I may be ready for a new ride
Friday, December 07, 2012
Yesterday's scare behind us. Life got back to normal today.
After my AM dentist appointment, I decided to drive about 25 miles to Mt Airy MD to look at bicycles. I was thinking two alternate directions.
1) Get a folding bike that would fit into a suitcase so i could take it with me traveling. Brompton (UK) has one but for about $1400. Some others run as low as $400, but don;t fold as small, are heavier, take time to fold. Brompton is the best, but you pay for it.
2) Get a recumbent trike. This is a pricey proposition. And it makes me feel old to have to admit that I may no longer have the stability to ride an upright two-wheeler.
Mt Airy Bikes has used bikes and will take trade-ins. I have a very nice Trek road bike that I like a lot. But I haven't been on a bike but maybe a half dozen times since my concussion in April. It may be time for me to admit that I am ready to move to a stabler platform and trade the Trek in. It's such a sweet bike though.
When I got there, Larry from Mt Airy put me on a Terra Trike Rambler ($1600) and sent me around the parking lot.
That is not, I repeat NOT me. That is a Terra Trike Rambler. But that is **NOT** me.
This thing was smooth, agile, and really sweet. Then he suggested that I come up some day when it was a drier ('twas cold and damp today) and take one out for a real test. Ride it into town, go eat, shop a little, bring it back and ride a country course he has plotted out (lots of hill he promised) ... use the bike for a couple of real-life hours.
Only then would he talk to me about which used trike he might put me on and about trading in my Trek.
It's like buying a new car. But with an honest dealer.