Zach Kaplan Cycles

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.

A friend was using Street View on Google Maps to view Grizzly Peak Boulevard in the Berkeley hills when he discovered this photo of me riding my HP Velotechnik International Grasshopper fx taken in December 2016.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/1199+Grizzly+Peak+Blvd,+Berkeley,+CA+94708/@37.8900074,-122.2522489,3a,75y,326.45h,84.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s51LF8pnFMvuR9Ga7emK-AA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x80857c1027dbe8b7:0xd51ae5ba3a232a88!8m2!3d37.8900607!4d-122.25194

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Streetlight and Park Pathway Lighting

One of the many advantages of riding a recumbent is the heads up riding position makes it easy to spot things overhead such as birds or in this case a damaged street light. I doubt someone riding a road bike in the head down position would notice this. It is also nice that the City of Alameda - Local Government participates in SeeClickFix so public safety issues such as this can easily be reported.

seeclickfix.com The cover is detached on the street light on pole # 14647 at 1730 Buena Vista Ave. Also the tree surrounding it needs to be trimmed.

SF Bay Trail Monthly Ride 2019-11-17

On Sunday 17 November 2019 I led the monthly Bay Area Recumbent Cyclists ride on the Bay Trail from Emeryville to Point Richmond and back. I rode my Catrike 700 the 15 km through Alameda, Oakland, and Emeryville to the start.

This time there were only 5 riders. 4 trikes (2 of them electric assist), and one LWB bike. It turned out the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon was taking place in part on the frontage road next to the Bay Trail in Berkeley. I saw far more cyclists in Richmond than I normally do, no doubt because of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path opening the day before.

After stopping at Starbucks in Point Richmond everyone agreed to go over the hill to Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline rather than the tunnel we usually take. This makes the ride both longer and more scenic.

My total distance for the day was 82 km.

On Sunday 17 November 2019 I led the monthly Bay Area Recumbent Cyclists ride on the Bay Trail from Emeryville to Point Richmond and back. I rode my Catrike 700 the 15 km through Alameda, Oakland, and Emeryville to the start.

This time there were only 5 riders. 4 trikes (2 of them electric assist), and one LWB bike. It turned out the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon was taking place in part on the frontage road next to the Bay Trail in Berkeley. I saw far more cyclists in Richmond than I normally do, no doubt because of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path opening the day before.

After stopping at Starbucks in Point Richmond everyone agreed to go over the hill to Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline rather than the tunnel we usually take. This makes the ride both longer and more scenic.

My total distance for the day was 82 km.

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge path grand opening 2019-11-16

Saturday 16 November 2019 was the date of the historic grand opening of the bicycle and pedestrian path on the top deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Cyclists all over the San Francisco Bay Area have been waiting decades for this critical connection between Alameda County and Marin County. I remember going to demonstrations to try to gain bicycle access to this bridge over 25 years ago.

Michi and I rode from Alameda to the ribbon cutting ceremony at the eastern end of the bridge near the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond. Michi rode her Lightning Phantom II commute bike and I rode my Catrike 700. On the way there we diverted to East Oakland to meet Brian who rides an HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 20 with Shimano STEPS E8000 electric assist and Rohloff Speedhub. The three of us rode Michi's commute route to Point Richmond through downtown Oakland, Emeryville, North Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Richmond Annex. It was a very foggy morning. I couldn't help but take photos of some historic and interesting buildings as we rode through Oakland so the photo album starts with those.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony there were various speakers including those from agencies and companies that long opposed bicycle and pedestrian access to the Richmond-San Rafael bridge such as Caltrans and Chevron. Back in the day we called Caltrans "Cartrans". Of more interest at the ribbon cutting ceremony were the hundreds of cyclists and the diversity of both these cyclists ad the cycles they rode. I saw numerous e-bikes, cargo bikes, folding bikes, high end road bikes, classic road bikes, mountain bikes, gravel bikes, fixies, and tandems. There were even a couple of unicycles and someone who always rides his bike facing backwards sitting on the handlebars. There were some tall bikes and other artistic bikes such as one with horse figure in front of the rider. Recumbents were well represented with SWB bikes, LWB bikes, tadpole trikes, delta trikes, and delta hand cycles.

We met up with Dave on his Easy Racers C-Rush the the four of us rode across the bridge to a small park in Marin near Marin Rod and Gun Club. A reporter from CBS news was interviewing cyclists. He rode his bike with the TV camera to a spot in the middle of the span and on our ride back across the bridge to Richmond he caught some footage of Dave riding by at 1:47 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VFOFix5bus&feature=youtu.be

Back in Point Richmond we had lunch at Raymond's Pizzeria which has outdoor seating where we could keep an eye on our bikes parked out in front and also watch freight trains go by. We rode to Berkeley via the Bay Trail and then took the University Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and took the more direct San Pablo Ave. back to Oakland from there. The final shots in this album were taken riding over the Park Street bridge into Alameda. The total riding distance for the day was 82 km.

Saturday 16 November 2019 was the date of the historic grand opening of the bicycle and pedestrian path on the top deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Cyclists all over the San Francisco Bay Area have been waiting decades for this critical connection between Alameda County and Marin County. I remember going to demonstrations to try to gain bicycle access to this bridge over 25 years ago.

Michi and I rode from Alameda to the ribbon cutting ceremony at the eastern end of the bridge near the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond. Michi rode her Lightning Phantom II commute bike and I rode my Catrike 700. On the way there we diverted to East Oakland to meet Brian who rides an HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 20 with Shimano STEPS E8000 electric assist and Rohloff Speedhub. The three of us rode Michi's commute route to Point Richmond through downtown Oakland, Emeryville, North Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Richmond Annex. It was a very foggy morning. I couldn't help but take photos of some historic and interesting buildings as we rode through Oakland so the photo album starts with those.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony there were various speakers including those from agencies and companies that long opposed bicycle and pedestrian access to the Richmond-San Rafael bridge such as Caltrans and Chevron. Back in the day we called Caltrans "Cartrans". Of more interest at the ribbon cutting ceremony were the hundreds of cyclists and the diversity of both these cyclists ad the cycles they rode. I saw numerous e-bikes, cargo bikes, folding bikes, high end road bikes, classic road bikes, mountain bikes, gravel bikes, fixies, and tandems. There were even a couple of unicycles and someone who always rides his bike facing backwards sitting on the handlebars. There were some tall bikes and other artistic bikes such as one with horse figure in front of the rider. Recumbents were well represented with SWB bikes, LWB bikes, tadpole trikes, delta trikes, and delta hand cycles.

We met up with Dave on his Easy Racers C-Rush the the four of us rode across the bridge to a small park in Marin near Marin Rod and Gun Club. A reporter from CBS news was interviewing cyclists. He rode his bike with the TV camera to a spot in the middle of the span and on our ride back across the bridge to Richmond he caught some footage of Dave riding by at 1:47 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VFOFix5bus&feature=youtu.be

Back in Point Richmond we had lunch at Raymond's Pizzeria which has outdoor seating where we could keep an eye on our bikes parked out in front and also watch freight trains go by. We rode to Berkeley via the Bay Trail and then took the University Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and took the more direct San Pablo Ave. back to Oakland from there. The final shots in this album were taken riding over the Park Street bridge into Alameda. The total riding distance for the day was 82 km.

Today I sold my Candy Purple Catrike Pocket demo trike. It is going to be used for commuting in Sunnyvale and is equipped with an optional right mirror mount and Mirrycle mirror (left mirror is standard) and Arkel Inc. frame packs specific to the Catrike Pocket. The Pocket is the most compact non-folding trike currently produced and it easily fit into the back of my client's Toyota Yaris which is one of the smallest cars sold in the United States.

On Monday I'll order a replacement Pocket in one of the four limited edition Elements Collection colours Catrike is offering until 31 December for a $200 discount. These colours are Hyper Yellow, Sky Blue, Fire Red, and Storm Grey. My first inclination is to order a Hyper Yellow Pocket as this super bright fluorescent yellow is my favourite colour for a trike but I already have a Hyper Yellow Road AR and 700 demo trike from when they were offered as an end of year special last year. So I'm thinking for diversity maybe it should be another colour. I don't normally like red but I remember ordering a Fire Red Expedition for someone last December and I was impressed with how striking this neon red looked. What colour Pocket should I order?

Grizzly Peak Cyclists Second Saturday Ride 2019-11-09

On Saturday 9 November I rode the Grizzly Peak Cyclists Second Saturday Ride on my HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec. I took this so I wouldn't have to get up so early to make it to the ride start over the hill at the Orinda BART station. I rode with the assist set to the highest level (5) from Alameda to Orinda. I used the lowest settings could to keep up on the group ride which meant mostly level 2 with some level 1 when they weren't riding as hard and level 3 on a few steep climbs. I still got a very good workout but didn't have to work as hard to keep up if I took the bike I usually ride on Grizzly Peak Cyclists rides.

I did the longest version of the Second Saturday Ride which this month included going Crocket on the same route past oil refineries as the Grizzly Peak Century takes. Here is a link to the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22415592

This photo album begins at the start of the group ride at the Orinda BART station and concludes with a shot of my cycle computer at the end of the ride showing 167.5 km ridden and 1133 watt-hours used by the motor. I returned just as the sun was setting. If I had ridden back by human power alone I would have returned after dark.

On Saturday 9 November I rode the Grizzly Peak Cyclists Second Saturday Ride on my HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec. I took this so I wouldn't have to get up so early to make it to the ride start over the hill at the Orinda BART station. I rode with the assist set to the highest level (5) from Alameda to Orinda. I used the lowest settings could to keep up on the group ride which meant mostly level 2 with some level 1 when they weren't riding as hard and level 3 on a few steep climbs. I still got a very good workout but didn't have to work as hard to keep up if I took the bike I usually ride on Grizzly Peak Cyclists rides.

I did the longest version of the Second Saturday Ride which this month included going Crocket on the same route past oil refineries as the Grizzly Peak Century takes. Here is a link to the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22415592

This photo album begins at the start of the group ride at the Orinda BART station and concludes with a shot of my cycle computer at the end of the ride showing 167.5 km ridden and 1133 watt-hours used by the motor. I returned just as the sun was setting. If I had ridden back by human power alone I would have returned after dark.

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Death of the derailleur? Shimano has patented a bicycle gearbox and we are extremely excited about it

More info on Shimano's gearbox.

bikeradar.com Why this patent could signal an enormous change to bicycle design

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Is this the beginning of end for the rear derailleur??

Looks like Shimano's answer to Pinion Drive Technology.

bike198.com Back in the day, Truvativ (SRAM) came out with a crankset with internal gearing that was the beginning of the end for the front derailleur called the

My favourite Catrike colour Hyper Yellow is back for as part of a limited edition!

Get $200 off MSRP on any Catrike in one of four stunning, limited edition colors: Sky Blue, Fire Red, Storm Grey and Hyper Yellow. Prices and colors available November 7 through December 31, 2019. Includes all models except the Eola. Find a dealer near you today! catrike.com/find-dealer

BARC California Delta Ride around Ryer Island 2019-11-03

On Sunday 3 November 2019 Sid led a Bay Area Recumbent Cyclists ride in the California Delta. We started in Courtland and rode around Ryer Island. Here is a link to the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7990340

My odometer showed the ride distance at 65.93 km though that included some doubling back after Neal had to stop and fix a flat tyre. For a ride of this length starting so far from the Bay Area, the turnout was good at 11 riders. There was a mixture of trikes, SWB bikes, and LWB bikes.

The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold with no wind. The levee roads were at times quite rough so I was glad I took my smooth riding AZUB Ti-FLY 20.

Thanks to Sid for leading this scenic ride and carpooling with me from Alameda. Also thanks to Carol for baking delicious gluten free brownies and sharing them with all of us on the ride.

On Sunday 3 November 2019 Sid led a Bay Area Recumbent Cyclists ride in the California Delta. We started in Courtland and rode around Ryer Island. Here is a link to the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7990340

My odometer showed the ride distance at 65.93 km though that included some doubling back after Neal had to stop and fix a flat tyre. For a ride of this length starting so far from the Bay Area, the turnout was good at 11 riders. There was a mixture of trikes, SWB bikes, and LWB bikes.

The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold with no wind. The levee roads were at times quite rough so I was glad I took my smooth riding AZUB Ti-FLY 20.

Thanks to Sid for leading this scenic ride and carpooling with me from Alameda. Also thanks to Carol for baking delicious gluten free brownies and sharing them with all of us on the ride.

Mark Havran rode his highly modified HP Velotechnik International Grasshopper fx over to my shop to pick up some parts. He bought his Grasshopper fx from me as a frame set last year and built it up using mostly parts from his previous Street Machine Gte including the Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 14-speed hub. He added a very innovative e-assist system using a direct drive front hub motor from Grin Technologies, Grin's modular LiGo batteries which are airline legal, and a solar canopy charging system of his own design and fabrication. The solar canopy provides shade and the angle can be adjusted to track the sun. It also has lots of LED lights on it including turn indicators and a very wide taillight with brake light feature. The solar cells provide 7-8 km of range per hour of charging in full sun. The hub motor can do up to 1000 watts of regenerative braking so he can come to a full stop without using the disc brakes. The regenerative braking strength is adjustable.

The 36 volt LiGo battery pack runs the motor and also is connected to a voltage converter that steps the voltage down to 13.2 volts to run many automotive accessories including emergency vehicle strobes to get additional attention on busy roads or in inclement weather conditions, a motorcycle horn, and a motorcycle security alarm with remote control. Another voltage converter provides 7 volts to run Busch + Müller KG dual Ixon Speed headlights. The lower one provides the normal low beam and the upper one is aimed higher for use as a high beam at higher speeds when there isn't oncoming traffic.

Mark designed and had 3D printed plastic compartments mounted on each side of the frame below the seat. The left compartment has numerous switches on it and inside there are wiring harnesses, voltage converters, a distribution board, and other electronic apparatus. Additional switches above the left and right hand grips control various lights and functions. The right compartment is for carrying food and other items to be accessed while riding. A 3D printed console above the crankset houses a digital display and various indicator lights. This console reminds me of a much smaller version of what Steven K. Roberts had on his BEHEMOTH. The electrical system and level of systems engineering and thoughtfulness of the details on Mark's Grasshopper fx in general remind me both of the work of Steven K. Roberts and Bill Bushnell though Mark had no prior knowledge of the work of these pioneers when he designed his vehicle.

Mark is planning on riding his solar assisted Grasshopper fx on a 2.5 year around the world trip starting in 2020. It will also tow a solar trailer which he is still working on. His website is easy to remember at: https://solare.bike/

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