The Truth About First Recumbent Rally in Murfreesboro: Awesome!

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My thoughts after the inaugural Tennessee #Recumbent Rally:  I hope there’s a 2nd Annual Rally! Getting Acquainted. It was a hot 91º day in #Murfreesboro, TN for the inaugural Tennessee Recumbent Rally. Guided bike tours of the Murfreesboro #Greenway and Civil War Battlefield were scheduled at 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 11:30 am; Laura and I decided the night before to join the 9:30 AM tour. We arrived at Recumbent Bicycles of Tennessee (RBOT) about 9 AM and were promptly signed in; name tags placed in lanyards and T-shirts awaiting our arrival.   A ticket, placed behind our name tags, was to be used in a drawing for door prizes scheduled later in the day.  I politely listened to the instructions about the drawing, but a lifetime of experience reminded me that I would not be winning a prize.  I don’t win drawings. With a few minutes to kill before our tour started, I decided to stroll through the recumbent bicycle…


Gained Full Confidence in a Recumbent Trike’s Stability

Mud as a Road Hazard

She chose a #delta #trike for a reason; the trike design provides excellent stability.  Her riding experiences support that assertion.  “Adapt or Perish……” In 2003, my wife Laura took a spill on her two-wheel bike.  She had noticed her ability to #ride was not as keen as it had been.  Multiple sclerosis (MS) manifested itself with a classic symptom: impaired balance.  Having a diagnosis of MS can change things.   Adaptations can be required meet MS’s narcissistic impositions. To give up riding a bike was an adaptation that Laura did not want to make; she discovered she did not have to!  One definition of adapt is to: become adjusted to new conditions.  Look at the following synonyms for this definition of adapt. adjust to acclimatize oneself to acclimate to accommodate oneself to attune to conform to habituate oneself to become habituated to get used to reconcile oneself to come to terms with acculturate to assimilate to blend in to fit in to    …


I Challenge You to ride this Greenway Now!: Smyrna Greenway

Sharps Spring Natural Area

With nearly 6 miles of flat to moderately sloped paved surface the Smyrna #Greenway is perfect for our needs.  The greenway has a no shortage of things to see.  The paved path winds it way around sections of Percy Priest Lake, along the river, some urban areas, around an airport, points of historical interest, and ball fields. A Midsummer’s Ride Today we have decided to enter the greenway at the Espey Trailhead.  We pull into the parking lot of the Sharps Springs Natural Area of off Jefferson Pike and easily find a parking place.   The trail is easily accessed from the parking lot which has two trail access points.  Well maintained  bathrooms are conveniently located between these access points. We feel like seasoned veterans as we unload our #recumbent trikes from my Ford Ranger.  We perform our pre-ride checklist:  hats, sunglasses, bottled water, bike tool kit, spare inner tube, snacks,  camera, glucose tablets , and cell phone.  We remind each other…


Important: The Tennessee Bicycle Laws you need to know

Bike Laws accident

In Tennessee, a #bicycle has the legal status of a vehicle. This means that bicyclists have full rights and responsibilities on the roadway and are subject to the regulations governing the operation of a motor vehicle. My wife and I began riding #recumbent trikes a few months back as a fun way to get our #exercise.  Our original thought was that we would ride around our neighborhood. We live in a typical subdivision setting and our standard ride exposes us to very little car traffic. As our comfort with the trikes grew and our physical conditioning got better we wanted to expand our riding adventures. We decided to start utilizing the greenways in our area.  We have some really enjoyable greenways close to us and these greenways are automobile free. It is a great experience to ride in this carefree manner, in large part because we do not have to worry about our safety in regards to vehicle traffic. A…


As Simple As Ringing a Bell?

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Overtaking or passing a pedestrian on a shared path can have its challenges. What is the best way to execute this? I have compiled these sites as a resource to get the questions, answers, thoughts, and opinions of several cyclists.