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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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  • Florida_bound wrote: » As a military spouse, we were always far from family. I tried moving near family after retirement and it didn't work out. Now I'm back to the area I love. If family wants to see me, they will have to travel here! It's …
  • Finn59 wrote: » Mele Kalikimaka Shades of Bing Crosby!
  • Merry Cactus to all... Have a "Cholla" holiday season and a "Barrel" of fun! (Three cactus puns are enough...)
  • How about bungee cords? Perhaps you can re-engineer this device to work on a trike. I think the major problem would be keeping the dog on task. One distracted, big, powerful, energetic dog is capable of pulling you six ways to Sunday! Imagi…
  • Oh, reminds me of an experience from a couple of years before I got my first trike or even thought about riding one. One day I noticed a man come up the street in front of my house riding a recumbent trike. Harnessed on either side of his rear r…
  • Florida_bound, as a regular reader of the Cycling UK website I noticed an article dealing with winter gloves. Enjoy. http://www.cyclingweekly.com/group-tests/the-best-winter-cycling-gloves-6216
  • My TT Rambler GT had BB7s as well as the 559 and the Dumont so I've never experienced any other kind of brakes. I've never had any kind of braking problem with the BB7s. They will stop you right now! More on that... I did have a strange scrapi…
  • Mrbill5, you are most welcome. I've been wearing my RoadID bracelet now for a good three years. It's the only ID I carry when I'm riding and if they scrape me off the pavement and I'm unconscious the RoadID is there to talk for me. I like that.
  • GM Mr Bill, it's 33 F this morning here in sunny Tucson. I won't be riding today, but rather reading this forum instead. Just had a thought about your comment on meds. For years I've been wearing a RoadID bracelet and not carrying my wallet. …
  • That's a very creative device for sure and only $159. Then throw in another $20 for the hand crank. I can see where a fugitive, back country hiker, special OPs or a survivalist could use one of these. Very, very interesting...
  • That white bucket looks familiar. I used one with my TT Rambler GT. It works. In the bag I would carry a spare tube, a patch kit (tiny), a pair of tire levers and a CO2 inflation device with a couple of cartridges (with sleeves to prevent frost…
  • You're totally hooked! Welcome to the fold.
  • Jeffh129 wrote: » Hal, you said that your first trike was the Rambler GT. What came after that ? Thanks to everybody for their comments. Yes, after the Rambler GT came the Catrike 559. The transition seemed to come naturally after the 2.2K+ mi…
  • Jeffh129 wrote: » What are the advantages of the GT over the Rambler, if there are any ?I’m “turtle slow “ on the Rambler, about 6.5 mph. I am 69 years old , with diabetic legs. Most of my rides are 10-12 Miles, with my longest being 20 Miles this…
  • 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…