One Ride, I’m hooked!
Bad cycling weather this week, but I did sneak in a short ride before the freezing rain hit again. I could not believe something that weighs 29.2 kg. could feel so light and go so fast. I’m hooked! I don’t want to ride my 2 wheel recumbents anymore. The Quest seems so fast and smooth.
I encounter a few cars and people on my trip around the neighborhood. The sight of this yellow Quest stopped traffic and turned many heads. I had someone do a U-turn and pass me to get ahead and take a picture with his phone. At another stop sign a girl almost hit a pedestrian with her car because she was staring at the Quest. It sure catches people attention.
I had to do some fine tuning as I had trouble see over the front and the seat was set low. Likewise once I adjusted the seat I had to adjust the pedals. Even with the 155 cranks one heal touches the body sometimes. I had to trim the back of the foot holes. Of course I added spare tires and tubes, tools and a small blanket in case of tire problems. Headlights also got adjusted as well. I changed the back tire for Schwalbe Snow stud tire. I took a ride and did some errands in my local area. The studded tire handled the ice really well and the Duranos on the front handled and stopped well too. I was going to change them to a set of Schwalbe Marathons I have but the Duranos seem to be doing the job quite well. The other problem I had was undoing the Velcro stapes on the cockpit cover so I sewed some loops on them to help me undo them.
This weekend I will make the cover I bought for the Quest fit better and with some luck I will begin my daily commuting on Monday with the Quest. Snow and cold weather is in the forecast. Tonight's ride was done at -17 C. with just a light jacket and summer gloves. I brought warmer mitts and a warmer jacket with me, but it was not needed. I have ridden before in winter on recumbent bikes but this is such a pleasure so far. Not all velomobile owners will see the cold and snow that we get in our part of Canada, but it for me it will be better this winter!!!