News to follow…
- News from Catrike: the New Road-AR!
- Catrike Trike Sales at T. Ryx
- The Latest on Our Group Rides!
- BMPs for Riding with a Group
News from Catrike: the New Road-AR!
In January, Catrike temporarily stopped manufacturing their Road model. In late January, we were told Catrike was revamping its popular Road model. Today, we received the following notification from Catrike:
Full Suspension Update for Popular Catrike Road
Catrike is excited to announce the launch of the Road-AR! Debuting at the Seattle Bike Show, March 4-5, the Road-AR is the evolution of Catrike’s famous Road series trike. The new Road-AR employs Catrike’s anti-dive, patent-pending front suspension spindle to take the edge off while allowing all wheels to move independently. The result is an incredibly stable and smooth ride.
|In 2002, the Catrike Road was introduced, and it quickly became known as the “flying carpet”. Over the years, it remained one of our best selling and most popular models, but we are always improving our Catrikes and working tirelessly on engineering and design while manufacturing in the US. In 2012, we developed a progressive-tunable rear suspension to dampen the ride while keeping the same sporty handling of a Catrike. Last year we released the all-new, fully suspended Catrike Dumont with patent pending anti-drive front suspension. Our plan all along was to add this new technology to our new Road-AR. The Road-AR is now in production at our factory in Orlando, Florida, and ready to put a smile on the face of anyone who climbs onto this sophisticated machine!|
We are waiting for additional information on the Road-AR from Catrike. Meanwhile, keep checking Catrike’s web site for updated information, including specs regarding Frame & Geometry, Components, Standard Features, and more.
While the Road-AR may appear to be a less expensive version of the Catrike Dumont, there are subtle and not-so-subtle differences, at least judging by the current web site. First and foremost, the Road-AR remains a non-folding model, while the Dumont folds for convenient transport and storage. There are also differences, for example, in rear wheels (Road-AR 20”, Dumont 26”), Wheel Base (Road-AR is narrower), Seat Angle (Road-AR is lower), Weight (Road-AR is lighter), and Turning Circle (Road-AR is smaller in diameter). Again, we have not seen the final, updated specs on the Road-AR, so there may be other changes. We’ll try to inform you as we receive new information.
|Catrike Trike Sales at T. Ryx
Note: We will highlight our different Recumbent Trike brands in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
T. Ryx is now a Gold level Catrike dealer. While our shop is smaller in our current shop space than we were in our previous locations, we are still a major dealer in recumbent trikes and other merchandise from Catrike. The company, with headquarters and factory based in Orlando, Florida, offers outstanding trike models at great price levels to fit any budget:
Villager: MSRP $2250 – A high quality, adjustable, user-friendly Catrike. With an extra-wide cross member and high seat, it is easy to get on and off, yet it is very stable.
Signature color: Moon Rock Silver
Road-AR: MSRP $3550 – The new Road-AR is a vibrant and efficient machine. A progressive linkage air shock and CNC swing arm provide a highly adjustable rear suspension platform paired with the new, patent pending front suspension to take the edge off the road for a smooth ride. An optimized cockpit design is supportive enough for a comfortable daily ride, commute, or weekend adventure without sacrificing any control or performance. Lean into the corners with confidence. The Road-AR brings excitement to the journey.
Signature color: Electric Blue
Pocket: MSRP $2150 – A small space-frame Catrike with BIG features. It has a narrow track, and is quick and lightweight. Perfect for smaller riders.
Signature color: Eon Green
Trail: MSRP $2950 – This Catrike, with convenient folding features, is easy to store and transport. With a padded seat, it is luxuriously comfortable. Best of all, it performs like a Catrike!
Signature color: Hyper Yellow
Expedition: MSRP $2550 – A long wheelbase Sport-Luxury Catrike. Capable of handling heavy loads for long-distance touring and a fast performance ride.
Signature color: Lava Red
700: MSRP $2950 – An all-out Speed Catrike. Its aerodynamic seating position, fast-rolling 700C rear wheel, and high gears give it top performance.
Signature Color: Liquid Black
5.5.9: MSRP $3150 – A premium Grand Touring Catrike. Experience high performance and spirited long-distance rides with extraordinary comfort.
Signature Color: Atomic Orange
Dumont: MSRP $4150 – All-new folding, fully-suspended Catrike with a 26-inch rear wheel. The silky-smooth riding characteristics and responsive handling make it a perfect choice for any excursion. The rear suspension features a highly progressive travel path combined with a custom spring rate and sophisticated damping for a perfect balance of performance and comfort. The shock is actuated via a CNC machined swingarm pivoting on precision cartridge bearings to allow the suspension system to operate with seamless efficiency.
Up front, the Dumont employs Catrike’s anti-dive patent-pending front suspension spindle to take the edge off while allowing all wheels to move independently. The result is that the Dumont stays firmly planted on the ground with the active suspension. The long and low ride position and fully adjustable boom provide weight distribution needed for maximum performance while the ergonomic backrest is fully adjustable for the perfect fit. A 26-inch rear wheel and folding feature round out the Dumont to provide the ultimate ride.
Signature color: Candy Purple
The Latest on Our Group Rides!
I’m sure you already know about our Saturday group rides. These rides have been a lot of fun and great exercise for many of us, although the rainy weather has put a damper in our rides (pun intended). As I said in a previous issue of this newsletter, we also decided to resume the weekday rides we had been doing about a year ago. While we are not restricting ourselves to “Wednesday Rides”, most of our weekday rides have still been on Wednesdays. Not many riders are available during the week in general due to work and other responsibilities, so we ride whenever riders are available.
If you’d like to join us on our Saturday or Weekday Rides, please send me an email at tcd and I’ll add you to my list of contacts. I try to get ride announcements sent out at least 2-3 days prior to the rides.
Like I said, the winter rains have played havoc on our rides, specifically on Saturdays for some reason. John and I have ridden most Wednesdays, but a few Saturday rides had to be cancelled due to the weather.
We did ride on Saturday, January 14. We rode the “Ocean Beach Back Alleys and Byways”, and added on the Shelter Island side loop. It was another great riding day, with mostly sunny skies and lots of scenery along the way.
View from Residential Area to the Coast
We normally stop along the way for a pit stop, including snacks at a local coffee shop. There we take a breather and socialize.
The Group at Pete’s Coffee Shop
The ride along the waterfront on Shelter Island was beautiful, and we observed sailboats aplenty.
Rich and the Rest of the Group on Shelter Island; Sailboats in the Distance on the Bay
Road along Shelter Island
The Weather Lady made us miss a few rides in late January and February, but we did ride again in late February (no photos) and again on March 4. That latest ride was around Mission Bay with a side loop along Rose Canyon. It did get a little chilly and breezy toward the end of the ride, but we were able to add layers of clothing to keep comfortable. It was still a good ride, though, and Glen took a video of us along Mission Bay. Please click on the following link to check out our group on the ride:
Our group is not currently a formal, organized club, although that’s a consideration. We’re just a group of riders who enjoy each other’s company. Trikes, bikes, velomobiles, and virtually anything you can pedal (within reason) are all welcome to join us. You must wear a helmet and you must obey traffic laws when on the road. We charge no membership fees, but you’re more than welcome to pay for my lunch. J
Most of our rides are in the 20-mile range, which may seem like a lot of mileage for some riders. Our March 4 ride, in fact, was over 28 miles. But since these are recreational rides and not races, we ride at a pace that accommodates everyone. We eliminated the last hill along Rose Canyon because everyone was getting hungry, and rode back to Souplantation for a late lunch.
Our next Saturday ride is scheduled for March 11, when we plan to ride the “Ocean Beach Back Alleys and Byways” with a side loop through Point Loma.
If you’d like to join any of our group rides, or if you’d just like additional information, please email me at tcd. I’ll add you to the list and/or fill you in on the details.
BMPs for Riding with a Group
Although I’ve written articles in previous issues about group riding standards, I want to point out a few items that should be remembered when riding, especially in a group. A couple of us rode one Wednesday with another group, and while they were great folks and the ride was fun, it was a little hair-raising in a couple of places. They did not use “best management practices” when leading the group.
Always remember that riders behind you in a group cannot read your mind. Also keep in mind that the larger the group, the harder it is for the leader(s) to keep from separating from the pack. That’s also a good point to remember for the rider(s) in the back of the group line. If you can’t keep up with the pace the leader is setting, let someone know so they can slow the pace. (That might not be an option in some groups, so you might need to ride alone in such a case.)
· Group leaders: when coming to an intersection in the road with a traffic light, do not make a left turn if the light is changing. This is critical if any riders do not know the route. Anticipate the light change and ensure that no one will be forced to run a red light or be left behind. If you make the turn and then the light changes, pull over and wait for the group to catch up. This was one of the white-knuckle situations with the other group I mentioned.
· Be sure to use hand signals for turning, stopping, warning of road hazards, and anything else necessary to ensure the riders following you know what to expect. Do not change your mind at the last second without letting the rest of the group know what’s going on. This can cause an accident, especially when heavy motor vehicle traffic is present. (Another hairy moment with that other group.)
· If you are in the back of the group, be sure to keep up the pace so that you won’t be separated from the group. If you are struggling, don’t be ashamed to let others know you need to rest and/or to ask that the pace be reduced. Remember, we are/were all new riders and/or otherwise struggle at some point. We’ve all had to take a breather while riding. (Again, this may not be an option in some groups.)
· Remember, and be assured, that if you ride with our group, at least one experienced rider will stay back with you if you simply can’t keep up no matter what you try. If you need to turn around and go back to the starting point, one of us will ride with you. I have done that service myself on multiple occasions.
· Always err on the side of caution and safety. Better to point out broken glass on the road and discover that it’s only confetti or crushed ice than to think it’s not a road hazard and let someone get hurt or get a flat tire. Better to wait before changing lanes or riding around parked cars into a car lane in heavy traffic than to get yourself or other group members run over by a truck.
· Always take your share of the road, even if you have to stop first and wait for traffic or if you have to slow motorists while you pass an obstacle. Be cautious in case a motorist exhibits road rage, but weaving in and out of empty parking spaces will surely confuse or anger motorists and potentially cause an accident.
· Remember that when motorists park their cars along the side of the road and then open their doors, they generally don’t look for bicycles or trikes. They often don’t even look for oncoming cars and motorcycles. When riding along a road lined with parked cars, and in fact even a single parked car, ride at least 3 feet away from the carto minimize your chance of being “doored” by someone careless.
“Dooring” can happen even in a marked bike lane (see photo on next page). The safe distance can be much greater than 3 feet when passing a large truck.
Make yourself as visible as possible while keeping a safe distance from the parked car(s), but know that a car door will do more painful damage to you than you will to it. (But a car or truck will do more damage to you than you will to it, also. The key is to be careful.)
· When riding side-by-side with another rider, be sure to move back into single file when a motorist approaches unless you are completely in a bike lane. If a car or truck comes too close and bumps you while passing, you’ll be hurt much more than the motor vehicle will! And there’s no good that can come from angering a motorist. Note: even if the entire car lane is marked for shared use (bike symbol and 2 arrows in San Diego County), do not block the lane to prevent cars from passing. Again, while it is lawful to use the entire lane in marked shared use areas, motorists will get angry if you block them for long.
There are many more “BMPs” (best management practices) to consider, but the ones I’ve listed in this article are some that I’ve noticed a lot recently. The over-riding BMP for all cases is to remember that not everyone is an experienced cyclist. And even experienced cyclists do make mistakes when riding. They also drive motor vehicles at times for the most part. So ride your bike or trike (or velomobile) safely using common sense. Think about how others will react to what you’re doing while you’re riding.
A point of clarification: we try to stay on dedicated bike lanes and bike paths wherever possible. We also try to keep our rides in scenic and enjoyable venues. Sometimes, however, the bike lanes and paths are either under repair or non-existent, so we must ride in the car lanes for at least parts of the rides. I’m sure most of our readers don’t have dedicated bike paths in their neighborhoods, or would like a change of pace when riding. Not many locales in the US are as bike/trike-friendly as many parts of Europe are, but hopefully the time will come… We can’t always avoid riding with or adjacent to motor vehicle traffic. So it’s always a good idea to keep up with bicycle safety standards and laws. Come join us on some of our rides and see how much fun it is to ride safely with a group. The more the merrier!
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