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Economizing and Living Independent for survival in comfort In Today America


Travel (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn (back soon, sorry for not commenting))

English: Bicycle touring

English: Bicycle touring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World cyclist Heinz Stuecke on the place de la...

World cyclist Heinz Stuecke on the place de la Sorbonne in Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recent articles regarding my RecumbantĀ  Trike project and my old articles regarding the Technomads Tribe is again on my mind.I have retired awhile ago so ai could devote more time to creating a rock solid self powered vehicle to travel at random with.I am hoping to get others interested in a life of travel,exercise and good times all over the USA.If others who were self supported were to go along with no demands to stay for any length of time it would truly be a happy group project.We would be that Technomadic Tribe.

Self sufficent would mean a way to support ones self along the way.The tribe would share life experience with whatever they knew best.For instance,A mechanic such as myself would help with repairs.Some one who was good with writing might help with a person supported by blogging.Some one such as a nurse would come in handy when a mishap handed out a skinned knee or elbow.A person with a long life of history background would find historical sites useful.Navigation might be a person who has traveled before.I think anyone with a good sense of their life would enjoy the friendship that will last a lifetime.Riding together has always been safer than alone.

Currently my research has been collecting articles on survival and self sufficiency of those who are experts.Articles of those already traveling on the road to lifes adventures have been a lot of help.The subtle little things they learned by hard lessons are well heeded.The type of terrain.How to cope with the different riding conditions.What to pack and how to stay out of trouble healthwise

.The vehicle you are riding would need to be rugged enough to be trouble free while not being astromonically expensive.I read about the folks that rode just acrossed the country and the enjoyment that they shared.There is also the 71year old gent that rode acrossed the USA and decided to keep riding.Has done so for years.He is quite the expert on the crossing alone.

Bicycling has been my interest since my paper route demanded a way to deliver the 110 papers to my customers.My older red head sister, Jean bought me a single speed Huffy with baskets.I have been riding every since with the exception of last year where a bit of surgery knocked me down for a while.Life is to short to just lay down and get fat…

Think for moment of the first day that you have no muscles aching and the crisp air filling your lungs as the morning greets your waking brain.The smell of bacon and eggs hits you in the nose and the smell of fresh coffee.Some one is fixing the breakfast in their turn for it.The day is just beginning and for the first time in a long time you feel healthy and alive.

The headline fears are still available to you since the electronic world has made that available.Communications with those you value are next fone linked to say I am ok or catch up on family or businessĀ  affairs.Then the morning meal with friends of the road tribe to eat,plan and get ready for the day ahead.Repair if need be and repack to get a better ride.Maybe to make the load more accessable,more,easily available.

The trip is not like the road racing bikes you see on the street.Pedaling like crazy to give their butts a ride.Going so fast and working so hard that they miss everything along the way.You all agree that the group is ready to ride and go at a leisure pace that everyone will enjoy.Stopping to take pictures,readjust for comfort and generally enjoying the time given.There is no relatable feeling that compairs to it when you finally feel in shape and nothing hurts.A few days after you started riding with the tribe the pains become muscle and your weight drops to comfort levels.Your body tunes to the athlete you always dreamed of being.You are free and alive,maybe fore the first time in a long time or the first time ever.The wind is in your face as you pedal along with your new friends who share your feelings of living.

You ride with others. Slowest riders in front and fastest riders in back to be able to pace the group.A few riders ride far ahead to scout the route for easiest passage.Your destination may be a camp ground somewhere ahead or a hotel for showers food and a rest period.The autos pass with care because there would be a lot of eyes in a misdeed done.The tribe is from all walks and professions of life.The talents and abilities are from diverse worlds united with the common love of thier life of freedom.

This article is as close as I can explain as to why I have worked for these years building a trike wih every conceivable option that I could find or think of.I wanted to retire and ride just to see the world I missed.I will be uploadingĀ  the pictures soon for those interested.I am constantly making upgrades with modifications to every part that doesnt measure up to an easy ride.

My latest project is trying to interest people in buliding trikes to travel this road with me.Perhaps for a summer,perhaps…..

I will be writing again soon I welcome those who are becoming followers and readers alike.WELCOME DEAR READERS


Photo of an Irish breakfast taken by Ludraman ...

Photo of an Irish breakfast taken by Ludraman with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P9. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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DIY Recumbant Trike Update Latest Design Changes to My Project.

a bike-buggy especially designed for extensive...

a bike-buggy especially designed for extensive outdoor bike-trekking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shimano XT front derailleur (top pull, bottom ...

Shimano XT front derailleur (top pull, bottom swing, triple cage) on a mountain bike (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shimano Deore XT Schaltwerk hinten (am Mountai...

Shimano Deore XT Schaltwerk hinten (am Mountainbike) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometime ago I wrote an article regarding my trike that I had built from scratch .
It was a bolt together frame and built from various parts of bikes that I recycled.
It has rear suspension for comfort when riding over the roughest roads.This was cut from a mountain bike with an aluminum frame.I used the seat post as my seat back support.A pipe was bolted to the lower bar that originally past forward to the fork tube.The pedals were from an old Fugi 10 speed.The pedal tube was from a noname bike with 12 speeds.That was bolted to the pipe that ran from front to back,passing under the seat.I rebuilt an English 3speed hub to except a deraileur sprocket on the hub using the original 3spd sprocket as an adapter to mount the multi spd sprocket on the rear wheel.The result is a rear hub that is a full 10×3=30spds all on the rear wheel.#more sprockets on the pedals is a full 90spds.I re-spoked the fragile rear whell with a wide rim of 26inch size.Later it may be a 29inch for better travel characteristics.

You may ask why so many gears?I intend to tour this summer with no problems climbing hills or keeping pace on downhills.

Tune in again and I will be working to find a way to add a jackshaft to further the ease of pedaling along.I was thinking about a possible sail setup that would make a tailwind useful.Many states here in the USA do not allow electric power units on bicycles/Trikes.The multiple power units would make the trip a little more pleasant without police lights pulling behind me.I know of no law using the wind on the highways.(as long as it is not a hazard).

I also have placed a solar cell atop the trike for the charging of batteries and it will make a great shade provider. on sunny days as well as on overly sunny days.
During the night when I might get hung up to ride a little after dark,I have a 12volt Bicycle Generator in the ready to engage position.The voltage controller that came with the solarcell works to charge from both Gennie and solar cell with a cutout relay from RadioShack. Central Tractor Stores sell a book on Wind and solar cells for children that explains the procedures.

Running lights are from a auto parts store.They run down the left and right sides of the frame,seat frame and end up on both sides of the frame in front of the axle.

My headlights are converted bullseye minilights for a car.The conversion is 12volt quartz halogen mini spot bulbs from a haardware store.2 more mini lites are superbrite LEDs in mini flashight conversions.(original insides removed and heftier electronics installed.Finally a small rechargable 12volt light installed behind the semi-reclined seat.Seat is lightweight sheet aluminum covered with hi density foam and then with a type of breatable cordura..It looks good and works for me.

Steering is direct and tilts into corners by tilting the axle.I havent flipped it yet.
I am currently working on converting a bike trailer into a small lightweight untility trailer.I am for the moment a little delayed in my work on bicycles.While The local hospital was saving my life after I had a stint with severe ilness hittting me.Someone broke in and stoled all my bicycle tools.
Wrenches I have had for the past 40years orso.My grandfathers antique wrenches,My dads and his brothers tools that I have always used.They took only my tools.It is like someone who thought it would stop my love of this hobby.If you are blocked in your process then lokk for the way.Over,under,around or though.It will be awhile till I can budget the replacement of those tools that I once uced in my bike shop.Till then I guess theres time to think what the next idea is..

See You soon dear friends.

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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


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