NEW ADJUSTABLE CRANKARMS FROM HASE

Hase is offering a great looking product … adjustable crankarms which can be set between 65 mm and 165 mm … quicklly, easily … and without the use of tools. HERE is an article about them on Recumbent News. Adjustable crankarms are never cheap but these are super expensive ($452US, 350 Eur). They are really nice though. As you can see in the picture there is a red button to push to adjust them.

Like a chain gobbler these would be really nice for dealerships which allow customers to ride their bikes and trikes trying them out. Unfortunately the bicycle industry does not  offer shorter crankarms on their cycles. Many of us could greatly benefit from using shorter crankarms.

I have written about shortened crankarms previously.

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HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT & FIX ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS ON E-BIKES

I can personally identify with this as last Saturday I started having problems with my e-motor on my trike. Power to the motor keeps cutting out so I need to go thru things in an attempt to find the cause and fix it. I am hoping it will turn out to be something simple and inexpensive but I am fearful that it may be the controller. I have a new battery ordered as my present one is old enough to start showing major concerns. It should be getting near the end of its life. Like many others, I am pretty much on my own as there are no e-bike shops anywhere near me that are experienced and know much about working on e-bike motor systems.

This video is nothing profound … just everyday common sense.

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REAR TURN SIGNALS

 

think it is safe to say that we humans are easily persuaded to buy things we would not have likely bought if we had not been exposed to advertising. I have long thought of adding turn signals to my trike and I have looked online a few different times for them. However, I never bought any until a couple of months ago when an ad I saw on Facebook caught my attention. I was hooked. I should have known better as I have learned that whatever the claim being made is, especially when it comes to “sale price” the item is usually at least twice as much as it can be found elsewhere if one bothers to look for it.  Such is the case with these turn signals. I stupidly bought them thru the FB ad only to find them for considerably less online later. The turn signal set arrived and I tried them out in the comfort of my living room before I installed them on my trike. They worked great inside of the house but out in the real world I quickly discovered that they are totally worthless in the daylight. The brightness of the sunlight makes it impossible to see the control panel. They would be fine using them in darkness as then you could see the lighted buttons. Yes, I have them installed now for a few weeks but I have not been able to use them at all. Totally worthless! The taillight and turn signals themselves are quite bright and can readily be seen. The problem is the rider simply can not tell if the lights are on or off. Totally worthless! HERE is the same taillight/turnsignal set for less than half of what I paid for it.

The control switch is wireless. As you can see there are “warning lights” in the center which definitely are attention getting. The only problem is if you dare use it you may attract the attention of the police as the idiots who designed and make these lights choice to use bright flashing red and blue LED lamps. Where I live that equates to the emergency lights on a police vehicle. I can just envision getting a ticket for impersonating a police vehicle. As much as I would like to be able to recommend this turn signal taillight combo, I can not. I can only repeat myself … TOTALLY WORTHLESS! (in the day light) … I am talking about the wireless controller used to turn the various lights on and off. There is no problem seeing the turn signals and warning lights.

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CATRIKE DISCONTINUES THEIR EOLA MODEL

BOO HOO !!! This news really bums me out. I really like the Eola model and probably would have bought one in the future for my wife when she retires.  That being said it is uncertain whether I would give it to her or keep it for myself and give her my Catrike Trail model.

Below is a news article about the decision to discontinue this model.

Catrike Eola discontinued

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A SURE SIGN OF SPRING

I saw a sure sign of Spring today. And, no, I am not talking about seeing what is pictured above. I rode my tadpole trike over to my LBS (local bike shop or store) and as I rode on thru the automatic doors to go back to the Service Area I rode past a couple of guys to my right side who greeted me. They were standing alongside of a Catrike 559 headed toward the front door. Almost immediately to my left side I saw several Catrikes on display. Thru the winter they had moved this display to the very back of the display floor. Moving it back out toward the front where they can’t be missed by customers coming it I found to be very encouraging … a sure sign of Spring coming soon. Yep, there is no other was to interpret it.

We laugh at the sign of Spring just around the corner as it is meant to be humorous. I have never seen such a “sign” before but I did see what I am reporting here and it is dead serious … not funny. It is the real thing … the genuine real McCoy. Yep, I am encouraged seeing it. I have not seen any other tadpole trikes out riding on the trails or streets yet this year***. I am out there all by myself but then I am quite used to it. Most people are a bunch of wimps and don’t venture out until it gets into the 70s. And that is still not warm enough for some. I have seen people out riding in the high 80s dressed warmer than I dress in the winter time … seriously! We have had a couple of days thus far in the 60s. It is 57 today as I compose this … still far above the normal average temperature of 41 for this time of year. Yes, I was already out riding … just a little over 30 miles. Much of our trail system is closed due to melting snow and river flooding. Most of our trails run alongside of rivers so they flood over frequently. Bummer!

I just took a look at the extended weather forecast. I won’t be writing home about it. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t what I would call the arrival of an early Spring. I am in northern Indiana so I am used to winter hanging on. Some of the worst winter weather we get has occurred in March so I won’t be holding my breath waiting on those 70 plus degree temps to arrive. The forecast for the remainder of the month only shows two days in the 60s. The other days are in the 40s and 50s. At least there wasn’t any 30s for high temps. The bottom line is we will see what we will see … and we will get what we get. And we will endure whatever we get.

Doesn’t this picture below look exciting? Wouldn’t you like to be riding along that trail taking in the beauty and uniqueness? It’s unique for sure as it doesn’t exist. I created the image placing the trail in it.

Well, that is the way it is. I am thankful we have had a break in the weather and it has been nice enough out there to ride every day for quite a few days now. We have even had quite a lot of sunshine which definitely makes a big difference. I am still the only one out there … bunch of wimps, I tell ya. They can stay home if they want to but I am gonna …

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***When I first composed this I had not seen any other trikes out on the trails … bicycles, yes, but no trikes. However, yesterday that changed as I came upon a gal riding a Catrike Pocket and rode alongside of her for a couple of miles conversing with her and getting acquainted. She is new to trikes. She bought her trike last Fall.

EASY LOAD PRODUCTS

Easy Load has been around for several years now offering a few different products to help in the loading and transporting of trikes. Check out their products HERE. You can email the owner, Scott Reiter, at: sr.graphics@sbcglobal.net. BTW, both Scott and his wife are fellow tadpole trike riders.

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BLOWN IN THE WIND

 

Yesterday was a teaser … way above normal temperatures for late winter. Today is a few degrees below normal. Hey, that is typical Indiana weather. Today is also forecasted to be windy … gusting to 30 mph. That is also very typical Indiana weather. In fact 50 mph winds are fairly common. I can’t say that I like dealing with wind when I ride but at least I am reclined enough that the wind does not effect me very much. I can remember what it was like riding a diamond frame bicycle in the wind. What a difference!

With current river flooding occurring due to snow melting from the warmer temperatures that finally arrived we have at least two trails closed. I just looked at the website reporting the river levels. I was elated to see that the Maumee river has already crested and is slowly on its way back down. I sure hope they can and will get the trail back open soon. I welcome the wind at such a time as the wind helps dry up the water on the trail so they can sweep it off to get it reopened. I personally wish they they had never built the trails alongside of the 3 rivers here in Fort Wayne,Indiana. I am sure I am wrong but it seems like the trails are closed more than they are open. Two trails are closed due to flooding at this time. That still leaves three trails open I can ride. There is a fourth trail (Aboite Trails)  but I don’t consider it a trail. It is just some “glorified sidewalks” running alongside roads.

I am waiting awhile this morning for the temperature to go up before I head out for a ride. Again our weather is fluctuating all over the place. We have had some really warm temperatures overnight but the last couple of days it has gotten cold again. Today’s forecasted high is only 37 … quite a drop from yesterday’s 64.