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Old 08-22-10, 10:26 PM   #1
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Thousands of bikes - 3 recumbents

Sunday Streets in San Francisco was sort of a small glimpse of recumbent popularity I guess. 1 swb, 1 trike, 1 velomobile. I like being different, hearing "look at THAT! Cool!" but even in a big city like SF; I am starting to wonder whether or not I look like some sort of freak!

Perfect weather, ideal event for me. When I recalled the day I wondered about where the recumbent industry is going.
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Well, I don't think SF would be a bent mecca with the hills, recumbents are just way harder on those hills, not to mention the city is probably crazy to ride in with anything period.
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Well, I don't think SF would be a bent mecca with the hills, recumbents are just way harder on those hills, not to mention the city is probably crazy to ride in with anything period.
1 day event (out of 4 annually) with the entire area closed to cars; almost the entire Golden Gate Park and much of the great highway was Car-Free. The highway is almost on the beach and all level. 4 different locations in San Francisco- 2 more times this year. I flew through stop signs with no traffic in the park, wove through any lane I wanted on Highway 1.

In comparison - our town 75 miles south of SF was the finish of a cross-country recumbent ride in 2001 and 2002. That event no longer comes here. Each time had at least 40 recumbents. SF had thousands of people. Much different atmosphere nowadays.
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1 day event (out of 4 annually) with the entire area closed to cars; almost the entire Golden Gate Park and much of the great highway was Car-Free. The highway is almost on the beach and all level. 4 different locations in San Francisco- 2 more times this year. I flew through stop signs with no traffic in the park, wove through any lane I wanted on Highway 1.

In comparison - our town 75 miles south of SF was the finish of a cross-country recumbent ride in 2001 and 2002. That event no longer comes here. Each time had at least 40 recumbents. SF had thousands of people. Much different atmosphere nowadays.
They were all at the Recumbent Retreat in Oregon: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...4&l=8a4f944a10
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How does one count all or most bents at a large informal event while riding in it?
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Photos and videos- http://richmondsfblog.com/2010/08/23...unday-streets/
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