Sunday, November 27, 2016

Zefal Mirror

I wasn't sure if this little Zefal mirror would provide good visibility. On the road it has proven to be my favorite mirror. It has just enough curve in the mirror to give me clear coverage of the traffic lanes. The larger round mirrors I've used before provide equal or less coverage of the actual traffic lane and more coverage of the sky and the shoulder pavement directly behind my trike. I want to see cars not the sky behind me.

After a few miles I got use to judging distances in this little curved mirror. It looks good and it doesn't stick out like a wart on your nose.

Not a great picture but you can get an idea of the coverage. 
The mirror is not blurred as seen in the picture.

Friday, November 11, 2016

It's All In The Seat

I took the 700 on ride down the coast today to make sure it was the hard shell seat on my new ICE that was a pain in my hip and not something more ominous. Good news, bad news. Good news, my hip is no worse or better then it was before. The mesh seat on my 700 is oh so comfortable. I've never really appreciated the comfort of my 700. The bad news, the cool carbon fiber seat on my new ICE Sprint 26 FS has to go. I tried to customize the seat with the diamond pads that come with the seat but they didn't solve the problem. After about 5 miles the muscles in my right hip protest.

Now I'll have to check out the ICE mesh seat. I wasn't comfortable with it when I initially tested it some time ago. If that still holds true then I'll have to consider selling my brand new ICE.  I'm also thinking that the 25 degree seat angle of the 700 takes some of the pressure off my hip muscles. The max seat angle on the ICE Sprint 26 is 37 degrees.

Here's a couple pics of my ride today on the 700

Looking out over Morro Bay.

Morro Bay and Morro Rock

Monday, November 7, 2016

ICE Carbon Seat Hard on the Hip

So far the rides on my new ICE Sprint 26 FS have been short. The carbon fiber seat is hard on my right titanium hip. After about 5 miles my right hip starts to succumb to the hard shell seat. It seems like the hardness of the seat and the upswing at the bottom edge of the seat piriformus muscle. My left titanium hip is fine but the right side has been compromised by calcification of the tissue (Heterotopic Ossification) around the hip joint. On the positive side it only bothers me when I'm pedaling. Oh well.

The mesh seat on my Catrike 700 is very comfortable and causes me no grief. So my next step is to take a closer at the ICE mesh seat. Although when I took my first (very short) test ride on a ICE mesh seat awhile back I felt like I was going to slip off the seat. I'll check out the ICE mesh seat again before making any hard decisions. 

Dang, the comfort of the Catrike seat has spoiled me. I hope I can find that same comfort with an ICE mesh seat. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Chimps Better Suited For Bikes - CycleFit

From todays Adventure Cycling November 2nd Bike Bits

"COULD THE RECUMBANTISTS HAVE BEEN RIGHT THIS WHOLE TIME? Turns out chimps are better suited to riding diamond-frame bikes than we are."

Bike Bits directs the reader to this article in CycleFit 

Humans Didn't Evolve to Ride Bikes

It's well worth the read. Although traditional cyclists may take offense. It's good see a well respected organization like Adventure Cyclist make note of this article in CycleFit.

From CycleFit

Monday, October 31, 2016

New ICE Sprint 26 FS Pictures

ICE's new gunmetal grey color and redesigned logo is a work of art. ICE has really stepped up their came. I took a bunch of pictures while she is still clean and free of my add ons, like mirrors, lights, bottle cages under the seat and a FastBack SeatBack bag behind the carbon fiber seat. Although I already did add a carbon fiber bottle cage on the boom. 

I'll have more to say after I take a few rides. My goal is to have the fasted suspended trike possible. 

The two bars coming off the handlebars are the mirror mounts.

Shimano 6800 Ultegra pedals on a FSA triple 52/26 carbon fiber crank. I like the Shimano pedals because they can be adjusted to have minimal play to no play with cleat selection. The release tension can also be easily adjusted on the pedal. 

Rear suspension elastomers. Cool new colors. No more bright yellow and other neon colors to take away from the look of this beautiful trike. 

Front suspension.

Rock solid but very light rack for those times when I want to carry a little bit more. Attaches easily to the frame with only two bolts.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Headed Home with ICE

Carrie and I took a three and a half hour drive today to Bent Up Cycles to pick up my new ICE 26 Sprint. It's folded up and easily loaded into Carrie's C-Max. So nice to have a folder. It'll be so easy to take on trips. More picks and comments to follow.

Ready for another three and a half hour drive to get home. Looking forward to unloading my new ride.
Almost home, passing Pismo Beach.

Monday, October 3, 2016

ICE Sprint X 26 FS Ordered

A new trike to keep my 700 company.
I finally popped on ordering a ICE Sprint X 26 Full Suspension.
For me to be able to explore all the roads along the Central Coast I need
a full suspension option. There are some roads where the 700 is simply
not meant to go. More on why I opted for the ICE Sprint X 26 later.

Kinda like this one but in the new dull gray color. Also skinnier tires planned.


Non-Series CF Triple Crankset 170mm

SRAM SL-500 Aero 10 speed Rear/Friction Front Shifter Set
Set up Catrike style, not ICE style

HP Velotechnik Foam Grips

ICE Rear Rack - Rear Susp 20/26" (not to be installed)

Dimension 26t x 74mm Inner Chainring Black

ICE Mirror Mount
Custom to fit mirror below brake levers

Schwalbe SV6 Tube, 28/40-406

Schwalbe SV11A Tube, 18/25-559/571

Schwalbe Durano Tires, 28-559 and 28-406 Black, Folding

Sprint X 26FS Frameset
Includes front and rear wheels, front suspension, medium CF seat, 
chain tube kit and chain, front Tektro mirrored brakes, 
red and green rear elastomers, hard elastomers on front

Shimano Ultegra Front Derailleur, FD-6703-G, 31.8/28.6mm

Spare ICE Elastomer
Additional elastomers - One soft for rear, two medium for front

SRAM XG-1080 11-36 10 speed Cassette

ICE Neckrest for Hardshell Seat

SRAM X0 Type 2.1 Long Cage Rear Derailleur Black/Red