Saturday, December 22, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I ordered a couple of really interesting rear lights I read about on Bent Rider On Line. Basically its a rear light that comes on when you slow down or brake. For the price I thought it was a worth a try. This past Monday I finally got it. I installed it on our ICE Adventure trike. and then made a video review. Take a look at it here:
Its Made in China and with a lot of “cheaper” accessories from there, it has a few quirks. Its has an on and off switch to prevent coming on when stored. I have not been able to do so, yet. It does not come with a rack mount, but the one from Planet bike will work great. Plus because it works somewhat like the switch in your home thermostat; it has to be set at the right angle or it won’t work properly. Just take your time, I had to bent the rear rack mount plate to get the right angle. but, it works. It was –20c outside when we filmed it my shop and Alice rides slow, yet it seemed to work fine; so it should work better we when you are slowing down from a greater speed.
So what do I think? When you are being followed by fellow cyclists or a vehicle I think it will help. I would ride with a normal battery powered light on all the time too. As this seems to be a “first run”. we will see if the distributor “ups” the quality in the future. I would like to see some of the bigger more well known light suppliers to incorporate an accelerometer chip in their lights to do the same if not better!
Price 17.95 on sale right now for $9.00 includes shipping. I might order a few for the spring to put on our new trikes!
Go to http://www.grobat.com/ to find it. Hey, let them know you saw this review. Who knows I might gets a free bee if you people order a lot!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Saw this link on face book from Commute Orlando Hosts of Cycling Savvy in Florida. Great info on why Cyclists need to Carefully consider "Taking the Lane". Click on The pick for the link.
Stay tuned this winter as we Find some interesting Posts from around the world to enable you to have more confidence in cycling around town or where ever your find yourself.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Well winter is just starting and I am already going Loopy…
My Friend Dick Came by on Saturday to see the Ice Adventure, “Wow that is a nice ride?” he said “its a lot more comfortable than I thought, hmmm...”
Its nice to have people drop in to try the trike. And with a large enough shop area you can ride when ever! Even if it is winter! So give us a call and drop by! If you have any questions about ICE Trike Give us a call or email us at renucyl at telus dot net
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The City takes a lickin'by the heavy snow yesterday, but this Triker just plows though.
Andrew Bacon rides his recumbent bike to work at the Winspear Centre in the heavily falling snow in Edmonton on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012.
Photograph by: John Lucas, Edmonton Journal
Thursday, November 1, 2012
It snowed today :(
For many that really closes the cycling season until spring thaw.
Not in my shop!
Today I received my first shipment of ICE Trikes. 3 good sized boxes arrived from Cornwall, England. Inside are 3 ICE Adventure tadpole trikes. 2 are sold, and 1 for a shop demo! The first of the trikes we are offering from our newest venture Renu Cycle. We have been doing bicycle repairs for 2 years now and are finally offering recumbent trikes! We are the dealer for ICE Trikes in Northern Alberta (well, right now we are the closest ICE dealers for most of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northern B.C.) This afternoon I built my first ICE trike. Here are a few photos of the unboxing.
If you are in the area interested in recumbent trikes, drop by and take a ride and try out this fun, comfortable ride, that is what the demo is for! You may even ride indoors out of the winter on some Saturdays!
Thanks to all for the encouragement and prayers in the past couple of the years and as I dreamed, planned and have begun this new adventure! Who know where this may lead, but I am really enjoying the journey! In the days to come I will post more build photos and maybe of the delivery to the first owners!
I wanted rollers because I will also use it as a display stand and will need to move it around to clean the area. I also share the bike shop with my Windshield and detailing shop so I have to be able to get what I am working on out of the way while we do other services. Materails cost just over $125.00 for the prototype. With an ICE Trike on top it proved quite stable. I did cantilver the back leg today and added even more stability.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Did a ride last month with my ride group to EM TEE Town West of Edmonton a couple of weeks ago. About 12 of us Spent the weekend at friends cabin on Buck Lake. The usual camp fires and BBQ’s, but we also spent a day riding about 50 km around the area. One of the highlights was a tour and lunch at this recreation of a western town. Sort of touristy but gave me an opportunity to do some themed photos for my desktop. You can see more of our trip on the flicker page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/69950241@N06/sets/72157631517366672/ It a re creation of a Western town. Had some fun taking a few photos then I played with them last night . Here is my favourite so far.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
2011 I started to do basic bicycle repairs with encouragement from Grant Patton of Bentley Cycle, Barry D, and a host of others. It has done well and we are expanding our services. I am pursuing a dream to promote recumbent cycling in Notheren Alberta. Check out ths link renu-cycle. The largest segment of growth in the recumbent industry are trikes.
With the baby boomers growing older and wanting to live a healthier lifestyle , trikes seem to fit well. With in the the next month or so I will have some demos in. so feel free to stop by the shop and check them out. in the mean time check out the ICE Trike web site watch some of the cool videos and begin to dream!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
This year we started at the Resort with great weather, cloudless, deep blue skies and a nice tailwind. Lake Abraham was a beautiful turquoise color, wide shoulders and low traffic on the highway. Mmmm nice. About half way we stopped for a picnic lunch. Along the lake we enjoyed a 30 km tailwind, its always windy here as the wind blows from the west to east from the mountain pass. We rode east and out of the mountains, easy riding; its a lot tougher riding west up the pass on those winds.
We both rode our Easy Racer bikes this year as they are easier to transport. Plus lately I have had some sort of breakdown with the Mango on my last few big rides. I did not want to ride the velo until I am sure I have all the bugs worked out. Here are a couple of photos of our day:
Have a great day
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Check out this Web FAQ Page: http://cyclingsavvy.org/hows-my-driving/
There is some really helpful info and animations that could help you be safer Riding on our Streets
Oh I added another video about 'bents on the sidebar. It highlights my favorite ride, a Gold Rush Replica by Easy Racers
Monday, July 23, 2012
It was at first amusing then it got somewhat annoying for a bit to hear the same question over and ovre again. Can you guess it? Yep: "Does it have a motor?" To most I guess this is an obvious question as it looks like a somsort of new type electic thing. or what they have the impression of one should be.
As the ride progressed the Mango really made an impression on the hard core roadies as I was crusing and passing many at over 35kph and sliding down the hills at over 50kph. Plus they were so amazed that I was not even pushing it most of the time, just pedaling at a average cadence, coasting and breathing normally as they were huffing and spinning to stay along side and talk.
The Mango did supburb until after the mid way point. 7 km out from the lunch stop my chain started to make this wild and bizarre undulating and grinding sound then it stopped after a couple of seconds. Okay that was weird. I continued to ride but my butt started to get kinda warm. I stopped and checked. Couldn't see nothing, So I rode on. After a kilometer my butt got really hot again and then I had no chain movement. It was really hot and sunny so as I looked down into the darkness I could spin but the chain did not move. What the frak? So I jumped out to get a better look and to my amazement the power chain tube had come loose and wrapped itself around the chain ring. So THAT was the weird noise and girations of the chain a while back, the chain tube had come loose. Okay I had a couple of zip ties to no problem. Ya right. 1 hour and a half later I was 40 km behind the last rider on the tour. No matter what I tried, with zip ties donated from far and wide, the chain tube would not stay and would wrap itself around the chain ring. By this time completing the ride was out of the question. So I got a ride back to my van drove back to my velo and went to the finish line to meet my freinds as thay finished their ride.
Now I have to figure out how to get the chain tube to stay in place. Can someone upload a couple of photos with a suggestion of how to fix a chain tube in place in a '08 Mango. Plus I could use a diagram of the proper chain routing too.
Thanks, I hope your adventures this week are fun too!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Harry is producing better and more comprehensive tutorials all the time. We are very thankful for this legacy!
Keep on Filming HARRY!
Love the Bloopers!!
Friday, July 13, 2012
Please add your thoughts and top 10 addons or accesories. I will tally up the results and post later this month for all to see and have on here for future reference. Thanks
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Heresy you say! No, just practical.
I enjoy temps under 30c and the thought of riding in my Mango (sweat box) while my Cool Blue Gold Rush sits on it perky `lil`stand just whispering:``Come on, you know you want to!...`` Well I can`t resist. I get on for a nice evening ride; the breeze flows across my brow and the world is right! ( I was going to say: ``blows through my golden locks``, but I been to shavin``me `ed for several years now! LOL)
Plus, several of the rides I have done lately have been group rides and the velo is not a social beast. The GRR is a cheeta in lambs clothing. When other riders in a group I am with think it`s time to do some smokin`, I just smile, wave and let `er loose. Wham bam thank you ma`m`, we are gone! Some jaws drop and others just laugh and yell: `` wait for us at the restaurant!`` AAAAAAHHHH!! it is so FUN!
Now does that mean I Don`t want to ride the velo anymore. NO WAY! A couple of 100 km rides and Cooler temps are coming later this summer and fall. The velo is reviving up and waiting for her time romp `n stomp! It`s great to have such awesome rides to choose from depending on the conditions. I am a very, grateful, man!
So what ever you ride, enjoy the day, the weather and the the company if any.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
These are great to show people how versilte a velo can be in every day use. A great way to promote the velonuat lifestlye.
Way to go Harry! Looking forward to more!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Morning, the Last breakfast. Many Good byes, Teary eyes and card exchanges. Then we loaded up the van and WENT SHOPPING again! What is it with girls?! We stopped at a Fred Meyers and it is one of those Megastores that carry everything from clothes to groceries. So I took the opportunity to get some cycling wear and some only in the US made Potatoes chips!Its along trip back with tired people so we took our time stopping along the way for Coffee breaks and a nice Picnic type supper besides the Highway and a creek in Kootenay National Park.
We Stayed the night in Banff Park near Lake Louise at a Hostel. It was my daughters first night in a hostel and she a had a typical teenage girls reaction to sharing a room with several other ladies who snore or move around a lot at night. Not Well. I was surprised she was not grumpy this morning. oh well teenagers.
My morning view and coffee spot! right outside the hostel.
The clouds and mountains along the Banff Parkway, always an awesome and mystical drive
Today its just drive 5 hours to reach our home in Calmar, Clean out the Van, stock up and then head to our cabin 1 hour north of Edmonton a long weekend of relaxing and more riding.
TOT was a everything I expected, The best UN organised Recumbent Event in the U.S.! WE THINK OVER 100 people showed up for rides, laughs, good food, trial rides , bike show, parts exchange, new friends, old friends and yes even a few beers. Thursday night a few of us were sitting around after that great ride from Harrison to Plummer with a drink in our hands, our feet up , sun shining. when someone said “life sure don't get better than this does it?!”
I hope you get several of these this summer
P.S. As we drove to and from the TOT we saw the most wildlife ever!
50 Deer of about 3 types, 4 bear: 1 grizzly and 3 black,
eagles, an elk, 1 wolf, a blue Herron, Canadian geese, and a rare lynx.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The agenda for the day was to load up the trike, bikes and velos to drive to Harrison and ride a 50 km out and back along Lake Coeur d'Alene over the stepped bridge and up to Plummer the beginning of the Trail D’ Coeur d'Alene
This turned out to be the day of the largest group ride. Over 40 riders headed west.
It was also the hottest day of the ride. The trail runs along the east shore of the of the lake again on top of the old railway bed that is paved and smooth. This part of the trail to Plummer is about 25 km long and is best enjoyed with Hot sunny weather! The first highlight is the ride along shore, the second is the stepped causeway up and over the lake. The worst and best is the 6 km ? ride up the valley wall to Plummer, Then you get a rest a couple of kilometers Later at the Trail head which also serves as a memorial to the Fallen Warriors and soldiers from the local native American tribe this part of the trail resides in.
Then comes the down hill run returning the way we came. I was cruizn’ at about 55 kph Can you say WAAAAA HOOOOOO!
We took the scenic route back to Kellogg around the east side of Lake Coeur D'Alene finally arrived back at the hotel around 4 pm and lounged around the portico of the hotel and convinced Dave to stoke up the Barbie to help him reduce the amount of left overs he had not used during the previous night. ummmm just enough food for the few of us who had not left after the days ride. A lot of people left that night to get head start of their long ride home!
Sunday, July 1, 2012
For the first time in the 6 year history of TOT all rides were cancelled due to steady rain. But oddly enough it was one of the best days of the week. It was an opportunity for many to expand their relationships. The Guesthouse Inn where we were staying has a large area where they serve a continental breakfast and it also serves as a games /rec area where guests can socialize. After breakfast many took the time to break out dice and scramble boards . I dragged my Mango in to the lobby and replaced the chain. Meanwhile a lot of men took my suggestion and headed into Spokane to REI for shopping and eats at a couple of nice restaurants, A few heartier souls (1 fella and 3 GALS) tempted fate and headed to Wallace to try out the zip lines. My wife and Daughter took off for Coeur d'Alene for a girls day of shopping. Most of the day was spent in just visiting and getting to know each other better. The highlight of the day was a culinary comfort food delight as Dave (aka: Mandrake) cooked up up some Brats, hotdogs, Chicken and or Philly beef wraps under the portico out front of the Hotel Lobby. If you are ever in Boise Idaho on a Friday or Saturday night downtown look for his Gator Dog stand between 10- 3 in the evening. You will get some of the best local fast food in the country! After the meal everyone mustered in the common areas eating and, socializing until bed time.
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It's a bird, it's plane, it's a...
No! It's a Velomobile! Huh? "A what?", you might ask? Well, it looks like some sort of futuristic car, possibly pulled from the pages of a Jetsons cartoon, but what a velomobile actually is, is a lightweight shell enclosing a recumbent bicycle, that can have a lot of the accoutrements that a car has, using no more fuel than the rider can supply with his/her legs.
Larry Hager, owner of Renu Cycle in Leduc, is a huge proponent of the vehicles. As a matter of fact, if you ever see one of these funky bikes go streaking by you in Calmar, Leduc or any point in between, chances are it's Larry pedaling away inside his "yellow torpedo".
He just received his velomobile in January of 2012, but this coming August will be 10 years that Larry has been riding recumbent bikes. "I first saw a recumbent bike on tv and I thought they were kinda cool looking." said Larry. Then on a family vacation down in Bentley, they happened to be present during the Bentley Days Parade where Larry finally saw a recumbent in person. He immediately drove down to Bentley Cycle where they had one recumbent in stock, and took it out for a test ride. He was hooked.
"I am a big guy who was really out of shape at the time, and I just wanted to lose weight and get healthier. Riding a conventional bike was quite painful for me but a recumbent took those issues away." shared Larry. "I was so out of shape though, that when I first climbed on I couldn't ride it to the end of the block without being winded, and if I tried to ride to the end of town I couldn't breathe." However, within only two weeks, Larry biked from his home in Calmar into his business in Leduc. "My wife had to come and get me and bring me home." laughed Larry, "But it was a milestone in my life."
Now Larry has lost 65 pounds and regularly rides 100 kms a day, and can do up to double that in a single day.
Since starting, biking on recumbents has become a driving force in his life. "My wife now rides a recumbent as well, and we have been known to book our vacations around different rides and riding opportunities." said Larry, with a smile.
Riding has taken Larry to Sacramento where he rode the American River Bike Trail, which is 90 kms long and ridden over two days. He has also been to Kellogg, Idaho where he took part in the "Trikes Optional Tour". This is a fun tour for bike enthusiasts of all sorts, that travels 300 kilometers in five days. Riders with bikes, trikes, recumbents and velomobiles gather together for what is akin to an unmotorized Sturgis.
Currently, Larry is looking forward to the "Tour De Alberta", which is a one day recreational ride that takes place on July 22, 2012, beginning in Morinville, AB, and has categories for every level of rider. Organizers are hoping to see 1200 riders taking part this year.
When asked what made him switch from a regular recumbent cycle to a velomobile, Larry replied with a grin, "Speed!" A self described speed freak, Larry is always looking for ways to go faster on his bikes. "The velo is a great machine for speed." he said. "Being completely enclosed in the aerodynamic velo body drops your wind resistance and enables you to go faster using less energy than a regular recumbent." Larry's top speed riding the velomobile so far has been clocked at 72 km/h, with his daily average commuting speed being 28 km/h.
"It's also much more comfortable, stable and maneuverable than a regular bike." said Larry. "To be perfectly honest, as a biker, on the road you are typically viewed as an annoyance. Riding the velo, drivers treat me like another car."
Another perk to riding a velomobile is protection from Alberta's notoriously fast changing weather. On nice days you can ride with the top open and the wind in your face, or on inclement days you can invest in a removable wind screen and cover that will keep you warm and dry. You can also accessorize a velomobile almost as well as a car. There are attachments available for lights, a horn, cell phones, sound systems, water bottles, odometers, and a flat tire kit with a pump, amongst other things.
"They are already really big in Europe." said Larry, "But they are really just starting to be seen over here. With such an interest in ecologically friendly transportation taking off in this country, it doesn't get any friendlier than this! There is no fuel used what-so-ever which is also really easy on your wallet. Plus the fact that people are looking for ways to get healthier at the same time, so this is a natural fit. The inventor of the velomobile is 75 years old and still rides his over 1000 kms a month!"
Larry shared that living in this area is also a bonus for velo riders. He said that Leduc was a great place to ride almost year round as the roads and multiways are cleared very quickly after snowfalls, which enables him to continue riding even in winter. With the mild winter we had this last year, Larry began riding his velo in February, and except for a couple of heavy snowfalls we received in late winter, he has been riding ever since.
As a matter of fact, it was his love of biking that started his new business venture, Renu Cycle. Already a small business owner, running the Crack Masters and U-Haul franchises in Leduc, Larry realized that there was no one around that did bike repairs anymore. Since he had been working on his own bikes for years it was a natural progression when friends began asking him to fix their rides. Working out of the same building as Crack Masters and U-Haul, Renu Cycle is starting to really take off. So much so, that between the business and Larry's love of recumbents, he is also working towards becoming a dealer of velomobiles.
These last 10 years have been so much more than just enjoying himself and riding bikes for Larry. "It has almost become a lifestyle now." he confessed. "Really, I started out just being a fat guy that wanted to get healthier. These bikes let me do that while having a lot of fun."
To encourage anyone interested in trying out a velomobile, Larry generously offered to allow anyone interested to get in touch with him at his shop, and come on down for a spin on his "Yellow Torpedo".
If you want to learn more about these interesting vehicles before climbing on, you can also go to Larry's blog at www.velorydr.blogspot.ca, where you will find a wealth of information on velomobiles, and many links to other sites sharing info on velos and recumbents.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The day started out nice an sunny! It was the warmest start so far.
Everyone had gotten a lot of ret and were ready to get out. We joined a group of about 20 meet and headed for Mullen and Kellogg. So I Got a nice video of the group starting out and then quickly got to the head of the line so I could get to the bathroom at the first stop first.
I tell you, riding a velo sure gets you to the head of the line fast! Its about 22 km to Kellogg and as we started out I I thought I boy am I tired! My calves were getting sore right away and I began to think I was a lot more worn out from the last couple of days riding than what I had believed. Plus I had to go to the bathroom! SO away, I go and go and go. Where is the freaking pit stop? I was sure motivated to stay head of every I tell you! My legs were getting tired I was sweating pretty good, but where is the bathroom? 22 km later I finally get to a pit stop where there is a porta- potty! AAhhh .
But a I was spent! A head wind had picked up and I felt exhausted I was tired. My wife and daughter showed up about 15 minutes later with the rest of the group. I had Time to think and rest. I decided to ride back, skip the rest of the ride up hill to Mullen and go shopping with my wife and daughter. We rode around Wallace for a few minutes , picked up a local berry milkshake to share called a Huckleberry MMMMMMMM good.
You can try the huckleberry flavour in a lot of Hammer nutritional products now a days . It good.
We then headed down back to Kellogg. It was really then I realized why my calves, knees were sore and I why I was so tired, I had been riding up a 2-3 percent grade all morning. The ride back was interesting, I don’t think I pedaled more the 100 meters for the first 15 km. I was coasting along at an average of 22 kph! Wahoo! It was a fun experience that I relished
When we arrived got back at he hotel we took some time to get refreshed then we headed to Spokane to do some shopping at REI and enjoy each others company as a family. I must say Kara is impressing everyone with her great spirit and enthusiasm for riding a Bent! She was the only teenager there and she had never ridden over 30 km and she did several days over 50!
I am pretty proud of her as well'; so far this is one of the best vacations we had as a family! My lil’ girl is growin’ up!
We got back to the hotel around 5pm and got ready for a buffet meal at the Snakepit. This was one of three times most of the people attending TOT did some thing as a big group. We rode the 7 km to the restaurant; ate then rode back at dusk.
Well 99% of the group did. I was the last to leave as sweep and when I got about 150 meters from the Snakepit my chain broke. I started to rethread the chain as it was getting dark and realized that it was a wee bit more complicated than I thought. So I pushed the velo back to restaurant and made a call to the hotel and got picked up. I must remember to get a video or pictures of how to correctly rethread the chain in a Mango and other velos to post on my Repairs Page to use as a reference. If you carry a smart phone take a photo or two or even a short video to keep on hand so if you break your chain you can readily reroute it; if not you will find a video here on my blog in the near future. (Harry, we need more instructional videos!)
Day three was a great day! Talk to you soon!