I’m overjoyed to see the great mix of bikes on your new blog. As you can see, I’m a recumbent rider, but I’ve always wanted them to simply be mixed in with everything else — a goal you have achieved admirably!
The first shots are my Rocket, which I purchased from Basically Bicycles here in Western Mass a few years ago — I believe it’s a 2006. The only part that wasn’t stock when I bought it was the Zephyr seat. I love the bike, but I wasn’t riding enough, and my main opportunity is to ride to work, which is a little too far for me to go on a regular basis. I found myself in the typical catch-22 — not enough time to ride in order to get into better shape so that the ride wouldn’t be so long…
So I called Dave back at Basically Bicycles, and he was happy to fit my bike with a Bionx system (250 watt, Li-Ion battery). It has been *great*, meaning I still get a heck of a work-out (no throttle except my own output) while reducing my riding time by approximately 25%. You will notice that I have the bike on my car, because I have found that the best choice is to go “multi-modal”, driving a mile or so past a really dangerous mountain road, then parking at a state park and riding the rest of the way (about 13.5 miles). Now that the semester is starting again, there should be a bus from Hampshire College to Mt Holyoke College that will accomplish what I’ve been using my car for, with a “rack and roll” setup for the bike (on the front of the bus). I’ve gotten the total time down to the point where it’s only about 20 minutes longer than my drive, each way. I can do that about three times a week, which has increased my exercise time immensely, and decreased my stress level in proportion.
The other shots are of the bike we bought from Dave for my son Jonas’ 6th birthday, which is today. As you can see, it is a kids semi-recumbent from CCM, which I couldn’t find any pictures of on the web (a fact that makes my son even more proud of it). His first question — “Can we go recumbent riding with grandma?” (she also rides a rocket). His second question, “Can I get an electric assist?” :-)
Thanks for launching another fantastic blog! —Ian
[Happy Birthday Jonas! —Alan]