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We collected Mrs Dents slightly late Xmas pressie today. Happy to say she loves it and is eager to take it on its maiden voyage, which will be tonight once the sun stops melting the bitumen on the road...
Now we need to get her gloves, jersey and all the other stuff I'd like but can't justify for a recumbent...
We just finished the maiden voyage, and Mrs Dent's first ride in almost two decades. 25 mins around the car park over the road, and then down the street a bit and back once she got bored with going in circles. Turns out this is the first bike she has ever had with gears, or non-coaster brakes. Overall, a successful first ride
25mins is a great first ride, keep it up! She will probably be a bit overwhelmed with the gears and brakes to start with but I'm sure with practice she'll get the hang of it. I'm glad your encouraging her to try riding, I wish I could get my boyfriend into it but he refuses. Keep it fun - ride to a cafe thats close for a coffee or brekky that she likes, ride to a park on a nice (but not too hot day), even ride to her fave shop. Good luck!
(Cross-posted and edited for those unfamiliar with my trikes from the recumbents forum, see here: http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=57855)
Just went for our first family ride, me on the one of my trikes, (dubbed the "Loafer" when it's fairing was complete, but currently with only the rear fairing), Joshie on his new Kmart BMX, and Mrs Dent on her new ride. 40mins, down to the in-laws to borrow a helmet, then up to a nearby car park Joshie and I frequently hoon around in on the trikes (it has speed bumps and a gravel "skid-pan", lots of fun for irresponsible riding ). I was utilizing the rear "park" brake to spin out the Loafer, and managed to roll it as we were about to leave to head home! My guess is the sudden crosswind pressure on the rear fairing assisted the roll, as it was my first stack on a trike. Managed to roll it right over on top of me. Slight grazing on my elbow, but fortunately (and more importantly) no damage to the Loafer! Mrs Dent handled the rougher surfaces much better than Joshie and I (and without the hooning and bingles, which she correctly attributed to us "boys showing off"), though did return home with a few new aches in her ankle, which she sprained badly back in late August.
On the whole and enjoyable first family ride
Well, a few short rides later, and with our son away for the weekend, we took to the trail again this evening. Beaut ride, but forcibly shortened by sunset and the current lack of lights on either of our rides. We only dawdled along but included a few gentle hills, and Mrs Dent got the adrenalin pumping on a couple well earned down hill runs
Methinks a picnic is in order tomorrow...
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