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  • 15 May 2022 9:51 AM
    Message # 12780835

    As a older rider (over 65) I would like to borrow a cup or two of knowledge.

    As a owner of a new tadpole trike recumbent I am looking for easier rides to help me loose weight. As of today the hills that I can do under my own power is no more than a rolling hill ( a 3 by club rating) and shorter rides between 5 and 12 miles.

    My question is there any grouping of the rides by level and distance ( all 1 together all 2 together ... ) so when someone like me is looking has restarted riding they can work there way back up to the higher levels and distances?

    Also does anyone use radar to warn of on coming traffic? What one has the best useful features? Is there one that also has turn signals?

    Has anyone used a  guardian angel rechargeable bike light? I was thinking for a trike rider like me that it would be a good idea to mount a light on a post at the average height for most vehicles windshields.

    Also there are many different types of flags and spinners for being seen. What have you found to be the best for being seen road riding? Or is there something better to be seen than a flag/spinner.

    I am looking forward to going on club rides in the future but first I have to get where I can maintain 10 to 12 mph before I can go on club rides since right now I am only able to do 5 to 7 mph currently. Maybe in the near future I will be up to speed. So far since I got my trike I have done roughly 60 miles so far on my 500 mile goal which I hope to blow through before the end of the riding season.


  • 16 May 2022 12:30 PM
    Reply # 12782031 on 12780835
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Thanks for your comments.  First congrats on the recumbent trike. The club has Support rides which might fit the bill as many of these are less hilly terrain, and frequently regroup. the schedule is at

    If you are looking for flattest terrain, some of the rides on the canal and greenway (or other rail-trails) might also help out. Especially as they are traffic free (except at road crossings)

    I would be sure to check out the schedule which is posted on meetup.

    I have a long wheelbase recumbent myself and in the past have used a flag for visability since we sit much lower to the road.  Some people will use various 'wind-sock' or other eye catching stuff. IFrankly some of the bright LED flashers probably grab more attention with divers than a flag would, and in general any good bright light will do wonders to improve your visibility.  I cant comment on some of the radar based devices but I use a helmet mounted mirror in the past and that has been beneficial. 


  • 16 May 2022 8:43 PM
    Reply # 12782824 on 12780835


     Thank you for you answering my questions. I currently do road riding in the Dewey Stone Area so I can get to the 390 trail and the Lake Ontario State Parkway Trail and Turing Point Park (but not the hill) coming in from Lake Ave. For the time being I have I have to stay at a level 3 or below rides.

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