Trike back on Road

We missed the trike when it had the cassette changed, but work did not allow so many adventures as it has been busy. With moving house too we have had a lot on. However exploring the new area has meant the trike is back on the road. We have had great fun exploring new cycle tracks. The Trike has electric which is so cool. It takes the heat out of hills especially two up.

The bike has not done a huge total mileage (as in 300 miles).

Up front the schlumpf drive has the correct parts fitted, so now the seat will  not get caught by the drive and the gears are smooth.

The smile on my face was priceless.

The only downer was that after being sunny all day, as soon as I sat on the trike it decided to chuck it down.

some tips on what to look for when buying a trike

A. One big clue to choosing a good trike that will last many years is to look at which ones are selling consistently well. If a company is producing inferior trikes, sooner or later their business will dry up. They can only cheap-out for so long before the word gets out. With today’s internet forum […]

via What should I consider when choosing a new trike? — Trike Asylum

that look

The stares are amazing. you can tell people are trying to either figure out how to ride the thing, or that they want one for themselves. I cannot get over how comfortable this thing is to ride.

Still wondering if hydro setup is for me. I think we prefer cables. The stopping power is good even in tandem setup, from past experience.


Gears gone

I found out how the process of replacing the cassette online from the manual, but the dealer did it for us. Whilst it sounds complicated it only takes a few minutes more than on a standard bike.
The differential requires no maintenance and must only be removed
when replacing the cassette.
1. Unscrew the two M6 locknuts (1) on the sway-bar mounting
2. Unscrew the M8 locknut (2) on the rear-shock mount using a
13mm wrench (spanner).
3. Loosen the Allen bolt (3) on the axle clamp using a 5mm
Allen key.
4. Slide the rubber bellows (4) to the left, away from the differential
5. Pull the left axle assembly (5) approx. 10 cm (4”) out of the
frame tube and the differential. There is a 10mm hexagon
socket in the side of the differential.
6. Bracing the right wheel, insert a 10mm Allen key in the hexagon
socket of the differential (6, in diagram on next page), and
unscrew the differential with the cassette from the right drive
shaft by turning the differential clockwise (attention: left-hand
Upon reassembly, the differential must be tightened with a
torque of 80 Nm (59 ft-lbs). Use assembly grease on the
7. Remove the differential with the cassette. Then you can
detach the cassette.
8. Brace the cassette with a chain whip, and unscrew the sprocket
bolt using a freewheel remover.
9. Pull the cassette off the freewheel.
10. Attach a new cassette by following these steps in the reverse
When installing the new cassette, make sure that the shim
(7) is lying flat and not wedged at an angle beneath the twopart
bearing seat (8).
Lubricate the contact surfaces in the differential (6) with a
solid lubricant before you insert the left axle assembly into
the hexagon socket.
11. Slide the rubber bellows (4) back onto the end of the left axle
assembly. Align the rectangular socket in the side of the differential
with the slot nuts on the end of the left axle assembly.
Then slide the left axle assembly as far as it will go into the
axle tube, while guiding the slot nuts into the rectangular slot
of the differential.
12. Tighten the M6 Allen bolt (3) with a torque of 9 Nm (6.6 ftlbs).
Replace and tighten the M8 locknut (2) on the rear-shock
mount with a torque of 23 Nm (17 ft-lbs).
It is essential that the M6 bolts (3) of the axle clamp be
tightened with a torque of 9 Nm (6.6 ft-lbs).
13. Replace and tighten the two M6 locknuts (1) on the sway-bar
mounting plate..

The gears are shiny and the trike is back to its smooth old self. It is amazing the amount of people who stop stare and admire the Kross.