Triker Gary (Catrike 700)

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The 40 spoke rear 700c wheel, a custom build, adds strength to carry the load.

North Oregon Coast15Gary’s 2014 Catrike 700 has been adapted for touring, with a Lone Peak pannier system.

(Most recent updates appear near the bottom of this page.)

Gary Bunting, 2011 team member of the Coast to Cactus Tricycle Expedition, has acquired his second Catrike! This fellow loves Catrikes, as do many folks. He has been riding a Catrike Road since 2010, and it was his expedition trike. In 2014, he decided to try the speed monster called the 700, and now is in the process of preparing it for longer distance riding. As photos and written material from Gary are submitted, this page will grow. To begin however, here are a few images. You may read his 2011 expedition journal by clicking HERE, his trek from the Oregon Coast to Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Gary Bunting 700 04 Gary Bunting 700 05 Gary has installed an Aerospoke rear wheel, an Old Man Mountain touring rack, Topeak water bottle holders for behind the seat, front and rear fenders, two rear view mirrors, and a Catrike flag. The Aerospoke wheel has since been replaced with a Velocity 40 spoke.

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GARY’S 2014 CATRIKE 700
ON-BOARD ACCESSORIES LIST

(Currently Installed Accessories)
Cateye HL-EL010 UNO Headlight
Shimano M530 SPD Pedals
Catrike 130mm Chain Guard
Dimension Anodized 26t x 74mm Chainring (Black)
Catrike Mirror and Computer Mount – Right Side
Mirrycle Mountain Mirror
RAM 1” Ball Mount (B-Size)
RAM 3” Mount Extension Arm (B-Size)
Garmin Edge 800 GPS w/Yellow Protective Cover
Catrike 406mm Front Fenders
Mirrycle Incredibell – Brass Duet Bell
ICE Open-Cell, Beveled Foam Seat Pad
Schwalbe 20 x 1.35 (406mm) Marathon Plus Front Tires
Schwalbe PV#7A 20 x 1 1/8 – 1 3/8 40m Presta Valve Tubes
Aerospoke Carbon 700c Standard Rear Wheel w/135mm Spacing
Schwalbe 700 x 35c Marathon Plus Rear Tire
Kenda 700c x 28-32 Q-Tube w/48mm Presta Valve Stem
Yokozuna Black Anodized Alloy Presta Valve Caps (3)
Dimension Black Button Water Bottle Cages (3)
Nalgene 23 oz. Yellow Water Bottles (3) w/Locking Valves and Snap-Shut Dust Covers
Lezyne 170mm Black Pressure Drive Pump
Old Man Mountain Sherpa Rear Rack w/Black Custom Powder-Coated Brackets
Planet Bike Rear Fender – 700c x 45mm w/Modified Frame Tube Mount
Catrike 2014 700 Frame Bags
Lone Pine RP-700 Yellow Expandable Rack Pack w/Rain Cover
Purple-Sky Catrike Flag (Orange to Yellow) w/Black 2-Piece Mast
Nathan Cycle-Helmet Stick-ons
Nathan Dots and Dashes
(Accessories To Be Installed)
Dimension 24t x 74mm Chainring (Black)
FSA 38t x 130mm Chainring (Black)

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RECENT CHAIN REPLACEMENT AND FRONT CHAINRING MODIFICATION:

Gary Bunting 700 01 Gary Bunting 700 02Worked for a few hours on my 700 yesterday (May 30, 2014) and got the 24t chainring and SRAM PC-1097R chain installed. All was easy and went well. It was not necessary to remove the locking ring on the left crank. In fact, if you remove the locking ring, you cannot get the left crank off as the ring provides the backup bearing surface for Self-Extracting Crank Bolt to pull the crank off of the Bottom Bracket Spindle Assembly Bearing Cup. Lesson learned.

Results of installation:

1) The new SRAM chain is much smoother, quieter, and easy-shifting than the KMC-X10 stock chain originally installed on the trike;

2) The new SRAM chain allows for very easy shifting from the 39t chainring down to the 24t chainring without the necessity of having the chain on the higher gear cogs of the rear cluster to relieve tension on the chain when making the middle to low-range shift on the crank. There is also much less ‘klunking’ when applying a ‘hard/fast shift’ through all of the gears, especially in the lower ranges;

3) The new chain seems to traverse through the Idler Pulley much easier than does the KMC original chain and the ‘twist’ in the chain appears to be ‘gentler’ and more lineal than on the original chain (probably because of the narrower link width than that of the original chain and may also be due to the fact that the SRAM chain link plates are internally chamfered, as opposed to the ‘expanded link’ method of easing gear cog engagement that KMC uses to ease cog engagement), allowing the rear cluster cog engagement to be done with less stress on the chain line and the Idler Pulley;

4) The new SRAM chain is significantly lighter in weight than the KMC-X10 chain. The narrower link width, I believe, is the reason for this and all of the above;

5) Only draw-back in using this chain is that you must carry a spare SRAM Power-Lock part that joins the chain together at installaion. This device is a one-use-only part and must be removed with a chain tool in the event of chain repairs for damage or breakage. That’s no ‘biggy’ in my book, as the chain is stronger and more reliable (and I would bet a far less wear factor) than the KMC product and will most likely will not break under touring loads and use for many years/miles throughout the life of this new chain.

Now to the added cost of $200.00 from The Hostel Shoppe: The cost IS a bit exhorbitant, but in my estimation from this experience and the short use (about 40-miles of riding on the KMC-10X stock chain) that I was not totally happy with of the orginal chain, the added cost is totally worth it.

I will add that I was very skeptical about this expenditure in the beginning, but I knew that the KMC chain was not doing the job that I wanted and expected on this new ride. Now I am more confident and happy with the way the drive-line runs, where I definitely was not in the beginning, even after many fine-tuning efforts and adjustments to get the results I sought out of the drive-line using the KMC-10X chain.

I’ve included a couple of pics of the installation. You will notice on the one of the crank that the original KMC-10X stock chain was really rubbing up against the sides of the chainrings, causing a significant amount of wear through the black anodization of the rings and to the rings themselves. Because of its narrower link width, the new SRAM chain does not rub against the chainrings as much with as much faying pressure, and the result will be less damage and wear to the chain and the chainrings. It is safe to assume that this new wear-factor decrease applies to the chain engagement of the rear cluster cogs, as well. A notable plus for the extra expenditure.

I’m very happy with my decision to spend the extra money.

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THE CATEYE TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY

Gary Bunting Catrike 700 007 Gary Bunting Catrike 700 008 Gary Bunting Catrike 700 009With a Dremmel cone-shaped grinding stone, I opened the existing rear plate fixture hole, on the Old Man Mountain Sherpa rack, enough to allow installation of a rubber grommet and the pass-thru of the plastic threaded tab of the tail lite assembly. The semi-soft rubber cushion pad of the tail lite assembly engages the rear of the rack welded rails perfectly and affords a shock-absorbing seat for the tail light installation. A plastic, threaded thumb-nut engages the plastic, threaded tab on the bottom of the assembly and affords a very solid securing of the tail light assembly to the rear rack. This tail light is installed to the assembly by virtue of a tongue-and-groove attach point with a locking tab, allowing the tail light only to be readily removed from the assembly for security reasons when the trike is unattended.

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AEROSPOKE WHEEL ISSUE

There is a sizing and fit issue with the Aerospoke wheel specifically on a Catrike 700, which is illustrated by the following documentation.

Aerospoke Catrike Misfit

Click either link below for further photos and explanation:

2014 AEROSPOKE END CAP SIZING PROBLEMS FOR CATRIKES

AEROSPOKE 700C RIGHT END CAP SIZING PROBLEMS (CATRIKE ISSUE)

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GARY’S 2014 CATRIKE 700

ON-BOARD ACCESSORIES LIST

Cateye HL-EL010 UNO Headlight

Shimano M530 SPD Pedals

Catrike 130mm Chain Guard

Dimension Anodized 24t x 74mm Chainring (Black)

Catrike Mirror and Computer Mount – Right Side

Mirrycle Mountain Mirror – Right and Left Sides

RAM 1” Ball Mount (B-Size)

RAM 3” Mount Extension Arm (B-Size)

Garmin Edge 800 GPS w/Yellow Protective Cover

    Catrike 406mm Front Fenders

Mirrycle Incredibell – Brass Duet Bell

ICE Open-Cell, Beveled Foam Seat Pad

Schwalbe 20 x 1.35 (406mm) Marathon Plus Front Tires (2 Front)

Schwalbe PV#7A 20 x 1 1/8 – 1 3/8 40m Presta Valve Tubes (2 Front)

Schwalbe 700 x 35c Marathon Plus Rear Tire

Kenda 700c x 28-32 Q-Tube w/48mm Presta Valve Stem

Yokozuna Black Anodized Alloy Presta Valve Caps (3)

Dimension Black Button Water Bottle Cages (3)

Nalgene 23 oz. Yellow Water Bottles (3) w/Locking Valves and Snap-Shut Dust Covers

Lezyne 170mm Black Pressure Drive Pump

Old Man Mountain Sherpa Rear Rack w/Black Custom Powder-Coated Brackets

Cateye TL-610 Tail Light

Planet Bike Rear Fender – 700c x 45mm w/Modified Frame Tube Mounts

Catrike 2014 700 Frame Bags

Purple-Sky Catrike Flag (Orange to Yellow) w/Black 2-Piece Mast

Nathan Cycle-Helmet Stick-ons

Nathan Dots and Dashes Frame Safety Stick-ons

Hostel Shoppe Granny Guard w/Low Profile Spacers for LSA Gossamer Pro Crankset (Black)

SRAM PC-1091R Power Chain (Custom Build for Recumbent Tadpole Trike – 14 F/L)

Lone-Peak Custom Yellow/Black RP-700 Expandable Rack Pack w/Rain Cover (1030cc Capacity)

Lone-Peak P-150 Yellow/Black Millcreek Panniers w/Rain Covers (2000cc Capacity/Pair)

Radical Design Banana Racer Side-Pod Recumbent Bags, Yellow/Black (25L Capacity/Pair)

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Modified Gearing Chart (with 24 tooth small chainring)

Gary Bunting Catrike 700 Gearing Chart Mango Madness* * *

AUGUST 01, 2014

New neckrest from Steve Sussman (the FINER RECLINER):

Gary Bunting 700 NeckrestAn update on ‘MANGO MADNESS’: This new road-ripping beastie has a new ‘The Finer Recliner’ headrest, letting all who see her know exactly who she is.

As with ‘YELLOW BEAST‘, my main goal was to add a ‘MANGO MADNESS’ patch to my new, speedy touring trike to make a screaming notation of my pride in this new ride, that patch being placed on the front of the Lone Peak Rack Trunk, under a ‘Free-On-Three’ Patch. But again, not being able to locate any label or patch maker to do the job for me for a reasonable price, I opted to give Steve Sussman’s (Krispy Steve) product a try.

Gary Buntikng 700 neckrest 01The Finer Recliner can be attached to the stock Catrike hardware if desired.

And…for this more reclined seating rocket-sled platform, I am so glad that I did. On my daily (or as often as I can take them) workout rides of usually 15-26 miles, even though there was no great amount of discomfort using the original Catrike headrest, toward the end of te 26-miler, I was finding too much pressure at the nape of my neck (this probably due to a level of no-rest continuation of the rides and muscle fatigue) and on a couple of ocassions, a headache ensued for several hours after arriving back at the ol’ homestead.

Gary Buntikng 700 neckrest02The Catrike attachment system is more compact and unobtrusive than the FC system.

This new headrest provides true riding comfort that I didn’t even know I was missing with the original headrest. To repeat, the quality of design and workmanship on these rests is superb. I could not be happier and more pleasantly surprised, knowing that this new addition to both of my overland touring trikes will afford me a many-fold greater comfort-level and long-distance comfort sustainability than the originals.

Gary Bunting 700 neckrest 03Easy to install – just replace Catrike’s stiff neckrest with this one.

I highly recommend that all trike pilots consider investing in one of these comfort-giving wonders, even if they are not long-distance, overland trike tourers.

Gary Bunting 700 neckrest 04You won’t know what you’re missing until you try one of Steve’s neckrests!

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GPS – Global Positioning System mounting

I decided to take off the RAM Mount paraphernalia that held the Garmin Edgo 800 on the trike, and replace it with the stock handlebar mount from Garmin. I was having a lot of trouble with the assembly bouncing around notably when riding on road surface irregularties, such to the point that my front fender was bing impacted. The new setup is infinitely better, cleaner, and sleeker:

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NEW VELOCITY DYAD 700C, 40-SPOKE, CUSTOM WHEEL FOR ‘MANGO MADNESS’

August 2014:
After the difficult decision to dispense with the idea that the AeroSpoke carbon composite 700c wheel would be a good modification to ‘Mango Madness’, my new 2014 Catrike 700 (painted in Shiney Mango, of course), I returned that wheel to The Hostel Shoppe for a full refund (in that the wheel was undamaged or worn, had not been modified in any way, and was returned within 30-days of the date of purchase).

I dug out the packed up original Velocity A23 700c wheel that she came with, mounted the Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 700×35 tire and the appropriate Schwalbe tube, re-installed the original SRAM 1050,, 11-36 10-speed rear cluster and installed that wheel and tire assembly back into my new trike.

I felt that, since the A23 wheel was a very strong wheel and built-up with the Marathon Plus tire and tube, it should be a more than adequate touring platform for the light-loaded touring goals that I had decided upon.

After about 60-miles of workout riding, I discovered that [as Steve Greene’s riding buddy Matt Jensen had stated to him, that the A23 is a ‘live wheel’], this wheel and tire/tube assembly still had a certain minor amount over-flexure (the tire was repeatedly rubbing the rear fender walls in moderate ‘speeds and g’s’ turns) that I did not like, even with the larger and stiffer Schwalbe MP tire and tube mounted on it.

It must be considered here that I am an over-weight rider [working on that Steve – 7lbs. gone so far, post-700 purchase] and this certainly has an impact on the way my trike wheel and suspension system (the fantastic and springy Catrike space-frame) responds to the load I put on them.

After a lot of thought and research with direct assistance from Velocity Wheels and The Hostel Shoppe, I decided to commission Velocity to custom-build a black-anodized, 700c, 40-hole non-machined rim, wheel with a Velocity black-anodized, 40-hole Road [Tour] Rear Hub and DT Swiss Champion, double-butted, black spokes with silver-plated, brass nipples.

The wheel was ordered through The Hostel Shoppe, as Velocity does not normally deal directly with the public.

The new wheel arrived at my home within 10-days, as promised by The Hostel Shoppe and I immediately began building it up with a new SRAM 1050, 11-36t, 10-speed rear cluster, a new Schwalbe 700c x 28-35 tube, and a new Schwalbe 700c x 35 Marathon Plus tire. That didn’t take long as this was my third rear-wheel-build and installation on this trike.

Results: In short, and although it is still a ‘live’ wheel, this 40-spoke wheel (which is also available in a 48-spoke version in this configuration from Velocity) is a dream and is still fast!!!

Gary Bunting 700 rear wheel 01‘MANGO MADNESS’
WITH HER NEW VELOCITY, CUSTOM-BUILT
‘DYAD’ 700c x 135mm, 40-Spoke
Rear Wheel

It is stiff enough to only result in very random and occasional fender rubs during extremely rough (and I do mean extremely rough!) road shock, and yet flexible enough to withstand any road irregularity or turning load incident (i.e.; overly fast corners or high-speed [YAHOO!!!] downhills that it will encounter on a loaded tour.

It is important to note here that this new wheel came at a cost of $262USD, $105USD less than that of the AeroSpoke 700c x 135mm carbon composite wheel that I had originally ordered as an improvement for carrying touring loads and for increased speed potential on this new trike.

As has been noted elsewhere in the TA, the 700c x 135mm AeroSpoke wheel, because of it’s Drive-Side End Cap design/dimensions, will not properly fit into the right-side drop-out of the 2014 Catrike 700 Recumbent Trike.

After 60-miles of riding now, I am more than happy with this new Velocity Dyad 700c x 135mm, 40-spoke custom wheel. And…because of the 40-spoke configuration, I don’t expect to ever have to true this wheel, or to have to replace a spoke during long-distance loaded touring or on any other kind of riding trip.

Gary Bunting 700 wheel 02 Gary Bunting 700 wheel 0340 spokes – strong as an ox! You can get these in 48 spokes also (if so inclined).

Gary Bunting Catrike 700 Tour TrikeSeptember 2014 – days prior to maiden overland journey field test

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MAIDEN VOYAGE OF MANGO MADNESS ON THE OREGON COAST

North Oregon Coast06Gary talks with a Hase delta tadpole tandem couple during his ride at Fort Stevens.

North Oregon Coast22 North Oregon Coast23In Cannon Beach, Oregon, Mango Madness poses with some other cool wheels.

North Oregon Coast27Haystack Rock rises from the sea at Cannon Beach, as Gary pedals away.

North Oregon Coast29An overnight camp registration in Cannon Beach, Oregon

North Oregon Coast83 North Oregon Coast84Gary rides through Garibaldi, Oregon, on his way to Tillamook.

North Oregon Coast89Mango Madness sits by Morning Star, the Tillamook ship.

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16 Responses to Triker Gary (Catrike 700)

  1. jon says:

    nice looking trike gary. about to get my new 700 on the road. same colour as you. called the 700 mellow yellow. still waiting on one spacer washer of all things……ah well patience is a virtue. saw your comment regarding the formation of a club club. great idea. please see my last comments to steve g. re wild child. happy triking.

  2. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Hey Jon,
    Just opened my page here and saw you comment. Congratulations on your new 700. ‘MELLOW YELLOW’…really great name for your new ride! When will we see some pictures from you? ‘Spacer washer’? What’s that all about? I’ll check out your page to look for some pics from you. Where are you?

    Gary

  3. jon daniel says:

    hi gary. the spacer washer i am talking about resides above the nylon washer in the two headsets. one of mine was missing so had to wait for just one washer for a whole week. ah well. i do not have a page yet and have not taken any pics of the trike. slow to technology but i now have an iphone so maybe i could post something on the strava web site. do you use a gps recorder like a garmin edge 500 etc???. if you do you could post on strava and join the “BENT TRIKE RIDERS” CLUB. if you go to the strava website and select “explore” then “athlete search”. type in “jon daniel” and look for “newcastle”‘s jon daniel you will see my profile and rides etc. it would really be fantastic if we could get up a trikers club where we can all see each others rides and be inspired to trike more often so the club idea is a really good one of yours.i will take some photos of my two trikes and post them there or i could email you something. i have a greenspeed gto which is my tourer set up with a scmidt hub for a/c generation to power my lights and phone etc. i want to try audaxing on mellow yellow. i have fitted some extra bits most notably the fsa slk light triple with a 24t granny gear. some 400grams lighter than the gossamer pro. sram xx rear mech. like you the 1091r chain.tt900 shifters and some yellow cable outers. i have fitted a 32 hole velocity rim with powertap g3 hub and an 11-36 shimano xtr cassette. this wheel weighs exactly the same as the original set up. i have put some new tyres on the front too. mango striped duranos match well enough available from wiggle/chain reaction cant remember exactly where i got them but $22 australian and from one of those two online cycle stores. love the new trike and whilst a little slower than my df it is much more fun and by far my preference. i try to trike 300 kilommetres per week to stay fit. i really recommend the use of the power meter as it provides accurate information irrespective of how i subjectively feel and eliminates the vagaries of using a heart rate monitor . the work watts (fun) i am doing is right there no ifs or buts. this allows me to guage my effort with no guesswork. i am so familiar now with the meter that i can judge for instance if i am starting to dehydrate.so a great training and triking long haul distance aid. power meters come in many formats hubs , spiders and even a left side crank version. really worth considering gary. all the best and cannot wait to hear some ride reports from the upcoming meet. jon down unda.

  4. jon daniel says:

    hi gary tryed to post a (long winded) comment but i think it failed. i do not have a page yet. love the trike. sorry to hear about the aerospoke wheel issue.

  5. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Hi Jon –
    Did your new 700 come from the factory with that spacer-washer missing? Or…did you trike shop assemble the trike and neglect to put it in? I think I’d better check mine out to see if I don’t have the same situation. But…as of now there are no indications that anything is amiss with my trike, except of course with the fiasco with the AeroSpoke wheel which has now been solved by removing the wheel, building the originial Velocity A23 wheel back up with the Schwalbe MP and Q-tube (rides fine – no complaints, but am researching a more load-worthy wheel for touring from Velocity).
    I use the Garmin Edge 800 GPS, but with no peripherals, so using it to make communications is not in the bag for me. However, Steve has provided us here in the TA with that medium – we can use this. As far as a club is concerned, I’m not a good enough ‘orgainzer’ for that. But the Rider Stories page that Steve has provided here works great for all of us – thanks abundantly to his efforts on our behalf. Your trike sounds great!!! Can’t wait to see pictures of it and you on a Rider Stories page for you.
    As far as fit-check electronics, I know they’re great, but that’s just too much work for me while I’m triking. I’m nearing 70 now and listen to my body naturally pretty effectively – most of the time, it tells me I’m worn-out and not in shape (ha! ha!). All that stuff is too complex for me at this stage of the game, and besides, adds more weight to carry up the hills!!
    Good hearing from you Jon – thank you for writing back to me. Looking forward to continuing exchanges.
    Gary

  6. jon daniel says:

    hi gary.

    i assembled my trike myself so the spacer washer was missing from new as delivered from the factory. you can see the spacer washer on the catrike web site resources 2014 owners manual. i think if it was missing on your trike gary you would have noticed that the damper washer would be sitting proud ….squished out deformed by the top cap pressure.
    gary i have been passed by quite a few 70 year olds even when i tried racing DF’s so age is just a number. i am 52 years old. if you have a garmin 800 you can load your rides to garmin connect and strava at no cost. this enables you to review your rides keep a track etc of what you are doing over the years etc. i now only upload to strava as it has a social function too with lots of fellow cyclists and trike riders offering support. my powertap wheel with a 32 spoke offset velocity a23 rim and 11-36 shimano xtr cassette weighs exactly the same as the original 28 spoke wheel and cassette supplied . mate compared to your trike my trike is a bare bones affair. really looking forward to hearing how the 700’s tour. i really like the look of your trike. seeing your trike here convinced my to go with the mango and not the black. i am looking at some new tyres to aid the comfort factor. i am considering the marathon racers for my audax type events. keep on triking i am loving the 700.

    jon down unda

  7. jon daniel says:

    hi gary all the best on your trike tour to the recumbent retreat.

  8. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for writing and sorry it has taken so long to reply – lots of things going on: home, cars, motorcycles, airplanes, trikes – you get the idea…no time for nuttin’!
    And…thanks for the well-wishes on the recumbent retreat, but sadly, I could not make it this year due to financial contraints mostly brought on by unavoidable oral surgery requirements and the other stuff mentioned above. It would not have been the same without Wild Steve along, but…next year, for sure!!! Will you be there?
    How’s that new ‘MELLOW YELLOW’ coming along? Got any pics yet?
    Take care for now and give us an update on your new beastie.
    Gary

  9. jon daniel says:

    hi gary i am really loving the mellow yellow. i am about to mango madness it though . i have in the second week of september planned a big trike test of a ride. it is a 1000klm audax ride over an elapsed time of 75 hours with around 8000m of climbing. not sure how i will go but i will give it my all.your trike looks the goods with the new wheel and headrest. i place my garmin in the same position as you. i have now done a 32klm per hour lap of my local track on mellow yellow. this compares to my 7kg road bike of 35klm per hour. a lap is 30klm and has about 300m of descent/ascent at a 2% -3% grade. so catrike 700 is fast trike. anyhow stay safe and ride often. jon downunda. ps i would love to check out a recumbent retreat but that is a dream.

  10. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Hey Jon,
    Wow!!! Sounds like that 1000Klm ride will not only be a trike test ride, but a ‘Jon-Test’ ride, as well. I’d forgotten that you are in ‘Aussi-land’. Great place.

    When I was a ‘college-boy’, I had a girlfriend by the name of Ann Miller from Melbourne. Sweet gal – I miss her from time to time. The people are good in Austrailia. The whole world could take a valuable lesson in life-style and attitudes from you all.

    Plus…what a great place to trike, camp, explore…all the good things that make life worth living.

    BTW, I have negected to tell you that I checked the ‘missing spacer’ syndrome on ‘MANGO MADNESS’; the spacer had been correctly installed on her…Whew!!! I was worried about that one. Good catch on your part.

    This also reminds me to recommend that you periodically – especially for the first few months of ownership – check the tightness adjustment of the headset to insure that you don’t ‘mush’ the teflon bearings from an out-of-adjustment (loose) condition. Be careful not to over-tighten though, as this can result in the same ‘mushing’ condition. I always carry a spare set of these bearings along with me on a tour. Might want to consider that. I check the tightness of the headset adjustment by sitting in the trike, engage the brakes tightly, and ‘rock’ the trike back and forth. You will definitely ‘feel’ if the headset(s) are out of adjustment by getting almost a ‘bumping’ feel in the trike.

    Are you going to ‘mango-madness’ your rig just like mine? I still haven’t seen any pics on the TA. Are you going to put some up?

    Don’t give up dreaming about the trike retreat next year. Maybe we will both get lucky and it will happen. It would be great to meet you in person.

    Good luck on the ride, Jon.

    Gary

  11. jon daniel says:

    thanks gary i will check the headset today when i get home. i did recently nip them up as i was getting a small amount of play as i rocked the trike back and forward as you described. it is hard to judge the exact torque you should place on the headset. you do not want to overtighten as the bottom bearing will have to much pre-load and if excessive feels notchy as it rolls on the ball bearings. this will likely result in bearing failure especially if you try to remove said bearing. i will check the condition of the teflon spacer immediately as i have only two weeks till the start. yes i a grateful to live in such a beaut country as australia. but i think it is the case that most people from all countries are reasonable people even if i do not understand or know their culture. my younger brother lives in america new york and he loves it and the people. i have always found canadians and americans to be friendly fun and courteous people. australia has a population of 22 million compared to americas 220 million with australia having a larger land mass. australia is a country of imigrants and is becoming more and more multicultural. it has been a pleasure to experience , watch and be part of the greek italian vietnemese chinese dutch english south african lebonese polish irish and a myriad of others becoming aussies and add their culture to the mix. we now have sudanese refugees playing aussie rules at the highest level. australia likes to see itself as a being fair dinkum and egalitarian which is largely true. however our aboriginal population still need to be reached out to despite an improvement and huge efforts.both our countries have vast expanses of “outback” beauty to behold. i am not so computer savvy to post photos but i will give it a go but my company computer network makes it problematic. on the other hand if you give me your email i will send you some via my iphone. great to be in contact with you gary. as we aussies say . good on ya mate. see ya.

  12. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Hello Jon, Thanks for writing back.  This return message should give you my email address. Gary

  13. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Hi Jon,
    In case my email didn’t come through, here it is: cubmeister@peoplepc.com.
    Looking forward to pics of you and ‘MELLOW YELLOW’.
    Gary

  14. Gary W. Bunting says:

    BTW, all. One thing I neglected to mention in the above article about the replacement of the AeroSpoke wheel with the new Velocity DYAD wheel, is that the improper misfit of the AeroSpoke Drive-side End Cap cost me about $106USD in replacement costs of two brand-new Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20 x 1.35 tires that were worn down to the threads in less than 50 miles of riding. This ensued as a result of the movement of the AeroSpoke wheel in the dropouts, especially the right one on my 700.
    Lesson learned and never again!!

    Gary

  15. Alonzo L Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    Hi Gary,
    That is one cool looking machine with the new panniers and saddle bags. So much better than lugging a trailer around with you.
    Alonzo

  16. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Thanks, Alonzo. I had no inclination of thought that the 700 would be a more comfortable and superiorly faster ride than the my Catrik ROAD, ‘YELLOW BEAST’ that I still swap off on every-other weekly work-out rides here in SoCal. Thanks in great quantity to Steve Greene for his recommendations and enthusiasm for this new trike. Hopefully, he and I and others will be touring on these new steeds very soon. Come on over and join us!!!
    Ride long and take care, my friend,
    Gary

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