Today I took the fat bike and rode 5mi to a local state park where a group I've been working to join up with was putting on a multi-sport day. What fun! The group is called Adaptive Adventures and it is dedicated to helping people with disabilities to participate in sports.
I am qualified by a bum arm, the end result of an injury sustained at birth. The fact that I ended up with PTSD thanks to one of the attempted surgical repairs on my arm means that I'm double qualified.
In this case, they brought a portable climbing wall and not one but two huge trailers full of every kind of bike imaginable. Had the state park's reservoir been a bit warmer, they also have a trailer full of kayaks and similar watercraft.
I was interested in the climbing wall, but never made it that far: the bikes diverted me
. I rode a delta trike and was impressed with its comfort and maneuverability. Then I tried a tadpole trike with fat tires and straight fell in love. It was a 1x11 and was just a party to ride. Within the first mile I got comfortable riding on two wheels: if you go fast, then turn hard but not too hard, it's possible to lift the trike's inner wheel. It appeals to my inner 12-year old.
I'm sure the trike's 26" wheels and high center of gravity helped: the 'normal' trikes with 20" wheels were much harder to get up on 2 wheels. Not impossible, but harder. Descending through tight curves on one of those would take guts, and really good balance. Sure would be fun, though
One of the trikes, my favorite after the fat tire beauty, was actually a 3x3x9: meaning it had a 3x9 drive train, but with a 3-speed IGH installed on top of it all. That trike felt like it would climb trees. Not fast, but it's not like you can fall over if you go too slow on a trike. Work out the math, and you find that it's got 82 speeds. Depending on gearing, that can look like spinning @ 100rpm while climbing at 1.5mph.
It was the first 3x3x9 I've ever ridden, and I'm unsurprisingly in love. I look forward to playing with it again in days to come. I ached to make a speed run, but thanks to wildfire smoke from Canada, the Denver area's air quality was literally the second worst in the world today. Ever since Covid, my lungs don't handle crappy air quality well.
As for the fat tire trike, I'd so love to take that thing off road. What fun it was, even on pavement.
They also brought a DXT Drift Trike
. For those who haven't heard, this amounts to an adult version of a Big Wheel, the 70's era kid's delta trike. The adult version has a standard 20" inflatable front wheel with hard plastic rear wheels. Ride fast in a straight line, turn hard, then ride the drift. Soooo much fun!
I acted as a buddy rider for a few other participants and generally had a great time. At the end of the day, I fired up my lights and rode home. Thanks to Strava's tracking features and Mrs. Newleaf's utter awesomeness, I arrived home just in time to enjoy a grilled ribeye steak and baked potato. Mrs. Newleaf absolutely rules. Just sayin' 🥰
. She is simply the bomb.
All that makes for 20mi on the day. Such good times.