Happy Father’s Day

Hi, Guys! Wow, I had a great Father’s Day today. The message in church was awesome. My son called me and shared the latest. He is having a blast on his new job – getting paid and having fun!

I completed an easy 12-mile ride on the trusty TRIcon. A young man named James pulled me over with tons of questions, which I was very happy to answer. When I got home Mama had prepared a great dinner. I’m happy and full and very thankful to God for all of my blessings. Happy Father’s Day; blessings to you and yours.

TRIcon Upgrades and Maintenance

Hi, Guys!

Haven’t checked in for a while; just wanted to say hello and tell you about some minor upgrades and maintenance on the AZUB TRIcon.

I switched out my front two headlights. I now have two “Metro” units by Cygolite. Man, are they bright. One of the six possible modes called “Daylightening” flashes or pulses with 500 lumens of light. It truly is like lightening. The manufacturer recommends this mode only for daytime riding. I can see why; it’s impossible to miss those strobes. Another mode called “Steady Pulse” is also a flashing type mode, but the lights do not go completely out during the cycle, they only dim slightly. Even that mode is 360 lumens bright.

Even on the lowest possible setting, night time riding is a breeze. I have to make sure I don’t point them too high into the eyes of oncoming motorist. The mounting system is familiar and allows me to literally point each light in any direction. Plus, the locking device guarantees the lights will never come off until you want them to. I had a problem with that when using the previous lights.

Bottom line: I love them. The best part is that they are USB rechargeable. I can attach them to any regular USB charger for a few hours or even to my USB computer port and they are good to go. On low setting they can shine for 12 hours. If I use only one that means I can have light for 24 hours before recharging. On the dimmest setting with two lights shining, I can’t believe the amount of light they make. Awesome!

Cygolite Metro bicycle lights.

New lights and pedals.

I also switched the pedals to Shimano M530 SPD units. These are clipped on both sides instead of only one like the previous M324 SPD units were. I figured that I’m never really going to ride the TRIcon without being clipped in, so why not just switch to pedals with clips on both sides. That way I won’t have to fumble, turning the pedals before I can get locked in. I’m not sure why but the new pedals seem to support the bottom of my biking shoes better. I have not had any hot spots on my feet, even after hours of fairly heavy pedaling.

Maybe it’s because there is an extension on the forward side of the clip, which the M324s don’t have. I’m not sure; it just seems like more the bottom of my shoe is engaged. Anyway, I like them. I moved the older units to my TREK 700 hybrid, which I ride to work several times a week.

Also I did a bit of maintenance today. I purchased a Park Tool Hyperglide Lockring Tool (FR-5), a chain whip, and a gear cleaning brush to remove and scrub/polish up the rear cluster and derailleur. The lock-ring that holds the chain rings in place has a grooved surface that bites into the matching surface on the smallest gear. You can see the grooves on the top surface of the smallest gear in the picture. It made an unnerving grinding sound when I loosened it. It sounded as if I had broken something, but all was well.

Rear cluster.

Disassembled rear cluster

Back of rear cluster unit.

Cleaning the back of the cluster unit was a bit tedious.

I was very surprised to find that the first eight gears of the cluster were all riveted together into one unit. Only gears one and two were separate. I was a bit disappointed not to get the chance to ticker with separate gears and spacers. Also cleaning the eight gears as a unit was tedious. Removing the cluster was straight forward. There are plenty of excellent videos on YouTube that show you exactly what to do. Anyway, she’s back together and ready for my next ride.

Reassembled rear cluster.

All back together and shiny.

Take care! Go Seahawks!

New Year’s Day Ride

Hi, Guys!

Mom once told me that it is good luck to be doing on New Year’s Day what you hope to be doing for a long time hence. With that in mind I took and long wonderful tricycle ride on my TRIcon on New Year’s Day morning. I went to Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale, CA. Everyone was there. The partying was out-of-sight, as were the cars and motorcycles. I was glad I was on my tricycle; I had perfect seat to take in the festivities.

Happy New Year to all of my fellow tricycle riding friends. May God bless and keep you safe. Have a great 2014. Hope to see you on the road again soon.

Take care,

David

Recumbent Cycle Convention

Hello all! Most of this past weekend was spent at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, CA where I enjoyed many happy hours viewing all sorts of new, high-tech recumbent tricycles and bicycles. There was no lack of enthusiasm and I think everyone who attended was very impressed.

Manufacturers from all over the globe were present. AZUB, ICE, and HP Velotechnik were some of the big guns present, but many shop owners, many from out of state, participated in the event. I was given the opportunity to share a booth with Steve Greene and Janet Buckwalter. We answered many questions from excited enthusiasts.

Steve, me, and Janet.

Steve, me, and Janet.

One highlight for me personally was my meeting with the AZUB guys, who came over all the way from Czechoslovakia. I made sure I told them I was still greatly enjoying my TRIcon.

Me and guys from AZUB, Stephen and Hanza.

Me and guys from AZUB, Stephen and Hanza.

It was fun watching people riding through the tryout ring, enjoying perhaps their first ride on a recumbent tricycle or bicycle. I’ll be looking forward to next year’s show.

Coos Bay to Bastendorf and Beyond

Here is a short compilation of video clips which I took during the first two days of the PCTA. In this one I am leaving the Motel 6 and heading up to Bastendorf campground which was about 10 miles away. There I waited for Steve and Matt to come down from Florence, OR.

Matt left the next day, but Steve and I continued on.

For complete coverage of the PCTA in its entirety make sure you go to Steve’s web site Trike Phantoms at: Trike Phantoms.

He has information and pictures galore, and he covers the part of the trip I was not able to complete.