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Old 07-26-08, 08:28 PM   #1
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Getting Bent to Get in Shape

My dearly beloved learned of the wonders of the recumbent tricycle and did a little research. The recument HQ for Alberta is in Bentley - a small resort town off the beaten path. We did the pilgrimage to Bentley and ended up buying on Catrick Villager and ordering another for my dear wife. She agreed to get the second one and let me get the first one.

The biggest reason we got bent was for me to get in shape. One flight of stairs tuckers me out - really. I'm 50+ and recognize the need to lose weight and get in shape. My knees are going (for those who still have good knees take care of them, you miss them with they go). So the recumbent made sence.

It certainly made the Bentley Cycle shop some cents - I had thought an expensive bike was several hundred dollars, maybe even $1,000. This Villager lists at $1,550 US and in Canada it is $1,900. Talk about sticker shock. But I was pursuaded - remarkable when you know how tight I can be with my $$.

Since we got it home I've worked up to Twice around the block. Still tuckered after that quick ride. This is double what I could do just one week ago, so progress is progress.
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Hello fortkentdad, it sounds as if you are off to a good start. How far around the block is it?

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A Fort Kent Block is about four or five houses long. and to go around a block, you need to four sides, hence four blocks = once around the block, I now do twice around the block, or eight Fort Kent Blocks, ... I'll keep at it until I don't look totally tuckered after a few blocks.

Gotta get me one of the cycle-computers and then I'll be able to know just how far, how fast, and the price of tea in china.

Here's a pic of me getting going ... cropped out the three teens laughing beside me. They said it was "cool" but I know they were wonderfully amused by this sight.


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They'll know it's cool when they too are out of it, and trying to get healthy again! I was pretty active, but was a smoker til april, now I'm back on my bike, trying to burn off the extra poundage before it creeps up and does more damage to my knees and back
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