I was one of those kids who always used their kick stand, never laying my bike on the ground. I was one of those kids who regularly washed and waxed their bike. I was one of those kids who dreamed of a world where human powered vehicles were the only vehicles. I even drew a recumbent pedal powered helicopter…long before I knew there really were recumbent anythings.
Even after I got my license and my first car, I rode my mountain bike. As much as I could. When I was 17 I’d even make a 28 mile round trip to my church and back. I did a lot of stupid things when I was a kid. Church I mean, not the trip! No offense to any of you religious people out there, it’s just not for me.
I still have my license, though I use it only for work. In 2008 I gave up my last car, with joy. The cost of insurance, maintenance, and gas were just too ridiculous when I could pedal to most destinations and have more fun doing it!
In February of 2009 I got my first recumbent bicycle, Bentley. I haven’t ridden a “normal” bike since. Most people thought it was cool, yet hard to ride. (It’s easier to ride because it has a lower center of gravity).
Despite this snowy photograph, Bentley did not ride well in the snow. Which meant that most winters I would walk or borrow a friends gas guzzling death machine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-car. I’m anti-unresponsible lazy not paying attention in a hurry no regard for human life car driver.
Now I finally have an HPV (human powered vehicle) that I can ride year round, with efficiency and comfort!
This beautiful machine is a recumbent tadpole trike. Having two wheels in the front allows for better steering and braking. This particular trike is a Terra Trike Rover X7.
The Terra Trike Rover has the highest seat available for recumbent tadpole trikes. Mine is at 19 inches. Most such trikes are only a few inches off the ground, allowing for better cornering, but just begging to be unseen and run over. This trike is only an inch and a half lower than Bentley. I’ve had no problems being seen, and cars give me a wider berth than they did on Bentley. Granted I use flags, a head light, and a tail light…but I used the same on Bentley, it’s the wider wheel base that gets me that extra foot.
This trike is from: www.utahtrikes.com The difference between this trike and the one offered by www.terratrikes.com (The original manufacturer) is that it has a 26″ rear wheel, 27 speeds (versus 8 speeds), parking brakes, and my choice of custom color.
Here you see the parking brake (0ne of them) engaged and the speedometer.
This was a custom mount from Utah Trikes.
This mother fu#%er is the loudest bike horn in the world. 115 decibels. Can you hear me now?
More eye candy? Here you go:
This is a pair of panniers, or saddle bags. These are the best I’ve ever owned. They hold a lot, are light weight, and are rain proof.
There’s my new girlfriend! Sorry for the inept photography! Someday, after I finish the bicycle camper, I’ll turn this naughty girl into a velomobile…a whole other subject!