Showing posts from March, 2013

March Mileage Log


Steintrike in My Future?

My Catrikes are awesome rides but there is one thing they can't do for me...take me into the back country of the Santa Monica Mountains on the many fire roads and trails virtually steps away from my home. Starting in the late 70"s I logged many long miles hiking the Santa Monica Mountains. As my body and joints started to let me down I tried mountain biking in 2000. It was a bit easier on the joints but not on the mind. I'm an avid day dreamer, day dreaming and hiking are meant for each other, day dreaming and cycling on two wheels in the mountains...not good. A couple of broken ribs and a torn shoulder and my year long mountain biking experiment was over. Plus it wasn't that comfortable. So I accepted that three to four mile hikes would be my future. Let the younger folk do the 15 to 20 mile hikes to the more isolated and cool places in the Santa Monica Mountains. 
In 2009 I was introduced to recumbent trikes and that took my mind off the mountains. I was getting ph…

Time to Get Away

It's time to get away and take the family and trike up the Central Coast to Cambria. By no means is it too soon coming...I want a break from riding around my home where the noise of traffic is not an option but a constant reality. Riding the Central Coast during the Spring offers great scenery and minimal traffic.

At home there are quiet stretches of riding and nice rest stops along my normal routes where the din of the traffic can be left behind for awhile but only for awhile. The rest of the time it's the buzz of cars accented every now and then with some character who feels it's funny to gun their engine right beside me and race off. Yesterday my speakers weren't charged so I wasn't able to white wash the traffic noise with my usual tunes, instead I was serenaded with the sound off buzzing engines and altered mufflers on oversize cartoon cars.

Next week I'll load up the family and my Catrike 700/20 and head up the coast to Cambria just south of Hearst Castl…

Red Shouldered Hawk

Some things you won't see riding a traditional bike. Sometimes you have to be laid back to see the world.

California Bike Safety

Metro press release on its new bike safety campaign; cyclists have legal right to take a full lane(click here for full press release)Click here to go directly to the official California DMV Handbook...Share the Road

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: (good summary) Bicyclists: Are entitled to share the road with motor vehicles. Have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle and motorcycle drivers. Must obey all traffic signals and stop signs. Are lawfully permitted to ride on certain sections of roadway in rural areas where there is no alternate route. Must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it. Shall ride as near to the right curb or edge of the roadway as practical– not on the sidewalk. Are legally allowed to ride in the center of the lane when moving at the same speed as other traffic. May move left to pass a parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, animal, or avoid debris or other hazards. May choose to ride near the left curb or edge of a one-way street. Should ri…

Catrike 700/20 Photo Op


Betzi vs Snake

No rides for the next few days for Betzi, the ole girl is recovering from a rattle snake bite. She stepped on a baby rattler Friday night. She backs off when she sees a snake but this little venom shooter was right outside our back door and Betzi was in a rush to bark at the howling coyotes and she didn't see the pint sized rattle snake  and she ended up getting tagged on the bottom of her paw.

Uneventful Week

The last week has been relatively uneventful, so I took some pictures of my uneventful ride with Betzi today. Uneventful can be very relaxing.

Back to Topeak

I've been using the Arkel TailRider Truck Bag for a long while now and I've decided to switch back to the Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DXP. It is a heaver bag but has more space. It's a taller bag and shorter then the Arkel. Unlike the Arkel it's a rigid bag that holds it shape.

They're both good bags but the Topeak has a few features that I was missing in the Arkel bag. 1. The fold out panniers on the Topeak bag are nice to have available when I'm riding without my Ortlieb panniers. 2. More space and easy to store bulky items in the truck like main compartment. 3. Super easy to slide the bag off the rack and carry it with me.  4. There's a mesh top that provides a perfect place to put my Spot Messenger. 5. The bag has a bottle holder at the rear that I use for a 4 cell battery for my DiNotte light.

Topeak MTX - Capacity 1,380 cubic inches. Weight 2.53 lbs.
Arkel TailRider - Capacity 944 cubic. inches. Weight 1.46 lbs.
4/17/13 After saying all the above I'm back …

New Tires...Again

I replaced the new Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20 x 1.75 (47/406) (click for post on the 20 x 1.75's)  on my Expedition with new Marathon Plus 20 x 1.35 (35/406). The 1.75's are heavy and they put a lot on rubber on the ground. Steering was sluggish and I felt like I was putting to much effort into just getting them to turn. The riding conditions in my area don't call for over sized monster tires on the front of my Expedition. Lesson learned. I still wanted the protection that the Plus's offer but I didn't want the size so I replaced the 1.75's with the 1.35's and the difference is obvious.  At first I tended to over steer but it didn't take long to appreciate the nimble quality of these smaller tires compared to the beefy 1.75's. All together it was a more enjoyable ride having smaller tires up front. I'll keep the big 26 x 1.75 (47/599) Marathon Plus Tour on the rear to handle the load of the trailer and for traction on the occasional gravel path. …