A couple days ago Dan Steele from Prince Edward Island and his friend Jason decided they would drive from PEI to Kingston, Ontario to deliver two recumbent bikes for Steve and I to use on our Cross-Canada adventure. The drive took about 15 hours and they pulled into Kingston about 5:30 am. They stayed in Kingston for just about 6 hours; enough time to get a little sleep, have some coffee and tea and try to show Steve and I how to reassemble and ride the bikes. Then it was back in the Rav4 and time to get back to the Island. You couldn’t make something like that up even if you tried. Our gratitude towards Dan and Jason will be everlasting and one day I hope to get the chance to pay something like that forward.
Until that time comes I figured that I should try to figure out how to really ride a recumbent bike!
When I see people riding a recumbent bicycle they look like a picture of serenity. Contrast that to every muscle in my body being tensed to the point of spasm while I first tried to get the bike moving in a forward direction using the pedals instead of pushing off the ground with my feet Fred Flintstone style. It was not a pretty picture.
After about an hour I could start from a stopped position using just the pedals like any other bike; I could turn around and go in the other direction without having to stop and literally turn the bike around before pedalling again, and I could get from Point A to Point B in a relatively confident, yet admittedly not serene, manner. Icing on the cake: I was even sweating a little bit. Maybe it was time to stop for the night. My first real attempt at riding a recumbent bike was definitely in the Success category.
Feeling quite proud of myself and thinking that I had things mostly under control when it came to riding a recumbent bike, it then dawned on me that I only ever turned left during my first training ride. There was a complete deficit of any sort of turning to the right. Shatner! The bubble was burst. I have another training ride scheduled for this evening and I will attempt to make at least 1 turn to the right.