we won’t be flying thru the air like some bikes do.

Snagging sticks is not a game to be played while out riding. It is much better to just …

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POSING ON A CAT

Some people impose while others simply pose. Here is one more reason I like our Vice President …. that is a Catrike he is sitting (posing) on … I wish I could just post the picture here, but I don’t have permission so I will simply link to it …

https://m.facebook.com/donald.ennis.39/posts/pcb.1031885226945963/?photo_id=1031885180279301&

I wish I knew more about this photo and what was going on. I wonder if he rode it and, if so, what he thought of it. It would be neat if he would get “hooked” on tadpole trikes and get one of his own to ride. There is no reason why a Vice President couldn’t …

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FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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We see the abbreviation “FAQ” frequently and I am sure most of us know it stands for frequently asked questions. Many websites and printed material have a FAQ area where people can go to try to find answers to frequently asked questions. Q&A is also commonly used. I have thought about going to the effort of trying to make a FAQ page for this blog, but I have never felt ambitious enough to tackle it. So what is a guy to do? Well, we can always let George do it, right? In all seriousness TerraTrike has a FAQ page on their website which covers a lot of different topics. HERE is a link to it. Maybe they can answer your question. I am just not into to it at this time. Woe is me! I guess I need to be thankful for what others have contributed and made available. Of course, some of their answers are TerraTrike trike specific so they won’t be of any help if you have another brand. Even some of the questions which may sound “generic” on the surface they are responding to in regards to their own trikes … so their answers may not be as applicable if you have a different brand of trike.

Here are the questions they have listed:

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