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alevand Posted - 08/28/2017 : 18:25:11
I am going to meet Jerry on the Natchez Trace in October. I don't have the details, not sure if I am riding from home, 1000 miles to Natchez or driving there and just ridding the trace for a few days. That's the plan anyway. I don't think the 26x26 bike would be ready so it would be the carp. I have two routes to Natchez, the flat route an the scenic route with lots of hills.

Tony Levand
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Jerry Posted - 10/17/2017 : 10:39:00
Originally posted by Speedbiker

Jerry, who is the young leg model you hired for that video? Ha ha.

My wife!
I did not realize I had left the angle of my GoPro to that of riding my Baron until after the fact. Can't really see too much.
alevand Posted - 10/16/2017 : 20:48:18
I ordered a thread adapter 1/4 NPT to 14-1.5 ISO from Mc master-carr. I may change out the Marathon 26x1.5 in back to a Panaracer tire.
Tony Levand
Speedbiker Posted - 10/16/2017 : 17:10:40
Jerry, who is the young leg model you hired for that video? Ha ha.
alevand Posted - 10/16/2017 : 13:36:06
Bought the mig gun with the wrong end. I either have to get a different one or and adapter from NPT to ISO. Nice weather this week, compared to the deluge over the weekend. Maybe I
ll have a bike going by the time Jerry is settled in.

Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 10/13/2017 : 17:40:31
A short shake down ride after the new changes to my corovelo.

My camera died and my GoPro battery bit the dust. Maybe I can get a couple of pictures off my phone later.
Jerry Posted - 10/13/2017 : 12:28:29
I finished the revision on my corovelo yesterday. Now I need to make a new hood with side windows and windshield. I'll wait on that for a few days when the temps drop below 90 degrees again. Still need to make more storage room. Maybe take the corovelo for a 2-3 day shake down tour after getting moved into my new house and get settled in. That would be end of November or sometime in December.
Jerry Posted - 10/11/2017 : 19:53:13
I am going to start on the 5th revision of my corovelo soon. There is still too much wind hitting my body, so I am re-doing the top deck and the two sides pieces that attach to the top deck. Making removable coro and petg doors. Need to open up the trunk area and build more storage for camping gear, and make it easier to get into trunk. Also adding some storage in the nose of fairing. My wrist, elbow, and groin are better, the ankle still very sore. I wrapped the ankle with tape and an ace bandage and was able to ride the corovelo for a short time.
alevand Posted - 10/10/2017 : 17:37:05
I received the new tent, tire pump and down jacket. New MIG gun due to arrive oct 17.

I left the tent setup outside in the rain last night and there is 1/4 in of water inside.

Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 10/06/2017 : 21:24:33
When I go back to MO to move all my stuff down to TX, I will bring the Rans Velocity Square with me. I plan to modify it and build a coroliner out of it. After reading Speedy's post to the the young man wanting to build a streamliner about the wheels being all the way to the front and back of the fairing, the Rans should work out great. It will not be a Coyote, but it should be a good touring and cruising liner. I love the window foot door. Being able to put your leg or hand out sure makes it easier to start and stop. I hate slits and bomb bay doors because I am old and not as limber as I once was. I would like to get it down here and get it done so I can take it on the Natchez Trace before winter is over. I have given up on trying to ride the Baron as a coroliner. I am too darn big and it is a handful in traffic and wind.
Jerry Posted - 10/06/2017 : 12:19:54
I have been following that link. If they only knew how much better they would feel riding recumbents. A couple of trikes would be the perfect ride for these two adventurous people. Good for them. Once I get healed up and get moved, I am riding the Trace. I don't care if I have to go ride 1/2 day out and 1/2 day back to the van, then drive to the next days starting point.
alevand Posted - 10/06/2017 : 08:55:56

Received the new Wellgo W41 pedals, .6 lbs for both, without cleat. These are solid cr-mo steel, lighter than aluminum spd pedals and have full complement ball bearings.

Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 10/06/2017 : 07:51:44
The people accepted our offer on the house. I think I will need all 3 weeks to heal up before the closing date. It will be nice to be living in a house again!

Looks like rain and high winds next week in MS, AL, and TN. Not my favorite kind of cycling and camping weather. Doesn't really matter, I will not be riding for a couple or three weeks anyway.
alevand Posted - 10/06/2017 : 05:42:50
Ive ordered an new down jacket, 451 tire, pump, swiss army knife, tent, this one is longer but shorter. I am thinking of making a tent that is supported by the bike ,thereby saving 1.4 lbs of tent polls. I ordered a new air pad, short size, saves .5 lbs weight. No progress on bike yesterday, cleaning garage.

Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 10/05/2017 : 16:56:53
Well, it looks hurricane weather next week anyway...

Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 10/05/2017 : 09:13:38
I am just glad Tony's house didn't burn down and no one was injured. As for me, I have had a run of luck, all bad! Ha. We both will be back to par soon.
warren Posted - 10/05/2017 : 08:06:46
Wow, sorry to hear that the Carp is gone! You are lucky that you didn't lose your whole garage. It's amazing that the coroplast burned hot enough to melt the aluminum without catching anything else on fire. Now you will have to build something new. Phoenix. I get it now...

And Jerry - take care of yourself, man! I think you need some daily wear body armor.
Jerry Posted - 10/05/2017 : 07:37:43
Tony had his bike burn up in a fire, and I had a fall. No, not on the bike, the stairs to the attic in the house we are trying to buy collapsed because of the wrong kind and size screws. They used 3/4" drywall screws to install the ladder. Needed 2". Anyway, the stairs fell with me on them about 5 feet to concrete floor. Banged up pretty good and sore. Scariest part was the large bulging around where I had my hernia surgery in my groin. The mesh apparently nicked a small blood vessel. The area always gets sore after riding. I guess this trip was not meant to be! Maybe next year.
alevand Posted - 10/05/2017 : 06:27:40
Apparently, a dormant welding spark ignited in the fairing, the ensuing fire completely consumed the Carp bike, leaving a chard, rusty twisted frame and melted aluminum. The inside of the garage and everything in it is covered black with soot. It washes off witht he power washer, except were there was grease or oil, leaving hand prints a forensic detective would be proud of. It will take several weeks to clean every thing. Camping gear is also lost.

Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 10/05/2017 : 06:18:29
Jerry had an unfortunate mishap and wont be riding Natchez this fall.

Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 10/01/2017 : 21:19:05
Guess I'll be making the trip by myself. Tony has had some misfortune and can't make the trip. I will let Tony give the details.
Jerry Posted - 10/01/2017 : 15:17:13
Last minute change of choice! I am taking the Musashi. I have ordered a short pull brake lever instead of the long pull lever on it. The long pull is about useless. The Musashi is better suited for a tour than the Baron. I am building a larger tail box to hold everything to keep them from getting wet. Will be using the double layered hammock instead of my tent, which I left in storage back in MO. Hopefully I'll get the tail box done tomorrow and be able to take an overnight shake down ride. If it is around 90 degrees, no shake down over night. I will load everything I plan to take, and just go on a 50-60 mile ride before it gets too hot instead. Around 10 days before I head to MS.
Jerry Posted - 09/28/2017 : 07:52:11
I have a water proof bag for my clothes and small water proof containers for stuff like wallet, medicine, toiletries, etc.

I am taking two wicking shirts, two wicking shorts, two polypropylene socks, underwear, long sleeve shirt, long pants that can be zippered off to shorts, light weight all weather jacket, wool socks, insulated and light weight riding gloves.

Two tubes for front tire and two for rear tire. Tube repair kit, tire changing tools, multi-tool, folding saw, bike tool kit, and full size air pump. Soda can alcohol stove and small 2 cup pot. Small bottle of alcohol. Coffee and instant oatmeal. I will boil water if I have to for drinking. Still sorting out what else I am taking. Trying to decide if I really need to take spare tires or not. Probably not.

It has really cooled down since it started raining. I will try the hammock out tomorrow night. I have four small inflatable air pads to go between the layers of double layer hammock. The larger air pad didn't work as well as the 4 smaller pads, they stayed in place better. Also a camping pad. Tarp for ridge line in case of rain. Lows in the 50's-60's. Bad news, it is going to be back in the 90's next week! Yuck!
alevand Posted - 09/28/2017 : 05:29:04
I sewed up a little bike bag last night.

Water filter, TP, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, soap, shampoo, razor, vitamins,sea salt, pathes, swiss army knife, thread, needle, channel locks...

Its 47 outside this morning. I put on all my warm cloths, except the balaclava, and took a nap outside in the sleeping bag. This is colder than I expect to be on the trip. I was warm enough to sleep, though my legs were a little cold. The tent would be a little warmer and would keep the breeze off. I think I have enough cloths.
Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 09/27/2017 : 12:20:56
I leave the Musashi at my daughter's house so I can ride with the grandsons. This morning while they were at school and pre-school, I took the Musashi out for a short 20 mile ride. I forgot what a great riding and easy riding bike it is. I was about 2 miles from the end of my ride. I rode to the bottom of a steep little hill and was turning around. A roadie came blasting past. I passed him about a 1/2 mile later at around 28. I had a big smile on my face as I went on down the street at 28-30 mph for about 1/2 mile more. Speed limit 30 and a guy pulls up next to me at a stop sign and gives me a big thumbs up. I am starting to lean toward taking the Musashi on the Natchez trip! If only it had disc front brake.
alevand Posted - 09/26/2017 : 13:12:36

Rode 35 miles this morning. Seat is in a good position and the chain drive never felt so smooth and quiet, now with the new idler. Something is momentarily getting stuck in the rear wheel, almost like putting the brake on, leaves maybe. Don't have time till after work to look at it. Roadie on the path passed me as I was just starting, Then I stopped to clear the wheel. Caught up and passed at 34 mph.

Tony Levand

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