INDEPTH TOUR OF TERRA CYCLE

Matt Galat brings us this tour thru the Terra Cycle manufacturing facility. They make some great products such as mounts, holders, brackets, braces, etc. for our trikes.

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CATRIKE FACTORY TOUR 2019

This video is from 2019 when the Eola model debuted. Sadly it has come and gone but the video is still interesting to watch. A thank you goes out to Gary Solomon of Laidback Bike Report.

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RECUMBENTRIDERS.ORG

I  came across this website recently which looks promising and helpful. It is similar to BentRiderOnLine forums and classifieds. BROL has been having lots of problems staying up and accessible so this is a welcome alternative for those dealing with that mess.

http://www.recumbentriders.org/forums/

As you can see in their index they have much to offer. (Sorry for the blurriness.)

Of course, one has to join in order to post and comment.

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THANKS FOR SWEETHEARTS

Hey, it is that time … sweethearts day. Why we observe it in mid winter instead of during nice weather I don’t understand. This picture shown above isn’t possible around here where I live. The snow and ice on the ground won’t permit it. So we must come up with other ways to observe Valentine’s Day. Even if we could ride on trikes riding side by side on a trail can cause issues for other trail users.

Even riding side by side on the same trike could be a problem as the trike may be too wide. It is a nice thought though.

This might work but it is not a trike … and no smoochin’ on this machine. Hopefully these two are not sweethearts. And thankfully these two below are. Otherwise I would probably have a black eye and large bump on my head.

I would rather smooch with my sweetheart inside anyway. Hope you have a happy sweetheart’s day.

And try to  …

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PERFORMER CANTUS CARBON FIBER TRIKE

Carbon fiber trikes have come and gone … mostly gone as for one reason or another they just don’t seem to be popular. Terra Trike tried making and marketing one for awhile but it disappeared. There are still a few around but we just don’t hear much about them. Performer offers a carbon fiber model they call CANTUS. I personally consider a trike made of carbon fiber to be a  high risk as if they break most likely they will be in the junk pile. The main attraction to carbon fiber is weight. Strangely that is the one thing I can’t find on Performer’s Cantus webpage. They don’t state how much the trike weighs. I looked it up online and found it is 27.5 pounds so it isn’t all that much lighter than some aluminum models. The CANTUS is 22 speed and has high end components. The cost begins at about $3700. For that price you get standard aluminum wheels which I would prefer over carbon fiber. I don’t think carbon fiber wheels would last very long for me.

 

Carbon fiber wheels are available for an additional cost ($4325).

It is a really nice looking trike but I would be most concerned about the carbon fiber breaking and becoming a piece of junk. I will stick to my aluminum frame. It has held up great over the years and believe me it has endured some nasty bumps and shock treatment. Besides I have no need of shedding a few pounds of weight off of my trike. I have great need of shedding it off of me however. That’s another story and I don’t want to talk about it.

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PERFORMER-MOTINOVA ASSEMBLY GUIDE (FRONT CRANK DRIVE SYSTEM)

Performer trikes is offering a 250 watt crank drive e-motor for their trikes. It comes from Performer mounted on the end of its own boom so the original boom is replaced. simplifying the installation.  It is a nice looking unit … similar to what Catrike offers.  I personally would not want to be limited to only 250 watts. Here is a video illustrating how to install the conversion kit.

The cost of the conversion kit is $1750. https://www.performercycles.com/front-drive-system-ebike/

 Performer also offers rear hub motor conversion kits for $1400.. They are ACER brand and are 350 watt.

Both front and rear kits include a 36 volt 14aH battery and battery mount.

Performer E-Trike Models

Performer on Facebook

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