Wednesday, October 28, 2015

They're my kind of people: the Addams Family! Readers, Meet BookBub

BookBub claims to offer "Great Deals on Bestselling Ebooks." And that's what it does. I get a daily email tailored to my reading preferences. Some of the books are new, some are older titles, some are by "name" authors -- mostly the older titles -- and a lot are by new (to me) authors. Prices range from $0 up to $5.99 or so. A lot of the $0 or $.99 books are parts of series, with other books in the series going for $2.99 - $6.99.  Nothing wrong with that. $4.99 is as much as I spend on light fiction these days, so I check prices on other books in an author's series before taking that first taste.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A practical bike helmet visor for less than $8

Yes, it can be done. It's easy. All you need is a "sports visor" with a fairly wide built-in headband that uses velcro to adjust it for different head sizes. And some velcro-type material that's "hook" on one side and "eye" on the other, which should cost you $2 at most & is available at most hobby and fabric stores.

And, of course, your helmet:

 This is how we want our  finished helmet + visor to look.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Silver the Trike and Terri the Terrorist Terrier

Back from a nice little ride around the block. 

Our first experience with trike & leash. 

A good time was had by all!

*The trike's name is Silver. It even has a theme song

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Trike Rider Hydration on the Cheap

This is a 24 oz. insulated Polar Bottle in a Swagman beverage holder attached to the side of my recumbent trike's mesh seat. The Polar Bottle is simply wonderful. It's soft and easy to drink out of, and fits nicely in a standard bottle holder -- except it's tall, which is a problem in some cup holders. The Swagman  holder is straight and sturdy, so no problem. I *could* install it with the bottle straight-up vertical, but letting it stay in the plane of the seat is stronger.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My recumbent trike "tools, gear, and stuff" bag

I see specialty bike-stuff bags for $50 up into the $100s. Um.... yeah. I have this one hung on the horizontal bar and velcro straps on the back of my mesh seat. Fits nicely, looks like it belongs -- and was only $16 from Amazon. It's rugged, too. The "weight weenies" might complain that this weighs a whole 13 oz. empty and a couple of pounds when it's loaded with a spare tube, a patch kit, a CO2 inflator, a "backup" pump, basic road tools and parts, and some low-sugar (diabetes guy) healthy snacks.

There are a million ways to carry things on your bike or trike -- and a lot of the best and most cost-effective ones don't say "bike" or "trike" on them at the store.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

My trike, front view...

This is my trike's current configuration, more or less. Note the phat seat cushions. I call them my "poor man's suspension." I'll post more/better pics of my mods as time & energy permit.

The trike itself is a Trident Spike, sort of their Spike 2 in that it has the 3X8 (24 speed) drive train and fenders that are optional on the basic Spike, but not labeled as such.

And my trike has a name: Silver. Because it is. And because that gives it an excellent theme song!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Trike mod #1 - handlebars

I've been meaning to upload pics of my trike mods for a long time, but I always seem to have at least one part of it disassembled when I think about taking photos.

Anyway... here's my first "trike mod" pic: of my right-side handlebar or control handle. You can call it either one, I suppose. That's a big -- 4 finger - brake lever, and a super-cheap *friction* Sunrace shifter (I have 24 gears, 3X8) hat I like better than either the OEM grip shifters or the popular, "newer" bar-end ones -- almost all of which are indexed.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Uber is Not a Ride-Sharing Service, and Probably Won't Last More than a Few More Years

A big mistake I see in articles about Uber is calling it a "ride-sharing service." Nonsense! Uber is no more a "ride-sharing service" than my local gas station is a "fuel-sharing service." Uber is an automated dispatch service that also (supposedly) sets standards for its cars and drivers.

The idea of passengers "crowdsourcing" inspections is a fine Randian fantasy, but come on: have you ever checked the brake pads on a taxi or an Uber-dispatched car before you rode in it? I didn't think so.

All Uber has really done is automate the transportation company's dispatchers and phone operators out of a job. Other livery, taxi, and gypsy cab services are now writing their own apps, so Uber is probably good for no more than another 3 - 5 years, and will start showing signs of stress in 2017 or 2018.