Spunky Ladies

This inspirational story is from Adventure Cycling’s Bike Bits:

Bike Bits recently received the following correspondence from Ms. Lauren Cooper and Dr. Nee Howard: “We are an elderly mother (86) and daughter (55) who in recent years have mostly quit driving. Instead, we bicycle up to twenty-five miles a day around Carlsbad, California, on hi-tech recumbent trikes, and a very unusual tandem recumbent trike. Yet we are two of the least athletic people you will ever meet. We maintain a normal suburban lifestyle, bicycling daily for shopping, errands, yard sales, etc., and drive our twenty-year-old car just four or five times a month. Home range is a twelve-mile radius (we’re quite famous in this area!), and we take the trike on local trains for longer travel. We handle oversize loads like mattresses and file cabinets with a homemade bike trailer. We’re saving about $3,000 year–just by doing something as simple and fun as riding a bike every day.”

Watch the dynamic duo in action here: http://10news.com/video/16220875/index.html

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6 Responses to “Spunky Ladies”

  • Jeff says:

    Small world, I suppose. I was coming back from my Saturday a.m. ride around Carlsbad a couple of weeks ago, and spied a tandem trike up ahead. Having only rarely seen recumbent trikes in town I stopped to chat with the owners, who, as you may have surmised were Lauren and her mom. We had a nice conversation, they seem to be a neat pair. I even got some advice on where to lock up my trike if I take it to the grocery store.

  • jofegaber says:


    Great country, great people!

    My best wishes for both, and my admiration!

  • Dave Kee says:

    Well, they may think they are not “athletic” but any 86 year old biking 25 miles a day is probably in the top .01% of her age class. The money savings aside the health benefits are immeasurable.

  • Jeff says:

    The other thing I’m trying to figure out is how they get the trikes on the train. I suppose there is enough room, provided the conductor is willing to let you leave the trike out in the open like that. I guess if you use the wheelchair seating? (there are a couple of foldup benches).

  • Alan says:

    Hi Jeff,

    I’ve found the conductors on Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains to be quite accommodating. Over the past couple of months I’ve seen LWB recumbents, delta trikes and tadpole trikes on the train. Usually they’ll ask people to stow these larger HPVs in the last car which has a larger area allocated for bike storage.


  • Bob Baxter says:

    Boy, this is a wake-up call for me. I’m only 80 and riding only 15 miles a day. I’ve got to get with the program!

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