Sunseeker has been around for a number of years. Formerly known as Sun Bicycles several years ago they changed the name to Sunseeker for their recumbent line. They are considered startup quality and their lowest cost model is made of mild carbon steel. They also offer Chrome Moly steel and aluminum. Of course, the price goes up with these more expensive metals. Electric Bike Technologies offers Sunseeker’s chrome moly trike with their electric motor package installed on it for $3412. Sunseeker lists this trike (without electric motor) for $2300. Here is a video about this e-trike …
Fellow triker, David Goldman, shares with us “Five Things About Recumbent Trike Riders” in his video . I added the word Recumbent to his title as we are talking about recumbent and not about a traditional trike. Anyway, here is his video …
Take a ride along with Sylvia and friends. The trails look so smooth and being in southern Arizona I would guess that they stay that way. A freshly paved trail up here in northern Indiana doesn’t last long before it is no longer smooth. Anyway, this sure looks inviting. There is only one problem as I see it … the comfortable weather for riding is short lived as soon it will be miserbly hot and last most of the year. Oh well, I don’t ever expect to be able to go there anyway. I will just have to enjoy it thru these videos.
Thanks Sylvia for posting this video sharing your adventure with us. I know I enjoyed it.
This would indeed be a unique sight to be seen riding along on. I rather doubt if it would be allowed on most trails however. I have not yet heard or read anything about the fuel economy … how far one can go on a full tank of water. I would guess that it varies according to how hard and fast you run the steam engine. And since it does not go all that fast to begin with my gurss would be that one would most likely be running it pretty near full throttle most of the time. From what I have seen watching several different videos on dare not go very fast with one of these steam powered machines as they would self destruct shaking themselves to pieces.
If you want one you can’t just put your order in. These are all home custom built machines.. After all, it is not like there is a huge market for steam powered anything nowadays.
Even in the Navy steam has come and gone. I worked with and on it all the time in my younger days as I was a certified unlimited high pressure plate and pipe weldor (all positions with space restrictions). Steam can be very dangerous. It is invisible so one needs to be extremely careful around it. You can hear it but you can’t see it. It can quite literally cut your fingers off if you run them over a high pressure steam leak. You might be asking … if steam is invisible what is I see we call steam. Actually it is “spent steam” … steam that is cooling down and becomes water droplets. The Navy had both 600 psi and 1200 psi steam systems. The ships I served on were all 600 psi systems. I can’t make out what the gauge is showing on this trike but it is a very low pressure steam system. (I think the gauge shows 75 psi.) The builder of this trike said that it only takes 20 seconds to get steam up to get underway. A Navy destroyer would require about 2 hours to get “steam up” if starting from cold boilers. I am sure most all of us have seen movies, especially western movies, where they show steam locomotives which burned wood and/or coal to heat the water to make steam. There is no wood needed on this rig. The boiler has a spark plug to ignite liquid fuel to heat the water. I have a hard time understanding British people when they speak. I wish they would use English. (That is a joke, son.) Anyway, if this man said what the fuel is I missed it. I really do have a hard time understanding most British people. They sure know how to slaughter their language so that most of the rest of the world can’t understand them.
There is another video below which explains how a steam engine works. There is nothing practical about this setup. Its top speed isn’t impressive. It is just something unique. And wearing the clothes and looking like this man does adds greatly to it all. I have to admit … I would love to see this man and this trike out cruising around. If I had one I would be out there … at least on some occasions. I already have the horn and a spark plug laying around not being used. Hey, it is a start.
Hey, speaking of wood fired steam engines … This Brazilian man has experimented with several different designs. He has several different videos. I chose this one below to show here.
Some of us are riding old trikes which are serving us well these many years later. I bought my 2009 Catrike Trail new but the frame has been upgraded (replaced under factory warranty) due to a hairline crank alongside of a weld. Here is a picture of my 2009 Catrike Trail. I was hoping to get another “space frame” from Catrike, but they sent the newer type frame they were currently selling in 2013. I don’t like it nearly as well as the space frame but I had no choice. One choice I did have is the frame color. My 2009 trike was silver. I chose green on the 2013 model. They did not replace the boom so my silver boom was resused. It makes it unique. Anyway, for all practical purposes my trike is now a 2013 model. Even so, it is 9 years old and still going strong. I have replaced all three of the Catrike wheels with better quality (stronger) BMX wheels I had built. I also upgraded the Avid BB-5 brakes that came on the 2009 model with Avid BB-7 brakes. And I have had various derailleurs and sprockets as well as twist shifters. I have added various accessories as well as e-motor assist. Every time I ride it which is often I can truly say I have a blast on it …. a blast from the past. Here is a picture of my current trike … a 2013 model. I am 75 years old and can say that I feel it … at least sometimes, but when I get on my trike and ride it I feel like a much younger person. That is a good thing. We all need something to help us keep going strong and enjoying life. Years ago some folks turned to Geritol. I don’t even know if it is still being made. I have not heard the name mentioned for many years now. A quick online search confirmed that the name brand is still around. Anyway my Catrike is my Geritol. I take a dose nearly everyday and it helps me immensely. Yep … I am having a blast riding it. I don’t know how much longer I am going to be able to say that. I hope for a very long time. In fact, when I draw my very last breath (should the Lord Jesus tarry) I hope it is when I am out having a blast riding my trike. Getting into tadpole trikes was almost the best decision I ever made in life. And it has made me feel like a child again. Ya’ can’t beat that!
What is the best decision I ever made you ask? That is very easy to answer. The very best decision I ever made in my life was to repent and invite Jesus Christ into my heart and life. You can read about it HERE. It all started while sitting on the fantail of a US Navy destroyer at night looking up into a star filled sky and saying a prayer as an atheist to a God I knew not and did not believe existed. You can read about how God answered that prayer by clicking the link above. In the picture below the yellow arrow points to where I was sitting. It is the most important decision anyone can ever make and no one has ever regretted making it. All who have died without making it have regretted it. Of course, it is too late then. Their eternal fate is sealed. Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) I won’t dwell on that any longer other than to say that it is a most serious matter … one you can not afford to ignore and sweep under the rug. A BLAST FROM THE PAST and I see no let up as Catrikes are well made and daily provide me with fun, fun, fun … til my heavenly daddy takes me away.
Every once in awhile someone asks about how to mount their camera. Here is what I did. The standard tripod for cameras is a 1/4-20 thread which screws into the camera. To mount my camera I used the tripod mount threaded hole in the bottom of the camera. I simply took an extra headlight mounting clamp and placed a 1/4-20 bolt thru it. It was easy to do and works great. Here are a couple of pictures of it.
The 1/4-20 bolt has its head ground down so that it doesn’t protrude down too far and interfere with the clamp as it is placed on the tubing it mounts to.
With this clamp mount I can mount most any camera. Aiming it straight forward it does catch my right foot as I pedal … something I don’t personally like to see in videos.
Below is a video I filmed with this camera mounted as shown. I apologize for the in and out of focus going on. The camera has a feature which won’t stay turned off which automatically focuses on the face or whatever it perceives as its focal point. I turned it off before I started but it turned itself back on. I hate this camera. It is a Sony. I have a Samsung camera which I like much better but the screen display quit working on it.
Gary Solomon of Laidback Bike Report brings us another video offering information and help for those who would like to add e-assist to their trike. Here is the video description … If you want to add an electric motor to your existing trike David Hall offers some compelling and inexpensive solutions. David is the founder of Eco Cycles in Nashville and shows us how you can install their motors, batteries and displays on any trike.
Whether you ride on trails or roads or both there is danger out there. This picture above is of one of our local trails crossing a rural road. As you can see there is a painted crosswalk as well as flashing yellow lights on the road to let motorists know if any trail users are present. The law in Indiana requires motorists to stop and yield the right away to anyone who is IN the crosswalk. If the person crossing the road has not yet entered the crosswalk motorists are not required to stop. Unfortunately all to many motorists don’t seem to know and understand the law. I have to admit that I was mistaken myself. It was my belief that motorist are required to yield to anyone who is AT a crosswalk so that they could get across the road using the crosswalk. Personally I think that is the way the law ought to be. Mind you, I don’t know what the law is about this in other States or countries.. The picture above is of the same trail crossing. Just a few months ago a female trail user was killed while crossing the road in this crosswalk. She had the right of way since she was IN the crosswalk. However, that is not the full story. Here is what happened and I have witnessed it many times myself as I sat there on my trike at crosswalks.
A motorist is driving along and they see someone there at the crosswalk waiting to cross. The motorist wants to be kind and nice so they stop to allow the trail user to cross the road. It is a nice gesture, but it can be quite dangerous. The problem is they may be stopped but that doesn’t mean other traffic will also stop. Many times I have seen motor vehicles go around them and drive on down the road. Also traffic coming from the opposite direction may not stop. If the trail user happens to be crossing the road they may very well be hit. That is what happened to the women who was killed a few months ago. https://www.wane.com/news/local-news/carroll-rd-closed-at-pufferbelly-trail-as-police-investigate/ I still see it all the time. Some well meaning motorist will stop to let me cross the road. I just wave them on and wait until it is safe to cross.I may have to wait awhile before it is safe to cross but at least I am not going to become another victim. I have seen many motorists drive around past them shouting obscenities and flipping them the bird while honking their horns. They obviously have an attitude problem. And, of course, there are always many motorists guilty of inattention … texting or whatever. It is just not worth the risk folks. It would be nice if all trails crossed under or over roads instead of “at grade level” but that is too costly.
Here is the same trail with a crossunder under Dupont Rd. being constructed. And here it is completed. It is great to simply ride under the busy road and not be concerned about one’s safety.
Now I ask ya … what, if anything, is keeping you from getting up out of your comfortable perch and going out for a ride on your trike? Maybe you don’t struggle with this but many do. I am among them. I love riding my trike and I always enjoy it when I do. I do struggle with motivation however. I find myself procrastinating … putting it off. I have to force myself to get going. Once I am underway it is a different story. I am glad to be out there riding. I can’t explain it and I certainly don’t like it but I lack motivation to get started.
Fellow triker, David Goldman, tells it like it is … making the effort to get out for a ride makes a difference. Once again, I fully agree with him. Hang in there David! And may we all … ENJOY THE RIDE!
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.
Carbon fiber trikes have come and gone … mostly gone as for one reason or another they just don’t seem to be popular. Terra Trike tried making and marketing one for awhile but it disappeared. There are still a few around but we just don’t hear much about them. Performer offers a carbon fiber model they call CANTUS. I personally consider a trike made of carbon fiber to be a high risk as if they break most likely they will be in the junk pile. The main attraction to carbon fiber is weight. Strangely that is the one thing I can’t find on Performer’s Cantus webpage. They don’t state how much the trike weighs. I looked it up online and found it is 27.5 pounds so it isn’t all that much lighter than some aluminum models. The CANTUS is 22 speed and has high end components. The cost begins at about $3700. For that price you get standard aluminum wheels which I would prefer over carbon fiber. I don’t think carbon fiber wheels would last very long for me.
Carbon fiber wheels are available for an additional cost ($4325).
It is a really nice looking trike but I would be most concerned about the carbon fiber breaking and becoming a piece of junk. I will stick to my aluminum frame. It has held up great over the years and believe me it has endured some nasty bumps and shock treatment. Besides I have no need of shedding a few pounds of weight off of my trike. I have great need of shedding it off of me however. That’s another story and I don’t want to talk about it.
Performer trikes is offering a 250 watt crank drive e-motor for their trikes. It comes from Performer mounted on the end of its own boom so the original boom is replaced. simplifying the installation. It is a nice looking unit … similar to what Catrike offers. I personally would not want to be limited to only 250 watts. Here is a video illustrating how to install the conversion kit.
Over the years since I fist started this website I have written about a lot of different things. I am quite sure that there are many readers of this blog who don’t know that there are easy ways to find what you may be looking for or how to go about it. So I thought I would write this posting to explain it.
SEARCH FOR IT … I have tried to lay out this blog making it “user-friendly”. I purposely placed a Search Box at the very top of the right hand column and selected one with a Go button (magnifying glass) to use in case the reader doesn’t know to use the Enter Key to proceed with the search. So whatever the reader is searching for is quite easy to accomplish. Just type in whatever it is and click on the magnifying glass. If something exists it will show up in the search results. There may be more than one posting about it and, if so, they will all be listed.
SEARCH BY CATEGORY … Just a short ways further down in the right side column below the Recent Posts is “CATEGORIES”. There are many to choose from and using these is an easy way to find all sorts of postings on things the reader is interested in.
There is also a third way … searching by tags, but I don’t have a clue how to do so. Anyway, these two methods can be quite valuable. Give it a try. And, of course, …
I like ribbon streamer flags. HERE is a source for them. Sarasota Sun Creations is the name of the company. The flags sell for about $40 each. There are quite a few different ones to select from. Those bright colors and the fact that the streamers move around a lot in the wind really draw attention to the flag. The streamer type flags I have had in the past fade out rather quickly in the sun and all too soon become rather ineffective compared to what they offered when brand new. Of course, the same is true for my full size safety flags. My streamers also frayed badly and all too quickly and easily. I don’t know how these would do. If I were wanting an effective safety flag I think I would give this company my business. I have my own supply of custom made safety flags however so it does not look like I will be buying any of these. They do wear out and fade out so I don’t know how long my supply will last me.
Stay safe out there. Use effective safety flags. They will help you …
Do you need a new mesh seat for your trike? HERE is a resource that can make you one. It is especially useful if you have a trike which is no longer made and no mesh seat is available anymore. They also offer these services:
NEW REPLACEMENT RECUMBENT SEATS
REPAIR OF SEATS, BAGS & RELATED GEAR
New seat mesh backs start at $75.00. New complete mesh seats start at $165.00. Prices are subject to change due to rising materials costs.
Features of Recumbent Seat Fix new seats —
Simplified designs with proven features and strong, quality materials
Self-adjusting Lace-Loop system, just like high end running shoes. No metal grommets which can pul out
TorqStrap provides rider with strong area to push into, lower back support, and focuses power in strong part of seat
Minimized seams and maximized stitching
Open back provides excellent ventilation
Design allows for variables in seat frame construction
Phone consultation with the person making your seat
Handmade in Colorado, USA
Some of the available new seat options —
Choice of 2 styles mesh fabrics – standard and high density
Extra reinforcements for heavy or strong riders
Seat bottom pads of made from air-flow honeycomb gel
Considerations and modifications for special comfort needs as well as physical limitations
Custom requests may be possible — it never hurts to ask
It is good to know there are some resources we can turn to should the need arise. It can help us to …
Mr Bean has got quite a few laughs out of the little blue car that tips over so easily.
Every once in awhile the subject of tipping over on a tadpole trike comes up and there are always those who want to argue that a tadpole trike is quite stable and hard to tip over. I say hogwash! Tadpole trikes are very easy to tip over. I don’t understand why they think otherwise. If three wheeled vehicles are so safe why are not more of them built? Why don’t we see race cars and other 3 wheeled competition vehicles? So I ask ya … when is the last time you saw a 3 wheeled vehicle in NASCAR racing? You might find one in some sort of clown event being used to get a laugh or two. Have you ever watched motorcycle sidecar racing? The passenger has to keep repositioning himself hanging way over the outside to keep the motorcycle from tipping over. The sidecar is specially designed and built for the passenger to hang on.
Why did Honda drop the 3 wheeled ATV and replace it with a 4 wheeled ATV? And why were there so many lawsuits against Honda over deaths and injuries involving 3 wheeled ATVs? The reason is simple and obvious … THEY TIP OVER! They are not stable. They are not safe.
Yes, most of these 3 wheeled vehicles have the single wheel in the front like a Delta trike which we know tips over easier than a tadpole design with the single wheel in the rear. The same is true of cars. A tadpole design in cars is more stable than a Delta design. Never the less, they will tip over. Here is a tadpole style car showing the inside front wheel lifting off of the ground going around a corner and it was not going very fast nor did it suddenly turn causing this. The driver did not suddenly shift his weight causing it. It simply lifted the wheel.
I speak from experience … lots of experience. I have tipped over on my trike numerous times. It has mainly been while riding on uneven surfaces both on road and off road riding. I have tipped over sitting still. So when someone tells me that they have never tipped over on their trike I just accept it believing they lived a charmed life or don’t do much of anything on their trikes which so readily brings on these tip overs.
I am not trying to say that riding a tadpole trike is unsafe. If I believed that I would not be riding one. It is most important that you know and understand that tadpole trikes can tip over and learn to know their limits so you don’t end up a victim and receive injuries.
I will say this … I would love to have these outriggers on my trike to prevent it from tipping over easily.
It is even cuter than before and a lot of interest is being shown in it. It looks like a car but it is a human powered vehicle. The developer thought they would have it in production by mid 2021 but it didn’t happen. They are working on it and are hopeful they will be able to make it available soon. They are starting out with a quad (4 wheels) and with or without e-motor pedal assist made to comply with European laws meaning only 250 watts pedal assist only (no hand throttle). Later they plan on making a 3 wheel version with a 500 watt motor and a hand throttle as well. As for me, I would want a quad not 3 wheels as a quad is more stable and practical. I wonder if one could get a quad with a 500 watt motor and hand throttle.
Their FAQ page provides quite a lot of information. They don’t know yet what the price will be. For sure it has increased considerably since I first wrote about the Podride over 6 years ago. Their FACEBOOK page is still available as well as their website.
Everywhere the Podride is shown it draws a crowd. I am sure it would be the same once they are being sold. Did I mention that they are such a cute little thing? I wonder how the material will hold up over time? I wonder if the color will fade out? I might even like having one. If nothing else, it would be nice to have the protection it would offer from the weather elements. I wonder how it would do in high winds and gusts? It is not easy or inexpensive to bring such a product to market. I sure hope they make it and it becomes very successful. It is such a cute little thing. Did I mention that?