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New Trike

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I did it!  Jim has brought me over to the dark side.  It has taken a year, but I finally had to agree that a recumbent trike is much more fun to ride than my regular bike (and even it wasn’t so regular.)  I went to Hampton’s Edge Bike Shop in Floral City and bought a beautiful red Greenspeed Anura.  It is a delta trike, two wheels in the back and one in the front.  It rides so smoothly, turns on a dime and Jim thinks I’m riding faster than on my Comfort Day 6.  He thinks it’s because I’m more confident.  It’s true; I don’t have that feeling that I could fall at any given moment.

I’m coming home almost every night and riding in the circle.  We live on a cul-de-sac and it makes for easy, quick rides before supper.  It’s also safer for Kaelin to ride without the worry of traffic.  Of course, I made the mistake of allowing him to hitch a ride  with me.  He sits on my lap as I go around the circle.  I have to nip that in the bud quick or he won’t want to ride his bicycle.

We did take him back to the Greenway and had him ride his bicycle around a couple loops.  It was so much nicer on the Anura because I could ride right along side of him and encourage him to ride on the right side of the road.  Jim grabs hold of him and tandems him down the slight declines.  I tried it once and caused him to fall.  Poor baby, he cried a little but got right back on his bike and kept on going.  Lance Armstrong watch out, Kaelin is on his way!

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.