Missive 30: 14 March 2019, Thursday
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With Spring around the corner we are looking to getting the trike ready for Spring cycling. Some of which will be traveling around Michigan where as most of it will be traveling around Genesee County mostly in and around Clio. So we have to get the seats adjusted, the canopy reset, the racks and panniers mounted, checking the shifter and brake cables, and on, and on.
Another project we will be doing this year is a PVC rack that will allow us to cover the trike with a tarp without it filling with water in the low spots. The rack will have a slanted hinged roof allowing us to get access to the trike without taking it out, basically making a shed frame. We are able to lock the trike to the power box on the front of the building. The rack will be able to double as a laundry rack allowing to save the money we would spend on drying while making our clothes outdoor fresh.
We have an extra low rider rack from Terratrike so that we are able to mount more panniers behind the front wheels adjusting for the low center weight to increase. Since August of 2008 I have looked as life as I need to be mobile and in that time Sweets has joined me on the streets of Lansing, Grand Rapids, Durand and around Southern Michigan. We have backpacked four hundred miles in one month, we have taken a Greyhound Bus across the state, we have slept in barns, under bridges, anywhere we found a big enough piece of dirt to pitch the tent or the Lean-to before that.
So as we look at adjusting the trike for Spring we need to check tire pressure, rim alignment, brakes calibrated, shifter and brake cables. After that is done then the captains seat gets adjusted for Sweets so that pedals are not too far from her feet. And then we can put the front low rider rack.
The seat on a standard trike gets adjusted in a few different ways. First, it gets positioned forwards and backwards; second, the seat back gets positioned up and down; third, the boom which actually is not part of the seat adjusts the pedals forward and backward. The heel and toe straps then get adjusted so that Sweets’ feet do not accidentally slide, especially when going into a turn or descending or ascending when your feet and legs get tired.
Last Winter when we built the canopy frame we had a friend make the canopy top and as time went on and the trike had miles added to it we rebuilt the frame until it flexed with the movements of the trike. We decided that the frame needed to be able to flex yet be strong in a head wind. So after the final rebuild we took it out on a windy day winds were 30 miles per hour with 40 mile per hour gusts those matched with the speeds that we were going proved to us that we had built a good frame. By the end of this Summer we will be building a new frame, a lighter frame, no longer PVC, but fiberglass.
Once we have the seats and the frame adjusted we get to take the trike out with a shade to keep the sun off.
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