Saturday, July 28, 2012

My New Trike!

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Peddlers Trike Shop in Heath, Ohio and Todd got a recumbent trike.  Peddlers is really neat and they have an indoor track where you can ride the trikes.  

I must admit, I was pretty jealous of Todd's cool trike.  

So, today we went back to Peddlers and I bought a trike, too.

This is it.  An ICE Sprint RS.

Todd's is the yellow one and mine is the red one.  

Today we rode to Yocktangee Park and then to Subway for dinner.  It was about a 17 mile round trip.  I will also mention that it's the first time I've ever used clipless pedals.  I'm a klutz and probably would fall off a traditional bike if I used them, but the trike made it easy.  We rode slow, about 7.5 mph average, but it is quite hilly around here.  The trike is great on the hills because I can go slow or stop for a rest if I need to.  The weather was beautiful this evening, and we had a great ride.

Funny thing is that on the recumbent trike, you're dog level.  A couple of loose dogs ran out to greet us.  On our way home, a bunch of deer crossed the road in front of us and that was quite cool.  All I could do was shout, "Wow wow wow wow wow!"  Just when I got done being excited about the first group of deer, a second group ran out in front of us.  I shouted the same thing again.  It was so cool.

No flats today. 
I'll have to stop blogging if this no-flat foolishness keeps up.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Frankfort to Washington CH

Saturday, July 21, we made up our own ride along the Tri-County Triangle Trail.  We rode from Frankfort to Washington Court House.  It's about 40 miles round trip.

I wasn't feeling so well, so I really whined a lot and had to take many breaks.  It was a beautiful day with mild temperatures and low humidity.  

We stopped for lunch at Ranchers, which is a home-town version of Arby's.  They have delicious food.  Shhh... Don't tell Oscar.

Here are some photos from along the route:

This is overlooking the park at the Washington Court House end of the trail.  The trail goes through a beautiful park.

This is one of the bridges on the trail. 

Corn fields.

More trail.

Cornfields, wildflowers, and pretty sky.

Anyone know what kind of flowers these are?

They grow all along the trail.

More open fields and pretty skies.

Here is Todd making it look easy again.

Cornflowers and bees at a rest stop.

Purple flowers covered in bees.

That is it.  I made it through the 40ish miles.  I had to make frequents stops, but it was a good ride anyway.

Saturday, July 14, 2012: Liberty to London

Saturday, July 14, we rode the Liberty to London Bicycle Tour.  Don Smith joined us and we had a grand time.  It started out rainy, and I whined a lot, but we made it through.  Don and I enjoyed singing "Everybody Talks."  If you know Don Smith, you would say that was his theme song.

Here are some pictures from along the way:

This was a caboose at one of the rest stops.  
They had GREAT rest stops with peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.  I love PB&J when I ride, it's my favorite snack.  Well, besides, donuts and brownies...

Todd is Making Tracks on his new trike.  He makes it look so easy.

I rode 45.17 miles.  My longest ride yet.

This was my reward.  A delicious sundae at Two Mad Dogs.

New Bike Time..... again.

Todd bought a new bike, too. 
On Saturday, July 7, we went to Peddlers in Heath, Ohio.  They specialize in Recumbent Trikes and have an indoor track for test drives.  I loved the trikes and if I hadn't just bought a new bike, I probably would have bought a trike.

  Todd bought this Terra Trike Tour 2.  He loves it.

I have my eye on an ICE Sprint trike.  I'm saving my pennies for it, now.
Meanwhile, I'll have to "rough it" on my Giant Escape City.

So far, no flats.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Bike Time!

Well, I did it!  Finally after much prodding from Todd and friends, I bought a new bike.  I have been bike shopping for a few weeks now and decided to make the move yesterday.  People tell me that the Townie is holding me back on longer rides (>25 miles).  Actually I had two salesmen almost fall over when I told them that I was riding my Townie 42 miles.  Somehow, they think I'm a little crazy.

I had a hard time picking a new bike.  Due to health issues I can't tolerate the bent over positioning of a true road bike.  I tried several brands and decided to go with the Giant Escape City.  I like it because it's somewhat upright and has the fenders and the luggage rack.

Here is my new bike!

Here is me test driving it.

I bought it at Roll:  and they had me stand in a scanner so they could take measurements and fit the bike to me.  They offer great customer service and I was very happy to do business with them.

We rode a little yesterday and rode again today for 23 miles.  I was able to go a bit faster than the Townie.  I'm learning that I have different biking muscles now, too.  

Oh, and the tires are puncture resistant, so I might just have to close this blog down.

Worn Out Tires.

Now that GOBA is over, we're back to my boring adventures.  I say boring because I haven't had any flat tires or any other exciting adventures since GOBA.  Well, there's one exciting thing, but that will be in the next post.

The day after GOBA (Sunday 6/24/12) Todd and I went for a bike ride on the Tri-County Triangle Trail.  We were stopped in Frankfort eating ice cream when he noticed his tire:

Yup, he wore it out during GOBA!  It's not quite a flat tire, but it's pretty close.
We finished the rest of the ride and it was uneventful.

On Monday, June 25th, I went out of town on a work assignment (I get to go home on weekends).  It's in an area of the state with lots of bike trails, so I brought my bike with me. 

The apartment had a designated Bike Room.  Okay, maybe it wasn't designated officially, but that's what I dubbed it.

Unfortunately, in reality, the bike trails were at least seven miles from my apartment.  I did ride a few times through the surrounding residential neighborhoods.