New Bikes?

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Oh what a quandry we are in!  I currently have a Day 6 Comfort bike.  Wonderful bike, smooth, very comfortable.  HOWEVER, because it is a two wheel bike and I am not as smooth as I once was, the bike swerves too much when I have to ride slow.  This is especially true when loaded down with groceries or camping gear (that’s another story).

So, the love of my life suggests that I get a trike.  He has a Performer Action Bent trike.  He has had it for over a year and loves it.  Last weekend we took Little Man to the Greenway to allow him to ride his bicycle to the park.  Unfortunately, being that he’s three, he is very slow.  I cannot ride my bike that slow and watch him.  I ended up walking my bike the mile to the park.  On the way back Jim offered to let me ride his trike.  I fell in love with the comfort and ease.  I don’t know what I was afraid of.  (I was previously very nervous about riding a trike so I bought the Comfort bike instead.)

We took a trip to Inverness the next day.  We went back to the shop I bought my bike from, Sun Coast Bikes.  I rode two there, the Rover and the Sun USX.  The Rover, TerraTrike, is no way my favorite.  Did not like it at all.  The Sun, a delta (2 wheels in back and 1 in front) was nice but it did pull a little to the side as I rode.  We then went to Hampton’s Edge Trailside in Floral City.  The gentleman there introduced me to my new love, the Greenspeed Anura, also a delta.   He let me ride it down the trail a ways.  (Both shops are located right next to the Withlacoochee Trail. )  The Anura was very, very smooth and extremely comfortable.  The seat sets up higher than most trikes so I don’t feel like I’m going to be missed by a car.  The seatback also sits up more upright than most trikes.  I was in heaven.  And to think I thought my bike was Comfort!  I didn’t buy the Anura because I wanted to research it first.

My research into the Anura and to many other trikes only frustrated me.  Everything I read about Greenspeed was very positive.  Apparently their products are top notch.  What I did find, however, is that the Anura is probably only one of about two trikes that has a differential rear-end.  Some Anura’s come with a Shumpff speed-drive.  That drives the price up.  That I don’t have to have.  However, almost all Anura’s have only 16 inch wheels.  Jim wants me to get the one that has 20 inch wheels.  Only Hostel Shoppe has them.  So do I pay for that one which would cost me more for shipping or get the one from Hampton’s Edge?  I have to find out what wheel size that one is.  If it’s 16 inches, Jim swears it’s 20, then he has to do laundry and the lawn for a month!  Either way I win.

And now Jim wants a Rans Trizard.  He says that if I get a Delta trike then he needs one.  The cool thing about it we can get a tandem hitch and hook the two bikes together.  You can’t do that with a tadpole (2 wheels in front and 1 in back.)

We have spent the past week browsing the internet until we are blue in the face.  I think we have checked all possible avenues and are back to square one.  SOOOOOOOOOOO, the answer remains to be seen.  Do we spend the money and buy these wonderful bikes or bank it and wait?

We’ll see.

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Blogging Education

I am really working hard at getting a blogging education.  Pressing buttons is the best way to really get to “know” your computer and it’s capabilities, so that’s what I did.  I scrolled, typed, pasted, you name it.  I think I’m starting to get a handle on how to set our blog page up.  I added our Flickr account as a link on the side bar.  This way if interested parties, and I’m hoping that’s you, want to check out our adventures visually, you can visit the site.  Simply click on the link and it will take you to the Flickr site.  Jim does a pretty good job of updating pictures on there.  Enjoy.

Now since this only took 3 hours to accomplish and work is just around the corner, I’m going to bed.  Until the next time.

Perhaps this weekend I’ll finally tell the tale of 3 reluctant bicycle campers and their adventure to Fanning Springs State Park.

Fanning Springs to Cross City Ride

Suwanee River Bridge Nature Coast Trail
Suwanee River Bridge Nature Coast Trail
[slideshow]On the spur of the moment we decided to take a ride to the Fanning Springs Nature Coast Trail. 
We missed the trailhead in Chiefland but found parking near Fanning Springs.  We found out we could go one direction toward Trenton or the other direction toward Cross City.  The decision was easy since going toward Cross City allowed us to cross the Suwannee River.  This was one of the prettiest rides we have taken.  To Cross City and back it was 26 miles.  The ride was completely level, no inclines, very smooth.  Most of the ride was under cover of trees.  There were benches about every 3 miles, however it wasn’t until we reached Cross City that we were able to use a restroom at a local gas station.  Of course KB was able to go on the side of the road, being three years old and all.  That was rather funny in itself.

One thing we learned, I learned, was that I really need to bring my jacket and long pants whether  it’s warm at the moment or not.  It got rather chilly  the last leg of the journey. Jim, my knight in shining armor, loaned me his jacket so I wouldn’t freeze.  Overall though it was a really nice ride, with the view from the Suwanee River bridge being superb.

To top off the evening we stopped in Chiefland for a well deserved dinner.  We randomly chose a resteraunt that turned out to have the best pizza we have ever eaten.  The place was called ABC Mediteranean.  Excellent food and service.

I also included pictures in my slide show of when we went camping on our bikes to Fanning Springs.  That was about 2 weeks later and it was a blast.  Met a guy there that was traveling across America on his bike.  Realized camping is hard work but fun.  Kaelin is a born camper.  I can’t wait to go again.  Soon.