Saturday, October 26, 2019

Circumstances bring BIG CHANGES!

 Due to circumstances beyond our control, we've put the TT Rover Tandem Trike up for consignment sale at Angletech, the local recumbent dealer here in Colorado Springs, CO. Angletech-Cycledifferent We are having to move into a tiny apt. very soon and with the large increase in Rent and Utilities we can't afford a storage unit to fit the Tandem Trike in anymore!!

 We bought a trike for JoLynn, a USED Trident Stowaway I and as soon as it's gone over and set up proper, we will pick it up and she will be back on her own trike!! When the Tandem Trike sells, we will take the funds and have "E-assist motor" put on her trike to make it easier for her to climb hills!

I will be riding the old 2001 Bike E RX recumbent bicycle for the foreseeable future! We will miss being a "Tandem Team" as we really ENJOYED riding the Tandem together!  This change was forced on us, as the say, "stuff happens" and those "changes" can have a major effect on your life. At least we can continue to ride and enjoy our recumbents! :)

My wife, JoLynn and her "new to her" Trident Stowaway 1 Trike!

BJ's Bike E (RX) Bicycle

Friday, October 18, 2019

AZUB Recumbents Event Ride at Angletech

Thursday Oct. 17, 2019, I got invited to a AZUB Event at our local recumbent dealer, Angletech, ( here in Colorado Springs last Thursday. Since AZUB makes both recumbent trikes and bikes and JoLynn was working I rode my old Bike E AX bicycle. We started at Angletech and rode with a couple of AZUB Representatives who flew in from Eastern Europe for the event. We ride 18 miles to America the Beautiful Park in down town Co. Springs, then back to the dealership for a excellent catered lunch!! Got to ride with some folks from our local recumbent network and with my brother Bob's boss, Erine, who fell in love with a ICE Adventure FS with the Shimano E8000 Electric Assist motor! LOL, it's a LOT more expensive than the used Terra Trike Tour II that I sold him a few months back! ;) It was a good time overall, I'll add some photos when I can find some on the internet down the road.  65F, mostly cloudy but warm with a moderate breeze! :) BTW, I did try out a AZUB Origami 20 in. wheeled bicycle but I'm not sure I like the "Short Wheel Base" set up, LOL, I guess I'm a LWB or Compact Wheel Base (CWB), type of recumbent bicycle, not as fast but the LWB style is easier to ride and makes a great touring machine! :) Here is a good video from "Off Topic with John Switzer" on You Tube, (pls. like and subscribe) he and his wife ride new AZUB Trikes! :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Multi-Trail Ride, Oct. 13, 2019

We were set up to lead a local recumbent network ride up the Templeton Gap and Rock Island Trails with a lunch stop at a Subways but when we were ready to leave the staring point at the Goose Gossage Skate Park/BMX track no one else showed up. We rode the tandem trike up the T-Gap trail but decided to take back roads and bike lanes over to the RI Trail and head SOUTH instead of north and have lunch at STIR'S Coffee and Cocktails in the old Bonn Shopping Center.

We had a great pressed sandwich called the Colorado Club, then decided to head South again but on the Shooks Run Trail over to the Pikes Peak Ave. bike lane and into down town Colorado Springs. We then headed down the Colorado Ave. bike lane over to the Walnut St. bike lane and up to the westside of the Monument Valley Trail/Pikes Peak Green Way via a overhead bridge that crosses all 6 lanes of I-25 over to Monument Valley Park and then back streets over to the Fontenaro St. Trail Head parking area and back on the Pikes Peak Green Way trail heading north up to Criterium Bicycle Shop.

Had a nice chat with a lady on her fancy Catrike with E-assist, then headed back down the Green Way and to the parking lot were we left the old pick up truck. Loaded up and headed south via I-25 to our storage unit and tucked the tandem trike away! A beautiful FALL day in Southern CO. 65F, a bit of breeze and SUNNY! 20 miles RT. and great way to spend a Sunday together! :)
Here is a Video of our Multi-Trail Ride:

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 6th. 2019, Motor Less Mornings Ride, Garden of the Gods, Co. Springs, CO.

We headed out from our staging point at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, between Co. Springs and Manitou Springs after a good "all you can eat" for $5 breakfast on the tandem trike to ride in the "Motor Less Mornings" event in the Garden of the Gods Park! It started out CHILLY, loading up the tandem at our storage unit it was 32F with winds gusting to over 40 MPH!!!! It started warming up SLOWLY as we unloaded and ate breakfast.
Ready to start the days ride!

We found a new and much less HILLY entry way into the GoG which started at the GoG Trading Post Store and Cafe, sweet! We joined the other bicycles, skaters, skateboarders, hikers, etc. really enjoying the great views and having the park with "NO CAR" traffic! The new 10 speed gearing made a BIG difference in our ability to climb the several steep grades and hills in the Park and made the ride even better. Here's a You Tube Video of the ride, enjoy!