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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.

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Jerry Posted - 12/17/2017 : 09:52:30
I have to get a new crazyguy account set up. Apparently mine was de-ativated. I contacted Neil and he is setting up my new account. Strange!

Got my account straightened out, but can't open link.
alevand Posted - 12/17/2017 : 09:28:33
I'll just post it here: Current Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

Monthly forecasts:
Morris, IL: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USIL0798:1:US
Champaign,IL: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USIL0209:1:US
Mattoon,IL: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/15531:21:US
Salem,IL https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USIL1047:1:US
Paducah,Ky: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USKY1215:1:US
Paris,Tn: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USTN0389:1:US
Decaturville, Tn: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USTN0134:1:US
Collinwood,tn https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USTN0103:1:US
Tupelo,Ms: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USMS0400:1:US
Jackson,Ms : https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/USMS0175:1:US

NOAA
Forrest, IL: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.7502&lon=-88.4107#.WdDgJidrzMM
Effingham IL: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Effingham&state=IL&site=ILX&textField1=39.1196&textField2=-88.5509&e=0#.WdDhWXVSzMM
Vienna IL: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Vienna&state=IL&site=PAH&textField1=37.4142&textField2=-88.8927&e=0#.WdDhunVSzMM
Paris, TN: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?textField1=36.2961&textField2=-88.2966#.WdDiGHVSzMM
Collinwood, tn: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-87.73161110751482&lat=35.177153905965184#.WdDitXVSzMM

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Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 12/17/2017 : 08:39:50
Get your bike the way you want tony, and we can do this in the spring. It is going to rain 6 out of the next 8 days down in Nashville. Some predict it to rain almost every day through the 1st. It would be miserable trying to ride in 40 degree rain everyday. Yuck! I will not be ready either, I am still sick. I still have 4 more days on antibiotic. My lungs will not let me ride in cold, wet weather.
alevand Posted - 12/17/2017 : 08:03:04
I am nor sure if I'll be able to tour this break. I allotted a morning for the bomb bay doors and after spending almost all day, yesterday, they still don't open when turning. I did mount the rear tire and assembled the LED headlight(https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1o0&page_id=522531&v=Y).

Things to do list:
  • * Install rear wheel, check frame and fairing for clearance, modify if need be. remount old tire if frame rubs.
  • * test ride
  • * Seal rear compartment with tyvek and hotmelt glue to keep wanted material in and outside material out.
  • Make and mount tail light
  • make stowage compartment in front of handle bars
  • Shock mount 2 liter water bottle up front
  • Figure out how and build bomb bay doors that open when turning
  • test ride
  • Build nose, glue foam, shape foam, cut kevlar cloth, layup and cure
  • Make hot wire cutter for foam, 70 amp linear regulated supply gave up, try battery charger
  • * mount cycle computer
  • Make door for egress
  • test ride
  • make or buy tyvek rain poncho
  • make windshield and turtle deck
  • clean and oil chain
  • * adjust brakes
  • * Change silicon diodes to Shockley in bridge rectifier circuit
  • test ride
  • spray waterproof tent
  • determine what to bring, pack, and wear
  • kick stand
  • something I am forgetting

* completed
This is enough work full time for a week, I only have one half day vacation balance, so it looks like I will not be leaving on the 21st.

New tire, Panaracer Pasela Protite 700x38c:



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Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 12/16/2017 : 17:25:14
OK, Jerry. The tire arrived this afternoon an is mounted. 38c does't look all that huge. Its not a supple as the worn out 32c tire. It should be better on gravel and chip seal. I put 80 psi in it I'll try it out later, it should go down to 75 psi outside in the cold.

I made the bb doors wider by 2 inches, to the middle of the splice, and that helped. The still gets stuck turning, though. I'll work on it tomorrow.

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Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 12/16/2017 : 15:07:09
That is why my new touring rig has three wheels Tony, don't have to worry about putting my feet down or balance at stops. When I get the new nose cone attached to it, it will be even faster and more fun! For out right speed, two wheels, for speed, comfort, and touring, three wheels for me. If I get to make it to the Natchez, you can try it out if you like.
alevand Posted - 12/16/2017 : 08:46:29
The new rear tire was shipped to La Grange, 20 miles away, then to Willow Springs fed-ex, 10 miles away, then to Indianapolis USPS, 180 miles away, Then transit back to Lemont. Maybe I'll get it today, unless it goes to Minnesota...or the wrong mail box.

I am going to put the bottom and bomb bay doors on the fairing, then test ride it. The bomb bay doors will open for steering clearance also, so it may need some sort of fender to keep the tire from rubbing.

I usually stop with my right foot down, but the derailleur sticks out. My foot got caught once. We'll see how the test ride goes.

... Well I rode around the parking lot a few times. Good thing is, its faster, I was in top gear with a square duct tape nose. Bad thing is I spent all morning making the bomb bay doors and two things aren't working. One is the tire doesn't push the door open when making tight turns and second, I can't get my left foot down, the axle is in the way. This would makethe case of having a narrowed front hub.


I am gong to have lunch and decide what to do, the left door needs to be wider. Maybe I'll go with cloth covers.

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Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 12/14/2017 : 17:21:41
I changed the cassette,

28,23,17,15,14,13,12,11

To

30,23,20,18,16,15,14,13,11

8 speed chain. I had to file the low stop to shift onto the big sprocket.
Front is 52,42,30

I put new pedals on, they were a little tight out of the box, I loosened the preload nut and added extra grease. Now they turn on their own weight. I like these pedals, they are 4130 cr-mo steel and lighter than aluminum ones. Ball bearings and when they get old, the wear from the cleats can be welded up and filed smooth.



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Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 12/14/2017 : 15:38:23
How about the old Ed Gin method in Build/Tech? It works pretty well.
alevand Posted - 12/14/2017 : 12:21:49
I actually rode to the parking lot and back, without falling. The front I formed a conical tube of coroplast, the back is the old tail box. There is soot on the coroplast. I cut the top out so I can stand up.


I need to make the nose, somehow. Is there a program that would take a shape and output flat strips of coro to cut out and join?

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Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 12/14/2017 : 09:09:10
Tony, when I first considered riding the Natchez Trace, the best option for return transportation was renting a truck or van in Natchez dropping it off in Nashville or Franklin. Enterprise Rent-A-Car 601-442-4600, U-haul 601-445-1980, and Budget Truck Rental 601-445-2367.
alevand Posted - 12/14/2017 : 07:09:12
Tranportation:

I'll list here the options for NOT getting to the Natchez Trace.

Amtrak from Chicago to Jackson, Ms accepts bikes, either boxed as checked luggage or unboxed.

Unboxed has to fit in the hanging bike rack on the wall and can't have a fairing or panniers on it.

Boxed has to fit in the box, 70x42x8.5, < 50 lbs, so there is some disassembly needed, handle bars turned, pedals off, seat off, rear wheel off. Fairing would have to be flattened out.

Greyhound: Slow, takes too long. Same box problem as train.

Flying, there are no cheap flights this time of year, same box problem as train.

Driving, car is 440 miles from the other end, so how does one get back?

Cycling there: Forecast calls for cold weather that week.

Post "Ride Needed" on Craigslist.

... turns out there are several posts for rides from Chicago to Florida just before Christmas, via Nashville. Whether they'll take a bike is not known.


I hot glued zote foam to the sole of one shoe, to see if its warmer.


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Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 12/13/2017 : 06:45:20
I am putting the front fairing on. It taking longer than I thought, due to it being a SWB bike. It sits up higher than I like, due to the seat being 6 inches taller than the Carp (14 in vs 8 in). I should be able for the first ride this weekend. I haven't got a warm pair of shoes or boots yet.

Weather forecast call for warmer weather next week, but a plunge to 10F low and 20F High middle of Christmas week. Too cold for me to be riding from home.

I ordered some SPD high tops, not winter shoes per say, but a size bigger than I wear, enough room for thick socks.

700x38c tire should be delivered tomorrow.

At this point I am considering travel options.

Last night instead of working on the fairing, if fixed the generator. It was making a whirling noise and I found there was a small clearance were the bushing had worn. I clamped the end in a vice and peened the bushing once with a hammer and punch. This took out most of the looseness in the bushing. It seems to run smooth now, I'll test it on the next ride.
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Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 12/07/2017 : 17:14:19
I had a change of plans. My 2 grandson's came over and wanted to ride the side walk on their scooters, so I put on my new roller blades and went up and down the side walk with them. We got in a little over a mile. First time on roller blades in about 12-13 years. Different muscle group from bike riding. Wind chill down to 30 with an actual over night temp of 25-27.
Jerry Posted - 12/07/2017 : 13:06:27
39 here with a wind chill of 32. I am about to go for a short ride in the corovelo where it will be nice and toasty! The only thing that gets a little cold is the nose.
alevand Posted - 12/07/2017 : 06:26:43
I didn't think it was that cold out, but it feels like I got frostbite on the tip of my second toe. I won't be riding until I get some looser fitting shoes.

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Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 12/04/2017 : 13:40:42
The official forecast for December has been revised, now that its cold here:



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Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 12/03/2017 : 14:17:27
I got the Cool Stop Eagle Claw pads mounted and aligned. They work well, easily skidding the rear tire. I laced up this wheel with a Diablo Salsa rim and 32 double butted spokes yesterday. I am planning on getting a new tire, Panaracer Pasela PT 700x38c



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Tony Levand
alevand Posted - 11/30/2017 : 20:19:25
I made a coroplast cover for the idler, no more black knee. I want to put another cog on the cassette, to make 9 speeds, but the suntour derailleur doesn't well shift onto the low as it is. Ive been riding to work on back, about 25 miles a day this week. Both my cars broke down last week, on the same day, alternator went out on the tracker and the engine cradle rusted through on the Saturn. Im debating whether to fix the Saturn.

How do the make the fairings hinge in the front? It seems to me that it would be hard to get it all lined up and sealed when closed.

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Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 11/30/2017 : 19:44:28
Have you tried Squirt Tony. I have close to a 1,000 miles on my chain since my last lube with Squirt.

Had my first ride in two weeks since I tore my calf muscle. It was a very easy ride. I had a roadie come up and pass me, and yes I wanted with all my heart to chase him down, but common sense finally kicked in, and I just let him go. Man, that was so hard to do. My leg feels a little stiff and sore. I guess I am already out of shape. Doctor had told me it could be 3 to 8 weeks before I could really ride, but just spinning easily would be ok.
warren Posted - 11/30/2017 : 08:18:09
I had a similar experience with wax. Comes off easily then chain gets rusty. Also gunks up the cassette gears. I prefer greasy leg, LOL.
alevand Posted - 11/29/2017 : 18:32:22
Thanks, Warren, I have one of those bubbles, but now its smoked glass. I have a sheet of coroplast already clamped and being curved for the front. I'll work on it this weekend.

The chain was squeaking after only 200 miles, so I oiled it this morning, so smooth now. So much for wax, take the chain off every 200 mile, boiling it in wax and then a 50 mile brake in, no thanks. Its already black. Need a cover over the drive idler to keep my pant leg from getting pinched.

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Tony Levand
warren Posted - 11/29/2017 : 11:45:36
This is the fairing: http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/e-bent/ebent-fairing/e-bent_fair8.jpg
alevand Posted - 11/28/2017 : 18:58:59
4 or 5 mph slower on a smooth flat, but easier climbing. Fat front tire is better in gravel. I think I'll try a full fairing, keeps the cold wind and rain off anyway. I am NOT making any such plans to get the bike and gear ready and tested and get some long miles in on the road before a ride down to Natchez to meet Jerry end of this December. Without the full fairing Id probably would drive down and ride the trace from there, as the consecutive 86 milers kicked my butt.

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Tony Levand
Jerry Posted - 11/28/2017 : 16:33:13
Glad you got the bike going well and took a nice little trip. Are you still thinking about doing the Natchez next month? Should be dry and warmer than usual.

I agree about a full fairing being a pita on the road, especially trying to tour with it on a two wheeler. Now a full fairing on a trike is a horse of a different color. Plenty of storage room, out of the weather, and fast enough when needed. I have actually taken a couple of nice naps in my corovelo. Will try spending the night in it soon.

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