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TrikesterHal

Jeff, you can email me at cqcqhal@gmail.com with your phone number and I'll give you a call. Also let me know when it would be a good time to call.  I live in Springdale and am retired so my schedule is pretty flexible.   I've only had a brief peak at Ben's new store in SS and I'd like to go over there again.  When I chose the Rambler GT I had only ridden a few models and had no experience with trikes.  I'm a lot more knowledgeable now than back in August.  I'd like to test ride some of his other models and I think I could point out some things that maybe Ben might not think of.  Would that work for you? I just discovered your note. I wasn't aware that you could send private messages and I was hesitant to put too much info out on the forums in general....learn something new every day!

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  • If nothing else I'd recommend listing your trike at BikeIndex.org. Affix their sticker on the frame. Anything that makes your trike look distinctive also lessens the chances of your it being stolen.
  • Florida_bound wrote: » Do you mean it won't shake while you're riding? I don't think one is made that won't have some vibration but the Mirrcycle is much better than a mirror that attaches to a regular handle bar. I have tried both and much pref…
  • I have two on my Catrike Dumont. I recently rode over a few mile stretch of the roughest pavement I've have ever experienced (El Tour de Tucson, fortunately this was the only rough patch in the 37 mile segment!). One of the mirrors suddenly rotate…
  • TrikeBirder wrote: » If the planet doesn't get serious about global climate change SOON, in just a few years Florida might be underwater and Michigan might be a double coastal state... both of the Great Lakes and of the Atlantic Ocean! By the e…
  • TrikeBirder wrote: » I forgot to mention that since we have retired, we have been eating after it becomes dark. When I ride in bursts, I am totally spent when I get home and find it next to impossible to consume much food.... This I believe is the…
  • Having thought about this topic I wrote a quick post on my blog at trikesterhal.blogspot.com. I hope you will read and comment here on some of these issues as they might pertain to you. Enjoy. Florida_bound, you introduced a timely topic.
  • I start out riding slow and easy for about a half mile before getting in the groove. Coming home I just put DP (Deep Purple) in the barn, come in, take a shower, pour a cold non-alcoholic beer, sit down in the recliner and take a z-z-z-z-z-z
  • Heat really affects me (OK Florida_bound, NO jokes about AZ )... Whether in AR or AZ I've always ridden early of a morning to avoid the heat of the day because the heat really saps my energy. As I age I cannot tolerate the heat nearly as well. …
  • Jrobiso2 wrote: » Other folks have been known to spread ice from their freezer onto a baking sheet and have a fan blow air across it. Yep, some folks probably tried that. Even though it's a dry heat it's still HOT... And I mean burn your a$$ …
  • Finn59 wrote: » Whatsa swamp cooler? "Swamp cooler" is the nickname for the evaporative cooler. A common one looks like a large metal cube. The sides consist of louvered metal frames containing some sort of fiber material commonly called a co…
  • Jrobiso2 wrote: » Sure, but August in Tucson is the definition of living inside an oven. And please don't say "it's a dry heat". There isn't a lot of moisture in my ovens when I cook, either, and stuff still manages to cook anyhow! Yep, you g…
  • Finn59 wrote: » True. Still looking at a new mask. Figuring two more days riding to reach my mileage. Then hanging them up til spring.......maybe. I found a balaclava that has a small mesh section over my nose and mouth (sorry I don't know wh…
  • Florida_bound wrote: » It was high 50s when I started and mid 60s when I finished. I wore sweat pants, long socks, a hoodie and a long sleeve t-shirt made of wicking fabric. I also wore Isotoner gloves made of the stretchy material with leather…
  • The weather forecaster last night said our Tucson temps should be returning to the 70s/80s which are what we should be seeing instead of the 90s we've been having recently. I'm ready to do longer rides. Yahooooo!
  • Jrobiso2 wrote: » Maybe we need to have those sail kits - on windy days, break out the folding center post/mast, attach it (somehow), and raise the sail! Check on YouTube for a bunch of videos on sails for trikes. I think I'd like to start wit…
  • TCEd wrote: » That 22t low is a excellent granny gear. My low is a 32t and with a 26 " rear I'm almost at a standstill on some hills out in the county. When I go on what will be a longer ride I'm not ashamed to use granny gear on steep bridge c…
  • I faced a similar concern when I bought my Rambler GT with the 26" rear wheel. I struggled with climbs because I didn't have a low enough gear (I wasn't strong enough and I had too much adipose tissue ). I'd have to stop part way up a hill, lock…
  • TCEd, I developed a plan riding on the Razorback Greenway in NW Arkansas. When it was windy I would choose to ride into the wind starting out when my legs were fresh and strong. On the return I was thankful to have the tailwind. I used that strat…
  • Florida_bound: "There are no smooth roads or sidewalks in this area." Yep, that's always been a problem with riding. The Loop Trail System around Tucson/Pima County has lots of smooth surfaces and that's a real blessing. My problem is getting f…
  • "IdahoTrailLizard" My Schwalbe Marathons have a reflective stripe that really, really stands out. Reflective tape is only effective if there is a light shining on you. You need lights and flags. BTW, "Play your didgeridoo Blue. Play your didg…
  • Southbound wrote: » " I use them because they have a Kevlar lining and because they are rated at 100 psi (I inflate to 95 psi" TrikesterHal -- what's the advantage of the 100 psi rating? Marathons are narrow (1.5 inches) and being inflated t…
  • I've used Schwalbe Marathons on all three of my trikes (TTRGT, 559 and Dumont). I use them because they have a Kevlar lining and because they are rated at 100 psi (I inflate to 95 psi). Because they are narrower they have less rolling resistance. …
  • This is a very powerful forum. Not only does it address specific inquiries on the various models it also addresses a lot of general information that is valuable. Making riding safer, easier, more fun and more efficient, you'll find it here. I can…
  • I fould a balaclava that is solid with a small patch that is mesh through which I can breath while keeping my nose warm. I don't know the brand but I'm sure they're available on Amazon. It's a stretchy nylon type material.
  • Florida_bound wrote: » Thanks! That was a great explanation and a lot of things I did not know. I a so glad the cycling community has gone to this and hope they give up on PEDs. I used to love to watch the Tour de France until all the drug use …
  • Florida_bound wrote: » You didn't learn how to make your own? These folks didn't have any concept of Mexican food, no tortillas, no taco shells, nothing except greasy wax wrapped tamales in a can. NW Arkansas was primitive in the early sixties…
  • TCEd, can you imagine moving from Arizona to Arkansas? I went years and years without any Mexican food. It was h@ll!
  • Florida_bound wrote: » In Tucson? On an isolated farm in NW Arkansas seven miles from a town of 1,100. We had no telephone either. My only social contacts were going to high school or when we went into town for groceries on Saturday. It was m…
  • TCEd wrote: » I'm planning to switch to Bioshield T9 over the winter when I swap out to new rings and chain. Bioshield T9 is great as it doesn't pick up a lot of dust. It's really dusty here in Tucson. I use a Cyclone Park Tool chain cleane…
  • I too looked at Power Grips but decided against them because they cramp the feet. With poor circulation due to diabetes the last thing I wanted was something squeezing my feet. Instead I went with SPD (Shimano) clips instead. Clipping and uncli…