Yep, I am getting old … going on 76. My best days may be behind me, but riding my trike nearly every day helps me keep going and looking forward to each passing day. Trike riding definitely adds fun and enjoyment to life and even some excitement … sometimes more than I really was wanting.

I came up alongside a fellow tadpole rider today. He was riding along at 15 mph without any e-motor assistance. I said to him that I was envious that he could ride at that speed without the help of a motor. His reply was right on … “I am younger than you”. Yes, I most definitely have slowed up as I age. I just am not able to ride anywhere near as fast as I could 20 years ago … not even 10 years ago.

I am so thankful for the e-motor which enables me to ride like the wind making riding enjoyable instead of misery like it would be without it. The breeze feels mighty good at 20 mph making it far more comfortable which equates to enjoyable. I can go out riding and not get all sweaty. It really makes a big difference.

Of course, I have no way of knowing how much longer I will  be sucking air. I am already living on borrowed time so to speak … anything beyond 70. I am hopeful that my health will hold up and permit me to continue to ride right up until near the end of my life or the Lord takes me in the rapture … whichever comes first.

My trike is now over 13 years old as far as the “running gear” and it is still performing like it did when it was brand new. Catrike sure makes a great trike. I am confident that it will continue to perform superbly another 13 years or more.

I retired at age 62.5 so I have 13 years of retired life behind me already. I jokingly said that upon retirement my job will be riding my trike and for sure that has been the case. I have over 102,000 miles on my trike. Almost all of it has been since I retired. That is an average of 7846 miles a year. I have slowed up not riding as many miles as I used to but I still manage over 7000 miles per year. I had some years over 10,000 miles early on. I still have a lot of 50 plus mile days. Of course, I could not say that without the e-motor assistance.

My first e-motor was in 2017. Since then I have had 7 e-motors. All have been rear hub type except for one crank drive. I am sold on hub motors and don’t care for crank drive motors at all. E-motors are an expensive addition to a trike. The motor I have now is the cheapest of all of them I have ever had. It is also the most powerful of all of them. I am really liking it and have no regrets having bought the cheapest one I found. They are all made in China and I think they are all of the same quality. I am hopeful this motor I have now will outlast me.  I reckon I will just have to wait and see. One thing is for sure … I definitely want to …



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Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (

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