OK, so we established A lot about me but what of this trike I'm waiting for?
It's a Lightfoot Cycles Road Runner Magnum delta recumbent trike with the two-wheel drive option in Laguna blue.
I opted not to get the link steering because it was a possibility there would not be enough room for my not-insubstantial self if the steering were moved closer.
I had initially intended to build myself something else entirely, and even bought two relatively nice BMX bikes for the purpose, but due to the choices I made in the interim I wound up being unable to actually build anything.
House guests tend to fill your space with their junk and I can't even get to my welder or drill press AT ALL!
Having learned to say "no" and "gee, I hope that goes well for you, buh bye" has helped me to tell all the mooching freeloaders I have here to pack up their crap and get the hell out.
But that's another personal journey of realization that is only tangentially relevant in that it served as a roadblock to my building the quad I was thinking about until I realized it would be way too heavy for my current diminished state.
I began shopping for something ready made.
I considered the Worksman PAV3 until I spoke to the sales rep on the phone and he said that "so long as you intend to ride this thing on nice, flat, level surfaces, and don't want to go more than, say... ten miles an hour; You're gonna LOVE this thing!"
He also told me that "once you encounter even the slightest of hills, it's really gonna be a lot of work because this thing's heave. Real heavy."
I had seen the website for Lightfoot, so I asked him what he thought of their work, and he said that there's no way any of their bikes would support me.
I KNEW this to be untrue, but I don't KNOW that he knew it. He was basically honest with me about his product to the point that it dissuaded me from purchasing it even though it is quite a bit less expensive.
I think he's basically a good guy, and I have a positive impression of the company, I just decided that this particular product would not meet my rather specific needs.
On to Lightfoot. I called them up seeking info and encouragement to part with a wheelbarrow of my hard-earned cash and spoke first to Marty Stromberg, who seems to fill a general office role, and then to Rod Miner who does all of the design works and probably a fair bit of the actual fabrication as well.
It was obvious to me that unlike Worksman, Lightfoot is a small company encompassing a handful of people at most; and even though this would undoubtedly make for a busy workload on all of them, they took the time to talk to me for as long as I needed to be sure I understood every detail of their product and made valuable suggestion about what I might want that were plainly intended to be sure I got the best trike for my needs.
There were things they could have tried to sell me on that would have certainly meant more money, but they were more than happy to tell me low-cost or free workarounds I could do instead and save a buck or two. My initial picture of what I wanted was a LOT more expensive than what I finally wound up finalizing, they actually talked me out of a lot of expensive stuff I didn't need, and I love them for it.
So it shipped last Wednesday, it was in Missoula, MT yesterday, it's in Billings today, I expect it to be here Mon, or Tues.
I'm giddy like a wee girl over the prospect!
I'm clearing space in my garage tomorrow, I intend to lay down a nice areal rug to delineate the bike's "space" and then amputate the fingers of anyone who places items within that space that stop me from getting to the bike. This has been a huge problem for me, ass-hatted freeloaders leaving junk in my path.
I went last night and bought a trainer and cycle computer and Erik's Outlet Store in Oakdale. They had a Sun tadpole trike in, I had my girlfriend Becky and me daughter Angie sit in it, suffice it to say the level of enthusiasm went up more than just a tad!
The trainer is a Mag X from, I think, Cycle-ops and I feel pretty good about the deal I got.
I will still need to elevate the front wheel with some sort of climbing block. They had em there, but something in me rails against spending damn near forty bucks on some fancy piece of plastic when I can just touch a chainsaw to a split log to create a slight notch for the wheel.
I also have to elevate the other rear wheel, but it needs to be able to rotate as I opted for two-wheel drive. I'll deal.
The Computer is a Specialized model and I think it's going back because what was intended as a major positive selling point actually works against it in my case. It's wireless and requires no more than 24 inches between the sender and the main unit. For a conventionally configures bicycle, this is a given, but for the trike I am getting, it's anything but!
Picked up a much cheaper one at Wally World that will do the trick nicely, I HOPE.
So now I'm down to obsessively refreshing the shipment tracking page and saying "I can't wait" until everybody throws something at me.
I honestly don't know who's more excited, me or my friend Jordan. He's dating Becky's sister Sarah and has discovered recumbents with a vengeance. He has been rather emphatic that I am to call him the moment it arrives, and he absolutely INSISTS o helping me to uncrate it and set it up. I, for my part, assure him I'll try to remember to give him a call as I tool down the road.... I'm so bad.
Jordan is looking forward to getting MIG welder pinholes in his clothes too as we put a few of my pet bike ideas to the test.
So there's what's up, sound off if you've a mind, and I'll check back in with new developments as they, well... develop.
Thanks so much for your interest and encouragement,