An encounter on the blogosphere
Sometimes a friendship on the blogosphere can materialise into a real-life encounter, and if you met on the net as a result of a common interest, then why not meet face-to-face and share that interest in real time?
On a recent trip to the North West, we had the good fortune to meet up with Will and his family, share a delicious meal at their table, and then go for a ride together. Now Will is no ordinary cyclist. He is one of that rare breed of cyclists who rides machines that will turn heads, and will engage him in endless conversations about the whys and wherefores of riding the recumbent bicycle.
On his own admission, it took him several weeks to become comfortable with the intricacies of riding one of these machines on the road. But as we headed up the road to take in some 28 miles of local hills and dales, climbing to nearly 900 feet…….
we came to appreciate that, what might seem to be an ungainly machine, with the rider in a semi-prone position, in reality it turned out to be very efficient and, of course, more comfortable than being perched on a saddle.
There are all kinds of arguments for and against riding recumbents, and I won’t rehearse them here. But if it’s comfort that you value most in your riding experience, then the recumbent is an obvious choice. I have played with the idea, on and off, for several years. Jenny and I have even test ridden one of the ‘Rolls Royces’ of the recumbent world
……so comfortable that when you take time out for a rest, you can actually have a snooze sitting back in the seat. We loved the machine….but it came at a heart-stopping price, and there were so many practicalities about owning one that we decided to step back from the brink.
But, without a doubt, a whole new cycling experience, and one that should have its own chapter in the history of cycling.