Category Archives: tadpole trikes

ERIE CANAL TRIKE TOUR

I came across these videos of a fellow tadpole trike rider and found them interesting and pretty well done.

He has lots of other videos available. Click HERE to check them out.

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OUR TRIKES ARE MISSING

Today is April 1st … April Fools Day. For those who don’t know what April Fools Day is … maybe you don’t have it where you live … it is a day where people play tricks/pranks/practical jokes on each other. We try to come up with something to fool them. Sometimes they are greatly fooled and what transpires is funny. My wife is a Filipino and she knew nothing of April Fools Day. Her first April 1st here in the U.S. she learned about it as I played a pretty good trick on her. I set all the clocks ahead 30 minutes and had her panicking thinking she was late getting to work. Of course, I let her in on my joke on her. Yep, that was her introduction to April Fools Day. That black eye lasted a long time. (only kidding)

Being April Fools Day I thought I would share about something that happened several years ago where a friend and myself were the victims of a prank which was played on us. (It was not April Fools Day when this happened.) We had taken our trikes via pickup truck to ride a ‘rail trail’ in north central Indiana. We stopped at a restaurant alongside the trail to eat lunch. There was no place to lock our trikes to so we used a cable to lock them to each other. We went in to eat and we asked the waitresses to keep an eye on our trikes for us as we could not since the dining area was in a part of the building from where our trikes could not be seen. The waitresses however were frequently where they could see our trikes. They said they would. After eating when we came back out both of our trikes were gone. Needless to say we panicked and were extremely concerned. We looked around a little bit when we saw a guy over on the nearby trail who was signaling to us. He had seen what was going on and pointed to where our trikes had been moved to. They had been taken back behind the restaurant and sort of hidden in between employee cars parked back there. With the trikes being locked together with the cable it took a few people to accomplish this as they would have to have been lifted together and carried the whole distance together. It turned out that the waitresses inside the restaurant had done this playing a trick on us. It sure worked. We were not laughing initially but the employees of the restaurant sure were. They had come outside to watch this. Definitely we were thankful for the man over on the trail who let us know where our trikes were at. In the end we laughed along with the employees. They had succeeded in playing their prank on us. Fortunately we were able to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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BTW, I have had some fun on this blog a time or two before when it comes to April Fools Day. Click HERE to read one of my postings. Another time I had several people fooled as they believed this picture below was real in the posting about tadpole trike makes record jump.

 

HOW TO BUY (and not to buy) A RECUMBENT TRIKE

Well known tadpole rider, Sylvia Halpern, (whom I have written about a few times previously) shares about how to buy as well as how not to buy a recumbent trike.

Sylvia has other online offerings you may be interested in checking out:

YouTube channel

Vimeo channel

Travels by Trike

Travels by Trike on Facebook

TravelsByTrike on Twitter

BentRiderOnLine articles

Google search results

Sylvia says that she loves seeing what is around the next corner. I like that. I do too. May we all Keep On Trikin’ and …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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ICE FULL FAT E-TRIKE REVIEW & TEST RIDES

Here is a well made video sharing lots of information and covering lots of facets about riding a tadpole trike.

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MATT GALAT SHARES ABOUT HIS EQUIPMENT PACKING

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WHY RIDE A RECUMBENT TRIKE

Here is a video sharing some reasons why a person should consider riding a recumbent trike vs a conventional diamond frame (DF) bicycle. I agree with everything he says.

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SAW, SAND, & GLUE …BUILDING A WOODEN TADPOLE TRIKE

I came across this video of the building of a wooden recumbent tadpole trike. I myself have no interest in a trike made out of wood but I am sure there are those who do. Never the less I do have to admire the effort and skill of the accomplishment.

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120 SPEED, 1000 WATT PEDAL/ELECTRIC HYBRID QUAD

Utah Trikes continues to come up with some pretty amazing custom made offerings. Here is their RevolUTion eQuad FS XL …

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MATT GALAT’S FIRST TADPOLE TRIKE RIDE

Here is a video documenting well known trike pilot Matt Galat’s first ride on a tadpole trike.

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YUMI, SIDE BY SIDE TANDEM QUAD

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HEADLIGHT & TAILLIGHT COMBO

seldom recommend products to others. My reasoning is I don’t want them to be upset with me if they don’t care for their purchase. Just because I like something and have been well satisfied does not mean someone else will. Anyway, today while I was out riding I looked down at my headlight and thought to myself that I was very pleased and impressed with it. So, guess what? I decided to recommend it to others.

Anybody looking for a good USB rechargeable headlight and taillight combo? I highly recommend this one. It is a 300 lumen BV made in China (what isn’t anymore?). I have been using it for several months now and really like it.It is plenty bright for daytime use … really gets attention. The charge usually lasts me at least two full riding days. Even when the red light comes on indicating low battery the light still lasts me all day and remains bright. It is fairly small yet extremely bright for daytime use (flash mode). It can be bought at various sources including Amazon, Ebay and Walmart. The price varies from one source to another. Right now the best price I have found online is $12.99 with free shipping at IberaUSA (BikePakMart). The taillight is also quite bright but it only lasts me about one day on a full charge. I seldom use the taillights but there is certainly nothing wrong with them. https://iberausa.com/product/bv-super-bright-300-lumens-rechargeable-bike-light-set-water-resistant/ .

As lumen rating goes 300 isn’t all that much nowadays  but I tell ya … I don’t think one would want or need anything brighter than this light for daytime use. It really gets attention! They advertise the taillight as”a bonus included free” and that is the way I look at it. I was buying a headlight not a taillight. It seems oftentimes headlights are advertised as a headlight-taillight combo. As I stated, there is nothing wrong with it. It too is quite bright and attention getting. I simply seldom use these taillights as I have other taillights I prefer over them. Believe it or not, I have 8 taillights mounted on my trike. I normally only use one but when I am riding out on a busy/dangerous road/street I turn others on to make sure traffic sees me. If I turn them all on I look like an emergency vehicle.

To the naysayers who say that ya gotta have a headlight of well over 1000 lumen I say to you that you don’t know what you are talking about. Keep in mind I am talking about riding in the daytime … not after dark. I would be the first to agree that 300 lumen is quite insufficient for night time riding. 3000 lumen would be more in order. BUT IN THE DAYTIME 300 LUMEN IS QUITE SUFFICIENT.  Anything more is overkill and totally unnecessary. And brighter lights can be a menace to others. Even my 300 lumen headlight can be a problem for some people as they say it is way too bright and bothers them. It is rare for anyone to complain but it does happen. I just tell them “sorry, but I am trying to stay alive by being seen by motorists”.

So, if you are looking for a good headlight for daytime use (particularly in flash mode) I would think you would be well pleased with this light.

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CHOMPING AT THE BIT & REARING UP

 

Each day I find myself going thru the same emotions and anxiety … waiting for the time to pass so that I can go out for my daily ride on my tadpole trike. Like a horse chomping on its bit and rearing up, I want to get going. But I have to wait. It is still dark outside and still too cold. I need to wait until it is daylight and the temperature starts to warm up a bit. Of course, I am talking about winter time as in summer time just the opposite is true. In hot weather I try to leave early … at first light oftentimes … so I can get out and get my ride in before it gets uncomfortably hot. It is mid March as I compose this which means that it is still getting rather cool overnight and the coldest part of the day is around 7 and 8 AM. So “here I sit all broken hearted, chompin’ at the bit, I can’t get started”. Hey, that actually rhymes. Hopefully it won’t be long before warmer weather arrives and all this changes.

By the way, I tried my best to get my trike to rear up like Silver so I could show a picture of my trike above instead of a horse, but my steady steed refused to cooperate.

Yep, I am rearing to go (at least in my mind). How about you? I want to get out there and …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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Well, it is light enough and warm enough so I am OUT OF HERE!

CAUGHT ON CAMERA

It happened again. I was out for my daily ride and was riding across a bridge when I saw a guy crouched down with a camera pointed at me. He had snapped this picture shown above and as I was riding on past him he shouted out to me so I turned around and rode back to him. I had no idea who he was but as it turned out he works for the local newspaper and had been there at that location for 20 to 30 minutes waiting for someone to come across the bridge. He was wanting to take a picture for the newspaper to be published the following day. We talked together for awhile and I did my best to be a good ambassador for recumbent tadpole trikes which, of course, I always do.

And no, it was not 1 AM when he took this picture. I was sound asleep at that time. And it was very dark at that time. As you can see it is daylight when I was crossing this bridge. And it was Wed. March  4th. He does say that but I just wanted to be sure no one is confused. I guess he wanted people to know when he was posting this in the newspaper.

This is far from the first time the media has caught me on camera in both still pictures and video. In fact, I think it is about the 8th time. Some have been television news stories and some have been newspapers. And one was when I was caught on Google Maps Street View camera car as we passed each other.

The very first time was nearly a full page article on the front cover of the newspaper. It featured me on my trike with my dog in the basket. That really surprised me as I was expecting the article to be hidden well back into the newspaper and quite small. That picture made my dog well known as people would see us all over town and yell out at us. And when people were up close to us they would make a big fuss over my dog and he loved that. And when my dog was not with me people would ask where he is at. He put a lot of miles on the local trails walking and running as well as riding in the basket.

In my cold weather attire the scenario is somewhat like the Lone Ranger TV show where as the Lone Ranger rides away at the end of the show someone asks “who was that masked man?”

I am sure that there are several of you who have already or will be featured in the media as well. I guess it comes with riding a tadpole trike … something a bit different than is what most people are used to seeing. I told the newspaper person several different things about tadpole trikes but in his limited article all that he said was “Cycling in comfort”. I sure can’t argue that!

At this point in time I intend to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

and in doing so it is quite possible the Paparazzi will continue to pursue me.

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By the way, if this gets me into deep water so be it … I have been there before …

 

ICE VORTEX, ONE OF THE FASTER ONES

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IT FEELS LIKE RAIN DROPS … SO MANY RAINDROPS

was just looking ahead at the ten day weather forecast which bummed me out. Oh well, it is that time of year and rain is to be expected. And God has said in His written Word, the Bible, that He will give us  rain in the seasons. In fact He says quite a lot about rain coming in the Spring so that we might have crops and food to eat. He says that rain falls on the just as well as the unjust. And we are instructed to rejoice for the rain we receive. Truly without it life would not exist. I need to remind myself of this the next time I find myself sitting under shelter on my trike with the rain pouring down. I tend to think when I am taking shelter like this …

I find myself thinking “why can’t this be the situation?” … it’s raining over there … which is fine, but please Lord stop the rain here.

Where I live and ride the trails I ride the most follow along 3 different rivers. They are great to ride but the rivers flood frequently and the trails flood over closing them for quite some time all too often. When they finally do open back up it may only be two or three days before the rivers flood again and the trails are closed again. Personally I wish they never would have built these trails alongside of rivers.

I made the mistake one time of attempting to ride thru floodwater on a local trail. I had no idea of how deep the water was but I found out when it was up above my seat. The worst of it was it was about this time of year so the river water was rather cold and the air temperature was as well. Needless to say I didn’t try that again. Besides, now I have a battery mounted down low which I dare not submerge in water. You have probably heard the saying before that water and electricity don’t mix and also the one about electronics and water don’t either.

If I were a rich man … yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum … I would travel to some place else to ride during this season of rain and flooding … but alas tis not so. I am stuck here and have to make the best of it. If it gets bad enough I ride in the streets and out in the country away from the maddening crowd. Fortunately our newer trails are not prone to flooding so I have those to ride on. The problem there is lack of “connectivity” at this point in time. I have, however, found some low traffic routes to take to simplify and make it safer getting to some of them.

As often as the weather forecasters are incorrect in their forecasting maybe things won’t turn out so bad. One can only hope. Hey, I am going to do my best to …

ENJOY THE RIDE

and I hope you do as well.

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ICE ADVENTURE FS HD BAFANG

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44 MILE RIDE ON AN L.A. BIKE TRAIL

 

Here is a video of a 44 mile long ride on a bike trail out in the Los Angeles area. Starting about 11 minutes into the video you can see the numerous homeless encampments set up along both sides of the trail. I have been informed that since this video was recorded all of these homeless encampments are gone.

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ICE SPRINT & ADVENTURE MODELS

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THE JOY OF RIDING A MOTORIZED TRIKE

Here is a video of a tadpole trike rider describing his e-trike and his riding it.

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COME RIDE THE FORT WAYNE TRAILS

Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second largest city with a growing population currently around 268,000. We are blessed to have about 116 miles of trails at this point in time. About 79 miles of them are connected together. They are all paved … mostly with asphalt and a small amount are concrete. The original trails are known as the Rivergreenway because they follow along the three rivers we have here in Fort Wayne. The Rivergreenway consists of about 21 miles of linear trails. The Rivergreenway consists of the St. Joseph Pathway, the St. Marys Pathway and the Maumee Pathway. Two other trails I recommend are the Towpath Trail and the Pufferbelly Trail. HERE is a map of the entire trail system.

For those who are campers there is a very nice campground conveniently located in Johnny Appleseed Park which has one of the Rivergreenway Trails (the St. Joseph Pathway) going right past it. There are also two fenced in dog parks available just across the street from the campground for those who have dogs with them. It is called Camp Canine and is 60,000 square feet in area. To check out the cost and requirements click on the dog parks link above. I often times stop by on my trike just to watch the dogs play and interact with one another. On the map below the black line area is the campground, the blue line area is the dog parks and the red line is the St. Joseph Pathway (bike trail).

I am available to ride with anyone who wants to come here and ride on our trails. I will help with learning the trails and making sure you are safe and don’t get lost. I look forward to meeting you. You can email me for further communication, information and planning. My email address is …   tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com.

May we all …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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