Friday, April 23, 2010

Off Road Riding on a Recumbent?

Let's get this straight. There is off road riding, Dirt trail riding, Bad road riding and bad trail riding. Oh don't forget "Trail Blazing"
I don't remember an all day ride that didn't end up on some beautiful dirt road somewhere. Ask anyone who has ridden with me following my wheel. And if it gets too bad, We walk.
Getting out of traffic by dirt road can be one of the best things any cyclist can do to keep moving and take a break at the same time. Shortcuts to lesser traveled paved roads and avoiding busy intersections can be a added experience to any bicycling journey and make for a far more enjoyable and memorable adventure. That's why I do it.
Skinny tires and lightweight wheels may not be best suited for the job, but at the proper speed, one can negotiate any hazards that could be detrimental to the longevity of your equipment.
Not for all, off road riding could piss some riders off. As in the case of the story that my good friend Chris tells. He was leading a group of friends along a road in Dover one dry and beautiful afternoon. On a slight downhill corner, Pine Street in Dover use to turn to dirt at the Medfield line. (It doesn't anymore)
As Chris rode along he noticed no sound of the other cyclists he was guiding on his day tour. He turned around and went back to see the group all standing at the edge of the pavement as if at the edge of a pond off there pedals and straddling there bikes wondering where Chris might have gone.
The proper tool for the job, Recumbents may not be the best bike for a day in the woods, But with a little care and caution, Recumbent riding off road could just add that little extra to turn your ride into a more fun, safe and memorable experience.

Bad Road Riding and the one we avoided on Tuesday.

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