Aspirations to be a ‘bent rider?

You might ask…..what brings a cyclist and a non-cyclist together……and for them eventually to get married? Well, it’s obvious that other points of attraction expanded the equation and, anyway, I had decided that I was going to teach my new wife the ‘simple art’ of balancing on two wheels…….or so I thought. Thirty seven years later, well……… she still can’t balance on two wheels…..so where did I go wrong?

Ah yes…..I nearly forgot…….we found alternative forms of bicycling transport……..you know, tandems and adult trikes. Doing this, perhaps, let her off the hook, even made her a little blasé about the importance of learning the skill. But once you introduce the idea of “Well it doesn’t really matter…..after all, we can look for an adult trike……or even check out the market for a tandem”, then there is no way of backtracking and renewing the resolve.

When we bought our current house, 34 years ago, there was an American adult trike in the garage going with the house. I like to joke that we took out a mortgage on the first trike, and added the house to it……. But now, in 2014, and two further trikes later, Jenny’s thoughts are turning towards something with a bit more comfort and efficiency. Her current trike started its life as a bicycle, and was converted into a trike using a conversion kit. Very clever and very serviceable, but it makes for a heavy, cumbersome machine.

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I think she’s enjoying herself……

So………we went a-hunting one day recently, and ended up at D-Tek in Little Thetford, a one-man business that eschews the internet, and which deals only in alternative bicycles……. mainly recumbents (more succinctly known as “bents” amongst enthusiasts). And here she is trying out the first of two machines, and the second even more laid back than the first.20140725_153013_Android

During the test ride of the latter, I jumped into (onto?) the former, and off we went together cruising the local estates, riding beneath radar detection. A very cool experience.

The decision to buy one will, undoubtedly, be a lengthy one. You’d be surprised at how many different makes and styles are on offer from across the world. And I’m sure that all, or nearly all, will have to be checked out.

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Posted on July 27, 2014, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Going through this process myself at the moment. Having not ridden off-road or track for some time now have decided to thin out the stable and make room for a recumbent trike. I think it’s between an ICE sprint 26 and an HPV Gekko FS.

  2. I don’t think I could handle bike riding lying down! I think the steering would also seem a bit foreign to me.

  3. Forgot to mention I like the new look on your blog.

  4. The ICE Adventure would seem a good choice – or there is always mine which (due to my forthcoming change in job) I am looking to sell. One very good owner 😉 see – http://bit.ly/1s6rBxV

    • Yes, we have seen your ‘for sale’ post……..Jenny will be in the process of trying and testing different models for quite a while….until she is convinced that a recumbent might be the answer. But jury is out at the moment.

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