FRIKAR E-BIKE VELOCAR TRIKE

From the Norwegian makers of Podride their newest offering is this e-motor version. The problem is like their Podride the  Frikar is still  not available. It is only in prototype and not in production. They are taking pre-orders however. They show a production startup of Spring 2022. and actual availability in 2023.

Personally I would prefer Podride’s quad version as it would be more stable.

One thing for sure, whether 3 wheels or 4 wheels the rider is protected from the weather. Of cours,e being closed up inside of a velocar is quite uncomfortable in hot weather. It does say that the canopy is removable. In hot weather I would prefer not to be inside of any body unless it has air conditioning. Hey, they may offer it at some point in the future.

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BUT I DON’T FEEL LIKE GETTING GOING

The weather sure makes a difference in how motivated I am to get myself out riding. I guess it has to be this global warming thing. Yep, it is so warm that most days this Spring have been and continue to be below normal. I went out yesterday and nearly froze out there. I need to dress for winter weather not spring weather. I am waiting for it to warm up before leaving each day but there is a problem. It is failing to warm up. Even the warmest part of the day is several degrees below what is normal for this time of year. And to make matters worse we have had some “teaser days” with the high temperatures in the 70 and even 80s, but the very next day it is back to much cooler weather.

This obviously is meant to be funny but it is not far from the truth. Of course, it is based on computer life. I used to see a lot of this back when I used Microcrap … I mean Microsoft Windows. Years ago I switched to Linux Mint and all the headaches that come with Windows are gone. With Windows there was something gone wrong to deal with almost constantly.

Some of you live in places where you can identify with what I am saying. Well, April is almost over with. We will see what May brings in the weather dept. Right now I need to go bundle up as if it were still winter if I am going to go riding today. 65 degrees is the normal high for this time of year. We are having weather 15 to 20 degrees below that. And we have been having quite a bit of wind as well so the “feels like” temperatures have been like winter days. It gets a guy down and is hard to deal with. There are times when I wish I could kick myself in the butt. Instead I sit down in the recliner chair and soon may be dreaming about nicer weather. If I were a rich man I may be living down in Florida but then the daily high temperatures are already hotter than I care for. I bet they don’t have any freeze warnings overnight like we do.

There are places around where the weather is pleasant but they lack trails to ride on.. I am not afraid to ride on roads with cars and trucks but I definitely prefer paved trails. Smooth winding paved shady trails and 70- 75 degree weather … AH, perfect in my book.

                                                  Toledo, Ohio bike trail

Recently I was at my LBS (local bike shop) and talked with the service manager. He told me business has been very slow due to the lousy Spring weather we have been having. Normally they are quite busy at this time of year as people are getting their bikes ready to ride. I know I seldom see any other cyclists out on the trails when the weather is not so nice.

It will be interesting to see if we just sort of skip Spring and mover right into Summer. I certainly hope not but it has happened before. Nap time for me and then I will be bundling up to go out for a ride.

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ONLY 103 DAYS UNTIL SPRING ARRIVES

Winter is not even officially here yet and already I am looking at how many days off Spring is. As of today, Dec. 6th, Spring is 103 days off. I am anxiously awaiting. I think I can safely say that the only two  things I like about winter is cold water out of the faucet and the grass stops growing so I don’t have to mow it. There is absolutely nothing else good I can say about it. Wait … there is one more thing … it kills off pesky insects.

I try to keep riding thruout the winter but I certainly don’t like it as far as dealing with wither weather. And the older I get the less I like it. Back when I was in my early 60s I could dress in shorts and a short sleeve shirt when it was in the 40s and it felt good. By the time I was in my late 60s the shorts were still ok but not the short sleeve shirt. Now that I am in my mid 70s there is no way I could dress like that and be comfortable. As I age things are changing and the changes are not welcome changes.

I used to hate dealing with hot summertime temperatures. At 80 degrees I was already miserable and anything above 80 was miserable for me. But now in my mid 70s I can handle the 80s okay. I am still miserable in the 90s however.

Anyway, I am ready for Spring weather … just 103 days away. 103 days … that is a very long time. One day at a time … that is the secret to getting thru it. Oh Lord help me … one day at a time. One hundred three days. I can do it! Meanwhile I am going to do my best to …

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TECHJAYSE MEN’S CYCLING GLOVES REVIEW

Fellow trike rider, David shares his opinion of these cycling gloves which the manufacturer claims are good for temperatures between 32 and 50 degrees F.

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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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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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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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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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RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! AND IT DID!

Rain was forecasted and I had pretty much accepted that I would not be able to go out for a ride today nor tomorrow either for that matter. It was not raining when I got up this morning but I looked at the weather radar and saw a bunch of rain off to our west headed my way. So I did not attempt to venture out. As the morning was passing along I noticed that there was still no rain but that radar image scared me off so I didn’t venture out. Time kept passing by and I continued to notice thatit wasn’t raining and I could have been out riding as it was still dry. Finally I took another look at the radar and ALL of that rain I saw earlier was gone … completely disappeared off of the screen. GO FIGURE as they say. So at about 10:45 I finally left for a ride. I did not encounter any rain. I kept rechecking the weather radar and there was absolutely nothing showing on radar. Never the less after about 3 hours of riding I noticed that the sky was looking darker and more threatening off to the west. I learned years ago that one can not trust the weather radar nor forecasts. I made the decision to head back home and it turned out to be the right decision as it started to rain about a mile from where I live. It started raining harder but I quickly rode out of it and managed to stay pretty dry. I had my canopy on my trike so that helped me stay dry. Interestingly upon getting home I checked the weather radar on my desktop computer and it showed rain. My stupid “smartphone” still showed no rain on the same reporting source as I was looking at on my desktop computer. Weird! Anyway, I got a nice ride in without getting wet for which I was quite thankful. As to the weather reporting source … pssshhhhtttt on them. And they even get paid for that … quite a lot, in fact.It is not often I can say RAIN RAIN GO AWAY and it does. I wish I could say it happens quite frequently. I want to …

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IT WON’T RAIN ALWAYS

There is a beautiful Christian song entitled “It won’t rain always” which I was just listening to. Of course, it has spiritual application but as I listened to it I could not help but think about its application to the weather we have been having and its effect on riding. We have been stuck in a pattern of daily rain and thunderstorms. Fortunately there have been breaks in it and I have been able to get a ride in most days. Never the less I can’t help but wonder what’s going on here … when is this going to end?

Along with all the rain we have had some pretty strong winds which, of course, have brought down trees and tree limbs on some of our trails making it impossible to ride on them until they are removed. Fortunately the city has done a pretty good job of removing them already which is very unusual for them to do so this quickly.

Looking at the extended weather forecast I see that the rain has ended for  a few days. Hooray!

It definitely is unusual to have much rain at this time of year. August is normally very dry and the grass stops growing, turns yellow or brown and we get a break from mowing. That is not the case this year. It has been rather hard to keep up with mowing because of the rain causing it to grow and keeping it wet so we can’t mow.

On our newest trail (Becketts Run Trail) there is a bridge which crosses Becketts Run creek. I enjoy seeing the creek when it is swollen up with rain water rushing along. Here is a picture of when it is normal (left) and when it is swollen (right).

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