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1  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Yesterday at 9:00pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by kenbent6
good day at the pond, very few people there, guess they couldn't ride into such strong wind.. Smiley
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2  General Category / Photos / Re: Full face shield for sun protection
 on: Yesterday at 8:58pm 
Started by jrob_bent | Post by thwaters
Brand new member here: where did you get the face shield for your helmet?  I'm very interested!
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3  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Yesterday at 7:03pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by square_corners
Murphy to PCF & a roundabout way back
Tough west wind today - velomobile handles a strong headwind well. We had limited time and thought about going north first. But that wind would have been tough as a crosswind. Crosswind really moves the VM around as it is relatively light and has a big surface area. Ultimately we headed west to PCF. I needed to buy some road shoes. That done, we headed back east and did a couple loops to the east of McCreary and south and north of McMillen. before making our way back across Murphy Rd and back to Doug's shack. These short rides are good training for handling the VM and while they are pretty slow paced at times the practice will pay off in the long run.
bike: DFxl; start time: 13:49; end: 16:42; avg:15.3; max: 34.9; climb: 459; miles: 21.02
SUNNY; wind: WNW 13-28; start  temp: 59; min: 55; avg: 60; max: 66; end: 59
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2451660740
 
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4  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Yesterday at 6:42pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by johnnybent
I rode to the pond. I rode around the pond. I rode away from the pond. It was windy and cold at the pond.  15 miles.
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5  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Jan 20th, 2018, 10:10pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by square_corners
Murphy to RBM & back
Seat adjustment was done on the advice of Ymte from the Dutch company which manufactured the velomobile. Doug called him this morning to get advice and he worked on it before I arrived. Once it was ready to go, I did a neighborhood lap and all seemed good - knees weren't hitting the top of the VM and shoes weren't dragging on the floor of the VM. It seemed we were ready to go on a ride. We got under way heading west on Betsy (which becomes Park). Just past the climb up from Shiloh, I had a problem shifting on to the big ring and the chain went over the top and got tangled. The drivetrain was jammed and I was lucky to be able to coast over between parked cars and park it. Doug came back and had seen the problem before on his own VM last year during the Collin Classic. He was able to untangle it and test the shifting. This took 23 minutes altogether before we were ready to roll again. After that, I kept it in the big ring until we reached RBM, and managed to get up longer steeper hills on momentum and cranking it in the big ring. When we reached RBM, Doug went in for a tool to adjust the high limit on the big ring while I removed the cover over the front end. Between turning that screw a quarter turn, replacing the cover, and fielding questions from passersby who had never seen bikes like ours, we were stopped another 28 minutes. It was time to head back to Murphy. The rest of the ride went well - no shifting mishaps. Of course, I continued to leave it in the big ring out of paranoia, until we reached the neighborhood where Doug lives. Only then did I shift to the small ring, as we had an uphill to the end. It will take some time to get up to speed and distance on the VM!
bike: DFxl; start time: 13:39; end: 16:42; avg:15.2; max: 34.9; climb: 807; miles: 31.58
CLOUDY, becoming sunny; wind: SW 20; start  temp: 66; min: 64; avg: 70; max: 75; end: 68
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2447479768
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6  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Jan 20th, 2018, 9:16pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by jayg
Met Craig B at WRL, early this afternoon. Brought my Aero trike and he brought his VTX trike. Craig hadn't ridden for months, so we took it easy, sticking to the trail, rather than riding on the West Lawther raceway. The trail was crowded, during the two laps we rode together. After Craig left the lake, I did another lap, plus a run to the dam and back. Got in 35.3 miles.
 
Key L pulled into the Sunset Bay parking lot,as Craig and I were about to roll out. Key did his own thing, because Craig and I were going to ride slow. Johnnybent rolled into the Sunset Bay parking lot on his EZ, after Craig and I had completed our first lap. A little conversation, then off he rolled.  
 
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7  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Jan 20th, 2018, 6:38pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by Action Lad
I took advantage of the terrific weather today and journeyed to WRL for a spin on the 700.  It was the first time riding it since it was fitted with new shifters.  The right one had nearly lost all its ratcheting action.  The thing shifts like a dream now.  
So, I basically got on the trike and let my muscles do their thing.  After more than a decade at this place, they know what to do pre-season.  No heroics, just patiently build back into some semblance of conditioning.  
All three laps took about 40 minutes averaging around 15.4 mph.  Not bad for several weeks of bad weather’s inactivity.  
On the third lap, a slower one so I could have a recovery lap, I was approaching Fisher, coming down that hill just before it.  The car perhaps fifty yards ahead of me passed Fisher, and the roadie coming out of the street thought it was safe to enter traffic.  After all, it was just one of those incumbents coming, and a trike at that, you know, slow as molasses.  Well, coming off that hill I was moving right along and was just behind him when he finally got up to speed, about 22 mph.  He looked back, and you could hear his thoughts: “Yep, trike’s still there.  Let me give him a blast of my boosters.”  Looks back, still there.  I even stayed out of his draft. This happened about four times.  He even took us up to 24 mph once or twice, until he gave it one last, desperate hurrah, then...boom.  He broke and trailed back.  I just happened to have a little more in the tank, so I kept the heat on and was out of site in moments.  Pretty satisfying, only I didn’t have my cameras’ mounting arm with me this trip, so no video.   Smiley  
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8  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Jan 20th, 2018, 3:10pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by kenbent6
Went out today for a little ride, Segoville to Lancaster air port long way out and back 40 miles, took Big Red today cause the wind was 15-25 mph  Smiley and I needed some HELP!!!  Smiley
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9  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Jan 20th, 2018, 9:07am 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by jayg
Quote from square_corners on Jan 19th, 2018, 10:10pm:
Maiden voyage & Dial-in, in-process…
Setup, adjust, test ride, adjust, test ride, repeat
bike: DFxl; start time: 13:00; end: 17:00; avg:14; climb: 162; miles: 12
CLOUDY; wind: SE 7-14; start temp: 47; end: 51

It's a DF made by Inter City Bike in Dronten Netherlands. It's named after the designer, Daniel Fenn. There are 21 of these in the US and 5 of those are in Texas. (There are others of different manufactureres as well - probably many more than 21.) Mine is the XL version (extra long) and is number 166 of that version. There are at least that many of the DF version. The colors I chose are unique - not one other has the yellow/lime green combination. I was going for visibility!

 
Congratulations, Daniel.
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10  General Category / Ride Reports / Re: Did you ride today?
 on: Jan 19th, 2018, 10:10pm 
Started by Bud_Bent | Post by square_corners
Maiden voyage & Dial-in, in-process…
Setup, adjust, test ride, adjust, test ride, repeat
bike: DFxl; start time: 13:00; end: 17:00; avg:14; climb: 162; miles: 12
CLOUDY; wind: SE 7-14; start temp: 47; end: 51
 
 It's a DF made by Inter City Bike in Dronten Netherlands. It's named after the designer, Daniel Fenn. There are 21 of these in the US and 5 of those are in Texas. (There are others of different manufactureres as well - probably many more than 21.) Mine is the XL version (extra long) and is number 166 of that version. There are at least that many of the DF version. The colors I chose are unique - not one other has the yellow/lime green combination. I was going for visibility!
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