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Old 12-03-17, 10:48 PM   #1
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Any dedicated Trikers?

Hi all!

Just joined and had a few questions. I am a disabled vet and just purchased an EZ 3 Tri Classic trike to get some exercise and get out of the house. Actually just got it a couple months ago but, have yet to ride it. At almost 50yrs of age, I haven't been on a bike for ages and am procrastinating on doing it. Was also considering doing some local touring here in my rainy state of Oregon and was wondering if there are any dedicated trike riders who have experience in this area? If so, could you share some thoughts to help me get started? I.E. gear, is this actually feasible etc. Thanks in advance, TW
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Old 12-04-17, 07:03 AM   #2
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So, where along the coast do you live? Or are you referring to the current monsoon season?
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Just do it.

I imagine there has to be some paved bike trails near where you live. Try one of them. I'm betting the biggest problem you will encounter is the number of interested people who want to ask you about how it feels to ride your trike. You'll be fine.
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So, where along the coast do you live? Or are you referring to the current monsoon season?
I don't live along the coast but, it's not far off as I live in the Willamette Valley. Corvallis to be exact and there are a lot of bikers here around the OSU campus.
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I don't live there but I have a son in Albany. It's extremely dry during the summer but rainy in the winter. There are a few recumbent riders in the area, and they have both bikes and trikes. You can probably contact them through the local bike club.
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Thanks BP. Albany is just a few miles up the road and I moved over here to Corvallis from there after 9.5yrs. I did join the Mid Valley Biking Club and am waiting for a response from the site admin.
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I've done a few rides with the -- I think it was a Wednesday -- ride group out of the aquatic center. Of the two guys I know, one has a Challenge Furai and an ICE trike, the other has a Gold Rush and a Catrike700. There is also a Cruzbike and a Bacchetta in the club.

If you make their acquaintance, say Hi for me. I'm hoping to get back there this summer for a week or so; maybe I can meet you while I'm there.

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@ORrecumbentEZ3 - Hi and welcome. I’m up in the Portland metro area and have bought my first ever Recumbent (bike) in August.

There’s a site called: bentrideronline.com and the entire site is a recumbent site and they have a Forum too.

Get yourself some waterproof clothing (REI is good for basic rain pants), and find a big empty space like a parking lot and just practice getting on/off the trike, familiarize where the controls are and maybe go for a spin. It’s really so fun.

I’m still learning something each time I ride. Remember to have fun. There’s the Oregon Human Powered Vehicle Group. https://ohpv.org
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Hello, I don't have a recumbent at the moment but we had the EZ-1's and a EZ-Sport, one thing we got asap was a set of Power Grip Straps Power Grips so our feet would stay on the pedals and it really helps going "uphills", IF you don't have "Clip-in style shoes and pedals"!! Don't worry about how long you've been out of cycling with a rec. trike, you won't fall down, LOL!! Find local area "bike trails/paths" to start out on, then when you get comfortable, join your group and enjoy. There are a few recumbent clothing mfg'ers, here is one: Welcome to benditcycling.com - Evolve Your Ride. Hope this helps a bit. We hope to get a Recumbent Trike Tandem in the future to get back riding a recumbent!
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