Recumbents and all feet forward machines
At another recumbent forum, no not that one, there is a thread where one can share about your rides. Just little stories that don't warrant a new thread but which may be of interest etc. Anyway I thought it might be good to have something similar here. Guess it will work or die
Anyway to get things rolling, I got the LoGo Lightning P-38 out again today, nearly 200 kilometres now and went for a short ride to end the year. Whilst riding around Herdsman Lake minding my business, a rider who was coming towards me with I assume his friend just lifted his arm and pointed at me as if I was a zoo animal or something. What was he thinking? I am an object? Gee whiz, but isn't pointing rude?
I have experienced a couple of other incidents of people pulling alongside in their cars to video me; I can sort of cope with this as long as it is done safely and without disruption of others - unfortunately that is not always the case.
Anyway for some reason this guy got up my nose. All he had to do was say hi, nice bike or whatever, ask a question and I would have happily stopped, but being rude didn't work.
The video ...
Maybe he was just a bit 'special' himself, not too much unlike you 'bent riders.
Was a bloke I used to pass on a MTB and trailer every now and then on the Roe Hway PSP. Saw him at my local IGA one day about to mount up, and I complimented him on his set up. From his reaction I realised he was bit challenged mentally and pretty socially awkward.
Anyway, I'm outta here before the lynch mob arrives.
After all is said and done; a lot more is usually said than done.
Found a broken spoke in my 700c rear today when I was swapping out the Tektro brakes for Avid BB7 so decided to try out a 26" rear whilst the 700c is in for a new spoke and truing.
Short 24 km test ride this afternoon to make sure all is good. Average speed was done but then the winds where pretty bad so not sure if it is the wheel or not yet.
Also saw a wedding party at a funny place for a photo shot - not exactly scenic.
I got out on Sunday with the intention of the completing the [url="http://www.strava.com/challenges/gran-fondo-02"]Strava Gran Fondo 2 Challenge[/url] (130 km ride) but alas it was not be. My front tyre blew out when doing a slow 25 km/h and I hit the bitumen. At the time I had hurt my knee (hurt walking) but it felt okay to ride with it so I continued with the ride ... was about 1/3 way into it the planned distance.
That was a mistake. With about 30 km to go I was down to crawling along in pain so had to abort the ride. A day later I am on crutches and have an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon. Nurse Anne (my partner) is not helping either ... getting the told you I would pick you up, this is your fault perspective and now in trouble for being at the computer Never have a relationship with nurses
One positive to come out of it was meeting Bartek and Sinner Bikes Mango. I really need to get one
Oh the bike is okay.
This photo was taken later in the ride at the Alco's Aluminium Refinery. I ended up doing 118 kilometres
Anyway that is the last riding update for awhile from me I suspect How was your weekend riding?
Good to meet you on Sunday, glad you managed to fix the puncture but sorry to hear the knee is still playing up (good luck!) I know the deal with nurses and sympathy (or total lack of!) as my wife is a nurse also. I managed to clock up 93+ km on my work commute and the Mango ran smoothly as usual allowing me to average about 29 km/hr. Looking forward to a month commuting to Mandurah starting St, Pat's day!
Sinner Mango Sport RE
That is a nice set of numbers ... 93 km, I could handle in the Mango
As my little problem, I saw the orthopaedic surgeon today ... good news, bad news. The good news is no operation required; the bad news is I am off the bike for probably six weeks and in a brace as I have managed to tear my medial cruciate ligament. I also have to have a CT scan to check the knee for any other possible damage to be on the safe side.
Ah well could have been worse I guess.
Decided that last Saturday was wet enough in Sydney to take the RV out for a ride n see just how I fare ... Apart from the humidity I stayed dry... I think lol
You did this cycling Andrew? How?
Cycle touring blog and tour journals: whispering wheels...
Ah bugger.......no good re the knee man. And I'm sorry.....I'm a nurse too and I wouldn't have given you any sympathy either!
I took the new trike out for a proper first ride today, only a little 5km loop around the local estate but it was my first ride so kept it small.
Was awesome though! So much fun riding along so low to the ground relaxing back in the seat!
And I got a few bizarre looks from the locals......especially one young girl. My pet hate is people walking on bike/pedestrian paths with headphones one. This young girl today couldn't hear my bell, my calls of excuse me, which in the end became a yell with still no result!
In the end, after basically sitting 1 metre behind her for a few minutes until a gap opened on one side (she was wandering side to side up the pathway) and I shot past her! And I think she crapped herself!
After a very bad day at work I needed some mental reset from the trike.
Got home and went the get the trike out and it's got a phantom flat
So took the 29er instead, still have to fix the flat.
In to town to the barbershop and then to Coles for a few things.
Met a group of young Chinese chaps only one of whom seemed to speak English.
They all got their pictures taken in the Mango much to their delight.
A good run in down the highway with a tailwind and then I was lucky to also get one on the way home.
Averaged about 26 kmh with a max of 58. Fastest I've done in a long time.
That's the look from the majority of locals since we started taking the trikes out, the kids point and excitedly tell their parents LOOK!!!! We have had a few funny comments thrown our way, all very good natured. Those who stop us to ask all the usual questions go home to look the trikes up online. We are still strange enough that the cars take a really wide berth around us so we feel very safe. Did our first overnight camp on the Lilydale Warburton Railtrail and had had just the best time. As soon as I learn how to download pics from my iphone we can share some photos..
What a great idea for just sharing our riding experiences, even if they are not exceptional in speed or distance they are an encouragement to just hav a go and enjoy
Unfortunately I haven't gotten out on the trike in a week as I had a certain baby ending procedure performed. However, on my last ride picking the kids up from school, I rode past the local high school with students lined up after school waiting for the bus......probably a good 200 students sitting waiting. And all we heard was a chorus of teenagers commenting on the trike, saying how cool it was, and they'd love to have a bike like that! It felt great! (I like being...unusual)
I got the trike serviced today, and got the boom extended on my Performer F to suit my 6'7" frame (was elated to see the frame went long enough to fit me!).
But a funny thing happened.......the mechanic, a strictly DF rider, took it for a ride and told me he is hooked on a bent trike! He loved it! Reminded him of being a kid driving a go cart.
Anyway, looking forward to going for a ride with the boom at the right length, shame my clipless shoes havent arrived yet...
This weekend I completed the Audax Opperman 24hr Trial.... Thanks to a good team (all recumbents) and good support we completed our planned 365km with over 5 hr sleep time at 22:30 - 05:00....
Here's the link.....
I used my Catbike Musashi at it behaved brilliantly.....no punctures, awesome weather (thunder bolts and lightning.....)......excellent team.....
Simon Watt even managed an Offroad section, his ears were burning 20km as we arrived on that surprise before Simon's team !
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Hey Paul, I completed the Oppy 24hr ride too with my Bacchetta Corsa. Not many recumbent riders in Audax Qld so I was the only one in our team and the lone 'bent out of the 24 Oppy riders here in Brisbane. I read that in ACT there was an all recumbent Oppy team.
No punctures for me but the weirdest thing happened.. about 320km into the ride, my left crank fell off!! Tighten it up and fell off again, this happened a few more times until we finish. We had a 5-member team and while everyone's got a different cycling background, we made a fantastic team. We also had amazing support from an experienced Audax RO. Altogether we covered a distance of 403km and an unexpected 4100m of climbing (we were promised a flat terrain route).
Link to the ride:
Great effort to both Melvyn and Riggsbie-I must say it does pique my interest in Audax events!
I like the sustained riding required rather than flat out, much better on the heart for an old fart like me. Impressive averages by both you guys-kudos!
Riggsbie/Melvyn, would they allow a Mango on these events? Would a Greenspeed GT3 do Ok on these rides?
More reading required.
Terry, come ride with us next time! You don't have to be a member to join the events, it cost only $10 extra for a non-member to participate in any of the Audax rides.
Velomobile is definitely allowed for Audax rides. Any bicycles are allowed as long as it is roadworthy. For night rides, some lighting rules apply: http://www.audax.org.au/public/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91&Itemid=124
Velomobile is very ideal for Audax rides. The only exception would be hilly rides coupled with hot days. Check out the online ride calendar for the upcoming rides: http://www.audax.org.au/public/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=2
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