Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My New Catrike Expedition

I picked up my new Catrike Expedition from Bent Up Cycles. I traded in the ICE Sprint 26fs for the Expedition. Now I'm setting it up to get it ready for longer rides and the rough roads of the Central Coast. I have no regrets giving the Sprint a try but in the end I feel the Expedition is the better choice for me.



Expedition and 700 are now sharing space in my garage

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Keeping It Real

If an old falling apart guy like me can stay fit and enjoy life then just about anyone can do it. I'm 64 and I have no plans to watch life from the sideline. I'm not one of those fortunate few who has been genetically engineered by nature to stay fit without trying. I have to work hard at it. I've worked out in enough rusty old gyms to know you don't need fancy equipment and name brand sweats. Now I spend my workout days in my garage which passes for a gym and it's all I need along with a little classical rock. Working out and cycling not only makes me feel alive it also helps tremendously with the muscle pain in my hip area and a atrophied right medial gastrocnemius calf muscle (that's a mouthful to say) all thanks to my hip replacements. 

I don't mind growing old. I've got a beautiful wife (who I met in a gym), five kids and nine grandkids that make me feel young. 



Friday, January 12, 2018

Pics of the Day

Just outside the small town of Harmony along the Central Coast of California
Instagram pic



The town of Harmony in the distance


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

First Ride of the New Year

A bit of a late start this year. Weather and a cold kept me down for awhile. But now I'm back cruising Hwy1.

Overlooking Estero Bay
Happy to be riding again

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Thoughts on Suspended Trikes

A suspended trike and it's added weight does not move on it's own. To varying degrees depending on the trike model a suspension system absorbs some of the riders energy output. Suspended trikes are heavier. Some of the heavier suspended trikes can weight up to 20% more then their comparable counterparts. The trike rider is the engine. You're simply going to have to burn more calories per mile for that engine to move the trike.

Suspended trikes definitely serve a purpose and there are a number of reasons to own one. However if you're riding paved roads and you want to maximize your energy output then a suspended trike is the wrong choice. If you like speed then a suspended trike is not the right choice. 

A suspended trike robs power from the engine, your body. I tried it on a minimally suspended ICE Sprint 26fs for nearly a year and based on the log I keep I figure it takes 10 to 15 percent more energy to get from point A to point B. Is it worth it? Not for me. And it's not always about speed. It's more about making efficient use of the energy I manage to coax out of my old muscles. I've come to the conclusion that paved roads are generally not in bad enough condition to warrant putting out the extra energy required by a suspended trike. I've found seating position, tires and mesh seats are the way to go to accommodate for road conditions. Even when riding chip seal for seemingly endless miles.

I would only consider a suspended trike if it included E-assit. But I''m not ready to add it to my stable. For now I want to ride under my own power for as long and as far as my 64 year old legs will take me. I've learned that a suspended trike is not a part of that equation.




Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 on the Central Coast

January

First Ride of the New Year

2017 was a good year for riding. Busy with work on the new house I only managed 39 rides during 2016.  I looked forward to 2017 as the year to reboot by riding and get some quality miles in. 



February

Central Coast Sunshine

A few days of sunshine during February. But February was a rainy month.





March

Kojak and Chip Seal

It seemed like most of 2017 was spent trying to figure out how to best prepare for the varied road conditions along the Central Coast.





April

Down to One Car

My old Ford Escape was sitting collecting dust and the battery kept dying from non-use. So I sold it and we became a one car household. First I made sure our Ford C-max would hold the 700 inside. It did. 





May

Thule Roof Rack, Seasucker and Trike


Now with only one small car I needed a backup plan for carrying the trike on top of the car when there's no room inside.





June

W R Hearst State Beach


Getting familiar with the Central Coast and getting to know my favorite spots to take a break.






July


I'm getting use to not having the use of part of my right calf muscle.





August


The ICE Sprint 26fs I purchased late in 2016 spent some time at Bent Up Cycles after I returned it. The carbon seat heard my hips. In August I decided to pick it up and give it another try with a new mesh seat instead of the carbon fiber seat.





September

I'm Keeping Both Trikes


 In September I decided to keep both my 700 and the ICE Sprint. I really wanted the Sprint to work for me but I was still spending more time riding my 700.





October

October On the Central Coast


My 700 is still getting more ride time then the Sprint.




November


I turned my focus back to the Sprint. I played around with the mesh seat until it was comfortable. At least comfortable enough.




December


Who am I fooling? I can't make the ICE Sprint work for me. I gave it a good try. I traded it in for a Catrike Expedition!! I know the Expedition well. It was my first trike. I still feel it's the best and most versatile rike around. It's on order and will be here in January. With the right tires and it's more upright seat position it will be my go to trike for longer rides and rides on rough roads.