22 Oct 2015, 08:21

Goodby TiAero

Today I sold the TiAero and shipped it out to it’s new owner in Eugene OR.

I’m going to miss the TiAero but I have to make room in the garage for velos and trikes.

In February of 2014 I purchased a used TiAero at the HOT rally in Austin Texas.


After riding up and down the street to dial-in the fitting I hopped on it and did a first ride of 51 miles. The TiAero is extremely easy to ride, coasts like crazy and is solid as a rock.

Lots of great rides, and several ride videos, with the TiAero.

Date Miles Event
22 Mar 2014 51 Ti-Aero First Ride Impressions
05 Apr 2014 43.5 TiAero - Liberty Hill Spokes 'n Spurs
19 Apr 2014 30.5 TiAero - Tour de Vineyard Ride Report
28 Apr 2014 0 TiAero - Getting ready for GASP
30 Apr 2014 30 TiAero - Easy 30 miles
03 May 2014 101.5 TiAero - GASP Ride Report
15 May 2014 70 TiAero - Easy 70 miles today
17 May 2014 29 TiAero - Real Ale Ride Report

19 Oct 2015, 10:31

TiAero - For Sale! (w/SportsTube)

For Sale: $1,700. Shipping is included in the price to anywhere in the USA in the also included SportsTube.

Bike is currently located in Georgetown Texas.

If you have any questions not answered by the information below please send me an email at dhansen@triand.com


I’m 6 feet 1 inches tall with very long legs. My weight is 225 pounds. XSeam is 48 inches (fat butt and long legs).

The seat has plenty of adjustment both forward and back.

I need to make room in the garage for my trike and velomobile addiction.

In February of 2014 I purchased a used TiAero at the HOT rally in Austin Texas.


After riding up and down the street to dial-in the fitting I hopped on it and did a first ride of 51 miles. The TiAero is extremely easy to ride, coasts like crazy and is solid as a rock.

You can read my various ride reports to see pictures of the bike and several ride videos.

Date Miles Event
22 Mar 2014 51 Ti-Aero First Ride Impressions
05 Apr 2014 43.5 TiAero - Liberty Hill Spokes 'n Spurs
19 Apr 2014 30.5 TiAero - Tour de Vineyard Ride Report
28 Apr 2014 0 TiAero - Getting ready for GASP
30 Apr 2014 30 TiAero - Easy 30 miles
03 May 2014 101.5 TiAero - GASP Ride Report
15 May 2014 70 TiAero - Easy 70 miles today
17 May 2014 29 TiAero - Real Ale Ride Report

The front has a Schlumpf Speed Drive as well as a compact double.

The rear seat back bag is included. The frame bag is not included.

Any extra 650 tubes and tires I have laying around the garage I’ll also include. I know I always keep a least a couple of extra on hand.

Strava says I only put 349 miles only the TiAero. Seems low, but I have a lot of other bikes and once I got the Carbent I stopped riding the TiAero.

I’ve shipped the bike to Portland OR before and ridden up and down the Columbia River gorge.

You can read about packing the bike into a SportsTube here:


This blog entry also has a lot of detailed pictures of the components on the bike and how to disassemble and reassemble the bike for packing in the SportsTube.


Several people have asked about the gearing on the bike.

The front has a derailleur with 48-34 front chain rings and with a Schlumpf Speed Drive. At least I think the small chain ring is a 34 - it is not stamped and I tried physically counting the teeth. I could be wrong and the small ring could be a 36 tooth.

The Schlumpf SD is a 1.65 times multiplier. I would only kick it into high gear when on a downhill and spinning out.

A good web reference on the Schlumpf drives is here: http://www.cyclemonkey.com/schlumpf-innovations.shtml

The Schlumpf can be removed and a standard double or triple bottom bracket put on instead.

The rear cassette is a 11-34 nine speed.

When figuring the gear inches remember that the rear wheel is a 650c.

I would have a hard time doing a sustained (several minutes) climb of grade greater than 10 percent with this bike. You can check my strava links for the rides to see typical elevation changes I would normally handle.




The bike with peddles, empty seat bag, headrest, etc. weighs 22.5 pounds.

Head Rest

The head rest shown in the pictures is included.

Frame Size

Not sure of the frame size but I’m 6 foot 1 inch with very long legs - 48 inch X-Seam.

Online blog indicated that the if the Serial number starts with a RBL then the size is a large.

Picture of the Serial number (RBL0023) on the front bottom bracket:


Someone else indicated you can tell the frame size by measuring the frame from the steerer to the end of the bottom bracket.

Here are some pictures of that: (looks like 13 and 3/4 inches)



I’d say the frame is a large size.

Year Made

Not sure the year made. The Serial number is RBL0023.

Online blogs indicate it might be a newer model because the seat mount is bolted on (not welded like some older models).

Picture of seat mount bolted on:


15 Jun 2014, 00:50

TiAero - Packing in SportsTube

I’m going to be traveling to Portland OR later this month and what to do some rides on my TiAero.

So I’m packing it up into a Sports Tube Series 3 which I purchased on Amazon for $199 dollars.

NOTE: These instructions include documenting my mistakes. Make sure to view all the pictures and read all the comments so that you don’t make the same mistakes - it will save you a lot of time.

The main goal to to leave all the cabling intact.

The page is divided into a few sections:

TiAero into a Sports Tube
Pre-disassembly Take pictures of everything on the bike first. Specifically, chain routing, cable routing.
Starting out Empty Sports Tube in front of the bike.
Remove chain The messiest part of the whole job.
Remove Accessories Pull easy stuff off the bike
  • Bottom frame bag
  • Headrest
  • Left side bottle holder
Remove seat Prior owner modified the seat.
Easy stuff gone The frame will all the easy stuff removed.
Removing handlebars Handlebars are tricky with the BFT.
Removing rear derailleur Tape to frame to protect from damage.
Trial fitting (wrong) Trial fit into the Sports Tube top.
Removing the front fork Easy to do with the Bacchetta Fine Tune (BFT) System.
Disassembly complete Everything off the bike, taped and bubble wrapped to frame.
Removing the front fork Easy to do with the Bacchetta Fine Tune (BFT) System.
Disassembly complete Everything taped and bubble wrapped to frame.
Trial fit bottom tube (correct) Put into the bottom tube first.
Accessories Start cramming other stuff into the tube you will need.
Packed up and ready to go Except the wheels and seat.


I’m not very good when disassembling and assembling stuff - I always seem to have parts left over. Probably not a good thing with a bicycle. So here I’m documenting everything for two reasons: 1) so that I can get the bicycle back together correctly once I arrive at Portland, and 2) so that I can put the bicycle back into the Sports Tube when returning from Portland.

Side view
Front left quarter
Front chainring left quarter
Front chainring left side
Front handlebars
Handlebar stem through frame
Rear left wheel
Rear left seat back
Rear right quarter wheel derailleur
Rear right side wheel derailleur
Rear right side seat stays
Rear right side brake
Right side idler
Right front chainring
Right front chain routing
Right handlebar top cable routing

Starting out

Empty Sports Tube next to the bike.

This is a Series 3 Sports Tube. You need the Series 3 height and width so that the handle bars will fit.


Removing chain

Remove the front wheel. Find the quicklink on the chain and remove it. Put the chain into a plastic baggy.

Set all the tools you use aside. You will need to put them into the Sports Tube before closing it up. You will need them to reassemble the bike at your destination.



Remove Accessories

Now we start removing all the easy stuff from the bike.

The frame bag.


The headrest. Pull the plastic tab below the yellow reflector away from the seat and slide out the headrest.


Remove the water bottle holder on the left side of the bike. In general anytime you pull something off the bike put the screws back in where they came from so that they are easy to find and use when putting the bike back together.



Removing the seat

Remove the 2 inch foam seat pad (held on with velcro). Remove the carbon seat.


I got this TiAero used and the previous owner drilled a couple of extra seat holes in the front of the carbon seat.

Probably because when you use the original holes and recline the seat as far back as possible the front of the carbon seat tends to dig into your hamstrings.

I have played around with various seat positions and like the way it is currently configured.


After removing the removing the nuts and bolts on the seat bottom put them back on the seat along with the rubber cushion spacers. I put a tie wrap in the hole were the seat was anchored.


I have purchased these joiners to use on the back seat stays instead of the cotter pins that come normally. Now I just have to loosen the top bolt and pull the seat up and out. The joiners stay in place and remember where I had the seat back angle set.


I folded the bottom seat stays down to be as close to the frame as possible.


Easy stuff gone

Picture of what has been done so far.


All the stuff removed so far from the bike.


Removing the handlebars

Loosen the coupler at the bottom of the stem, remove the stem, rotate the handlebars and tape them to the frame. I use blue painters tape. Sticks good enough and removes easily later.


Here is my first mistake. Turns out that in order to get the handlebars (when taped to the frame) into the tube you need to also remove the stem from the handlebars and tape the handlebars to the frame such that the frame is centered in the middle of the bars. Don’t worry there are pictures of this below.


Removing the rear derailleur

Remove the rear wheel.

Remove the rear derailleur, wrap in bubble wrap and tape the derailleur to the inside of the rear frame.


Trial fix into Sports Tube

I made a couple of mistakes here.

The bike should be fitted first into the bottom tube (not the top like the pictures) - then the top tube just slides easily over the bottom.

I could not figure out how to get the front fork out. So I trial fitted as much as I could. Notice that I have lengthened the tape that holds the handlebars so that the frame is now centered in the bend of the handlebars.


Sliding in the assembly the handlebars with the stem attached are becoming a tight fit. Only later when I try to fit the assembly in the bottom tube do I realize that the stem must be removed from the handlebars to fit into the smaller bottom tube. (I show a picture of that later)


Removing the front fork

I had a hard time figuring out how to get the front fork off. Looking up online I discover that the front fork is held on by the Bacchetta Fine Tune (BFT) system. Loosening up the small set screw on the BFT allows it to just slide right off.

Be careful because the BFT is the only thing holding the headset bearings in place.


Here you can see that I used two tie wraps (one on each side) to hold the bearings in place on the frame.


Now that I have the front fork off it is time to wrap it in bubble wrap and tape to the frame.


Disassembly complete

The completed disassembly. Bubble wrapped and ready to put into the Sports Tube.


Trial fit top tube

Here I’m showing putting into the top of the Sports Tube. Only after getting it all in did I realize that in order to fit the two halves of the Sports Tube together you really need to initially fit the frame into the bottom of the Sports Tube first and then the top part just slides over the bottom.





Now I realize that with all the stuff in the top part of the Sports Tube I am not going to be able to slide the bottom inside of the top.


Trial fit bottom tube

Alright lets start over. Put the frame into the bottom part of the Sports Tube. But first put the X-Eye seat back bag into the bottom of the Sports Tube, then put the frame in chainring first.

Here I noticed that I really needed to remove the stem from the handlebars in order for the assembly to be able to slide into the bottom tube. Remove it and wrap in bubble wrap then tape to frame.



Now start cramming everything you are going to need into the bottom sports tube. Shoes, clothes, tools, sunscreen, etc., etc..



Slide the top onto the Sports Tube.

The seat would fix into the tube but it was really tight and I was worried about it breaking during shipping. I’ll just take the seat and wheels with me on the plane.


18 May 2014, 01:09

TiAero - Real Ale Ride Report

This ride is definitely a love-hate relationship.

Next year I need to remember to take the P-38 which is a climbing machine.

The hills are horrendous on this ride. The first 19 miles were very difficult and not much fun. The last 11 miles were incredible.

The beer afterwards was first rate!

Start of the real all ride.

This year CT (my son-in-law) and I decided to start towards the back of the pack of 30 miles and just take our time.

Well, I brought the wrong bike for that strategy.

The first couple of miles are downhill and into the wind. There were a couple of thousand riders in front of us and I spent most of the first hour riding the brakes because of all of the bicycle congestion.

Here is a short clip of the mass start with about 2,000 riders in front of us.

At the very beginning the rider in the red jersey directly in front of me is my son-in-law CT.

We quickly coasted though town (Blanco) so that we could get to the fun (?) hills.

Five miles into the ride I get trapped behind a slow moving upright on a pretty steep hill. To late, and too much traffic, to unclip and walk up the hill I’m forced to grind my way up in my lowest gear at an incredibly slow pace - so slow I have to wiggle the handle bars back and forth at an extreme rate just to maintain my balance.

This really makes my legs toast and stresses my left knee bad. Immediately at the top of the hill I have to pull over and recover. From then on I’m walking every hill.


A very common sight - me walking the hill with CT already having zoomed up and waiting me at the top.

Note: My new favorite acronym I learned recently from my health field friends - NSAIDS (Nonsteriodal Antiinflammatory Drugs, ie Motrin). I needed them after this ride.

Here it comes - the big downhill. Two hours of horrendous climbing hills so that I can have 2 minutes of extreme fun. By this time I’m very tired and since two years ago I got up to 50 mph on the slower Musashi I decided that I needed to be more cautious this year and started immediately using the brakes to try and keep the speed down.

Shortly after starting the hill a mountain biker rides by and I try to stay behind him. Of course, even riding the brakes, I still get up to 42 mph - with the mountain biker still in front of me! It took me awhile but eventually I caught up with CT.

From here on to the finish the big hills are gone and now the route turns into a very-friendly-to-recumbents enjoyable ride.

The day was gorgeous! It was a bit windy but for the most part the wind was always blocked by the trees and hills. The last several miles were directly into a headwind, but with the TiAero it did not make a difference and the roads were smooth and slightly downhill making for a fast finish.

CT finishing the ride!


Family time

After the ride I drove CT home and then spent some time with CT, my daughter Alyssa and the grandkids!

CT does some good homebrew beer. Had a couple of glasses of a very nice stout while icing down the left knee and gabbing with the family.


It was a great day!

By the numbers

This was my third Real Ale ride.

  • 2014 : TiAero 29 miles in 2:18 elapsed time
  • 2013 : Did the Bosque Tour de Norway instead
  • 2012 : Musashi 29 miles in 2:30 elapsed time
  • 2011 : Musashi 65 miles in 4:29 elapsed time

My time was hindered this year because yesterday I rode 70 miles and of course today at the beginning of the ride I toasted my legs.



Next ride - 24 Hours in the Canyon http://www.24hoursinthecanyon.org May 24th.

16 May 2014, 02:01

TiAero - Easy 70 miles today

Beautiful day for a ride!

70 miles to Salado and back with Brian Buckmaster on his ICE Vortex. Stopped in Salado at the Stagecoach cafe for breakfast.

A little windy on the way back - winds 18 mph gusting to 25 mph.

Nice video of following Brian downhill @ 33 mph.



03 May 2014, 09:22

TiAero - GASP Ride Report

What a beautiful day for a ride! Clear skies, moderate temperatures most of the morning and a great finish at the Shiner Brewery.


This was my fourth GASP ride (and my third finish). Four years ago I had only been riding my Musashi a couple of months and I tried my first GASP ride but pooped out at 88 miles with cramps.

  • 2014 : Bacchetta TiAero 7:14 elasped time (10 mph headwind whole way)
  • 2013 : Musashi 6:22 elasped time (10 mph tailwind)
  • 2012 : Optima Baron 7:41 minutes (really wiped out at end)
  • 2011 : Musashi DNF after 88 miles

I really like this ride. It has a lot of fast riders, but also a good mixture of other speed riders so that you are always riding with or near someone.

I was really wanting to ride the Lightning F-40 this year but my wife had other commitments and I would have had to ferry the bike back in an 18 wheeler tractor trailer with all the other bikes and I was very concerned about the fairing getting crushed in the melee. So instead this year I rode the Bacchetta TiAero.


I now have five rides on the TiAero for about 230 total miles.

Since I had the new Garmin VIRB video camera I decided to start out in the middle of the packet and film the mass start and how a recumbent does vs uprights on a fast smooth downhill out of town ride. I knew that the first 4 or 5 miles where going to be very recumbent friendly and thought that I could catch the leaders by the time the first significant uphill comes along.

Here is a video clip showing the mass start. It is a little long at 12 minutes but I’ll be passing about 1,000 riders in the first four minutes and almost pass the lead pack before they kicked it up a notch when I saw me catching them.

Of course I started way too fast and later in the ride I paid the price.

Here you can see my average speed and heart rate for the 101.5 miles.

I expended quite a bit of energy catching the lead pack and averaged over 20 mile per hour for the first hour. On the TiAero no less. Once I backed off the effort the next 55 miles were a pretty nice easy pace enjoying the beautiful day and gorgeous countryside. You can see on the chart that around mile 80 the dehydration got to me because my speed went way down and my heart rate went up and stayed up even though I was easy peddling.


GASP is always a very well supported ride and this year was no exception.

My first stop was at mile marker 30 rest stop #2. Water out, water in, and back on the road again.

Next stop was the 50 mile half way point, rest stop #3, and the start of the 1/2 GASP Whizzerville Hall. They serve pizza here for lunch so the place was packet. I topped off my water again and then quickly headed back out on the road.

I skipped rest stop #4 but had to stop at #5 mile 73 Elm Grove Church. Rested some, filled up with water and headed out again. I must have stayed to long because shortly after leaving the rest stop I started to cramp up. By not the temperature had been in the mid-80s for quite awhile and I probably had not been drinking enough. While climbing a moderately long hill I could feel my left leg start to cramp at the inner quad. I managed to unclip and get off the bike before a hard cramp hit my left leg quad. My massage therapist had showed me a technique for grabbing the knotted muscle and squeezing just enough while gently pushing and pulling the muscle towards the attaching tendons to get it to release. This worked like a champ. I quickly released the muscle, took a couple of endurolytes, and walked another 200 yards to the top of the hill. For the next twenty five miles it was easy peddle time.

I stopped at both the next rest stops #6 and #7. Number 7 has ice! So I filled my camelbak up with ice and water and tried to make it the last 8 miles into Shiner. I ended up walking another hill even though it wasn’t very long or steep - I was just too wore out. I probably ended up walking a total of 500 yards which isn’t too much compared to riding 101.5 miles.


Here is the last two minutes of riding, finally arriving at the Shiner Brewery. By now everybody is just glad to be finishing.

Hmmm, this was a hard fought medal.


The headwinds this year were 10 mph and constant. The whole ride was almost entirely directly into the wind. I had signed up for the 3:30 bus back to Austin so I ended up being on a very tight schedule to make it to Shiner before the bus left. I got into Shiner around 2:14 pm, so a little over an hour before the bus was due to leave. By the time I got my backpack and the TiAero packed up and on the tractor trailer back to Austin I only had around 40 minutes left.

The line for the showers was really long so I had to make a choice: 1) relax, have a beer and some brats, or 2) spend the whole time waiting in the hot sun so that I can quickly take a shower before getting on the bus. Well, it was beer and brats time. I did sneak behind the shower trailers and took a ‘wet towel sponge bath’ and put on a clean shirt before getting on the bus.

The bus ride back turned out to be interesting. Due to a flat tire on the bus the ride back from Shiner to Austin took four hours. Lets see - 7 hours to bike to Shiner - 4 hours to bus back. Sure was glad once we arrived back in Austin.

An finally all the numbers:




Next weekend is Run & Ride the Chisholm Trail Parkway http://ctprunride.org

Definitely on the F-40 for this one!

30 Apr 2014, 14:39

TiAero - Easy 30 miles

Nice easy shakedown ride on the TiAero in preparation for Saturday’s GASP ride. A little windy - winds 13 mph gusting to 19 mph. Rode 30 miles averaging 15.9 mph at a really easy heart rate.

I loaded the bike with everything as if I was riding the GASP today. The bike was still really light.

I was only going to ride 20 miles but when I got to the intersection of Williams and Ronald Reagan a roadie passed me and I was able to keep up with him even with a really low heart rate - mainly because of the pretty good headwind. So once the road started a slight downhill I nudged the bike slightly and left him in my dust.

The Garmin VIRB camera is pretty nice - looking forward to taking it on the GASP ride this weekend.

bordered http://connect.garmin.com/activity/490316889

The frame bag is loaded with everything on the checklist needed for GASP.

  • tire irons
  • spare tube
  • tire pump
  • CO2 cartridges w/presta-adaptor
  • patch kit
  • universal parks tool
  • 3 paper towels
  • reading glasses

New bike nervousness.

I’m not yet totally comfortable with the high racer format. For the first 20 minutes my heart rate is through the roof until I can settle down and relax and enjoy the ride. Well, at least I now know what my max heart rate is.


29 Apr 2014, 02:39

TiAero - Getting ready for GASP

Well I finally decided to not ride the F-40 in the GASP ride this year.

The GASP ride (Greater Austin to Shiner Peddle) ride is a one way ride from Austin TX to the Shiner TX brewery. They usually meander the route a little bit for it to end up being a really nice century (100 mile) ride. You can either have someone meet you in Shiner to give you a ride back, or you can pay a little bit extra to take a bus back to the start in Austin and they will also haul your bike back in an 18 wheeler to the start.

For a couple of years my wife Robyn, and her sister Liz, would meet me in Shiner to have a few brews and give me a lift back. Last year they were off glamping in the AirStream so I took the bus back and had the organizers truck the Musashi back in the 18 wheeler. Looks like this year they will be off glamping again in the AirStream and I’ll be taking the bus back. Although, the bike handlers are pretty careful with the bikes, and they separate them with bubble wrap, I was getting a little worried about the front fairing of the F-40 getting crushed while traveling in the 18 wheeler. So Sunday I decided I should ride the Bacchetta TiAero instead.

Although I’ve ridden the TiAero in a couple of rides of about 40 to 50 miles each, I really had not yet set up the bike for an all day 100 mile ride.

This blog entry is about my efforts towards getting the TiAero ready for GASP.


ADEM Headrest

When starting to ride a new recumbent it is easier to balance the more upright the seat is. So, the seat of my TiAero has been at a pretty steep incline. Yesterday I lowered the seat angle a notch and quickly discovered that I now need a head rest. Off to EasyStreet Recumbents to have Mike put on an ADEM head rest. Immediately I liked it and rode about 20 minutes yesterday to make sure it was going to work.

Water bottle w/sports drink

Had to go buy a water bottle holder and mount it to one of the rear stays of the TiAero. I did not think that any of my existing holders would grip the bottle enough keep it in the holder if I encountered any rough roads on the GASP ride. There are always at least a few miles of construction somewhere on these longer rides.

I’m not yet proficient getting the bottle out, and putting the bottle back, while riding full speed so I’ll probably have to slow down to a crawl once an hour when I need to have some of the sports mixture.

Garmin VIRB camera

A few months ago I purchased a Garmin VIRB camera but had not yet mounted it to the F-40. So yesterday I mounted it to the handlebars of the TiAero took it for a very short test ride. This camera is cool because it automatically embeds GPS and Ant+ sensor information on to the video. Here is a short clip so that you can see the how clear the picture is and the lower corners have the sensor information.

Later after seeing this clip I’ve also paired my heart rate monitor and the bike cadence sensor with the VIRB. I’ll try out a new short video tomorrow to see how the movie looks with those sensors activated.

Garmin Edge 800 vs iPhone Strava

I’ve tried swapping over to just using my iPhone with the Strava app. The problem is that the Garmin has really spoiled me by the display being configured for three large pieces of information: heart-rate, speed and cadence. The heart-rate and cadence I monitor for managing my endurance riding efforts. The speed I use for safety reasons when approaching a difficult section of riding.

On a recumbent I have not been able to position the iPhone is such a manner that I could conveniently see those three pieces of information. Additionally, the iPhone keeps turning of the screen and I have to touch it every time I want to see my heart-rate.

I’ve now settled on still using my Garmin mounted to the handlebars, and I also start the Strava app on my iPhone and throw it into the rear bag on the bike. I like the Strava capability that when I am finished with a ride it is basically a one button press to post to the internet.

Real bicycle clothes and sunscreen

Being totally enclosed by the F-40 has spoiled me - I’m used to riding with running shorts and a tee-shirt. With the TiAero it is back to recumbent bike shorts (so insects don’t fly up the pant legs) and a bike jersey (to hold the food that I eat when on the long rides). Also, I now have to sunscreen on everywhere - instead of just my face.


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven to an event and found that I had forgotten something back at home. I’ve never forgotten the bike, but everything else if fair game: a helmet, camelbak, water bottles, tire pump, drinks, etc, etc. - you name and it and I’ve probably left it behind at least once.

Now in an effort to not forget forget things I usually put together various checklists and my whole riding experience ends up being much more enjoyable.

Things to do the day before the ride

  • pick up ride packet from Opel Divines on south Congress
  • make a bottle of sports drink and refrigerate overnight.
  • make a baggie of sports drink mix to put in an empty bottle at a late rest stop.
  • charge Garmin Edge 800
  • charge Garmin VIRB
  • charge iPhone
  • charge yellow Ankr battery
  • charge black Ankr battery
  • charge red tail light
  • charge iPod for music
  • pack backpack
  • put ride number on backpack, bike, helmet, shirt
  • put bike in car
  • review checklists

Things to do in the morning before leaving house

  • have breakfest w/coffee
  • coffee for drive to south Austin start
  • review checklists

Things to put in the minivan

  • Floor tire pump
  • Cooler w/ drinks for ride and afterwards
  • backpack
  • ride packet
  • helmet
  • bike shoes
  • TiAero
  • lawn chair

Things to take while riding the bike

  • mount on the bike

    • bottle of sports mix
    • garmin edge 800
    • garmin virb
    • red tail light
  • put in rear brain box

    • sunscreen
    • baggie of sports mix
    • iphone
    • black ankr battery w/cable
    • wallet w/credit cards and money
    • 70 oz camel back unbottle
    • 1 lime GU Fizz and 1 orange GU Fizz
    • 2 chews packages
    • 2 cliff bars
    • car keys
  • put in frame bag under seat

    • tire irons
    • spare tube
    • tire pump
    • CO2 cartridges w/presta-adaptor
    • patch kit
    • universal parks tool
    • 3 paper towels
    • reading glasses
  • wear on my body

    • heart rate monitor
    • 10 endurolyte capsules
    • 2 chews packages
    • iPod w/open ear headphones
    • reading glasses
    • riding gloves
    • road id
    • put sunscreen on before ride starts

Things to put in the backback which the GASP organizers will take to Shiner for me

  • tie wraps to anchor bike shoes to TiAero for trucking back

  • tie wraps to anchor helmet to TiAero for trucking back

  • tie wrap to seal rear brain box

  • tie wrap to seal frame bag

  • a few extra tie wraps

  • snippers to clip tie wraps

  • sports towel for showering

  • shorts w/built-in mesh, lightweight tee-shirt

  • lightweight long sleeve sunscreen shirt

  • big brimmed roll-up hat

  • minimalist running shoes (Vivobarefoot)

  • small bottle liquid soap

  • sunscreen

  • aloe vera gel (small container)

  • cliff bars

  • yellow Ankr battery

  • iPad mini in water proof case

  • reading glasses

19 Apr 2014, 17:44

TiAero - Tour de Vineyard Ride Report

What a beautiful ride today at the Tour de Vineyard in Florence Texas!

This ride had the best ratio of recumbents per 100 cyclists of any ride I’ve been to in central Texas. Of course, the majority of the bents were from my house.

Robyn on the green Catrike Expedition, Liz on the red Catrike Expedition and myself on the Bacchetta TiAero where three of the five bents there. Brian Buckmaster on his ICE Vortex trike and the same guy from last year on his Velokraft VK2 from New Mexico rounded out the five bents at the ride.

The turnout was a lot less than last year with maybe 100 riders total.


The day was gorgeous! Started out in the mid-60s and gradually rose to the mid-70s during the ride. Very few clouds to begin with and then slightly cloudy at the end to take the edge off the direct sun.

Here are Robyn, Liz and Brian at the beginning of the ride. For some reason they put the starting mileage signs up backwards. Robyn and Liz doing the 15 mile route very quickly moved to the back of the line before the ride started. Nothing like getting run over at the start of the race by the super fast high mileage riders.


Here is a picture of the start. Several of the people remember me from the prior years - evidently all recumbents look alike and even though my bike was different this year they ‘remembered’ me from last year and the year before.

A lot of questions about recumbents. People are really interested in the comfort aspect.


The wild flowers were out in force. This particular field stood out due to the vast size and amount of bluebonnets!


Robyn and I wore our Team Vite jerseys we picked up in Florida earlier this year.


The first part of the ride was fast, fast, fast. The first 6 miles I was directly behind the pace police car with my TiAero, the Velokraft VK2 and two other upright bikes. We pretty much left everyone in our dust.

About the 6 mile mark not only was I getting a little winded I was also worried about how I was blowing my pre-ride strategy of taking it easy on my bum right leg - which is still healing from the ride two weeks ago.

Well the leg felt great! But I still backed off the pace some and then stuck to the pre-ride plan of doing the easy 30 mile route.

I ended up with 30.6 miles at 15.9 mph. That TiAero is a really smooth, comfortable ride. A lot of people talking big expectations at the beginning of the ride (me included) - but I finished first on the 30 mile route - mainly because all the really fast riders did the 55 mile route.

After the ride we sat out on the veranda sipping wine, having a light lunch, and just enjoying the day! This is why I really like this ride! After Brian finished the 55 mile route he joined us gabbing for a little while.

05 Apr 2014, 17:40

TiAero - Liberty Hill Spokes 'n Spurs

Can you spot the lonely recumbent at the start of the Libery Hill Spokes ’n Spurs? The only other recumbent at the ride (Robyn’s trike) is behind the camera.

The Libery Hill Spokes ’n Spurs ride had about 600 riders. Only two recumbents.


Here in the picture I’m talking to a couple on a Co-Motion tandem. They had S & S couplers on the tandem so that it can be taken apart for traveling on airlines. They have been all over the world traveling and riding their tandem. France, Italy, etc. I asked them if they where going to be at the GASP ride beginning of May and they said they were going to be in Little Rock AR for a big tandem rally - somewhere close to 100 tandems.

They said last week they were at the Salado ride (Salado Smoke’n Spokes) and there was a guy, totally wrapped up in a recumbent, to where the only thing you could see was his head sticking out the top. They said he was fast and that they paced him for about 25 miles and then he just took off like the turbo kicked in and they never saw him again.

I said - hey, that was me! I remember riding with you guys for a long ways until we turned into a pretty good headwind and then everyone else slowed down pretty significantly.

Fourteen miles for Robyn on the Expedition and 43.5 miles for me on the Bacchetta Ti-Aero. Here we are at the 8:30am start looking pretty chipper. The post ride picture for me is probably not very consumable.


The ride was gorgeous! The wild flowers were blooming all over. It was a little overcast for most of the morning but never rained. The route wound through the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.

A lot more climbing than I thought there would be - and definitely a lot more climbing than I’m currently used to.


Bacchetta TiAero

This was only my second ride (ever) on the Bacchetta TiAero. It is a really nice, solid, bike. Light weight and mechanically simple (compared to my other recumbents) I’ll probably use this as my travel bike.

The front of the TiAero has a Schlumpf high-speed-drive on the front. I don’t even use the front derailleur. (I guess one day I should try the front derailleur to make sure it actually works?)

With the Schlumpf high-speed-drive you just tap the center pin with your heal on one side and now you have a whole new higher gear range. Tap the other side with your heel and you are back to the lower range gears.


Ride Strategy

Well I’m definitely having some issues. Because the bike is new to me, I started at the very back of the first pack. It took me about 10 minutes of riding to become accustomed to the feel of the bike and then I was able to ‘put the hammer down’. Unfortunately, because of all the climbing I burned out pretty quickly. I caught the tandem by the second second rest stop, but by the third rest stop (mile marker 22) I was already pretty burned out. I decided to change from the 62.6 mile route to the 44 mile route and after stretching some at the 22 mile rest stop I immediately started heading back on the 44 mile route.

It was tough heading back. Headwind most of the way and my legs semi-cramping for a long ways. I easy peddled as much as possible and walked a couple of step hills. Finally, two miles from the finish my right leg totally cramped up. I did manage to get unclipped just before it happened but could not get off the bike. I must have sat there on the bike with my right leg sticking straight out for about ten minutes before I could message the leg enough to loosen it such that I could get off the bike without falling over. I walked off the cramp in around 300 yards and then got back on the bike and easy peddled the last two miles of the ride.


Bike Fit

I think the cramping issues are caused by being overweight (again) and bike fit. I’m going to have to work on both.

Next Week

I’m probably going to do the Prude Ranch ride on the F-40 in west Texas with Carl Murdock. Should be a blast - A 36 miles one way ride downhill about 2,000 feet. Carl says on the F-40 we should be averaging 30+ mph the whole way.