Monday, October 3, 2016

ICE Sprint X 26 FS Ordered

A new trike to keep my 700 company.
I finally popped on ordering a ICE Sprint X 26 Full Suspension.
For me to be able to explore all the roads along the Central Coast I need
a full suspension option. There are some roads where the 700 is simply
not meant to go. More on why I opted for the ICE Sprint X 26 later.

Kinda like this one but in the new dull gray color. Also skinnier tires planned.


Non-Series CF Triple Crankset 170mm

SRAM SL-500 Aero 10 speed Rear/Friction Front Shifter Set
Set up Catrike style, not ICE style

HP Velotechnik Foam Grips

ICE Rear Rack - Rear Susp 20/26" (not to be installed)

Dimension 26t x 74mm Inner Chainring Black

ICE Mirror Mount
Custom to fit mirror below brake levers

Schwalbe SV6 Tube, 28/40-406

Schwalbe SV11A Tube, 18/25-559/571

Schwalbe Durano Tires, 28-559 and 28-406 Black, Folding

Sprint X 26FS Frameset
Includes front and rear wheels, front suspension, medium CF seat, 
chain tube kit and chain, front Tektro mirrored brakes, 
red and green rear elastomers, hard elastomers on front

Shimano Ultegra Front Derailleur, FD-6703-G, 31.8/28.6mm

Spare ICE Elastomer
Additional elastomers - One soft for rear, two medium for front

SRAM XG-1080 11-36 10 speed Cassette

ICE Neckrest for Hardshell Seat

SRAM X0 Type 2.1 Long Cage Rear Derailleur Black/Red 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Devin's "Batmobile" in Adventure Cyclist Magazine

Back in August I wrote about the loss of Devin Skelton.  Devin's legacy lives on on page 8 of the Oct/Nov 2016 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. In the below picture he's the one next to the Velomobile that he has fondly dubbed the "Batmobile". Although new to the world of Velomobiles he logged over 7,000 miles in one year. Shortly after that on August 14th 2016 Devin passed away while pedaling around Cape Cod.

Devin always stopped to talk to folks about his Velomobile and his recent decision to "go car free". It wouldn't be unusual to see kids taking a test ride in his Velo.

The only thing missing from the Adventure Cyclist article is his name. So I'll write Adventure Cycling and I hope they'll include his name in the Letters from the Readers section in the next issue.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

ICE at Bent Up Cycles

Email from Bent Up Cycles

ICE will be here on Sept 17.

The owners of ICE (Inspired Cycle Engineering) are visiting from Cornwall. We will be hosting a meet-and-greet this Saturday morning, September 17, at 10am. The crew will be delighted to answer any questions you may have, talk to you about their amazing trikes and show you some of their offerings. This is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at ICE. Come on over and hang out!
When I received the above email I decided to head down to North Hollywood to check out the ICE Suspended Sprint and ICE VTX. I need something that will handle the rougher and faster roads of the Central Coast. I'm not so concerned about the rough ride as I am with the steering taking on a life of it's own when riding at speed on rougher roads. I'm looking at indirect steering and suspension as a way of maintaining a better since of steering control. With the feedback of other trikers and now after meeting and talking to Neal with ICE trikes I'm closer to making a decision about a new trike.
All things considered I still want the speed of a fast trike so the jury is still out on suspension vs no suspension. As for the ICE VTX he chromoly front end of the VTX is considered to me more complaint then an all aluminum frame.  And with a seat that forms to the body it makes sense that the VTX should be more comfortable then my 700. But more important is having total confidence in my steering when bombing down a hill approaching 50mph. Indirect steering seems to be the way to go. 
For now I'm seriously considering a VTX. The VTX seems to be the right trike to handle the road conditions I'm dealing with now with no compromise in speed. But the Sprint would also handle the road conditions and soften the ride a bit. It would be interesting to try and set it up with as little loss in speed as possible. Plus it folds and it would leave the option open to tour a little bit around the Central Coast.

VTX or Sprint? Oh well, I got to think this one out for a while.

Feels good!

Bent Up Cycles showroom 

Fellow bent rider Roger checks out the VTX

Neal (on the right) with ICE trikes discusses the VTX with Roger

Carrie checking out the fat.

Leaving Bent Up Cycles with much to think about.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

AEROVELO-New World Record 89.59mph

New human powered speed record. An impressive 88.26mph (142.04kph). Will we be seeing 90 mph before the end of week?

Updated 9/17/16
Todd Reichert and Aero Velo have broken their own record set just two days ago. The record nows stands at 89.59mph (144.17kph).

Todd Reichert and AeroVelo broke their own record of 86.65 set last year at Battle Mountain.

Go To AEROVELO Website

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Battle Mountain 2016 Video

While the ultimate test of human powered speed goes relatively unnoticed by the media or the cycling world in general at least Al Jazeera has taken note.