The sun's out and it's still warm but the season is clearly changing. It's getting darker about an hour earlier than just a month ago, there's that scent of Autumn in the air, the alders in the pasture are beginning to lose leaves, and while there are still caches of plump blackberries to be found, the island is beginning to look kind of berry-picked-over.
I finally got around to mounting my new neck rest, and now that how I see how great it looks I'm not sure why I didn't do this a long time ago. The nut on the embroidery matches a burn scar on my arm that's a perfect image of a 1/4-20 nut...something I did to myself trying to make a jam nut with a pair of vice grips and my belt sander. As the red hot nut landed on my forearm I remember thinking, "This is gonna be a great scar!" Right. A perfect metaphor that says a lot about me.
This is the first "L" tower using different size vertical and horizontal tubing. By using 1.125" OD tubing for the vertical arm there's no longer a need for a shim. Plus the extra 1/8" in diameter makes the tower even stronger. Jim (jimali) was right...the mount is rock solid enough to lift the entire trike using the neck rest as a handle.
Also, all the new "L" towers have the extra 1" stub on the short end so you can mount a pair of tail lights if you choose. Being the tallest spot on the trike, mounting the lights on the tower should make you even more visible.
And speaking of tail light mounts, someone recently asked for a bracket like the one I have on my rear rack for mounting a pair of lights. I made him one and he sent this picture. If anyone else is interested let me know. The bracket will fit any rack having a plate with two side-by-side mounting holes underneath the rack top.
|Mom's 89th birthday present - her first-ever bike|
On a totally different subject, my mom, who's about to turn 97, has been spending the summers here on Vashon with us for the past 5 or 6 years. This has been her escape from Florida summer heat and a chance to hang out with her family (both my sisters also live on the island.) Summers here have meant a lot of time spent outside in a comfortable chair reading, and enjoying the service around here which is pretty darned good. She's been a local fixture as she takes her daily walks and often parks herself down at the mailbox, sitting in her walker and reading the mail. Folks driving down the road often stop to say hi and to chat with her. A few years ago I remodeled one wing of the house so she has her own room, bathroom and entrance, and while she's no great fan of the cold season this really has become home for her. Well about a month ago she decided that this year she's not going back to Florida and will be staying here with us. So a part of my life has now come full circle. Blessedly mom's totally present, so even though the conversations can be awkward this has been an opportunity for some relationship re-negotiating. Lucky for me Penni is incredibly welcoming and caring...and seems to have a wonderful relationship with "Syl." So along with trying to help my mom work out closing up a life 3000 miles away, I've also been busy building ramps and extending steps. Just inviting another person to live with us would be tumultuous enough...that person being my mother increases the tumult potential exponentially.
As for what's in the works, here's prototype #2 for a TerraTrike neck rest mount that will allow installing a CURVE kit on just about every TerraTrike model including Rovers and Ramblers. I've had a lot of requests for neck rests from TerraTrike owners, but I've really dragged my feet on designing an adapter bracket. For a long time I've thought it unfair to TT owners that because of the way TerraTrike makes its seats I'd need to add an adapter bracket to CURVE kits to fit their trikes...and as a result making their kits more expensive than the ones that fit Catrikes, ICE, Tridents, Bacchettas... I've toyed with making an entirely different neck rest mount, one that didn't involve using a mtb stem or tower tubes, but that mount is so simple and solid I just kept going in circles. Finally I decided that I wasn't the one who designed their seat frames so if CURVE kits are going to fit their double tubes then there was no avoiding an adapter bracket. Now the challenge is to make it as simple, and therefore inexpensive, as I can. I think we're close with this one. I'll post pictures once I've tested it, probably at Angle Lake Cycles.
Well, time to go play ball with Travis.