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10/15/18 12:42 P

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Apologies for a several-months absence and thank you for your helpful advice.

Unfortunately, I broke an ankle in three places end of June, needed surgical repair with pins, plate, screws, couldn't walk or ride for three months, and did not get to ride the trike all summer nor participate in the organized September ride we signed up for. I'm back on the trike now thanks to a skillful surgeon and a beautiful autumn.

Winter will soon be here in the mountains. It'll be stationary bike and if my ticker can handle it, the old rusty Nordic Track, plus prayers everything stays calm for a change. The past year has been horrible with one problem after another which I won't go into. I'm about ready to give up. I was going to delete my SP account today, but reading your encouragements helps. so maybe I'll stick around awhile longer. Thanks! And if you're inclined, I'd love to see photos of you with your trike, 1234MOM, and of others with their bikes. You're inspiring emoticon

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9/10/18 9:13 P

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I have switched to a trike also and have a 'Specialized Sport' cycle computer. It is wireless and needs to be mounted within about 24" of the sensor button on the wheel. It came with two different type of mounts. One of which fit on a post that makes it easy to read. We set it to the circumference of the 20" wheel. It works perfectly. It will also work on a regular bike.

Love my new trike. It is a German made Gekko26. Am I slower, well only by about 1 mph than on my road bike. I switched because my arthritic hands couldn't take the long miles.





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6/23/18 7:12 A

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The only reason for a recumbent to be any different is their typically smaller wheel size. Most cycle computers allow you to set the wheel size manually. Your Rambler comes with 20 x 1.75 wheels as standard, which would imply a circumference setting of 1491 mm www.sheldonbrown.com/cycleco
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(Although some Ramblers have 24 or 26 inch wheels as options - your photo seems like 20 inch wheels - but best to check specifically - it will probably be printed on the sidewall of the tires.) As long as your cycle computer will accept a setting of 1491 mm, then you should be good to go.

The other way is to just to use a GPS computer, in which case it doesn't matter whether you ride a recumbent, road bike or high wheeler. Although GPS is probably the more expensive route - a Garmin Edge 130 is around $199, a Wahoo Bolt $249.

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6/21/18 10:10 A

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Thanks, pedalers!

Speedy, I wondered too if recumbents would need something different. I'll call Gary at Northwest Recumbent Cycles, he'll know. If anyone on this forum is in the eastern WA/northern ID area and interested in recumbents, I can't recommend that business enough. Gary and friends are the nicest, most helpful people you could ever meet. He lets you take trikes or bikes for a spin down the country road to the church parking lot where you can get a feel for them. His wife has MS, and he's well-versed in adaptations too. nwrecumbentcycles.com/

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6/20/18 11:13 A

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Wow, your goals are even more awesome to me after reading about your obstacles! Go fer it!

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Your goals are awesome! emoticon

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6/19/18 2:12 P

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Hi Bess,

I think, although not 100% sure, that a recumbent bike requires a multifunctional cycling computer that is specifically made for recumbent bikes.

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The prices look reasonable. But I am not a good judge of "reasonable" when it comes to bikes, or cycling accessories,

My current bike is equipped with a Garmin Fenix 5 and Specialized SpeedZone Sport Double Wireless speedometer. This setup is a bit pricey at $710. However, this combination records cadence, power, heart rate, route, GPS position, altitude, temperature, grade, mileage, linear speed, maximum speed, average speed, moving speed, current speed, ride time, local time, sunrise, sunset, cell phone call notifications and ride map.

You may just want a simple bike computer that records speed and distance, which are very affordable.

I am an engineer and I like to instrument everything!

I know a professional triathlete that spent a lot of time in a wind tunnel perfecting her riding position.

As with everything, you can spend whatever you feel is necessary.

Keep on riding! You are doing great!

Bruce





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6/19/18 12:09 P

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I’ve long since given up on an odometer...can’t figure them out. Just a general idea idea of mikes traveled via Google maps works for me.

It’s not the miles but the smiles that count! :-)

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6/19/18 11:44 A

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Thanks, team! Every encouragement means a lot to me.

I need to buy a bike odometer to log miles. Cell phones don't work where we live so apps are useless, and I'm too lazy right now to figure out mileage on an online map, but with the exception of two weeks of travel to see family and friends, I'm riding at least every other day and getting stronger. Richard and I have signed up for the 15-mile flat leg of an organized ride mid-September and have to get in shape. I want to show my doctors a photo at the finish line and one with the T-shirt to prove what can be accomplished despite the ob-stackles ;-) (I love O Brother Where Art Thou?) And I have this crazy dream that I'd like to ride across the country, but one thing at a time eh.

Cheers to you all and keep on pedaling!

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6/13/18 10:56 A

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Hi Bess,

I am in awe! With all the challenges you face - you are out there pedalling!

You are a super hero!

Bruce

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"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
Lou Holtz

"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"It ain't bragging if you can do it."
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" Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is."
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5/20/18 10:01 P

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Trikes are AWESOME and so are YOU! :-)

Don

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5/20/18 9:25 P

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Good for you, what an inspiration. It will be great fun on rail trails.

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The photo sure does look FAAAST!

Well done though on not letting health issues stop you from riding.

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5/20/18 10:24 A

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@IRONBESS - you are a champion and very inspirational. Ride on!

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5/19/18 4:05 P

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The last two years have been fraught with many challenges, a few of which include the need for a heart transplant, a mechanical heart pump device implanted in case transplant doesn't happen, and a stroke with some vision loss. I was depressed, gained 25 lbs, and quit exercising. Once out of the funk, I wanted a safe activity, preferably outdoors. After talking with a trike vendor at a bike expo, I tried out a couple and bought one. This is my slightly used Creamsicle beauty, a TerraTrike Rambler. My husband's a photographer. He used his tricks to make it look as if I'm flying by. I think top speed for this trike is only about 20 mph. I do kinda miss racing downhill on the 1980s mountain bike. The trike is nice though.




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