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Early Morning Shadows

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Earle Sunday morning ride. I'm loaded down with a large thermos o'tea, camp chair and my buddy Betzi and her dog stuff. We're headed for the duck pond in Oak Park to sit with a cup of tea and watch the world go by.
It's a tough life.
Empty roads on a Sunday morning. Ride on!!
Duck pond...time to get busy doing nothing.
My Expedition in the background. Plenty of parking.
Ma faithful K-9.

Catrike 700 / 20 vs Catrike Expedition

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Let's get to the bottom line first...choosing a Catrike 700 or Catrike Expedition is a matter of personal choice. Both the 700 and the Expedition  are solid trikes, built to handle tough riding and backed up by Catrike costumer service. The  700 and the Expedition are both stable at speed and share the same handling characteristics. 
Catrike 700 / 20  (new for 2013,  700 with 20" front wheels)
The 700 is an awesome trike, it looks fast and is fast. It's a ride best suited for getting an adrenalin fix. The 700 should be kept light and geared for speed on the flats and downhill runs. Grinding up long roads with extreme  grades takes some effort, but then there is the sweet downhill. Exceeding 40mph on a downhill is par for 700. The fun comes trying to find a road that is long, steep, reasonably straight and has good pavement so the 700 can show it's stuff going over 50mph. I do suggest when exceeding 50mph that you are acquainted with the road so there are no surprises …

New Shorts-With Air Brake Vent

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That's right these shorts have a vent to let the air out so your shorts don't blowup and turn into air brakes. Actually the vent is meant to keep you cool but it's unintended benefit suits us bent riders. Next best thing to squeezing into lycra cycling shorts to avoid having your pants blowup.
I just bought a pair of the original Endura Hummvee shorts. Back in June I bought the Endura Hummvee Lite Shorts and I'm very happy with them but the summer mornings are unseasonably cool so I bought the heavy duty Endura Hummvee. Like the Lite Endura they have velcro leg hems and all the other good stuff, but in addition they have an air vent. It keeps your legs cool and lets the air out of your shorts so they don't blow up like a balloon. Personally tested up to 44 mph with minimal ballooning. Nice threads!



Expedition Today

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I don't usually take the Expedition on a ride without Betzi but when I do go solo I get to push the beast a little harder and I get to appreciate the comfort and sturdiness of the Catrike Expedition. Even without suspension the Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20 x 1.75 (47/406) tires on the front and the Marathon Plus Tour 26 x 1.75 (47/559) tire in the rear makes for a comfortable ride on the road. The tires are rated at 45-70psi, I pump'm up to 55psi.
I would say that I'm up to 20% slower on the Expedition compared to the 700. Keep in mind my brain is in tourist mode when riding the Expedition which accounts for some of the loss in speed. 
Unlike the 700 which is not geared for serious climbing the Expedition is geared to climb with ease. If the rear wheel has traction I can climb it. No wobble factor on a trike just sit back, grind and watch the world go by at two miles per hour.
The most enjoyable and pleasant rides are on the Expedition but for an adrenaline fix there's n…

A Little MUP Will Do

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Sometimes all ya need is a little time off the road to re-boot your brain. In this case a 1/2 mile local MUP that I occasionally escape to and then back to the sights and sounds of the morning traffic.





New Cateye

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Keeping it simple with a new wired Cateye Enduro computer. No more crazy max speed readings. For GPS and tracking I still use my iPhone with a Motion X app. Tracks are uploaded from Ride With GPS.



Pic of the Day - Betzi's Rig

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Riding the short MUP through Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park

Cateye Wireless Computer Flaw

My Cateye wireless computer maximum speed reading has been giving me unrealistically high readings on many of my rides. Time to get wired?

The CatEye Knowledgebase website has this to say about the interference problem:

"Why is my maximum speed unrealistically high?

The unusual maximum speed readout that you are incurring is due to the cordless computer unit registering interference from an outside electrical field. Sources of such fields include RR crossings, power lines, security systems, radio towers, home computers, televisions, radios, cell phones, garage door openers, high intensity discharge lighting systems, etc. When all speed related functions are accurate except maximum speed, this is almost certainly the case, as cordless/wireless models manifest such reception of outside interference as an abnormal max speed readout as described. Unfortunately, there is no solution for this, as the FCC requires electronic devices such as bike computers to accept all such outside interfe…

STOP ALREADY! Scorpion Enduro

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Being enticed by the HPV Scorpion FS 26 was bad enough...now I need to come up with good reasons why I don't need the HPV Scorpion FS Enduro before my family thinks I'm crazy. Not easy.