Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Learning to ride all over again

It seems a little strange... there we were, barely able to go two feet without falling over onto the asphalt and the solution we came up with was "gimme the gloves and go faster." Smarties at work me thinks. Not too much later, comments like these were flowing:

"If I had a bike like this, I'd ride it all the time." -- Nick
"This is the coolest -- ever." --Erik

And... It is a really fun ride, not that I got much time on it. The boys bickered back and forth about who got to be next. I could barely believe my ears... bickering over who got to ride a bike. (It should be said though, that Nick is seeking a new set of wheels. His honda died and went to honda heaven last night. I guess some part rusted through and the repair would have been double the car's value.)

There were a few crashes, but we only broke the rear brake cable and we're not worried about any endos on this baby.

Wish my phone did better video, but you can kind of get a sense of our difficulties.

We finally get to cruising. By dark, all three of us can speed around the giant parking lot, shift gears, run the brake and Nick even practices waving - a one man parade.


Adrian_O said...

Cripes-if i had one of those bikes...

Neve_r_est said...
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Neve_r_est said...

You know, if you convince those two to come over to Hawkeye Downs with you this weekend I might be able to find a couple of bikes for them to race....at very least they'll have the opportunity to test ride a whole bunch of other cool stuff.

How old is Nick? If he's under 16 he might be able to pick up some cash in the junior category.

Camping might be a bit brisk, but the weather forcast is looking pretty good.


oldmanandhisbike said...

Pretty cool. Not sure I need one of those, but interesting.
But then again, when you fall, your a lot closer to the ground!
So, have you set the date for your land speed record attempt at the Salt Flats? :^)

Neve_r_est said...

Salt flats? The salt flats are no place for an hpv record attempt. Unless you enjoy breathing salt that is.

A little background info for ya.
The world speed championships are held on SR305 outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada. October 1-6th this year. You can check that out here: http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2007
You might notice the current women's world speed record of 66.585mph is held by Lisa Vetterlein of Des Moines, IA. Take a guess who got her started on the recumbents.
My goal for Sydney is the women's hour 42.86mph. She has the potential, she just needs a little time on the bike.
The World Hour Challenge has been held in April at the Nissan test track in Casa Grande, Arizona for the last two years. You can check that out here: http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/racing2007/nissan2007/default.htm


oldmanandhisbike said...

I was just kidding about the salt flats. Guess I spent too much time around cars when I was a kid.
Anyway, an attempt at the hour record is very interesting. I wasn't even aware that was the intent.
Hey Syd, want to enter as a tandem team next year in the Iceman? You haven't done that yet either! :^)