This is my first post in a couple of years. I sold my place in the country and rented a Tiny Texas House just a few hundred yards from where I was living. In the interim, I sold and/or gave away all my bikes, trikes and building supplies. Just a phase of my life completed and I’m moving on to other things.
I don’t want to get back into bike building nor do I have the space for that now. I have missed riding and from time to time I have been checking Craigslist for a trike that might be in my price range. Last week there was a listing for a 2012 TerraTrike Tour that I thought might fill that void. The Tour is a relatively lightweight trike with good handling and a sporty feel. After a couple of email exchanges, the Tour was mine.
After picking it up I offered my grandsons a ride in a nearby parking lot. They confirmed it was fast and handled well and they would visit often for a ride.
At 72, like Toby Kieth song says, I’m not as “Good as I once was“. . . you know the rest. I knew I needed a little help and after doing some research, UPS delivered a Bafang 750 watt mid drive and 52 v 14 ah battery. I’ll get the mid drive installed today and my son is coming tomorrow to help tweak it out and get all the bits and pieces mounted and working.
Test ride report coming soon. YaHoooooooooooooooo.
Dave Langkamp left a comment on my DIY Velomobile page about his Radius T-T Velomobile being complete. Dave has graciously shared his 600 hours of build log on his The Tinkers Workshop blog. Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time on one of the most interesting blogs I have ever visited. Congratulations Dave on a job well done and thanks for sharing.
This began the prep work. Removing the old peeling clear coat is a real job.
When I retired a couple of years ago I downsized some of the luxury items in my life. One was my F250 diesel four wheel drive off road mega nice pickup. I still needed a pickup, so I bought a low mileage 2001 Dodge 1500 with the customary Chrysler product sun cracked dash and peeling clear coat. When I bought the truck I though I could always get a new paint job, pop in a new dash and replace the bench seat with some junk yard upper end bucket seats. In my mind a new paint job would be the most noticeable upgrade. I was soon to find out that some paint jobs cost as much as I paid for the truck to start with. But mid-range paint jobs were to cost between $900 and $1200 dollars. Still not where I wanted to be.
Bed nearing completion
A couple of years ago while tooling around on You Tube I remembered seeing a video of someone painting their car with a paint roller. Well of course that’s absurd. But I though I would research some alternatives. Turns out there are a lot of people whom have painted their car with a paint roller. The Mopart forum, has the longest thread on the subject I have seen. In fact, has the longest thread on any subject I have seen. It spans several years with thousands of post. The admin broke this thread into three threads, this link is the last thread. You can read back as far as you like for information.
Glossy bed and it has not been sanded or buffed yet.
Many have claimed to paint their car for $50, and there are many pictures in the mopart thread showing fine results. Being retired now, I have more time than money so I decided to try this on my truck. I’ve little to loose. I though I would allow myself $100 to paint my truck.
My new custom paint design.
The short version of this process is to prep you vehicle for painting, roll on a diluted mixture of mineral spirits and Rustoleum oil based paint. Well, you can follow my adventure on the following page. . .
It’s been sometime since I’ve made a post to my blog. Other interest (learning to play the guitar) has taken over some of my hobby time. Yesterday I went to Dallas to visit my son. He has a CNC machine and I inquired about the possibility of cutting a lap steel guitar for me. Our conversation eventually turned to recumbents. He asked if I had seen the CNC cut velomobile kit that Rick OBrien had put on the market. I had followed the thread on BROL but had not known that the kit was now available for sale.
I read a recent thread on BROL where he stated he has suspended sales of the kit while he investigates the possibility of redesigning to fit different models of trikes. Until then, the site is down.
SpearHead Velomobile now offers an all-weather, aerodynamic, CNC cut coroplast velomobile body kit for your ICE Sprint RS and FS. It may fit other models of trikes with, similar wheel base. The kit comes complete with proprietary hot glue sticks, fasteners and assembly manual. According to his site, there are no cable ties and no taped joints waiting to fail from sunlight and weather.
The kit has an introductory price offering of $499 and a mounting kit is available for $249 plus shipping. You’ll find contact information on his website.
This turns you trike into a really nice looking, aerodynamic shaped velomobile. Best of luck with your new venture.
A lot of web sites that I read start out with the author announcing that he/she has been riding recumbent bikes/trike for 10 years or 15 or 20 or even 30 years. Well, I’ve not. I didn’t have my first recumbent until well into my 60’s. 2010 if I remember right. I’m to be 70 next month and I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve been on a bent. But I’ve missed the history of the recumbent world. I’ve since owned some of that history but that’s not the same as living it.
This morning I followed a link that was posted on an Atomic Zombie thread. It’s not that I hadn’t been on this site before but I guess my appreciation for bent history has grown and is still growing. Joel Dickman’s web site Lightning Riders entertained me for a couple of hours as I ate breakfast and enticed me to linger on for a second Diet Coke.. If your a newbie like me, you may enjoy seeing a pictorial history of the Lightning with pictures of the famous P38, the 18 lb R84 or the F90. If you enjoy this site, you will also enjoy a visit to the Lightning site.
Count your blessings if you are lucky enough to own a Lightning recumbent.
There is a thread on BROL that I have been watching for awhile. Rick O’Brien has designed a Coroplast velomobile using a CAD program and having it output to a CNC machine to cut the body parts. If I were to put together a list of my favorite threads on BROL this one would be in my first two or three threads. I love Rick’s detailed approach. As other post in the thread have indicated, I wish I had acquired the CAD skills to do this. I work more out of my head and seldom make even a sketch. I did try Sketchup for awhile but gave that up the same as I did my course in Python programing.
Rick built another velo body last year taking a modular approach. I was quite impressed with last years model. Rick made a list of improvements he would like to achieve and it looks like he is well on his way to making a lighter, faster and roomier velomobile body than before. From the pictures of the new build, Rick’s attention to detail while building are equal to his abilities to design on the computer. The fit on the new velomobile body looks right on.
Like others have posted in the BROL thread, I hope Rick makes the velomobile parts available in kit form or at least sell the files for output. Thanks for sharing the build on BROL, Rick.
I’ve been aware of RAAM for years. That’s what a bunch of supreme athletics did back when I first started riding. A couple of times I saw something in the magazines I subscribed to in the 80’s. Just like the riders in the Tour de France, they were out of my league. I did enjoy reading of the events and even seeing the Tour de France, in part, on TV. Do you remember Wide World of Sports. You know, The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
But year before last the internet brought a new way for me to track RAAM as people would post progress of the race during the day. This prompted me to look up the participants on the RAAM site. Some of the names I knew from discussions on the forums that I monitor. BUT look at this. Forever Young Pac Masters in the 75+ age group were older than I. As I reported in an old post, “I looked them up and saw that 2 of them were 80 and 2 of them 78 years old. On my last check they are averaging a little over 13 mph after doing some heavy duty climbing in CO.” And these guys, “United 4 Health is a team in the 70 to 74 age group. They had a later start time but are averaging 20+ mph.” I followed them all and eagerly checked progress reports at various spots on the internet. These guys were older than me, I could relate. I could almost place myself on one of the teams. Well, kind of, in my own mind.
And what about last year dot race with Maria Parker on a Cruzbike Vendetta. I would get up early each day to check Maria’s progress on the Tractalis site. I would leave my work around the farm undone to check her progress several times during the day. For me, tracking the dots on my computer screen was exciting. Maybe in years to come CAMS may be set up to view parts of the race. I do hope the Tractalis site is active again for this years RAAM. BTW, you can still donate to Maria’s brain cancer research fund.
Well, my excitement has started early this year as I add another 2014 RAAM participant to my list of people for me to cheer on. Today Bryan Ball of BROL posted a link to the RAAM Facebook announcing that Dennis Johnson hopes to be the first person over 60 to finish the event on a recumbent. Hey, I’m in that age group.
Good luck, Dennis.