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Direct vs Indirect Steering

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Everyone has an opinion and I'm no exception. And here's my opinion on direct steering versus indirect steering.
My take on this subject is influenced by many years of riding Catrikes with direct steering and more recently riding my ICE SprintX FS with indirect steering. With direct steering the handlebars are connected to the headset of each wheel. Steering is a simple right or left movement.  With indirect steering the handlebars are connected to a pivot point at the center of the trike. From there it connects to the wheel via some sort of linkage. Steering is accomplished my pushing and pulling the handlebars.


Direct steering
Pros - Good road feel. Especially welcomed at higher speeds. - Simplicity of design makes maintenance easier. Especially when adjusting toe in.
Cons - Wheel vibration on rough roads is more pronounced. It's important on rough roads to avoid a "death grip". Relaxed hands and arms is important, especially on rough roads.


Indirect steering
Pros -…

Ortlieb Bottle (Speaker) Holder

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As far as water bottle holders go Ortlieb's add on water bottle holder for Ortlieb panniers seemed a little funky at first. But it works well for bottles and more importantly for my JBL Charge speaker.
The Ortleib water holder mounted on my Ortlieb front rider pannier.  I like using the small panniers when I ride my ICE Sprint so I can carry more stuff on longer rides.
My JBL Charge in the water bottle holder.  The water bottle holder consists of three straps that have to be connected at the back of the holder. The JBL Charge usually fits in most frame mounted water bottle holders but it's a little too big for the Ortleib holder. The center strap of the Ortlieb holder is a little tighter then the top and bottom straps. I leave one side of the center strap unconnected to accommodate the speaker. Even without the center strapped connected the speaker remains firmly in place. 
Closeup of the Ortlieb water bottle holder. The center strap on the opposite is left unconnected to all…

So Much More to See

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Cars, SUVs and buses are passing me by at 55mph and usually more as I ride HWY 1 along the Central Coast. They're headed to their pre-planned tourist destination. Occasionally they'll stop at a point of interest that yells out to them, like the Hearst Zebras that sometimes graze close to HWY 1. As they're whizzing along, the world beyond their steel beast is a blur. "So much to see and so little time to see it" is the mantra of the typical visitor trying to take it all in.  While I'm riding along on my trike it's not uncommon to see visitors park at a turnout, pop out of their car, take a picture and move on to the next picture opportunity. 
Cyclists see the world in slow motion, seeing the details around them. Recumbent cyclists especially have a unique vantage point in the world of cycling. Riding laid back allows a recumbent cyclist to take it all in. And then there's the recumbent trike for those who are in no hurry and want to see it all without…

ICE Sprint Mesh Seat Adjustment

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My brain kicked in and I figured out what I needed to do to make the Sprint mesh seat comfortable for me. It's all about adjusting the right seat straps.
On my Catrike 700 seat I keep all the seat straps as tight as possible and I'm comfortable. So I used the same strategy with my new ICE Sprint. I started off riding on the Sprint mesh seat with all the straps pulled tight. I felt like I was at the edge of the seat and my hip muscles would sometimes get uncomfortable (all the details here). So I played around with adjusting the straps under the bottom of the seat. Adjusting only the bottom of the seat made sense to me at the time. The seat still didn't feel right.
I started to give up. I even tried selling the Sprint. I had a buyer who was new to trikes but he backed out at the last minute. I took it as a sign from the triking Gods that I needed to give it another try. And then in a moment of clarity my 63 year old brain (almost 64) started to work and the answer came to …