Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Still in Santa Barbara
Bikes: Catrike Pocket, Lightning Thunderbold recumbent, Trek 3000 MTB.
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I'm a newbie, but here are my observations riding my T-Bolt:
* I never rode a bike for fun (rather than transportation) until I got a 'bent.
* I like having unusual things that people want to talk about.
* Lots of people smile at me.
* It's a different kind of experience: relaxing, enjoyable, easy-going.
* When not riding, wishing I was riding.
* Little hills don't bother me. Big hills are just as hard, not any harder.
* Downhill is WAY more fun.
* It's a very viable form of commuting transportation.
* No more pressure on my (rhymes with Delores.)
* Don't have to look at the ground as much when I ride.
* My neck doesn't get tired or sore anymore.
* My hands don't get numb/buzzy.
* It's heavy in an awkward way so it's hard to carry up stairs.
* Seems like SUV and truck tailpipes are right at face level. (Cough, choke)
* More body parts get splashed on by cars when there are puddles or rain.
* Needs fenders or something because all puddles will get you.
* Bumpy bike paths sometimes launch me out of my seat. Can't go over rough roads/curbs.
* If I don't hit steep hills at the right gear I might have to get off and push. (But I've had to do that on my MTB, too.)
* Limited anonymity.
* Possibly not as fast overall, but I can't tell for sure yet. I'm not very fast anyway.
* Needs a cup holder or some place for my cappucchino/margarita. (Kidding about the margarita.)
* Wish it came in fuschia pink.
* I wonder if my cockatoo would sit on the back of the seat with me.
* I wonder if I will lose weight if a) it's less work to ride, and conversely, b) I want to ride it further and more often.
* If I tell people who ask me how much it costs will they follow me home and steal it?
* So far so good over railroad tracks. Haven't slipped on any leaves or sand.
* Mirror is a must have, not a nice-to-have.