July 31

July 31, 2004

I'm back in Calgary for only 1 week before Helen and I head out to bike tour the Oregon coast for 10 days. Then I'll be back for 3 days and we head to the cabin in Montana for a couple of weeks, then it's Penticton BC for Ironman Canada! (how times flies in the summer!!).

So.... that said, I have not had much time to put into the next build of the TCR1 (Trans Canada Rocket1). A huge thanks to Ben Eadie for putting my concept together into Solidworks and calculating the best tube sizes as well as producing these wicked plans for me to fabricate from. I'll be posting his 3D model and some of the drawings on the web site when I get a chance. I have all the steel (4130), most of the tubes are cut and notched and my bike parts order is here (Poweron Cycling). I am ready to switch into fabrication high gear when we are back home on Sept 1. I'll have nothing else to do but focus on making some serious progress on this project. I would really like to have something WITH a fairing to start testing with before the snow starts falling.

Above is a couple of images by Ben Eadie of the TCR1 from Solidworks software


This is pretty cool - I've been working on the Kettwiesel trike this week to get it ready for the lake in Mantana. Yes, I said the LAKE. Check it out:

It's my faithfull Triathlon machine Kettwiesel delta trike converted to a human powered boat. It can convert from a trike to a running push cart to a boat.

The conversion is based on an old kit I purchased for a mountain bike which I reconfigured for the trike. It works awesome - tons of fun!

I replaced the flimsy floats from the original kit with some robust floats from a fly fishing boat. These floats are not as long as the original floats and as a result are slower, but more maneuverable.

The prop is driven by a roller that rubs against the wheel which turns a cable which turns the prop. Really inefficient! My plan for next summer is to replace the roller thing with a direct drive off the gear cassette. The rudder replaces the front wheel with it's own quick-release which means you can use the under-seat steering bar to turn. There are racks behind the seat to hold panniers and the entire boat conversion kit can pack up and fit into the packs including a pump that mates with the prop so you can inflate the floats simply by peddling.

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