Touring with recumbent bikes
Chet Rideout – Port Townsend, WA
I have always ridden bikes for short rides since my teenage years, but I found traditional bikes to be a pain for any distance greater than 10 miles. In 1989 I got my first recumbent, and everything changed. No more saddle pain, numb hands, sore shoulders or neck! My riding increased, and I rode in a lot of century rides.
Soon I was bike touring – I've done self contained tours in Arizona and Utah, in Colorado, in Canada, down the west coast of Oregon and California, in France, and in Italy. I've written about these tours in Recumbent Cyclist News (no longer in print), in Recumbent and Tandem Rider Magazine, and in Adventure Cyclist Magazine.
In October I turn 70 – to celebrate this auspicious birthday my wife and I are joining Piero Tassinari, my Italian bike partner, for a ride from Innsbruck to Vienna, on the bike trails along the Inn and Danube Rivers in September of this year.
I have a doctorate in ecology, and feel strongly that the internal combustion engines will, by continuing to spew out endless amounts of CO2, eventually cause the downfall of civilization and possibly also the extinction of man. I also believe the automobile is the primary agent causing the crippling of people in their old age. The bicycle is a sane alternative to these two ton entropy machines, and I'm glad to see organizations pushing for it's greater use.