Not everybody who rides a bike takes it up well into adulthood, I suppose, but some do. I am among that number. Between November 2009 and June 2015, riding an adult tricycle, a hybrid bike, and a road bike, I racked up enough miles to take me ‘round the world, and of course have continued to add to the mileage count since then. In fact, I wore out the tricycle because I put so many miles on it, including a self-supported century. The local bike shop said I was the only one they ever knew who did that! I didn’t know anything at first about chain maintenance, which is probably why the original freewheel wore out at about 7100 miles. I kept that freewheel, and it is now my very special paperweight.
If there are riders of adult tricycles out there who wonder whether a 100-mile day on a three-wheeler is possible — it sure is! It won’t pretend that it was easy. It took a lot of hard work and preparation. Ride day turned out to be very tough because of the weather conditions. To be more specific, because of the wind. I had to keep prodding myself to keep going, but I made it.
I hope that the story of that ride can serve as an inspiration to those who, for whatever reason, are unable to ride on two wheels, but wish they could ride a century.
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03/08/16 Note: this web site is a work in progress. I'll be editing, tweaking, etc. for some time.
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