Hi everyone - here's a update on the last week or so -
My round nz bike tour is on temporary hold because of bike issues with my bike Friday (I'm just taking things day by day so I'm not sure when I'm back to living on the road by bike : ) - the front hub has wore out (the bearing races in the hub is suffed so it now just eats ball bearing so it needs a new hub - also would need a new rim as the rim has heavily wear from the rim brakes (at some point I may upgrade to disk brakes so the rims don't wear out from using rim brakes (the back rim is the same - with the bearing not much better ) to get a new front wheel for the bike Friday is at least $415 and at lest the same for the back wheel also the bikes headset needs replacement at $100+?
And last the not less a new chain and maybe a new carset (the gears on the back) so that's around $80-160 as well - that's on top of the around $800 +? I owe the bike shop in Hamilton for other parts/work done on the bike - it's mosty just wear and tear on the bike from the type of riding I do and the number of Km I do each year (around 8000 km of touring in the last year alone on my bike Friday)
I do have a Mt bike that is my back up bike - that also needs work /parts after I used it on the tour aotearoa route also it dont really fit me very well and I do have other issues with riding it (part of why I have a hand made folding bike) so what am I riding with the bike Friday down for repairs and the Mt bike also out? Well that's the next bit of news : )....
Thanks to a friend I now have a new (well new to me anyway : ) bike to ride. So what's the new bike one may ask? It's a 2002? hase kettwiesel recumbent delta trike-its a little hard to describe - (one wheel in front /2 wheels in the back with the right side back wheel being the drive wheel (ie the drive chain runs to a 7 speed freewheel that spins the right side back wheel) the bike is around 85 cm at the widest point (between the outside edges of the back wheels when they touch the ground (the back wheels are at a angle so it's around 75 cm at the top of the back wheels /fenders (the fenders are needed on a bike like this so there's less chance of injury from the rider touching the tires when moving as the rider is sitting on the recumbent seat between the back wheels on this bike
- the seat on this bike is lower then on a df bike (the most common type of bike) but not super low to the ground like many other recumbent bike can be - though one of the first things I did was to make a larger (and more colorful : ) flag so it's more easy to spot the bike even on busy roads /traffic (I get even more room on the road now with the flag when on this bike then I get when riding on my bike Friday) as for night use the bike is well lit up with 2-3 back lights (the bike has a tire dynamo power rear light /front light (the front light needs a new light bulb thought) in front I'm running a high power font light that attached to the front pannier rack (the rack off my bike Friday) as well as a small head light on my bike helmet -
the bike is made in Germany (I think by the law over there most bikes have to have lights?) so what's the drive chain/gearing like on the bike? Well as it stands now the back 7 speed freewheel ( yep it's a free wheel not free hub like most more modern bikes as that was what was in use at the time (more modern (hase) kettwiesel bikes do run a mix of drive chains including 9 speed carset ( freehub?) the gear teeth on the back are 11,12, 14,16, 18, 24, 32 with a grip-shift type gear shifter and in front is odd? Crankset with 2 chainrings (40, 53) but no front derailed - you change front gears by moving the chain with a hand/foot? -front gear set /chain line setup appears to of been done after the bike left the factory in Germany but before the bike was sold from a bike shop in nz km friend got the bike new around 2003? With it not having much use in the last few years so it's in great condition
on a side note the ( hase) kettwiesel bikes are offen set up with hand crank's as a hand bike for disabled riders with the factory selling the hand crank's and other accessories for disabled riders
The brakes on the bike are on the back wheels - there is no brakes on the front wheel partly as with the front wheel being lighty loaded it works better with the brakes on the back wheels - this 2002? bike has odd looking v-brakes with the out side brake arms being fixed (so it works a bit like cable disk brakes on many Mt bikes) - having taken the bike up to 60 + km/h down hill a few times I find the brakes work ok (keeping in mind the bike is 14 years old - more modern (hase) kettwiesel bikes have disk brakes
The wheels on the bike are 20" wheels (406 size - the same as my bike Friday : ) currently running 1.25 " tires -i will have to have a good look at the fenders to see just what tires I can run on the bike (ie how much space there is between the tires and the fenders)
Lastly weight - I have no idea how heavy it is - around 17 kg (recumbent trikes do tend to weigh more then other bikes) but then again weight is the less of my worries when riding : )
So what is it like to ride?
In short it's great fun to ride - it does take time to get use to how it rides and what the limits are with the handling (including some times getting it up on 2 wheels going around bends : )as for comfort this bike is very comfortable for me to ride - even on my bike Friday I still have pain/numb issues in my hands and shoulders (mostly from old injuries including from getting hit by a truck on the bike in 2008) as there no weight on my shoulders and Hands the old injuries are not so much of a issue when riding this bike - I have had knee pain a few times on this bike but it's still early days with a some what difference way of pedaling and it may be a knee alinement issue in my legs (some thing what I had for many years partly caused by how I walk (dyspraxia? Issues) on a side note with it being a 3 wheel recumbent trike my balance issues are not so much of a um issue : ) as I don't have to worry about the bike going from under me including at slower speeds climbing up hills : ) and it's very easy to get on or off - I do have a loop on one of the brake leavers to act as a park brake so the bike don't roll away on a slope : )
The rest of my planning for the taupo ride is now mosty done - what's a good thing as the date of the start of my ride gets ever closer : ) and my todo lists as getting shorter - well they was until I got the (new) bike as it added a lot more this on to the todo list - I'm hoping to have the bike Friday bike back to being able to be use for riding before the taupo ride - thought at this point in time I'm not sure what bike I will be using the most on the taupo ride
Training for the taupo ride is going ok - not great but ok - I did have some time a few days ago when I was unable to even ride a bike (disabilitys related suff-it happeneds from time to time with me) I did get in a 75 km ride on Wednesday? That went ok (well the first 15 km was not good with me finding it very hard and wanting to turn around and head back to my friends place where I been staying but I keep riding knowing that if I did give up and turn around it would mean that it would be all to easy to give un/in when having a hard/bad days when I'm doing the taupo ride - I think my next training ride is today - well after I first fix a flat tire on the bike and do a few other things to it as I work out the best setup/what to take with me when riding : )