BJ's Bicycles

Here's as much as I can remember as far as all the "bicycles" I've owned and ridden in my life, before we got into recumbent trikes. Of course I started with a "Tricycle" at 4 yrs. old but it was 1963 when I and my brother Bobby got our first bicycles.


Me in the background on my 20 inch JC Higgins coaster brake bike Brother Bobby on his 16 inch JC Higgins coaster brake bike!

The next bike was a Christmas Gift in 1965, I got a new Schwinn Typhoon 24 inch coaster bike!



In 6th. grade I gave the Typhoon to my brother and bought a used 26 inch Schwinn American-2 speed hub model coaster bike from my Uncle.




When I went to Jr. High School, (7th. Grade), my Grandma bought me a new Huffy Sportsman Deluxe 3 speed bike.

A year later with summer jobs money,  I bought myself a new Schwinn Collegiate 5 speed racer with drop bars.


I gave the the Collegiate to my brother and I bought myself a Columbia 10 speed. This bike was used to take my first multi-day tour. Our Youth Pastor was from Austria and only rode bikes, (no car). He set up a tour from Colorado Springs, CO. to Santa Fe, NM. for the Teenagers, it was a blast! The bike didn't fare well, the frame broke in two places on the way back!!


Then I got a job at the old Security Bicycle Shop in Security, CO. in my Sophomore year of high school (1970) and I bought my first serious bicycle. It was a Olmo Italian Racer and I rode it till I enlisted in the US Air Force in June 1973, ! Some how my family lost or left it in "hurry up MOVE", before I got back from Basic Training, :(
  
I didn't have any bicycles from 73 to 82 when I decided to get back into biking and joined up with the local bicycle club here in Co. Springs, called STRADA. I bought a new Univega Grand Turismo 18 speed Touring Bicycle.


Then in 84 I upgraded to a Univega Specialism 21 speed Touring Bicycle. I still think this was the finest bicycle I have ever owned.


In early 85 I started working at a bicycle shop, called the Bikery in Co. Springs. I bought a top of the line Raleigh Mt. Crested Butte Mountain Bicycle and got into mountain bike racing!



Loaded up to go racing with my son Steven with his 20 inch 5 speed Ross MTB.! :)

Well life hit me hard and I ended up selling off my bicycles to buy new beds, etc. for the kids and didn't ride for about 6-8 years! :( 

In 1995 we bought new Fuji Monterey 1.0 Comfort bicycles. We sold them in late 1996 due to financial problems!


1995 Glennwood Canyon Bike Trail, Glennwood Springs, CO.  


Early 2008, the worst year of our marriage life,  we both lost jobs and our car and had to "rent a room" from JoLynn's sister! We needed transportation so we'd be able to get food, etc. I bought a new Roadmaster Mountain Bicycle and a kids trailer and converted it to a utility trailer to get FOOD and big items! 


With our 2008 income tax refund in early 2009 we bought new Jamis Trail X 1.0 Mountain Bikes. a huge improvement over the Roadmaster!!! :) Sadly the original frame developed a small hair line crack but Jamis sent me the upgraded Durango model frame! The bike went from Gray to White. 



 In January 2011 we traded in the MTB's for Recumbent Bicycles, these were SUN EZ-1 SX's but they never fit JoLynn quite right due to her very short X-seam measurement, bummer caused I really liked mine!  


In April 2011 I traded the EZ-1 SX and upgraded to a SUN EZ-Sport AX!


In September 2011 we bought our first tandem bicycle it's a Trek 900 Recreational Tandem. We really loved being a "Tandem Team" but due to my Reiter's Syndrome, (arthritis) my knees could not take the stress of holding both of us and the heavier bike at stops so sadly,  we sold off the tandem early in 2012. :(
 
 
So we had bikes to ride,  when we were not riding the Tandem bicycle together! I picked up a used Research Dynamics Coyote MTB for $50. Sold the Coyote MTB to pick up a used Fuji Monterey 3.0 for $100 and converted to a flat bar road bike to ride with JoLynn's Mongoose Breakaway 4 flat bar road bike, 


  After selling the Tandem and our used single bikes, we bought New 2012 Flat Bar Road bicycles, called "Fitness Bikes".  We still did not own car so I bought 2-bikes each, 1 primary and 1 backup.


2012 Jamis Coda Sport, cro-moly steel framed fitness bike as my #1. bike and a leftover 2011 Jamis Allegro 1 aluminum framed fitness bike as my "back up" bike. 

 
We ended up selling all four of our fitness bicycles to get the money for a down payment on a Harley-Davidson MotorcycleWe weren't going to get anymore bicycles but when JoLynn got her used Nishiki Ladies Frame MTB back from her daughter, (the daughter decided bicycling wasn't her thing!). I bought a used Mongoose Switchblade MTB so we could ride together ! :)

 

Traded in the Mongoose and the Nishiki MTB's when we got our income tax refund in March 2017, we bought new Del Sol  LXI 6.1's comfort bikes.


Traded in the Comfort bike so I could buy my first recumbent TRIKE, a 7 speed Sunseeker Eco Tad SX.,  in Jan. 2018! Here is  my "Recumbent Trikes" history: My last trike was a 2020 Greenspeed GT 20 RS (rear suspension model). 


2014 Terra Trike Traveler Folding model, with 24 speeds and has a EBO 350W/36V Battery, rear hub motor E-assist system.


Before that I had a 2017 Terra Trike Rover, which was updated to a 30 speed, with a Efneo 3 speed drive unit and 10 speed cassette/rear derailleur set up from the stock 8 speed with a NuVinci rear hub.


The Rover was originally a TANDEM set up that comes in Kit Form so you just attach the tandem kit to the Rover and trike built for two!:) 


I got a great deal on a 2011 Terra Trike Tour II in my favorite color YELLOW! Really liked that trike only sold it so we could get the TANDEM set up after JoLynn had a heart attack in Jan. 2019 and wasn't strong enough to ride her own.


Next in line was a upgrade from the Beginner Eco Tad SX this is a a Sun EZ-TAD SX, 21 speed.


In January 2018, I bought my first trike, a brand new 2018 SUN Eco Tad SX, 7 speed set up.  I did upgrade it to a 9 speed with a 11x42 cassette so it could climb HILLS better!


While we had the TANDEM TRIKE, I also picked up a use Bike E RX bicycle to use when Jo wasn't up to riding on the Tandem Trike! 


We were living in a "shared" House/Garage set up but we had to move to a 2nd. floor apartment set up and decided to sale our recumbent trikes so as of November 6, 2020, we went back to "BICYCLES"!  I bought a used Electra Townie 21d, 21 speed "feet forward" style bicycle! :)


 LOL!! Well I made a mistake and did a "test" ride on a RANS "crank forward" bicycle and decided to see if I could find a used one I could "semi-afford". The local recumbent shop here is a RANS dealer and he had a 2007 Fusion model I could afford! So I now ride the Fusion CF (crank forward) bicycle as of December 2020. :)


Well rats, as much as I liked the RANS Fusion, I just couldn't get comfortable on it, no matter what I changed I ended up with a "ache" in the middle of my back!!!! :( So I decided to sell it and go back to a much more normal type bicycle. As of March 17 I ride a 2021 Giant Escape 3 Comfort Hybrid!! LOL, it's gona take awhile to get use to a DF (diamond frame) bicycle again but after 60 miles, NO back ache! :) 



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