Sunday, October 25, 2009

Relaxing Sunday Morning Ride

Went out for a nice 23 miler Sunday morning ride. Temps low 50's, wind gusts up to 11mph, bright sun shine. The nice thing about Sunday morning rides is the quiet. Most people sleep late, relax reading the paper, and generally not in a hurry to go. This makes for a nice relaxing ride and that is just what I had.

Sometimes words just can't express my feelings and emotions. I like using pictures and video. I believe this to be a window bringing you closer to the experience.

I hope you can enjoy my ride.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Faired on a Fair Day

Today I did a 28 miler with my Streamer fairing installed. Temps in the low 40's with frost in the am and moderate winds. A beautiful fall day.
I originally purchased the fairing a year ago for winter protection. I love riding all year round, unfortunately, my toes do not feel the same way. I tried all different shoes and socks and nothing could keep those piggies warm. I finally decided to spring for a fairing. At the time, the Streamer seemed like the best bang for the buck. Like many recumbent parts some fiddling needs to be done. I loved the shape, size and coverage the Streamer offered. I did not like how the Velcro held the fairing in place and the rear strut mount never could stay secured. I screwed the fairing to the metal supports and added a hose clamp to my derailer tube and the rear strut. This made the fairing rock solid. What would we do without duct tape and hose clamps? The only issue is the fairing is fixed and you have to be a bit of a contortionist to get in and out of the seat. This is a minor trade off for the winter protection I receive. Check out the video.
This was the final fix to get the trike ready for my upcoming winter rides.
Loving the ride,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Changing Seasons and Clothes

I went out today for a 30 miler. There was a bit of frost in the early morning. By the time I left temps were in the low to mid 40's with light northerly winds and abundant sunshine. Gone are the shorts and tees. It was time to put on my long sleeve jersey, pants, light wool socks, windbreaker jacket, light gloves and cap. I thought I might be a bit too warm, but, as it turned out I was right on the money. It was a great relaxing ride as the leaves are starting to change and fall. It made me think how soon winter will be here. My thoughts also turned to my fairing which I will probably put on this Friday.

I am enjoying the changing seasons more than ever.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Another Marty Day

I just got back from a 50 mile ride. The weather was spectacular. Highs in the mid 60's with little wind and no clouds.
I have this bug lately to get myself a new bent. After getting bitten by the trike bug, my beloved Stratus and Rocket began to collect dust and garage space was at a premium, so they were sold. I now have sellers remorse.
There is a bike shop about 25 miles away that sells recumbents. I called yesterday to see if they had in stock what I might be interested in and they did among others. I Map Quested my route through as much rural area as possible and checked the weather. It was going to be a fifty miler day plus test riding. I was not sure if I was up to that many miles. I decided to play it by ear. The weather was on the money and that bug of testing what might be my next new bent was too much to bear.
I arrived at the shop refreshed and the owner was most accommodating. Not only did he have the bike I wanted to test, but, it had the seat I most wanted to try. My test ride did not live up to my expectations. I tried a few more bents, none of which called my name. I said my thanks and got back on my trike for the ride home. My T seemed exceptionally comfortable. The ride back was 1.5 miles shorter, but seemed even quicker.
I quenched my thirst for a new bent and did it with a ride on one of the 10 best riding days of the year. This is what I call a Marty Day.