I rode into work today. This is the first time I’ve been on the bike since Thursday of last week. I had a blowout on the way in, but luckily I wasn’t far from a bike shop. I bought a new tire, and was on my way.
I won’t be riding home today, as I’m going to an event after work, and riding with a friend.
Here’s my bike at work today, with the new fenders, replaced rear tire, and new DiNotte lights.
It’s Labor Day, so I didn’t have to work. My daughter came over this morning, and we headed to Louisville for the Mayor’s Hike and Bike.
We only rode the short route, about 16 miles. I saw several recumbent bikes, unfortunately, I was on my hybrid.
We rode with the last group. It is the new & family group, the slowest, and the largest group. I could have went with a faster group, but my daughter would have had trouble keeping up. It was interesting to ride in this large of a group. I did have to watch out for young ones weaving around though. It was crowded.
After I got home, I really wanted to ride more. So I hopped on my recumbent, and took a 14 mile ride in the country. It was hilly, and the temperature is in the mid-90s, but I enjoyed the ride.
So I rode a total of 30 miles today. That’s just a little less than when I commute to work.
I’m getting stared at by the neighbors. Passing motorists point and laugh. It’s all fun though.
I bought a new bicycle. It’s a Bacchetta Agio. It’s a very strange looking bike. People who ride these are considered weird by other cyclists. I love it.
The balance is much different on a recumbent bike. I’m still getting used to it. I will start commuting to it once I’m not so wobbly at low speed. I’m still riding my hybrid bike, but have been taking the new bike out in low traffic areas to get used to it.
It has a few drawbacks:
Harder climb hills
More difficult to haul on my car
Larger turning radius
Instability at low speed
You can’t “bunny hop” it over curbs
On the plus side:
A recumbent is faster
It’s much more comfortable
It’s very attention-getting
This particular bike has disc brakes. They don’t feel nearly as strong as I thought they would. They are just different, and shouldn’t be affected by getting wet.
The bike is currently back in the shop getting a rear rack installed, so I can use my panniers on it for commuting.