Which font for you? [my quad has a name]

~ In the spirit of the Old West and the days of stagecoaches ~

stagecoach

??? Which font do you think should be used for this HPV Quadricycle ???

1

Captain Howdy

Captain Howdy

2
Carnival MF
Carnival MF
3

Coffee Tin

Coffee Tin

4

Edmunds Distressed

Edmunds Distressed
5

Gringo Nights

Gringo Nights

6

Regulators

Regulators
7

Vanilla Whale

Vanilla Whale

8

Whistle Stop

Whistle Stop

Cast your ballot

Today, my quad was named Fargo

That is Fargo as in Wells Fargo & Company. I choose the name Fargo because the quad has some characteristics of a stagecoach [at least in my mind] and it will be used to ride far [cycling tours]. The images I have of a stagecoach have larger rear wheels to better handle mud & ruts.

stagecoachA Wells Fargo & Co Stagecoach

Should that be the case for my quad. Utah Trikes has a 24” rear—20” front build. I think not for touring. This is to avoid needing to carry 2 different tire & tube sizes. Given that, I plan to stay with 20” wheels around. Now, if Ashley Guy, Utah Trikes gives me compelling reasons to use a 24” wheel, I will reconsider.

Fargo it is ~ the name for my quad

Today Vern [BROL Member] began a “Do you name your steeds?” thread. The responses are worthy of your read. Well, until this thread, I had not found a name that works for me for the quad. Today it happened—Fargo!

Here is my BROL post on Vern’s thread: [Do you name your steeds?]

Lightbulb Some…

I currently have 7 cycles, 2 with names:

Silk–my Catrike 700: [The S & K are the first letters of Schwartz Katz–German for Black Cat. The two other letters make it a word, meaning smooth, elegant, etc. This use of the short-term is a speed short code for blogging and forums–works for me.

and

Faye–my RANS Citi Crank Forward: [an abbreviation of my hometown
–Fayetteville]. I removed the manufacturer’s graphic and thought the bike looks better with a cursive font–same font my hometown uses. This short code again works extremely well in writing.
The other five will likely remain nameless–they are not referred to that frequently.

I am in the planning stage of a quad from Utah Trikes for touring. I’ve been considering a name for it–nothing until this thread. I thought of Sonny–a childhood nickname that would have been used to denote the use of solar power–did not stick for me. Today Fargo–the quad reminds me of a stagecoach from years back, a.k.a Wells Fargo. Also, what a cool name for a cycle that will “go far” [like thousands of miles] on tours. So Fargo it is–another wonderful short code.

Thanks Vern for the thread; and, no, I am not demented [for others who are curious].

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Here we go ~ 12/30 Live Video Stream Ride

[qik url=”http://qik.ly/xVMg” width=”425″ height=”319″]

and

~ The Garmin Connect Activity Player or the Ride ~

Vodpod videos no longer available.

RAM or NOT! ~ 12/30

RAM-B-149Z-AP6U If you watched my iPhone live streams yesterday, you saw my camera fall several times and heard me say I’d likely get a RAM Mount to resolve the problem. A RAM handlebar mount for a bike cost $34.50 plus shipping. RAM has very good mounts. I have several.

I do not think this is the best solution where a rider needs to adjust the phone’s position to shoot video. Loosing the handle releases friction on the balls, the phone moves, as well as the mount.

I looked for another solution and the possibility of  saving $45 – $50 and is safer to operate. So RAM—NOT!

IPhone in OWLE Bubo, on custom tripod head Going to my resource of non-throwaways, I retrieved one of my cheap tripods [used it last to hold my tablet PC; removed the  tripod head; and then began to figure out how to make it work for me. I want functionality for the quad, my uprights, and my Catrike 700—Silk. Well, I think this will work. The quad setup has to be tested. I’ll use a boom to allow for both near and somewhat distant shots. More on that later.

For the Citi, here are more pictures: [also flickr]

of course, there’s more…

Thanks for a 432-Pageview Day ~ 12/29

1229 Stats

These are the most reads since Anniversary Day—11/30, which was 391.

Here are your top pageviews [only 263 of the total] and referrers:

Quad cargo hauling capability ~ Utah Trikes

2010 UTC Quad Front View [photo from Utah Trikes]

As structured, cargo can be supported on the rear axle and immediately behind the seat, maybe with a seat bag of some type. For the purpose I have in mind, I’m thinking additional weight-bearing surfaces will be good for touring. Will a floorboard of sorts work here? For several days now, I have envisioned a surface parallel to the ground between the cross arm and the rear axle with cutout for the turning radius of the front wheels & fender, the main tube, and the drive train.

Such a board will give additional space to haul “stuff” [boxes, bags, equipment as well as a place to sit a coke, sandwich, fruit, etc.]. It would keep road spray & splatter down; give me a way of routing wiring that would be hidden from the top; and, give me a surface to hook side-curtains [if desired].  For my quad, it may even give a mounting base for rear fenders.

Now, I wonder what Ashley Guy, Utah Trikes Custom Shop thinks of the idea???

Off to Ashley…

the answer is…