First Over-Nighter

As some of you may know, this September I will be riding with world-renown recumbent tricycle rider and author, Steve Greene. Steve has invited me to participate in the third iteration of his adventure from the Oregon coast down to Apple Valley in Southern California. Steve has named this trek the PCTA, Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure. Use the PCTA links above to learn more about it. Steve also has information on his web site at Trike Asylum

In preparation for the journey I have been taking extended rides when I can, the latest being an adventure with the “Trike Boy” himself, Glenn Frank. Glenn has been posting videos of himself and the “Squadron” for years on YouTube. Use this link to see his latest, which he has entitled, “Trikes Along The Coast”.

Below is a map of a 52.6 mile loop I will be doing this Wednesday. I will leave at 7:00 am and hopefully arrive at the East Shore Recreational Vehicle Park sometime between 12:00 and 1:00 pm. At the end of the trip I will actually only be 8 miles from where I started, but I wanted to give myself a ride that might be comparable to what we will be doing on the PCTA. I will take short 30 second videos at 5-mile intervals along the way to let you know how I am doing. At my camp site I will shoot a time-lapse video of me setting up my tent for the first time. That should be good for a laugh, I’m sure. I will be making this ride fully loaded, including 1.9 liter aluminum jug of cold water which weighs in at 5.6 pounds all by itself.

Here are the lengths of the segments in miles: A/B (4.9), B/C (19.5), C/D (2.6), D/E (3.2), E/F (8.6), F/G (2.8), G/H (6.6), H/I (4.4)

The last segment will be the toughest because I will be tired and the grade getting into the campground averages about 8%. Be on the lookout for video by this weekend. Reservations are made and I am excited; it should be fun. The temperatures down here have been hovering around 100 degrees, but hopefully by getting an early start I’ll be okay.

Riding with the Trike Squadron

San Juan to Oceanside

It’s Sunday, Father’s Day, and I am recovering from a 6+ hour ride with Glenn Frank’s Trike Squadron. My legs were complaining mightily during the second half of the loop, but I made it through all the way to the end. No rider was able to displace me from my “rear of the pack” position. I saw lots of tail lights bilking, but it was an adventure indeed.

Check out those stats above – over 2000 calories burned. When I got home I found I had lost 5 pounds. Yikes! Enjoy the video below.

First Video on AZUB Tricon

Hi, Everyone!

Here is my first video filmed while riding my AZUB TRIcon recumbent trike. It was a beautiful day along the coast near San Onofre. The ride was about 20 miles in total. I filmed the video with a hand-held iPhone. Sorry about the wind noise. I will employ a wind-sock on my next film.

Anyway, enjoy. Use this link to see the video on YouTube.

Tricycle First Impressions

Hey! It’s Saturday, March 16, 6:20pm and I just finished my first ride on my new AZUB TRIcon recumbent tricycle: 7.24 miles in 46.21 minutes, top speed of 25.6 mph.

AZUB TRIcon Recumbent Tricycle

AZUB TRIcon Recumbent Tricycle

Here are my first impressions:

  1. WOW! This is too much fun! It’s awesome to simply sit back in a nice seated, upright position and just watch the scenery roll by.
  2. I did not feel nearly as vulnerable as I thought I would. Alertness and caution are still a must, but motorists gave me plenty of room. It’s a great advantage when approaching a corner to simply creep along at 1 mph. You don’t have to worry about falling over while traffic passes and makes its right turns in front of you. You don’t have to go until you are sure all is safe from behind.
  3. Rear view mirrors are a must. I have two, and surprisingly used both equally.
  4. It was much easier to take off from a dead stop than I anticipated. Just be careful to gear down before coming to a complete stop, otherwise too much stress is placed on the knees. It’s very easy to break and downshift at the same time with a trigger shift setup.
  5. The TRIcon was very sturdy and solid. The steering is amazingly tight and crisp, even for an indirect setup. Any wobble I experienced was me pulling on the handlebars for leverage while simultaneously mashing the pedals.
  6. Tricycles are not built for speed. At least ones with 20 inch wheels are not. My largest chain-ring in the front is 52, smallest cog in the rear is 11. On level ground my top speed was about 21 mph. My road bike’s largest chain ring in front is 50. Given the same gearing on my compact road bike as I have on the trike, I would have easily achieved 27+ mph.
  7. Let’s talk about speed. On a quarter-mile 2% downgrade I easily reached 25+ mph. On a 5% downgrade of any appreciable length, I can already tell that speeds of 40 or even 50 mph will be easily attained. My point? You can’t break the laws of physics just because you are on a tricycle. At 25 mph it was startling to experience how even the slightest correction on the handlebar was greatly magnified at speed. Long-story-short: you can flip your tricycle! Anything over 20 mph, you’d better have a good grip on those handlebars and pay attention to the road as to avoid sudden corrections or any otherwise jerky movements.
  8. The only pain I experienced was in my right ankle. I hit a small pot-hole while I had pedal pressure on the right side. Because I was clipped in, it really jolted that joint. Lifting slightly on bumpy terrain helps.

All-in-all it was a great ride. I can’t wait to get back out there.