Brakes

Converted the old roofrack bars and put some foam on them perfect for taking the bikes in the trailer.

The kross is coming into its own as a multipurpose towing vehicle. Brakes sorted, went with tektros, which I have on all the other trikes, so only one type of brake pad required.

 

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Tandem rack

One thing about the Kett rig is that you cannot easily transport both trikes at once. we have a trailer, which is bulky and needs stored on the drive.

It is broken currently and so we are looking at alternatives.

Ideally the setup would be

  • easy to set up and take down
  • lightweight as rack and trike can only go to 50kg nose weight
  • be safe and secure

We have found the following set up

We are currently looking into the feasibility of whether this will work for us. Possibly with the Kross folded on the back. We will not need the space for a further bike like the example in the picture..

Will report back once we have more information. The company can be found here:

https://www.allround-hecktraeger.de/hecktraeger

 

 

Had an absolte brainwave and solved the problem with a smaller trailer. Now we can carry three trike, without any fuss. Must put up a post. very easy to do using a bar on the trailer and the bikes standing up on their ends.

Decent ride

We had a great ride out to one of the cycling cafes near Chester, and a circular tour along a river, which was really nice. Weather remained overcast, which makes for great cycling. Speed remains relatively constant at 9mph. We wont win any records, but it does mean that my partner can take breaks when she is tired and we keep going.

The heinzmann battery system works  vey well, although it did make a squeeking noise which was a random twig caught on the drop out.

After a long cycle having electric for the trip home is rather fun. This made the cycle home a lot quicker, but obviously drained the battery much quicker.

The battery system adds a lot of weight, but the difference it makes is very noticeable. it is about two or three gears worth of power overall. On the really steep hills you crawl up, but you are not exhausted, especially if I am in tow mode and powering the rig by myself.

It is feasible to do a good cycle with judicious use of power and not have the person behind doing any work. You do however notice the difference when they stop pedaling. I am not sure i would like a ‘constant on’ system. I like being able to choose when i get some ‘juice’, via a hand throttle. That way i can eek out the amount of power that I have available.

We did around 46 miles, started with 3/4 of a battery and came home with a little power left in the tank. Quite happy with that.

 

Steel Kett

I took the steel kett for a spin today after having done a long trip on the Kross. If you are thinking of buying a kross just get on with it and do it!

I love it. it is a chunky tractor.

It is however not a patch on the old steel ketts. I think their overall lightness does make them very different, but that is because we have the heinzmann unit on the front wheel. That and they can be picked up for an eighth of the price secondhand.

But it is not a patch on the Kross. My backside was not as comfortable when riding steel.

New dealer

We have moved to a new dealer as it is closer to home whoseems really nice. he is very knowledgeable about trikes and takes a real interest, i.e not just in it for the money. he has provided some useful tips and advice which are very welcome.

We got new tires fitted at the back end which are certainly better than the knobbly max max’s that came with the bike. the rolling noise is less and I am sure the trike feels a little faster. bit subjective, but with the heinzemann up front and knobbly tires it did feel like you were set to take on anything.

The speed difference is not much if at all. My partner prefers the smoothe tyres as they do not throw up as much stuff, when we are in tandem mode.

 

 

Back on the road

It has taken an age, but brakes are bled. new pads fitted as they have worn down completely at one side (in 600 miles) New bolt fitted to pedal crank. Schlumpf has been removed and the bolts to the electrics tightened and loctite added this time.

Good run to check everything is as it should be.

Set up the tandem and had a blast. Two days in a row. The electric heinzmann kit certainly takes out the pain in the hills. Smooths it out and allows you to go uphill probably about two gears higher.

I find it helps a lot especially when I am in ‘towing mode’ when my partner is tired or unable to pedal. The two trips did not dent more than a third of the battery each time and we took on some ridiculous hills.

All that being said, the weight of the kross is colossal. the front wheel alone is heavy. I dont think I could get the  bike over a fence on some of the trails, it is just too heavy. This is really a tractor unit.

I watch as we get overtaken by everybody on two wheels. Today an elderly gentleman on two wheels sauntered past us. I said nothing to my partner, but smiled.