The right bike is the one you will ride! This maxim is a postscript on most letters and Bentrider posts I make. This is part of what it means -
With mild rain on a Sunday morning, it comes to mind what this phrase means. Really, if you don't have a social obligation, rain on Sunday morning means one of three things to a bike rider.
One - bugger it, I love to ride and I'll ride in anything. (Not my personal favorite, but soldier on, you Englishmen)
Two - Darn, rain. And I so wanted to ride this morning! Let's look at the weather report and see when it lets up. (My wimpy view)
Three - Whew! Rain! That means I don't have to ride, I can sit on the sofa and nosh on bagels all morning!
The point being, this latter human impulse - to escape the drudgery of riding, of exercise in general, is exactly what the maxim above addresses.
The right bike is the one you will ride! The right bike is the one you want to ride. Want to find time to ride. Are impatient with the weather so you can ride. Feel like you look GOOD riding. The right bike is the one you enjoy so much you can't wait to get back to it. It's a pleasure. It's fun, it's your favorite color. I don't care what the reason is. My wish is always that you find the right bike.
It doesn't need to be one of mine. I think you might try this one, it's pretty good. But ANY bike that you want to ride - that's the right bike.
I have (or something close), so I occasionally get Sunday mornings like the one today. As it happens, the weather did turn around noon, and I got to go play on my bike for the usual 46 mile run! Yay!
I've neglected this forum for a while, the winter has been slow. Currently have a project bike underway for Lee, and a seat to make for another rider. The frame 'doctor is inthe house. Friends have sent me unrepairable frames - I enjoy the challenge. Look in the showroom at what I've done with a forlorn Lightning Phantom and a cracked Rans Force 5. Please note that I will be away from the shop for an extended time this Spring - Feb. 23 through May 1. I will have internet access, so I can participate in the world - I just can't build bikes for a while, nor can I ship anything between those dates. I'll be out on a transam tour with Bubba's C2C this year. See you somewhere on the Southern Tier!
Finally, I am making my bikes again. It's been a long, great, and distracting summer. New in the showroom Oct. 1 is a very nice red bike - it has the Rans Chopper handlebar, the cromalloy tubing, etc. Four more Mach 2's are close in the 'pipeline.' These two, and a black frame and a blue frame are waiting their turns on the assembly rack!
Where has the season gone? I confess, I've been distracted. Two week tour in July, DALMAC just before Labor Day, a real 'job' thingie for much of the Spring. I pine for my shop! Not to fear, there are 3-4, maybe even 5 showroom bikes in development, assorted used bikes in hand and coming, and more than a few custom projects awaiting my attention. It's never dull!
If you are near Cincinnati Sept. 26-27, I will have a display at the Recumbent Cycle Con, held at the Sharonville Conventon Center. Please stop by and say hello. New experiment this year - I've ordered some Recycled Recumbent logo T-shirts! Maybe you'd like one.
I don't get back to these updates often. And I've been busy most of the Spring and early Summer, had one of those 'other' jobs for a while, then with some friends we took a two week tour around Lake Michigan (yes, on the yellowbike!). I am back in the shop now, avoiding the heat when I can in Wisconsin. New addition to my personal fleet - I've made a MAJOR impulse buy at the Hostel Shoppe - my first retail bike purchase in 23 years! This is the Azub T-Tris 26 tadpole trike.
Happy New Year! I'll be huddled against the cold this week. I'd like to revise the 'Bikes by Others' page here. And I've discovered that emails from 2013 and older have been deleted, darn it. So, if you see this, please consider sending a picture of your home built bike in to me via Email. I'd like to feature some new bikes built by others on the website. Thanks! ADC
Today, I played with two very different bikes. I set an RR sling seat onto the Rans Trizzard, and I put fenders on it. I think it's ready to ride for distance now. Second I was lucky to find another (my third this year) Barcroft Virginia down in NC this weekend. I assembled that beautiful bike, tuned it up a bit. Pending a full description in the showroom, the Virginia will be offered for sale - I think at $1050. Wish these were still made, but they are not.
I've neglected these posts. It does get away from one. I am headed for and have a booth at Recumbent Cycle Con this week. Open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, In St. Charles, Il. at the Dupage Expo Center. Stop in and say hello!
I am back from the bike tour! Bubba's Coast 2 Coast TransAm finished on April 28, I am home today putting together my to-do list. IF I HAVE PROMISED YOU SOMETHING OR discussed something with you that Recycled Recumbents needs to do, please help me by reminding me of what it is. Your needs are important, but it has been two months since I have been in the shop. I corresponded with a lot of people while I was away, and I am combing through all that Email now to see what it is I've forgotten. If it's you, and I haven't been in touch yet, reach out, let me know. If you've been waiting to talk to me or write, write now, let's get it on that list. I have May and June, I'll get it done. But we are away in July for three weeks. I don't want to leave anything out!
Inventory in the showroom is up a wee bit - finished two stock Mach 2's today! Plus we have rather distinguished company for used bikes in the showroom - a Rans Saturn Rocket, a Lightning P-38, and now, probably, a Barcroft Virginia! I say probably because I am not sure I can part with it, it's a very special bike. Also coming, a small sized Tour Easy the week of Jan. 20. Also in the shop, a Rans Stratus XP frame that needs to be built out. This is fun!