Try-A-Bike Jamboree ::::: Saturday, July 2

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Pierce
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Just FYI, the Jamboree resulted in me acquiring a unicycle and I’m quickly becoming semi-proficient in using it. Was practicing going along a school courtyard fence, then between basketball hoops, then around the courtyard randomly (still have some ways to go, but got the basics semi-down)


salty
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I am still thinking of buying a bent, although I read some articles and its way more complicated than buying a normal bike.

Plus I obviously haven’t passed the re-education process that stops me from using terms like “normal bike”.


reddan
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@Pierce: I’ve got a uni in my basement that’s been gathering dust for years…your example is inspiring me to think about cleaning it off and actually learn to ride it.

@salty: The best advice I can give is to try lots of models. Ignore most of the online advice; it’s not necessarily wrong, but it’s also not necessarily going to apply to you. There’s just too much variation in the ergonomic factors in the recumbent world to reliably determine what you need without some seat time.


StuInMcCandless
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I have visions of a Flock of Unicycles.


Astrobiker
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“Flock of Cycles” was clearly very forward-thinking and inclusive in their choice of names. Uni-, bi-, tri-, tetra-, penta-, and hexa-[*] all welcome.

[*] A bicycle + two trail-behinds + bike cart in serial.


ieverhart
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[*] A bicycle + two trail-behinds + bike cart in serial.

I thought it was crazy when I saw a tandem pulling a trailer and just one trail-behind at the Reverse Keg Ride in November, 2009:

I assume the trail-behind rider was catching a lift in the trailer proper.


salty
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I think I saw that setup (including the missing rider) at this year’s keg ride.


HiddenVariable
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I think I saw that setup (including the missing rider) at this year’s keg ride.

i remember it well. they had a cardboard fender for the trail-a-bike, and the little girl on it had the biggest smile i’d ever seen, as she yelled (while in heavy bike traffic), “daddy, go faster!”


Trav
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Next time around, I think I’ll be focusing a bit more on trikes and will try to select ‘bents that are much easier to adjust for different riders.

If you want to get a crazy collection of bikes, including sociables, look up Bob Swaim and get him to attend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9sNlLp-AEU


HiddenVariable
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i’m not going unless there’s a conference bike!


Trav
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I put together a short (3 minute) video last night. Since it’s for a recumbent site, it does focus on those bikes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GorUPLtN5HM


edmonds59
Participant
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That’s a great video. Since I missed this event, where could I start checking out some ‘bents?


Pseudacris
Participant
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Nice video!!


reddan
Keymaster
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Nice one, Trav.

@bill:

1) Ask me nicely, and you can try my P-38.

2) RBR in State College is by far the best shop I know of within easy driving distance.


edmonds59
Participant
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Cool, thx. It just looks so chill out there in those things,,,what’s the verb form … recumbent-ing?


reddan
Keymaster
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what’s the verb form … recumbent-ing?

Most of us low-slung sorts usually just go with “riding”.

Makes me wonder what the collective noun should be, though. A “slouch” of ‘bent riders? A “laze?”


Mick
Participant
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A bend of ‘bents.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Recumbulate.

Collective: Hassle. As in: A hassle of recumbulators steadily rolled past the pedestrians discussing the presumed trajectory of a partially gesticulated jelly bean, considering variations in relative humidity, temperature and lattitude.


salty
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Haha, I can’t believe I used the term “upright”, that’s the kind of thing I’d only expect to hear an actual bent rider say. I’m starting to worry about myself.

Definitely a cool video.

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