Missive 30: Trike Prep

Missive 30: 14 March 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

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.

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

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Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to a TrailMagick89 missive, We write these missives to bring awareness for those that live on the streets, under bridges, in abandoned buildings. In most countries it is called “Living Rough”. We cover the subject of life as part of the homeless community; where in some places they are called everything from the derogatory “bum” to the more accepted name of “community people”. We have lived on the streets of the big city and small towns alike. We have encountered people from all walks of life. We have backpacked long distances and followed the trail just to see where it would take us with no destination in mind. After ten years of living on the streets we have found that stories of life of a vagabond and a tramp (modern day nomads) have lessons to share. Our preferred mode of transportation is on our Terratrike Rover Tandem that we have named Max. We talk About Us; from living on the streets around the Eastern part of America to living in yet another small town. We talk about the Bible; the beliefs of the community people. We talk about Community; regardless of where we have lived we have encountered many people that are all part of community life. We talk about Food; just because we have lived under a tarp it didn’t mean we ate terrible food. We talk about Gear (backpacking, cycling, & camping); the equipment we use usually isn’t high cost though it is of a decent quality. We talk about Health; we share the stories of not only of our health but how you can help other community people. We talk about Other topics when it comes to everyday life. We talk about about PVC projects; PVC is such a great medium for projects that can help around the home or campsite. And we talk about our dream of opening a Tiny Home community. We like to share our life with others in hopes that our adventures and misadventures bring a smile and a laugh to you, our readers. We thank you, that you, have taken time out of your day to share yourself with us. We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the "Like" button and "Subscribe" to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress. Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

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