Thursday, February 20, 2014

A new friend in the stable...

No it's really not a case of gear lust, I promise!  Really.

With DH's ongoing balance issues, we have been borrowing the Catrike Speed of a local friend of ours.  We figured it would enable DH to ride without worrying about falling over.  It works well in that aspect.  What we didn't count on, was how much fun it is to ride!  Yeah....not good, at least not for the budget!

It also seems that one particular 4 legged Diva who shall remain nameless, but whose name rhymes with Shiloh, is becoming rather fond of the trike too!  She gets to RUN rather than walk, for a couple miles every other day with it.  This suits her quite well, as she is a leggy thing, and loves to run.  For her, the lope doesn't even start until you hit a steady 11mph, so we tend, on the MUP, to stay at a trot for her(sub-10mph).  Easier on her, and better for her conditioning at this point.

So much fun was being had all around, that we thought it might be handy to have a trike of our own...and with some unexpectedly rapid assistance from our friend Texpug, we found one! 
This is a Catrike Expedition, the one we will be buying this weekend.  It's going to be set up for me, primarily, though there is enough boom length adjustment remaining (shortened boom) for DH to fit it well.  To swap between riders, all we have to do is swap out the pedals,extend the boom, and add about 5" of chain to the drivetrain.

The plan is for this to be used for rides with the Monkeys, some t-shirt rides (25mi +/-) with the Monkeys, running the Diva for her exercise, and other occasions as the mood strikes.  It won't replace my Giro, yet, but I suspect eventually in a few more years, I will convert over to trikes fully.  They're just fun!  Plus, you can make them into a velomobile!  Now a velomobile, that is pure gear lust!

I'll have a quick post up Friday for R5F, but then will be taking the weekend off.  Look for new stuff Monday or so.  In the meantime, stay safe, dust off that bike of yours if there isn't any snow around, and go for a ride!


  1. Never heard or saw such a thing...very impressive!...:)JP

  2. I'm happy to walk while the dogs run in the pasture. You go though; proud of you -grin-.


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