Not quite as long as I expected, but good

The Greenspeed Fenders, that is. I like the look. They do not quite reach the 10:00 position Larry Varney mentioned in his article, but I do have more coverage. The fenders are about 4 1/8 inch longer than the original Planet Bike Fenders. I placed them to give a bit more coverage on the back-side to preclude spray on my arm as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, yet I still have more coverage on the front-side. I’d estimate 1″ back & 3″ front. Now I thought I was getting a Greenspeed 16″ rear fender. I think I have front fenders. I am pleased anyway. It is difficult to show the actual difference in size, without stacking the fenders.

Let it rain

Thanks to Larry Varney [BROL member], who I had to pleasure of meeting and riding with at the 2008 Catrike Rally, for his article [now missing at BROL] on Catrike front fenders. Larry noted in his article that he’d want a bit more wheel coverage.

Where I would like to see an improvement is in the fender, specifically in the coverage on the front side of the wheel. For most people, the current design of fenders – and this goes for just about all bikes and trikes I see nowadays, not just Catrike or even Planet Bike – they literally stop too soon. I would like to see the front fenders extended to cover more of the front portion of the tire. Sure, it’s more important to cover that back section, and have a good-sized “mud flap” hanging down – but there are times when spray comes off the front of the tire and is then blown back on the rider. Instead of having the fender stop at the “noon” position, how about “10 o’clock”?

I‘ll give that a go later this week using Greenspeed 16″ rear fenders. I also noted that with my current fenders, I get spray on my forearm as I ride through puddles. The fender could be a bit lower at the rear. This is also noted by Leucas [BROL member] in his post on the Larry’s article thread. I’ll try to resolve the spray also. Now, let’s see how that looks. Stay tuned…

Sports drink bottles on a Catrike

I‘ll use 2 Minoura Single Water Bottle Cage Holders [QB-90], with quick release to hold cages for sports drinks for longer rides. I will mount them as Bluecoyote has mounted his. The QB-90 can be easily removed when not in use. I have also carried a water bottle in the bag mounted on my bottom tube.

Of course, my mounts and cages are all black. These items will arrive Friday, 04/04.

Touring: “Jim Artis” added

Yesterday, I introduced Silk ‘s Badge. Today, the “Jim Artis” graphic presented earlier. In the case the patch on the panniers cover the blue thread that was visible before and associate the cycle to me in the event of an accident [I also wear my Road ID]. There are other pictures at flickr.

Touring: "Jim Artis" added

Yesterday, I introduced Silk ‘s Badge. Today, the “Jim Artis” graphic presented earlier. In the case the patch on the panniers cover the blue thread that was visible before and associate the cycle to me in the event of an accident [I also wear my Road ID]. There are other pictures at flickr.

Silk has her badge

Top Photo [Silk’s left side]

Bottom Photo [Silk’s right side]

The photographs above are of Silk in her lite mode. In my rush to take these photos, I failed to put on her bottom-tube bag. So, there is a void just in front of the rear tire. Tomorrow, I’ll post pictures with the embroidered Jim Artis on my panniers and on the rear of the trike for Silk’s touring mode.

Kit

Invaluable on my travels has been my CatStand. Some of the trike adjustment would have been very difficult without it. I carry my tools and the stand. I’m ready to work on my cycles. In the early days [DFs only], I carried my Park Tool Stand. When you need to work, you need the right “stuff.”