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  1. I sold my Bacchetta Strada to a friend who was in...

    I sold my Bacchetta Strada to a friend who was in his late 60's or early 70's, a good cyclist who rode a series of carbon fiber road bikes over the years. Gave him a good price, and left it with...
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    EVERYONE has close calls...but not everyone gets...

    EVERYONE has close calls...but not everyone gets hit. At least I can say that about me. I'm in my fourth year of commuting on my bike, and have had some VERY close calls, but have never been hit...
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    I have been putting in the long miles the past...

    I have been putting in the long miles the past month or so, planning on a full century ride at Sebring this year on the Labor Day weekend. So, last Saturday I wanted to do about a 70 mile training...
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    I DO carry a copy of the laws applicable to...

    I DO carry a copy of the laws applicable to bicycles on my commuter bike. Was stopped at a traffic light one time last year and a cop pulled up beside me and began to question my position in the...
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    #2...

    #2 is a good point but I would expand it to include any hospital. I actually commute past our community hospital, the only hospital for about 40 miles in any direction. I'm VERY careful as I pass...
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    Toms unoffical Rules of Bicycle Commuting

    I've been commuting on my bike for more than three years now, not every day, but about 100 trips a year, and have learned some things and want to share. I call them "Toms Rules of Bicycle...
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    I like the Crank Bros pedals. I ran "eggbeaters"...

    I like the Crank Bros pedals. I ran "eggbeaters" for a lot of years, but lately have been running "candy" and "smarty" pedals that have a little bit of a platform with them to support the sole of my...
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    2714 total last year, on a plan to ride 3000. ...

    2714 total last year, on a plan to ride 3000. Would have made it too, but quit riding in November for a while...no reason to quit, just did. Plan for 2015 is the same 3000 for the year, and ride...
  9. Thread: Why a Trike

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    I rode a trike exclusively for three seasons,...

    I rode a trike exclusively for three seasons, didn't have another bike. When I traded it for a Bacchetta Corsa, and later a Strada, I was amazed how tired I got riding the two wheelers! What I...
  10. Thread: Test Ride!

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    I agree, there are zippy trikes out there that...

    I agree, there are zippy trikes out there that are easy to get on and off. The Catrike Villager is one, with a higher seat and plenty of gearing to keep it 'zippy' but the new price is around $2500....
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    Poll: I do, and I don't. On my Bacchetta Bellandare...

    I do, and I don't. On my Bacchetta Bellandare commuter bike, I don't fly a flag. It seems to sit up enough that I can see into most cars, and I run BRIGHT lights on it during my daily commute. ...
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    First, let me say that I love the Bacchetta...

    First, let me say that I love the Bacchetta bikes, and ride one myself. As for going from a trike to a Giro 20, the first thing to deal with is starting and stopping, and getting comfortable with...
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    I'll be doing a 60 mile birthday ride next Friday...

    I'll be doing a 60 mile birthday ride next Friday the 26th. Did it last year on the following Saturday, but this year being a decade birthday I decided to take a personal holiday from work and ride...
  14. I have to add that I have ridden in what passes...

    I have to add that I have ridden in what passes for mountains on the EAST coast of the US on my recumbent and found that it did well enough. We did the Cycle North Carolina tour a few years ago,...
  15. As a fellow who has been riding recumbents for...

    As a fellow who has been riding recumbents for more than 20 years, I can tell you that MOST recumbents don't climb hills as well as a diamond frame does. They will climb, but it just takes a low...
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    I was at the Tour of Sebring cycling event over...

    I was at the Tour of Sebring cycling event over the Labor Day weekend, and on Saturday morning, before the first ride of the weekend a cyclist was hit the same way, by an idiot turning into a parking...
  17. I'd like to add, that you should consider a...

    I'd like to add, that you should consider a recumbent trike as well as the two wheelers. I have one of each, a Bacchetta long wheel base two wheeler, that I use for touring and commuting, but my...
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    Look at the ELF velomobile. Electrically powered...

    Look at the ELF velomobile. Electrically powered with solar array on the roof, comes in at 100 lbs fully loaded, will haul 5 bags of groceries, great commuter trike, all for right around $5000.00 ...
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    Sorry to hear about your accident and the...

    Sorry to hear about your accident and the stupidity of the fellow in the truck. If 'balance' is an issue, look at a fast trike. I would recommend looking at a Catrike 700. Fully kitted in go-fast...
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    I have NOT been commuting for the last few weeks....

    I have NOT been commuting for the last few weeks. The normal 'summer weather pattern' is in full swing here in Okeechobee, FL and that means pouring rain beginning around 4 pm every afternoon. ...
  21. I had a similar experience last week. We are in...

    I had a similar experience last week. We are in the rainy season here in South Florida so I have been riding between 6 and 7am and then driving to work for the commute. At 6am, the sun isn't up...
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    I have been riding trikes for quite a spell now,...

    I have been riding trikes for quite a spell now, and you are correct on some points. When I go out to ride fast, I take my two wheeler, and ride. When I want to have fun, and relax, I ride my...
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    Don't think I have any on this computer, but when...

    Don't think I have any on this computer, but when I get home tonight I'll post a couple of photos I took when the fairing was first installed...

    Tractor Tom in Okeechobee, FL
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    Sticky: Been doing my riding in the early mornings now...

    Been doing my riding in the early mornings now that it's raining every afternoon at 5. Makes for an 'uncomfortable' commute home when the lightning is popping around your head. I have a 15.2 mile...
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    I ride a Bacchetta Belladare (long wheel base...

    I ride a Bacchetta Belladare (long wheel base 26x20) with a fairing. I have never been a guy who worries about the weight of a bike too much, as I weigh 240+ lbs. The fairing is VERY light,...
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