On occasional early mornings I remember to go read Kent’s Bike Blog. I know little of Kent except through his blog and he doesn’t know me. Each time I remember to return to his blog I find a blessing. A few times I have posted links to his blog on something I though cute, useful, appropriate to a cause or touching. This mornings blessing caused me to pause and reflect on my family and friends and brought tears to my eyes. It felt good. Endurance.
Tomorrow I’m going to my sons house to build another recumbent. We have spent much Google chat time discussing what we will build and going over our inventory of donor bikes to plan a somewhat lightweight two wheel recumbent for me to bring back to East Texas. This has been our routine each time we have planned to build a new bike for me. I’ve yet to come home with what was planned in our pre-build sessions. I expect this trip to be no different.
FWD MBB bikes have been popular builds lately on both BROL and Atomic Zombie, two forums that I frequent. I purchased a popular bike that is frequently used for one of these builds some time ago. But as norm, our discussions have wondered away from this in favor of a suspended stick bike.
I guess by the weekend we will know what my new ride will be.
I think when you ride a trike, especially one that is on the heavy side, regardless of how low of a granny you have, you always need one gear lower. Well, yesterday/today I lowered the entire range of gears on my DeltaWolf.
The rear end of the DeltaWolf was a salvage from an EZ3 trike. The transmission is not mounted on the axle like most delta trikes. It’s mounted in front of the axle and a short chain runs to a 20 tooth sprocket mounted on the axle. I changed the 20 tooth to a 28 tooth sprocket.
I could not find a sprocket with the right size hub for the axle, so I drilled both sprockets and bolted the 28 tooth to the 20 tooth.
The gear range is now overall lower than I want. My next move will be to change the big gear on the triple up front. This last change did give me the 12.8 gear inch low gear that I needed for the hills where I live.
Here is where I stand now.
|Chain Ring||Mid Drive Gear||Mid Drive Output||Rear Sprocket||Gear Ratio||Motive||Gear Inches||MPH|
A recent post on BROL by Larry (thediff) took me to a very good site for cycling safety. Over the years I’ve changed my style of riding and what I consider safe. This is a great site for me to review what I know and what I think I know. It’s filled with instructive animations and videos.