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New Triker Added

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A new triker has been added to my Trikes and Trikers page.



Ken Tripp prepares for his 500 mile charity ride with his Catrike Expedition starting Labor day 2014. Visit his blog Cycling for Parkinsons here.

Battle Mountain 2014

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It's that time again

Click here for Battle Mountain 2014 at Recumbents.com
September 8th through September 13th.
The existing record set last year and held by Delft/Amsterdam is  83.13 MPH (133.78 km/h).

My Boy Has Fledged the Nest

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Byron is moving into an apartment today in Santa Monica. Happily it's only an hour drive from home but  it seems so far away. He'll be doing his first two years of college at Santa Monica College and then transfer to a University of California to study the media arts. His blog Entertain An Idea  demonstrates his skill with the written word. Hey Byron, don't forget to come home on weekends with your dirty laundry.


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Physical Therapy for New Hips

"Just walk" is the only physical therapy I need after hip replacement. At least that's what the doctor said. DON"T BELIEVE IT!!! I did and now I'm going through intense physical therapy many months later after my hip replacements in September and December of last year.
At first recovery seemed to be going fast and on a positive track. Over the the last few months I started getting tingling and numbness in my feet and eventually up my calf. My legs and hips started feeling stiff and sore. Then the pain of sciatica started down my butt and legs. I'm  able to comfortably ride but walking and standing around became uncomfortable and painful.
I went to a neurologist last month and he sent me to a physical therapist. Finally after four weeks (with many more weeks to come) of poking, and pushing and pulling I'm starting to feel normal again. The sciatica is a fraction of what it use to me and the tingling and numbness is substantially reduced. No amount of str…

26t For Black

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My Catrike 700 Black gets Red's crankset and Red will get a ???. The FSA SL K Carbon crank with a 26t granny gear and guard worked so well on Red that I put it on Black to get a lower granny gear so I can take a few more hills riding Black. The change added less then 2ozs. I rode 18 miles today and gained over 1,100 feet. The lower gear on my light Black worked great and effectively extended the riding range of Black.  Maybe a Schlumpf Mountain Drive on trucker?  More on that later.

Gear Inches Tire    Cassette      Crank

Big Head..Big Helmet

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Update 12/14. I went back to using the Lazer Helium. The Bell adjustment system broke and it wasn't comfortable on long rides.
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I bought a new helmet less the pointy projection on the rear that doesn't always work well on a recumbent trike. There are a number of good helmets that spare the rider the point at the back. The challenge is to find a helmet without the point and big enough for an over sized brain. My head size (with buzzed hair) is a sizable 23 and  3/4" (60.3cm). Most large size helmets can be made to work for me but are snug and kinda sit on top of my head. Add a cycling hat or bandanna underneath the helmet and an extra large bucket is the only option. The recumbent friendly XL helmet that works for me is the newer Bell XLP. It's about $40 so you get a lot of helmet at a fair cost. For more information Helmets.Org has a good summary of helmets that fit us head challenged.
Top: My new Bell XLP. Bottom: My old Lazer Helium.  The poin…

Pic Of The Day

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Having lunch at Oak Canyon Community Park. 

My Catrike 700 vs My Catrike 700

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Catrike 700 "Red"















Catrike 700 "Black"

It didn't take long to get to know my new Catrike 700 known as "Red". I built it for touring and general laid back cruising. I've been riding "Red" along the same routes and in the same manner (aggressively) as I ride my other lighter performance dedicated Catrike 700 "Black". 
How Red differs from Black - Redis about 25% heaver with it's Schwalbe Marathon Plus 1.35" tires, touring rear wheel, rack and a few more odds and ends. - The Schwalbe Marathon Plus 1.35" tires put more rubber on the road but it makes up for the extra rolling resistance with serious puncture protection. - With the Schwalbe Marathon Plus 1.35" tires the ride is considerably smoother and the steering is less twitchy. The narrow hard Ultremo tires on Black react to every pebble it comes in contact with. Finally, the turns are a bit more sluggish  - As for speed... I was surprised to see my average speed…