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ARION 1 T-Shirt

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University of Liverpool Velocipede Team raised money for their attempt to break the WHPSC (World Human Powered Speed Challenge) record at Battle Mountain in September 2015 by selling t-shirts.  ULVT website ULVT ARION 1 Facebook

Oh yeah...looking good in my ARION 1 T-Shirt.

What I Learned from Two Catrike 700s

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As I prepare to get my "Red" Catrike 700 ready for sale, I can say that I've learned a lot from having two Catrike 700s. The "Black" 700 is my light and fast ride and the "Red" was set up for casual cruising and possible touring.
This is what I learned: 1 - I don't need two 700s. Everything I can do with two 700s I can do with only one. 2 - With a little bit of planning and hardware selection I can change the setup on one 700 within minutes and be ready to ride with different configurations just about anytime at any place. 3 - Going with a wider tire on the rear wheel has a more positive effect on comfort with less loss in speed then going wider on the front wheels. Also going wider on the rear tire has minimal to no effect on handling where going wider on the front tires definitely effects handling. 4 - I do not like Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, I do not. They are heavy, slow and a bear to put on and take off. To be able to easily change the con…

Pic of the Day - In the Hills

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Opted for the DT Swiss/Kojak wheelset for a softer ride today in the hills.The ride was spent meandering through neighborhoods an avoiding the load main roads.



Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

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Here's a good reason why I'll be selling one of my Catrike 700s. Although I set up my Red Catrike 700 for cruising and touring it still can't get me off the pavement. So what happens after I sell Red? I'll be looking at fully suspended trikes that can comfortably handle gravel and dirt trails. My doing so I'll have the best of both worlds. My fast 700 for paved streets and hopefully soon a suspended trike that will take me off the road and to places like the Bizz Johnson trail.

Water Bottles Left at Home...and it's Hot

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What to do when you discover that you left your water bottles at home on a hot day? Call for backup. Carrie delivers my water bottles. Excellent service...thanks babe.



Sunscreen

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Two things are certain for me (other then death and taxes), I will wake up sore and stiff every morning and my bulbous nose will begin to fry within minutes without sunscreen. I am cursed, like so many others of European ancestry, with white skin that does not like being in the sun. Non-the-less I like being in the sun and therefore I must rely on a good sunscreen that will protect my poor fragile epidermis without killing me with toxic ingredients.
I have used many sunscreens over the years in an effort not to be lectured by my skin doctor on the dangers of being in the sun unprotected. For many years now I have used products with Zinc Oxide. Todays non-nano Zinc Oxide goes on thick but rubs in well with minimal "whiteface".
Of all the Zinc Oxide based sunscreens, I've found Badger sunscreens the easiest to use and most effective and it's safe. They're line up of sunscreens don't clump with age.
I use the Skin Deep APP for  ratings on product safety.
One fina…

Finding Shade

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The marine layer gave way to some warm temps and humanity. 

Catrike 700 "Red" For Sale

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As of 6/24 - For Sale at Bent Up Cycles in Burbank, CA. Restored to factory specs with following upgrades.
FSA Carbon Fiber Triple Road Crankset. 172.5mm length cranks. 52/39/30
Sram X9 - 10 speed rear derailleur.
Shimano Ultregra front Derailleur
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Original information posted below. Now outdated.

I've come to the realization that I only need one Catrike 700.  So here's my Red Catrike 700, bought new July 2014 with the redesigned Catrike spindles. It has only 220 miles logged. It is set up for comfort and durability with Schwable Tryker tires (or 35/406 Kojaks) in front and a Mavic 36 hole rim and a Schwalbe Marathon Plus 37/622 tire in the rear.


No shipping. Local pickup only, Agoura Hills, CA  (Between Los Angeles and Ventura).

Includes:
FSA Carbon Fiber Triple Road Crankset. 172.5mm length cranks. 52/39/30
Sram X9 - 10 speed rear derailleur.
Shimano Ultregra front Derailleur
Dual mirror mounts
Purple Sky Flag
And whatever you…

Day Touring

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It's been my desire for some time now to do a bit of touring on the ole trike. BUT...the one thing that is holding me back is I love hanging with family. Over the last few years I've made it a point that any vacations we take include throwing my trike on top of the car (or in the car) so I can take a ride during the day. When I'm done riding I'm back with my favorite people.  
I've come to recognize that I get the best of both worlds by being able to ride new roads and trails and at the end of day be with my wife and kids while on vacation. Now with Byron living away and attending college and Leili studying ballet with various ballet companies it's pretty much down to taking trips with my best bud, my wife Carrie.
As I dive deeper into retirement I'm starting to plan more "Day Tripping" vacations. A "Day Trip" vacation is simply driving to places that I want to explore on my trike and is also fun for Carrie (who prefers to explore on two …

Shimano PD-6800 Ultegra Pedals

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I've been using Crank Bros Eggbeater pedals since I started triking back in 2009. They're considered a MTB pedal but suit recumbent riding. After getting my new hips in late 2013 I've been steadily increasing my strength and riding faster. I've become uncomfortable with the excess float (ability to move foot from side to side while clipped in the pedal) of the Eggbeaters. During fast descents on rough roads my feet will bounce around and sometimes my ankle will hit the crank. The Q factor (see Sheldon Brown Glossary for Q factor) on my crankset is 157mm which brings my feet close to the crank. Generally speaking, when clipped in, my feet feel a little to loose for comfort. In addition I fear that if my feet get bounced around enough they may become unclipped at high speed. I live in a hilly area where the roads are wide and invite you to keep your hands off the brakes. I routinely get into the high 30mph range and often into the high 40mph range. Occasionally I'll…

Throwback Thursday - Trying Out Two Wheels.

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Back in July of 2010 I bought a Bacchetta. Didn't last long. I love trike'n.