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Light up flagpole for my trike

Although it has been about 6 months since I’ve last rode my trike, the cycling bug starts biting again. It seems that this bug may slumber but will never die (fortunately). In the meantime, it’s wintertime. So short days and many dark hours. Especially for an convicted early bird like me. That’s why I’ve been looking into lighted flagpoles for my trike to get a bit more visibility and safety.

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20180408 Relaxed trike touring

Yesterday I went out fora n easy and relaxed trike tride. Left a bit later than I planned (5:20 am) but is was still nice and quiet on the road. Some of the crossing on the N62 road were closed resulting in quite a hectic weekend in my village of Westdorpe due to heavy traffic. So I decided to ride the country roads and went east to greet the rising sun should the clouds give way.

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Home made toe straps

Although a recumbent trike is very comfortable and stable to ride, it holds one risk of injury, namely “leg suck”, when your foot slips from the pedal while riding and gets underneath your trike. This can result in serious injuries.

A lot of trikes are equipped with toeclips, replaced by clipless pedals by many riders. Even with toeclips there’s always the danger of your foot slipping of the pedal while riding over a bump or puthole, etc… But clipless pedals aren’t really my thing. When my legs are ready, I want to go commuting on my trike, wearing my workboots. And my workboots don’t hold cleats. In fact, I want to be able to go out riding whatever shoes I’m wearing.

So, after doing some searching on the net, I’ve decided to try and make my own toe straps or pedal straps, combined with heel slings.

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Headlights powered by a usb powerbank

One of the first additions to my new trike are 2 headlights. At first I was wondering about choosing battery powered lights or headlights for a hub generator. But on my other bikes I have Busch & Muller headlights on a dynamo hub and I very much like the amount of light and the dispersion of the light. So I went for the same headlights on my trike, but this time powered by a usb powerbank.

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A new start, by choice this time!

Cycling is one of my hobbies. Riding a bike, maintaining a bike and tinkering on a bike. However, since January 2014 my cycling went downhill (in the bad kind of way!). Due to broken toes, bad back, bad legs, etc… I hardly got on the bike. This meant that my physical condition deteriorated to, not to mention my motivation for cycling. And finding motivation again is one of the hardest things. Because of my back problems I realized that keeping on cycling on a normal bike wouldn’t be the right thing to do, so to make a new start I started looking into recumbent bikes again and in november I’ve decided to buy a recumbent trike. (these got my attention many years ago b.t.w.)

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