A lot of web sites that I read start out with the author announcing that he/she has been riding recumbent bikes/trike for 10 years or 15 or 20 or even 30 years. Well, I’ve not. I didn’t have my first recumbent until well into my 60’s. 2010 if I remember right. I’m to be 70 next month and I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve been on a bent. But I’ve missed the history of the recumbent world. I’ve since owned some of that history but that’s not the same as living it.
This morning I followed a link that was posted on an Atomic Zombie thread. It’s not that I hadn’t been on this site before but I guess my appreciation for bent history has grown and is still growing. Joel Dickman’s web site Lightning Riders entertained me for a couple of hours as I ate breakfast and enticed me to linger on for a second Diet Coke.. If your a newbie like me, you may enjoy seeing a pictorial history of the Lightning with pictures of the famous P38, the 18 lb R84 or the F90. If you enjoy this site, you will also enjoy a visit to the Lightning site.
Count your blessings if you are lucky enough to own a Lightning recumbent.
There is a thread on BROL that I have been watching for awhile. Rick O’Brien has designed a Coroplast velomobile using a CAD program and having it output to a CNC machine to cut the body parts. If I were to put together a list of my favorite threads on BROL this one would be in my first two or three threads. I love Rick’s detailed approach. As other post in the thread have indicated, I wish I had acquired the CAD skills to do this. I work more out of my head and seldom make even a sketch. I did try Sketchup for awhile but gave that up the same as I did my course in Python programing.
Rick built another velo body last year taking a modular approach. I was quite impressed with last years model. Rick made a list of improvements he would like to achieve and it looks like he is well on his way to making a lighter, faster and roomier velomobile body than before. From the pictures of the new build, Rick’s attention to detail while building are equal to his abilities to design on the computer. The fit on the new velomobile body looks right on.
Like others have posted in the BROL thread, I hope Rick makes the velomobile parts available in kit form or at least sell the files for output. Thanks for sharing the build on BROL, Rick.
I’ve been aware of RAAM for years. That’s what a bunch of supreme athletics did back when I first started riding. A couple of times I saw something in the magazines I subscribed to in the 80’s. Just like the riders in the Tour de France, they were out of my league. I did enjoy reading of the events and even seeing the Tour de France, in part, on TV. Do you remember Wide World of Sports. You know, The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
But year before last the internet brought a new way for me to track RAAM as people would post progress of the race during the day. This prompted me to look up the participants on the RAAM site. Some of the names I knew from discussions on the forums that I monitor. BUT look at this. Forever Young Pac Masters in the 75+ age group were older than I. As I reported in an old post, “I looked them up and saw that 2 of them were 80 and 2 of them 78 years old. On my last check they are averaging a little over 13 mph after doing some heavy duty climbing in CO.” And these guys, “United 4 Health is a team in the 70 to 74 age group. They had a later start time but are averaging 20+ mph.” I followed them all and eagerly checked progress reports at various spots on the internet. These guys were older than me, I could relate. I could almost place myself on one of the teams. Well, kind of, in my own mind.
And what about last year dot race with Maria Parker on a Cruzbike Vendetta. I would get up early each day to check Maria’s progress on the Tractalis site. I would leave my work around the farm undone to check her progress several times during the day. For me, tracking the dots on my computer screen was exciting. Maybe in years to come CAMS may be set up to view parts of the race. I do hope the Tractalis site is active again for this years RAAM. BTW, you can still donate to Maria’s brain cancer research fund.
Well, my excitement has started early this year as I add another 2014 RAAM participant to my list of people for me to cheer on. Today Bryan Ball of BROL posted a link to the RAAM Facebook announcing that Dennis Johnson hopes to be the first person over 60 to finish the event on a recumbent. Hey, I’m in that age group.
Good luck, Dennis.
In the beginning there were diamond frame bikes and my son and I enjoyed a few seasons of riding together. These years formed some of the best memories of my past. After a time we drifted away from biking until a few years ago when I picked up an interest in recumbent bikes. My son had a welding machine and I coerced him into building a recumbent for me from plans I had purchased from Atomic Zombie. As our interest in recumbent bikes grew I needed a place for us to communicate and store information. So I started this blog as an easy way for us to document our builds and store information for future ideas and/or buiilds.
This blog as grown to more than I ever intended. In fact, it has grown to several hundred views per day. There is an average of 3.5 views per visitor. I have made so many entries that I am now having problems maintaining dead links. I need your help. If you follow a link from my site that no longer works or is dead, please leave a note in the comment section of this site to let me know. I will correct or remove the dead link.
Thanks in advance for your help.
See you on the forums.