Repairs update

View from the other sideThe seat is fixed!

My friend Ken Handley took the seat frame and had it welded for me. He put a reinforcement inside the tubing and added gussets below the point where the tubing meets the bracket. I’m confident in saying it’s much stronger now than it ever was.

He even had a nice flat black coat of paint put on it, saving me from having to do that.

I have the seat all back together and on the trike. I’m hoping to do a short test ride tonight to make sure it’s all fine. I did some work on the rear derailleur and may need to do some tweaking with that.

Back together again

Update: April 2013
. I just was working on the trike and had the mesh seat cover off again to clean it. The frame with the weld job looks great, except that some of the paint had worn off where the mesh seat rubs it. I painted it again, just a small area in the middle. I think the original paint was a powder coat that probably adhered much better.

Actually, I’m thinking of covering the whole cross bar of the frame with some foam pipe insulation. It’s kind of a hard spot that I almost sit on, so some padding there might help.

Trouble already

Well, I’m on the road. I made it as far as the tiny burg of Hulberton and was deciding whether to go on or go back a half mile to see if I could camp at an RV place I saw.

Well, the bike made up my mind for me. The seat frame broke right at the bracket where it attaches to the bike. I can ride it but it’s poking me in the butt. I could stick something in there for padding, but I think it’s just a matter of time until the other side goes.

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If I was far away, I’d just camp somewhere and find a local weld shop to fix it. But since I’m so close to home, I’m going to go back to Lockport.


I’m sending this from my phone again to make sure this still works.

I did something stupid. I went to pack my medicines for my trip and realized I only had three of one of the pills left. I had put off reordering them until after my doctors visit Tuesday and they won’t get here until next week. I called the doctor’s office and got a local refill, but that took a day and I just got it this morning. I’m spending the day repacking and trying to lighten my load. I hope to leave tomorrow. This is a pretty daunting undertaking, I’m hoping once I get underway, it will seem less so.

One day to go

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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