Did I do good or what?
I worked hard this year to regain some of my youthful stamina and I’ll be danged if I’m going to let cold weather keep me from riding. I didn’t want to invest much money in my endeavor to weather the winter so I went to Walmart to get my much thought out riding apparel.
I’ve read that I’m supposed to dress in layers. This is how I did it.
I started with a toboggan, I picked out one of florescent orange so I could be seen on cold cloudy days, a black ski mask (it only came in black and the check-out clerk told me not to wear it in the store or into a 7-11). I got Fruit of the Loom long johns, tops and bottoms. I went with a first class name brand since it would be against my tender skin. A long sleeve tee-shirt, large so it could go on easily over the long johns top. I have several extra large sweat shirts that I can wear over the long sleeve tee-shirt. To top it off, I bought a red sweat suit that Sue said looked like something Santa would wear, or maybe that was something he wouldn’t wear. Whatever. I almost forgot that I needed gloves for winter. All my gloves are work gloves with holes worn in the tips of the fingers and I wouldn’t want to give the impression that riding a recumbent was anything like work. So, I got the black padded ones, not so padded that I couldn’t shift gears but padded enough to keep my hands warm. To top it off I have my big black clunker sun glasses that the eye doctor gave me when I had my cataract surgery. There big enough to go over my regular glasses that I never wear since I had the cataracts removed. I had to use electrical tape to tape on my mirror because the ear piece was so wide.
Day before yesterday I went for my first sub 40 degree ride this year with my new Walmart riding apparel. I got about a mile down the road and had to stop and take the ski mask off. It kept riding up over my eyes and I couldn’t see through the little holes in the knit. After climbing the hill leading up to Willow Springs Baptist Church I had to stop and take off my jacket, you really work up a sweat climbing hills. But guess what? I was very comfortable riding late into the afternoon. I’ll have to get a larger ski mask, but other than that I ready for at least 30 F dry weather. Bring it on!
I don’t know if you can see out the window behind me or not. This morning it is 35 F and raining, I don’t ride when it’s raining. I know, I know. I hear you.
Early on in my introduction to recumbents I wanted to know everything about everything. Somehow I stumbled on Crazy Guy on a Bike and spent days reading travel journals of lucky people who’ve travel around the world on bikes and trikes. One of my early reads was the adventures of riding her trike, Myrtle the Turtle. Ms. Halpern has become my favorite internet personality. I’ve read all of her Crazy Guy journals, her blog and now follow her on facebook.
Well, she is at it again. This time in Asia. Ms. Halpern supplies plenty of beautiful pictures along with interesting detail of her adventures.
I invite you to spend a few hours getting to know Sylvia Halpern, a wonderful story teller.
BROL’er, Rick OBrien, (robrien24) Has a near complete full fairing for his ICE Sprint RS. Rick’s modular approach to building is unique and looks strong, lightweight with great aesthetics. His complete build information can be found on this BROL thread.
I love the very compact looks. Enjoy the Vid.
For every velomobile that is built, more understanding, ideas perpetuated, friendly one-upsmanship “I can do better than that” and people with different skill levels and resources meet to share their results. Regardless of the outcome, something is to be learned by all. On Atomic Zombie, BROL and some other forums there is a form of open-source projects where we learn from each other. What we see and learn from others goes into the production of our own. I’ve seen and read virtually every thread and website with information on velomobiles that I could find on the internet gathering information for my own build.
Here is some information I had missed. You might enjoy this read.
I’ve already bought some of the materials for the constructions of my velo, but I’m now waiting to see what Atomic Zombies’ Brad builds. I wouldn’t want to miss anything. On the AZ velomobile thread there has been a lot of “you can’t do that” but I think he can.
I think we as recumbent riders are always looking for more efficiency, speed and comfort but in the end a utility velo like Brad is building will have more appeal to the common people. I’m separating us recumbent riders from the rest of the world. Some people like Chrysler minivans and some like Ferrari’s. Both are efficient at what they do. Look at who sells the most. Maybe a Ferrari that will haul 4 kids, 2 adults and a sheet of plywood on the weekend is really what I”m looking for. But really now, I have an Off Road Super Duty Ford F250 diesel that can do that.
Back in the 80’s I rode my bike a lot. Rode to work everyday and took the long way home. Weekends would sometimes include a 50 or 100 mile ride with my son. Somewhere along the way life got in the way and my bikes got set aside. Last year my son and I got re-acquainted with bikes, specifically recumbent bikes and I started riding again. It’s difficult to get started again. Well let me take that back. It’s not difficult to get started again, it’s difficult to rebuild the muscles and stamina needed to ride the distances I would like to be riding. This recent thread on BROL is now my inspiration to stick with it. These guys have been doing it for years. If your in your 30’s or 40’s or 50’s here is the reason you should be doing something now and sticking with it.
I setting my goal for next year at 4,000 miles. What will you be doing?
I don’t know about you, but my favorite site list changes with my interest. My interest changes almost daily. My normal routine is check my email @gmail.com, check today’s post at BROL and AtomicZombie. I like both of these sites for my hobby interest. My hobby being recumbent bikes and trikes. Both of these sites have tons of information and a camaraderie factor tying many factions of this sport/hobby together. This morning a link on a BROL post caught my interest. http://www.kreuzotter.de/english/eindex.htm
I’ve often used online calculators of different sorts as needed. You know, how many inches is 10mm? How many yen to a dollar? How fast do you have to pedal to go a certain speed on your bike? This site has several calculators geared, so to speak, to the bicycle enthusiast.
The calculators include.
|Speed & Power
Bicycle Speed and Power Calculator, comparing differend kinds of bicycles
Relation between gearing, wheel-diameter and speed
Geometrical relation between Head Tube Angle, Trail and Fork Offset
Online Spoke-Length Calculator
Graphical online calculator: Pedal kick-back, influence of transmission on rear-wheel suspension
Graphical online calculator: Swingarm design, shock-element properties
I spent a full hour here this morning and now have it handy to use as needed. Thanks Andreas Zorn, for you work. Your work lives on.