I’m a recently retired software engineer living in Santa Barbara with my wife Patty. Sadly, after 16 great years, our dog Lucky Boy is no longer with us. Our son, Dave, has left the nest and is living with his longboarding buddies.


Dave was recently featured in the documentary, Wheels over Paradise. Check it out here.

Not to be confused with LaidBackBikeReport...

In 2008, when I put up this blog, I chose the “laidback” naming without giving it a lot of thought. Since then an excellent site / video channel, called LaidBackBikeReport, has emerged. I am not affiliated with LaidBackBikeReport, but I am a fan. Please visit that excellent site and enjoy the content.

Michael B.


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  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.



    • 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.

      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…


  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.

      • I recently re-did the sag test with my son observing the actual sag. It turns out that zero psi works for me at 175 lbs.

  5. Hi, wondering if you are still looking for a glr. I have one that was used in the 4 man RAAM relay. It also has a coroplast full fairing…

    • Hi James,

      Thanks for thinking of me. However, I’m not looking for a GLR any more. After many years of keeping my eye out for a GLR, I just bought one from a man in Portland. It arrived this week. I’ll be posting photos as soon as I get it set up to my liking. I would like to see photos of your fairing if you can post a link.

    • I haven’t done any self supported touring so I’m probably not the right guy to ask. I guess it depends on a lot of variables:
      – how much stuff do you want to carry?
      – how much climbing will you do?
      – are there rough roads requiring extra ground clearance?
      – what’s your budget?
      – is speed important?

      Of the 3 brands that I’ve owned, I’d eliminate the Milan. It’s very difficult to work on and has very limited maneuverability. The DF is slightly faster and has more storage space than the WAW, but the WAW is more maneuverable and easier to work on – a great all-around velomobile. Either would work. Other brands, that I haven’t owned, worth considering are Quatrovelo, Quest, Strada, Alleweder.

      • Thanks for the quick reply!
        i usually carry abot 50 lbs of gear.
        i try to avoid hills but not always is possible
        once on a while there will be some bad roads especially in less developed countries
        no budget constrains
        efficiency and comfort is more important than raw speed.

        please share your experience

  6. Michael:

    Just sold my FAW+. Would like to purchase a WAW next. Would appreciate you letting me know if one might become available. Thank you.

    • Leave me your contact info. If I hear of one, I’ll let you know. I’m not planning on selling mine at this point, but that can change.

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