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.
I’ve been doing my blog long enough now that I have forgotten many of the entries from the past. It has nothing to do with being 69 years old. Honest. While reviewing my stats page I found where someone had followed this link from an older post on my site. Someone put a lot of effort into compiling this information about lights. I felt it worthy of posting again. I don’t know how long it has been since it was updated, but there is a lot of DIY information available. Lights.
No, I’m not going to build a bamboo recumbent but I find them very interesting. I’m not sure what started this interest. Probably my morning routine. I normally start each day reading a couple of the forums I frequent, then a few other blogs that I like and then a couple of news sites. From one of these I probably followed a link to a bamboo bike and then a search for bamboo bikes. I’m sure you know the routine. You follow a link of interest that leads to another link of interest and so on.
I did a post some months ago about Dug Shelby and his ride across the US on a bamboo bike built by Klaus Volkmann, a musician from Brazil. That tour should prove the worthiness of a bamboo bike.
This week I noticed this beautiful bamboo trike built by a fellow Atomic Zombie builder, Here is a thread on Atomic Zombie and here is a build post on Instructables. It’s just loaded with useful information. This is one of most beautiful, useful pieces of transportation I’ve seen.
I’ve noticed quite a few new bamboo bikes and trikes being built. I’ve now started myself a page to track them. I’ll be posting new information and builds as I find them.
The Plymobile built by Titus van den Brink of the Netherlands is a unique, beautiful velomobile. Titus shared his building information on his blog. Rather than bog you down with detail, Titus has included many pictures of his build so you can see the detail.
Included also are some of his experiences with his velomobile in parades and events.
You may want to view other wooden velomobiles here.
This morning I needed to do repairs to my trike before the weather changed. I had heard on the news that it was going to get colder for a few days. I guess I wasn’t paying attention. I checked the Weather Channel website and got the big picture. It’s going to get down to 14 degrees in East Texas. Who approved that?
The average temperatures in Dallas for the month of December is daytime high 58 degrees and night time low of 39 degrees. As you can see, 14 degrees is somewhat of an oddity for the North Texas climate.
Coldest temperature recorded for Dallas was 1 degree back in 1989.
I’m a warm weather person. I can ride my bike when it’s 100+ without a problem. But when temperatures drop below 40 my riding times are nil and I watch for warm days to ride. I guess tomorrow might be my last day to ride for the next week or so.
I know, I know. (Said with a whinny voice) You live north of the Red River and it gets much colder where your live. That’s the main reason I don’t live north of the Red River.
Oh yeah, this was my weather report last January. https://texasrecumbents.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/winter-in-texas/
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