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29 June 2018 @ 11:49 pm
Out on the bike path...  
I'll be getting up "early" tomorrow (around 8:30) to get sun-blocked and go biking before the heat becomes horrific. 104-106o tomorrow! Also last weekend. And the one before that. Gah, why do I live here?

Last Sunday, I came across bunches of people on recumbent bikes (actually, trikes). Those seem to be popular with overweight cyclists, which is understandable. Regular bicycles put most of your weight on the seat, where your sitz bones can really start to hurt (moreso for women, though not all women). The heavier you are, the more potential pain (I speak from experience), and your body isn't really designed for that type of contact. But recumbent bikes have a more "chair-like" seat, which distributes the pressure across your butt and back. Plus, biking is good exercise and (barring some structural problem) fairly kind to the knees.

The 15-20 people in Sunday's group were all on low-rider recumbent trikes (recumbent bikes are less common around here).
+ Great for people with balance problems who still want to bike.
- Visibility issues in traffic. Many people have flags, but the chest is the part of the cyclist most motorists see, and
being under 3-feet-high is riskier.**
? Possibly shifts pain from the sitz bones to your middle back? Recumbents help ease back pain for some riders, but they're torture devices for me.

I haven't seen any of those metal/fiberglass bike pods in a while (not sure what they're called, and a lot of them seem to be homemade). Not surprising, I guess. They cut the windchill in the winter \o/ but in the summer, you want that breeze. Otherwise, it's kind of like biking in a solar oven...

Quail sightings:
Two weeks ago, I saw a group of quail chicks with camouflage fuzz and bodies (torsos) about the size of kumquats. Still bigger than the ones from years ago that looked like fuzzy bugs.
Last weekend, a cluster of baby quail with new feathers, and bodies sized between kumquats and chicken eggs.

Not sure what tomorrow will bring, other than inevitable regrets about the utterly miserable heat. It's that cabin fever time of year! \o?

** There are taller recumbents, but most of those are bikes, which... personally, if I started to tip on one of those, I'm not sure I could get my feet down in time to keep from falling over like something in a cartoon. :O

Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on June 30th, 2018 10:29 am (UTC)
I haven't seen one of those recumbent bikes in awhile. There was a paralyzed man in the area who used one to do a circuit around the area years ago. I'd like to think they'd be more comfortable like you said, but the seat, I'd think, would have to be fitted to the rider, padding placement and such.

We're having a heat wave here right now. Temps were in the mid 90s yesterday and will continue through the week. My poor electric bill...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2018 08:18 pm (UTC)
You can modify recumbents to be hand cycles, which are popular with paraplegics. Most are those low-rider trikes, but some people use longboard-style frames where they're lying prone with their heads slightly elevated. The idea of taking one of THOSE out in traffic gives me the heebie-jeebies. :(

I hate the summer heat so much! About mid-week, we had temps where our A/C was on all night long. Ouch. :(
cindytsuki_no_bara on July 1st, 2018 04:49 am (UTC)
aw, quail. do the babies have tiny deely-bobbers, or have they not grown in yet? i bet the chicks are ADORABLE.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2018 06:41 am (UTC)
Haha-- "deely-bobbers" is how HalfshellHusband refers to quail. :D

The babies don't have anything, but as they get older they reach a stage where they have more solid feathers and they have a spiky feather-horn coming out of the top of their heads:

look at me!.

The silliness makes it even cuter.

I'm looking forward to retiring and moving back up to Oregon, where it is MUCH cooler, but that's still years away. In the summer, I wish it were a LOT sooner!

Edited at 2018-07-01 06:43 am (UTC)