Tricycles and Cuddl Duds

4 Oct

I can blame my writing slump on my new human powered vehicle. For two weeks any time I sat near a computer I ended up studying recumbent trikes. I couldn’t decide on anything like how much to spend, which company to buy from, which model, how many speeds, what color, what seat angle, and, most importantly, did I really need one at all? It totally stressed me out because I felt like I didn’t have any control over myself like some crazed drug addict. I didn’t enjoy the feeling of wanting something that bad. Normally, I like to think that I have few “wants.”

With that on my mind so heavily, the idea of writing depressed me because out of nowhere I felt like I couldn’t do it well enough. Every sentence sucked. I went from enjoying writing to avoiding it…overnight, it seemed. I’m still struggling, actually, even though my new trike is in the garage and I’m not driving myself batty picking one out.

This is me riding my lime green Big Cat HPV Villager. Well, I didn’t have a picture of me riding it because nobody else is excited enough to take my picture on it. Alas, I had to improvise with Photoshop, so what you’re looking at is just my head sitting on the trike.

My head on the trike

Since it was delivered on Friday, I have these first impressions:

  • This thing attracts attention. Both kids and adults have yelled out to me things like “Cool bike!” or “Hey man, that’s one cool bike you got there.” Automobile drivers stare and crane their necks to watch me pass. People smile and point.
  • It’s a blast to ride. I have pretty much used my upright bikes as transportation, but I cruised around all weekend because it was fun and…
  • It’s comfortable. It’s like a lawn chair on wheels. I can ride this thing all day without wrist, ass or neck pain.
  • It’s well-made and, at 31 pounds, extremely light. Big Cat’s are manufactured in Florida. The other trikes I considered are made in Germany, Taiwan, or China.
  • With no need to balance there is no minimum speed. I think it’s also the closeness to the ground that makes it very meditative. I stopped dozens of times to just look around or to rest.
Okay, enough about the trike…

This morning I couldn’t find my long spandex pants, so I put on my wife’s Cuddl Duds to go for my jog. It was 39° outside at 6:30. I knew she would have a fit and she told me to put something on between her duds and my body, but I didn’t just to get her going. What am I going to do wear boxer shorts under spandex? I don’t think so. Besides, it takes me 30 minutes to get mine on because the leg hole opening seemed to me made for a baby’s leg. These Cuddl Duds slide ride on. Do they make these for men? Does it matter?

Jennifer's Cuddl Duds on my sweaty ..... ! HeeHee

5 Responses to “Tricycles and Cuddl Duds”

  1. LunarEuphoria October 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Nice bike! Now I want one. Thanks…

    • fightn4it October 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks!

  2. tmso October 6, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    I’ve commuted by bike for over 25 years now. I never thought I’d go for a recumbent, but that thing looks comfy. May have to give it a try sometime.

    Oh, that’s not a real tattoo, is it? AWESOME!! 😀 Vegans rule!

    • fightn4it October 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

      Wow, 25 years!? That’s awesome.

  3. Adult Tricycles January 30, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    It is really nice to have an alternative transportation other than your car. This could help lessen the pollution in your community. It is a nice way to have an early exercise and have fun while your at it.

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