As I discussed in a recent post, I’ve been disenchanted in my cruising pace on my recumbent, and thought my rear thorn-proof tube may need one thing to do with it. So I changed it with an everyday tube. I additionally seen my entrance tire was a bit low so pumped it up. What a distinction! On one among my longest rides up to now, my common pace was 14.8 mph, or about 1.6 mph sooner than it’s been. That might lead to a century in lower than 7 hours as an alternative of nearer to eight hours. That’s extra prefer it!
I did one other out and again to Hellyer park and checked out the velodrome as a result of on Saturday mornings they’ve newbie coaching, the place they allow you to lease a monitor bike then educate you the fundamentals. I’m going to muster up the nerve to strive that sooner or later. It’s not the velodrome that worries me, its banking isn’t too extreme so I haven’t been nervous on it earlier than or common bikes. It’s the monitor bike, no brakes and no freewheeling. That might take some getting used to.
The following day I acquired an opportunity to do a experience with a recumbent meetup. It was enjoyable using with equally bizarre bikes. We began on Steven’s Creek path in Mountain View and rode out and again on the Shoreline and Baylands trails to Palo Alto. The Baylands path had some unpaved packed gravel sections and surprisingly my ‘bent did simply fantastic. It was enjoyable going previous bystanders who would chortle and wave at our little parade of autos, maybe they thought the circus was coming to city!
I completely loved the experience with one exception- the Steven’s creek path has some pedestrian overpasses with tight hairpin turns. Gradual pace dealing with on ‘bents is notoriously dangerous so I felt very uncomfortably wobbly, and needed to get off and stroll one among them. The trikes had no downside, they’ve Ackerman steering similar to a automobile and remarkably tight turning radii. The opposite ‘bent rider did higher than me additionally. He was on an uncommon Cruzbike entrance wheel drive recumbent. You possibly can maintain pedaling proper via a flip as a result of the pedals flip with the deal with bars. You possibly can even steer them with your feet and ride no hands, however that takes getting used to! Anyway, for me it’s security first, when doubtful get off and stroll.
That brings up an attention-grabbing interchange I’ve with Karen after I’m going for a experience. First some background: When my Mother or one among her three sisters had been going out on dates of their youth, my grandma would inform them “have enjoyable! Be secure!”, and my grandpa would say “make up you thoughts”. So I informed Karen about this, and at any time when I depart for a experience she says “have enjoyable! Be secure!”