Catrike 700 [Silk]

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November 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm

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Jim, All I can say is SILK is the BOMB. What a beautiful machine!!!!!!!!


Richard Clarke

January 25, 2009 at 9:19 am

Hey, Richard. THANKS! I appreciate your visit and comment. –jim


January 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

My brother out in Los Angeles sent me a link to your site. I’ve very much enjoyed reading it and particularly found the Catrike 700 interesting. I’m on the other end of N.C. in Waynesville. I wanted to ask if you would consider adding my blog (Zeke’s Great Smokies 2 Wheeled Adventures) to your external links. Of course, I would hope and expect that you would read it and only list it if you find it of sufficient quality and interest for your own site. If you choose not to list it, no offense will be taken. I appreciate your consideration of my request.

I hope that your riding temps and conditions have been better than ours recently. We’ve been near zero the last couple of mornings and not gotten above freezing for the last two days. We have a veritable heat wave at the moment – 28 degrees with predictions of seeing some upper 50’s today and even into the 60’s tomorrow and Sunday. I’m ready for spring! 🙂


February 6, 2009 at 11:09 am

Hi Cecil,

Thanks for you and your brother visiting my blog. I appreciate it. I wish I had your snow and cold temperatures. I’m not riding much anyway, although with temps in the high 60s this weekend, I’ll have to get out and ride. It must be nice to look out and see snow falling. I have added your blog as an external link. ~jim


February 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Class dude, pure class…. That’s one of the nicest looking trikes I have ever seen.

Lee Bell

March 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm

You are very kind. Thank you. It was fun to create and is FUN to ride. I have some cool stuff planned for the future. Thanks for the visit and your comment. –jim


March 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Quoting for Boomer1, who left these questions elsewhere on this blog. Others many have similar questions and can find my responses by subject. Thanks!!!

What I want to say now is about “Silk”…..does she have a sis.? I can see and appreciate why to you she is “a thing of beauty”! (I’ve seen the different pics and slideshow you put up.) I know it’s a Cat700, and some of the changes you’ve made…..however, you have upgraded and changed so many things she is so different from the original, and so much better in so many ways. And you have not told me yet if she has a sis.!

The final tab could make it out of reach for me….but would like to know how much it would set me back (maybe I’ll win the lotto!) Also, would like to know the upgrades you have made, and if possible the reasons you chose them; and so that nobody may feel offended, or that you do not compromise yourself, it could be in a P.M., if it is all the same to you.

She is so elegant, yet looks so nimble, however,….I’m sure she is built like “a brickhouse”!

yours truly



July 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Hi again Boomer1,

I’m hoping you have had the opportunity to read my initial reply to your questions on Silk [found here].

First, thank you so very much for your many compliments on my fun trike. Everything I’ve done to her is documented in this blog. You see lots of mods. I see the basic CT700 with some accessories that you may not find on lots of trikes. I have changed tires, those were a “normal wear-and-tear” replacement. I suffered a bent derailleur. I had to take what the LBS had–just happened to be an uptick. Everything else is stock.

Again, accessories are different. As to cost, I have a general idea. I do not mind giving a ball park figure. It depend what you want. Certainly, one does not have to acquire all the “stuff” they want at the same time. I ask that you review my blog first and see what I’ve documented. There will be a link to a source for a particular item. There you will probably see the cost for that item.

Silk rides tight and is easy to control. I have no fear doing fast downhills with her. I’ve seen speeds in the 40s.

I’m hoping the two responses together begin to answer your questions. When you have more, If they are Silk in general, posting here is good. If they are on a particular accessory or component, then posting at the article is preferred.

Hoping I’ve been helpful…



July 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Thanx, Jim….for your several replies and your kind help. You’re quick and efficient! Now, in the “Old West”, you would have been a quick draw!
I’ll be a good student, and will visit the different pages….and if I need some clarification, I know where to go!
Thanx again! And continued success in all your endeavors.


July 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Glad to help, boomer1. I think you will find all that you are looking for. A way to do it is to “start at the top,” Jan 08 and scan all posts. You will see trike post and others until you find a post that you want to read. You’ll be current before you know it. She has had tow modes: touring & lite. Maybe her next mode is “speed.” Then I plan to outfit here with trailers at some point. That is documented also. enjoy the read. In addition to being “responsive,” I hope I’m reasonably thorough. Thanks again for the compliment. –jim


July 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Copied from my about [“Me”] page:

I really like your 700. I did a search, looking for a close-up and some info on your safety flag pole. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. I like how you put the light on the top of the pole. The pole looks like it is something more than just a standard pole. Would you mind sharing some information on the mount and where you got the pole.

We have spoken before, I live over in Jacksonville. I have recently purchased a slightly used Road & Speed.



July 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Hello again Marty,

I’m not sure which of my 2 safety flag lighting you are asking about. Here is what I’ve found:

The strobe light [several hits] –external battery [changed to a self contained light]

The self-contained light is a Trek light. [close up]

I’m sorry, I’m not finding more. I hope this helps.

Thanks for the compliments on my trike–fun to setup and to ride.



July 30, 2009 at 3:16 pm


Thanks for your help.


Marty Kaminski

August 3, 2009 at 7:47 am


Where did you get the strobe light?


Marty Kaminski

August 3, 2009 at 7:48 am

You are welcome Marty. I purchased the strobe from If you get one, the strobe is somewhat fragile and not as bright as my Trek light. The best! –jim


August 3, 2009 at 8:06 am

I just bought a CT700 in part because of Silk, wanted to make sure you got the credit you deserve for building such a magnificent machine! May ask later for upgrade advice on my own Black Cat.

Ken Scoates

December 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm

WOW! Thanks Ken. I trust you are having fun wit your Catrike 700. What a cool and fun to ride trike. Thank you for telling me about your buying decision. I welcome any question you may have about the trike and upgrades. Happy New Year. Thanks again and take care. –jim


December 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Jim, Please forgive me for being so behind in my reading of your blog. I just saw a picture of Silk with her tailbox assembly. Oh. My. She is sooo beautiful. Please direct me to some more pictures of her! Have you created a video of she yet? She is everything I want Onyx to be. You must be very proud of her!


February 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Andy, you will have to browse or go to my flickr account and peruse my many sets. Thanks for the complements! –jim


February 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm


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