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…


Your Bike Bell: Important Safety Alert or Really Obnoxious?

Bike Bell

  The greenway and shared paths are relatively new for me.  My first ride on the greenway came with a lesson on passing etiquette that left me confused. Would utilizing my bell be rude?     Ring the bell or Holler? It was  a beautiful day.  My wife and I had joined a friend for our maiden ride on one of the paved greenways.  I was very excited about getting out and riding on the trails.  Utilizing the paved #biking paths is one of the reasons I decided on getting a trike.  For some reason I met this new experience with some trepidation.  Not over- the- top anxiety, but I was noticeably anxious.  I was slightly aware that there were some rules of etiquette to follow and I am generally uncouth.  I am not some keen cyclist.  I am just some non-athletic fat guy riding his #recumbent trike on the greenway for the first time!  I was going to be…


Fall in Love With a Recumbent Trike

Rain Must Fall

#Excitement had led to our purchase of two recumbent trikes. Now waiting for them to be delivered I felt not unlike a kid waiting for Christmas Day. Waiting with excitement. My wife’s interest in and excitement for a #recumbent trike had rubbed off on me. Actually, I would describe it more like something contagious that I had caught. We sealed the deal with our local bike monger on a Saturday and would not be able to pick up our trikes until Wednesday. Now, I will agree that waiting four days for something is not very long, but I was ready to get started on this new adventure. I truly looked at it as an adventure. In test riding I had found the recumbent #trike to be extremely comfortable. I had spent some time researching the various greenway systems in our area and discovered a whole world I didn’t know existed. I also discovered that there were greenway systems all over…