Sunday, April 15th
11 or so miles around Lake Natoma
|Under the Hazel Bridge|
25 people (or it may have been 24). Or maybe 21. I'm not sure anymore.
Trust me, it was a LOT! The most ever, I think.
So, a nice turnout for the monthly Ride Around Lake Natoma with the two Meetup groups (Diamond Frame/Safety Bikes/"Normal" Bikes) with which I am an assistant ride leader.
The usual other recumbent trike rider showed up, he had tightened up what needed tightening from last time so his ride was better this time.
|My elbow in the trick shot!|
One fellow turned back quite early on (his rear brake was rubbing a lot, and it looked to me like he had a front brake rubbing on the sidewall! Or maybe he had a hobby of sanding his tires. No clue. The back tire was also getting flatter and flatter. I hope he gets his new tires on and we see him next month.
|Setting off at the back of the mob.|
A couple of other folks took off from the group to go on longer rides, no problem.
I had a flat also! So I tipped the trike over in the parking lot and quickly swapped out the punctured tube for my last un-patched tube. Better buy a few more tubes, I suppose.
No other mechanicals of note (although I did neatly drop my chain clear off the granny. So I stopped and put it back on.) No worries.
I tried riding with my new bike shoes quite loose. A little too loose, I suppose, but no hotfoot.
I like my half-way reclined seat. I need to move the headrest a little higher, but it does not seem that this new more laid-back position is going to require moving the boom in any. I believe I am a little faster in this position. Is it aerodynamics and/or better muscle efficiency from reducing the bend at my hip? I don't know and I'm not sure I really care. I do know I moseyed along at 18 mph for a while. I was surprised.
I do find that the more laid back position requires that I spin more up hills (less advantageous angle for mashing) but that is not a bad thing.
There is a new Recumbent Meetup group in Sacramento. Their very first ride is this afternoon. But I'm not going to make it.
I'll see if I can organize something at this end of the American River Trail for later in the season.
Next weekend is the un-organized un-sponsored un-stressful recumbent gathering on the American River Trail. Prior to that will be some local errands. I hope.