It has been windy in much of the United States recently. With the wind and the wind chill factor not many cyclists (or others) have been seen venturing out. I went out this morning and rode on a local trail. I saw one other cyclist the whole time I was out. It has to be a very strong wind to bother me and keep me from riding. I suppose if I were riding a bicycle or even a tadpole trike with the seat angle much more upright than my Catrike Trail is I would notice the wind a lot more and it would be a problem for me. However, I am thankful for my “recumbent” (laid back, reclined) riding position as the wind just is not an issue for me. I jokingly say “what wind?” when someone I am riding with objects to (or complains about) it. Although I am saying it just to tease them and give them a hard time I can honestly say that I am serious at the same time.
Yep, ‘what wind’ is my come back and I am so glad I can say it. It has to be either rather cold so that the wind has a noticeable wind chill factor or it has to be blowing hard enough to get my attention … say about 30 mph or higher.
Sometimes I think it would be neat to take advantage of the wind by using a sail on a trike. There are people who do it. There are a couple of manufacturers offering sails on trikes although it is more common to see them on a delta trike than on a tadpole trike.
There are even para-sails used as well as kites.
There is only one problem I foresee in this … one would have to admit that there is a wind. 🙂 That would take a lot of fun away for me. Besides that, I would probably lose control in a heartbeat and crash and burn. I spent 8 years in the U.S. Navy, but that didn’t make me a sailor as far as knowing anything about sailing a sail boat.
Sorry, but this just doesn’t look like it would be much fun to me. It looks like it would be very tiring … quite literally exhausting on the arms and upper body dealing with pulling on the rig almost constantly. And getting tipped over while travelling along at a pretty good clip sure isn’t appealing. I think I would rather just pedal along. Of course, I don’t think I would have any desire to ride in such a desolate miserable looking area as that anyway. (Different strokes for different folks.) For those who have an interest in this 3100 mile (5000 km) kite-powered trike journey thru Russia, Mongolia and China you can visit the website HERE, the blog HERE, his Facebook page HERE and check out more of his videos HERE.
One thing about it … like so many other things … it happens and there ain’t nothin’ we can do about it. I am talking about wind … sometimes with a capital W. Or as a friend is fond of saying … “you’ll have that!”. We just have to deal with it and for me I am glad I can quite often say … “what wind?” … all the while being glad I am not out there dealing with it on an upwrong bike as then I couldn’t say that. Yes, I remember it … part of the agony and discomfort of riding a conventional bicycle. I love my recumbent trike! And with or without the wind I hope to and plan on …
KEEPING ON TRIKIN’