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5 seconds of the Aergo in motion

The Pedalus.org group stopped by RBR a few months back to pick up a Catrike 700 and talk recumbents and velomobiles for their project.  During their stop, they took some quick (very quick) video of the Aergo in motion and posted it to Vimeo.

Project Pedalus - Testing RBR Velomobile Shell from Project Pedalus on Vimeo.

Rodent aggression on the rise

Squirrel wearing military helmet and wielding a rocket launcherIt was a mere four months ago that BentJay was taken out by either a chipmunk or a squirrel, depending on who was telling the tale, but we all moved forward knowing that it was a chance occurrence and that no rodent would again harm a triker.

Sadly, I must shock us all out of complacency and share that another triker has fallen to rodent aggression.  This time it was Tourezrick of the BentRider Online forums who suffered a brutal attack at squirrel hands while commuting on his delta trike.  Here, then, is his tale of woe:

It started out as a noble idea - get a delta trike to replace my TE, put an electric assist and trailer (and solar panels, air horn, porta potty, hot tub . . .) on it so I can run errands, get exercise and not use the car. Everything was working so well up to today, 300 carless errand miles and not a single problem!

Where I live lies over a series of terminal moraines from the last ice age - flat, we're not, lots of short (and some mile longers, too), steep hills to negotiate. Rode to Bill's Barber Shop for my monthly tune-up, told Lisa, my barber and a few interested customers about the trike, motor and solar rig. Finished my spiel and headed home.

Going down hill about 20 mph, slowed for a left turn at John Humphrey Woods down to about 12, out runs a squirrel and I hit him with the front motor hub. The quill turns in the fork tube and down I go on the right, me, trike, battery, trailer, solar - the works. A woman stops at the stop sign on the corner (no, I didn't have a stop sign) and gets out and asks if I'm ok. I say yes, just some bike damage, road rash on the right shin and sore right ribs from hitting the curb, but she calls 911 anyhow because I can't get up - right leg caught in the chain and 146# of trike, motor, batts and solar rig all piled on me. I ask her to tell the 911 dispatch that I'm ok, but then she sees the rash, steps on/in the squirrel and starts to hyperventilate and starts to get agita - squirrel guts in your open toe shoes can have that effect. The show is on, but all ends well, except for the squirrel, which was pronounced dead on the scene by the paramedics.

In the end, a good story and laugh for all present, save for the squirrel, whose Mrs. is prolly saying, "I send the fool to the store for a pound of nuts and some milk and he goes and gets run over by a recumbent trike!"

One time is chance.  Two times are suspect.  But a quick search of Google shows that these attacks are far more frequent than we had at first imagined.  Be careful out there.  Watch your nuts.


Apologies for that title, but there's little else to be said about jumping on a BionX assisted ICE Trice Q and tearing around the parking lot.  And the neighborhood.  And the countryside.


Reverse Gear sale for rally goers

Len and Judi, proprietors of Reverse Gear IncThose of you who attended the 2008 RBR Rally likely remember Reverse Gear , who premiered their recumbent specific clothing line at the pre-rally dinner and then followed up with a booth the day of the rally itself.

Well, if you were kind enough to hand over your contact info during the rally, keep an eye out in your e-mail inbox for a code (no, we're not going to reveal it here) that will net you 15% off recumbent men's and women's long-sleeve jerseys good until November 15, 2008.

It is already growing chill in the northeast, so the timing couldn't be better.

Photos of the ICE B1

If you've been waiting for the photos of the ICE B1, today is your lucky day!  Mine, too.  One of the perks of being the photographer is taking the bike for a short ride after the photo session.  The seat on the B1 is amazingly comfortable.  If it weren't for the fact that I needed to work on my Speedmachine, I probably would have ridden it a little too long.

ICE B1 recumbent bike profile   ICE B1 recumbent bike steering stem and pivot ICE B1 recumbent bike idler ICE B1 recumbent bike boom applique ICE B1 recumbent bike Union Jack decal ICE B1 recumbent bike SRAM shifter and Avid brake lever ICE B1 recumbent bike view from handlebar ICE B1 recumbent bike closeup of Avid disc brakes ICE B1 recumbent bike perspective of rear wheel and frame ICE B1 recumbent bike closeup of rear derailleur ICE B1 recumbent bike seat release mechanism ICE B1 recumbent bike chain route and frame detail ICE B1 recumbent bike seat profile ICE B1 recumbent bike cranks ICE B1 recumbent bike straight shot from front ICE B1 recumbent bike closeup of front derailleur and post ICE B1 recumbent bike chain route ICE B1 recumbent bike serial number location ICE B1 recumbent bike suspension system

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