Zach Kaplan Cycles

Zach Kaplan Cycles

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First time seeing a recumbent tandem - spotted on west orange trail in Winter Garden FL.
Does anyone make a recumbent with rim brakes?
Zach, I have 3 tyres that came with my 1st trike, the Terratrike Rover. They are the original 20" tyres that came with the trike before I switched them out for Schwalbe. Do you want or need these? I am cleaning out the basement and didn't want to toss them without asking.
Ed Miller was the fella's name that I could not remember earlier today. Here is a youtube vid of his... you can see his canopies.
Could you share your Catrike 650 build?
Sharing our adventures from the Chico Wildflower yesterday. Thank you for being so gracious and helpful—despite all the chaise we brought your way. We are very happy with our new and ONLY wheels—despite what Rila says in the videos! 😁🐺
Hey Zach, I sent these to your email, but I think they will show better on Facebook:
Hey Zack, did you know that Rolloff now has an Electronic geared Hub?
Put 10 miles on the new bike this evening. Thank you. This bike is amazing!
Hi Zach...hey man, you always seem to think various solutions through really well. So, Hase Kettwiesel gearing (don't know if you're up to speed...lol... with their current spec)...they often offer a standard 52 tooth single front with an 11-34 or 11-42 rear. I'm wondering if a standard 52 with an 11-42 (their linear derailleur) rear could be nicely rideable on average hills...not thinking any electric boost. I know you deal with quite a robust number of hills, so any thoughts?? Thanks!!
Hey Zach, are you riding the SF bay trail ride tomorrow?
Hello Zach! I am wondering if you have ever used or have any opinion about the Magellan cyclo 315 gps/cycle computer? or even if they would be compatible with the HPVS26?

My job is to get cars off the roads and improve people's health by setting them up with recumbent bicycles or tricycles. I've been doing this since 1995.

Recumbent consultations and sales by appointment.

With my latest HP Velotechnik International trike shipment I received this Werkstatt-Box known in English as the HP tool box. As described on their price list: "60-pieces a variety of most important recumbent specific spare parts and special tools for your workshop in a handy plastic sorting box. Saves 10% compared to individual part purchase." The last photo shows the list of all the parts inside the box.

I had been seeing the listings for this tool box on their price lists for years and was curious about it but never knew what it looked like until HP Velotechnik sent out a promotional e-mail about it last month. I already had a box of miscellaneous HP Velotechnik small parts but this tool box seemed more organised so I went ahead and ordered it.

I don't know of any other recumbent manufacturer that offers such a small parts box. Just one more example of how detail oriented HP Velotechnik is. I have added some of the small parts I already had in stock to it.

The GO SwissDrive motor on my HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec has been out of commission since 29 April due to a broken Rosenberger connector on the battery cord. Since then I've only ridden it on short errands around town without power assist.

With my latest Scorpion fs 20 shipment, HP Velotechnik sent a complete wiring harness with Rosenberger connector. I visited my friend in Sunnyvale who is an e-bike guru and master of splicing small wires. This was my first time driving my van in 70 days. I brought my SportCrafters portable trike work stand so he could work on the trike wiring harness at an ergonomic height.

He cut off the a section of power cord connected to the old Rosenberger connector and harvested from the replacement wiring harness the new Rosenberger connector and cord. He spliced together the new cord to the existing wiring harness, as this was much less work than replacing the entire wiring harness which would have required routing wires through the frame. I took these photos of the repair in progress showing the positive and negative power wires and the 4 smaller diameter data wires used to communicate between the Battery Management System inside the battery case and the controller inside the hub motor. Over an hour later we verified on the stand that all power assist system functions were working properly.

I brought the trike back to Alameda where I road tested it by riding it to my credit union in Oakland to deposit some checks and then took the long, hilly way back going up Claremont Ave. in Oakland and Berkeley to Grizzly Peak Blvd. to Skyline Blvd., down Pinehurst Rd. through Canyon to Redwood Rd. back up to Skyline and down Redwood to 35th Ave. and Fruitvale Ave. to Alameda. This turned what would have been an 18 km round trip flat ride into a 50 km hilly ride which included plenty of rough roads to test the connections. I stopped at a pullout on Grizzly Peak Blvd. and took the last photo looking down on Oakland, Alameda, the bay, and the hills of San Mateo County.

Christine picked up her new HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fs 20 today. It is standard colour Colza yellow RAL 1021 which is more visible than the other standard colour. It is equipped with many options including a Shimano-Ebike STEPS E8000 motor with dual 504 watt-hour batteries, electronically operated Shimano XT Di2 rear derailer shifting an XT 11-46 11-speed cassette, 155 mm cranks in place of the standard 170 mm cranks, boom quick adjust system so her husband can easily ride the trike, neck rest on the ErgoMesh seat (shown in the most reclined position in these photos), RockShox Monarch RL rear air shock in place of the standard coil spring shock, nearly puncture proof Schwalbe tires Marathon Plus 47 mm tyres in place of the standard Schwalbe Tryker 40 mm tyres, Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc front brakes, Shimano Alivio V-Brake rear parking brake operated by a thumb shifter, mudguards, rear rack, Busch + Müller KG IQ-X headlight and 2C taillight supplied with power from the STEPS battery through internal wiring (including through the rear rack), Busch + Müller left and right mirrors with newly redesigned one-piece moulded bases, HP Velotechnik bottle cage mounting brackets on the back of the seat with bottle cages and bottles, yellow Radical Design Universal Racer seat bags, and an HP Velotechnik flag (not shown).

This Scorpion fs 20 is replacing Christine's 2013 HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec which is now for sale. I look forward to seeing Christine riding her Scorpion fs 20 on a Bay Area Recumbent Cyclists ride some day, hopefully soon.

David sent me this photo of his AZUB recumbents Ti-FLY 26 with the King rack installed. This is the largest rack AZUB offers and allows carrying front and rear panniers in addition to a rack top bag.

I must say this colour scheme is the best ever I've seen on a recumbent trike. Super visible!

David visited Monday to test ride trikes. He came back today to purchase this custom coloured 2016 AZUB recumbents Ti-FLY 26 equipped with Pinion Drive Technology P1.18 18-speed gearbox. With the seat removed it easily fit in the back of his Toyota Prius V without folding the frame.

It was a two Catrike day today! This Firefly Yellow Catrike Dumont was also picked up today. It is headed to Union City where it likely will be seen on Quarry Lakes trails and Alameda Creek Trail.

This Atomic Orange Catrike Pocket was picked up today. A running change was made to the seat cover and it now has integrated padding along the edges and top, similar to the changes made to the Catrike 700 seat cover for the 2018 model year. Look for this trike on the Alameda Creek Trail in Fremont.

When I rode to Berkeley Bagels yesterday morning they were out of day old bagels. So I had to ride back there again this morning, leaving earlier to try to arrive before they were sold out. This morning to save time getting there I took my HP Velotechnik International Speedmachine. They still had day old bagels left and I brought back 12 of them in my Radical Design Solo Racer seat bags. The zipper on the left bag wasn't able to fully close as shown in this photo but each bag has an additional adjustable strap and buckle to keep things secure.

Like the day before, I took the long way back over the Berkeley and Oakland Hills making it into a very hilly 62 km ride. I stopped at the summit of Grizzly Peak Boulevard and took this photo looking down at Berkeley, the bay, San Francisco, and Marin. Conditions weren't as clear today.

Taking the much lighter weight and more aerodynamic Speedmachine did save some time compared to the AZUB Ti-FLY 20 trike the day before but not as much as I thought it would, possibly because my legs were tired from all the climbing the day before. Rolling time today on the Speedmachine was 3:09:42 with a 19.7 km/h average speed. The day before riding the same loop on the Ti-FLY 20 my rolling time was 3:17:26 with an 18.6 km/h average speed. Last week riding the Speedmachine on this same loop with fresher legs I averaged 20.8 km/h with a rolling time of 3:04:28. Both the bike and trike are equipped with Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 internally geared hubs.

This morning I rode my AZUB recumbents Ti-FLY 20 to Berkeley Bagels. I rode the long way back to Alameda over the Berkeley and Oakland Hill making it a very hilly 62 km ride. I stopped at the summit of Grizzly Peak Boulevard and took this photo looking down at Berkeley, the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin including Angel Island.

Oakland Hills Loop 2020-06-01

After work on Monday 1 June 2020, I rode my AZUB Ti-FLY 20 to the credit union in Oakland to deposit a cheque. Rather than taking the most direct way to downtown Oakland, I combined this errand with my Oakland Hills Loop to get some exercise. This turned what would have been a been a flat 15 km round trip ride into a very hilly 52 km ride.

I left Alameda on the Miller-Sweeny Bridge taking Fruitvale Ave. to San Leandro St. to 35th Ave. I climbed all the way to Skyline Blvd. on 35th Ave. which changes its name to Redwood Rd. just before it crosses California State Route 13.

I descended Redwood Rd. through Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park and then climbed Pinehurst Rd. from the south end. As I summited Pinehurst Rd. I spotted Mark Havran riding his HP Velotechnik Grasshopper fx in the opposite direction. He bought it from me in 2018 and converted it to solar-electric assist with a front hub motor. He is planning on doing an around the world trip with it. I see Mark from time to time when riding in the Oakland Hills but usually are closing speed is pretty fast. This time we had both just reached the summit of Pinehurst so we stopped, put on our masks and caught up on things. He now has about 15,000 km on his Grasshopper and is working on the latest version of his solar trailer. His website is https://solare.bike/

After a long talk I descended Pinehurst Rd. into Canyon and then climbed the steep part of Pinehurst to Skyline Blvd. where I continued north to Grizzly Peak Blvd. I stopped at a pullout on Grizzly Peak Blvd. to take in the view of the fog rolling into San Francisco across the bay.

From Grizzly Peak Blvd. I descended Claremont Ave. through Berkeley and Oakland to Telegraph Ave. I rode Telegraph Ave. to downtown Oakland where I started to notice lots of commercial buildings boarded up and graffiti from the protests and riots over the past few days.

When I arrived at my credit union to deposit the cheque in the ATM I saw one of the windows of the credit union had been broken and boarded up. Even if I had arrived earlier in the day during normal business hours I would have had to use the ATM rather than go inside because a note was posted in the window reading "DUE TO CIVIL UNREST, WE WILL NOT BE OPENING FOR BUSINESS TODAY THANK YOU!".

After making the deposit I rode past nearby Oakland City Hall which had its ground floor windows boarded up and had been some graffiti spray painted on it. As I was riding through Frank H. Ogawa Plaza towards Broadway I head a loud noise. Seconds later I reached the intersection of Broadway and 14th St. where there was a man on the ground surrounded by a crowd. I thought a fight had broken out but then I saw his bicycle next to him. He had been hit by an SUV which remained at the scene. I don't think it was intentional. When I arrived the SUV crossing Broadway on 14th St. had a green light and the cyclist on Broadway had a red light so I'm guessing the cyclist ran the red light. He was conscious but seemed to be significantly injured. The first Oakland Fire Department vehicle arrived in less than a minute.

I continued down Broadway towards Jack London Square as is my route back to Alameda. A large group of protestors was walking up the middle of Broadway. When I got to 8th St. I had to turn off Broadway as a temporary barricade had been erected across Broadway and there was a line of police officers in riot gear behind the barricade. They were probably there to prevent protestors from walking up the nearby 880 onramp and shutting down 880 like they did Friday.

After detouring through China Town which also had boarded up buildings and graffiti, I continued on my regular route along Embarcadero to the Park Street Bridge. One of my more interesting Oakland Hills Group rides.

Enjoy the photos.

After work on Monday 1 June 2020, I rode my AZUB Ti-FLY 20 to the credit union in Oakland to deposit a cheque. Rather than taking the most direct way to downtown Oakland, I combined this errand with my Oakland Hills Loop to get some exercise. This turned what would have been a been a flat 15 km round trip ride into a very hilly 52 km ride.

I left Alameda on the Miller-Sweeny Bridge taking Fruitvale Ave. to San Leandro St. to 35th Ave. I climbed all the way to Skyline Blvd. on 35th Ave. which changes its name to Redwood Rd. just before it crosses California State Route 13.

I descended Redwood Rd. through Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park and then climbed Pinehurst Rd. from the south end. As I summited Pinehurst Rd. I spotted Mark Havran riding his HP Velotechnik Grasshopper fx in the opposite direction. He bought it from me in 2018 and converted it to solar-electric assist with a front hub motor. He is planning on doing an around the world trip with it. I see Mark from time to time when riding in the Oakland Hills but usually are closing speed is pretty fast. This time we had both just reached the summit of Pinehurst so we stopped, put on our masks and caught up on things. He now has about 15,000 km on his Grasshopper and is working on the latest version of his solar trailer. His website is https://solare.bike/

After a long talk I descended Pinehurst Rd. into Canyon and then climbed the steep part of Pinehurst to Skyline Blvd. where I continued north to Grizzly Peak Blvd. I stopped at a pullout on Grizzly Peak Blvd. to take in the view of the fog rolling into San Francisco across the bay.

From Grizzly Peak Blvd. I descended Claremont Ave. through Berkeley and Oakland to Telegraph Ave. I rode Telegraph Ave. to downtown Oakland where I started to notice lots of commercial buildings boarded up and graffiti from the protests and riots over the past few days.

When I arrived at my credit union to deposit the cheque in the ATM I saw one of the windows of the credit union had been broken and boarded up. Even if I had arrived earlier in the day during normal business hours I would have had to use the ATM rather than go inside because a note was posted in the window reading "DUE TO CIVIL UNREST, WE WILL NOT BE OPENING FOR BUSINESS TODAY THANK YOU!".

After making the deposit I rode past nearby Oakland City Hall which had its ground floor windows boarded up and had been some graffiti spray painted on it. As I was riding through Frank H. Ogawa Plaza towards Broadway I head a loud noise. Seconds later I reached the intersection of Broadway and 14th St. where there was a man on the ground surrounded by a crowd. I thought a fight had broken out but then I saw his bicycle next to him. He had been hit by an SUV which remained at the scene. I don't think it was intentional. When I arrived the SUV crossing Broadway on 14th St. had a green light and the cyclist on Broadway had a red light so I'm guessing the cyclist ran the red light. He was conscious but seemed to be significantly injured. The first Oakland Fire Department vehicle arrived in less than a minute.

I continued down Broadway towards Jack London Square as is my route back to Alameda. A large group of protestors was walking up the middle of Broadway. When I got to 8th St. I had to turn off Broadway as a temporary barricade had been erected across Broadway and there was a line of police officers in riot gear behind the barricade. They were probably there to prevent protestors from walking up the nearby 880 onramp and shutting down 880 like they did Friday.

After detouring through China Town which also had boarded up buildings and graffiti, I continued on my regular route along Embarcadero to the Park Street Bridge. One of my more interesting Oakland Hills Group rides.

Enjoy the photos.

I rode my HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec back to FedEx today and dropped off the third and final box of the Scorpion fx Pedelec shipment going to Taylorsville, Kentucky.

I sold my 2017 HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fx Pedelec demo trike to someone in Taylorsville, Kentucky. Today I dropped off 2 of the 3 boxes it is being shipped in at FedEx using my Burley Flatbed trailer towed by my HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec.

This is my third time going to FedEx to ship a recumbent since shelter-in-place began here. Each time I go the requirements to get in become stricter. Now there is a sign indicating wearing a mask is a requirement to get in and there is a greeter at the door only allowing one customer in at time. My shipping labels were preprinted so I was only in there briefly.

This is my new Firefly Yellow Catrike Trail demo trike.

The first photo shows the seat in its most upright position and the second photo shows the seat in its most reclined position. The only change to the frame on this model is the new end cap at the rear of the main frame tube which Catrike first introduced on the Eola and has been going to on all their models. The rear mudguard mount was also redesigned to fit the new end cap.

This is my new Catrike 5.5.9 demo trike. It is Eon Green which is my favourite current Catrike colour. It looks brighter in person than it does in the photos.

The first photo shows the seat in its most upright position and the second photo shows the seat in its most reclined position. Like all new large rear wheeled Catrikes the 5.5.9 now uses a 12x142 mm thru axle rear hub for increased torsional rigidity and more precise handling.

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