Sunday, March 15, 2009

Extra Short!

Yesterday we stopped at Coventry Cycle Works in Portland Oregon. They have Terra trikes, Cat trikes and Greenspeeds. (and Lots of other stuff too!) It was really nice talking to the person there about all the different trikes and the positives and negatives of them all. I also got to try out the direct vs linkage steering. Sit in them and get suggestions on set ups for touring etc. It was very exciting and cool. If you are in the Portland area and Want to check out recumbent or recumbent trikes Coventry is the place to go. It was raining and very muddy so I didn't go for a test ride but I think I would like to take DH,DD and I back for a test ride soon.

I also found out that my ex-seam is small enough that anything except an extra short is not a good choice for me. The short is adjustable but if you move to it's shortest position your steering is limited by the handle bars hitting the seat. So short just won't do.

My DH's concern is that he doesn't really want a trike and he's afraid that mixing the cycles in a group between a trike and a bicycle will make it harder to stay together on tours. If anyone has any input on that or a site that talks bout that let me know. My concern is that DD and I won't be able to keep up with him. His is that one will be faster on up hill and one faster on down hill and it won't even out and we will be spread out all over and someone will always be waiting for someone else. He keeps telling me we should be a triplet so we can all stay together. I'm not sure if he's joking or not. My problem with a triplet is that like a sled dog only the leader gets a view. (or any control over what's going on) I know from our Tandem that if you take the time to look around on the tandem you know even less whats going on and can get some very nasty surprises. I've nearly been bounced off a time or two. I don't know maybe our tandem just isn't set up well for me or I don't ride it enough to predict what's going on. Usually DD is on the back of the tandem. I also am more interested in the easier to balance, climbing, more comfortable aspects of the trike. Besides they are cool. Also the bike is my reward for losing 100 lbs. I don't think I should get a reward that I can only ride if 2 other people happen to have the same schedule and desire to ride that I do.

I don't know, I guess he has a year or so to convince me. Right now I'm not even close to convinced. I am however seeing a nice drop on the scales this week though, but we won't talk about that till Tuesday's weigh in!


  1. You are stressing about this too much. You and Anna zoom ahead on a tandem trike (she may need to be the captain, since she may be taller then you are by then) and I'll be the sherpa, carrying all the stuff on my upright bike and a trailer. I'll catch up with you two eventually.

  2. I do believe that you've totally missed my point. I guess we need to talk about this a LOT more.