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Retro Grouch 04-07-18 02:06 PM

Recumbent rider all the way
 
Another Hugh step today.

I just loaded all my DF bikes (except for my fixed gear conversion) to be donated to an organization and passed on to refugees for daily utility use. I'm scheduled to drop them off tomorrow morning.

In a way it's not a big deal because none of them have been really ridden for at least a couple of years. They aren't being used and they take up storage space so they really have negative utility for me. I'd sell them but I have a sentimental attachment to them. I couldn't stand to let them go for what they're really worth and, if somebody had the brass to actually haggle price with me, it might become necessary to get the police involved. Donating them to somebody who really needs a bike to use every day makes me feel better about letting them go.

The big factor is that it officially makes me a recumbent tricycle rider from now on. I love my catlike but [sigh].

Maelochs 04-07-18 02:56 PM

it would be silly to only be a recumbent rider half way ... you'd have to tow a real bike, and then ride back on the real bike towing the recumbent. :D

BlazingPedals 04-07-18 03:38 PM


Originally Posted by Maelochs (Post 20270764)
it would be silly to only be a recumbent rider half way ... you'd have to tow a real bike, and then ride back on the real bike towing the upright bike. :D

There, fixed it for ya.

Wildwood 04-08-18 12:46 AM


Originally Posted by Retro Grouch (Post 20270698)
Another Hugh step today.


I've done the 23 Skiddoo, the Soft Shoe, The Side Step.
I been a high stepper, but never a Hugh step.




Sorry to hear the DFs got DQ'd.

shelbyfv 04-08-18 07:32 AM


Originally Posted by Retro Grouch (Post 20270698)
Donating them to somebody who really needs a bike to use every day makes me feel better about letting them go.

I understand this completely. I experienced an episode of compulsive housekeeping a couple of years ago. I sold two nice bikes for peanuts and it still sort of annoys me. I gave several more to the bike charity and I feel much better about those.

Retro Grouch 04-08-18 08:21 AM

shelbyfv gets it. :)

rydabent 04-08-18 11:32 AM

In 2005 I instantly become fully bent when I bought my first bent a RANS Tailwind. My touring bike and my mountain bike virtually did not turn a wheel ever a gain.

Yes bents are that good IMO. No sore butt for a month in the spring, and none on long rides. You can ride all day without pain. IMO pain is for fools.

Bandera 04-08-18 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by rydabent (Post 20271945)
IMO pain is for fools.

"ďLife is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.Ē

― William Goldman

BTW: I'm not buying what you are selling.

Maelochs 04-08-18 05:53 PM


Originally Posted by Maelochs (Post 20270764)
it would be silly to only be a recumbent rider half way ... you'd have to tow a real bike, and then ride back on the real bike towing the recumbent. :D


Originally Posted by Maelochs (Post 20270764)
it would be silly to only be a recumbent rider half way ... you'd have to tow a real bike, and then ride back on the upright bike towing the recumbent. :D


Originally Posted by BlazingPedals (Post 20270818)
There, fixed it for ya.

Now we are talking about Three bikes: a Real bike, an “upright,” (whatever that is) and a twisted shrunken mis-shapen monstrosity we will deign to call a "bicycle" out of charity. :D

Past two Sunday group rides we have encountered an idiot motorist, which makes me think that my reservations about a tadpole trike are still valid.

Both idiot drivers were in vehicles big enough that they wouldn't have been able to see a trike over the hood and fenders ... and both acted with complete disregard for Groups of cyclists they could see clearly.

If I could Only ride on car-free streets I'd get one in a hurry ... or if I moved somewhere where all the drivers cared at least a little about other people on the road.

Since I don't see either thing happening, I will vent my frustration by furiously mocking recumbents.

(Note: Jim from D'uh would have done this much more elegantly.)

Retro Grouch 04-09-18 07:48 AM


Originally Posted by Maelochs (Post 20272499)
Now we are talking about Three bikes: a Real bike, an ďupright,Ē (whatever that is) and a twisted shrunken mis-shapen monstrosity we will deign to call a "bicycle" out of charity. :D

Past two Sunday group rides we have encountered an idiot motorist, which makes me think that my reservations about a tadpole trike are still valid.

Both idiot drivers were in vehicles big enough that they wouldn't have been able to see a trike over the hood and fenders ... and both acted with complete disregard for Groups of cyclists they could see clearly.

If I could Only ride on car-free streets I'd get one in a hurry ... or if I moved somewhere where all the drivers cared at least a little about other people on the road.

Since I don't see either thing happening, I will vent my frustration by furiously mocking recumbents.

(Note: Jim from D'uh would have done this much more elegantly.)

"Some people are jerks so I've decided to become one too." Is that what you are trying to say?

indyfabz 04-09-18 08:23 AM

You'll need a pot belly and a Jerry Garcia-esque beard if you want to be a real 'bent rider. :innocent:

Maelochs 04-09-18 08:40 AM


Originally Posted by Retro Grouch (Post 20273361)
"Some people are jerks so I've decided to become one too." Is that what you are trying to say?

No, no ... your translation is faulty.

What I said was some folks apparently have a seat post so far up their butts that can't recognize a joke even when it is marked with a smiley emoticon.

A common error ... translation can be difficult. No stress.

Glad to see you missed the two-thirds of the post about how I'd like to get a tadpole trike but have safety concerns ... I guess when someone has been grouchy long enough, they ignore anything which won't be an irritant.

Flip Flop Rider 04-09-18 09:41 AM

If the person that ends up with the donated bike sells it, is that ok with you?

Maelochs 04-09-18 10:01 AM


Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider (Post 20273606)
If the person that ends up with the donated bike sells it, is that ok with you?

I couldn't sell most of my bikes ... because except to me, they don't have much value. But, I cannot give them away because i don't know who to give them to ... and I wouldn't want to donate them to some charity because every one of them has some idiosyncratic issue which I would need to explain to the buyer.

If I did choose to donate my bikes to charity .... they would no longer be my bikes. I would have to let go.

rydabent 04-10-18 06:26 AM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 20273425)
You'll need a pot belly and a Jerry Garcia-esque beard if you want to be a real 'bent rider. :innocent:

I have neither. You are as wrong about that as many DF riders are about bents.

indyfabz 04-10-18 07:12 AM


Originally Posted by rydabent (Post 20275567)
I have neither. You are as wrong about that as many DF riders are about bents.

I knew you would take the bait.

Trsnrtr 04-10-18 07:19 AM

Play nice, please. Ride what you want and let others ride what they want. The OP has made a decision based on his needs and experiences. Deriding other members will only shorten the life of the thread.

Maelochs 04-10-18 08:28 AM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 20275640)
Play nice, please. Ride what you want and let others ride what they want. The OP has made a decision based on his needs and experiences. Deriding other members will only shorten the life of the thread.

I have joked about recumbents with every bent rider here, and outright told them that I wish i could own one, but don't feel it would be safe on the roads I ride.

I have sent several PMs to Rydabent to make sure he knew that i was just poking fun, and was not disrespecting him or his bikes.

For some reason though, even though bent riders feel free to relieve themselves on DFs ... all of them seem to be painfully constipated if I make a joke about bents ... even if I say in the same post that I wish I could own one.

Is it just bent riders on this forum, or are most bent riders like this?

I know one guy I ride with on the occasional Sunday group ride, has a bent ... and a bunch of beautiful DFs ... but he won't take his bent off the trails because ... he feels like I do, that recumbent trikes are just to low to be seen by drivers who aren't looking half the time anyway.

He seems normal ... maybe it is having a mix of bikes ... "bent onlys" get weird. I don't know. ;)

But if I ever want to illustrate the word "humorless" I will post a pic of a guy on a bent.

Trsnrtr 04-10-18 08:55 AM

I own both and ride both regularly. So, I see both sides. Regardless, it’s a personal preference.

martianone 04-10-18 07:28 PM

I was recumbent only for several years.
But different tools for different applications.
For example, winter riding in ice and snow is harder with a bent bike.
As is riding a logging or cow path.
Currently ride both, depending upon where I ride.
Variety is good.
Gifting your idle mounts is nice.

Dudelsack 04-11-18 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by Maelochs (Post 20275791)
I have joked about recumbents with every bent rider here, and outright told them that I wish i could own one, but don't feel it would be safe on the roads I ride.

I have sent several PMs to Rydabent to make sure he knew that i was just poking fun, and was not disrespecting him or his bikes.

For some reason though, even though bent riders feel free to relieve themselves on DFs ... all of them seem to be painfully constipated if I make a joke about bents ... even if I say in the same post that I wish I could own one.

Is it just bent riders on this forum, or are most bent riders like this?

I know one guy I ride with on the occasional Sunday group ride, has a bent ... and a bunch of beautiful DFs ... but he won't take his bent off the trails because ... he feels like I do, that recumbent trikes are just to low to be seen by drivers who aren't looking half the time anyway.

He seems normal ... maybe it is having a mix of bikes ... "bent onlys" get weird. I don't know. ;)

But if I ever want to illustrate the word "humorless" I will post a pic of a guy on a bent.

PLEASE! Iíve been (court-ordered) attending Trolls Anonymous for three years now, Iíve had to stand before people and announce ďHi, Iím Andy and Iím a trollĒ and Iíve been doing so well, then I come here and itís like an alcoholic walking into a crowded bar after a brutal day of work.

Well no sir. Iím better than that.

In fact, sitting in my kitchen is my brand new kickstand for my bent. Iíll install it once my belly gets out of the way and I trim my beard back enough so I can see in front of me.

BlazingPedals 04-11-18 06:47 PM


Originally Posted by Dudelsack (Post 20277884)
PLEASE! Iíve been (court-ordered) attending Trolls Anonymous for three years now, Iíve had to stand before people and announce ďHi, Iím Andy and Iím a trollĒ and Iíve been doing so well, then I come here and itís like an alcoholic walking into a crowded bar after a brutal day of work.

Well no sir. Iím better than that.

In fact, sitting in my kitchen is my brand new kickstand for my bent. Iíll install it once my belly gets out of the way and I trim my beard back enough so I can see in front of me.

Just don't start taking PEDs or you'll have to get a road bike. ;)

steelbikeguy 04-13-18 09:23 AM

I can definitely understand the desire to get rid of the DF bikes if you aren't riding them anymore. Due to some neck troubles, there were a number of years where I only rode 'bents, and was considering getting rid of my DF bikes. Fortunately, some physical therapy has improved my neck and I put roughly 2/3 of my miles on my DF bikes now. I've very happy that I didn't get rid of them! :)

and regarding that stereotype of 'bent riders... I must be an outlier...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4116/4...168ed3_z_d.jpg

I did have a beard for a while, but it was starting to go gray, so it had to go. I refuse to admit that I'm getting old (but I'm not good at it). :)


Steve in Peoria

Flip Flop Rider 04-13-18 10:36 AM

pardon my ignorance, but a recumbent is a 2 wheeled bike?

BlazingPedals 04-13-18 11:04 AM


Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider (Post 20282247)
pardon my ignorance, but a recumbent is a 2 wheeled bike?

As a genre, recumbents can have any number of wheels.


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