Recumbent times, they are a changing

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by Mike S, Apr 14, 2003.

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  1. Mike S

    Mike S Guest

    For years on our local supported rides in and around St. Louis I found myself to be either the lone
    recumbent rider or perhaps there was one other. On April 13, the Spring Chicken ride was held in and
    around Libory, Illinois. I brought my Barcroft Virginia, my wife her Gold Rush, as we left the
    Columbia tandem at home. Well, surprise of surprises, on the ride with us were (drum roll) a Rocket,
    a Giro, an EZ-1 and......an Optima Lynx. Not only a total of six recumbents, but six different
    recumbents. What a neat deal at the rest stops talking about our bikes, not just amongst ourselves
    but with the upwrongs as well. If this is what is going on in provincial St. Louis, then the times
    really are changing for the better.
     
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  2. Tom Sherman

    Tom Sherman Guest

    mike s wrote:
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    > For years on our local supported rides in and around St. Louis I found myself to be either the
    > lone recumbent rider or perhaps there was one other. On April 13, the Spring Chicken ride was held
    > in and around Libory, Illinois. I brought my Barcroft Virginia, my wife her Gold Rush, as we left
    > the Columbia tandem at home. Well, surprise of surprises, on the ride with us were (drum roll) a
    > Rocket, a Giro, an EZ-1 and......an Optima Lynx. Not only a total of six recumbents, but six
    > different recumbents. What a neat deal at the rest stops talking about our bikes, not just amongst
    > ourselves but with the upwrongs as well. If this is what is going on in provincial St. Louis, then
    > the times really are changing for the better.

    On the Folks on Spokes Easter ride [1], I counted the following:

    An Ed Gin led lowracer paceline with Ed (Festina with ISO 622-mm rear wheel), Larry (Razz-Fazz
    w/tailbox, Gary (Baron) and Keith (Baron
    w/Optima clone tailbox).

    Earl on his GRR with US flag theme bodysock and Louis Garneau aero helmet.

    A Rotator Pursuit and RANS V^2 with a plush rabbit tail fairing.

    Bill on a V-Rex.

    Wendy on a Stealth w/coroplast tailbox [2] and Barb on a Velokraft that was so light I was afraid it
    might blow away while it was parked. [3]

    Unidentified (by me) riders on a RANS Stratus, Easy Racers Gold Rush, Trek R-200, Sun EZ-2 tandem,
    "Double Vision", BikeE, Cannondale Recumbent, RANS Tailwind, and a Hypercycle (or Hypercycle clone).

    Prof. Smith and S/O on a Green Gear/Bike Friday DoubleDay.

    Earth Cycles Sunset Lowracer [TM] No. 3.

    [1] Far south Chicago suburbs.
    [2] Until the Velogenesis lowracer arrives.
    [3] Which some silly person insisted on holding over his head with one hand.

    Tom Sherman - Various HPV's Quad Cities USA (Illinois side)
     
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    > [3] Which some silly person insisted on holding over his head with one hand.

    Damn. I haven't done that yet. Thanks for the reminder.

    M.
     
  4. mike s <[email protected]> wrote:
    : Rush, as we left the Columbia tandem at home. Well, surprise of surprises, on the ride with us
    : were (drum roll) a Rocket, a Giro, an EZ-1 and......an Optima Lynx. Not only a total of six
    : recumbents, but six different recumbents. What a neat deal at the rest stops talking

    And only twenty years ago there probably was none! Think about it...

    --
    Risto Varanka | http://www.helsinki.fi/~rvaranka/ varis at no spam please iki fi
     
  5. [email protected] (mike s) wrote in message
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    > For years on our local supported rides in and around St. Louis I found myself to be either the
    > lone recumbent rider or perhaps there was one other. On April 13, the Spring Chicken ride was held
    > in and around Libory, Illinois. I brought my Barcroft Virginia, my wife her Gold Rush, as we left
    > the Columbia tandem at home. Well, surprise of surprises, on the ride with us were (drum roll) a
    > Rocket, a Giro, an EZ-1 and......an Optima Lynx. Not only a total of six recumbents, but six
    > different recumbents. What a neat deal at the rest stops talking about our bikes, not just amongst
    > ourselves but with the upwrongs as well. If this is what is going on in provincial St. Louis, then
    > the times really are changing for the better.

    Quite a few more 'bents around here, but I still cannot get the correct tire size here. And since
    BikeE quit, none are sold in this county but Taiwan imports. I am glad for the wise people turning
    away from "pied piper" K-Mart bikes.

    Looking forward to a growing market (within my lifetime!) and a fun recreation for more people.

    Chris Jordan Santa Cruz, CA.
     
  6. M..Leuck

    M..Leuck Guest

    "mike s" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > For years on our local supported rides in and around St. Louis I found myself to be either the
    > lone recumbent rider or perhaps there was one other. On April 13, the Spring Chicken ride was held
    > in and around Libory, Illinois. I brought my Barcroft Virginia, my wife her Gold Rush, as we left
    > the Columbia tandem at home. Well, surprise of surprises, on the ride with us were (drum roll) a
    > Rocket, a Giro, an EZ-1 and......an Optima Lynx. Not only a total of six recumbents, but six
    > different recumbents. What a neat deal at the rest stops talking about our bikes, not just amongst
    > ourselves but with the upwrongs as well. If this is what is going on in provincial St. Louis, then
    > the times really are changing for the better.

    Ever wonder if maybe the reason is at one time or another they saw you riding and decided that type
    of bike was the way to go? You could have started a trend in your area :)
     
  7. Ben Fox

    Ben Fox Guest

    Funny you should mention that because on Sunday I saw a Vision ,then today a Burley and a an Easy
    racer .3 in a day and a half,sometimes i would go for weeks at a time in the springfield ,IL area
    and not see any. Ben Fox "mike s" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > For years on our local supported rides in and around St. Louis I found myself to be either the
    > lone recumbent rider or perhaps there was one other. On April 13, the Spring Chicken ride was held
    > in and around Libory, Illinois. I brought my Barcroft Virginia, my wife her Gold Rush, as we left
    > the Columbia tandem at home. Well, surprise of surprises, on the ride with us were (drum roll) a
    > Rocket, a Giro, an EZ-1 and......an Optima Lynx. Not only a total of six recumbents, but six
    > different recumbents. What a neat deal at the rest stops talking about our bikes, not just amongst
    > ourselves but with the upwrongs as well. If this is what is going on in provincial St. Louis, then
    > the times really are changing for the better.
     
  8. Ben Fox <[email protected]> wrote:
    : Funny you should mention that because on Sunday I saw a Vision ,then today a Burley and a an Easy
    : racer .3 in a day and a half,sometimes i would go for weeks at a time in the springfield ,IL area
    : and not see any. Ben Fox

    Here it's more like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I wonder if people reflect back on what they
    saw, do they dare to tell their friends or would those just think they have gone wacko.

    Things are changing, though :) Our nation-wide society now has almost 80 members, over 10%
    annual growth.

    --
    Risto Varanka | http://www.helsinki.fi/~rvaranka/ varis at no spam please iki fi
     
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