I said goodbye to my Downtube/Cruzbike folding recumbent yesterday. It's the one many of you have seen before:
I built it up a over a year ago, thinking that I was going to use that to ride a double century. But I never fully committed to recumbent riding. It would have taken 6 months to get my 'bent legs, and I have too much fun on my uprights to make that commitment. So, this folding 'bent was relegated to limited duties as a child carrier. Now, even that chore is done, as my son is now riding on his own.
I have many fond memories of this bike. It created quite a stir in the Cruzbike, Downtube communities when it first came out, and it has since spawned many other similar builds. The Youtube video of me and my son on this bike has over 5,500 hits from curious viewers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kt_d3fy_pU
This was a bike great for attracting attention, that's for sure. Whenever my son and I were out in it, we'd get lots of people to talk to. When I picked him up from school, there'd be a line of envious kids at the classroom window, watching us ride away. We were in a couple of our hometown Fourth of July parades with it. Always fun.
So, I put up an ad on Craigslist. After some time, it's finally found a new home. It has gone to a very knowledgeable cyclist, who actually used to build recumbents, and is now building high end electric bikes. I must admit I was very flattered that a professional bike builder liked this thing well enough to want it. I know that it's in a good home and will no doubt be improved upon.
We actually traded bikes. He took my Downtube/Cruzbike folding recumbent, and I got his 2007 Dahon Smooth Hound.
I'm thrilled with the Smooth Hound, although it does seem to functionally overlap with the Moulton TSR that will soon be joining the fold. Still, it'll be fun to explore this new bike.
Pardon my sentimentalism over a silly bike, but I figured this would be the only forum where I'd find some folks who'd understand....