EYE PROTECTION WHILE RIDING

Being already blind in one eye it is most important that I protect my only good eye. I always wear safety glasses while riding. Yesterday while out riding I had a face to face encounter with a fair size grasshopper. I saw it, I heard it and I felt it. WHAM! It struck me hard right in the center of my eye glasses over my good eye. I was fine. I don’t know how the grasshopper faired as I never saw him again. All I know is the eyeglasses saved me. If I had not been wearing them that hard impact would have been to my eye. It might have been disastrous … taking out my eye.

Recently there was a news story about a 2 x 4 board coming thru the windshield of a woman’s car. Years ago I had a  2 x 4 come thru the windshield of my Harley Davidson motorcycle. It came off of a trailer being towed by a dump truck in the north Georgia mountains. The 2 x 4 was about 12 to 16 inches long. It was slowed down a little bit by my windshield but it continued on and struck me in the face. My helmet stopped the worst of the impact but my nose got struck hard. The 2 x 4 had turned sideways so that helped. It still hurt a lot! Had it not turned sideways it probably would have killed me or at least knocked me out causing me to wreck. Fortunately I quickly recovered and after pulling over and stopping to “collect myself” I turned around and chased after the truck. I eventually caught up with him just as he was pulling off of the highway stopping at his place of business. I confronted the driver about what had happened. He was in total denial saying there was no way it could have come from his trailer. I had seen it so I know it did. It cost me a small fortune to replace the broken windshield. I was most thankful that it wasn’t any worse than it was. I had an angel watching over me that day.

We just never know what may happen while we are riding along. We only have one pair of eyes and they can be seriously damaged in an instant.

BTW, the eye glasses in the picture above are not the ones I wear. Mine are wrap around type which also offer side protection. Here is a picture of the ones I wear.

EYE PROTECTION — DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

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TAKE THE LANE

Bikes may use the full lane, when necessary.

remember when I first heard about “taking the lane”. It made me cringe. My thought was “You have got to be kidding. That is insane!” There was no way I would consider doing it. But I kept hearing  other cyclists talking about it and suggesting it. Finally I took the plunge and tried it. WOW! What a difference it made. Now I do it all the time. I have to admit that I would not do it everywhere if I have a choice as some roads are just too busy and dangerous.

One thing I will say is that it is important to take the lane when you are taking the lane. Some cyclists still ride over to the far right of the lane and by doing so motorists often don’t move over to another lane. They pass by the cyclist all too closely sharing the same lane.  I always ride either in the middle  (B) or even left of center (A) of the lane which forces motorists to pass me using the other lane. I think the very center is best. Riding in B some motorists will still try to  share the lane and pass by all too closely on your right side.

Another factor involving lane position is that riding on the right side of a traffic lane makes it harder for motorists to see you. When I ride on streets taking the lane I am sure to turn on more of my blinking taillights, especially my brightest ones.  I also usually have one taillight on which is set on steady on … not flashing. I always have my high visibility safety flags flying and flapping attracting attention.

As I understand it in all 50 U.S. States it is legal for cyclists to take the lane. I am not sure of this but I think that if a bike lane exists for cyclists to use some places require the cyclists to ride in the bike lane rather than taking the lane. Personally I prefer to take the lane as bike lanes are too dangerous and I don’t like riding in them.

Here are some tips from this website:

  • Always be predictable – drivers should know what you’re about to do, no sudden, unexpected man oeuvres.
  • If in doubt: slow down, move off the road, stop. Mistakes in traffic are more costly than a few lost minutes.
  • Just like driving any other vehicle in traffic: be careful, calm, but confident.
  • Try to anticipate other people’s mistakes, and position yourself so that when (if) they happen, there’s no accident. Always try to read what the others will do.

Lastly, here are some other websites with useful information on them.

https://www.bikeleague.org/content/traffic-laws

U.S. Bicycle Laws by State

My final words on this … according to what others report motorists behavior and attitudes are not the same everywhere. Where I live and ride I have no issues with motorists. They are respectful and patient. Rarely does anyone honk or yell in anger. Some trikers who live and ride elsewhere report serious issues with motorists. They have bad attitudes and can get quite aggressive and ugly. If that were what I would be up against I would probably have to make some changes and do things differently. The important thing is for all of us to be safe out there.

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ARE YOUR HANDS TOO CLOSE TO THE TIRES?

For many years I dealt with my hands being closer to my tires than I liked. In time I discovered something which could and would change this. It involves buying new handlebars. Catrike’s 559 model has taller handlebars than all their other models. I don’t know why that is but I am not complaining. I took advantage of it. My original handlebars were from a 2009 Trail. They were reused on my 2013 Trail frame when Catrike replaced my 2009 frame under warranty. The wrist rests did not exist in 2009 so when I bought the 559 handlebars I got the mouning bars for the wrist rests. I took advantage of that and bought the wrist rests … one of the best upgrades I ever made.

I ride on our local trails and some of them follow along our local rivers. They tend to flood over and river silt gets deposited on them making a muddy mess. With my hands so close to the tires mud builds up on my brake levers and twist shifters. It is a muddy mess to deal with. I no longer have that problem now that those components are higher up away from the tires.

This picture shows that the 559 handlebars are taller than the Trail’s handlebars.

Yes, replacing my original handlebars with 559 handlebars was a great decision. It raised my hands up higher away from the tires and provided a way to mount wrist rests. I like it when a plan comes together. So if you deal with this same issue you might want to try this.

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THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

It is mid August and it is fairly normal for this time of year to be the hottest weather we get. It is this time of year which is often and long been referred to as “the dog days of summer”. I am not going to go into the origins of this saying. You can look it up if you are interested. Dogs don’t and can’t sweat like we humans can so it is harder for them to cool off and control heat build up. Water and shade are essential for them. The same is true for us humans. I have written about the importance of hydration and shade on this blog before. I definitely highly recommend the use of a canopy on a trike it you live and ride anyplace that is hot and where you are exposed to the sun. Having your own portable shade tree helps immensely. HERE is another article about portable shade. Yes, riding in high heat and humidity is like riding in an oven.

Keep your cool by keeping cool. Very few of us have swimming pools waiting for us at the end of our rides. BTW, did you know you can experience heat exhaustion while swimming? I would never guess it myself.

And I doubt very much that we would want to do as this dog is doing …

I would love to join this guy (or gal) during these “dog days” …

Probably the best thing we can do is to avoid venturing out during the hottest time of the day. I like to ride early in the morning and get back home by the time the heat is coming on strong …. usually around 11 AM.

If you can ride in shady areas as much as possible. It feels like riding in a refrigerator compared to riding out under the hot sun.

Don’t take unnecessary risks. It is very dangerous to get overheated. It can be fatal.

Most of us don’t drink nearly as much water daily as we should. We would all benefit and be healthier if we drank the amount we should. And no, other types of drinks don’t count. Yep, water is necessary for life and health. Don’t let yourself get in the predicament the parched man and his mule, Dan, found themselves in …

Would you believe that this song was chosen as number 3 of the top 100 western songs of all time?

One thing that helps me immensely during hot weather is the ability to ride fast without taxing myself thanks to my e-motor. I can generate my own breeze of 20 plus mph .  It really makes a difference.

I almost forgot …. misters are another means of cooling down. If you have one available it will definitely cool you off.

Just avoid getting over heated and you too can be a cool looking dude like this fella …

While we wait for the end of the dog days of summer just remember … “this too shall pass”. Until it does be safe out there so you can …

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RIDING LEGALLY BLIND

This is a subject I can honestly say … BEEN THERE, DONE THAT! Yep, awhile back I was riding daily with extremely poor vision. It was downright dangerous and I had some close calls. I was usually riding by myself so I didn’t have anyone around to help me stay safe. I had some harrowing experiences. I am glad to say that I survived all of them and am here to talk about it. But rather than talk about my personal experiences I would rather talk about the solution two friends  have come up with. One of them is legally blind and it would be very dangerous for her to ride entirely on her own. Her friend who she rides with leads the way. On the rear of her trike she has two extremely bright flashing taillights which are large in diameter and sort of a purplish pink color. The legally blind gal can follow behind her and is able to see these lights and follow her. They also employ two way radio communication which enables the lead trike to inform the other trike of any information needed to keep her safe and help her know what she needs to do or expect.

The bright taillights flash very rapidly and can be seen from a very far distance away. Whenever I see them from afar off I always know it is them as nobody else has taillights like those.

The lead trike can communicate such things as: slowing down, stopping, turning left or turning right … whatever is pertinent so that the other trike can take such action as and when needed.

I have known these two gals for several years now and we have often conversed together and sometimes ridden together. I think it is great that they have come up with this system that works so well for them. It enables the legally blind person to …

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BTW, now I am totally blind in one eye but can see fairly well out of my other eye. So it is much safer for me now than it was some time back. I am enjoying daily rides feeling fairly safe out there.

THEY LISTENED TO ME … HARD TO BELIEVE

We have a new trail … the Becketts Run Trail … here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Currently getting to it is rather dangerous as it requires crossing a very busy road. That will soon be resolved however as the city is building a concrete ramp to use which connects another nearby trail to the road one has to take to get to Becketts Run Trail. I observed how they intended to build it and sent an email to the person in charge of our trail system with the suggestion that they modify the ramp where it joins into the existing trail. They had it teeing in at a 90 degree angle maintaining the width of the ramp. I made the suggestion that they widen it out considerably where it meets up with the existing trail (red areas in image below). I said that it would make it a lot easier and safer for cyclists to turn on and off of the ramp.

I am very pleased to say that they redid it and flared it out as I suggested. For this to happen my email was forwarded to the city engineer. Apparently he agreed with me as the change was made. Right now as of last Friday it was formed up to pour the concrete, but it had not been poured yet. Hopefully this week it will be poured.

I know I for one will appreciate having this modification from what they were originally going to do. It is a good idea to get input from those who will actually use the trail. What they came up with on their own would not have been nearly as good as this will be. I am glad it didn’t fall on deaf ears this time. Hopefully sometime later this week I can start using it.

Update – As soon as I got done posting this I went for a ride. I rode out to this location and much to my surprise the concrete is not only poured but it is set up and usuable. How ’bout that sports fans? I assume they poured it Saturday.

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CROSSWALKS AND THE LAW

Do crosswalks scare and concern you like they do me? I nearly got hit today crossing a busy street while using the crosswalk. Here in Indiana where I live the law for motorists concerning crosswalks is a joke. Rarely does anyone pays any attention to the law requiring motorists to yield to those who are in the crosswalks. Even the police pay no attention to the law. I had sat there waiting and waiting for the traffic to clear so I could safely cross the street. Nobody stopped to let me cross. Finally the way appeared clear and I took off. The next thing I knew a pickup truck came speeding along headed right for me. I never saw it before I started to cross. I threw up my arm signalling for him to stop but he just kept coming getting dangerously close to me. He slowed down a little but wasn’t about to stop. He steered over at the side of the street to avoid hitting me. Once he got passed me he zoomed off on his way. Like I said, the law doesn’t mean a thing. It gets old and I can’t help but wonder why drivers get away from it … why the law is not enforced. I say if it is not going to be enforced then get rid of it. I think it is high time arrests are made and that they really crack down on it. As a teenager growing up I rarely had gone far from home. Then I joined the Navy and upon arriving out in California I saw the police really enforcing crosswalk laws. I was amazed thinking “What’s wrong with Indiana that they don’t do this?” I was truly impressed with California. That was back in the 1960s and 1970s. I don’t know how it is now.

Many trails cross roads and often times there are crosswalks there. I have found these to be especially dangerous. Some motorists do stop to allow trail users to cross. That is appreciated but there is a problem … a bad problem. They stop but other motorists don’t. Whether coming from the opposite direction or the same direction. The trail user faces morons that not only don’t slow up but they actually go over into another lane to go around the car or truck that stopped to allow the trail user to cross. It is so dangerous. People are nuts! When a motorist does the right thing yielding to those in crosswalks other motorist  get mad honking their horns at them and yelling at them before tearing around them truly endangering anyone who might be crossing the road. So I have learned to be extremely careful when someone does stop to allow me to cross.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedestrian_crossing

WHY DID THE PLAINTIFF CROSS THE ROAD? Understanding Pedestrian and Crosswalk Laws in All 50 States

https://www.bikeleague.org/StateBikeLaws

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CUSTOM MADE SAFETY FLAGS

Custom made safety flags seem to be popular and in demand. There are only a few sources I have heard of for them and I am not sure they are all still around. One of them I know that is is Lewis Ballie. You can visit his Facebook page HERE.

HERE is another source of custom flags.  And HERE is another one.  HERE is another one. Although I abhor the name ‘Devil Woman’ this flag maker chose I will include her HERE. In doing an online search for custom made recumbent flags I was surprised to discover how many search results turned up. These I have linked to are only a few of them.

And HERE is a website I recommend concerning safety flags. I fully agree with what they say. High visibility colors and lots of movement are required for a good safety flag. If a flag can’t be readily seen and attract attention it is worthless and serves no purpose. I see flags that can barely be seen up close much less farther away. I have had people tell me they saw my flags from over a half mile away.

I know that there are those who won’t use safety flags. They make ridiculous excuses like “a flag slows me down” or “I don’t like to hear the flapping”.  I would rather ride .5 mph slower while being seen then living dangerously not being seen. And I love hearing the flags flapping as I know they are doing their job keeping me safe.

Yes, I know there are lights … something I also highly recommend in addition to the safety flags. I have very bright flashing taillights and headlights which can be seen far off, but I have had people tell me that they saw my flags before they saw my lights.

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NEED A CATRIKE OWNER’S MANUAL?

I bought my Catrike new back in 2009. It came with an owner’s manual. I have never bought another Catrike since but it is my understanding that Catrike no longer supplies a user manual with their new trikes and has not for several years. If you are in need of one, like so many other things, you can find it available online.

Click HERE to locate one for your Catrike.

Actually if I understand correctly there is just one 63 page manual used for all models. The link above should take you directly to it. Looking at the 2009 manual I see that it  covers all models as well. They did not offer a model specific owners manua.

Catrike offers a webpage of “knowledge”  which includes links to specific years of their manuals. They show 2004 to 2020 as being available. They also offer videos to view to help with maintenance and repair. Click  HERE to visit their knowledge webpage.

Here is some of what you will find there:

Owner’s Manuals
Owner’s Manuals are organized by model year. Start with the most recent owner’s manual as that version contains the latest information. If there is something specific to your model not shown, then, refer to the owner’s manual for the model year of your Catrike.

Current | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

Technical
Basic Cleaning And Maintenance
Dealer Quick Start Guide
Spindle Replacement Instructions (2013)

Front Fender Installation

20″ & 26″ Rear Fender Installation

700c Rear Fender Installation

Road Rear Fender Installation

Trail & Villager Rear Fender Installation

FSA Headset Assembly

Rack Assembly (all models)

RockShox Monarch Information

Mechanic Reference Installation Manual

FAQ / Riding Tips
Can I Change The Wheel Size?
Can I Sit More Upright?
Can I Tow a Trailer?
How Do I Measure My X-Seam?
How Do I Transport My Catrike?
What Is The Weight Limit of My Catrike?
What Tire Size Fits My Catrike?
What Year Is My Catrike?
Where Is My Serial Number Located?
Is Touch Up Paint Available?
Availability of Accessories
Accessories

The next section is their videos. Unfortunately none of them are marked so the reader knows what they are about. That is really dumb and rather irresponsible.      …   C’mon Catrike, you can do better than that!

I hope you find this helpful.

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ANOTHER FROM THE ARCHIVES … MAGPED

1ST POSTED NOVEMBER 30, 2020

MAGPED … another magnetic pedal offering for foot retention

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=magped+pedals

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HIT AND RUN … ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME

Hit and Run … it can happen so fast and, of course, unexpectedly. It happened to me yesterday, June 5th. I was riding a trail which runs alongside of a busy road. I came to an intersection where I had to cross. The crosswalk is very well marked and there are pedestrian signals to help one get across the road. However, it is a very dangerous intersection with traffic turning and many of them pay no attention to the crosswalk. I had sat there patiently waiting for the traffic light to change after pushing the button for the crosswalk. It finally changed and I started across when suddenly I heard a corn horn and saw a white SUV appear cutting me off as he turned the corner. One thing I have learned is that in the state of Indiana crosswalks don’t mean anything to most motorists even though the law requires motorists to stop and yield to anyone who is in the crosswalk. Even the police do not obey this law. Anyway, this SUV cut me off turning right in front of me. My left foot (shoe), pedal and crankarm made solid contact with the side of his vehicle. I was definitely most fortunate to have “angels watching over me”. Basically nothing at all happened to me or my trike. I was surprised that there was no damage to my trike as I ran into the side of his SUV pretty hard. I braked hard but he cut me off causing the contact between vehicles to happen. He kept accelerating and wasn’t about to slow down. He took the right of way even though he didn’t have it. I was kept from having a scene like this one shown below. Again … angels watching over me.

With the impact which occurred I would expect my trike would have at least got tipped over on its side. I can only hope he received about $1000 damage to the side of his vehicle although I have no idea if any damage happened at all. He didn’t even bother to slow up much less stop. It was definitely a matter of hit and run. That is a very dangerous intersection for pedestrians and cyclists, especially going the direction I was going. As you can see in the image below the crosswalk is very well marked. I can’t help but think … what if I or someone else had been walking across that intersection and the motorist pulled that crap … somebody might very well have been killed.

 

Here is northern Indiana it is extremely rare to have any motorist stop for those in crosswalks.. And if someone does stop one still needs to be very careful as usually other motorists won’t stop. They will just keep on coming from the opposite direction and if they are going the same direction the stopped motorist is going chances are they will go around them. Trying to cross the street/road under these circumstances is very risky. And the worst of it is the police do absolutely nothing. As I said, they are among the worst offenders. Why nothing is done about this I don’t understand. I think the next time I am riding in that area I will “take the lane” on in the road. It is a whole lot safer.

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DON’T FORGET THE MARSHMELLOWS! (e-trike battery fires)

Many of us have electric motors on our trikes. And they require batteries to provide the electrical power to run the motors. Lithium batteries have a deserved reputation of being capable of being quite hazardous, but that does not mean they are particularly dangerous. Never the less, it is important that we know some things about our batteries and understand some basic fundamentals. We should be careful to buy quality lithium cells such as Panasonic and Samsung. The much cheaper batteries likely use no name Chinese cells and with them come an increased chance of something going wrong … especially if the batteries and/or chargers lack good battery manangement electronics built in. Any more, that isn’t much of a concern either. Basically lithium batteries are safe.

The video below shows a battery on a bicycle catching fire and the guy dealing with it. It is quite likely that he did something he should not have done that caused all this.

This man is living dangerously approaching the burning battery that close and spraying water on it. With the explosions taking place it could shoot out and hit him. And as you can see spraying water on a lithium battery is not exactly safe or effective.

This next video educates us some about lithium batteries and helps us to understand “proper battery management”.

BMS … BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM is the all important element of safe operation. Batteries must be properly managed. Most of us pay no attention to the recommendation to only charge our batteries to 75% instead of fully charging them. The man mentioned fully charging our lithium batteries limits them to only about 300 charges while charging to only 75% will increase their life to around 12,000 charges … some 4 times longer. I have known this for sometime but I admit that I charge my batteries to a full charge everyday. The good news is both the batteries and the chargers have built in BMS to ensure battery safety. In the early daysit was not always so. Things have improved considerably since then.

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WHAT IS 30 FEET WIDE AND HIGHLY CONTAGEOUS?

Now I ask ya …  what is 30 feet wide and highly contageous? The answer is simple enough … IT HAS TO BE MY TRIKE. If you don’t believe me just ride nearby me and watch cars and trucks. There is enough room for two A1 Abrams tanks side by side with room to spare for my trike to pass thru yet motorists coming toward me will stop and wait for me to get thru all by myself before they proceed. When I am sitting at a red light or stop sign they will stop 3 or 4 car lengths behind me as if they are afraid to get any closer. In both scenarios I don’t get it. The only thing that comes to my mind is that they lack confidence in their driving skill level. Of course, I readily admit I prefer this over the opposite that some trike riders report. I don’t ever remember a driver getting close to me other than a city bus driver that just had to pass me and then immediately pull over to the curb at a bus stop . In doing so she cut me off and forced me to brake hard so I didn’t get squashed. I pulled up alongside of the door of the bus yelling at her. She just looked at me. She would not open the door. I reported her to the bus company but it didn’t do any good.

Anybody else get the impression their trike must be super wide and something to avoid getting close to?

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COLLISIONS & ACCIDENTS

Hopefully you have never had an accident and never will. In over 100,000 miles of mostly local trail riding as well as streets, roads and highways I have never had one involving anyone else. I have only had accidents involving myself. Anyway, here is a lengthy video about the subject of collisions and accidents. This rider has serious problems with getting hit by cars. I am thankful I live where I don’t have any problems dealing with cars and trucks. I always seem to get plenty of respect out there for which I am thankful.

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REAR FACING RADAR

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TERRACYCLE FLAG MOUNT

TerraCycle is well known for high quality products for us cyclists. Their flag holder (mount) is no exception. It is definitely more expensive than other flag holders I have seen ($38) but hey it is really well made and will definitely do a superb job of holding a flag pole. As you can see it is easy with this mount to adjust the angle forward to back of the flag pole (or even sideways if you have the mount positioned sideways on the trike).

It is available for both 1/4 inch and 6 mm flag poles. The mounting clamps are available in 1/2 thru 1 1/4 inch diameter or you can order it without any clamps. To order their flag pole mount click HERE

With these mounts the flag can be placed various places  … rear stays, seat frame … anywhere that will work for you. I highly recommend not having your flag pole positioned where people can get their eye poked out riding or walking into it. I see this all the time … flag poles that pose a serious threat of injury of others. Be considerate of others and think about what you are doing. Don’t be part of the problem. Wouldn’t you feel terrible if you were the cause of somebody losing their eye?

Personally I remove my two flags after each ride so I need a system which is easy and quick to do this. My Catrike flag pole holders work great for me but I had to come up with my own mounting system which wasn’t hard to do

If you have not come up with what works for you or if you want to possibly improve what you have consider these TerraCycle flag mounts.

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REAR TURN SIGNALS

 

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

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

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FRONT END SHIMMY

It is definitely a scary thing to be going along and suddenly experience a bad case of front end wobble, shimmying or shaking whether you are in a car, motorcycle, bicycle or trike. It can be quite unnerving … downright scary. And it is even scarier when it happens at a high speed which seems to be when it happens the most. You can be going along and everything is fine … then suddenly you are like Elvis … all shook up.. My experience is that hitting a bump just right (maybe just WRONG) sets off the front end shimmy. About all one can do to end it is slow down. Of course, we would much prefer this doesn’t happen. So what is the cause of it? That is not something that can always be answered quickly and accurately as it can be the result of one of a few different things or a combination of them. It can be worn front end components such as tie rod ends. It can be poor inferior design. Some trikes are simply not made well and are well known for this problem. It can be toe in adjustment is off. I personally find that the most common cause is the headsets need to be reset as they loosen up. The type of headsets that Catrike uses is notorious for this. Catrike in their excellent engineering even redesigned the headset as the stock headset had a bad problem of shimmying as the manufacturer designed it. Catrike removed the upper bearing and replaced it with a Teflon bushing to help with this. BTW, Catrike owners may need to replace these at some point in time. You can get them from a Catrike dealer, from Catrike or other sources such as Utah Trikes. They can be bought individually or you can buy both for $25.

This Utah Trikes video covers resetting the headsets … starting at about six minutes into the video … and again at about 7 minutes 50 seconds into the video.

There is one thing that was not mentioned and seldom is. For the best results the rider should be sitting in the seat in the riding position so that the rider’s weight is loaded onto the headsets. This works best to have someone else do the mechanical work unless someone else can take the rider’s place who weighs the same. With proper headset adjustment it should help to eliminate front end shimmy. I wish you well in resolving this issue. It has worked for me. Do your best to be safe so that you can …

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THE DANGERS OF RIDING A RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE

A tadpole trike is fairly safe to ride but one does need to be aware of the possible concerns. This video does a pretty good job covering the dangers we all need to be aware of. I really like how he illustrates leg suck. I noticed in the video that this rider does not have/use safety flags. He and his trike would be a lot more visible and safer if he did.

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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