TRAIL RULES EXIST FOR GOOD REASON

There is not a day go by when I am out riding that I don’t deal with trail users who refuse to obey the trail rules. And many times what results is near accidents. It is a good thing I stay alert. Otherwise I would have been involved in several accidents over the years. Just today I was riding along a trail and coming onto a boardwalk where a gal was walking on the wrong side of the trail.  We were in a curve and so we didn’t see each other until we were quite close to each other. I obey the trail rules so I was riding on the far right side of my lane … right where she was at. I saw her just in time to brake hard and move over toward the middle of the trail to avoid hitting her. I said to her that she was on the wrong side of the trail which I am sure she could care less about. She needs to be thankful I saw her in time to take action to avoid hitting her as I am pretty sure that would not make her day. No doubt she didn’t learn a thing and will continue her dumb irresponsible behavior out there. Yes, the rules exist for good reason and everybody should obey them. It will help us all to be safe out there.

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SECURING YOUR TRIKE FROM THEFT

A tadpole trike is a rather expensive investment and so having it get stolen is a serious concern for many. Trike owners are always asking for advise on forums concerning locking up a trike. Here is a video about securing e-bikes with advise on the matter. It is highly recommended that viewers wear eye and face protection while watching as this video is “shattering”. I noticed one thing they didn’t show concerning cutting locks is the use of a cutting wheel with a battery powered angle grinder. (see video further below.)

Lastly here is a video about various locks …

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REAR WHEEL DIAMETER … 20 VS 26/700

Frequently the subject of rear wheel size comes up as people want to know which is better or preferable. I don’t think I have ever addressed this in all my many postings. Since it is asked so frequently I figured it is past time to do so.

Well, like most everything else there are pros and cons involved. I have had both a 26 inch rear wheel as well as a 20 inch rear wheel. Personally I didn’t notice all that much difference. Never the less I will cover the good, the bad and the ugly of the matter. Don’t ask me why I said that. All I can say in response is that it happens to be the movie playing on GRIT TV as I am composing this.

Let’s start out by covering the obvious … or at least what should be obvious. Having three 20 inch wheels on a trike means that you only need to deal with one size when it comes to spare inner tubes and spare tires to carry along with you.

What may not be obvious is in the realm of performance and handling as well as weight carrying capacity. That is something to consider if you plan on touring and loading the trike down with gear.

A smaller diameter tire will accelerate faster than a larger diameter wheel. That being said a larger diameter wheel will result in a higher top speed than a smaller one. Of course, I am talking about having stock gearing and not messing with the gear ratios. Once one starts changing the gear ratios all of this can and does change. One can accomplish the same things with existing wheel diameter by changing the sprockets diameters in use.

A larger diameter wheel will roll over objects easier than a smaller diameter wheel which means that a larger diameter wheel yields a smoother ride than a smaller diameter wheel.

A smaller diameter wheel is stronger than a larger diameter wheel so it will carry more weight and handle better. A larger diameter wheel has more flex to it than a smaller diameter wheel so it is noticeable in cornering.

A smaller diameter wheel is usually less costly than a larger diameter wheel when it comes to tires to install on it. That being said 26 inch is a very common size with lots of tire choices available. So one might very well come across some good prices on tires.

A smaller diameter wheel requires a smaller trike frame. That may or may not make any difference to people. It is just something I wanted to be sure to point out.

When it comes to folding a trike again obviously a smaller diameter rear wheel folds smaller than a larger diameter wheel.

I have mainly been talking about 20 and 26 inch wheels. I only mentioned 700. Another popular size is 24 inch. They have their advantages but know that 24 inch tires are not as common as 26 inch so the selection won’t be as good.

Changing from one size to another may be problematic as the trike is designed for a certain size. The frame may not be built so that a larger diameter wheel and tire will fit. Also making a change in the rear wheel size will effect the trike’s handling and it may not be as safe. Raising the rear of the trike with a larger diameter wheel/tire will result in lowering the front end of the trike. This will bring one’s feet closer to the ground and cause more of a concern in the matter of “leg suck” and injury.

Anyone considering a hub motor a larger diameter wheel provides more room for a motor to be installed. That means there are more choices of hub motors and with more space available a more powerful motor can be installed than what will fit on a smaller diameter wheel.

Personally I prefer a 20 inch wheel over a larger diameter. It comes down to a personal choice. With either choice one can …

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CLIMBING A 22 DEGREE OFF ROAD HILL

Some tire slippage is happening but he makes it. His rear tire is not like his front tires. Otherwise I think he would not have any slippage. For what it is worth starting at 6:42 you might want to skip the rest of the video.

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IT’S JUST A MASK THEY SAY

Are you still playing ostrich being deceived and remaining ignorant of the truth? The heart of man is exceedingly wicked and the God Who created us and loves us has forewarned us as to where we are headed … what lies ahead. It is all part of Bible prophecy and the proof is all around us. Lawlessness in the hearts of many … people who call good evil and evil good. There are those at work to bring about a “one world government”. To succeed at this they must destroy countries such as the United States. We were well on our way to destruction when a man who knows what all is going on and what these evil people are up to ran for President and was elected. He has been hard at work to undo the vast progress that had been made to bring this nation down. The enemies of America as well as the many who are deceived hate this man and want him defeated. They will stop at nothing to accomplish this. This includes turning a dangerous biological warfare agent loose upon the world and using it as an excuse to further take away our liberties and rule over us. Actually it is a testing ground for them to discover just how far they can push us and to what extent we will blindly obey them. There are certainly a whole lot of folks who believe their lies and follow their commands. Here is a video which addresses what they are up to. BTW, the Chinese lab and what they do there was paid for by the Obama administration. And wearing these masks is ridiculous. First they won’t and can’t protect anyone from a virus. Secondly they are quite unhealthy to wear as they cause the person wearing it to breathe in carbon dioxide instead of fresh air and oxygen. And the six foot separation is also a bunch of non-sense. If a virus is present in the air six foot is not nearly enough to do any good. Again, it is not about protecting anyone … it is all about controlling us and getting us ready for the ultimate which is accepting the Mark of the Beast as foretold in bible prophecy. If you think this is all a bunch of non-sense then Satan has done a good job in deceiving you.

And to all who think this is non-sense I will just say to you that “there are none so blind as they who WILL NOT see.”

 

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TADPOLE RIDING DOWN UNDER

I don’t know about you but I sometimes enjoy watching videos of fellow trikers riding  in other countries and places than where I am from. It is usually interesting to see what other places are like … similarities as well as differences. Several years ago I put together a post of tadpole riders from many different countries which had videos of their rides. It was a lot of work to put it altogether. Unfortunately it was among a whole lot of other postings I lost when I made the decision to quit this blog. I could have just stopped adding anymore postings and leave it up available to view online, but foolishly and regrettably I chose to delete it all only to later decide to restart the blog. What can I say? I blew it! Anyway, I hope you enjoy watching this video. I did. And you just may want to check out some or even all of their other videos.

HERE are their other videos.

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OFF ROAD FUN ON A FAT TRIKE

I have done a lot of off road riding when I was much younger … both on bicycles and motorcycles, especially motorcycles. I had a lot of fun doing so. I have had my tadpole trike off road several times but I don’t have a FAT tired trike and probably never will so I can’t go off road and “go anywhere” like a FAT trike can. I said “go anywhere” but I am not dumb enough to believe that as I know FAT trikes have their limitations. However they definitely easily out perform a standard tadpole trike. Here is a video of a rider having fun on his FAT trike off road riding.

HERE are his other videos.

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RIDING IN AN OVEN (HEAT)

Much of the nation (United States) has been rather hot lately and being out there riding is like riding in an oven.  It reminds me of my motorcycling days. Once it gets into the 90s F (30s C) it doesn’t seem to help riding fast as all you feel is very hot air. Having e-assist I normally ride much faster than I can and do ride without it. And normally riding fast … I am talking about 16 to 23 mph … means I feel a lot of air movement which usually feels really good. But when the air temperature is in the 90s it doesn’t matter how fast I ride it just feels miserable. Going fast just doesn’t help. I am not a fan of heat so riding in it is not very enjoyable for me. I don’t know how long this hot weather is going to last but looking at the extended weather forecast isn’t encouraging. That being said I am most thankful for the e-assist and my canopy as they help immensely. I still get rather warm but nothing at all like I would be without them. Before I had them I was one of many who chose to start riding early in the morning (6 to 7 AM) when it was at its coolest part of the day and be done riding by 11 AM or so when it was starting to feel pretty warm. There are things a person can do to help stay a bit cooler. I am always amazed when I see people out in hot weather dressed in black or other dark clothing as there is nothing more miserable one could wear than black when it comes to absorbing the sun’s rays. I always try to wear white or other light colored clothing which reflect most of the sun’s rays. I also see people wear hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up in this hot weather. I mean, what’s up with that? I think perhaps they have some elevator issues … as in … their elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor. Wearing hats, helmets and such traps heat from leaving one’s head. With a canopy I don’t wear anything on my head but if I ride without my canopy I wear a visor type hat that is open in the top. I would be super miserable wearing a regular hat which keeps all that heat trapped. One could also wear self-wicking clothing or special clothing designed to be wet and help cool our bodies. There is a hat being advertised on TV lately that does this. Of course, one can always pour water over themselves to cool off. That definitely works. Hey, whatever it takes to …

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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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