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Leaves On The Water, North Alabama

8/6/17

New Team Member

Adventure Location:  Decatur, Alabama

Life continues to evolve around here. A bit over a year ago the OFM gave up SightSeer his beloved bicycle because he was no longer safe riding a performance bike.  After a mourning period for the end of a life long joy in riding bikes, the OFM put his mind to work to see if there was any bikes he could still ride. It has been a year long search and research project.
He worked his way to what used to be called slack geometry bikes. These are bikes that are easier to ride gently and in fairly straight lines. They do not do log jumping and crazy fast speeds very well. What they so well is social riding that lets you look at things and talk to a fellow rider without having to “drive the bike” for every minute.

The OFM has tried several of the different styles like crank forward and others. Years ago he rode a recumbent bike so he has experience with them also. The one thing he noticed was that the bikes with the drop center (old name for them was womens bikes) was much better for him when stopping and starting. He no longer had to balance on one bad knee leg to swing his other bad knee leg over the seat while twisting his less than perfect hip in odd angles. He could get both feet on the ground immediately and them take his time getting the rest of the way off the bike.
His research had led him to several easy to balance and ride multi-geared social drop centered bike. Yesterday while over at the grands home, my wonderful DIL mention, again, that she had no intention of ever riding her bike again and maybe it would work for the OFM.

The OFM had done some tuning on her bike a few years ago and recalled it as a very comfortable and docile riding bike. He went out to the garage to refresh his memory and liked what he saw. He sat on it and rolled in the driveway a bit and like it even better. Into the bed of Sierra it went. Today he has spent a bit of time getting in some riding it and found it to be just about perfect for his limited abilities.

So now the OFM has wheels again. Back in Rockport he had found that walking was causing lots of knee and hip pains unless done at a very slow pace. The OFM is looking for aerobic activity to keep him heart healthy and smaller stomached. Today the first ride was about 2 miles and had the OFM breathing moderately heavily.The late evening ride was about twice as long but at a slightly slower pace so the OFM wasn’t causing as high of a heart rate. It is not good to be sedentary for months and then jump out and cause your heart to have to work really hard. Here is the yet unnamed new OFM Teams member.


Now that there is a bike back on the Teams it is time to re-think our plans and available options for trying to have tooooo much fun. 

17 comments:

  1. I knew you would eventually get another bike. I am glad this one was free. I am impressed, two miles on your first outing!

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  2. Bluebird would be a good name dontchya think??

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  3. Another thing you might consider is changing the handlebars out for a cruiser style. I have arthritis in my neck and shoulders, and found this mod improved my comfort level by a considerable amount.

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    1. I don't know if cruiser style will be the change but a change is in the plans. I have to spend more time on the bike before any more changes. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  4. At my age, I don't like to ride on anything that doesn't have a motor and is self propelled. That includes bikes and horses.

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  5. Sneaky Snakey? It is a diamond back. And quiet enough to let you sneak up on people?

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  6. I got my wife's bike ready in the spring and took it for a longer than thought ride, just comfy and easy to ride. It looks like that one but the handle bars that come backwards towards me.

    I had a silly question. Since you travel with a trailer, do you leave the gas on for the fridge? I did when I had a trailer and never had a problem. My neighbor got a new camper and he takes everything out of the fridge and turns it and the gas off before driving. Then complains what a hassle it is to get things cold again each night. Need another opinion on this.

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    1. Gas stays on all the time. Mine is an automatic style. If 120 volt is available it goes to 120. If 120 is not available it goes to gas all automatically. I have run on gas always on since my first rig in 1971.

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    2. Thanks Barney, I passed your reply on to him. The dealer where he purchased told him to turn of gas when driving and it Caused a lot of unneeded Hassle. Thanks again.

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    3. The only time we turned off our propane was to travel through the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel where they require it. Otherwise, years of travel all over the USA with the propane on caused no hassles.

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  7. I don't know what cruiser style handlebars are, but I put what we used to call ape-hangers on mine so that I am sitting more upright. Better for my old neck and back.
    Gas fridge... Even if you turn it off and shut off the gas, as long as the door is not opened, it should stay cold until you stop for the day.

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  8. Nice looking ride, glad you found the solution for having too much fun.

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  9. Good lookin' bike. As i age I find that any kind of bike you can ride and feel comfortable. In my case my Mtn Bike gets rode more than my road bikes.

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  10. Nice bike! Jim has his mountain bike up for sale and is going back to a recumbent. Biking is fun but you have to be comfortable to enjoy it.

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  11. Barney as a fellow OFM I Love my electric bike. look at a tire hub kit. You get the cardio if you want it or twist the handle and just go.The increased range and terrain it opens to a rider makes it worth the cost.

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  12. BICYCLE, 1 EA. A basic bike, it looks good & I'll bet it only jumps over logs & curbs when you want it too!

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