Category Archives: tadpole trikes

11 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR TRIKE FASTER

Utah Trikes has some good videos. Here is one of them …

… WARNING … FOR SPEED DEMONS ONLY …

(only kidding … there is some good info here applicable to all)

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A LOW COST TADPOLE TRIKE … KENT 20 CAVALIER

Walmart is apparently the one and only source for this low cost tadpole trike. When I say low cost I am talking about $698. Of course, the old adage remains true … “You usually get what you pay for.” As you can see it is a rather odd looking creation … a very high seat … so it is not going to be a contender for great handling. I would have to agree with one description I read … basically “a wheelchair with pedals”. I have not been able to discover much technical information on this trike. I have been trying to find out the seat height but came up empty handed. It certainly is not my idea of a recumbent tadpole trike but I am sure they will sell. BTW, as I compose this Walmart reports that they are Out of Stock.. so apparently they are selling.

FEATURES

  • Comfortable recumbent position – the rider’s weight is distributed more evenly over a larger area increasing the longevity of comfort
  • Laid back and reclining ergonomic design
  • 20″ Wheels, 2 in front, 1 in back
  • Integrated head rest
  • 7 Speeds with a Tourney TX Derailleur making smooth shifts
  • Handlebar brakes within easy reach
  • Adjustable Seat
  • Dimensions: 35.43″L x 18.90″W x 26.62″H

HERE is Kent’s website. I had never heard of this company until I came upon this trike but according to the following paragraph I am not keeping up with the times.

Kent International Inc is an American bicycle manufacturer based in Parsippany, New Jersey. It imports and distributes bicycles and bicycle accessories worldwide. As of 2014, it was considered the 2nd largest manufacturer of bicycles in the United States. Philkam Cycle changed its name in 1958 to Kent International. In 1979 it began manufacturing bicycles in Kearny, New Jersey, but closed its factory and moved manufacturing overseas in 1990. It returned manufacturing to the United States in 2014, building a facility in Clarendon County, South Carolina.

Click HERE to download the manual.

It certainly would not be my choice in tadpole trikes but hey, if money is an issue this might not be too bad of a deal. At least it is American made. I just hope Kent stands behind their products offering good service and speedy parts when needed.

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TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD VIA A TADPOLE TRIKE

Most of us will never be able to ride our tadpole trikes around the world even if we truly would like to. There are a few however who are doing this and documenting it on video and pictures so that we can be a part of it. I personally only know of a few people which I will list here. If you know of any others feel free to tell us in comments.

Matt Galat

Sylvia Halpern

Darren Broadhurst

Kathyrn (don’t know last name)

 

Matt interviews Darren …

Gary Solomon of Laidback Bike Report has featured and interviewed some of these world travelers.

For those considering trike travels HERE is some help with equipping one’s trike.

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A Review of an Azub Touring Setup

From the “land down under” (Australia) comes this video I share here. This triker,  Darren Broadhurst, is among the few who is on an ongoing trike journey around the world. He rides an Azub Ti-Fly 20 inch  … which is a fully suspended model.

His video channel description … “After retiring from a full military career I’ve been cycling and travelling around the world for the past 4 years. These are the videos along the way.”

Other videos available from this fellow triker.

His website … every which way but lost.

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EVEN IF YOUR NAME IS NOT GEORGE WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!

Good eyesight is precious. Just try losing it to be convinced. I can speak from personal experience. I am blind in my left eye and struggling to maintain what eyesight I have left in my right eye,. I won’t bother explaining what all is going on. I will simply say it is something I inherited from my mother’s side of the family. As part of my eye care I have to get an injection of a very expensive medicine in my right eye once a month. Each time I go to the eye doctor my eye gets dilated which, of course, makes for blurry vision and the need for sun glasses when out in bright sunshine. Two days ago I had another eye doctor appointment. For the very first time I rode my tadpole trike to the appointment rather than go by car and having a designated driver. It worked out great although certainly my vision was considerably impaired on my return trip home. Yep, I was thoroughly enjoying myself riding along when I hit a curb I didn’t … indeed COULD NOT see and flew up into the air. It was not only embarrassing but I was quite concerned about my trike. A bad bump like that by all 3 wheels could cause serious damage. As far as I know everything is okay. Just a few blocks later I hit another curb. It reminded me of the period of time I rode around with very poor vision due to cataracts. I could identify with Mark 8:24 where it is recorded “… I see men as trees, walking.” In fact, I still deal with this quite a lot. It is not as bad as this picture but in the distance I often times can not distinguish a person from a tree as I look down the trail ahead of me. Yep, good eyesight is so precious.

Watch out for that tree!

Trees are on my list of concerns as well as curbs, etc. My name isn’t George and I am pretty sure that most of you are not named George either. My thinking right now is … this might very well be a time when it would be good to let ol’ George do it. As they say … better him then me. So if your name is George … WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE! Hey, even if your name is not George I would say the same thing to ya. I am pretty sure we all want to …

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and

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I am reminded of this song …

Hmmm, makes a guy consider having his name changed to Fred and let George do the drivin’.  Just watch out for that tree!

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF GETTING RID OF PRESTA VALVES …

Most all of us grew up with Schrader valves as Presta valves were unheard of. But as time passed along came “skinny Minnie” and the controversy began. I had never heard of Presta valves until I bought my 2009 Catrike Trail which came with them. It didn’t take more than a couple of days before I learned to hate Presta valves. I say that the French can have them. I think they are ridiculous. So soon after purchasing my trike I took action and did something about this. I drilled out my rims to accommodate Schrader valves and never looked back. I have not had to deal with Presta valves since. HERE is a good article on this subject.

I vote for getting rid of Presta valves. I sure would not miss them. There is only one thing about Presta valves that I like and that is the threaded metal stem with the nut which tightens down keeping the stem from pushing into the rim. At least 3 inner tube manufacturers offer this feature on their Schrader valves and I use them whenever I can.

I am totally amazed when I hear/read of cyclists who actually like and prefer Presta valves over Schrader. It is one of those “I don’t get it” things … like … what’s wrong with them? Oh well, to each his own as they say. Hey, if Schrader valves were good enough for Benjamin Franklin’s dad they are good enough for me. What did I just say? Oh never mind. Just know that I am for Schrader valves and against ol’ skinny Minnie. France can keep them. Schrader valves work just fine. They help me to …

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GETTING UP – GETTING OLD is GETTING OLD

73 is the current number for me. One thing I have noticed is that the older I get the harder it seems to be getting to get up out of my trike seat. I mean, where is a proverbial “sky hook” when needed? That would make it so much easier, don’t ya know?  I think I would benefit from assist bars but I don’t know where I could mount them as I already have other bars mounted that I have my computers mounted on. I may have to look into the matter as the situation is getting worse. I have written about assist bars previously.

Another answer may be a different trike with a higher seat but that is out for me as I can’t afford it nor do I want a higher seat. I like the handling a lower seat offers and would not want to give it up. Maybe I will just have to be the person who actually invents a sky hook. I am quite certain that there is a definite market for them in this world. Hey, maybe I could go out a multi-millionaire.

I don’t think they make a small drone powerful enough to lift me. Heck, even a big drone would be challenged.

Losing weight … lots of weight … would help immensely. I may not even need anything to help me then. Unfortunately that is not likely to happen. Life isn’t fair. I have found that it is a whole lot easier to put weight on than it is to take it off. Nope, life isn’t fair!

One thing is for sure … I need to do something if I want to continue riding as this problem keeps getting worse. A sky hook is needed as I do want to …

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I reckon I can safely say that Getting Up While Getting Old is Getting Old.

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BTW, I just ordered some assist bars from Power On Cycling. Hopefully they will help me. I am sure I will have to make some changes in order to mount them and use them.

DON’T FOLLOW ME … I’M LOST

Wow … was I ever lost … as in … I sure was lost … as in clueless. Yesterday I rode most of the way with a friend to where he lives. I stopped just a very short distance from his house to head back to the trail we left. I knew how to get to my house from his house but I wasn’t going to my house directly so I tried navigating my was thru subdivisions I was not familiar with. To make matters worse there was lots of street closures for construction projects going on so I had to find a different route. I had no idea what streets we had just taken to get thru the various subdivisions. I would need to study a map to figure it out. Many of the streets were dead end so I had to keep turning around and going back. I had told my friend when he surprised me and turned into a subdivision rather than stay on the trail along the main street (which I thought he would do) that I will probably need him to ride back with me a ways as I would never remember the route he was taking thru the subdivision. I was just kidding but it sure would have helped. I got so lost and turned around. I had no idea where I was at and where I was headed … where I needed to go. Basically I just wanted to come out somewhere where I was familiar with the area and would then know what to do. I finally did and I sure was surprised as I was miles from anywhere I expected to be. Fortunately I was very familiar with the area and it was simple enough from then on even though I had a very long way to ride to get back to the trail. And where I came back onto the trail was many miles from where I got off of it It all worked out and I had a very good ride even though it was a bit embarrassing. I mean … it is not the sort of thing I would want to tell anyone. Hey, what am I telling you for? This is embarrassing. Here is a map of sorts. I can’t fill it in any better than this as I don’t have a clue what streets we rode on (blue line) after leaving the trail (red line). The black circle is the approximate area I was riding around in totally lost. I came out onto Trier Rd. and then I knew where I was and what I needed to do to get back onto the trail. As you can see I was far from where I got off of the trail.

 

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SOMETHING DIFFERENT … A LAUGH OR TWO

Quite frankly I have ran out of stuff to post. Nothing new has come along which has inspired me to post about. So I have decided to do something different. What I have in mind has nothing to do with tadpole trikes. I really enjoy good humor as I am sure many of you do as well. Thus what I am doing here in this posting is sharing some of my favorite comedy videos.

HERE is the full length version of this comedy skit.

From the opening scenes of the comedy movie, The Shakiest Gun in the West …

 

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ONE GREAT VIDEO of JAYOE!

A friend of Matt Galat compiled this video for him and did an excellent job of it. BTW, the YouTube video description is in itself an interesting read.

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SAFETY FLAGS REVISITED

I have written about safety flags previously but I want to revisit the subject today. Did you ever notice the word  SAFETY in safety flags? They are called safety flags for a very good reason. The purpose of a safety flag is to help keep you safe by attracting attention … by being highly visible. If a flag fails to do that it is worthless as a safety flag. Sadly the vast majority of flags people have on their trikes fail the test when it comes to fulfilling the task of helping keep the rider safe. I really don’t understand it. Why do people insist on using flags that are ineffective? They use flags that they like the looks of paying no attention to whether or not they are highly visible and attention getting.

Part of being attention getting is to flap around freely in the slightest of breezes. Some flags don’t hardly flap in a very strong wind. Flags should readily be seen from 360 degrees and from far away.

I have had people tell me that they saw my flags from a very long distance off from every which direction from me. I have had people tell me that they say my safety flags before they saw my bright flashing lights.

Both the size and the shape of a flag is important. One of the most popular shaped flags is a triangle. In my opinion they are absolutely the worst flag out there as far as being seen and attention getting. That is because they flap very poorly and oftentimes appear from the back as a thin line. They are not even as wide as the flag pole which they are attached to. That is ridiculous, but people seem to love these flags. They are extremely popular. I think they would be better off with just the flag pole if it were a safety orange color. I have followed behind people who use these flags and observed them. Rarely do they move any to attract attention. Definitely a streamer attached to it helps immensely. It is the only thing that can be seen as it flaps about.

I base my opinions of safety flags on real life experience. One of the most impressive experiences I have had is when I was riding on the Maumee Pathway which is one of our local trails. It follows along the Maumee River so it meanders around quite a bit and much of it is well shaded by trees. There are very few places along the trail that offer line of sight vision for very far ahead. Between curves, hills and trees and bushes you just can’t see very far ahead. I was riding along when I got a very brief glimpse of a bright flash of orange light. It must have been 3/4 of a mile ahead of me. I thought it must be the amber flashing light of a utility vehicle or mower. As I continued to ride along I saw this brief flash of orange a couple of more times. I kept going and caught up with the source of what I was seeing. It was not a flashing light at all but a couple of people I  know who have identical safety flags to mine. They liked my flags so well that the wife copied them making a set for their trikes. The sun occasionally shined down thru the trees lighting up the flags which made the orange flag look like a light flashing. I knew that my flags are highly visible and attention getting but this was positive proof for sure. For more information on how to make these flags click HERE.

I rarely see safety flags that impress me. Today I saw this one on Facebook and it inspired me to write this article to post at this time. It is yellow and orange together with a black line separating the two colors. It flaps extremely well. I think it is too large but otherwise I really like it. I think the size is going to be an issue on very windy days especially as high as it is mounted. That flag pole is going to bend over considerably.

I encourage you to use safety flags that are effective … not just something you find appealing for other reasons. Your very life and well being may depend upon it so that you can …

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“CAT EAR” WIND NOISE FILTERS FOR VIDEO CAMERAS

Cats are known to have excellent hearing. They are also known to be hunters of prey. When the Lord Jesus Christ created them He equipped them with ears designed to deal with wind. A cat’s ears have hair which helps break up and greatly diminish wind noise. Have you ever noticed how much wind noise there is as you ride your trike? Have you ever placed your hand up by your ear as you ride along and noticed that when you block the wind from going past your ear you can hear much better? If you have not done so give it a try.

BTW, they make devices to use on a helmet to block the wind from passing by your ears.

I made some which attach to my eye glass frame stems. They work pretty good but I don’t use them as they look goofy.

I have watched a lot of videos and one thing that absolutely ruins an otherwise good video is wind noise in the audio. Sometimes it is so bad that it blocks out whatever else was recorded. Just like with our ears wind passing by the microphone of a video camera is quite noticeable. Video cameras with built in microphones as well as external microphones need to have what I call a “cat ear filter” on them to act as a wind filter. You can buy these. Some work better than others. Here is one for a GoPro camera …

 

BTW, these filters are commonly called “dead cat filters” but I don’t like that name so I call them cat ear filters.

Years ago I decided to experiment with my video camera to see if I could come up with a good effective wind noise filter. I tried several different things. Some worked better than others.

After trying several different things I finally settled on something that has worked great. Even in strong winds it prevents most wind noise from occurring.

To start with I used a plastic eye drop medicine bottle cut to make sort of a funnel with the smaller diameter neck down over the microphone area on the camera. The bottom of the bottle is cut off to make it open. In the picture below I have drawn red lines to show where I cut the bottle. I used the section in between the red lines.

 

I used clear silicone to glue the bottle in place. Silicone works quite well and is fairly easy to remove if ever I want to. The bottle is filled with a man-made fiber material (pictured below) which is the stuffing from inside of a stuffed toy.

Over it at the cut off bottom of the bottle is a piece of black felt like material. Then the last piece is a tossle off of a hat. It and the black felt like piece are also siliconed onto the bottle to hold it all together.

As I stated earlier I experimented with various things including stopping with just using the black felt like piece. I was after near perfection and after adding the tossle I achieved it. Here is a video I made on a windy day. I am riding with a friend talking to him. You can hear a clicking sound coming from one of the chain tubes on my trike. I am telling my friend about it in the beginning of the video. Without the wind noise filter I doubt if you would even be able to hear what I am saying but as you can hear my voice comes thru quite well.

Here are some more homemade wind noise filter videos …

HERE are the Google search results for wind noise filters. And HERE is Amazon’s search results.

 

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E-BIKE BATTERIES AND WATER … A DEFINITE NO-NO

The other day I foolishly rode thru some flood water thinking that it would not be deep enough to be a concern. Boy, was I wrong! I just ordered a new battery as I ruined the one that got wet. I made it thru the flood water okay but just a few feet beyond the electrical power went off. I switched to my second battery and continued on my way. Later that day after I arrived back home I took my wet battery into the house and took it apart. I dried it out and tested it to see if there was power at the terminals when I turned the key switch. All seemed to be okay so I put the charger on it and it seemed to be charging okay. But apparently it wasn’t. The green light came on indicating it was fully charged so I put it back on my trike assuming all was fine. While out on a ride the next day I ran my backup battery all the way down so I switched over to this battery that had got wet. I turned the key switch to power it up but nothing happened. So I had to ride all the way back home under human power only which was quite challenging. I was about 6 miles away from home. I made it but my legs were shouting for relief.

This same battery has gotten wet a few times before but I never experienced any problem with it until now. I may look into seeing if I can raise the battery mount up a little higher as I have it pretty low. My backup battery is up high in a rear rack so there is no concern with it getting submerged in water. I wonder if the power from the battery had been off when it got wet if it would have prevented damaging from happening. Anyway, a new battery is on order. It was an expensive error on my part. I am just glad it was the oldest of my two batteries as it had less natural life left in it than the newest one.

The battery I just ordered is a bit more sophisticated than my first two and yet it is about $100 cheaper. They were just plain batteries but the new one has a LED taillight and a USB outlet built into it. I just hope the taillight can be shut off. I have plenty of taillights so I don’t need to run the e-bike battery down powering a taillight I don’t need on. I like the idea of having it if I want to use it. The USB port could be very handy. This battery comes with a rear rack and a charger. I can use a new rear rack as the one that came with my first battery is broken and needs welding. I stopped using it some time ago and bought another one which is just a plain rack. I fabricated a battery mount to use under it. I will be glad to get back to using this new rack however as it looks nicer than the conglomeration I have now.

I will probably be wondering just how much longer my first battery would have lasted if I had not done a number on it. They say that typically these batteries have 800 to 1000 charging cycles in them. I probably have near 600 or so on this first battery. It is nearly 2.5 years old.

So sports fans … the moral of this story is “don’t be stupid”. Water and electricity still don’t mix. I could have kept on going and enjoyed the ride … avoiding all this expense. If you were nearby I would bend over and let you kick me. 🙂

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HOW TO ADD SOLAR PANELS TO A TRIKE

Here is a video about adding solar panels to an e-trike to charge the battery. Tadpole rider, Alex Hofvander, shares about his system.

HERE are other videos of Alex.

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TAKING THE LANE

Growing up I never heard of “taking the lane”. As a child and up thru my teen years I chose to ride on the left (wrong) side of the road against traffic. My thinking and reasoning was that I was able to see the traffic ahead of me coming at me and, if need be, I could take evasive action to keep from getting hit. I never had a policeman stop me for doing this. Later as I grew into adulthood I started riding on the right (correct) side of the road but I stayed over to the right as far as possible trying to stay out of the way of all traffic. BTW, now I try to avoid riding on the left (wrong) side of the road as I came to realize that doing this does present problems for motorists. It can confuse them and shake them up.

In recent years I started hearing about riding out in the lane of traffic “taking the lane”.

When I first heard it I thought it was nuts … asking for disaster. I started experimenting with riding out in the traffic lane and found that there was no problem in doing so. I got more and more comfortable with it and came to the realization that it is safer and better than riding over on the right hand side. So now I take the lane almost all the time. The exception to that is if I am riding somewhere that has a very wide lane where there is plenty of room for motor vehicles to safely pass by me . I am also leery of taking the lane of a road where there are hills and curves which would make it impossible for a motor vehicle coming up behind me to see me in time to avoid colliding with me. It is best just to stay off of roads like that as they are just too dangerous. I want to be safe out there and …

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BTW, I haven’t mentioned designated bike lanes. The concept sounds good but I find them objectionable to use as they are just dangerous. Motor vehicles drive in them, park in them, cut cyclists off not paying any attention to them. Then there is the fact that a cyclist is trapped in a narrow lane between moving motor vehicles and parked motor vehicles. The parked motor vehicles pose a real threat as doors are opened just as the cyclist is riding by. Also the parked vehicles start pulling out often not paying any attention if cyclists are riding along coming up to them. I have also noticed that the surface of bike lanes is usually the worst part of the street as far as the surface. There are lots of manhole covers, pot holes, debris, etc. to contend with. It is difficult and dangerous trying to move about to avoid it.

I DO ALL MY OWN STUNTS

Recently I saw a custom safety flag which had “I do all my own stunts” on it. That got me to thinking and so here I am writing this article. I can identify with that. I wish I had some of the things that have happened to me recorded on video. Of course, most of it would be on the embarrassing side. I am talking about tip overs, running into things, running over things, etc. Some of those times I was “hot dogging” a bit. Most of the times they were just accidents. And most of the times I was either sitting still or moving slowly.

I learned how easily a tadpole trike can tip over when on uneven ground or when backing up while turning going too fast. I have been fortunate in that I haven’t had any really serious injuries.

One time I was picking up trash alongside of a trail. I was doing so while seated on my trike. I had gone over near the edge of an embankment near a river to pick up some trash just over the edge of the embankment. I tried to reach it but couldn’t so I leaned out just a little bit further. That is all it took to cause the trike to tip over and dump me over the embankment with my trike on top of me. I had a time getting out of that mess. Nobody was around to help me so I had to struggle thru it. I didn’t get hurt but it was sure embarrassing.

Another time right in a curve on the trail my two fiends I was riding with suddenly stopped right in front of me without any warning. I had to brake hard to keep from running into the trike in front of me. Braking hard in a turn is not a good thing to do. Over I went and ended up with some road rash on my arm.

Another time I was downtown riding on the sidewalk. I was watching a motor vehicle out in the street concerned that he was turning into the driveway I was approaching. Ahead of me the pavement narrowed and a curb suddenly appeared. I didn’t see it as I was watching the motor vehicle. I hit that curb and it violently tipped me over and slammed me to the ground. I just missed hitting a concrete column which could have resulted in extremely serious injury. I was laying over and trapped in my trike. I struggled to get out of it. I got some cuts and abrasions and bled a lot. It was quite embarrassing.

One time I had unloaded my trike from the back of my pickup truck and was getting ready to go for a ride. I had parked over alongside the road and a river was quite nearby over an embankment. I sat down in my trike ready to ride when I made the bad decision to back up and turn around. As I backed up I didn’t realize my trike was quickly approaching the edge of the embankment. I got stopped okay but I could not go forward. If I dared to release my brakes in an attempt to go forward I only went further back and was slowly going over the edge of the embankment. I was in a real predicament and there was no one around to help me. All I could do is sit there with my brakes locked. After awhile a jogger ran by me. I hollered out to him asking for help but he just ran on ignoring me. A couple of more people passed by as I sat there and the same thing happened. Finally a guy I knew was going by me and I hollered at him by name. I explained to him what the problem was and asked him to take my hand and pull me as I released the other brake and tried to pedal forward. It worked. I got out of that mess. It would not have taken much more backwards movement before I would have gone over the embankment and possibly into the river.

Hot dogging can be bad. I have been fortunate as I never been injured as a result. A friend of mine has had serious injuries as a result of hot dogging. I hit a bollard once trying to turn off of a road onto the trail. I was going too fast. I was able to get almost stopped so when I hit the bollard I wasn’t going fast enough for any damage to happen. In the picture below the trail runs right along side of a street for a little ways. My friend was riding on the trail (blue line) and I was out in the street (red line). I wanted to get ahead of him so I was going faster. I didn’t slow up enough to make the turn. I hit the center bollard attempting to turn onto the trail.

Not looking where you are going can, of course, result in things going wrong. Once I was looking off to my side at a pavilion downtown. I was riding on the wide sidewalk in front of it. There were handrails protruding out over the sidewalk. They were part of the railing that went up steps toward the pavilion. They were just the right height to modify my face if I were to hit them. Again, fortunately I turned back looking forward just in time to swerve and miss them.

Years ago I created this picture of a trike jumping thru the air. Much to my surprise it has fooled several people as they thought it was real. Anyway, the air time might be fun but I sure would not want any part of the landing.

Yep, I have always done my own stunts. I wouldn’t have it any other way. That is mainly because I wouldn’t want to see anybody get injured in my place. I am quite hopeful that my stunts are pretty much over with cause at 73 I am getting a bit too old to do my own stunt work. May we all be safe and .simply …

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TRIKE TRACKS – BEING MADE by MARTIN SCHMIDT

Martin Schmidt is a fellow tadpole trike rider who hails from Germany. He rides a HP Velotechnik FS26 Scorpion trike and has been making lots of journeys on it capturing much of it on video. His website and his videos are in German so those who don’t savvy the language are out of luck so to speak. Although I took a course of German in high school I don’t remember a word of it. So I can only enjoy seeing the German countryside shown in his videos.

YouTube videos

website

contact form on his website

Here is a sampling of one of his many videos …

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READIN’, RIDIN’ n ‘RITHMETIC

At 73 years old I no longer have much interest in the “Three R’s” I,  like everybody else, was dealing with as I was growing up. Oh, I still read some and most definitely I write (as should be obvious). Arithmetic … only when I have to. Over the last many years the writing part is mostly centered around the “riding” part of my life.

As some of you know I am a retired weldor and metal fabricator. That means I have a lifetime of working with mathematics. And as some of you know I built my first recumbent bicycle and then I built my first recumbent tadpole trike. Most definitely mathematics was involved in all that, especially getting the front end geometry correct so that the trike handled properly and safely. I do very little metal fabrication anymore so my onboard calculator may be getting a bit “rusty”. I don’t know that to be factual but I don’t have any intention of doing anymore fabrication so I will probably never know concerning this. I do, however, work at whatever is needed to keep my trike going. I have already fabricated most things for my trike I have need of so unless something happens to them I most likely won’t be making anything more from here on.

I have never liked to read so I don’t do a lot of it … never have. Subjects like reading, writing, English, literature, etc. were among my least favorite subjects in school. Most definitely my very favorite subject was Industrial Arts (metal shop and mechanical drafting). I also liked science and math … at least until it got into advanced math such as trigonometry, calculus, etc. I did great in math until I got to advanced algebra and advanced geometry. I had always been a straight A student. I had planned on going on to trig and calculus but with the struggle I had in advanced algebra and geometry I made the decision to drop the higher math from my junior and senior years of high school. Of course, I am glad I did as there is no doubt in my mind that I would have failed in those classes. That is my personal story and I am stuck with it. But, hey, I had no need of such math in my life so it was no big thing.

I retired from my welding profession quite a few years ago and truly riding my tadpole trike has become my full time job in retirement. I am usually riding 5 to 7 hours a day most days weather permitting. I do miss the welding but I knew sooner or later it would end. I look forward to riding my trike each day and bad weather bums me out. Of course, none of us know the future as far as what tomorrow may bring into our lives. We don’t even know what will happen the next second from now. No, we have no assurance of our next breath or heartbeat. And because we don’t it is so very important that we have the assurance Jesus Christ offers each of us … the assurance of being ushered into His presence upon death rather than having the demons of hell usher us into Hades. I won’t go on about it as I know many of you are already upset that I dare to mention this. For anyone who is interested you can read more about the subject by clicking on any of the links below.

Yep, I still am engaged in the 3 R’s … readin’, RIDIN’ n rithmetic, but mostly RIDING.

And may we all …

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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IS IT SAFE TO BUY/USE A USED HELMET?

Now I ask ya … is it safe to buy /use a used helmet? What is the answer? Is it okay to go to a thrift store and get a used helmet saving big bucks? Is it alright to wear a helmet someone gave you? The answer is … maybe but maybe not. Most definitely it is risky.

Two different things come into play. First the protection that a helmet offers lessens as the helmet ages. That is because the materials the helmet is made of deteriorates over time and lose some of their protective qualities and abilities.

Secondly if the helmet has been dropped it can result in a crack in it that can’t be seen with our eyes. Again, such a crack can diminish the protection the helmet offers. The helmet might look like it is brand new but one or both of these factors may come into play. I know it is frustrating to possess a helmet that still looks like new and in looking at it one naturally thinks that it is perfectly fine and that there is certainly no reason to throw it away and replace it with a brand new one. No one in their right mind likes to throw money away. It is hard to convince ourselves that we should replace our helmets every few years even when it still looks like brand new. However, that is what we are told we should do. I doubt if many of us do this. I have to admit that I don’t. My helmet still looks like new and I am not one to spend money unless I really need to.

Here is what the industry says:

“It’s often recommended that a helmet worn frequently should be replaced every 3 years or so. The reason is that the foam degrades due to sun, heat, salty sweat and other environmental factors, added to the usual knocks of regular cycling activity.”

I have never dropped my helmet and I know that even though it may not offer as much protection as it did when it was brand new it still offers some. I don’t plan on buying a new one anytime soon. But I bought it new so I know its history.

Personally I would never buy a used helmet nor would I consider a used one someone wants to give to me. We just don’t know the history of the helmet.

BTW, I have written other articles about bicycle helmets before.

BE SAFE OUT THERE!

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TOTAL KNEE JOINT REPLACEMENT – BEFORE & AFTER

As I was out riding today I got to thinking about the subject of knee joint pain and riding. I was never overweight as a child growing up. I weighed 140 pounds when I graduated high school. That being said most of my family is overweight, particularly on my mother’s side. By the time I reached 22 years of age things started to change for me and I started gaining weight. It has been a battleground for me since. I have lost all my excess weight twice but both times put it right back on and even more. I have always been healthy but obesity has been and is my middle name. To add to the abuse to my body I have been a weldor most of my life and have worked down on my hands and knees a whole lot. My dad warned me that I would pay a price for it. Of course, he also included the obesity. And he was right. By the time I reached my mid 40s I was experiencing discomfort in my knee joints. As time passed it got worse and quite painful as my knee joints were “bone on bone” … the cartilage was pretty much gone. Standing and walking became very difficult and painful. I was advised to hold off as long as I could before getting knee joint replacements. Fortunately I could ride my tadpole trike with my knee joint problem as this was not “weight bearing”. That being said as time passed I found that I was only good for about 20 to 25 miles before my knee joints started talking to me. So finally I took the plunge and signed the paperwork to undergo the surgery.

Certainly it is no fun to recover from the surgery but I did very well and soon I was back riding. During the rehab I pedaled the recumbent bike at 120 rpm cadence. They stopped me as they didn’t want me doing that. I probably have pedaled anywhere near that fast since I was a teenager. My knee joints are pretty much pain free although I can’t stand very long nor walk very far before they cry out for relief. They don’t hurt as before when I was bone on bone but now it is a different hurt. Again, it is weight bearing that is the problem. I would imagine that if I weighed what I should it would make all the difference. I probably would not have any problem. But alas the battle of the bulge continues and I haven’t taken back any ground. I can ride my tadpole trike for hours and a long distance without any problem with my knee joints.

However, there is a problem. I am not able to pedal very long or very far under “human power” as ever since I had the surgery I just don’t seem to have the strength in my knee joint area I used to have. Riding became drudgery and I slowed down to such a slow pace that it was no longer enjoyable.  Climbing hills was extremely difficult. Because of all this I made the plunge and bought e-assist for my trike. It has been a “god-send”. My riding experience has been turned around, rejuvenated … and now I am lovin’ riding again just like I did when I first started. In fact, I would have to say I am enjoying riding even more so as I can ride like I did when I was in my 20s. I am 73 now and truly enjoying myself buzzing along out there. Well, that is my story and I am sticking with it. Besides I seem to be stuck with it. Here is hoping we can all …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

and

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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