So before I reveal my big idea, I though it might help to know where or what I’ve done to get to the big idea. I remember being so excited when I drove up to test ride the tricycles. I got to ride several different styles but the one thing that sold me on my Catrike Pocket was that this was more specifically designed for people who are short in stature and at 5’3″ I believe I fall into that category.
As I mentioned before it is a short learning curve to riding a recumbent trike and the best thing of all is that you can stop and not have to put your foot down to keep from falling over and if you clip into your pedals you don’t have to worry about getting out of your clips at a stop on a trike. Since I can’t wear clips, I still like not having to remove my feet from the pedals at a stop.
Unfortunately there are riders who don’t give a flip and run through stop signs, red lights and basically fail the follow the rules of the road or believe that they can make up their own rules. These riders make it difficult for the rest of us riders to get any respect from other motorists as we ride, but I digress. So when I come to a stop it doesn’t bother me too much unless I forget to downshift so starts are easier.
I have found through lots of errors on my trials that I can not wear clipless pedals because I have a tendency to shatter my sesamoid bones on my feet. Those bones are located at the ball of the foot and it is extremely painful when it breaks or shatters in my case. I have shattered them so many times my podiatrist is threatening to fuse them together which means I won’t be able to bend my foot. So he specifically told me to not use them so then I found some straps that I can loop through my pedal and are held very firmly in place with velcro and a fabric covering and this allows me to put the pedal in the middle of my foot, thus allowing me to ride without shattering my sesamoid bones. Gee it only took me six months and twice shattering my sesamoid bones to figure out what was wrong and how to fix it.
I like routines but not for very long and I tend to get bored very quickly. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to have routines or regular routes as you ride so you can try to improve your riding skills but I get bored and ……oh, shiny! What was I saying? Oh yeah, so as you can tell I get bored easily and riding the same ol’ routes is boring and I guess that was why I slacked off on riding last year besides the injuries.
There is one route which is nice, about 30 miles but I was having to drive at least an hour to get out there and then there was a lot of bike traffic out there and I mean a lot. Seeing that I ride a trike which is heavier and made even heavier by a fluffy person riding and I’ve never been a speed demon on two wheels, I was always being passed up by other riders. Normally it doesn’t bother me but lately it has become rather crowded and although I don’t mind crowds in normal life I don’t like then when I’m exercising or trying to clear my mind. Note I didn’t say think because I like to let my mind wander while riding.
I tried riding various routes in the city but that didn’t work out too well. I have a small speaker on my pannier bag which also gets me noticed but too many drivers don’t pay attention to what they are doing and a couple of times I’ve almost decorated the interior of a driver’s door because the driver doesn’t look before throwing open their door. Hey back in college I did the flip over the door while riding a DF bike and I’ve been lucky that the window was rolled down so I didn’t smash through the glass, but because there was not glass for me to crash through, that meant that I could continue flying. Yeah I flew off the bike, flipping it over the car door and sending me flying out into the street into oncoming traffic and by oncoming traffic I mean a big dairy truck. When I landed on the street I skid on the road and thankfully the driver of the dairy truck stopped his truck about six inches from rolling over my head. So I chose not to be interior door decoration any more or desire to test my flying skills sailing over a car door.
Basically what I’m saying is that I don’t like riding in a lot of traffic especially where vehicles can park. I know when I used to ride my 30 mile route the drivers were generally pretty good about watching out for us and most of us were good riders and didn’t make a nuisance of ourselves on the roadway but still the route was too crowded.
That was when I decided that I needed to do something different to get me to get out on the road and ride but I really hated having to drive so far to get to the place where I could ride but riding in the city is not going to happen unless necessary and in this case I didn’t find it really necessary.
So that was when I came up with the big idea but even since I started the big idea I’ve have to make adjustments to it but that just means slight changes but right now it is still in tact. I need to go back and start reviewing my notes on how my big idea is going and then I’ll publish it.
Now you may be wondering why the flashback, well it is to show that despite having some not so good times while riding, thanks to Serenity riding is once again becoming my favorite past time. Besides my flashbacks remind me of what not to do, such as flip over car doors or ride clipless on my trike.
Funny thing, I’m sitting here at my work desk in the evening, remember I work from 1500-2300 hours so sitting at my work desk at 1900 hours is normal. But as I sit on my ever broadening tush, I’m looking outside and wondering if it is going to rain this weekend and ruin my plans for riding. Well I’ll worry about it later, right now I’m plotting in my mind where I’ll be riding next in my big idea.