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2-12-2013 10-11-31 PM

The 9th annual Catrike Rally started on a rather cold note but warmed up very nicely as all the riders took to the West Orange Trail which runs down the center of Winter Garden. There was no Factory Tour this year due to them moving to a larger facility at the same time as the Rally. Therefore we should expect an exceptional Rally next year celebrating their new manufacturing plant and being the 10th year for the Catrike Rally. We tried to capture some of the feeling of this years Rally in the video below. This is only a snippet of the activity but hopefully you will be able to feel the fun and excitement that was enjoyed by all that attended.

Below is also a link of some photos of the 9th Annual Catrike Rally that we posted on our FaceBook pages.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.425101657567051.1073741826.100002016600046&type=3

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rivers, beachs & streets – recumbent trikes and bikes
by dregerclock

HP Velotechnik via Gizmag

A Gizmodo Top Story

Collapsing High-Speed Electric Trike Can Squeeze Into the Tiniest of Trunks

If you’ve been looking for a way to ditch your car, HP Velotechnik’s new Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec electric trike could be a suitable replacement for your daily commuter. Despite a mouthful of a name, the motor-powered recumbent can hit a top speed of 28 miles per hour, while still folding away into an impossibly small package for easy storage.

When it’s available early next year in the US it will sell for almost $7,500, which unfortunately prices it similar to a decent used car. But for that hefty sum you do get car-like features such as hydraulically coupled disc brakes, an electric starter that will propel the bike up to almost four miles per hour at the push of a button, and a full suspension system for tackling the most pot-holed of roads. You’ll never need pay for a drop of gas either, just five or six hours of electricity every night. And finding and paying for parking is a thing of the past since it folds small enough to drag up to your office when you get to work.

Collapsing High-Speed Electric Trike Can Squeeze Into the Tiniest of Trunks

 

Cycling is a low-impact, aerobic workout that provides a myriad of health benefits and can be continued for life without a major time commitment.

 

Numerous studies have found that cycling provides a variety of health benefits. Some of the benefits address specific health concerns, and others result in more general or indirect health benefits. They include:

Clean air – Cycling is non-polluting and can help us breathe easier. Much of the pollutants and irritants in the air are the result of fossil fuel emissions and can cause serious health problems, including asthma, irritation of the lungs, bronchitis, pneumonia, decreased resistance to respiratory infections, and even early death. These health risks are accentuated in children. When people ride bikes instead of driving cars, everyone’s health benefits.

Ease of incorporating it into your life – Cycling generally does not involve a steep learning curve and a lot of expensive equipment (beyond a bike and a helmet, other cycling gear is optional). In most areas, you can cycle year-round, and build it into your daily routine by cycling to work and to do errands. Most people can continue cycling indefinitely. This means that you will be more likely to stick with cycling long-term, and lead a healthier life.

Exposure to sunlight – Vitamin D generated from 15 minutes of sunshine a day can help prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. (Note: Too much sun, however, increases the risk of skin cancer.)

Improved cardiovascular fitness – Cycling strengthens the heart, which improves blood circulation and reduces blood fat levels and resting pulse. Riding as little as 30 minutes every other day meets the American Heart Association’s recommendations for a healthy heart.

Increased joint movement and less pounding – Cycling reduces the risk of arthritis (or inflammation of the joints) caused by worn out cartilage. Exercises like running put more stress on joints and break down cartilage, especially in the knees. Cycling is gentler on joints and can actually strengthen them because the cycling motion provides nourishment that builds up cartilage.



More active lifestyle – Cycling (and other exercise) combats the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, which increases the risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and respiratory ailments. All of these diseases can be prevented – even reversed – with regular exercise. Further, regular exercise increases the heart’s ability to pump blood even when you are sitting still.

Reduced back pain – Cycling (and other exercise) provides nourishment that discs in the spine need for development. The large muscles in the back develop and become stronger. And cycling strengthens the small muscles that support individual vertebrae.

Stress reduction – Moderate exercise, including cycling, reduces stress, which leads to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Stronger immune system – Moderate exercise causes a boost in the immune system by increasing the production of cells that attack bacteria. Going for an easy ride can even make you feel better when you have mild cold symptoms without fever.

Sweating – Cycling causes most people to sweat, which is good for you because you sweat out toxins and (ideally) replace lost liquids with clean water.

Weight loss and fitness – Exercise, like cycling, burns calories, raises the metabolic rate, and builds muscle tone, so you burn more calories while at rest. This can combat the well-documented effects of obesity, including increased risk of disease and early death.

Group Riding

A great brochure by FLORIDA BICYCLING ASSOCIATION.

Club rides should be enjoyable and safe for all participants. Each of us should be role models for other roadway users. Groups cyclists are typically the most visible members of the cycling community—we can be billboards for exemplary behavior, or we can reinforce the stereotypes that cyclists are scofflaws. The impressions our actions leave on the motorists we encounter has a tremendous effect on cycling advocacy.

The group riding brochure (PDF ONLY) contains some guidelines and tips to improve group safety and enjoyment, as well as the public perception of club rides.

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Donations, including membership dues, are tax-deductible.
A copy of the current financial statements may be obtained by contacting
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