Thursday, September 05, 2013

Speaking of Biking . . .

I don't know if I mentioned this earlier, but I've added bicycling to my own exercise routine. I still love rollerblading, but it's so weather dependent (you want the path to be really dry and relatively clear of twigs and leaves, etc.) that I was losing too much outdoor exercise time to weather. Yes, I walk Captain Jack every day, but that's not the same thing.

Regular bikes hurt my back, but last winter I took advantage of a sale to buy a recumbent bike. I love it! There was a definite learning curve in riding it: the balance and steering feel very different from a regular bike, but after a while I got the hang of it, and now I get out on it at least as often as I do on skates. Here's what it looks like:

It's low slung, and I do feel a little vulnerable riding on the street with it. But practically all the riding I do is on the bike path that starts two blocks from our house, and goes for eleven miles, so mostly I'm off the street, anyway.

If you hear a ding behind you, that could be me! Passing on your left!


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At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Cindy Lee Molnar said...

My neighbor has one and loves it, too! Enjoy!

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the "trikes" and those look interesting. Yours has two wheels. How difficult is is to maintain balance when you're starting off?

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Jeffrey A. Carver said...

Kind of scary at first. Getting started from a stop is probably the hardest thing to get used to, especially in traffic. But then you get the knack of it, and you just walk it (from a sitting position) enough to keep your balance while you get your feet to the pedals. It helps to be in a low-ish gear when starting up.

At 2:41 AM, Blogger bikingamerica said...

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