I decided to bite the bullet and change my drivetrain over to Sram. I bought Sram XO Twist Shifter and X9 Derailer for a very good price off Amazon. I was leery as to how comfortable the twist shifter setup would be on the trike. I know I have not been that happy with Shimano as they seem to require more maintenance. Sram has always been spot on for me on my other bikes. The parts came in and I decided to get to work. Things seemed to be going along smoothly as I was making my final adjustments. After way too many hours of frustration, I took my trike in pieces and brought it to my LBS. He called me the next day to say the derailer cage was too short. I looked at the box it came in and there were 2 stickers on there. Long cage and short cage. Obviously I got the short cage. I decided to stick with what I had and asked my LBS to change out the derailer to a Shimano XT and new Shimano barend shifters. Murphy's Law continued as the XT normal shifting derailer was out of stock everywhere. I brought in my old Shimano LX and asked to put in line cable adjusters so if and when I decide to get the XT I will be able to make the change myself. My LBS friend replaced my cables, housing, 2 in line adjusters for both front and rear, new barend shifters and did all my compulsive tweaks at a very reasonable cost. I am a very happy camper.
If you are in the Central Jersey Area and need a good reasonable expert bicycle mechanic I suggest you check out Van at The Bicycle Rack in Hightstown, NJ.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
|Schwalbe Marathon Racer|
|Time for New Tires|
|Need Mirror and Grips|
|New Marathon Racer|
|New Mirrycle Mirror and Grips|
|New Sram 970 cassette and KMC Z 9 Chain|
I have been a big fan of my inexpensive Tioga Comp Pool Tires. Unfortunately, they are no longer manufactured. I did much research and finally called UtahTrikes and asked their opinion. They recommended the Scwalbe Marathon Racer. They also run a perpetual sale on these tires at $25. I am quite pleased with the ride quality and I feel no difference than with my old Tioga tires.
I am also looking into changing the drivechain to Sram 1:1 Actuation as it is smoother shifting with little maintenance.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
|On My Way|
|New ICE Sprint Full Suspension|
|Some Tour Easys|
|Catrike Expeditions. Cool Paint|
|Moss On Tree|
|Couple from Missouri On Catrike Roads |
|Band at Rest Stop|
|One of Florida's Beautiful Bike Paths|
|Diane on Left friend from Home. Linda on right new friend from North Carolina|
High End Riders
|One of Florida's Beautiful Springs|
|My Buddies for the week after the ride|
Bike Florida was quite an adventure. Unfortunately, I road for 5 days instead of the full 7 days. I arrived on Saturday and had registered and had my tent set up by noon. The weather was hot in the mid 80's. I did the 35 miler which turned out to be more like 45 for the day. Sunday was again sunny and hot and I did the longer route for another 58 miles. Monday the weather changed and I got caught in some severe rain after the 1st rest stop. My new rain jacket and the fairing made riding in the rain fun. I decided to go for the longer route and did about 70 miles. The rain and clouds continued on Tuesday. I decided not to press my luck and did the short route for 40 miles. Wednesday the weather was again bad and they only allowed us to do the short route for 38 miles. I got back just in time to get the tent set up before it started to thunder, lightening and rain as depicted in the video. It was quite a storm. Thursday the weather was so severe they did not let us ride at all. 3 Tornado's touched down and there were reports of hail. They arranged bus transportation back to your car or to the next overnight. Since my things were so soggy and it would be only a 31 miler the next day I decided to end the ride and pick up my car. I still managed to get in about 251 total miles.
There were many recumbents including, Tour Easy, Longbike Slipstream, Vision, HP Street Machine, many Catrikes and a few ICE Trikes. Most riders were fast spandex types on their sub 20lb bikes, but there were many on hybrids too. The roads were mostly flat and rural and we went on some beautiful paved bike paths. Rest stops were spaced out about every 10-12 miles and were well stocked with PBnJ sandwiches, oranges, grapefruits, candy, water and Gatorade along with other items. The BikeFL staff was excellent.
I met some old friends from previous rides and more importantly made new friends. It doesn't matter what you ride, were you are from, what you do, or how old you are. We are all the same and love cycling.
If you have never done one of these type of events, I would highly recommend it. Where else can you wake up at 5 am, wait on line to do your business in a Porta-Jon, wait on another line to wash up, ride 50 plus miles in all kinds of weather, come back and set your tent up in the heat or rain, and wait again on line for a shower. Do this for 5-7 days and come home and say.
WHAT A GREAT TIME I HAD.