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Old 12-17-10, 06:45 PM   #1
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A reassessment.

Let me explain. I had thought that I had cut my car usage down to about as low as I could get it from a family perspective. My wife has shown interest in cycling but no follow through so 2200 to 2600 a year seemed about as good as it was going to get. I use the car to go to Church, the doctorís office, the pharmacy and the occasional trip to the relativeís house and our semi monthly big food shopping trip. Small trips I do on my bike alone.
The other day out of the blue my wife says she wished there werenít so many cars running around and that we had better mass transit. Well we donít so I figured it was a moot point. However she has now decided that when we get back from Colorado after Christmas we can look at getting a Recumbent Trike so we can ride more together and if I get a basket for it we can do the grocery shopping by bike. This could knock another 500 miles off my yearly average. No one is more surprised than I am but I am also pleased. I better make sure there is air in the trailer tires.
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Why the sudden interest? Is it just a concern about the number of cars running around?
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damn, that's awesome. it's so hard to get family and friends to accept a car-free lifestyle. they act like it's a punishment to ride.
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Why the sudden interest? Is it just a concern about the number of cars running around?
I have no real clue. It may be the Christmas Traffic, people are not paying attention and lots of people are out. It may be she realizes we live close enough to the store we could walk but it would be easier to carry groceries in the trailer. All I know is I will strike while the iron is hot. As soon as we get back from Colorado we will look for a Recumbent trike. She doesn't feel like she is well balanced on her hybrid but after a few months on the trike who knows? It was out of the blue. However my niece was killed in a car accident about three weeks ago so it might have started he thinking.
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Wow, sorry about your niece!
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Yes... sorry to hear about your niece. I'm very interested in why people suddenly make a change of plan... or what they sometimes call a "paradigm change". A tragedy like this does make you think I guess... but perhaps there are other factors too, like concern for health.
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Wow, sorry about your niece!
It was quite a shock. We were all worried about her being deployed after AIT but didn't expect this. Thanks.
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What's AIT?
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Advanced Individual Training
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Sorry, it was a military term. After Basic training they go into training for whatever their primary field is going to be. Advanced
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Definitely strike while the iron is hot. But don't forget to keep it fun...mix more than the grocery store in there, go to the movies, art walks, pubs, whatever you like to do together.
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My hope is to go on Weekend coffee shop rides as well. We have several with patio seating and she loves that kind of thing. If I can just get her used to doing a few easy miles during the day she should get used to it. Nothing is much more comfortable than a recumbent, I had a semi recumbent when I first decided to ride more and drive less. Sometimes I wish I had kept it but that is another story. The advantage the trike will have is you always have your chair with you.
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One suggestion is to get in the habit of doing one destination by bicycle.

For example, if you regularly go to the library and if it's a pleasant bike ride, make sure you always do that trip by bike. After a while, you'll always look to do the trip by bike and doing it by car will seem strange and probably unpleasant.

Over time you might start adding to these destinations... the grocery store, a particular restaurant, work... whatever.
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Robert, Those trikes are cool. She will be dropping you very soon--at least she will downhill, lol. Don't make her climb until she's hooked on riding. Sorry to hear about your neice.
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Robert, Those trikes are cool. She will be dropping you very soon--at least she will downhill, lol. Don't make her climb until she's hooked on riding. Sorry to hear about your neice.
Thanks Roody.
Climbing has never been a Recumbent’s strong suite. Anywhere we go close to town is pretty flat and I was thinking of getting at least a 21 speed if not a 27. I believe the one I am looking for has a triple in the front and I can always put a bigger rear cassette on the back. If however she gets used to riding to the store I could convince her to start using it when we go to the pharmacy and maybe even to the mall. The Doctors office might be a stretch but I never thought she would consider riding to the store so I guess you never know.
One day I may be looking at one for myself. I had a good friend that I would see all the time that was riding till he was 84. He bought a Cat trike when he was about 78 and kept plugging along.
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