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Old 06-22-09, 02:46 AM   #1
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My EZ-3 trike was mistaken for a wheelchair

I was walking with two other friends. We were stopped and I was standing about 5 feet away from my Sun EZ-3 trike. Some dumb bimbo on a beach cruiser rode by in the street and yelled at me, saying something like "you're in that chair and you're standing, you're a b@#$%!". Basically she was accusing me of being an able-bodied person using a wheelchair.

I was in too much shock, otherwise I would have jumped on my bike, chased her down, and asked her to kindly repeat herself. Needless to say that put me in a foul mood for the rest of the night. What if she ran across some of my neighbors who have health problems that prevent them from walking much, but don't cause complete paralysis of the legs? Would she accuse THEM of "faking it"?

People who are too stupid to tell the difference between a bicycle and a wheelchair should not reproduce!
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What's this then?

Bike? Wheelchair?
One rider and one faker?
The world of bikes is stange and complex.
You can't expect every bimbo you meet to recognize the Sun EZ-3 trike as the hardcore racing machine that it is.
Maybe you should lighten up.
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I should lighten up?? What is it with all the self-righteous people on this forum? I came here to vent about an experience I had in the real world, not play keyboard cowgirl and start trouble with anonymous people on the internet. Maybe Miss Perfect on the beach cruiser should "lighten up", mind her own business, and keep her mouth shut instead of picking fights with complete strangers? What a concept!

Oh, and I am far from a "hardcore" or "elitist" cyclist. If I was hardcore I wouldn't be riding a dog-slow EZ-3, that's for sure.
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I can't say any of my 'bents have been mistaken for wheelchairs, but I've been asked a time or two what my disability was. I told 'em it was an inability to go slow. Don't let the bimbo get under your skin; she's probably related her story to several others by now, and at least one of them has told her about trikes. She either knows she screwed up or she's too stupid to ever learn.
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I should lighten up?? What is it with all the self-righteous people on this forum? I came here to vent about an experience I had in the real world, not play keyboard cowgirl and start trouble with anonymous people on the internet. Maybe Miss Perfect on the beach cruiser should "lighten up", mind her own business, and keep her mouth shut instead of picking fights with complete strangers? What a concept!

Oh, and I am far from a "hardcore" or "elitist" cyclist. If I was hardcore I wouldn't be riding a dog-slow EZ-3, that's for sure.
Wow, you sound really angry over a silly comment.....
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I like your response, BlazingPedals I wish I could say the same, but it would probably take about $2000 more trike and 50 lbs less weight on me to do the same. I have had people ask me if I had back problems. I always say no, the bike is just a lot more comfortable than the road and mountain bikes I used to ride.

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Wow, you sound really angry over a silly comment.....
Wow, you seem really quick to judge someone when you weren't there when the incident happened. Besides, it wasn't "silly". It was hate-filled and it was obvious this "lady" was very angry with me for no reason.
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I may be a bit off-base, here, but...
Did you check to see whether the 'bimbo' was not, in fact, a Zombie?

Because that could explain it.
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Wow, you seem really quick to judge someone when you weren't there when the incident happened. Besides, it wasn't "silly". It was hate-filled and it was obvious this "lady" was very angry with me for no reason.
I'm not commenting on what happened, I'm commenting on your still angry posts here. Are you really going to let a stupid comment cause you so much anger?
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I'm not commenting on what happened, I'm commenting on your still angry posts here. Are you really going to let a stupid comment cause you so much anger?
If you lived in my area you would understand why I am upset. The area I live in is full of uptight, unfriendly people. I can't move right now, and I am getting sick and tired of rude people, rising crime, and nothing worthwhile to do around here in my spare time. Try to think about what other people are going through before judging them.
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Try to think about what other people are going through before judging them.
Great quote.
You should make it your sig line.
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Great quote.
You should make it your sig line.
Thank you
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If you lived in my area you would understand why I am upset. The area I live in is full of uptight, unfriendly people. I can't move right now, and I am getting sick and tired of rude people, rising crime, and nothing worthwhile to do around here in my spare time. Try to think about what other people are going through before judging them.
Wow. Just wow.
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I was walking with two other friends. We were stopped and I was standing about 5 feet away from my Sun EZ-3 trike. Some dumb bimbo on a beach cruiser rode by in the street and yelled at me, saying something like "you're in that chair and you're standing, you're a b@#$%!". Basically she was accusing me of being an able-bodied person using a wheelchair.

I was in too much shock, otherwise I would have jumped on my bike, chased her down, and asked her to kindly repeat herself. Needless to say that put me in a foul mood for the rest of the night. What if she ran across some of my neighbors who have health problems that prevent them from walking much, but don't cause complete paralysis of the legs? Would she accuse THEM of "faking it"?

People who are too stupid to tell the difference between a bicycle and a wheelchair should not reproduce!
You got angry?

I would have collapsed in laughter then made sure to thank baby jesus that I wasn't born a dumb blonde.

Please tell me she was blonde.
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If you lived in my area you would understand why I am upset. The area I live in is full of uptight, unfriendly people.

Add overpopulated, crowded, tourist-trap; and I could swear you meant Santa Cruz, CA. Being on a laid-back trike is almost never understood around here- even by the "nice" tourists!

The other local people: I had to give up on them.......
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bentrike,

It would annoy the heck out of me to have that happen to me. She was the one with the misunderstanding and the stupidity yet she took it out on you. grr.

Just let it roll off, no reason to give her the power to ruin your day/week or whatever.
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There's no cure for idiots.

Complaining about them is like shaking your fist at the wind.
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I do know of some people that can not walk that well but do ride a trike of one kind or other.They don`t ride that fast but can ride.
Any way nothing to get upset over.I think I would have said yep.But I bet they don`t let you ride your bike in Wall-mart.
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You got angry?

I would have collapsed in laughter then made sure to thank baby jesus that I wasn't born a dumb blonde.

Please tell me she was blonde.
Actually, the only reason I got angry was because of the way she approached me. If she had politely asked me why I was supposedly riding a wheelchair when I could stand I would have politely told her what type of bicycle I was riding, how comfortable it is, and that MANY people in wheelchairs can stand. Then I would have laughed my behind off once she was gone. I got angry because she was screaming at me at the top of her lungs and called me a b@#$%. Also, because she ignorantly assumed that anyone in a wheelchair who can stand up is a faker.

She may have been blonde. It's not ruining my week, that's for sure. I'll just avoid that area, since it seems to have the highest concentration of rude people. The funny thing is, it's a gay part of town (no, I'm not gay). You would think that people in that area would be more open-minded, but I guess not.
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Add overpopulated, crowded, tourist-trap; and I could swear you meant Santa Cruz, CA. Being on a laid-back trike is almost never understood around here- even by the "nice" tourists!

The other local people: I had to give up on them.......
I'm probably about 150 miles away from you. The people that don't understand trikes must think you have to suffer with a sore butt, back, and hands on a road bike to get a good workout

I may go back to an upright some day (NOT a road bike!). The EZ-3 gets constant unwanted attention. I have to babysit this bike everywhere I go because it's a theft magnet. I have broken the seat base and seat back, even though I'm not grossly overweight. It is extremely heavy and slow, even though I use Primo Comet road tires. It is comfortable, but I need something that is durable and doesn't attract attention everywhere it goes.
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I should lighten up?. . . .
Definitely and for sure. It works wonders.
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Ha! I'll never forget the time I was on a 6 day bike touring event in Northern Florida about 9 years ago, and met this gentleman from New England who brought with him a Wind Cheetah trike. This is a high performance tadpole trike made in England that can cost well in excess of $4,000!

Well one night, several people, myself included were just hanging out at this building were many folks had also parked their bikes for the night. My new friend's Wind Cheetah was parked there as well, and 3-4 guys were looking over his trike. Of course I recognized these guys as "roadie" types. You know...Lance Armstrong "wannabees" One of them was inspecting the 'Cheetah's handlebar which is "Y" shaped, and made the remark that it looks like "hospital equipment". I'll never forget the expression of contempt on his face, and the laughter of his comrades.

Recumbents, in particular trikes have that stigma of being for people who are not fully able bodied.

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I was walking with two other friends. We were stopped and I was standing about 5 feet away from my Sun EZ-3 trike. Some dumb bimbo on a beach cruiser rode by in the street and yelled at me, saying something like "you're in that chair and you're standing, you're a b@#$%!". Basically she was accusing me of being an able-bodied person using a wheelchair.

I was in too much shock, otherwise I would have jumped on my bike, chased her down, and asked her to kindly repeat herself. Needless to say that put me in a foul mood for the rest of the night. What if she ran across some of my neighbors who have health problems that prevent them from walking much, but don't cause complete paralysis of the legs? Would she accuse THEM of "faking it"?

People who are too stupid to tell the difference between a bicycle and a wheelchair should not reproduce!
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I have Primo Comet 1.5 at 100psi on my EZ-3. It WAS dogslow with my 5 other test pairs using 65psi. I feel like I can speed along now. I have many other semi-performance lwb bents. Why do I find myself on the EZ 3 exclusively for the whole of June? There's something "magical" about it and the ergonomics R just perfick! My seatback angles 45 degrees and I shimmed the seatnose up with four wood shims and longer attachment bolts (m5 by 50). The winter donuts weight is evaporating.
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I guess there are a lot of different styles of wheelchairs around now, but I've never seen one that looked like an EZ-3 trike. But given what I've seen on shows like Jay Leno's "Jaywalkers", I can't say that I'm surprised someone mistook it for one.
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The people that don't understand trikes must think you have to suffer with a sore butt, back, and hands on a road bike to get a good workout
Some people may have seen these photos. I have used a wheelchair since 1971, rode a terrible upright trike until 1980. Balance totally gone, but I stand with support, and although my wheelchair is slower than molasses- my trike does a respectable speed. 2 pics 2009, 2 pics in 2006.

People just do not understand! No matter how many times I explain "nope; no sore back, arms, neck, wrists" - that just makes it worse! Some off-the-wall comment: OH! Mentally ill! What can I say! Just - "all right, whatever"
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