In July I took delivery of my new wheels - a recumbent tricycle. Built by German company HP Velotechnik, it's a foldable model called a "Gekko FX 26". 26 is for the large wheel in the back.
I will still retain my Raleigh, Yamaha electric PAS, and Brompton folding bikes, each of which has a special purpose for me. The Gekko is a blast to ride though and will be mostly "just for fun".
I ordered it with mud fenders (it rains a lot here), two rear view mirrors, and an aluminum rack. I have since equipped it with a flag for added visability, bright dual tail lights and a bright headlight (though I don't plan to ride it at night), an air horn, and a cycling computer. I also purchsed a windscreen, separately, which I will add in the winter to keep cold air and rain off of me.
Along with the 26 inch rear wheel, 3 gears up front and 8 in back mean I can take hills as well as cruise at whatever speed my legs will deliver.
|The light weight aluminum frame keeps the Gekko FX 26 well under 40 lbs.|
The recumbent riding posture improves power to the pedals and puts an end to saddle pain, back aches, and sore wrists that one may get on a "diamond frame" bike.
|K takes the Gekko for a spin. Judging by the smile on her face, I may have to get her one too! Since they fold, we could fit two of them in her car.|
As for Momo the Wonder Dog, she's not interested in cars, bikes, trikes, or sailboats. She'd rather just watch us while she lays in the shade of the pomegranate tree or on her front porch deck.
|Momo in her summer cut. Almost time for a trim.|