The Adventures of Dave and Bob
This blog is about how and why I chose to ride a recumbent bike (Bob), my experience of making the transition from upright bike to recumbent, and some of the journeys / adventures I’m hoping to have with my new steed.
Why Dave and Bob?
As for the names… My own, David, is easily explained – it was donated by my parents. But Bob? Bob is my new (at time of writing) bike – a brand new HP Velotechnik Spirit with a 14 speed Rohloff hub. When I arrived home my 12 year old daughter got very excited and demanded to know what he was called. I struggled to think of something lofty and inspirational / aspirational. My daughter just cut to the chase and said “I think we should call him Bob”. So Bob he is. Somehow it seems very appropriate given that when I go over a bump in the road the suspension on the bike means that I do bob up and down somewhat.
I chose a recumbent bike because…
First of all there are the ostensibly sensible, logical reasons which do sound terribly plausible. These include:
- My history of regular back problems.
- The different reach of my arms after my right elbow was smashed by a hit-and-run driver means that I can easily end up cycling slightly skewed to one side – not good for the back.
- My dodgy elbow isn’t good for resting any weight on. OK for short distances, not so good for cycling the 25 mile round trip to and from work.
- The recumbent I chose is extremely comfortable and ameliorates all of the above problems.
Then there are the other reasons:
- Recumbent bikes are different, quirky, not mainstream, designed and ridden by people who like to see the world from another perspective.
- They look seriously cool.
- Are hugely good fun to ride!
- And what’s compensation for? I was kept off the road for quite some time as a result of a hit-and-run driver turning left where he shouldn’t have done. Why would I not go out and get an even better and more enjoyable bike than I had before?
I’ll leave it to you to decide which you think are the real reasons and which are the justifications.