Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

CRUZBIKE SILVIO UPDATE

First, a quick update on how I'm doing with the Cruzbike Silvio recumbent.  Over the past week, I re-assessed my level of riding ability on the Silvio.  Trying to be as honest as I can be, I went back to Basic Life Lesson #1 and started at the beginning.  Some issues I have been having: control, climbing, speed.  Recently, I read a few of the posts on the Cruzbike.com Forum that other Silvio riders have posted...then I went out and tried them.  Lo and behold, they worked.

With a few of those lessons under my belt, I began doing more basics: coming to a stop sign, unclipping, stopping (as most bicyclists don't), looking both ways, pushing off, clipping in, and pedaling away.  Adding mileage/time on the bike to these basics has helped me become more comfortable on the Silvio.  Some hills thrown in where I could work on my climbing skills.  I headed out for a 20 miler and pretty much used the same gearing I would have used on my Cannondale touring bicycle on this route, which I've done many times, and at the same speed I would have been going on the Cannondale.  I was pleased.  More control, better climbing, as well as understanding more of the unique aspects of a recumbent and the Silvio in particular.  Max speed downhill: 41mph.  Onward.
My Cruzbike Silvio
A tune to entertain...Another by The Rolling Stones..from "Beggar's Banquet"...from the late 1960's.