I realized that the bicycle was a form of transportation as a young adult when I had un unreliable car. The mornings the car wouldn't start, I bicycled. When we moved out of town and it was a 15 mile round trip to work, a lightbulb went off in my head. "Wow, I can really go distances with my bicycle. I feel energized and happy when I arrive." I started bicycling weekends for fun. A girlfriend and I regularly rode to the neighboring town for breakfast on Sunday. Peoples jaws dropped in amazement? Twenty miles!?!? How and why would you do that? This was the early 80's and I did not wear any bicycle specific gear or know anyone who did. I had never heard of the Trans Am in 1976. For years I was happy doing shorter local rides.
By 1992 I was cycling longer distances recreationally on a regular basis. I read in our local paper of a new cross state bicycle ride from Grand Junction, CO to Lamar, CO. A good friend of mine lived in Junction. We lived in Lamar. Despite her hanging up on me when I first suggested the ride, I eventually talked Jan into the ride. Mentally I was petrified. Could I really ride over Monarch Pass? Could I do those distances? What about the heat and the wind? Once I successfully climbed Monarch you could have put Mt. Everest in front of me. I was on cloud nine and the rest of the trip was a happy fog. I was hooked.
For several years I did organized, sagged rides. My husband and children, and an occasional friend joined me. We did a few weekend hotel trips carrying our own gear. Then we graduated to longer self contained camping trips. I have yet to do a solo self contained trip. Having the self confidence to camp out at night alone and not be worried about the bogey man is a big goal of mine.
Summer 2005 I went on an ACA month long self contained trip. It was a dream come true. Now I think the best cycling trips are long trips!
I was born in 1962. I grew up in the movie theatre business. For 25 years my husband and I ran an old fashioned one screen movie theatre. A dinosaur. It's a fun, easy lifestyle.
Both my husband and I drive school bus. I frequently bicycle to the bus mornings. I love watching the sunrise and hearing the birds wake up while cycling.
The kids are gone. We sold the movie theatre in the fall of 2010.
In 1998 I switched from a diamond frame bicycle to a recumbent for comfort reasons. I bought my first recumbent without ever having seen one in person, much less having tried one. It was a RANS Stratus. I rode many a happy mile on that bike, including my first long tour in 2005. I tried many different styles and brands of recumbents, but kept coming back to the Stratus model.
I am the self proclaimed Stratus Queen. Below are photos of all of my Strati in order of purchase and use. I've loved every one - still own them all!
1998 Stratus LE - upgraded w/custom wheels Phil Wood hubs
Stratus XP in steel - upgraded w/BB7 disc brakes and custom wheels/w Phil Wood hubs. Spoke count 40/48- total overkill - but I wanted complete assurance I could ride Canada and Alaska with no wheel troubles.
Stratus XP in Titanium - Oooh la la! I call it my Magic Carpet ride because no matter how far I go, I'm never tired when I get there. 650 American Wheelset. She's a light and fast credit card touring bike.
Stratus XP in Aluminum - As John C. said - it's 95% of the Ti bike at a fraction of the cost of the Ti version. I run the stock wheels on this one, but I wonder what she'd feel like with a custom set. A great, great ride. So why did RANS discontinue it this year?
My newest wheels - a Catrike Villager. The trike buzz has been getting louder and louder. I had a Greenspeed back at the beginning of the trike revolution - didn't really do it for me. But, I'm giving three wheels another try. We'll see.
Whatever I ride, it's always a good time!
2011 - on the last day of the Slumgullion Tour between Lake City and Gunnison, CO.
My new commuter ride - a Catrike Villager. There's no falling over on the sand or ice with three wheels!