Well it’s finally happened. I’ve had to make my first repair on my Nirvana Cruise Carbon Trike. After flying on Monday I loaded up my trike into my trusty walk-on garden trailer and carted everything home. I rolled my trike into the garage and buttoned everything up. Thought all was well. The next day I was walking past my trailer when I noticed a small silver object wedged between the floor boards. When I looked closer it was one of the locking pins that fasten the motor frame on body of the trike!
When I picked the pin up and examined it I found that the ball bearings that allow the pin to lock in place had fallen out. I’m currently looking for a replacement pin but in the mean time I don’t want to be grounded! Since the ball bearings only serve to secure the pin in place and don’t bear any loads, the pin does that, I just needed to find a way to secure the pin once it has been inserted. I still have some safety wire left over from my airplane build projects so I used that to hold the pin in place. I can fly until I locate a replacement pin. Pins, actually. I’m going to order a new set to keep on hand.