BJ and JoLynn Ondo's, Tandem Trike Blog

Our rides or tours riding the trails & roads on our "3-wheeled recumbent trike tandem"! :)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bradely Road "road ride"

Today we did a much more "uphill inclined" road ride  over Bradley Rd. by the Bluestem Prairie Open Space, then into Widefield and down 85/87 to the town of Fountain to share a "excellent"  Club Sandwich and Salad at the Western Omelet Café! It started out chilly and gray but we got into a bit of sunshine as we rode on, around 60F with a strongish breeze. Stopped at a little Park in Fountain to take a photo or two then headed home! 21.02 miles, 60F clouds and a bit of sun, mild winds. We are trying to build up for our Memorial Weekend Getaway up to Glenwood Springs, CO. to ride the Glenwood Canyon Trail! :) We tried to do a video but couldn't get our cheap digital camera to "stay on" for the ride, going to have to find a used Go Pro camera soon!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mother's Day Awesome Ride!

We volunteered to be Ride Leaders for our group, Front Range Recumbent Trike/Bike Group on a very awesome, sunny, 70 F with very light breeze Mothers Day! We started out of our storage area in northern Security and headed to our start point at America The Beautiful Park in down town Colorado Springs, CO. We didn't have anyone else show up so we headed out of the park to pick up the Midland Trail heading west towards Manitou Springs Swimming Pool/Park. The tandem is slow but it's really great to be able to hold a conversation without having to YELL at each other! :) Just a great day to RIDE so we also had lunch at the Subways just outside the park. Round Trip: 30.15 miles for the day, sweet! 6.4 avg. speed/17.7 max speed, 788 ft. of elevation.
Our starting point at the Julie Penrose Fountain, America the Beautiful Park

Our Tandem, (Nelly Bell),  Terra Trike Rover, loaded up for a RIDE!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

We finally got a TANDEM Recumbent Trike!!

Our first tandem experience was on a new 2011,  Trek 900 DF Recreational Tandem. We really liked being a "Tandem Team" but due to my Reiter's Syndrome (arthritis), I was having a lot of joint pain (knees) due to having to "hold up" the weight of a passenger and a heavier tandem so we sold off the tandem, but have still wished we could get one again!

 On April 27th, 2019 we bought a "used",  Terra Trike Rover Trike with a "Tandem addition kit"! It has a very different drive train, a Efneo 3 speed internal drive unit, instead of a "triple" chain wheel (up front) and a NuVinci 330 CVT rear hub (in the rear) also all gears internal so we have "no derailleurs"!  Angletech our local recumbent dealer delivered the tandem trike to us at 5:30 PM so we didn't get a chance to ride it that day. We are really Happy to be a "TANDEM TEAM" again! :)
[NOTE* We've sold Jolynn's TT Cruiser trike and will sell my TT Tour II trike in January 2020, when JoLynn retires and goes on her "earned" Social Security Retirement, then we will ONLY have and ride the Tandem Trike!]

Sunday, April 21, 2019

FRRTBG Road Ride: Old Pueblo Road 4/20/19

Led a group ride down a old 2 lane highway that parallels I-25 S. The road starts in Fountain, CO. and ends at the Pikes Peak International Raceway. JoLynn and I rode the 8 miles from our storage unit to John Metcalf Park in Fountain, CO. There were several "rides/events" going on in the area on 4/20 so it ended up being, Me, JoLynn, Bob and his daughter Amy on her first Trike ride!! Old Pueblo Rd. doesn't have any emergency lanes and it winds thru the semi-arid part of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek. It was a great day to ride, 80F, partly cloudy with just a slight breeze, the traffic wasn't too bad for a Saturday, we even got passed by a very fast group of Olympic Training Center bicyclist's, they were quite friendly for going as fast as they were! Bummer, the visitor center at PPIR was closed, but LOL, at least the porta-potty was open and clean!

 It was a round trip of about 20 miles and a total of 33 miles for JoLynn and I, the longest ride we've been on in a looooong time! Although the last part was bit rough on JoLynn, we've got to remember she NEEDS to eat something every 10 miles to keep her blood sugar level up above 90. That and I'm having a real PIA time with my "TAILBONE" and the mesh seat on my Terra Trike Tour II, it's putting so much pressure against my tailbone, I'm getting uncomfortable at 10 miles and was in sore agony by 30 miles?? I have a full seat pad and it's reclined as far as I can get it and I've loosened and tighten straps but northing is helping, RATS! Otherwise it was a excellent ride with great company!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

FRRTBG Group Ride 4/6/2019

JoLynn and I rode from the storage unit over to the start point of the ride at El Pomar Youth Sports Park, it's 3.5 miles and we have to ride in the emergency lane of a 4 lane highway to get to Las Vegas St. and pick up the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. Larry from the group showed up and took off for the Sacred Grounds Café heading up to the North Cheyenne Canyon area via the "dirt" part of the Pikes Peak Greenway to the Tejon St. Bike Lane, which flows into the Cheyenne Blvd. Bike Lane. It was partly cloudy/sunny 60F so the temps changed with the thickness of the cloud cover but it never rained on us! :) At the Café we had lunch and then headed back, had a flat, caused by a bad seam in a tube so we stopped at "Bicycle Experience" on Tejon St. so I could get a spare tube! Larry headed north and we headed back to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail heading south and back to our storage area in Security! 20.15 miles RT. with some good climbs heading up towards the North Cheyenne Canyon entrance! Good food, Good RIDE, GREAT DAY! :)
Larry striking a pose at the Sacred Grounds Café for lunch.

Fountain Creek on the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail heading south, "the dirt part of the trail"

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Rode the VERY COLD "Walk, Run and Roll for Daniel, charity event today!

Rode the very COLD, Walk, Run and Roll for Daniel this morning, my winter gear is seriously lacking, LOL! . Woke up and the streets in Security were clear and the sun was peeking thru so I loaded the trike in the truck and headed down town to America The Beautiful Park for the event. I got there "too early" but it was sunny to start but the WIND was COLD!! Did some laps around the park to try to get warm. Finally we got started, the trail was a bit mucky but not as back as I thought it would be, Rodger was being a "traffic director" by the Templeton Gap Trail Bridge, which had snow and ice on it! Headed up to Cascade then over to a place called "Tap Traders", where they had Pancakes for us, YUM! LOL, ate to much got back on the trike and headed back to the park where they had "Vendors" and music but the skies were getting thick with clouds so I just packed the trike back in the truck and headed home. 15K RT for a great cause, with a decent turn out with the CRUD weather!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Some needed adjustments and a nice ride to boot! :)

On Wed's. I took the trike up to Angletech for some needed adjustments and after they were finished, it was 1:30PM. but the day way Soooo nice that I put on the bike shoes and went for a 14 mile ride along a part of the Sinton and Foothills Trail. The Foothills trail goes along the entryway to the Garden of the Gods Park, here in Colorado Springs, CO. It was 70F, breezy and partly sunny but it was warm and I enjoyed it! Rode off the trail and picked up the 31st. St. Bike Lane down to Colorado Ave and found a Subways for lunch. Then headed back up the trail as heading north has some steep uphill grades along the trail! Got back to the dealership, loaded the trike in the old pick up truck and headed back down south to our storage unit where we keep our trikes and tucked it away. Hopefully the weather won't be as BAD as they are saying for this coming Saturday, as there is a "Charity Ride" for a friend of ours Son, who needs more brain surgery!
With Pikes Peak in the background, riding along the entryway to the Garden of the Gods Park

The newest section of the Foothills Trail, connecting the trail to the 31st. Street Bike Lane!

Monday, March 18, 2019

FRRTBG Ride, Sunday March 17th.

Well since I'm not Irish and I don't drink booze, I thought I'd celebrate St. Patrick's Day by leading a local area urban trail ride. Turned out to be a decent day, 45F+, Sunny with only a light wind, started at Soaring Eagles Park, then headed north up to Powers Blvd. on the "No Name Trail" turned around and headed down the trail south to Academy Blvd. Normally after crossing I'd take the (most useless Bike Lane in the City), the bike lane over to the Hancock Expressway Bike Lane but being a Sunday, there was no Big Truck traffic on Astrozon Blvd. so I just used the road and headed for a "backway" onto the Sand Creek Trail to head north. The Sand Creek Trail is a very urban trail, got a bit of trash, here and there but it goes along the Sand Creek Drainage System which is like a small creek with some nice views of water flowing over rocks. I took the trail all the way to Wildflower Park to stop and eat my "Brown Bag Lunch" of a good Fuji Apple and a Z-Bar (kids Cliff Bar), yes it was a Group Ride but I was the only one who showed, I guess the lure of GREEN BEER was too much for the rest, LOL!! ;) found a picnic table for "one" in the Sun! After eating stopped at one of  VERY FEW "provided" pota-potties and headed back the same route until I got to Drennin Rd. and Hancock Expressway then I turned south into Security where I live. 20 miles RT and a lot of smiles! :)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

She's BAAAAACK!! :)

Finally a decent weekend day so JoLynn, my wife could get in her FIRST ride back after having a heart attack on Jan. 11th. 2019! Sunny 47 F just a breeze! After adding a couple of accessories to the trikes, we headed out for a flat ride around Security/Widefield, CO. where we live. We wanted to see how a short ride would effect her heart and diabetes, we stopped at Widefield Park (5 miles) and checked her blood sugar and it was fine! After a mellow lunch we headed back, 11 miles and she was all SMILES!! BJ :) 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A short ride before the Storm!!

We will be under a "Blizzard Warning" 70 mph. gusts with up to 6 inches of SNOW tomorrow, (March 13th.) so even though there were some ugly clouds and at times WIND gusts up to 40 mph. that at times threw some sand and grit into my face but it was 50F+ and mostly sunny so I got out on the trike for short ride of 10 miles. I was doing a "recon" of parts of the trail I will be hopefully leading a group ride this coming Sunday! I can tell I wasn't able to ride half of Jan. and all of Feb. due to my wife JoLynn's "heart attack", I could feel the whimpy "recumbent legs" whining a bit on the uphill grades, LOL. Even with the wind it was awesome to be out on the trike! :) Hopefully the snow will go north or south of us, it's been a long while since I've gotten to ride with the group! :)
Heading south from Powers Blvd. on the "No Name Trail", with Pikes Peak in the background!

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