About

I live in Santa Barbara with my wife Patty and my dog Lucky Boy. I’m a telecommuting software engineer at a fruit company in Silicon Valley. Our son, Dave Billesbach, has left the nest and is living with his longboarding buddies. He was recently featured in the documentary, Wheels over Paradise. Check it out here.

Michael Billesbach

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Michael:
    Craig Johnsen here – fellow with the Quest in Los Osos – Just wanted to relay my phone in case you do decide to head up this way: 760-835-4204.

    BTW, our last 2 goldens – both females – each lived to be 16 yrs. old. Lovely dogs.

    Cheers,

    Craig

    • Hi Craig,

      Sorry I haven’t responded sooner. I don’t check my site very often. Thanks for your number. I hope my golden, Lucky Boy lives that long. I hate the fact that dogs live such short lives.

      Are you coming to Sacramento for the trike ride that Wayne’s setting up? I’ll be there.

      thanks,
      Michael B.

  2. Hi Michael: Enjoy your site…Just bought a used Trice “S” ICE after my SUN Tadpole was stolen in Santa Monica…it’s like upgrading from a Geo Metro to a Jaquar! If your ever in SM and want to ride with the SMCC just let me know! Mark

    • The Trice S is a great trike. I’ve had 2 of them. It’s a great platform to use to build a very racy trike. See my PseudoMonster page.

      Thanks for the invitation. I don’t make it down to LA very often. If you’re ever up in Santa Barbara with your trike, drop me a line.

  3. Michael:

    Thanks again for the great experience in purchasing your Catrike 700. Being new to recumbents, I greatly appreciate your personal investment in these bikes and look reward to benefitting from your knowledge and experience. I look forward to seeing you on a ride someday…

    Daniel

  4. Hi Michael, Thank you for sharing what you have on your website. I’m hoping you can help me with some DF shock advice. I purchased an early vintage DF last December and have been having a great time driving it around. I recently did a Florida to Texas trip and encountered the dreaded rumble strips. Barely avoided crashing more than once. I have the old DT Swiss shock and was hoping you might remember how you adjusted Jonathon’s to better handle the rumble strips. Getting ready to pedal Florida to Colorado and hoping to be a bit more stable if I have to cross a rumble strip again.

    • Hi Dave,

      I seem to be the only one that prefers the DT Swiss shock over the new simple strut. If the following info doesn’t help, I’d suggest buying the newer simple strut from ICB and trying that out.

      The air pressure is set to 15 psi. (Yours may be different for your weight.) To see how to set the “sag” air pressure, take a look at this video. The pressure on the DF is quite a bit lower than you’d see on a mountain bike, I assume due to differences in geometry. Be careful when pumping the air into the shock. The air valve stem is made of very thin aluminum and is easily snapped off. I have the rebound damping setting at the lowest setting. I arrived at that setting by just trial and error. Finally, I zip tied the lock out lever so that it wouldn’t accidentally flip to full lock out. That actually happened to me on one ride.

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