I JUST DON’T SEE IT (the SEARCH BOX that is)

If you use a smartphone rather than a desktop or laptop computer you are missing out on things. On a smartphone you normally only see the one main column of a website. Other columns off to the sides don’t appear. Recently I had a reader of my blog looking for the search feature on TadpoleRider.com. She could not find it. I tried to help her but quickly discovered the problem. She was using a smartphone. In the image below is what TadpleRider.com is suppose to look like. The search box feature in on the far right circled in red.

But when viewed on a smartphone it does not appear the same. Here is a captured screenshot of my website on my smartphone. As you can see you can’t see the searchbox. It is there but a smartphone does not show it.

 

I don’t know a lot about smartphones. I know enough about them to know I don’t like them. They remind me of a Chevy El Camino or Ford Ranchero. The person could not figure out whether they wanted a car or a pickup truck so they got a Ranchero or El Camino and therefore didn’t get a car or a pickup truck.

Anyway … I could not help this person … not immediately, that is. Later after I learned about this I was able to help her.

I have a nephew who is very knowledgeable of anything computer related (inside of it or its operation). I turned to him for help. He told me to simply turn the phone 90 degrees holding it sideways. Of course, that feature has to be turned on in Settings in order for it to work. It is turned on in my phone so I did as he said  and I could see more of what is there, but I still could not see the search box. From there I figured things out for myself and within a few seconds of making some changes in the smartphone’s Display Settings the search box appeared on my screen. The only thing is it was too small for me to use it with my poor eyesight. Yes, I had to change the Display Settings to a smaller size and smaller font size.

Below is an actual screenshot of my Android smartphone being held sideways. As you can see now the search box is visible on the far right.

Anyway, it can be done, but I will take my desktop computer any day. I never had any desire for an El Camino and don’t have much use for smartphones. I know I would not be constantly changing my Display Settings just to view websites properly. I rarely view any websites on my smartphone. I feel sorry for those who only have and use a smartphone for everything on the internet. And then there are those who have the attitude and thinking of “with a smartphone I have no need nor desire of a desktop or laptop computer”. It is their loss in my opinion.

In the picture above from the James Bond movie, Goldfinger, this Ford Falcon Ranchero would be grossly overloaded if it really had a full size car compacted into this small size sitting in the bed of it. I am reminded of the true story of a guy with a Ranchero who went to a gravel pit to get a load of small gravel stone. He waited his turn and when the operator of the front loader got to him he told the operator to dump a  bucket load in the back. The operator asked him “Are you sure that’s what you want?” He said, “yeah, dump it in”. The next thing … all four tires blew out and the Ranchero was all the way down sitting on the ground. I think the payload for both Ranchero and El Camino was only 600 pounds. His personal theme song had to have been “what kind of fool am I?”

I can’t imagine trying to compose this article only using a smartphone. They have their good points and uses but just don’t compare to a real full size computer. Maybe if you have really good eyesight you can use your smartphone with really small Display Settings. And my fat fingers just don’t work very well with that small keyboard.

I am sharing about this because having the search box to use is an extremely handy and useful tool. You can quickly and easily find all sorts of things on TadpoleRider.com with it.

Also all the other links on the side are very useful. In the captured screenshot image above you can see the column on the right. I made the screen display as small as I could trying to capture as much of it as I could, but it goes on and on far more than what you can see in the picture.

Here is a quick video scrolling vertically so you can see all that is available on the far right side of the website. If you use a smartphone to view my website it is likely you have never seen any of this before.

Not only is there a search box, but there is also links to pages I have created, recent posts, archives listed by each month and lastly, categories to help in finding articles about things the reader is interested. There is also an email signup to subscribe to TadpoleRider.com and a “Follow me” button as well as my email address to contact me. Oh yes, I almost forgot. There are also links to the Most Recent Comments.

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

FREE GIFT AWAITS YOU!

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For those who are interested here is a video of the car crushing and dropping it into the Ranchero.

A VISIT TO THE HOME OF THE CLASSICS – AUBURN, INDIANA

Recently I rode my trike from my home in Fort Wayne up to Auburn, Indiana, known as “Home of the Classics” because of all the old classic cars that are found there often. There are museums, parades, auctions and displays of classic cars on the downtown streets.

The future Poka-Backe Trail is shown by red line in photo above.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg  Museum (ACD Museum)(shown above) is well known. Visitors from all over the world come to Auburn to see it and the many classic cars that appear in Auburn at certain times of the year. The museum is located in the same building where they used to be sold. It has a second story also used to display  these collector cars. There are actually 3 automotive museums in Auburn. There used to be a 4th museum (Corvette Museum) as well as a WW2 museum. They are both gone now.

Auburn was once a manufacturing hub for early cars and, of course, the well known Auburn automobile was among them. Auburn was once called Little Detroit. Yes, Auburn has a very rich car history.

I know Auburn pretty well as I was born and raised there and in Garrett, an even smaller town about 5 miles southwest of Auburn. Auburn is a nice small town although it has grown considerably since I grew up there. With its growth has come a lot of changes and new things. One of those things is a bike trail known as the Rieke Park Trail   shown in red in the image below. The blue line is the Auburn-Waterloo Bike Path which will be used as part of the Poka-Backe Trail along with the Rieke Park Trail. Another part of it is the glorified sidewalk along Betz Rd. shown by  broken line.

I have known of its existence for a few years now but I had never been on it. In my recent posting about the Pufferbelly Trail here in Fort Wayne I talked about it being part of the future Poka-Bache Trail which is a rails to trail project and will be the longest in the state of Indiana … 81.3 miles going from near Bluffton to north of Angola to Pokagon State Park. It will pass right thru Auburn right in front of the ACD museum.

So yesterday I rode up to Auburn and rode in the stretts alongside of these wide “glorified sidewalks”) to check out what this future trail will offer. It connects to the Rieke Park Trail as part of the trail going up to Pokagon State Park. When I turned onto the Rieke Park Trail I was pleasantly surprised as it was as nice of a trail as I have seen or ridden on.

It is only 1.2 miles long however but it sure is nice. It had very smooth asphalt pavement and most of it is very well shaded. While there I encountered a woman out walking her dog and we struck up a conversation in which she told me about the nice paved trails available to ride on at the former Greenhurst golf course which is now called Greenhurst Park. She was referring to the golf cart paths. So after my ride on the Rieke Park Bike Path I rode on over to check out what she had told me about. In the image below Rieke Park Trail is shown in red. Another glorified sidewalk is shown in blue. The Auburn-Walterloo Bike Path is shown in yellow. Greenhurst Park is at the bottom of the yellow line.  The Auburn-Walterloo Bike Path is the continuing trail utilized for the Poka-Backe Trail going to Pokagon State Park.

I thoroughly enjoyed riding around Greenhurst Park on the former golf cart trails. It made the ride more worthwhile than just riding on the short Rieke Park Trail would have been.

Labor Day weekend is the busiest time for the Classic Cars so if you are interested in them it is a good time to come. Be warned however, the city becomes a very busy place. As a resident of Auburn it was always a good time to leave the area so I didn’t have to deal with it. I had my welding business there however and usually had  extra business welding on trails and the cars themselves. I once welded the broken off left front axle on a Mercedes Benz armored car that used to belong to Hitler. It was being auctioned off and I got called to go to the museum building to repair it. The armored car had a bullet hole in the bullet proof rear door  window.

I had a 58.6 mile ride on my trip up to Auburn and back. I ran both of my batteries down to the 20 % level. I just had enough battery to get back home. I turned the power down quite a bit of the time on my 2nd battery to conserve power in it.

BTW, I have ridden up to Auburn and Garrett on my trike about six time previously. It is true … you can never go back home. It is just not the same as I remember it and I never see anybody I know.

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

FREE GIFT AWAITS YOU!

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MY BEST DAYS MAY BE BEHIND ME, BUT …

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 …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT AWAITS YOU!

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HELPING A FELLOW TRIKER IN TIME OF NEED

I am doing something I have never done before … asking others to consider helping out a fellow triker’s family in a time of need. The end of life comes to all of us sooner or later and sometimes it can be difficult and expensive. Many of us only have Medicare to help us in our old age and often times Medicare does not meet the needs we encounter. I know dealing with my own parents as they aged I watched as the government took all of their savings they had worked a lifetime for only to leave them paupers. In order to get help from the government my dad had to literally get rid of almost all their money when my mom’s health failed her and her care got very expensive … more than their savings could handle. Then when his end of life scenario came about the same thing happened. He was allowed about $68 a month for himself. Everything else went to the nursing home. Go Fund Me did not exist back then so it was not an option. Since its inception it has helped a whole lot of people meet a need. Our fellow triker brother has set up a Go Fund Me account for his dad to help with medical expenses as well the expense of his dad going into hospice care. Please consider what you can do to help. Here is a link to the Go Fund Me page … https://gofund.me/04c09898

Thank you for caring and doing what you can to help. STEVE

“NORMAL” is not coming back … JESUS IS!

 

WHAT ARE PEOPLE MOST INTERESTED IN?

I started this website back in … hmmm … seems we have a problem here, Houston. I don’t know the answer to that as there is no information on it. I can only venture a guess and I am guessing it was about 2011. I use WordPress to compose and post this website to the internet. WordPress makes available statistics  on the website which is helpful and informative. I mainly look at which articles I have posted are most viewed, the number of viewers visiting the website and from what countries the viewers are from. Never the less there have been visitors from every single country in this world … something which surprises me. Of course, the U.S.A. is always at the top of the list of countries. I titled this “what are people most interested in?” In asking that I am, of course, referring to what they are viewing on this website the most. That is no mystery as WordPress provides the answer and here it is … this is all time. (They break it down to daily, weekly, monthly quarterly, yearly and all time since the beginning.)  I don’t know if these results will surprise you any. Some of them do me while others are ones I would guess would be about where they are on the list. This listing is for the most viewed starting at the top to the least viewed at the very bottom:

“USED TRIKES 4 SALE”
“TIRE LINERS – DO THEY WORK?”
“TRIKE MANUFACTURERS”
“TRIKE PRICES”
“BICYCLE COMPUTER TIRE SIZE SETTINGS”
“FRONT WHEEL DRIVE TADPOLE TRIKES by DAVID BRUCE”
“TADPOLE TANDEM TRIKES”
“HOMEMADE SAFETY FLAGS”
“HPV SLINGSHOT DRAGSTER”
“ELECTRIC RECUMBENT TRIKE … “”RACE WOOD””
“$45 HOMEMADE TADPOLE TRIKE”
“STEINTRIKE’S WILD WAVE FULL SUSPENSION TILTING TRIKE”
“ARCTRIKE … A NEW ELECTRIC MOTORIZED TADPOLE TRIKE”
“TRIKE ANATOMY”
“SHORT CRANKSETS/CRANKARMS”
“48V 750W 8fun Bafang Mid Drive Motor Electric Bike Conversion Kit”
“VELTOP CANOPIES”
“FROM ORIGINAL TADPOLERIDER”
“THE PRAYER OF AN ATHEIST”
“TADPOLE TRIKE CONSTRUCTION – THE SCIENCE OF TADPOLE TRIKE STEERING”
“HEY MISTER, CAN YOU HELP A FELLA’ OUT?”
“4 WHEEL DRIVE REAR SUSPENSION ELECTRIC MOTOR ASSIST FAT TIRE QUAD”
“PODRIDE”
“MARVELO, A NEW VELOMOBILE FROM CANADA”
“TRANSPORTING A TADPOLE TRIKE”
“PERFORMER TRIKES”
“DIY (Do It Yourself) VELOMOBILE”
“DUMONT – CATRIKE’S NEW FULL SUSPENSION MODEL”
“SUNSEEKER ECO TAD SX TADPOLE TRIKE”
“THE BEST BICYCLE TIRE MONEY CAN BUY”
“PANNONRIDER SOLAR VELOMOBILE”
“Top 5 Incredibly Fast Recumbent Trikes”
“OTHERS’ ARTICLES, BLOGS, FORUMS, LINKS, ETC.”
“ARE YOU DIRECT OR INDIRECT?
“TRIKE DEALERS”
“VIDEOS”
“LOW COST FOLDING FAT TIRE TADPOLE TRIKE”
“About”
“SCHLUMPF HIGH SPEED DRIVE”
“SUNRIDER VELOMOBILES”
“DRY RAIN VS. WET RAIN”
“REAR DERAILLEUR CAPACITY”
“PICAR – A RECUMBENT PEDAL CAR”
“LOW COST CANOPY”
“SPD SHOE CLEAT POSITION”
“SEAT VS. PEDAL HEIGHT”
“HOME BUILT RECUMBENT TRIKE, DETAILED PLANS AND CONSTRUCTION STEPS”
“WORK STANDS FOR TADPOLE TRIKES”
“INFO RESOURCES”
“OFF ROAD HANDCYCLE TRIKE”
“FREE GIFT”
“TRAILS”
“A LOW COST TADPOLE TRIKE … KENT 20 CAVALIER”
“CHAIN TUBES … WHO NEEDS THEM?”
“TRIKE TIP OVER”
“JSRL DESIGN VS TERRATRIKE’S NEW HEEL SLINGS”
“CATRIKE REAR WHEEL EXTENSION KIT”
“TRIDENT TRIKES STOWAWAY 1 & 2”
“LEG SUCK … IT’S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT”
“ELECTRIC ASSIST MOTORIZED “”VELOCARS””
“TWIST SHIFTERS CAN BE AN OOEY GOOEY STICKY MESS”
“X SEAM MEASUREMENT/ADJUSTING THE BOOM”
“PERFORMER JC-70 TADPOLE TRIKE REVIEW”
“CATRIKE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR TIPS”
“GOTTA DO YOUR HOMEWORK”
“TRIKETIGHT WORKSTANDS”
“PROS & CONS OF ELECTRIC MOTOR PEDAL ASSIST
“TRIDENT SPIKE … MOVE OVER ROVER”
“KMX TRIKE FRONT SUSPENSION”
“TRIDENT ODYSSEY FOLDING TRIKE”
“THE PEDAL INN, A HOMEMADE INSULATED CAMPER (NOMAD LIVING)”
“ODYSSEY TRIKES”
“TIRE SCRUBBING”
“ADAM’S MOTORIZED KMX TYPHOON TRIKE”
“IT’S ALL ABOUT GEARING”
“GINZVELO – A NEW DESIGN IN VELOMOBILES”
“COVID 19, the GREAT RESET – HERE’S THE TRUTH”
“WHO SAYS “”RECUMBENTS CAN’T CLIMB”?”
“SOLOVJOV 3X3 TRIKE – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (AIN’T HAPPENING)”
“FORTRIKE — PRODUCT OF BRASIL/BRAZIL”
“MASA SLINGSHOT, A BIT OF NOSTALGIA}
“SOME INTERESTING INFO ABOUT VELOMOBILES”
“FAT TAD – HOW QUAINT!”
“COMFORT TRIKE … A FULL SUSPENSION TADPOLE TRIKE FROM LATVIA”
“Ti-Fly … AZUB’S NEW FULL SUSPENSION TRIKE”
“HEEL SLINGS GET MY VOTE”
“MY OTHER BLOGS”
“TRIDENT TERRAIN FAT TIRE TRIKE”
“FATCAT … SOUNDS GOOD TO ME”
“PRESTA VS.  SCHRADER VALVES”
“BELT DRIVEN … DITCH THE CHAIN”
“WHAT IS A TADPOLE TRIKE?”
“ICE FULL FAT TADPOLE TRIKE”
“RAHT RACER – WOULD YOU BELIEVE?”
“DO IT YOURSELF PLANS”
“REMOVING, PERFORMING MAINTENANCE & REINSTALLING CATRIKE FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS”
“DETERMINING PROPER CHAIN LENGTH”
“CHAINRING GUARDS”
“SDV DRIVE WITH OVAL PEDAL MOTION … A MORE EFFICIENT DRIVE SYSTEM”
“HOW TO CLEAN AND LUBRICATE A REAR DERAILLEUR”
“GAADI DOUBLE ENDED INNER TUBES”
“HEEL SLINGS VS. SPD SHOES & PEDALS”
“DIY PEDAL GENERATOR FOR ELECTRIC POWERED TRIKE”
“AIMED AT YOUR HEART”
“HUB MOTOR VS CRANK DRIVE MOTOR”
“eZee NOW – 3rd TIME IS A CHARM (ELECTRIC MOTOR ASSIST)”
“TERRACYCLE – EXQUISITE RECUMBENT PARTS & ACCESSORIES”
“MOUNTING HEADLIGHTS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES”
“RECUMBENT TRIKE DOG ATTACK”
“ATTENTION PHILIPPINE READERS”
“TIRE CHOICES”
“DEAD RED LAW”
“HOMEMADE TRIKE AND QUAD FROM THE LAND “”DOWN UNDER””
“SUNSEEKER FAT TAD ELECTRIC TADPOLE TRIKE”
“ADAPTIVE BRAKE CONTROLS FOR DISABLED RIDERS”
“COMFORIDER DELTA TRIKES”
“ELECTRIC HUB MOTOR SYSTEM … ROUND TWO”
“FAIRINGS FOR TADPOLE TRIKES”
“CONTACT ME”
“CATRIKE’S BOOM”
“HOW DO YOU STEER THAT THING?”
“PEDALS … PEDALS … READ ALL ABOUT IT!”
“BRITT ELECTRIC PEDALS”
“SAFETY FLAGS ARE FOR YOUR SAFETY”
“OUTRIDER 422 ALPHA ELECTRIC TRIKE REVIEW”
“LED LIGHT SAFETY POLES (or whatever they are called)”
“HOMEMADE TADPOLE TRIKE FOR KIDS”
“MY NEW CANOPY”
“VELOKS MK3 E-TRIKE”
“MILD STEEL, CHROME-MOLY STEEL, OR ALUMINUM”
“PEBL ELECTRIC PEDAL ASSIST VELOTRIKE”
“MAKING A WOODEN WORK STAND”
“SCARAB TRIKES (product of Texas)”
“WHEEL ALIGNMENT, SPOKE TENSION, SPOKE BREAKAGE”
“eGO – AN INTERESTING CONCEPT IN TRIKES”
“CHINESE KNOCKOFFS”
“CHEAP ELECTRIC TADPOLE TRIKES”
“FOLDING TRIKES”
“THE END OF BIONX?”
“THE VACCINE, PURE EVIL!”
“3 WHEEL TRIKE CAR”
“CURRENT STATUS OF BIONX”
“ORGANIZED RIDES, RALLIES & EVENTS”
“NUVINCI N360 INTERNAL HUB”
“FOLDING ALUMINUM RAMPS”
“DERAILLEUR ADJUSTMENT”
“AZUB TRICON 20 VS 26 FOLDING TRIKE”
“TERRATRIKE MAVERICK … NEW ENTRY LEVEL OFFERING”
“HELMETS … MY HEAD, MY CHOICE?”
“COLD WELD=WELD FAILURE”
“HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SELF SEALING TUBELESS TIRES”
“OUTRIDER HORIZON – ALL ELECTRIC ALL TERRAIN TADPOLE TRIKE”
“MAINTAINING PROPER AIR PRESSURE IN TIRES”
“TOE IN … A VERY IMPORTANT MATTER”
“TADPOLE TRIKE MAKES RECORD JUMP”
“DEALING WITH CURBS AND OTHER UNEVEN SURFACES”
“AVENUE TRIKES … ONE MORE OFFERING”
“GOOGLE MAPS – A VERY HANDY TOOL”
“SPECBIKE TECHNICS”
“TADPOLE TRIKE SIDECAR”
“50 MPH E-TRIKE”
“CHAIN REPAIR & YOU, YES YOU!”
“TERRATRIKE RAMBLER E.V.O.”
“VELOMO, A GERMAN TADPOLE TRIKE”
“HEAD/NECK RESTS”
“SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON HEADLIGHTS”
“VEE TIRES FOR TADPOLE TRIKES”
“PODRIDE VELOCAR”
“BOOBY TRAPPED BIKE TRAILS”
“JA YOE! (MATT GALAT’S WORLD TOUR)”
“RECUMBENT BIKE & TRIKE PARTS”
“RECUMBENT RAG TOPS”
“AZUB FAT TRIKE”
“SETUP & ADJUSTMENT OF MECHANICAL DISC BRAKES”
“SHAFT DRIVEN … WHY NOT?”
“NASHBAR RAGSTER SANDALS … THEY’RE BACK!”
“IT’S JUST A HILL … GET OVER IT”
“TRIKEWARS CUSTOM MADE TRIKES”
“NO WELD TADPOLE TRIKE PROJECT”
“DRIVE TRAIN MAINTENANCE”
“HELP! I CAN’T GET UP”
“WHEN IS .75 NOT THE SAME AS 3/4?”
“TRAVELIN’ ALONG SIDE BY SIDE”
“TRIKE TRANSPORT IDEAS”
“EGO VELOCAR”
“UTAH TRIKES CUSTOM SUNSEEKER ECO QUAD WITH 1600 WATT MID DRIVE MOTOR”
“REVERSE TRIKES”
“REPAIR WELDING OF A CRACKED ALUMINUM FRAME”
“THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG … 559 THAT IS”
“RECUMBENT TRIKE WINDOW DECALS”
“HARTLANDER FAT TRIKE”
“DOG POWERED TADPOLE TRIKES”
“ELECTRIC TRIKE 3500w 40+MPH”
“FUN & THRILLING, BUT FOOLISH AND DANGEROUS”
“CATRIKE E-CAT MAKING ITS DEBUT”
“HPVelotechnik Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec e-trike”
“CATRIKE TRAIL FOLDER IS NOW AVAILABLE”
“AeeDEA E-TRIKE … INDIA’S FIRST OFFERING INTO THE RECUMBENT TRIKE MARKET”
“TRIKE BUYING GUIDE – TAKEATRIKE.COM”
“UTAH TRIKE’S FULL SUSPENSION REVOLUTION DEFIANCE TADPOLE TRIKE”
“CHAIN WEAR & REPLACEMENT”
“BIKE TOW LEASH for da pooch”
“EVOLVE TRIKES”
“RIDEKICK ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEW”
“TO LISTEN OR NOT TO LISTEN (THAT IS THE QUESTION)”
“JAYOE … NEW TRIKE AND TRAILER”
“LUMBAR SUPPORT TO GO”
“SHORTENED BOOM … SOMETHING TO BE AWARE OF”
“ARE YOU SUSPENDED?”
“FINER RECLINER HEAD/NECK RESTS”
“TIRED HURTING FEET”
“RECUMBENT TRIKE RIDE WITH MY DOG”
“GOOGLE’S SELF DRIVING BICYCLE (only available on April 1st)”
“HELMETS … IS THERE REALLY A DIFFERENCE?”
“CATEYE RAPID X SAFETY FLAG LIGHTS”
“””SORTA FAT””
“TRIKETABLE REPAIR STAND”
“VELOCARS”
“SO YOU WANT TO BUILD YOUR OWN TRIKE, HUH?”
“COPENHAGEN WHEEL NO MORE”
“5 BEST RECUMBENT E-TRIKES”
“ELECTRIC MOTORIZED E-TRIKE WITH REVERSE”
“HONK IF YOU ARE AMISH”
“CRANKARM SHORTENERS = PEDAL EXTENDERS”
“VELOMOBILE RACING … WILD AND CRAZY”
“TRI-SLED GIZMO PHAT”
“ROAM 2011 … A LOOK BACK”
“THE HARDEST PART OF RIDING A TADPOLE TRIKE”
“DOES THIS TRIKE MAKE ME LOOK FAT?”
“TIRE OVER-INFLATION”
“TIRE SEALANTS … DO THEY REALLY WORK?”
“CHAIN LUBRICATION”
“BACCHETTA CT 2.0 carbon fiber tadpole trike”
“KITE CANOPY”
“TILT STEERING DESIGN”
“LOW COST CANOPIES”
“HELMET LAWS FOR BICYCLE RIDERS”
“UNDERSTANDING GEAR RATIOS”
“TALK ABOUT TIRE MILEAGE”
“REAR WHEEL DIAMETER … 20 VS 26/700”
“PEDAL POWERED USB CHARGER”
“DO YOU LUBE YOUR TIRES & TUBES?”
“THE JOY OF RIDING A PEDAL ASSIST MOTORIZED TRIKE”
“HP VELOTECHNIK, A TRIKE TO BE RECKONED WITH”
“THINGS I’VE LEARNED”
“U.S. E-BIKE LAWS EXPLAINED”
“CATRIKE SAFETY RECALL FOR AXLE SPINDLES (2013 MODELS ONLY)”
“LOOKING FOR A USED TRIKE?”
“WHAT’S YOUR CADENCE?”
“FAHRRADI FARFALLA FFX … A TRUE WORK OF ART”
“PERFORMER FACTORY TOUR”
“AFRICA TRIKE”
“TAKING THE LANE”
“KICKING THE TIRES (buying a used trike)”
“DO YOU HAVE BENT LEGS?”
“ICE REAR SUSPENSION INFO”
“BIONX … THE JURY IS STILL OUT ON THIS ONE”
“TOURING WITH E-ASSIST”
“CAN TADPOLE TRIKES REALLY FLY?”
“HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP?”
“BROL CLASSIFIEDS … USED TADPOLE TRIKES FOR SALE”
“VERSA BARS”
“THE SCHWALBE LINEUP”
“DOGS ARE PEOPLE TOO”
“WHAT, A STAND UP TADPOLE TRIKE?”
“WHEEL STANDING FLAME THROWING SLINGSHOT QUAD”,
“THE DANGERS OF RIDING A RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE”
“FOUR SEATER VELOMOBILE”
“THE GREAT AMERICAN RAIL-TRAIL”
“FLINTSTONE BRAKES & YOU”
“ARE YOU BLIND?”
“RECUMBENT MECHANICAL TALK”
“USING THE PARK TOOL CHAIN WEAR INDICATOR TOOL”
“TRIKEXPLOR … some interesting offerings”
“NON-RECUMBENT RECUMBENTS”
“E-MOTOR BATTERY MOUNTS FROM TERRACYCLE”
“TRIKE THERAPY FOR MILITARY VETERANS”
“WHOA NELLIE!”
“BLINDED BY THE LIGHT”
“TIRE PRESSURE … READ ALL ABOUT IT”
“CATRIKE ROAD AR … LIKE A TRUE CAT IT DONE SNUCK UP ON US”
“STICK CATCHING … NOT A NICE GAME TO PLAY”
“DON’T CLICK THIS!”
“IF YOU’VE GOT ‘EM, USE ‘EM (GEARS THAT IS)”
“EFNEO GEARBOX”
“TALK ABOUT FAT TRIKES”
“TADPOLE VS DELTA … “”IN” VS “ON””
“LOW COST FULL SUSPENSION TRIKE/e-TRIKE/e-FAT QUAD”
“MY EXPERIENCE WITH E-MOTORS THUS FAR”
“FAT TRIKES RULE”
“ELECTRIC TADPOLE TRIKE ON SNOW SKIS”
“GOPRO MOUNTS TIPS & TRICKS”
“RECUMBENT RANGERS ON THE WITHLACOOCHEE TRAIL”
“THE HIGH COST OF IGNORING NEEDED MAINTENANCE”
“MagLOCK PEDALS”
“FIRST ATTEMPT AT RIDING MY TRIKE SINCE KNEE JOINT REPLACEMENT”
“PEDAL EXTENDERS MIGHT BE THE TICKET”
“GREENSPEED AERO SPORTS TRIKE”
“PEDAL ASSIST … A “”WIN-WIN” SITUATION”
“MID-ISLAND TRIKE ADVENTURES IS NOW A TRIDENT DEALER”
“SO YOU THINK YOUR BIKE LOCK IS SECURE”
“GETTING UP – GETTING OLD is GETTING OLD”
“CATRIKE 5.5.9 VIDEO BY UTAH TRIKES”
“WHEEL TRUING”
“BICYCLE AIR PUMPS & TIRE PRESSURE”
“SOME LEGAL INFO ON E-BIKES”
“CATRIKE EOLA – a new “”base” model”
“BOOM CHAIN TENSIONERS (CRANK ARM SHORTENERS UPDATE)”
“AMPHIBIAN VELOMOBILE”
“E-ASSIST … A LOOK AT WHAT ALL IS AVAILABLE”
“ANALOGY OF A CRASH … SOMETHING TO BE AWARE OF”
“TADPOLE TRIKES ARE NOT MADE TO CLIMB WALLS”
“ALL WHEEL TILTING AR-3 STEERING COMPARISON”
“TRIKE TECH – A RECUMBENT TRIKE INFORMATION WEBSITE”
“ENJOYING LIFE AT THE SPEED OF A TRIKE”
“FRAME WARRANTIES”
“THE NEW CATRIKE ALUMINUM ALLOY FENDERS”
“TRIKE RIDING TOGETHER AS FAMILY & WITH FRIENDS”
“WATER BOTTLE HOLDERS”
“FAT TRIKE RIDERS”
“HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK OF GETTING PUNCTURES”
“WHEELCHAIR TRIKE ATTACHMENTS”
“WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE?”
“CATRIKES IN FLORIDA”
“THE PROS AND CONS OF RIDING A RECUMBENT TRIKE”
“BICYCLE AIR PUMPS & TIRE PRESSURE”
“CRITTER ENCOUNTERS”
“BOLT TOGETHER TRIKE BUILD (NO WELD)”
“SCHWALBE ONE – A NEW RACING TIRE”
“E-BIKE BATTERIES AND WATER … A DEFINITE NO-NO”
“INVISIBLE BICYCLE HELMET”
“SECURING YOUR TRIKE FROM THEFT”
“PONDEROSA HP8 URBAN RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE”
“VELOMETRO”
“TIPPING OVER HERE, BOSS!”
“EVOVELO”
“WHAT IS TRUTH?”
“HIGH SPEED POLICE CHASE ON BIKE TRAIL”
“TRIKE RACING IN FLORIDA”
“BAFANG 750 WATT CRANK DRIVE MOTOR WITH TORQUE SENSOR”
“NEW HEAD REST TO SAVE MY NECK”
“3 CHEERS FOR RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKES”
“FRONT END SHIMMY”
“AND AWAY WE GO! (WITH BIONX)”
“ELECTRIC MOTOR ASSIST — THERE ARE CHOICES”
“INDOOR TRAINERS FOR THOSE COUPED UP THRU THE WINTER”
“ALL ABOUT TIRES”
“LEAF REMOVAL MADE EASY”
“EFFECTS OF COLD TEMPERATURES”
“THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU”
“BAR END MITTS – MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS”
“BICYCLE CHAIN – HOW IT’S MADE”
“SURE A PRETTY THING!”
“LOVE YA’ GRANNY!”
“FOLDYLOCK”
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL”
“BEST CRANKDRIVE E-MOTORS”
“SIDE MOUNT KITS”
“THE JaYoe NATION PODCAST”
“CATRIKE SEAT BACK EXTENSIONS BY UTAH TRIKES”
“HOW TO FIX A FLAT TIRE ON A TADPOLE TRIKE”
“A BIT OF HUMOR IN THIS VIDEO”
“AND THE WINNER IS ….”
“LIGHTS … CHEAPER & BETTER … CAN’T BEAT THAT!”
“MOM ON A TADPOLE TRIKE”
“FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW WHETHER THEY ARE COMING OR GOING (B2B TRIKE)”
“SPEED TRIKE”
“HP VELOTECHNIK FACTORY TOUR & 2018 MODELS”
“PERFORMER JC-70 AND JC-20 ASSEMBLY”
“PODRIDE UPDATE 2022”
“CRANK DRIVES – A DISASTER FOR TRIKES”
“BIKE REGISTRATION THAT WORKS”
“””FAUX PEDALING” – FAKING IT HERE, BOSS”
“INVERTING TWIST GRIP SHIFTERS AND BRAKE LEVERS ON HANDLEBARS”
“DOES RIDING A TADPOLE TRIKE MEAN YOU ARE HANDICAPPED?”
“OH FOR SOME SHADE”
“TRAIL RULES EXIST FOR GOOD REASON”
“HIT FROM BEHIND BY TRUCK”
“FIRST RIDES ON TADPOLE TRIKES””A MAGNET FOR WOOD”
“ENJOYING LIFE VIA CATRIKE”
“RECUMBENT TRIKES – THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE”
“CUSTOMIZING TRIKES BY UTAH TRIKES”
“HOW TO BUY (and not to buy) A RECUMBENT TRIKE”
“NEWBIE’S TRIKE TESTIMONY”
“ELECTRIC BIKE OUTFITTERS”
“ACKERMAN STEERING”
“INSTALLATION OF SCHLUMPF HIGH SPEED DRIVE”
“HOW TO MAKE A TADPOLE TRIKE GROW”
“DEFUNCT TADPOLE TRIKES”
“INNER TUBE INFORMATION”
“WHO NEEDS FENDERS ANYWAY?”
“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”
“CRANKING IT UP HERE, BOSS!”
“CATRIKE GETS A NICE WRITEUP”
“WILL THESE TIRES FIT MY RIMS?”
“POOH POOH ON POO POO”
“CATRIKE MODEL LINEUP (2017)”
“MAGPED … another magnetic pedal offering for foot retention”
“PEDALING WITH KNEE PAIN”
“TRICYCLES … KID TESTED, MOM APPROVED”
“MATT GALAT’S WORLD TOUR”
“HOW TO CHANGE AN INNER TUBE”
“THIN MAYBE IN, BUT FAT’S WHERE IT’S AT”
“SO JUST WHO ARE TRIKES FOR ANYWAY?”
“AW, AIN’T IT PRETTY?”
“YAHOO! THE CRANKARM SHORTENERS WORK GREAT”
“ARE WHITE LIGHTS LEGAL ON THE REAR OF A TRIKE?”
“DROOPING CABLES AND OTHER LOW DOWN HAZARDS”
“BRAKE STEER”
“BIONX … DEFINITELY OUT OF BUSINESS!”
“TIRE WIPERS … A GREAT IDEA”
“11 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR TRIKE FASTER”
“NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE SOREE”
“BEST CRANKDRIVE E-MOTOR?”
“WHEEL (RIM) REPAIRS”
“RECYCLED RECUMBENTS”
“LOW & SLOW”
“TIP OVER … HOW SAFE ARE 3 WHEELS?”
“BLUESKY CANOPIES”
“HEY HEY, WHAT’S THAT SOUND, EVERYTIME IT GOES AROUND?”
“BETTER WATCH OUT IF YOU DON’T WANNA CRY”
“TRAIL RULES DON’T APPLY”
“5 BEST TADPOLE E-TRIKES”
“HISTORY OF RECUMBENTS”
“SOMETIMES A GUY JUST HAS TO HAVE FUN”
“BEFORE YOU BUY A TADPOLE TRIKE”
“ALL ABOUT E-BIKE BATTERY CHARGING & DIY UNDERTAKINGS”
“AZUB ON ICE – FROZEN LAKE RIDE ON A FAT TRIKE”
“BECKETTS RUN TRAIL … FORT WAYNE’S NEWEST TRAIL”
“TADPOLE TRIKE BUILDS ON VIDEO”
“REAR WHEEL REMOVAL & REINSTALLATION”
“TADPOLE RIDER FB Group”
“THE GRANDE DAME OF BIKING … AND NOW TRIKING”
“TERRATRIKE RAMBLER SAFETY RECALL”
“SO TADPOLE TRIKES ARE SLOW … WHO CARES?”
“GOD DAMN IT!”
“TERRATRIKE SPYDER MAKING ITS DEBUT SOON”
“BROKEN GLASS, A POPULAR PASTIME FOR SOME”
“WATER, A NECESSITY OF LIFE”
“FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS”
“63 SPEED HAND CRANK MOUNTAIN TRIKE”
“WARRIOR IS BIRTHED”
“SEARCH THIS SITE”
“CYCLING IS FOR EVERYONE”
“FULL SUSPENSION WHEELS”
“HOW TO FIT A CHAIN ON A TADPOLE TRIKE”
“TRY BEFORE YOU BUY”
“MARTIN KRIEG – A MAN OF GREAT VISION – NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY”
“RECUMBENT TV … a good idea while it lasted”
“WHY i HAVE SLOWED WAY UP ON THIS BLOG”
“WATER BOTTLE CLEANING”
“KMX FAMILY LINEUP”
“ANTI-THEFT ALARMS”
“HOW TO ADJUST STEERING ON THE PERFORMER TRIKES (models X, E AND F)”
“HILL CLIMBING … NOT THE WAY I REMEMBER IT”
“CENTURY RIDES – ARE YOU UP TO IT?”
“ORGANIZED RALLIES, RIDES and EVENTS”
“WHAT WIND?”
“THERATRYKE, A SPECIAL PURPOSE TRIKE”
“PEDAL REMOVAL & INSTALLATION”
“EUROVELO FELLOW (and gals)”
“CALL OF THE WILD or SILENCE CAN BE DEAFENING”
“BEST ELECTRIC CONVERSION KITS FOR TRIKES”
“REAR WHEEL STEERING = HIGH SPEED INSTABILITY”
“IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT”
“””SHADEMOBILE” … WHAT A DIFFERENCE!”
“ACCIDENT PREVENTION”
“HEADKAYSE ONE – REINEVENTS HELMETS”
“I NEED YOUR HELP”
“HOLE IN ONE”
“MATT’S WORLD TRIKING ADVENTURE”
“TAILLIGHTS”
“TADPOLE TRIKES CAN PROVIDE A 2ND CHANCE”
“MOVING RIGHT ALONG …”
“11 SPEED CASSETTES … WE’VE COME A LONG WAY”
“RIDING AROUND HORSES”
“MOBILITY ASSISTIVE DEVICE”
“JaYoe! … JUST ADD FUEL”
“THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES of MYRTLE the TURTLE”
“WHEEZY ELECTRIC MOTOR ASSIST”
“A $25 TADPOLE TRIKE”
“RIDING UP A 41 % GRADE”
“SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER”
“3D PRINTING … A HANDY GADGET”
“IMPROVING THE TURNING CIRCLE ON ICE TRIKES”
“CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?”
“RECUMBENT HISTORY”
“HOMEMADE TRIKE BUILD VIDEO”
“TOE IN REVISTED”
“COVID 19 … THE TRUTH”
“HOW DO YOU BALANCE THAT THING? … and OTHER DUMB QUESTIONS”

I just thought of something. I have been posting the “From the archives” on several Facebook Recumbent Groups for some time now. This has made a big difference in these numbers of views.

Here is a partial list of the countries viewers are from.

You may not have any interest in this but I am sure at least some people will. Besides, I had to come up with something to post here today and this is what popped into my head. And now that I have  guess what … it is that time … time to go for a trike ride. Hopefully next time I will come up with something more to your liking.  This even bores me some. Meanwhile …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT AWAITS YOU!

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NOW HEAR THIS AMERICA … TAPS

Those who have never served in the military may not know much about TAPS.  I served in the U.S. Navy and there are some differences between the various armed forces. In the  Navy at the designated bedtime (2200 … 10 PM) it too is called TAPS.  Tomorrow is Memorial Day, an American holiday set aside to observe the men and women in military uniform who gave their lives in service to our country. The TAPS song consists of 24 notes traditionally played on a bugle or trumpet. It is such a powerful song which has always touched my heart years before I went into the Navy and still does to this day. I am 75 years old and this is the first time in my entire life that I even knew that TAPS has words to it.

And I don’t think I have ever heard the origin of TAPS before.

This next video got my attention …

Stop drinking and return to quarters …

I love my country and I appreciate our military …I

I don’t have any musical talent at all but I sure would love to be able to play musical instruments and sing well.

Lastly I salute  all of our military …

To those who served and came back home … THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE …i

I leave you with a bit of humor. (Please humor me, I was in the Navy.) And please be aware that this joke is far from scriptural.

A soldier, a sailor, an airman, and a marine get into an argument about
what armed force is the best. The argument gets so heated that they fail
to see an on-coming truck. They are hit and killed instantly. When they
arrive in heaven, they see Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. So they
decide he can settle their argument. They walk up and ask him, “Saint
Peter, what Military Service is the best?” He thinks for a moment, then
says, “Well, I’m afraid I can’t tell you. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll
talk to God next time I see Him, and I’ll find out for you. In the mean
time, welcome to heaven.” So they enter. Later, they see Saint Peter
while walking around, and they ask him about their question. But before
Saint Peter can say anything, trumpets blare, a bright light shines, and
a white dove flies out of the light with an envelope in it’s beak. Saint
Peter says, “Ah, here’s the answer from the Boss.” He takes the letter,
and the dove flies off. He opens it, trumpets play, gold dust flies up,
and Saint Peter reads aloud:

FROM THE DESK OF GOD

TO: SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, AND MARINES

RE: WHICH SERVICE IS BEST.

Dear Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines,
All branches of the United States Armed forces are truly honorable.
One should take pride in serving with the Military. You are all
well-trained men, all capable of pulling off your job exceedingly well.
Therefore, there is no superior service.

Sincerely,
God, USN (Ret.)

**********

“Taps, taps, lights out! All hands turn into your bunks! Maintain silence about the decks! The smoking lamp is out in all berthing spaces.”

***********

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT AWAITS YOU!

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FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR COMRADERY & HELPFUL INFORMATION & INTERACTION

Finding a Facebook Group about recumbent tadpole trikes is about like trying to find a cold medication at the pharmacy. There are just so many to select from one is overwhelmed. And, of course, some are better than others. Some are far better while some are not so good. I am not here to make recommendations or rate any of these groups. Obviously it is not practical to join a whole lot of them. One thing I will say … just because one group has over 7000 members while another group only has 123 members is not necessarily a sure way to select a group. One would think it would be and should be but my experience tells me otherwise.  One thing I have learned the administrator(s)/moderator(s) make a big difference. I quit one group because I could not tolerate the lousy job the administrator was doing. I found I had no use for the guy. Constantly butting heads with him I finally had enough. I miss the group but I sure don’t miss him. Facebook groups need rules that everybody needs to abide by. There are always those who won’t and don’t obey the rules and thus cause problems for the group. A good administrator stays on top of this and disciplines members or removes them from membership. In these groups one will find seasoned knowledgeable experienced trike riders who can and do share what they know with others who are newbies or just not as experienced and knowledgeable. Those who have questions and issues can get help in these groups. I highly recommend joining a few. I have two Facebook groups I have started concerning tadpole trikes. I even have a third group which is on Cloudhub which is an alternative to Facebook. Cloudhub just never caught on. My Cloudhub Recumbent Trikes Group only has 4 members. My first Facebook group I started years ago was Tadpole Rider Group. It quickly grew to the second largest FB groups about recumbent trikes. Due to health reasons at the time I made the decision to shut it down. Years later the health issue no longer existed and I made the decision to restart it. This time around, however, it never took off like it did the first time. Over the last few weeks it (Tadpole Rider Group)  has doubled in membership but still it is only about 283 as I type this. There would be more but one ongoing problem I am experiencing is that several of those wanting to join are not answering the two vetting questions as well as agreeing to obey the group rules. Without this they won’t be approved to join. I hate turning away people who want to join but it is necessary to have these questions to help weed out SPAMMERS, ROBOTS and other unwanted applicants. If you are a Facebook user and don’t belong to a FB trike group at this time I invite you to look into it. You can simply do a search on FB for recumbent trike groups. Enjoy the interaction with fellow trikers. And most certainly …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

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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FREE GIFT awaits you!

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IN OBSERVATION OF MLK JR HOLIDAY

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note- My apologies for the appearance of this post. I worked hard to lay it all out right but for some reason it refuses to post the way I have it laid out. The video I have embedded is suppose to appear much further below but it is clear at the top blocking the title of the post. No matter what I attempt to do it won’t change.  BTW, the title of this posting is OBSERVING MLK  jr HOLIDAY.
 
The city in which I live, Fort Wayne, Indiana, was built on the confluence of 3 rivers. The St. Joe River  flows in from the north. The St. Marys River flows in from the south and then turns east and joins up with the St. Joe River where it continues east and the name is changed to the Maumee River. Our original trail system was built alongside of these three rivers and is called the Rivergreenway.  Of course, having rivers means having bridges to cross the rivers. Traffic flow into and out of a city with rivers is limited by the number of bridges available. One of our main north-south streets underwent closing the bridge several years ago to totally rebuild it. Of course, that was a major inconvenience but once the project was completed and the new bridge was opened for use it got everybody’s vote of approval. The new bridge is quite nice. It was dedicated to the late Martin L. King, Jr.
 
Here is a video of a tadpole trike ride over the bridge and thru  the east side of Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. Several of Mr. King’s quotes are displayed along the length of the bridge.
 

As seen in the video  the bridge is capable of displaying various lighting at night making if very attractive. 
 
 

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FREE GIFT awaits you!

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THE ONLY REASON

Tomorrow as I post this is December 25th. It is the day when most of the world pauses to one degree or another to acknowledge the fact that God came to earth in the form of a human Baby on a mission to provide a way for man to be saved from the consequences and penalty of his sin. Man can not save himself although many try. That Baby grew into a Man and completed the mission He was on. Unlike us He lived a perfect life free from sin. This was most important as He was to be the sacrifice offering for sin … the only offering acceptable to a holy God. You can read more about all of this in great detail HERE . Sadly the world (most of mankind) has rejected this salvation God offers to us. Doing so comes at a very high price as our eternal soul is at stake. God offers us this FREE GIFT of His salvation, but for all those who reject it and ignore it they forfeit the opportunity He offers to be forgiven of our sin and we then must pay the penalty and answer to Him in judgement. God is love and He demonstrated His love for all of us by dying a cruel agonizing death in our place. His love is AIMED AT YOUR HEART. He has done all that is needed and all that He can and will for us to be saved from our sin. The choice and decision is ours. Once we breathe our last breath it is too late to choose Him and receive His gift of salvation. Our fate is sealed. So I ask you … if you have never responded to His invitation … WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS? Someday your heart will be asking … WHAT WILL JESUS DO WITH ME? The answer to that question can be readily found in His written word … the holy scriptures. God is holy and can not allow sin in His presence. We as sinful people have a problem. Our eternal soul will spend all of eternity either with God (if the sin problem has been taken care of) or apart from God. Being apart from God means spending eternity suffering in anguish in hell fire. God has warned us. We are free morale agents. God created us with the ability to choose to do what we want. We have free will. We are not robots preprogrammed by God to do what He wants us to do. There would not be any expression of God’s love in that. Recognizing and responding to God’s love for us loving Him in return is the ultimate expression of love. It is not a matter of obeying God because we have to. It is all about obeying God because we want to … we want to please Him out of a motivation of our love in return. Yes, God demonstrated His great love for us while we were yet sinners … in the very act of sinning and rebelling against Him … Jesus Christ died for us. Therein is love!

I know there are those who will read this and get upset over it. There will be those who want to tell me it has no place here on a blog about tadpole trikes. But you know … none of that matters. There is not a more important message to communicate to others than this message. In obedience to God I am willing to ruffle a few feathers upsetting some. This timeless message may touch a few hearts and that is what matters. So on this Christmas Day I present the Christmas message. It is not about the many things man does at this time of year … putting up an evergreen tree and decorating it, giving gifts to one another, feasting together as family and friends or any number of the things man does during this holiday. The truth is most everything man does is based on paganism practices the Roman Catholic church brought into our culture. And no where in the holy scriptures are we commanded or instructed to observe the birth of Jesus Christ. And He wasn’t born in December anyway. With all of this being true it is important not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” so to speak. This Christmas holiday does exist in our culture so I for one intend to take advantage of it and proclaim the message of the Cross of Jesus Christ. The reason for the season is truly all about the fact that Jesus did come to earth to provide salvation. He came the first time as a helpless Baby. He will be returning soon … very soon … as the King of kings and Lord of lords. His word tells us that He is coming to pour out His wrath (His anger) on all of those who have rejected Him and the salvation He alone offers. Far better is it to accept and respond to His love now than to be the recipient of His anger later. We are without excuse if we fail to respond to His great love while it is being offered and is available to us. Time is short. Besides none of us know what a day may bring forth. Our last final breath could be seconds away. It is all a most serious matter. The greatest gift is not one placed under a tree. The greatest gift is the One Who was placed on a tree. His Name is Jesus. Merry Christmas to all!

Heaven or Hell … it really is your choice.

This song says it all …

Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS and thereby miss out on the salvation our loving God is offering you.

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT AWAITS YOU!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Today, our nation has set aside this day to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. I hope that each of us will set aside some time today to give thanks and praise to God! I also want to encourage you to go one step further, and take some time every day to thank God for every blessing, every test, and every challenge in your life as He uses them for your good and His purposes. 

One can find and read a lot about the first thanksgiving and much of it claims it was much different than what we were taught in school. I am not going to get into all of that. Whatever happened happened. It is past history and we can’t change it. The important thing is what we do today and into the future.

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FREE GIFT awaits you!

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TIME MARCHES ON … THINGS KEEP CHANGING

It sometimes amazes me how much things change. I was reflecting back on an earlier time (in the 1970s) when I worked at a factory which built what is commonly called “cherry pickers”. A more proper name was mobile aerial work platforms. I knew that sometime after I left there they went out of business. I didn’t know until today that they had filed bankruptcy. I remember the street they were located on and I tried looking the address up on Google Maps street view only to discover there is no trace of them ever existing. All the buildings and parking lots are gone and everything looks entirely different today. It all looks very nice today … far improved over what it looked like back then. It is all past history with nothing to show for it.

Why am I sharing all of this you ask? It has nothing to do with tadpole trikes. And to be honest I don’t know if I can make a connection. I would imagine that there are trails that go thru or by places that have changed drastically over the years. I guess I have seen minor changes but nothing comes to mind which qualifies as major drastic changes here where I live and ride. Well, bite my tongue. I just told a big lie. I forgot about downtown in the city of Fort Wayne. Some major changes have and are happening.

Has the scenery changed over the years where you ride? Where I ride it depends upon where the trail runs. If it is near downtown in the city it has changed considerably and continues to do so as some major construction and development is ongoing. But if the trails are away from the city  things are not as likely to change.

I can honestly say that one thing that has changed is me. I am getting older (almost 75) and this body isn’t as spry as it used to be. It has slowed down some and it can’t take the cold weather as well as it could several years ago. I can remember riding in shorts in temperatures in the 40s. I sure would not do that now.  I used to be a Greenway Ranger … a volunteer helping the city trail management by being their eyes and ears out there on the trails and helping keep the trash cleaned up. I stepped down from that a few years ago. I still do everything I did before with the exception of cleaning up people’s trash. I got tired of that. I am glad to be able to report that the trash problem doesn’t seem to be as bad as it used to be.

Well, like ol’ Forest … “that’s all I’ve got to say about that.” Like another thing that comes to mind … CHANGE HAPPENS!  Hang in there and …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

FREE GIFT awaits you!

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THANK YOU MILITARY VETERANS

Yes, freedom is not free! I know first hand the cost of freedom and am most thankful each and everyday that we have men and women … and even dogs who serve in our military to ensure our freedom. Today is Veterans Day … a national holiday in the United States whereby  we honor those who are serving or have served.

So I salute my fellow veterans …

Yes, I was looking downward in this picture but for good reason …

My friends’ young son had on a navy uniform and we were saluting each other. I was home on leave for the Christmas holiday. Most holidays I was aboard ship so I can identify with the first picture above.

Memorial Day is the holiday we honor fallen veterans but I see nothing wrong with doing so on Veterans Day. A whole lot of those who served never made it back home other than in a flag draped coffin.

As sad as this scene is I can’t help but think about politics and the senseless loss of so many lives. It accomplished absolutely nothing. Ever since Korea we have been playing with the lives of our military men and women (and yes, dogs too). It is quite shameful. I am so thankful that those who are responsible for this will face final justice when they stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and give account for all they have done. They are confident that they will get away with what they have done but they will have a rude awakening.

Of course, that is true of all of us. We will all stand before Jesus and give account … not only for what we have done, but for what we haven’t done that we could have and should have. We will also give an account of every word and every thought we have ever had. We are in big trouble as we all are guilty of falling short and missing the mark. That is why we need salvation. We stand guilty and in need of forgiveness. In God’s great love for us He did not leave us in this predicament. He made a way for us where there was no way. He Himself left heaven and came to earth taking  on the form of man. He was born as a baby human thru a miraculous birth only He could perform. It had to be this way as if He would have been born of man like you and I are He could not have provided the salvation we need. He would have been sinful just like you and I are. But that baby was born sinless because He was born of God not man. That is good news!

No, the freedom that we enjoy is not free. It cost dearly and we all need to be so thankful that there are those who were willing to pay the price.

Our veterans made/make it possible for us to enjoy our freedoms and blessings.

Likewise, salvation isn’t free. A very high price was paid for it. It didn’t cost us. It is free for the asking. But we must ask in order to receive it. Without the shedding of innocent blood there is no forgiveness of sin. It was God’s own innocent blood that was shed for us that make it possible that we might be forgiven. God offers His FREE GIFT to us. What will you do with Jesus Christ? Someday your heart will be asking … What will Jesus do with me? Today would be a perfect day to receive the  FREE GIFT He offers you.

Past and present day military pay honor to fellow veterans …

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TRIKE n TRAIL AMBASSADORS

Ambassadors … we need more of them. You can be a self appointed ambassador for tadpole trikes and bike trails. All it requires is a passion within you which drives you to share and be a representative unto others. You can do this in everyday life … every where you go … every time you go out riding. One of the ways I like to serve or function as an ambassador is to help others learn our local trails. Although admittedly I enjoy checking out new (to me) trails sometimes trails are not very well marked making it difficult for those unfamiliar with them to successfully ride them. As someone who is extremely familiar with our trail system here in Fort Wayne, Indiana I can be of much help to those riding our trails for the first time. I have long offered my service in this matter and a few people have accepted my offer. Tomorrow I plan on doing so again with a tadpole trike rider coming to Fort Wayne wanting to ride our trails. I know that there are many of you who already do this. As they say “down under” … good on you.

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STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

assume I am not the only  one of us trike riders who deal with absolute stupidity on the part of trail users. I deal with it on a daily basis … several times a day. What am I talking about, you ask? Let me give you an example. I was out riding along a trail today going around a corner when suddenly right in front of me two females were walking on my side of the trail toward me. I had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting them. I said to them “I can’t get over any farther” which I don’t think they even began to understand. I was as far over to the right as I could get riding on my side. The picture below is just for the purpose of illustration. It is not a real picture but one I put together. The two females are purposely blurred so they can’t be identified. The place on the trail was on a blind curve and well shaded so it was rather dark. As I came around the corner there they were right in front of me. As I said, I had to brake hard to keep from running into them. Stupid is as stupid does!

 

I can’t help but wonder if these people who do such stupid things like this do the same thing if and when they drive a car. I would hope not yet I can’t help but wonder why they would do it while walking. Stupid is as stupid does.

As bad as walkers and runners are I find the worst to be bicyclists. Most bicyclists ride in the center and even left of center and many of them meander all over the place. To make matters worse they pay absolutely no attention to whether or not any others are on the trail. If I am behind them they make it quite impossible to pass them. If they are coming toward me they often nearly collide with me riding over on my side not paying attention. Stupid is as stupid does. And that is really stupid.

And curves and hills don’t seem to matter to them. One would think that they would realize the danger and that the situation is an accident waiting to happen. Many times I have had to brake hard to avoid an accident. Sometimes I have had to ride off of the trail to avoid a collision.  Stupid is as stupid does. Are people really that stupid? Apparently they are.

I am sure we can all get along out there but it would be a lot easier if some would put more effort into doing their part. But stupid is as stupid does and it is what it is. Try to be safe out there.

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NEW DOMAIN NAME & NO MORE ADS

I have some good news. At least I think it is good news and news you will welcome and appreciate. After all these years of using the free WordPress site hosting service which comes with ads the reader must deal with I finally decided to upgrade to a paid plan which not only should eliminate those annoying objectionable ads but I also got my own domain in the process. I no longer have to use WordPress’ assigned url. From now on just typing in tadpolerider.com should take you to the blog. As the person writing my blog I never have seen the ads others deal with. I have heard about them and I must confess I would not care for them. So I am glad that they are over with. And I love having my own domain. Of course, my old domain url should continue to work as well so it is not necessary to change a bookmark to the new domain.

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WHAT IS THE TRUTH?

WHAT IS THE TRUTH? The truth is not difficult to acquire. First of all Jesus said of Himself … “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN CAN COME TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME.” The WORD OF GOD is one of the many names of Jesus. TRUTH is found in the holy scriptures as God can not lie. One of the truly extraordinary things found in God’s Word is prophecy. Prophecy is foretelling of future events. Much prophecy was written about the End Times. Prophecy was given to us not to scare us but to prepare us. If you listen to/read only what the main stream news media puts out you will be totally misinformed and mislead. You will be deceived. President Donald Trump knows the truth and he knows that the main stream news media lie to us big time. That is why he refers to them as “FAKE NEWS!!”

Let’s take a look at some End Time Bible Prophecy and then check out what is going on in this world we live in. One of the key things the Bible tells us will happen the End Times is that a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, A ONE WORLD RELIGION, A ONE WORLD SYSTEM will come into place. Anyone who takes an open honest look around can see that all this is shaping up … falling into place. It is all coming together. Global Elitist who are super rich and powerful are behind what is happening. They have a 16 year plan they are working to accomplish their goal. They made great headway when their puppetman, Barack Obama was in office. They were all set to continue, believing that Hillary Clinton would follow Obama, when they got a big surprise. Donald Trump won the Presidency and immediately started reversing everything these evil people had done and put into place. And we reaped the rewards as he worked hard making America Great Again!

Pres. Trump loves America and he knows what is going on … what their agenda is and how they are going about it. They fought him in every way they could falsely accusing him, attacking him, and doing all they could trying to defeat him … all without success. Finally when he easily won his 2nd term election they cheated big time and stole that away from him. They got another puppetman in the oval office and immediately started undoing all the good things Pres. Trump had done. Their goal is to get back on course and schedule.

They had to act fast so they devised a plan to totally derail the world and gain much control. They own and control the main stream news media they use it to lie to us and convince us of those things they want us to believe. In order for them to take control they must get us to do whatever they want. So they purposely turned a biological warfare agent lose upon the world. We know it as Covid 19. It is real enough but what we have been told about it is 99 % lies.

Wow! Where do I begin? First off, it is not nearly as dangerous as what we are being told. It has a 99.97 % survival rate among healthy people so it certainly is not all that dangerous. They tell us it is but they are lying. There are known cures available but the powers that be quickly moved and stopped the availability of any and all of them. We are dealing with very evil people!

We are told we must wear masks to protect ourselves and others. There is absolutely no science behind this. The truth is none of these masks can stop a virus. A virus easily and readily passes right thru them. Wearing a mask is actually very unhealthy. Again, these people don’t care about our health and well being. This all about their control over us … seeing just what they can get us to do and get us accustomed to obeying them.

What about the vaccine? A virus that has a 99.97 % survival rate as well as known cures does not need a vaccine. So why is there such a push for a vaccine? I will clue you in … it has nothing to do with preventing anyone from getting Covid 19. The global elitists have told us their plan and part of that plan is to greatly reduce the world population … to a more “manageable number”. Again, we are not being told the truth. Many many people who have received the vaccination have already had problems. They have gotten seriously sick. Tens of thousands around the world have died already. You won’t hear about it on the Fake News. Of course, anyone who reports the truth is accused of spreading false information. These evil people hire more evil people who claim they have checked the facts and side with the main stream news accusing those telling the truth of lying.

At this point I want to share this … my wife is originally from a small island in the Philippines. Because it is small it is more less impossible to hide what is going on. Many people on that island have received the vaccine and many of them have already died. My wife is in communication with several people from that island so she keeps informed about all of this. I have read that it is expected that within 2 years time those who have received the vaccine will be dead. I hope it is not true, but it would not surprise me. God is able to prevent this. I am not saying He will, but I know He can. We have a pastor friend on that small island in the Philippines who received the vaccine and then got deathly sick. Many people prayed for him. He has survived. He is the only one known on that island to have survived after the vaccine brought them down.

Fear and intimidation is what the global elitists are using to try to control people. Thru the main stream news media they lie to us causing people to believe that this virus … now saying it is a variant which is much much worse than the original. Personally I don’t believe any of it. I think all the reports about the number of cases and seriousness is all hog wash … nothing but lies. They want people to be fearful and so scared and convinced that they can control everyone.

The interesting thing about all of this is how inconsistent their information is. They keep changing what they say all the time. If they were simply telling the truth they would not be doing this.

The more people don’t buy into their lies and follow them in obedience the more we can interfere with their plan and schedule. They were already set back 4 years thanks to Pres. Trump. There is a lot to learn and understand about all that is going on. However you sure won’t learn it listening to the FAKE NEWS. I don’t think they are capable of reporting the truth.

Lastly, I want to state very clearly that there is only one way to escape being a victim caught up in what lies ahead. These evil people will eventually achieve their goal and it will eventually usher in the return of Jesus to this earth. He is coming to straighten it all out and set up His government. However, I must warn you before that happens He has prophesied that He is coming back in righteous anger to deal with all who have rejected Him not obeying the gospel message and receiving the salvation He alone offers.

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PRACTICING PATIENCE WHILE WAITING ON A TRIKE ON ORDER

Most of us know that this PLANdemic (not pandemic) has made a big mess of lots of things in life. Bike shops are struggling to get bicycles, trikes and all sorts of accessories delivered in a timely fashion once ordered. I was in my local Catrike dealer the other day. They not only don’t have any Catrikes available to display but because they don’t and because it will be awhile before anymore come in they removed the display racks. They have several different models on order but it will be a long time before any arrive. So as frustrating and aggravating as all this is it all comes down to practicing patience … as hard as that is to do. It helps to have a trike to ride while waiting on a new one to come in. Such is the case for David. He is waiting on a new trike he ordered.

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WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA

am sure many of you have seen the Colonial Penn Life Insurance TV commercials where they use these words — woulda, coulda and shoulda . It kinda catches your attention. For me it has stuck with me enough that it is what has come to mind in writing another article for this blog. Woulda, coulda and shoulda are short for would have, could have and should have. Thinking of these words what comes to mind mostly is regret — wishing I had made a different choice or done something differently. Many people buy trikes only to regret that they didn’t buy a better one or one with more gears or an internal hub instead of a derailleur. Another thing that comes to mind is riding — I whoulda ridden further, I coulda ridden further, I shoulda ridden further. What I have left out thus far is what follows these words and that is “but”. When the word but is added it is excuse time where we try to defend ourselves. We make excuses as to why we made an unwise decision or choice or failed to do something. Hopefully when it comes to the matter of decisions and choices we learn from it. As to an excuse for not riding farther it can be quite legitimate and acceptable but it can also be lame and unacceptable. Well, I probably woulda come up with more for this posting than what I did. I would like to think that I coulda come up with more. And if I woulda I shoulda. Yep, woulda, coulda and shoulda apply to lots of things. And before some of you leave a comment I will say it for you. You probably woulda found something better to do with your time than read thru this. You certainly coulda found something else to do. Had you known you probably shoulda found something else to do. Hey, you can blame me. I will work as an excuse. Anyway …

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All this woulda, coulda and shoulda stuff brings to mind this song by my favorite quartet …

 

MMM MMM GOOD … MAKES THE RIDE WORTHWHILE

We have an Amish ran store with a buffet style restaurant located in a small town about 18 miles from where I live. It has long been the destination of my daily ride. Awhile back they added hot wings and barbeque wings to their offerings. This is only on Saturdays.  Each day Monday thru Saturday they have a different offering. Saturday has become my favorite day to go there as I love their hot and barbeque wings. It makes for a good ride even though it means riding  on rural roads which are usually in bad shape from the Amish horses. I have about 3 different routes I have selected. Two of them I have to deal with the bad roads. The third is much smoother so it is the way I usually take. There is only about a mile difference between any of the routes. Of course, there is always the Amish exhaust to deal with … horse poop all over the road. Never the less the food is … MMM MMM GOOD … making the ride worthwhile. And there is a cheap desert which I love available at another business next door. As long as I am able to …

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I hope to keep this as part of my daily rides.

A FREE GIFT awaits you!