ARE BICYCLES ALLOWED ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS?

Is it lawful to ride a human powered cycle on an interstate highway? The answer to that is not a simple yes or no. However, most places it is not allowed.

“The short answer is that the majority of states in America still prohibits cyclists from riding on interstates and highways unless there is specific signage allowing bikes on them. And where it is legal, cyclists may be directed to take the first off-ramp marked with signs for bikes to use.”

Personally I would not want to if it was allowed. For those of you who would if you could … I suggest looking up “the particulars” on the matter …

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Today, our nation has set aside this day to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. I hope that each of us will set aside some time today to give thanks and praise to God! I also want to encourage you to go one step further, and take some time every day to thank God for every blessing, every test, and every challenge in your life as He uses them for your good and His purposes. 

One can find and read a lot about the first thanksgiving and much of it claims it was much different than what we were taught in school. I am not going to get into all of that. Whatever happened happened. It is past history and we can’t change it. The important thing is what we do today and into the future.

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TIME MARCHES ON … THINGS KEEP CHANGING

It sometimes amazes me how much things change. I was reflecting back on an earlier time (in the 1970s) when I worked at a factory which built what is commonly called “cherry pickers”. A more proper name was mobile aerial work platforms. I knew that sometime after I left there they went out of business. I didn’t know until today that they had filed bankruptcy. I remember the street they were located on and I tried looking the address up on Google Maps street view only to discover there is no trace of them ever existing. All the buildings and parking lots are gone and everything looks entirely different today. It all looks very nice today … far improved over what it looked like back then. It is all past history with nothing to show for it.

Why am I sharing all of this you ask? It has nothing to do with tadpole trikes. And to be honest I don’t know if I can make a connection. I would imagine that there are trails that go thru or by places that have changed drastically over the years. I guess I have seen minor changes but nothing comes to mind which qualifies as major drastic changes here where I live and ride. Well, bite my tongue. I just told a big lie. I forgot about downtown in the city of Fort Wayne. Some major changes have and are happening.

Has the scenery changed over the years where you ride? Where I ride it depends upon where the trail runs. If it is near downtown in the city it has changed considerably and continues to do so as some major construction and development is ongoing. But if the trails are away from the city  things are not as likely to change.

I can honestly say that one thing that has changed is me. I am getting older (almost 75) and this body isn’t as spry as it used to be. It has slowed down some and it can’t take the cold weather as well as it could several years ago. I can remember riding in shorts in temperatures in the 40s. I sure would not do that now.  I used to be a Greenway Ranger … a volunteer helping the city trail management by being their eyes and ears out there on the trails and helping keep the trash cleaned up. I stepped down from that a few years ago. I still do everything I did before with the exception of cleaning up people’s trash. I got tired of that. I am glad to be able to report that the trash problem doesn’t seem to be as bad as it used to be.

Well, like ol’ Forest … “that’s all I’ve got to say about that.” Like another thing that comes to mind … CHANGE HAPPENS!  Hang in there and …

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GOTTA LOVE THOSE CURVES

 

Now I ask ya … what guy doesn’t appreciate curves? No, I am not talking about feminine curves. I am talking about the kind shown in the image below …

I have never been one to enjoy monotony. I hate doing the same thing over and over. I need and thrive on variety. Working on an assembly line is not for me. That is just who I am. While riding my trike I very much dislike riding on a street or trail which is straight. I mean … boring! I truly appreciate it when this was taken into consideration in trail planning. Here is an example.

This short section of trail was going to be built to further take the trail onward. It could have been laid out in a straight line but they didn’t do that. Instead they purposely made it with several curves in it. You may not be able to tell it from this satellite image but it can be a bit challenging, especially if one’s speed is sufficient. It involves leaning into the turns. It can be all one can do to stay on the trail.  I love it!

There is nothing boring about riding this. It will keep you wide awake. Yep, I love curves and some hills versus a straight flat surface such as many rail trails are. Our original trails were built along our three rivers which, of course, means that they curve around quite a bit. And they have some hills as well. We have newer trails which I do ride, but they lack the curves and just are not as enjoyable to ride.

Some of our trails go thru city parks and they usually have curves in them as well.

I have never yet fallen asleep while riding my trike although it is comfortable enough I probably could, especially if bored enough. So keep those curves coming and I will do my best to stay awake.

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CHEMICAL HAND WARMERS

Some riders use chemical hand warmers during cold weather riding. I am among them. I have tried all sorts of gloves, mittens and combinations of various ones trying to find something that works for me. It always comes down to my thumbs for me. I struggle the most trying to keep my thumbs warm. I wish I could tell you that the chemical hand warmers do a superb job for me but it just isn’t so. They do help though.

I have a pair of gloves with mitten flip covers which are made by HotHands. They are fairly warm gloves/mittens as they are a soft warm material with Thinsalate in them. They are designed to hold a chemical hand warmer over the backside of the fingers. This is about worthless for me. I need the chemical hand warmers on the inside of my fingers to keep my fingers warm. Even then it has minimal effect. This picture below shows a special area on the front side of the flip over mitten cover but there is no such thing on mine. That is where I am talking about having a pocket to hold a chemical packet. Hmmm, I wonder if they added one after I bought mne. I emailed the manufacturer about this and heard back from them. They haven’t changed their product. Why this picture shows this square area on the front side I don’t know. It does not exist in reality.

I have tried placing the packets elsewhere inside of the mittens but it doesn’t work very well. I have even lost one while riding along as they tend to try to fall out. A pocket is needed to place them in so they are held in place.

I find the best thing for me is to wear just a pair of Hotfingers mittens and use 4 packets of chemical hand warmers inside of them … two in each mitten … one down inside for my fingers and one inside the thumbs of the mittens. These mittens are not all that warm in and of themselves but they do a pretty good job of keeping the wind from passing thru them which helps immensely. The thumbs are large enough to place a chemical packet down inside and still get my thumbs in. I can just sort of hold the chemical hand warmer packet with my fingers and my thumbs are snug against the chemical handwarmer packet inside the thumb of the mitten.

Here are my 4 used packets I am experimenting with to see if I can get a 3rd day of use out of them

One thing I have observed and learned about these chemical hand warmers is that they don’t work without exposure to air (oxygen). It takes oxygen to get them started and if you remove the oxygen while they are creating heat they will stop the chemical process and no longer produce heat. Then if you reintroduce them to oxygen they will start back up again. Since they are suppose to last for about 10 hours I can place them inside an airtight container such as a plastic bag to deny them oxygen and then get a second day’s use out of them by reintroducing them to air again. That is nice as it saves money. They do get expensive if you use them daily. Today I used them for a second time and upon arriving back home I placed them back into a plastic bag to see if I can get a third day out of them. That would be nice but I am not going to hold my breath as they say. There is rain in the forecast tomorrow so I probably won’t be able to ride anyway. However, I can take the packets out of the plastic bag and see if they take off again producing heat. I will let you know.

Well, I am letting you know … Yes, all 4 packets have started producing heat and so it appears as though they would work for a 3rd day. The manufacturer wants customers to believe and accept that they are only good for one day. They don’t want people to know that they can be reused like this. Of course, they make more money that way.  I can’t test them today though as it is too warm outside to use them. Tomorrow will be much cooler. I will see if they fire back up for a 4th day.

Hey, they are warmed back up on the 4th day and ready to go. The question is … how long will they last? Will I make it thru my entire ride today? Stay tuned.

Still there? I am back from my ride and I got a third day of riding in using the same chemical hand warmer packets. That is good to know. I have been doing two days but I never tried for three before.

Update: I discovered today that this reuse of the chemical packets does not always work. Sometimes they don’t start back up. Sometimes they are slow to start back up. And sometimes even if they do start back up they don’t last very long.

BTW, the best price I have found for chemical hand warmers is at Walmart unless one comes across a special deal like a surplus store or some other place. I just looked and Harbor Freight Tools looks to have the best price at this time.

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RIDING UP A 41 % GRADE

When I wrote my article on “It’s just a hill, get over it” I did not have anything like this in mind. I can’t say that this would be on my “bucket list” but is interesting to observe someone else attempt it …

Here is a view of Bradford St. from the very bottom.

And here is a view of Bradford St. where it is the steepest grade. I am wore out just looking at it.

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THANK YOU MILITARY VETERANS

Yes, freedom is not free! I know first hand the cost of freedom and am most thank each and everyday that we have men and women … and even dogs who serve in our military to ensure our freedom. Today is Veterans Day … a national holiday in the United States whereby  we honor those who are serving or have served.

So I salute my fellow veterans …

Yes, I was looking downward in this picture but for good reason …

My friends’ young son had on a navy uniform and we were saluting each other. I was home on leave for the Christmas holiday. Most holidays I was aboard ship so I can identify with the first picture above.

Memorial Day is the holiday we honor fallen veterans but I see nothing wrong with doing so on Veterans Day. A whole lot of those who served never made it back home other than in a flag draped coffin.

As sad as this scene is I can’t help but think about politics and the senseless loss of so many lives. It accomplished absolutely nothing. Ever since Korea we have been playing with the lives of our military men and women (and yes, dogs too). It is quite shameful. I am so thankful that those who are responsible for this will face final justice when they stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and give account for all they have done. They are confident that they will get away with what they have done but they will have a rude awakening.

Of course, that is true of all of us. We will all stand before Jesus and give account … not only for what we have done, but for what we haven’t done that we could have and should have. We will also give an account of every word and every thought we have ever had. We are in big trouble as we all are guilty of falling short and missing the mark. That is why we need salvation. We stand guilty and in need of forgiveness. In God’s great love for us He did not leave us in this predicament. He made a way for us where there was no way. He Himself left heaven and came to earth taking  on the form of man. He was born as a baby human thru a miraculous birth only He could perform. It had to be this way as if He would have been born of man like you and I are He could not have provided the salvation we need. He would have been sinful just like you and I are. But that baby was born sinless because He was born of God not man. That is good news!

No, the freedom that we enjoy is not free. It cost dearly and we all need to be so thankful that there are those who were willing to pay the price.

Likewise, salvation isn’t free. A very high price was paid for it. It didn’t cost us. It is free for the asking. But we must ask in order to receive it. Without the shedding of innocent blood there is no forgiveness of sin. It was God’s own innocent blood that was shed for us that make it possible that we might be forgiven. God offers His FREE GIFT to us. What will you do with Jesus Christ? Someday your heart will be asking … What will Jesus do with me? Today would be a perfect day to receive the  FREE GIFT He offers you.

Past and present day military pay honor to fellow veterans …

RECUMBENT TRIKE RIDING IS OFTEN GOOD PHYSICAL THERAPY

It should come as no surprise … riding a recumbent trike is often good physical therapy. Here is David’s testimony.

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HOW TIGHT CAN YOU TURN?

One thing that is important to me is having a small turning diameter. I hate riding a trike that requires stopping, backing up, going forward and repeating the process just trying to turn a tight corner. That is one of the things I have against ICE trikes. I jokingly say that it takes a football field to turn one. That is not far from the truth. That is poor design engineering in my opinion. This video explains the subject matter and uses ICE trikes exclusively in doing so. The picture above demonstrates the 14 foot diameter my homemade trike was capable of. My Catrike Trail has a 14 foot turning diameter also  if I remember correctly. Rarely do I encounter anywhere I ride that requires me to zig zag back and forth to turn a corner. A friend of mine has a Trident which can turn tighter than my Catrike.

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ALWAYS THE THUMBS

It is always my thumbs that get cold. Even if I manage to keep the rest of my hands warm my thumbs get cold. It is a bummer! I usually use mittens when it is the coldest. With mittens one can keep all the fingers huddled together to help warm one another, but those thumbs … they are out there by themselves … sorta sticking out like a sore thumb one might say. There just is not anyway to keep them warm. I have tried using chemical hand warmers which help but most gloves or mittens just are not made to include a chemical hand warmer along with one’s thumbs. It is very crowded in there and rather uncomfortable. So what is the answer? I wish I had one. If any of you know something that works please share it. And no, whiskey is not acceptable. I am doing my best to …

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UTAH TRIKES … PREPARING A CUSTOMER ORDER

Many of us are familiar with Utah Trikes. Here is an opportunity to get more familiar with them. This video takes you thru the process of receiving a customer order and all that is involved in preparing it … building the trike to sell it to the customer. I found it interesting. Hopefully you will too.

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2021 CATRIKE LINEUP

Here is a video featuring the models Catrike offers this year (2021). Sadly the Eola model was discontinued. It was my favorite model. The Road model has also been discontinued.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKES

Different strokes for different folks means different types of tadpole trikes for all those riding them. Here is a video on the subject. All the trikes shown are of the ICE brand.

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SURF’S UP AGAIN … TRAIL FLOODING

We have just had  a bunch of rain which means one thing … trails flooded over … which means one thing … BOO HOO! At least it is not as bad as it was a few years ago when I filmed this video.

It happens all too frequently and gets old for sure. Personally I think it is a bad idea to build trails along rivers. Two things for sure about all that water … it is wet and it is cold. Oh, and three more things … it is muddy, messy and very slippery. However, that is what we have and must constantly deal with. I do my best to deal with it and …

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WHAT HAPPENED TO AUTUMN?

remember growing up we had the beautiful Autumn leaves by late September and a lot of them were already fallen off of the trees. This is a month later (late October) and the Autumn colors are just now starting to change. Most trees are still quite green. What’s going on? No, I don’t believe in what they are calling Climate Change as it is a lie with an agenda behind it. I do believe in  periods of earth’s history where the weather has changed … warming up and cooling down. Remember … there is nothing new under the sun. It has happened before and it will happen again.

What does this have to do with tadpole trikes you ask? Absolutely nothing. The only connection I can make to it is the fact that I am not enjoying seeing those beautiful colors as I am out there riding. And I truly miss them. By the time the leaves have made their annual change of color it will be later in the season and colder … at least that is my guess. It is already cooling off to where it is uncomfortable out there if one isn’t bundled up sufficiently. And I have made the mistake 2 or 3 times of not being dressed warm enough to be comfortable while out riding. I am doing something about that as it is no fun riding and being cold.

Maybe where you are what I am saying does not apply. Perhaps your leaves are already changed at their normal schedule and the colder weather either hasn’t happened yet or it has happened and you are dealing with it. I know some riders quit early in the season and put their trikes away until sometime next Spring. Not me, I try to keep riding thruout the winter. I am not thrilled with dealing with winter and it is getting harder for me as I get older. But I am still trying to keep on trikin’. And yes, I know there are some of you who don’t deal with any of this … no Autumn leaves, no cold weather, no snow, no ice, no freezing rain. Winter season is the only time I am envious. You get to keep on trikin’ while I may have to quit for awhile until the weather improves.

Whether I have pretty leaves to look at or not I am hopefully going to …

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TERRATRIKE SPYDER MAKING ITS DEBUT SOON

TerraTrike is coming out with a new model they call Spyder.  Using their own words .to describe it ..  “designed for performance, the Spyder is stiffer and aerodynamic where it needs to be for acceleration and sustained speed, and yet compliant for comfort. All elements of the trike converge to deliver a performance machine which will satisfy your inner speed freak.” It will be interesting to see how this model measures up. Call me prejudice or whatever but there has never been a TerraTrike model which has impressed me. Looking thru the specifications I am already unimpressed. I see it has a 19 foot turning diameter. That is unacceptable for me. It needs to be down around 14 feet to “get er dun”.  I hate having to stop and zig zag back and forth to get around a corner because a trike won’t turn sharp enough. Terra Trike has always come up short in engineering in my opinion. They are just a cheap trike poorly made and have inherent problems out of the box. Anytime I see a Terra Trike I am reminded of Walmart bicycles. I see something right off in this model that really turns me off. I don’t like the chain line. The power side has an idler sprocket toward the back making the chain line head upwards to  meet up with the rear cassette cogs.  A straight run is far superior and far more sensible. This model costs almost $4000. For that amount of investment one could get a much higher quality better engineered trike such as a Catrike. I wonder if TerraTrike ever redesigned their steering heads and got the jerky side to side problem resolved. It says it is designed for sustained speed so I hope they fixed this problem as most TerraTrikes are downright scary to ride at even moderate speeds much less high speeds. The seat and it’s mounting looks weak and likely to fail. Hmmm, that doesn’t surprise me either.  Like I said, they remind me of a Walmart bicycle. It is beyond me why anyone would pay that much money and get so little for their money, especially when there exists much better products for the same price. I think they have a lot of people duped. Otherwise they would go out of business. Different strokes for different folks as they say. If I have offended you I am sorry but I call them as I see them. As a professional weldor I have a lifetime of repairing poorly made metal products … rebuilding, reinforcing and  yes … reengineering them. It is easy enough to recognize what I call junk which will fail. I simply can not recommend TerraTrike products … at least not their trikes. If you have $4000 to spend on a tadpole trike you could do much better than this brand.

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DON’T FLIRT, STAY ALERT

 

On the home stretch of my ride today I was on a wide sidewalk near the VA Hospital where they have major construction going on. They have a temporary fence erected along the sidewalk I was on. I am calling it a sidewalk but the city of Fort Wayne calls it a trail. To me at best it is a “glorified sidewalk”. There is no way I could ever call it a trail.

Anyway, as I was riding along I could see for quite a distance that there was no one else around me I was sharing the trail with so I was glancing around as I rode along just seeing what I could see. As I rode along I looked back ahead of me just in time to see a wooden pallet laying down on the sidewalk blocking off a fair amount of it. Thankfully I was able to miss it. There was a second pallet laying down just a few more yards past the first one.

I was quite fortunate to have seen them in time. If I would have hit either one it could have really messed up my day. Both of the pallets had been leaning up against the fence for the last few days. Somebody purposely and maliciously laid them down. I don’t know why they were on that side of the fence to begin with. All of the construction, supplies and equipment were being stored on the other side of the fence. There was no reason for them to be on the outside of the fence.

It indeed can be dangerous out there and flirting with things rather than paying close attention can be disastrous. We all want to …

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TRIKE n TRAIL AMBASSADORS

Ambassadors … we need more of them. You can be a self appointed ambassador for tadpole trikes and bike trails. All it requires is a passion within you which drives you to share and be a representative unto others. You can do this in everyday life … every where you go … every time you go out riding. One of the ways I like to serve or function as an ambassador is to help others learn our local trails. Although admittedly I enjoy checking out new (to me) trails sometimes trails are not very well marked making it difficult for those unfamiliar with them to successfully ride them. As someone who is extremely familiar with our trail system here in Fort Wayne, Indiana I can be of much help to those riding our trails for the first time. I have long offered my service in this matter and a few people have accepted my offer. Tomorrow I plan on doing so again with a tadpole trike rider coming to Fort Wayne wanting to ride our trails. I know that there are many of you who already do this. As they say “down under” … good on you.

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SUMMER’S LAST HOORAY

I just got home from a 51.41 mile ride on this day … what looks to be summer’s last hooray. The high temperature today is forecast for 82. It was another beautiful day for trike riding in northern Indiana, Fort Wayne to be exact. The 10 day weather forecast shows lower temperatures … still nice weather but no more 80s. That is fine with me as I prefer it lower than 80. I will have to say that as am getting older the 80s don”t effect me like they did when I was a few years younger. I wore a sweatshirt all day today while riding and was quite comfortable with it on. A few years ago I would have been quite miserable … way to warm. I took the sweatshirt off upon coming home. It is pretty breezy outside today . The 15 mph wind plus my 20 plus mph trike speed is enough where the sweatshirt feels good. Fall weather is almost here. I look forward to the pretty Autumn leaves but I sure don’t look forward to what follows … winter. Come winter I will be missing summer. Definitely Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons for riding. Winter, of course, is my least favorite. I try to …

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but is gets rather difficult and unenjoyable when it gets cold. I am not a fan of indoor stationary exercise so riding outdoors is the only option for me.

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