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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E-MOTOR PROBLEM RESOLVED

It has been some time since I first started having a serious problem with my e-motor system on my trike … about sic months now. Whenever I would apply power to the motor using the hand throttle the power would shut off just like I turned it off at the switch on the battery. Then I would have to wait for it to “reboot” only to keep having it go back off most of the time. Once in awhile it would remain on and I could actually use it. I contacted Grin Technologies where I bought it asking them what they thought the problem might be. They said that it most likely is the battery but I have 3 batteries and it does this with all 3 and one battery was brand new at the time. Then they said that it is probably a bad wiring connection. I went thru everything and found nothing wrong. That was the end of their help. They were at least on the right track. The problem had to do with the battery power being interupted. All the time I was suspicious of the controller. Replacing the controller is not inexpensive so I did not jump on it. It use to cost $130 plus shipping but now it is $160 plus shipping. It was like gambling since I did not know for sure that the problem was the controller. Recently I took the plunge and ordered it from Grin Technologies. It only took less than two days to receive it … amazingly quick … about 24 hours from the time they shipped it. I installed it the same morning I received it and went for a ride. The gamble paid off. It works great once again. I sure wish I would have played my hunch much sooner. Anyway, I am rejoicing as I have a properly working motor back again. I have turned to Grin Technologies a few different times previously for technical help and never once did they actually help me. If I can figure this out knowing next to nothing about electronics I would think they should be able to be of help. Oh well, with this working right now I can …

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BTW, I want to give credit where it is due. I received an email from Grin Technologies offering to see if they could repair my old controller and have it covered under warranty. It appears that the battery power has an issue somewhere inside of the controller. I would, of course, have to return the new controller I just bought. I truly appreciate their offer but there exists two issues. One, I would have to be without my motor for quite some time. I would not care to do that. And two, I doubt if I could return the new controller as I had to modify it to hook the battery power up to it. Oh, and another thing to their credit. I selected and paid for the least expensive shipping when I purchased the new controller but I received it super quick meaning that they must have shipped it the most expensive way … overnight. That was really nice of them.

 

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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IT WON’T RAIN ALWAYS

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

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

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

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

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

Yep, there is no rain in the forecast today so it is looking good for me to …

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36 MILES PER APPLE

We are used to hearing/reading a certain number of miles per gallon for our motor vehicles but how do we measure the distance we can cover on our trikes. A friend used to joke around saying he gets 36 miles per apple riding his trike. There was a lot of truth to that. He brought an apple with him on every ride and would stop  somewhere along the way to eat it. We may not all eat apples while we are out riding but many of us do take some source of food along and others like myself stop at a restaurant to eat while we are out. My point is … hmmm … what is my point? I know I had one when I started out writing this. Our motor vehicles get us from point A to point B running on gasoline. They can go a lot faster and keep us dry and comfortable (warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather) but at a price. Our trikes can do the same but much slower and we are exposed to the elements. But hey, an apple is pretty cheap compared to gasoline. And depending upon how far we are going and traffic conditions our trikes might get us there just as fast or even faster.

So if someone asks you what kind of mileage you get riding your trike you can tell them 36 miles per apple or whatever. Some people are all into the matter of not polluting our atmosphere with engine exhaust and use their trikes as their only means of transportation. So the idea of moving down the road or trail powered by apples flicks their Bics. All I can say is … whatever the case is …

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Just so they don’t throw their apple cores onto the ground. That is polluting too!

BICYCLE TRAILS I HAVE RIDDEN

With over 110,000 miles of trail riding most of them have been on my local trails here in Fort Wayne, Indiana where I live. I have however managed to ride on a few other trails … mostly in northern Indiana. Among them are: Angola Trail, Auburn Trail, Decatur Rivergreenway, Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Nickel Plate Trail, Panhandle Trail, Cardinal Greenway, and the Monon Trail. In Ohio I have ridden on the southernmost section of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. That is about it. It is certainly not a large number of trails. I know some riders have a huge number compared to me. I am just not in a position to travel about seeking out trails to ride like some do. Like I said, most of my trail riding is on my local trails. I will say this … I do know my local trails quite well … possibly better than anyone else who rides them.

I would love to ride on a lot more trails checking a new one out each day. If I were a rich man and not committed to my wife needing to be here for her I would be doing that very thing. I don’t know if anything will change once my wife retires. I am older than she is so I have been retired for a number of years. But you know, thinking about it I doubt very much if I would travel about to ride different trails and that is because I can’t sleep worth a darn in any bed other than my own. My body just can’t take it. So I have my answer … it ain’t gonna happen. I will just do my best to …

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5 THINGS ABOUT RECUMBENT TRIKE RIDERS

Rarely has there been anything fellow tadpole rider, David Goldman, said i his videos that I did not agree with. These 5 things about recumbent trike riders are no exception. He hit his head on the nail again. Wait … I said that wrong … he hit the nail on the head. There, that sounds better. Hey, I am just messin’ with ya … and maybe David too. What can I say? I am known to be a bit ornery. 🙂

Here is a link to all of his YouTube videos … https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLiC0Jo0lsF4YHimM4qkHA/videos

David has a website … http://davidridesatrike.com/

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THE WAIT IS OVER–NEW TRIKE HAS ARRIVED

Some of us follow this fellow tadpole trike rider. He has interesting videos which are always well done. Here is one of his recent ones. The new trike he ordered has arrived. Needless to say he is a happy camper … or maybe I should say happy triker. He went with e-motor assist on this trike and is really enjoying and appreciating it. May you enjoy many thousands of miles of trike riding on it David.

Here is a link to all of his YouTube videos … https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLiC0Jo0lsF4YHimM4qkHA/videos

David has a website … http://davidridesatrike.com/

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ONE USUALLY GETS WHAT THEY PAY FOR

“One usually gets what they pay for “… an old adage most of us are familiar with. And  it has proven to be true in most cases. The lower the cost the lower the quality and usually fewer features and cheaper components. When it comes to recumbent tadpole trikes it certainly applies. For sure these trikes are expensive and there are many who just don’t have the money to buy a high quality trike. They have no choice but to buy cheaper products. I understand that but I will make the suggestion to buy the best you can afford. Save a little longer so that you can buy a better quality trike. Buy a used trike and save hundreds off of the price of buying new. If buying used if you don’t know much about trikes and mechanical matters have someone knowledgeable involved in checking out the trike you are considering buying.

Years ago I put together a page on this blog to help people know what is offered in the way of new trikes and the prices involved. Please note that it is not up to date. Models may have changed and prices no doubt have increased but at least this should give you some idea of what is available and the price range. I also have another page concerning used trikes. And I have an article I wrote on buying a used trike.

Very few people are satisfied with their purchase of trikes with very little gearing available on them so I would advise against buying a trike which offers a small gear range. If you have any hills to climb you will definitely regret it. And one trike I definitely would advise against is a Mobo. I don’t know of anyone who wasn’t disappointed after purchasing one. I have never read or heard anything good about them. Definitely it proves the adage … you usually get what you pay for. In short, buy the best you can afford. It will help reduce regrets. One more word of caution … just because a trike has a well known name does not mean it is high quality. I won’t name names here but one name comes to mind that is very popular but I consider them on par with a Walmart bicycle when it comes to quality.

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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.

BECKETTS RUN TRAIL … FORT WAYNE’S NEWEST TRAIL

PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE TRAIL MANAGER THAT THIS TRAIL IS NOT OFFICIALLY OPEN YET. NO ONE IS SUPPOSED TO BE USING IT UNTIL THEY DO OFFICIALLY OPEN IT. THAT PROBABLY WON’T BE UNTIL THIS FALL. THE CONTRACTORS ARE STILL DOING WORK ALONG THE SIDES. . IF YOU DO VENTURE ONTO THIS TRAIL AND ENCOUNTER WORKERS OUT THERE DOING THE WORK ALONG THE SIDES PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE ON, ESPECIALLY IF IT CAUSES THEM ANY INTERFERENCE IN DOING THEIR WORK. JUST TURN AROUND AND GO BACK. PLEASE DON’T MAKE THEIR JOB MORE DIFFICULT AND UPSET THE TRAIL MANAGEMENT PEOPLE.

Although it is only about 1.75 miles in length it is a welcome addition to our local trail system. And there is a plan to extend it and have it connect to the Pufferbelly Trail which will be great. Once that happens we will have a loop to ride instead of just a linear trail where we have to turn around and go back. Unfortunately that will probably be a very long way off before it becomes reality. I have not heard or read a recent report as to the total amount of miles our trail system is now but I am pretty sure it is in excess of 125 miles.

The St. Joe Pathway is on the east side of the St. Joe River. This new trail, Becketts Run, is on the west side of the river … at least for a ways before it turns westward following Becketts Run Creek.

The Becketts Run Trail is shown in red in the image below. It starts just north of St. Joe Center Rd. and currently ends at North Clinton St.

To ride to the trail one takes the St. Joe Pathway going under St. Joe Center Rd. Upon emerging on the north side of St. Joe Center Rd. the connecting ramp takes off at the 180 degree curve and runs alongside of St. Joe Center Rd.

To drive to the trailhead parking lot one needs to turn north off of St. Joe Center Rd. onto Martin Luther Drive which is the first road west of the St. Joe River. As it curves westward and goes back into the Lutheran Seminary the trail and trailhead parking lot can be seen on the right just past the chain link fence and tree row.

There is a nice paved parking lot at the start of the trail …

Here is the start of the trail …

Here is where the trail turns westward following the creek …

Here is my trike parked by the bridge over Becketts Run Creek …

And here is the creek. The picture was taken standing on the bridge.

Getting close to the end …

And here is the abrupt end of the trail … to be continued someday.

Here is a video I made today starting on the new ramp just constructed to get from the St. Joseph Pathway (part of the Rivergreenway) over to Becketts Run Trail. I apologize for the jerky video. It was the best I could do holding the camera in one hand as I rode along. I was getting bounced around pretty good.

Below is a picture of where the video starts at which is the connecting ramp off of the St. Joe Pathway. In this picture it was still under construction. The concrete had not yet been poured.

COME RIDE THE FORT WAYNE TRAILS

 

and here is the post I just made recently about this new connecting ramp …

THEY LISTENED TO ME … HARD TO BELIEVE

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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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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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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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CYCLING OVER 80 WITH A RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE

 

Although my dad never rode my homemade recumbent bike he did pose on it for a picture. He was in his late 80s then. He remained active into his early 80s but didn’t do much after that. Truthfully I think he wore himself out physically caring for my mother. He lived another 9 years past her passing at 84. He was 93 when he died. I would have loved to see him on a tadpole trike but alas it never happened. It would have been great riding together.

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I have a brother in law who is now about 88. A few years ago after my sister died he talked to me about getting a tadpole trike and riding with me. That would have been neat but it never happened. He has some physical issues preventing him from pursuing it.

I am 74  1/2 now. I hope to be riding in my 80s if I am still kicking. That being said, I have noticed some significant changes as to my physical body over the last few years. Oh, I am still riding nearly everyday and I am still riding 30 to 50 miles or so each time I am out. However, it comes harder than it used to. So I am rather certain that I will be riding less distance and maybe not everyday But I do hope to … KEEP ON TRIKIN’.

Here is a video on the subject of riding in the 80s:

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THE WORLD IN TURMOIL

While out riding yesterday I was truly enjoying the great Indiana weather and thankful unto the Lord for another beautiful day the Lord Jesus had created. The temperature was around 70 degrees and the sky was blue with only a few small clouds. One could not ask for better weather. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride. Later after getting back home I was watching the news and they were talking about the haze over most of the United States created by the many wildfires burning in the western U.S. And they advised people to stay indoors as the smoke causing all the haze is very unhealthy to breathe in.

And then there is all the horrific flooding going on in Europe. And there is usually various storm damage going on in many different locations. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes take their toll as well.

Lastly, there are many places where war and civil unrest are going on so that it is unsafe to venture out.  All of this and more effect our ability and opportunity to RIDE BOLDLY RIDE and being out ENJOYING THE RIDE’.

Again, here where I live nothing has happened to change anything. I am out riding nearly every day. All I have to deal with is some of the trails closing due to river flooding and nasty slippery sticky mud left behind when the flood water subsides. I just have to wait awhile until it is all cleaned up and the trails are reopened. That can take quite awhile sometimes. Even so I am still able to ride as other trails are still open and available. And there are always streets and roads I can ride if it comes to that.

Reflecting upon all the turmoil in this world we live in I find I have so very much to be thankful for. Lord, help me this day and always to have a truly thankful heart and to always remember that every good gift comes from Your hand.

Yesterday as I was out riding I stopped for lunch and enjoyed some delicious food and great music the restaurant was playing. Many restaurants play music that make me want to leave the premises and take away from a pleasant dining experience. It cries out … “MARANATHA:”. Until then my plan is to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

By the way, did you know that all of these things I mentioned going on are prophesied in God’s Word (the Bible) to be happening in the Last Days? Jesus is coming back soon and boy is He mad. That is prophesied too.

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.

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

OVER 96,000 MILES AND COUNTING … A TRIBUTE TO CATRIKE QUALITY

I bought my Catrike Trail new back in 2009. Now, some 12 years later I have over 96,000 miles on it. And I am elated to be able to report that it is  like new as far as mechanically. I would not be afraid to start off on a world tour on it just as it is. So I don’t mid tooting their horn. They make an excellent product.

That does not mean that there isn’t room for improvement. I have had problems with their wheels not holding up to what they go thru here where I live and ride. Between bad pot holes and bumps all three of the Catrike wheels have been destroyed. I replaced them with more Catrike wheels only to have them destroyed even quicker than the original ones. So I stopped buying the Catrike wheels and bought some heavy duty BMX rims and had my local bike shop lace my hubs into them. The BMX wheels have held up great and I no longer have spoke breakage problems like I did with the Catrike wheels.

My 2009 frame

 

Other than the wheels I can’t say that I have had any other issues which come to mind. Of course, I have experienced the usual … various components wearing out such as tires, wheel and headset bearings, brake pad and rotors, shifters, derailleurs, chains and sprockets wearing out, etc. Even so most of these have lasted incredibly long … far beyond their expected life.

About 4 years after buying my 2009 model I discovered a hairline crack alongside of the weld on the bottom side of the crossmember. I am a highly experienced and accomplished weldor so I knew what I was up against. The weld could fail anytime or it could last for many years. Catrike warranted the frame so I contacted them about it sending them pictures to show them what I was talking about.

In my opinion I think they should also have placed a gusset on that side like they did the other side.

Anyway, they replaced the frame under warranty. However, they no longer offered the space frame like my 2009 model had. They sent their new frame which was a 2013 model. I don’t like the new frame and ever since I got it I have wondered if I should have taken my chances on that weld and kept the 2009 frame. Too late now.

For what it is worth I have never seen any pictures of a Catrike with a broken frame. I certainly have seen pictures of other brands with broken frames. In all the years I have been following and reporting on tadpole trikes I have never heard of a Catrike with a broken frame. I would guess that they exist, but it is interesting that I have not seen or heard of any.

My 2013 frame

 

I am sold on Catrike. I don’t think there is a better tadpole trike made regardless of the cost. And I don’t think there is a better engineered tadpole trike. There is one competitor which I won’t name other than to say they claim to have inspired engineering. Their trikes are quite expensive but in my opinion Catrike is much better engineered and built. I would not trade my one Catrike for three of their models of my choice unless I would be allowed to sell them and buy what I want.

Thru the years I have made changes adding and removing various stuff. Here is a picture of my trike with a canopy I had just installed on it. I also have a hub motor in the rear wheel and two batteries.

I have never owned any brand than Catrike but I have ridden a few other brands. It is a clear choice for me.  Now if I could just figure out what they were thinking when they name it. I am referring to the spelling. I know it is pronounced CAT TRIKE, but it sure isn’t spelled that way. CAT RIKE … CA TRIKE. Several times I have seen people spell it CATTRIKE. I wonder why Catrike didn’t do that. But no, they spelled it ….

 

… just to mess with our minds, me thinks. Hey, whatever you ride and whether you can spell it or not …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

A FREE GIFT awaits you!