Interesting short documentary:
“Staying strong…kinda. I love riding bent trikes. I’ve been riding recumbent trikes since 2009. They’ve kept me moving with little pause through three back repairs, two new hips, carpel tunnel release to both wrists, heart attack 10 years ago while pushing my old bones too hard riding my Catrike 700, nerve damage to my right leg from a shitty hip replacement and now a pandemic that is screwing with all of us. I’ve lived a physical life and doing nothing is not option I can live with. So when the hills started to feel longer and steeper I added an e-assist trike from ICE trikes to my stable and I just kept on going.
“The biggest problem people seem to have with a recumbent trike, is that it’s not “normal”. But normal is boring. Most people have a problem with “different”. I get it, you have to be comfortable with people staring at you when you ride a recumbent trike. People staring at you while they’re driving is actually a good thing.
“In time maybe more people will consider a recumbent trike. Whether a fast road trike, touring trike, off road trike or an adaptive trike, it’s all good. Plus it’s really hard to fall off a trike. Every now and then I’ll see somebody on a new standard bike and they look so uncomfortable and I can just bet that their bike will probably be on Craigslist soon and they’ll give up cycling. Doesn’t have to be.”
For just over eight years, I rode recumbent trikes, evangelized recumbent trikes, and wrote millions of words about the virtues of recumbent trikes on this website and in my five cycling books. Trikes were my world, the ultimate long distance comfortable traveling machine, the pathway to the joys of wild freedom on the open road of adventure. I logged thousands of miles through deserts, over mountain ranges, and in salty air along the shores of the ocean. And on rare occasions, I even slept on my recumbent trikes when pitching a tent could have led to potential incarceration as a miscreant hobo searching for handouts.
Then, I strayed. I began riding … dare I say it … bicycles. I had lost my way as I sought to increase my pleasures on the pavement. First, it was a fat tire mountain bike, coming on the heels of my former ICE Full Fat recumbent trike. Fat tires were fun. Slow yes, and cumbersome for sure, but fun nonetheless. But I sought something lighter in weight, so I traded that huge fattie for a nimble all-purpose bike, which allowed me to do all sorts of riding, and easily get through tight spots that presented problems on my trikes. In all of this wandering however, I slowly realized that my days of touring could well be over, as this convenient utilitarian bike did many things, but a touring machine it was not.
So, that was traded for what many cyclists consider the premiere long wheel based touring bicycle of all time, the Easy Racers Gold Rush Replica, a machine of ultimate comfort and long haul legend, not to mention it held many land speed records in the past, being the first bike to exceed sixty-five miles per hour on flat ground. Into that bike I poured financial resources as I prepped it for a return to the journeys of the highways and byways. But, then something happened …
It became apparent to me that I really was missing the good old days of my wonderful recumbent tricycles. I realized that I had abandoned that which had brought me so much freedom to travel on adventurous journeys. Sure, this fancy touring bicycle offered that freedom, but at what cost? Could I sleep on it at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco where there were no camping options, and pitching a tent would have brought the attention of the law? Nope, couldn’t do that. Could I park it along side my tent that I pitch each night, sometimes in high wind conditions of up to seventy miles per hour or more, like I could do with a trike? Nope, couldn’t do that … it would just blow over unless I roped it to a tree, but in the desert, there are no trees.
And while I was certainly able to ride this bicycle, it clearly had its quirky steering geometry that made for a radically different handling feel than other normal bicycles, and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to constantly be thinking about keeping it straight on the road when I could instead be totally enjoying the scenery on an easy riding recumbent tricycle. And what about the fairing if riding in strong crosswinds? Would it act like a sail and potentially push me out into traffic? I had noticed that highly experienced LWB touring bikers were working at keeping the rig pointed straight. Lots of unanswered questions swirled in my mind.
Besides all this, I had walked away from my triking roots. So today, I publicly repent from my two wheeled sins of recent history, right here on Trike Asylum, a website I created in January of 2010 for the love of trikes, and let you know that last week I ordered a brand new recumbent tadpole trike, and will be gleefully re-entering the triangular realm. As part of this transition, I am selling my Easy Racers Gold Rush bike, and below is a short movie that showcases this beauty that I have had and ridden for only a short time here on the coast. Ahh, it feels good to return home!
Well hello everyone. Recently, I acquired a cycling helmet with the latest and greatest Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology. Unlike the helmet I have been wearing for years, since 2011, this new helmet is constructed with head protection qualities that offer superior added benefits for those of us who wish to keep our brains, skulls, and lives intact when things go wrong. I have personally experienced crack-ups involving my head four times in my life, and I understand what good protection can do, and what happens without it. Three of those times I had a helmet, and one of them I did not. The one time I went down without a helmet, I did a face-plant, shoving a front tooth through my skin between my upper lip and my nose, requiring an emergency room visit. For me, I’ll happily take whatever protection I can get, and this new helmet offers an added feature so that my teeth and face should remain safe the next time I do a face-plant, or say hello to the pavement in a sudden way. Well, here are my two cents worth:
To watch my previous talk about helmets in general, here is another recent talk: