Thursday, December 17, 2009

Trident Trikes Stowaway I & II

The self-proclaimed "New Kid on the Block" Trident Trikes has caused a big stir in the recumbent world. When Tom Flohr, the founder of Trident Trikes first called me and told me what he had in planned I wondered if he could really pull it off. He said he was producing a folding trike with good components for only $1299. My first thought as a trike reseller was "that's way too low of a price," and my next thought was "I wonder what kind of compromises he's going to make to get the price down." Well, I eagerly told him to put my name down as a dealer and send me some trikes as soon as he got them. The emails and calls started coming in almost immediately. Unfortunately, I couldn't really answer the questions regarding quality until almost 2 months later. When we finally got the aptly-named Stowaway trikes in stock it was an exciting day.

There are two foldable models from Trident Trikes, similar trikes with a few key differences, named the Stowaway 1 and Stowaway 2. So, what do we think? Does the Trident Stowaway live up to the hype? Read our review and see what we think.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New TerraCycle Idler Kit for KMX

We had the pleasure of having Robert from TerraCycle spend the weekend with us and we decided to take advantage of his expertise. So, what happens when you get two guys together that love clean and smooth chainlines with a minimum of chain tubing? You get some incredible idler kits. One of our best modifications is the new KMX Idler Kit. This kit eliminates almost 5 feet of chain tubing while keeping the stock chain routing. And anyone that has ever broke the side plates off the stock rear power idler kit will be extremely happy with the quality of TerraCycle's idlers. These idlers will last a lifetime. The result is a smooth running chainline that is much quieter and more efficient than the stock setup.

The Kit is available with the TerraCycle Sport Idlers for $149.95 or the new Elite Idlers (Titanium and Ceramic bearings) for $249.95. The Kit includes all the parts necessary to Kustomize your KMX. For more pictures view our KMX Idler Page.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Catrike Wheel Extensions

All of our SolidWorks training has paid off and we have created a very nice extension kit that will allow you to put a 26 inch or 700c wheel on your 20-inch Cat. Catrike owners have been asking for these from us for a couple of years and we have finally finished the prototypes. The results are fantastic.

So, what am I talking about? Well, let's suppose that you bought a Catrike Road a few years ago and then the Expedition came out. Well, you really like the Expedition with its longer wheelbase and larger rear tire, but you have a lot invested in your trike. Up until now your only choice has been to sell the road (or give it to your significant other) and then buy an Expedition for yourself. While there is nothing wrong with that (after all, we are more than happy to sell you an Expedition) it may not be in your budget.

Our kit includes the machined extensions and bolts. We are working out the exact parts for each kit, as some will require additional chain routing modifications. Our extension kit is setup with the OEM mounting for a Rohloff hub and we'll have many other wheel choices.

Our Catrike Wheel Extension Page shows our last prototype. We are going into production within the next two weeks. The final version will appear a little different in that it has disc brake dropouts and is black anodized with lazer engraving. We are trying to estimate how many to make on our initial run, so please let me know if you are interested. We should have pricing for the different kits up by next week.

Friday, November 13, 2009


TerraCycle, Inc. of Portland, OR, the leading manufacturer of recumbent bicycle parts and accessories, has announced a new cargo hauling option for recumbent trikes, bikes, and nonstandard upright bikes. Their new "Cargo Monster" is a heavy-duty redesign of the popular Xtracycle Free Radical cargo concept for use with a much wider range of bicycles -- including recumbent trikes, recumbent bikes, folders, and other unusual bikes.

The Cargo Monster attaches in place of the rear wheel, and extends back with a generous cargo module that includes new dropouts for the rear wheel. The cargo module accepts all the standard Xtracycle cargo accessories, including platforms, rails, and bags. "Xtracycle has revolutionized cargo hauling by bike", said Robert Johnson of TerraCycle, "but there has been nothing for recumbents or any other unusual kind of bike. This meets the need for cargo hauling and touring capability on all kinds of things".

The Cargo Monster is built around a new, torsion resistant main frame with bolt on, interchangeable mounting subframes. Interchangeable mounting parts attach to 20 and 26 inch rear wheeled bikes and trikes. "We are focusing on the recumbent trike market at the moment", said Johnson, "and will be working on bikes of various kinds over the coming months".

Recumbent trikes make a great load hauling platform because of their inherent stability. "With three wheels, you can carry loads and not worry about falling over", says Johnson. It is also possible to carry large and very long loads as well, since the entire area from the seat on back is available for cargo. The Cargo Monster easily carries 4 bags of groceries, or a ladder, or even a couple bags of concrete. You can leave the car at home for all but the biggest loads.

"We expect that this will radically change touring by trike, too", says Johnson, "since you now have a convenient way to securely carry all your gear on a trike".

The Cargo Monster is specially designed to meet the load hauling needs of recumbents and unusual or difficult to attach to bikes. The frame uses oversized tubing and custom laser cut lugs for strength. Special CNC machined clamps attach the Cargo Monster to your frame, and bike/trike specific adapter plates ensure a perfect fit. Fender mounts are provided, and a 203mm disk brake tab is provided for extra braking. Motor mount tabs are included for a forthcoming EcoSpeed electric mid drive. Idler mounts are built in for those bikes and trikes that need them.

The Cargo Monster system retails for $1049, including an Xtracycle Long Tail kit (side rails, bags, and top deck). This includes mounts specific to your bike or trike, as well as a cable extender, cable, and housing for the rear deraileur. Cargo Monsters are made in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Monday, October 26, 2009

StreetStrider - Elliptical on Wheels

One of the most exciting things that I saw at this years InterBike convention saw the StreetStrider. And I immediately knew that we would have to bring these in.

While technically a trike (it has three wheels after all), the StreetStrider is unlike anything else we carry. The StreetStrider ETX is an elliptical machine that you can actually ride in the street. It was developed with the Biggest Loser TV show and has been field tested by them.

The cool thing about the StreetStrider is that you get a full body workout while riding outside. It's quite efficient too! Bryce got it up to 27MPH on flat ground on his first ride.

The StreetStrider ETX model is foldable and can be used indoors with a trainer for double duty. Steering is done by leaning which is about the only thing that takes a little getting used to.

At $1999 it is not inexpensive, but the quality and the utility definitely justify the price.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 30

Today is day 30 of my Triking Challenge. I went for a trike ride every day for 30 days. Today was a cloudy day, but it was quite lovely. It was not windy in the morning and it wasn't freezing. I stopped and took a few pictures of my favorite sights on my ride. When I started 30 days ago it was so warm still and the fields were full of alfalfa and corn. Summer is long gone and we're in the middle of autumn now. Some days it feels like winter in a warmer place.
The reason I started this challenge was so I could get some exercise without hurting my body so much. I had a sore hip and knee from doing aerobics. I put on quite a bit of weight this year and I can't jump up and down as much without hurting. I got a hot pink Catrike Villager as a gift from Ashley and I love it. This was the trike that I used for most of the 30 days. My knee and my hip don't hurt as much and I've lost 7 pounds. I feel better about myself and I feel healthier. I've also gained a better appreciation for the world we live in. It's so beautiful and serene outside. Getting exercise outside is so much better than indoors. I've had a chance to be alone with my thoughts and nature. I appreciate where we live a lot more, it's really quite breathtaking in this little part of the world.
I know winter is on its way, but it hasn't arrived quite yet! I still have a few weeks of triking before the snow sticks. I'm already looking forward to next spring and to riding all next summer. It's good to have something to look forward to. To everyone who is riding their trike every day or almost every day, keep it up! Triking is good for your body, your mind ,and good for the environment. I'll be checking in with you soon.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 29

Today was day 29 of the Triking Challenge! It started out as an okay day with just a few sprinkles. I made brunch for the family and I finished painting today. There was just a little left to do. I knew that I had to go out for my ride and by the time I got out it was sprinkling again. By the time I got up the street it was pouring and totally windy. It was still very beautiful.
The only part of my ride that I dislike is when a certain dog comes chasing after me while I am riding. It is just so annoying and not very safe for the dog. I usually have to speed up a ton when I pass that house, so I guess it's good for me in the end. It helps me realize that I could have been going faster all along. I hope the weather holds up for the next few weeks. I will be fine as long as it doesn't snow. It's still too warm for the snow to stick for very long anyway. I figure that I have at least 6 weeks of riding before it's too cold and snowy. Tomorrow will be a great day for a trike ride!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 28

I only got a chance to go for a short ride today. We were painting my daughter's room so there wasn't much time for much else. While the kids were eating lunch I got my ride in. It was another beautiful day and I wish that I could have been out longer. I'm glad that I at least got to go out and breathe in some fresh air for that short while. This 30 Day Challenge has shown me that there's no excuse for not going out.
This morning I was so tired from not sleeping well because I had a diet coke with my dinner. Going for that ride helped me get through the rest of the day! Everyone, get out there and have a good ride tomorrow, you'll feel great!

Friday, October 2, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 27

I just got back from my trike ride. I went out a little later because it was so cold in the early morning. It didn't feel too cold once I got going. The sky is a beautiful clear blue and it's not windy today. I went around my route a couple times and I feel great.
It's nice to get out of the house and have some time to just think and enjoy the beauty of the earth during the fall. The Mountains have a light sprinkling of snow and many of the leaves have started to change colors down here. Even though I have projects around the house it's nice to go for a trike ride, since it gives me more energy to finish everything else. Everyone, have a good weekend and enjoy your trike ride!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 26

I couldn't bring myself to go out in the early morning. It was literally freezing outside. I just got back from my ride and it was still cold outside. I just love how it smells outside just after it rains. The earth smell so fresh and crisp. I was trying to get back before my kids missed me since I went out in the afternoon. They were still working on finishing their lunch when I left. It's hard to eat light when you have kids at home all day long. Because I homeschool the kids I feel like I'm constantly preparing something to eat. I love to cook and eat, so it's a challenge to control myself, thank goodness for fresh locally grown apples they are so good and good for you. Some days are better than others. Riding my trike helps me feel better about myself even if I did overindulge in something.

Sidewinder front-wheel drive trikes

Utah Trikes is please to add Sidewinder Cycles to our trike lineup. We've had many customers ask us about the Sidewinder trikes and so we finally had to take a look. And, when we did we liked what we saw!

When looking at different trikes we look for things that are distinct and will add to our ability to serve our customers' needs. The Sidewinder trikes offer many unique characteristics that are not found on other trikes we offer. These tadpole trikes are front-wheel drive and rear wheel steering. That means you can travel on many different terrains and manueverability is incredible. The Sidewinder models also feature high seat heights, weight capacities over 400lbs, and are all foldable.

We are currently waiting for our first shipment to come in and will be filling in all the details soon. In the meantime, we couldn't wait to put up a Sidewinder page featuring the three Sidewinder models.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Krysti's Challenge - Midweek of Week #4

Well still no significant change in weight loss, but I am still noticing a small improvement in my stamina and energy. I am noticing that my skin is getting tighter which is awesome. But from past experience, losing weight the healthy way takes time, so I guess I'll just have to be patient! Its starting to get pretty chilly here, it was only 45 degrees this morning, so I decided to skip riding my trike this morning and hit the gym tonight when I get home from work.

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 25

It rained on me and it was really windy. My cheeks and legs are red and cold still, but it was really fun! I thought about waiting for a break in the weather, but Wednesdays are really busy with piano classes and cub scouts. So, I just did it. I couldn't find my rain jacket or longer pants, so tomorrow I'll be better prepared. Needless to mention, nobody was out walking or jogging. It's quite a storm that's blowing through. At least now I know that I'm tougher than I thought I was. They say that the weather will be better on Friday. At least now I know that it really doesn't matter if I'm determined to do it anyway.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 24

The storm is on its way. It's cloudy this morning and a little breezy. Tomorrow I'll have to watch for a break in the weather, so I can go out. The temperature is going to drop about 30 degrees from today's high to tomorrow's high. It's too bad that I can't control the weather.
Today, the weather is still great. There's no point in worrying about what tomorrow will bring, especially if I can't change the outcome. If you can get out there in between storms you should also do it. I love how I feel after a ride. There's nothing like it. I'm a happier mom and wife because of it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 23

I just got back from my trike ride. I went around my route almost 2 times spinning as fast as I could most of the time. I feel great. I'm still breathing heavily. I drank a lot of water before and after. This is going to be a great day. I hope everyone can get out and enjoy the day as much as possible.
My knee and my hip feel great, the more weight that comes off the better I feel. Before winter hits I plan on getting as much weight off as possible so I can enjoy indoor exercising without hurting myself.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 22

What a gorgeous day it was today! We went for a drive this afternoon to see all the fall colors. It is just breathtaking. After we got home I really wanted to go for a ride. Here in the valley the leaves are just starting to change. I'm glad that I know that I can even go for a short ride on Sundays. It's the consistency that matters.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 21

We're so glad to have Ashley back home. He saw a lot of really neat things on his trip. Today I went out a little later because we stayed up late waiting for Ashley to make it home. It is gorgeous outside. I went around my route 2 times and I feel great. I decided to go as fast as I could on the highest gear so I could get a really good workout. When I started noticing some pedal steering I just shifted to a higher gear. It was awesome. I feel energized. And I've lost another pound! It puts me at almost 7 pounds of weight loss. I feel great and I've been in a better mood. This is what's most important to me. I love to exercise because it makes me a happier, kinder, more mellow person. Everyone get out there on your trike and enjoy the day!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 20

I just got back from my second ride today. It is so warm outside, but there are hints that summer is long gone. The corn fields are being harvested and the last of the alfalfa bales are waiting to be collected. This morning felt a little cold since I forgot to put on a sweater. I decided to go out for a second ride because we are having pizza tonight. It's a tradition that the kids and I have. On the evening that their father will be home we celebrate with a pizza party. We've all missed Ashley for the last few days and are glad that he'll be home soon. They can't wait to see their Daddy.
Having my trike rides helps me have consistency in my life. I know that I can go for a trike ride no matter what. Thirty days seemed like a long time and I wondered if the weather would hold up. We have at least a couple months before it really snows. Getting out there on my trike helps me remember that. I hate winter. It's so white and dreary. It feels like I'm in a padded room inside an insane asylum. At first it's quite lovely, but when all you can see for 8 straight weeks is white outside it gets really old. I do love fall and during the winter I have spring to look forward to. This winter I will look forward to riding my trike once again. So, everyone get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 19

I've lost 5.5 pounds. I'm a lot more optimistic about my weight loss and I feel a lot better. I think I will be able to get my weight down enough so that during the winter I can do all the video workouts that I love without totally hurting my body. My knee and hip feel a lot better also. One of my major problems is that I love to cook and bake and I love to eat good food. I need to realize that it's okay to eat less of something that tastes great. It's not like it's the last time that it will ever be made or the last time that I will eat it.
It was a beautiful morning. I got out like 20 minutes later than normal and it was so much warmer than the last couple of days. The sky was blue with not a single cloud in the sky. What a great day for trike riding. The weather should still be good for at least 2 more months. I don't remember it snowing heavily before Thanksgiving. I'll probably have to start riding in the afternoon in a few weeks, but for now it's just perfect in the morning. Everyone have a good day!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 18

It was great to get back on my Catrike Villager today. I went around my usual route 2 times. I had a great time. It was nice to be able to enjoy the scenery and not concentrate on pedaling with my hands. I'm pretty sure that I'll take the Hand Cycle back out pretty soon though. It was quite cold out in the morning, but it warmed up a lot later on.
When I wake up in the morning it is a given that I'm going for a ride. It's good to have some consistency every day. If you haven't got on your trike lately, what are you waiting for? It's beautiful out there. Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Krysti's Challenge - Starting week #3

Well I can't believe I am already on my third week of this challenge. I haven't noticed too much improvement in weight, but I have noticed my stamina is increasing. I think I am going to kick exercising up a notch so I can start noticeably losing weight. If I run I will probably run at least 3 miles instead of 2 in the morning, that is if my asthma allows :). If it does not, I will run at least once a day and then hit the gym after work. It is getting a little bit frustrating not seeing any results, with eating less and exercising at least 4 times a week. Oh well, I will just kick it up a notch! BAM!

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 17

I went out on the Sun HT-3 Hand Cycle again and once again it was quite a work out. I was able to go further today in the same amount of time as yesterday, but not even half my normal route. I can't really concentrate on anything other than pedaling because it's really difficult for me. I feel stronger in my upper body though. That was my goal. Tomorrow I'll be back on my Catrike, but I can see myself taking the Hand Cycle out at least once a week.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 16

I got quite a work out today! My Trike had a flat this morning. I guess I ran over a weed yesterday! I took our Sun HT-3 Hand Cycle out , since I didn't feel like changing a tire so early in the morning . We've taken it out a little before, but I've been hesitant because of my weak arms. My arms got a wonderful work out. I didn't go as far as I normally go, because I have really out of shape arms. This will be great to get my arms toned up. I've always wanted to have good arms and shoulders, so I guess now I can, without having to use our weightlifting equipment. What I love the most about it is that I can work on my arms and still be outside enjoying the fresh air. For people that don't have use of their legs this would be a great trike to have. It's comfortable and sits upright. It's easy to get in and out of it as well. I'll use it again tomorrow to see if one day makes a difference. I'll let you know!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 15

It was so hard to get off the couch from my nap this afternoon, but I did it! I went for a short ride while mostly everybody else was taking their nap still. It was cloudy and windy and a little cool. When I made it home everyone was still resting and nothing had changed except that I got a little bit of exercise in. I feel good about myself for doing it! I guess it's better to just go and do it rather than try to find excuses for not doing it.
I've been getting a good night's sleep lately and I attribute it to riding my trike. I fall asleep quicker and don't wake up in the middle of the night as much. For me that's reason enough for doing it. I hope everyone will have a good safe week. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather while you're out riding your trike!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 14

This is the 14th day of my challenge and I feel great! I've lost 4 pounds also. I still have a lot to lose, but this is reminding me that I have the power to control my body, what goes in to it and how I exercise! I feel great this morning! The day is beautiful and so full of promise! I'll have to find something fun for the children and me to do today! I hope you all will have a great weekend also!

Friday, September 18, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 13

Today is day 13 of my Challenge already. I went for a second ride yesterday afternoon and as I was turning a corner I saw that one of my neighbors was being helped into his house by his adult children. He had shoulder surgery yesterday and they had not told anyone. This morning after my ride my little girl wanted to make zucchini bread. We decided to make muffins for my neighbor and his wife. The kids made a card and we took some warm muffins over. I was just so glad that I went on that ride yesterday afternoon. It gave us a chance to do something nice for someone. It really is interesting what you will notice when riding around. The weather is beautiful and it's not so hot anymore in the afternoon. It's perfect weather for going out and getting some exercise, and maybe get a chance to do something nice for a neighbor!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 12

The more I ride my trike, the more I appreciate nature. I think having time in the morning to meditate while riding my trike has helped me to appreciate the horses in the fields and the beautiful trees that are just starting to change colors. It was just so beautiful this morning. The sky was a beautiful baby blue without a cloud in the sky. When I got home I wasn't quite ready to come in so I went to my garden and picked some tomatoes and zucchini. Some of our apples were ready to be picked also. This is the first year that our trees have given fruit and I am so grateful for those fresh apples. There are just a few this year, but next year there should be more. I'm glad that I'm doing this challenge I've been able to fall asleep a lot earlier than before and wake up ready to start the day. I challenge anyone who hasn't taken their trike out for a while to do so and if you've been riding all along, keep it up!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Krysti's Challenge - Day 3, week 2

I got up a little early this morning to go for a quick run to get my lateral quads in shape, since my medial quads are in such good shape from riding my trike all the time. I forgot how painful running is compared to riding my trike. With each pounding stride I took, I realized how much more I love riding my trike rather than running. I'm glad that working out in the morning is starting to become part of my daily routine, because then I don't have the excuse that I'm too tired because of work to exercise at night. I think in a few days I might take a jog in the morning and then ride my trike at night to burn off as many calories as I can.

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 11

I got out of the house pretty early today! It's Ashley's birthday and I"m making a special dinner tonight. There's a lot to do. The kids need to practice piano a bit more and go to cub scouts, so I'm back at home. It is gorgeous outside. I just saw one school bus, but no one walking around yet. I'm so glad that I went out even though I have a lot to do today. I'm glad I'm doing this challenge! My body feels great and I feel energized! You should go for a ride also even if it's just for a little while you'll feel great afterward.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Breakfast at Brickhenge

We get a lot of pictures from customers showing pictures of their trikes out in the field. I really liked this one. Maybe the black and white? What do you think?

Krysti's Challenge - Day 2, Week 2

As I did yesterday morning, I decided to get up a little earlier to ride. Whew! It was freezing this morning. My cycle computer read 50 degrees. Add that with the wind you create riding and viola! Instant popsicle! I did have a hoodie on thank goodness, but since the weather is cooling down I think I'm going to start keeping a beanie or headband on my trike just in case, because that cool air rushing past my ears and on my forehead gave me a mondo headache! Other than that it was nice to ride in the cooler air, rather than in humid hot death.

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 10

It was so chilly this morning. It was in the mid to upper 40's. That means that I'll have no excuse to get out there when that's the high temperature. In a couple months it will be that cold or colder. I figure as long as it's not snowing I can still do this. It was actually quite invigorating this morning. It was so hard to get out of my comfy bed this morning, but I had my trike to look forward to. My hip feels great and so does my knee. I'm happier all around because of my trike riding. It's nice to have something to look forward to every day, that I do just for me. You should get aout there also and enjoy the day!

Monday, September 14, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 9

I went for a ride early this morning. I'm glad I did because if I would have put it off until the afternoon it wouldn't have happened. I feel great and full of energy during the day and I've been falling asleep quicker lately also since I started my 30 day challenge. It rained most of the afternoon and evening here. It's nice to have some rain to refresh the earth, but it's inconvenient if you want to get out and ride. I guess the best advice I have is to just get out when you can. If you see a break in the weather go for it. If you're commuting it may be trickier. If you really want to do it you could get a rain proof jacket and pants. It's probably not raining everywhere, in fact, I'm sure some of you wish it was raining where you live. Have a good day!

Krysti's Challenge - Starting week #2

I checked the weather last night and it said it was supposed to rain in the afternoon today, so I decided to get up early and ride so I didn't get stuck commuting in the rain. Getting up this morning after getting used to sleeping in from this weekend was insane. I had to be at work by 8:30 so I had to get up at 6:30 to ride. After dragging myself out of bed and finally getting on my trike, I rode for an hour or so. It was nice getting to see the sun rise on my trike. I rode out of the city towards the mountains, and it was a little chilly, but it was beautiful. I am going to add some lights to my trike so cars can see me better at dawn or dusk. Next time I decide to ride early, I am definitely going to go to bed early the night before, I am wiped out!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 8

My boom just needed to be tightened a little. I went out in the afternoon in between the light rain showers that we had. It's amazing what you'll notice when you're on a trike. I've been looking for barn wood for a project that I'm working on and so far I've found 2 huge piles in separate places. Now I just have to get up enough nerve to ask my neighbors if it's for sale.
Oh, and by the way everyone out here in this town is a neighbor even if they don't even live on your street. It's like Mr Rogers' Neighborhood. We all look out for each other and care about each other. It makes us happy to see our neighbors out for some exercise. I didn't see a soul out today, but they were probably having their well deserved Sunday nap.
It'll be nice to have cooler weather in the afternoon this week. Summer is slipping away. Fall is my favorite season, so I'm looking forward to the changing of the leaf colors. It's quite beautiful out here. I'm sure that in some places it's just going to start getting comfortable enough to start triking. So, get out there and have some fun!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 7

I went out this morning quite early. I could tell already that it would be a lovely day. I went to the gym on Thursday, and my hip hurts again a little bit. I did so many things there that I can't pin point what it was. I got a 1 month membership because they have a children's class a couple days a week and I thought that it sounded like fun for the kids. We have our own exercise equipment which is in way better shape than theirs, so I guess that I shouldn't have used theirs. I know better now!
What I love about my trike is that it is so comfortable and adjusted to fit my body. I even have a headrest which I really love. My trike felt a little weird today and yesterday. I'm guessing it needs a tune up after being dragged home the other day. I'll have Ashley check it out tomorrow before my ride. Tomorrow I'm going to go for a nice leisurely ride. It should be fun.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 6

I'm still at it! I'm having a great time getting out there! I thought it would be difficult for me to do this every day seeing that I'm quite busy with the children during the day. Getting out in the morning has proven to be the best for me so far. When I got back, I wasn't quite ready to go inside. So, the children and I checked on our garden. We collected many zucchinis and some tomatoes. We made zucchini muffins and an omelet with fresh vegetables for breakfast. Spending more time outside helps me appreciate nature's bounty and I noticed that one of my neighbors isn't eating the plums off his tree. Now I know who to ask for fresh plums. I hope you will all have a fun and safe weekend on your trikes. Feel free to send Utah Trikes pictures of you getting out and enjoying the weather!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 5

So, I got a flat today! I have never had a flat before. It's kind of weird but true. After I was done riding, I decided to go up a couple streets one last time. I saw someone I knew, so I braked and turned a little bit to say hi and seconds later my trike felt lopsided. I had no patch kit on me and wouldn't have known how to use one anyway, so I had to pull my trike home. It took an extra 20 minutes or so. So, I got a bigger workout than I had planned on. I still felt great after doing it! I had never changed a tire, so when I got home I watched the Utah Trikes You Tube Video about how to change a tire and did it myself. Well, I had my little boys help me, so they could learn how to do it also. It wasn't too hard, for it being my first time. From now on I'll make sure to carry a patch kit. I guess you have to learn to be your own mechanic in an emergency no matter what. Oh, did I mention that I've lost 3 pounds over the last 5 days? I feel good and I'm going to look better also. That is so awesome! You can do it too. Just get out there and have some fun and don't forget your patch kit!

Krysti - Day 3 of Weightloss Challenge

Yesterday I did not have time to commute on my trike, but fortunately I have a gym membership and was able to work out for about an hour. This morning I got up a few minutes late and was running late for work. I was rethinking riding my trike for fear that I was going to be late, and considered driving instead. I decided to go ahead and ride my trike. Whew! What a workout. I went 10 miles in only 25 minutes. That was an all-time record for me. My legs were burning like crazy the whole time as I tried to stay at a steady 18 mph. When I got off my trike I was sweating like a pig and my legs were wobbly, but guess what! I made it on time. I think I am going to be super sore tomorrow, so I'm planning on hitting the gym at night to work my upper body. I feel like I accomplished something awesome today. I haven't pushed my body that hard since I ran the hurdles in track my senior year! If pushing myself that hard doesn't make me very sore I am going to push myself that hard all the time! Wedding dress here I come!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The 30 Day Triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 4

I went out for about an hour this morning. It was early and a little chilly. It felt so good to be out there. It seemed like the whole world was starting to wake up outside. Horses were in their meadows eating their field grass and I saw evidence that some of my neighbors took them out for a ride last night. Maneuvering around their droppings is no big deal around here. I saw one of my neighbors out for a walk, dressed like he was going out to lunch. It really doesn't matter what you look like as long as you're out there. Or so I hope, because I just rolled out of bed and went out this morning.
I felt like singing a gospel song as I rode. The world was beautiful. I love to watch the birds fly in formation overhead or the little birds conserve their energy and fly low to the ground. Birds are amazing. The children and I have been studying zoology for about a year now and we love birds especially. I felt so free when I was out riding, like I was soaring through the fields. It really is a great feeling to be out there on my trike. You should get out there also, while the weather is accommodating!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Krysti's First Day of 60 Day Challenge

Its been a couple weeks since I have ridden my trike, so this morning I didn't know what to expect when I was commuting to work. About 10 minutes into my ride I was starting to wear out. I didn't realize what 2 weeks of not triking did to me! I kept at my usual pace but I had to stop a couple times because I was pretty winded. I've decided to put a headrest on my trike, even though the angle of my Catrike Trail isn't that steep. One of the biggest reasons I think I haven't been riding my trike is because I get really bad headaches after I ride. One, from not drinking enough water, and two, from the muscles in the anterior part of my neck being overworked. So drinking more water and adding a headrest should obviously stop that problem. I forgot how beautiful the scenery was on my daily commute, as I got to watch some falcons flying around enjoying the cool morning breeze. It is getting to be really nice riding weather. My computer said it was 75 degrees, which is perfect for riding! Tomorrow I'm expecting some minor soreness, but we will see...

The 30 day triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 3

I went out this morning and it was wonderful. It was nice and cool with a little breeze. As I sped past the corn fields, I had time to let my mind wander it was awesome. Sometimes I scrunch up my toes while riding. I'm not sure why I do that since I have Shimano clip on shoes. My right foot got a little numb. It's kind of annoying.
Riding in the morning is ideal for me because it's cooler and it really is a great way to start the day. It literally sets the tone for the day. I saw some neighbors out for a walk. They are usually out in the morning. They are in their 70's and in great shape. They set a good example for the younger couples to stay active. We live in a community with a lot of senior citizens. For the most part they are healthy and active. The farm work and gardening keep them strong. It's important for all of us to have some form of exercise that is enjoyable because we are more likely to do it. Triking makes me happy especially since I can get out of the house for a little while without the children and have a little me time. This is so important for a mom with young children at home.
Last night I was thinking about how great my body felt and about how important that is. Women bear a lot of stress and I often feel it on my shoulders. We lift children and grand children, heavy grocery bags, stoop over a lot to comfort children an tie shoes, load and unload laundry etc.. Our bodies are not supposed to hurt. We have the power to help ourselves feel better. Riding a trike helps my body relax. I had never really thought too much about the motto that Ashley picked for Utah Trikes Relax, Spin Fast, Ride Trikes, but it's true. Your body relaxes even while you are getting a vigorous workout. I have to go now, but I challenge anyone who hasn't hopped on their trike in a little while to get out there even if it's only for a little while.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The 30 day triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 2

Today was Labor Day and we went to the Payson Onion Days Grand Parade this morning. It was impossible to ride my trike in the morning since we had to get up early to go. After a fun day in town we came home. Just before we had to leave again I went on my trike ride. I knew that tonight would be impossible because it's our Family Night. I went out at around 5 in the afternoon and it was quite muggy out. I saw no one else while I was out. We live in the country, so it's normal. There was the smell of manure mixed with the aroma of freshly cut alfalfa mingling in the air. Today I went fast. I worked up quite a sweat. It was fun trying to go as fast as I could. When I was done, I got up from my trike and I felt great. I looked at myself in the mirror and I was glowing. I looked like a strong, healthy woman. This is my goal. I don't need to fit into tiny jeans, but I do need to be healthy, happy, and strong. I want to set a good example for my children and to have the energy that I need to raise them without ever feeling over burdened.
Yesterday, when I got up from my trike I told Ashley that neither my knee nor my hip hurt. Riding a trike is so easy on my body and allows me to get the type of workout that I like without hurting afterward. My body feels relaxed now and I'm sure that I'll get a better night's sleep and be able to be a better wife and mother tomorrow because of riding today. When you read this hopefully you will also have similar experiences with your trike riding.

60 Day Weight Loss Challenge

My name is Krysti Staheli and I'm new to the blogging world. I've been working for Utah Trikes for a few years now and decided I'm going to blog about all my experiences with trikes. I've decided I want to shed a few pounds, and not by doing those crazy diets and exercise fads. I want to do it by eating better and riding the best thing in the world... My trike. I have decided I am going to commute every single day, which will be a 20 mile ride round trip. I'm going to combine riding with eating less meat and more fruit and veggies. The reason I haven't been very diligent in riding my trike every day is because I hate getting up an hour earlier just to ride. But not anymore! I'm going to go to bed a little earlier so getting up earlier won't seem as hard. With fall on its way I'm excited to see the beautiful scenery of fall's changing color, and the temperature will be at a nice 70 degrees. Perfect time for riding! My goal is to fit to my beautiful size 4 wedding dress. I'll be blogging about my experiences a couple times a week, and if anyone wants to join my challenge please leave comments and join my on my ride!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The 30 day triking Challenge with Sonia Guy Day 1

Hello everyone in the triking world. I'm Sonia Guy, wife of Ashley Guy from Utah Trikes. The reason I started this Challenge for myself and anyone else who would like to join me is because I need to get serious about getting in shape again. I've only been riding sporadically over the Summer. I can list every excuse under the sun from a broken surface well to out of town guests, but what it comes down to is that they are only excuses. Riding a trike makes me feel good about myself and makes my body feel better as well.
I love to do those aerobic workouts on DVD, they are so high energy and exciting with the pumped up hosts, I burn a lot of calories when I do them, but I'm left with a soar hip from all the gyrations and a sore knee from a previous injury. Triking is easy on my body and helps me feel great all over. I'm about to go out for a ride. It's Sunday evening of Labor Day Weekend. That would be an awesome excuse. The truth is that I don't have to go out very long or ride very fast or hard. I have my trike in the garage and it's all set. So, I'm gonna change into my riding clothes and go. Join with me and together we'll feel better and happier that we can have control over our bodies and our time!
So, I'm back, I left at around 6:30 and I promised my baby I would only be out for 30 minutes. I feel great. I'm just a little sweaty and just breathing a little heavier than normal. It wasn't a big deal. The older kids didn't even know I was gone. I saw a few neighbors out for a walk and one neighbor who was watering his lawn told me that he really wants a trike. My hot pink Catrike Villager is super cute! I'm sure anyone would want it, but it's mine and was built especially for me. Now I can go back to hanging out with my family knowing that I did something good for myself.

The Dangers of Cross Chaining

In order to achieve the wide gear range that our customers like, we set up many trikes with a 24 or 27-speed drivetrain. This results in a wonderfully useful band of gearing. The one element that results from this set up is the fact that your trike (any bike actually) does not like to be used in the small front chainring/smaller rear cogs combination - this is called "cross chaining".

We set up your trike in the Large/Large gearing combination to prevent derailleur damage in the large chainring. This means that with the Xseam you give us you can access all of your rear gears while in the large front chainring. This ensures that your derailleur doesn't break when you are shifting to a lower gear while in the large chainring.

Similar to this scenario is the small chainring/small cog combination. Trying to run the chain around these two small circumferences creates slack in the chain that overloads the rear derailleur and has the potential to do harm to your drivetrain. This is bad technique and should be avoided. That same gear ratio can be achieved in the middle chainring.

While getting accustomed to your trike, we encourage you to use the middle chainring from which you can access all the cogs on the rear cassette. When you need to go faster, use that big ring up front with the smaller cogs in the rear. If hills loom on the horizon, drop down into the smallest chainring and use the larger cogs in the rear. You should spend most of your time in the middle chainring.

Cross chaining is not exclusive to your trike. It should be avoided on any bike or trike. Never cross chain your gears!

If you need to adjust your boom length, check your chain before riding to make sure that it allows you to get into the proper gears with harming the rear derailleur.
This has been adapted from the TerraTrike FAQ

Friday, August 28, 2009

New 2010 Trice Innovations

We've known that it was coming for a while, but it is official now -- ICE has announced their 2010 model lineup. The big things are: Full Suspension, New Foldability, Medium Track (replacing the NT and Standard widths).

Here's the basics we got from them:

We're pleased to announce the new 2010 Trice. 22 years of trike design experience and combined with ground breaking innovation, setting the standard in advanced trike design.
New features include optional front suspension, an all new hinged folding frame. a new entry level trike and a little something extra, which we feel is the most exciting expression of Trice yet.....
The new 2010 Trice will be on show at Eurobike and Interbike, do join us on our stand* and be the first to see the future of trike riding.

The ICE team

ICE Front and Rear Road Response Suspension
The new 2010 Trice is available with our advanced ICE front and rear Road Response Suspension (R.R.S). Featuring elastomers optimised to the individual rider, the system delivers comfort combined with ICE's renowned handling and dynamic performance

ICE Compact Flat Twist Hinged Folding Frame
The new 2010 Trice features an ICE Compact Flat Twist (C.F.T) technology hinged frame which allows a quick simple toolless fold for easy stowage and portability.

New Entry Level Model Line Up
The 2010 Trice line up now starts with an entry level rigid 20" wheel folding trike. The model still features ICE trademark quality and attention to detail enabling customers to enjoy a real ICE trike at a more affordable price.

New Range Line Up
We've expanded our range for 2010, allowing customers to select from one of a range of specification levels and a choice of frame styles with high and low seating positions, we'll be in touch soon with further details.

The New High Performance Trice
Performance redefined. Taking the essence of long distance high performance riding and distilling it to create the ultimate trike. Features include
High performance ICE frame combining 7005 series aluminium and 4130 chromoly Carbon fibre hard-shell seat Advanced componentry suited to sustained fast cycling Compact Flat Twist (C.F.T) technology hinged frame to give a folding 700c rear wheel recumbent trike

Availability in Early January 2010

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sun HT-3 SX Hand Trike

Whether you have a disability or are looking for a great way to get an upper body workout a hand cycle is a great way to get around. Until now they have been very expensive and not widely available.

When Sun told us that they were coming out with an affordable hand trike we were extremely excited, so we made sure we got the first batch. The new Sun HT-3 Hand Trike is very comfortable and adjustable, and still has room for modifications.

The HT-3 comes stock with a 3-speed internal geared hub, but could easily be upgraded with an 8 speed Nexus or even a Rohloff 14-speed. It would even be easy to add a Schlumpf to the hand cranks.

Initial supplies are limited, so if you are interested let us know.