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Old 06-14-14, 05:20 AM
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Agreement with Mrs. Grouch

I did another tombay yesterday. Not a big deal because I'm getting kind of used to it. Mrs. Grouch told me she holds her breath every time I take my SWB recumbent out. That makes sense because I have a rather serious history of past injuries. None-the-less, resigning myself to riding only my Kettweisel trike sounds like a good way to suck all of the joy out of my life. I'm not ready to make that step.

Mrs. Grouch suggested she might be comfortable with me continuing to ride the SWB provided I agreed to walk across intersections. Not something that I want to do but it beats any alternative that I can think of. Telling you all kind of makes it feel public and official.

[sigh]
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Whatever it takes to keep the wheels rolling and getting that good exercise and "fresh" air. My wife walks across every intersection, as do others. You need to find places to ride without intersections - we have miles of trails here with no intersections. Hopefully, you can find the same.

Looks like a working compromise.

Good luck!
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Good luck!
A rare response from DnvrFox. Makes me feel special. Thanks.
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If you fear unintended consequences in intersections, you can always do what this guy did with his Kettweisel.



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I often find myself eschewing the left turn lane on busy roads and walking across on the pedestrian light. It might seem wimpy but I suspect I'll live (or at least live injury-free) longer.
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Old 06-14-14, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
If you fear unintended consequences in intersections, you can always do what this guy did with his Kettweisel.



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No thanks. I'd probably drown.
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It's amazing how wives can suck the fun right out of a good adventure.

When I'm taking the mtn bike out, I get "be careful and don't hurt yourself". The closest I get to a free pass is on the road bike and I get "be careful and have fun".
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When all else fails, lie! (or get training wheels)
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Your restriction seems pretty easy.
I have had to make a few as well, and keeping the spousal unit happy is important for my continued cycling experience.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
If you fear unintended consequences in intersections, you can always do what this guy did with his Kettweisel.



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Heh. This + DUI pleasure-craft driver = this can't be good. Watching the nutty speed-demons roostertailing about on the Mississippi would make me leery of watercraft that look easily flip-over-able.
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In the spirit of N+1, what we have here is an opportunity to get a new bike. You could always get a lowracer, like this whippersnapper:



Falling from 13 inches up isn't nearly as traumatic. Or, you could get a Lightning Phantom Quad:

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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
In the spirit of N+1, Or, you could get a Lightning Phantom Quad:

with those colored lights thingies on all the wheels.
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Old 06-28-14, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
In the spirit of N+1, what we have here is an opportunity to get a new bike. you could get a Lightning Phantom Quad:

I wonder how that thing handles on curves.
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I can see a trike (maybe), but recumbent with training wheels with attached adult products carrier is a bit too much.
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Originally Posted by Wileyrat View Post
It's amazing how wives can suck the fun right out of a good adventure.

When I'm taking the mtn bike out, I get "be careful and don't hurt yourself". The closest I get to a free pass is on the road bike and I get "be careful and have fun".
I used to get some of that, then my wife realized what she was doing and changed to, "Tear up the road" which, at my speed, isn't likely to happen. Nowadays, she mostly rides with me on a tandem so we mutually tear up the road to the extent we can.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
... Or, you could get a Lightning Phantom Quad:

Actually that looks attractive for winter riding.

How does it handle?
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I was impressed by the number of trikes I saw during my Little Miami trip.

I've crashed once on my bent, riding on a thick gravel walking path. If I had half your experience, I would buy a Catrike and sell the other ones. We just don't bounce good.
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I was impressed by the number of trikes I saw during my Little Miami trip.

I've crashed once on my bent, riding on a thick gravel walking path. If I had half your experience, I would buy a Catrike and sell the other ones. We just don't bounce good.
Funny you should mention that:

We visited a bike store while we were waiting out the rain in Des Moines this week. Back in the car I see that Mrs. Grouch has acquired a Catrike flyer. I don't know if that's intended for me or for her. Could be either one.
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When the wife is happy everyone is happy.
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When the wife is happy everyone is happy.
"If mama's not happy, nobody's happy."
"If grandma's not happy - Run!"

Uh - Mrs. Grouch fills all three roles so I try real hard to keep her happy.
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