Wednesday, December 7, 2011

wow been awhile

well I havent done much lately with biking...its really chilly outside..been working on the 2012 preperation....buildinging backpacks and just getting ready..you just never know..

Sunday, October 16, 2011

20 mile ride today

We went to cut firewood today ended with almost a full cord.
After that I went  for a ride today and ended up on a 20 mile ride,
It started out nice and sunny a bout 63 degrees, and when I got home it was dark and 53 degrees cold.
I really need to start a bit earlier in my rides.

Tomorrow after Sarah and I get a load of firewood,I am planing on a bike ride to the repeat sports store to look at their Framed BackPacks. I seen one there the other day for 10.00 bucks I should of bought it but I didnt have 10 bucks, I really hope its there,

Well off to bed....Peace and keep on pedaling

Finally Done for now



I finally have all my recumbents all fixed and ready again to hit the road.

The Sun EZ Sport is fully Electric now with the new thumb throttle and battery meter, this is mainly for my wife and mom when we go riding to just help them out a bit..This way I can still get my 10-15 mile rides in with them....

My Trike is all good to go, made the rack a bit longer all the lights work, Re-ran the chain with pulleys instead of PVC pipe.. added a double bottle holder behind my head..My trike seems to ride pretty good, and smooth

The Burley Koosch is all done too...has new seat that I made and its pretty comfy, added a new back bike rack that I built and put my roll up Pannier bagson, alls it needs now is  lights and speedometer. This bike cruises right along pretty smooth ride..


I am thinking about turning my trike into a Velomoble and like to add generatgor lights to the Sun EZ sport and Burley Koosch

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bikes all fixed

Well the other day my 12 yr old Brooke crashed my electric recumbent Sun EZ Sport and in the crash the throttle was broken, I ordered a new one but a thumb throttle this time, I just recieved it in the mail today and its all back together, Runs great.
Glad my baby is ok....I can always fix my bikes..

Now on to my trike, its all back togather and now building a new back rack a little longer for both my pannier bags.

The Burley recumbent  has had a bad seat and now i finally built a awesome seat putting it on tomorrow and going to hit the town tomorrow for a nice ride..

I will post pics later maybe tonight...heading back out to work on the trike rack.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Battery

I recieved my new battery by FedX yesterday. I pluged it in and now waiting for it to charge so I can road test it, The problem is its a little nipply and rainy Out side right now.. It maybe a few days untill can actually do a full run on both batteries. I am going to do my normal 12 mile ride and see how they handle the 2 big hills I have to climb..

The batteries and motor added about 40 more lbs to my trike, now it may weigh about 60 plus pounds. which is alot of weight but we'll see how she does soon..

Monday, October 3, 2011

Electric Motor bicycle

I FINALLY GOT MY MOTOR ON MY TRIKE..SEEMS TO RUN PRETTY GOOD AS LONG AS I KEEP PEDALING WITH THE MOTOR ENGAGED LIKE GOING UP HILLS AND SUCH,..

IT TOOK ME 2 DAYS TO REWIRE AND ADAPT TO MY TRIKE, BUT WELL WORTH IT AND IT ADDED ABOUT 40LBS WITH BOTH BATTERIES AND MOTOR. I HAVE ONLY GONE TO PINEBROOK WHICH IS ABOUT 5 MILE ROUND TRIP...IT DID GREAT...

DID A 10MILE RECUMBENT RIDE WITH ANOTHER TRIKE I RODE A BURLEY KOOSCH,SINCE MY TRIKE WAS DOWN,  I REALLY LIKE THIS BIKE BUT ALAS ITS NOT MINE....BUT ITS MOMS..LOL THE RIDE WENT WELL AND MEET SOME NICE FOLKS. HOPING TO DO MORE RIDES SOON BEFORE THE WINTER HITS HERE SINCE WHEN IT DOES WERE SHUT DOWN....

<<--MOTOR AND GENERATOR

POSTING PICS OF TRIKE...

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Generator


This is my new generator light set up. I need to a find a red light for the rear of my trike and I am hoping I will get to buy this electric bicycle tomorrow and adapt it to my trike, I figure I can take off parts I need then replace the bike wheel with another one and then sell the bike for 100 or 150 bucks. It will be new so we will see.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New lights












 Here are my new set of Panniers and Generator lights. I picked the lights up for $20.00 on Craigslist.
I haven't been riding in the last 3 days since I been working, the job is almost finished so back to riding I go.
I do miss riding, I started to put my new lights on tonight but I am just to pooped..maybe tomorrow or this weekend,,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Trike fixed..

I been working on my trike for the last couple days. I have been hearing this low grinding noise and feeling it in my pedals, I couldn't nail it down until today.. I mean I moved my pulleys replaced some chain runs, I just could see it until I was working on the gears today and seen that the chain had jumped out of the rear-derailleur I have never seen that before but its good now and very quite, just a little rubbing on the front derailleur but its just an adjustment screw.

My nephew and I rode my 3 mile loop and the trike did great, I need to find me 3 polyurethane pulleys
to keep it more quite they are just hard to find, we are heading to Tacoma well Puyallup Fair but staying in Tacoma and maybe I can find one there, I even asked my Facebook friends since most of my friends live there...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Update on the trike

I updated my trike video... I been riding every night about 7pm or so. trying to go about 3-5 miles, works out great except the city and trheir damn sprinklers,....lol
I seen a couple ladies riding 2 wheeled recumbent off of greenwood heading to newport today,,,I was heading to work or I would of stopped and mentioned the Recumbent Bike club. "Bent heads of Bend.:
I posted on the club page that if anyone wants to do an evening ride I go every night, maybe someone will ride too.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Panniers

I have a new set of Panniers, well used but new to me, as you can see they roll up when not in use and open and alot of room when you need them. Also I have a new flag. I really like my bags only paid $20.00 bucks at the used sports shop on Century Drive in Bend Or.
The Bent Heads of Bend have our first meet and greet this Saturday just down the road at a coffee house.
my mom no longer can ride since she had surgery on her foot yesterday to remove some bone spurs and other stuff, but next summer she will be ready to ride. So I am on my own till she can ride again since noone in my family rides but me.. Which means I wont ride so much but I will get some miles in.like to hit 500 before snow falls. I am at 245miles now,

New Pedals...

I cut and moved my pedals on my trike..They were on top of the frame (left Picture) and now I cut about 6inches off and rewelded them to the middle of frame. (right Picture)..When I tore into the pedal assembly the bearings on the non chain side was thrashed. So I replaced them and all back together now and now it pedals so much easier, maybe location or maybe bearings.. Or both..lol but it looks more finsihed and complete.
This winter I am planing on redoing the back and shorting it up 16 inches. I have a plan lol
If I can find the back adjustable bars like on my Sun EZ it will work.. besides 16 inches I will lose about 5-8lbs of metal too...We'll see.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Packwood Wa.

This weekend Me, my daughter and mother went to Tacoma to help my sister Chanda, to do some yard renovations.
While I was there I took my Tadpole Trike and my Sun EZ Sport. I rode around Tacoma and you think the people in that town never seen a bicycle, rude ass people and always in a hurry..
Not a pleasant ride!

After the yard work was done we headed to Packwood Wa for their Annual Swap Meet and flea market..
I rode my bikes around the shops and I got great appraisals ex.......where can I get one and wow thats the way to ride..lol
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Made me feel pretty good, I did take a short video of Packwood., next year need more time and more money,,lol

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Around Bend today

     My Mother and I rode around Bend today, we hit every bike shop from here to downtown Bend..
We like doing that sometimes just to see whats new. Did find some new small lights and new baskets. Then rode to Bend Burger company and ate lunch then headed on down to Old Mill District. Found out today here foot sergury has been moved up for next Wednesday, Then she will be down 6-8 weeks..
So no riding for her. We did ride 7 miles today.
I been downloading new songs on my Zune so I can take it riding with me.

            Heading to Tacoma Thursday to help my sister Chanda, finish her back yard. I am bringing my Trike so I can hopfully do some riding around town..staying from Thurs.-Saturday. I do like riding my trike. I cant wait till I get my Eletric motor (someday) NO MORE HILLS...lol

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Munch and Movies

My new trailer is all done,,well done as done can get right now..Its all ready to load up the bikes for the Munch and Movies tomorrow, looks like Me my mom, Brooke and her friend are all going.. on bikes. maybe Trissy and her friend too..They are playing Field of Dreams which is a pretty good old flick. should be nice just being around a bunch of bent heads and bicyclists.
My wife was going to go but they changes her schedule again.. So shes not going now.

Lights all work and even added fenders, they maybe wooden but they will work for now. I am planing on taking pics and posting the Bike ride and of my Trailer tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Night Ride and My new Trailer

Went for a Night ride into Old Mill and Downtown Bend. 6.5 miles.. Very cool and enjoyable ride.
There were quite a few bicyclist out tonite too...Not very many with lights though, I thought that was very unsafe..When the bicyclist without the lights would hit the dark spots on the road way you couldn't even see them.
Even the cops didnt do anything about it, You would think with all the car and bicycle crashes we have in Bend someone would step  up and say something about the No Light Bikers,,...ITS NOT VERY SAFE AT ALL...
The ride tonight included: Me, mom and my daughter Trissy....We also got to try out my new bike lites....They work great..

Finished my trailer tonight too it started out as a 23 ft Camper that was trashed.....So I turned it into a 14ft long flatbed . The sides are closed in about 3ft down it has a plywood deck and tandum axles. This will be a good trailer to haul bikes and use for camping and such,,,

Defintly going to use it this Friday for the Kidical Mass Ride to Munch and Movies, Its goin going to be a huge bike ride. Taking my trailer to the first park then riding to the Movies. It will be over by 9pm.. So kinda late to be riding home...

I will post pics soon....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Building

I am working a my mothers trike today and yesterday, its slow going with my hurt achilles heel, but I ma making hers a bit different, using front 12 inch forks for the steering with 12 inch wheels instead of 20 inch.. we will see how it works out..

I painted the EZ Sun Sport with some clear coat..WOW huge difference, Looks nice and shiny for a rattle can paint job,

Sunday, August 14, 2011

15 mile ride

Got my long 15 mile ride in today. I rode my Sun EZ Sport 2 wheeler..it was a good tough ride up and down hills,. but I figure since I am heading back to work hanging Iron I wont have alot of time to ride, I sure I hope I do. I do enjoy the excerse of it and the ride... Took the Sun EZ Sport down the Mt trail...that was a little rough some of those turns are a bit sharp, too sharp for my LWB (long wheel base) bike the bike kept wanting to slip out from under me trying to turn like that, but I made the ride and I feel good..

Cool Laptop Screen

For the last couple days I been turing my plain laptop into a awesome personlized machine..lolWell to me its pretty cool..

I used Rocket Dock which puts all your icons on the bottom onto a rotating Dock
Then for wall paper I am using a Space Station Observitory awesome looking.
Xion for a MP3 Player
Few desktop Gadgets
shiney search which lets you personalize your search page..
Then to top it all off I am using the Deskspace Cube....AMAZING...its like using 6 windows...3D cube..
Heres a video of it.. Sorry about my voice I have allergies I assume or just losing my voice,

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So now its all done for now and I like it...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Riding with Mom

Mom and I went riding today, Rode to Subway and split a 12 inch club trio and then off to Fred Meyers
then we rode home.. Mom got tired by the time we were about to Walmart so my wife came to pick her up. I made the rest of the ride home alone..no biggy I like riding. over all it was about 10 miles today.
we had beautiful weather and nice lite breeze..

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Toys I built this year 2011

This my all around utility wagon..So far its been used for grocery Hauling and softball gear.
                                                                                
                                                                               My Tadpole Trike
My 2nd Tadpole Trike. it has issues...lol




Slow Day

Well went to ride my 2 wheeled recumbent and the back rest bar broke. It was broke before so I tried to fix it but I guess it just didnt hold up...So I re did it and seams to work better just doesnt look so good
Cleaned out the garage, did some laundry..cleaned out laptops and backed up the files...Lubed up the recumbents too..WD40 and checked all nuts and bolts since I am hitting the 200 mile mark...

Very Slow day...lol

Tomorrow I am hoping to get some ride time in...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

STURGIS


I BUILT A BOBBER A COUPLE YEARS AGO BUT I SOLD IT AND NOW I WANT ANOTHER ONE. MY WIFE SAID ITS FINE AS LONG AS I AM MAKING GOOD MONEY
I CAN JUST BUY ONE.. I REALLY DONT WANT A HARELY JUST A BOBBER SOMETHING IN THE 650CC-1000CC THE BEST LOOKING BOBBERS ARE THE YAMAHA 650 OR EVEN THE SUZIKI GS. IN MY OPINION
THIS IS MINE I BUILT 1980 GS850
HERE IS A LINK IF YOU WANNA SEE IT BEING BUILT.

WAS AN AWESOME BOBBER,,CRAZY FAST AND SOUNDED GREAT
I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HIT THE RALLEY WITH MY OLD BUDDIES.
THAT WOULD BE A AWESOME RIDE,

My Recumbents


HERE IS MY HOME MADE TRIKE IN THE DESIGN OF A TADPOLE TRIKE

 
 THIS IS THE ONE I MAINLY RIDE ALMOST 200 MILES NOW




THIS ONE MY MOM RIDES WHEN WE GO. 14 MILES IN ONE DAY AND NOT TO SORE


THIS IS A SUN EZ SPORT I FOUND THROWN AWAY. I REBUILT... IT WAS PRETTY BUSTED UP. IT HAD A BROKE FRAME AND BROKEN REAR DERAILER AND MISSING ALOT OF PARTS. BUT NOW IT RIDES AND LOOKS GOOD

Friday, August 5, 2011

Biking around Bend Oregon

I rode about 23 miles around town, very nice day for a ride right around 78 degrees...
My mom,Trissy and Brooke (my daughters) went on the first ride which was 7.6 miles.
then they went home and I rode another lap ( around town) then mom called and her and Trissy wanted to go again. I rode the EZ Sport not to bad of a ride. needs some tweeking done but over all its nice comfy ride. went on my 3rde lap and rode a few blocks farther and ended up at a car show at the park. Great day for riding, trying to get all the riding I can since I start work in 2 weeks.
Tuning up the bikes tonight, the Sun EZ needs a new wheel so I replaced it with a quick release wheel i had.. then tightened all the bolts and checked everything, doing the same to the trike...

Monday, August 1, 2011

WEB SITE BUILDING

TODAY I WENT TO AN INTERVIEW FOR A JOB AND ENDED RECRUITING A DAUGHTER FOR SOFTBALL...WE TALKED ABOUT 10 MINS ABOUT THE JOB THEN WENT OFF THE SUBJECT ON TO SOFTBALL.. SINCE SHE KNEW I WASNT INTERESTED IN THE JOB, SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HER DAUGHTER WANTING TO PLAY THE NEXT LEVAL OF SOFTBALL..
SO I WENT HOME TODAY AND BUILT A 6 PAGE WEB SITE ABOUT THE TEAM I AM STARTING THIS SPRING..

http://www.wix.com/dongames66/bend-bulldogs#!

HAD A BELATED BIRTHDAY PARTY AND GOT 2 LITES FOR MY BIKES AND FEW CLOTHS,, FUN FUN..LOL EVEN AT 45 I STILL ENJOY PRESENTS..LOL
This is my first blog and post, Here is a little about me..
I am married to a wonderful woman who lets me do what ever I want sometimes..lol
We have 7 kids his hers and ours,, 6 girls and 1 boy and 4 grand babies and one more on the way,
Kids age range from 12-23. We have 2 kids left at home and in school still..
I hung iron for 16 years and now taking some time off to spend with my girls and play.
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I coach Girls softball fast pitch for my daughter, I ended up coaching 2 teams this year. Little League was fun I started coaching a local Travaling team the it was ok just to many parents thought they knew more than me or the other coaches.I didnt care for that to much so next season I am starting my own team called the Bend Bulldogs. Its a 12U Travaling softball team. I do love coaching...

I Snowboard with my other daughter when we have time,.. Shes actually pretty good at it..

 I like building things such as a recumbent Trikes and bicycle trailers and a little wagon I made for softball gear and other things.I am a Tinkerer..
I do like riding my trike more than my Mt bike which I do have a very nice Mt. Bike. It has 27 gears,, disc brakes huge tires and an aweful seat..lol So since I Built my trike I really havent rode my Mt. Bike to much.I have put on little over 100 miles so far. I havent rode as much as I like its just not so fun riding alone but my family really dont ride Bicyles of any kind.

I am hoping to build a bicycle truck I seen on you tube..That would be the greatest bike., save on gas and would be alot of fun to build.
Well I will post to project pics on here tomorrow and see what happens.