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Winter Cycling So Far

This is my first winter cycling. I don’t mean just for fun, but for transportation. I thought I’d need specialized gear, such as a face mask and goggles, and these nifty things called pogies or moose mitts. They’re a glorified mitten that attaches to your handle bars and covers the brake levers and shifters, so that you can slide your gloved hands in.

So far I’ve been getting along just fine by wearing fleece under my jeans, thermal socks, my carharrt coat, gloves, ushanka (rabbit fur hat with ear flaps), hood on coat and alpaca scarf. I would like the moose mitts, as my hands are the only thing that gets cold. To solve this for now I’ve got a bunch of hand warmers.

Temps here lately are in the teens, farenheit, that is. The only days I haven’t ridden were in the single digits with windchills, about 2 days. It’s actually been a lot of fun on the trike. I get asked “aren’t you cold?” quite a bit, but no, I’m not. If anything I have to unzip my coat or loosen the scarf so that I don’t start sweating! Studded tires would be nice, primarily for the rear tire, and for emergency stopping, but all in all the trike handles well in the snow and ice. Another thing I need eventually are fenders, as water splashes onto my gloves! All in time. The tires that came with the Rover are racing tires, for better traction I put the rear tire from my bent bike on it, I don’t know what you’d call the tread, it’s the kind that comes on most mountain bikes. I did this because I was getting flats, I think storing the Rover indoors and taking it out, the drastic change in temperatures, was causing cracks in the tire and allowing small stones to slightly puncture the inner tube. There’s definitely more traction, and I can still fishtail in snow and ice!

Now I do not like the cold one bit, but I’ve honestly been having a lot of fun! Normally in the Winter I have to walk or borrow a friends car, and by spring my legs have lost all their recumbent muscle. You see, riding a recumbent bike or trike utilizes different muscles in the legs than a diamond frame bike. That’s a common complaint among those new to recumbent cycling, especially when going up hills, but once you get your bent legs good luck keeping up on a diamond frame! Bents are plain and simple much more efficient than regular bicycles. So I’m loving keeping my bent legs toned, as the first month or so of Spring my legs would be in agony.

The only complaints I have aren’t seasonal. I don’t like it that most motorists don’t know hand signals, unless you’re turning left that is! I don’t like getting cut off anytime of the year, but especially not when there’s a windchill. I mean, what’s the hurry? Tell me just what is so horrible about being in your car? Is it difficult to apply pressure to the correct pedals, turn that power steering wheel? Is it too much to ask to use your turning signals? It must be awful in there, with that climate control and music, the way most people drive!!!

Get out and pedal, even if it’s just a trip to the corner store! Save some cash on gas and the gym by doing what you could in a car on a bike. You’ll feel better, and you’ll become more respectful when it comes to sharing the road when you see how most people drive! You might just end up driving more carefully, leaving for destinations a little earlier so you don’t have to speed. This could lead to less potential for tickets or rocketing insurance. You might just save yourself or your loved ones injuries or worse, just by driving respectfully. Our society here in America is all about NOW NOW NOW!!! That mentality does your health absolutely no good whatsoever! Stress affects the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Slow down! Enjoy the ride!

Life is a ride, no matter how you take the ride, do so in a manner that’s best for you and those around you!

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First REAL Ride of the Year!

I dug the Bent out of the basement on the 21st and reassembled it because I had a job to do a distance away, and rode it a little after work. But that doesn’t count because there wasn’t any snow on the ground…and because I say so. But today we had about 4″ on the ground. My ‘bent doesn’t do well in snow, the little front tire will try to dump me every chance it gets, and since the sidewalks are never plowed, there’s no way I’m riding with traffic!

But the streets were good this morning, and I needed some supplies from home depot for my heineken wood stove. So I got adventurous and gave it a shot. I took as many backstreets as possible, and had no problems with motorites. Yeah, it’s lame, but I’m coining that one. I estimate it was an 8 mile round trip…my planet bike bicycle computer refuses to function under 60*F for some reason. I did alot of cruising after that, prolly around 6 miles. It was a great time, I can’t wait to get my tadpole trike so I can ride in snow and ice!

My Other Girlfriend

Gotta have a flag!

Every cyclist should have a flag, but especially bent riders, I’m only 22″ off the ground, and it helps alot!

Can you see the headlight and bike horn?

The headlight is solar powered…errr, that would be daft, I mean solar charged.

Cockpit

The left mirror is situated so that I can see traffic while I’m on the sidewalk, or see if a car is about to pass me while on the street. The next object is a broken mount for wireless turning signals/headlight, which aren’t shown until I fix the mount. The next is the Planet Bike computer…non fuctioning meany head that it is! Next is the Airzound bike horn. This sucker is loud, just search for “Airzound bike horn” and check it out! Lastly is the right mirror, situated to see directly behind me.

Bentley!

That’s the rear turning signal on top, which won’t work without the front one. Below it is an attached reflector. The little red thing below that is a solar charged blinker, bright enough to get me noticed in daylight. In order to mount all this I had to cut and drill a piece of aluminum, then bolt and zip tie a painted piece of pvc tube to it, mount the lights, and bolt to seat.

So there’s my favorite Girl………Honey, if you’re reading this, I’m just joking, I swear!!!