Greenspeed recumbent trike

March 2011, with the help of the BT benevolent fund I finally ordered A Greenspeed recumbent trike From Australia, Please see the link to their web site. The reason for such a change from solo Cycling to a Tandem is to reseeding eye sight , I am registered as blind as I have lost over 80% of my eye sight mostly from the centre of my eyes. I am still managing to ride solo with my Club the west Middlesex CTC see links. However it’s getting near the end and I’m getting ready for the time it will be too dangerous for the solo bike witch I will miss greatly as losing the independence just to go and get lost for a few hours on my own, or go touring with a tent around the UK. The Tandem will give me the tool to keep my cycling passion alive and my social life ticking over. My good Friend Adrian is the main Pilot / captain However it’s been modified by Greenspeed to take a large range of riding sizes for whoever wishes to take me out. I could not have achieved obtaining this tandem without BT and the charities BT contacted on my behalf. And I had one member of BT staff donate towards it thank you. And a big thanks you to the guys and girls at Greenspeed. This is a web site of its birth and journeys, of what I call my Thunderbird 2, in photos.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August

65.9 mph Bloody hell

This week end has been nice hot and dry so two great days out on the Tandem.
Saturday set off for breakfast in Hackney at our favorite cafĂ© in London and to have a ride around London it’s self,  However as to a front puncher second one it turns  out that I had put the incorrect tube in! So it made it a bit late to do the normal root to the cafe so we just had a run around the centre of London and had a bite to eat at another watering hall we no on the south bank, London is always great fun with lots of attention and comments and photos taken of us.

The Tires fitted although of good quality are not really suited for the use we put it to punchers are a pain, and we do get a few just lately so looking to changing them this week. We surpassed our photo record with having 14 photos taken of us that we knew of that is.

We have had some funny moments like the oriental guy that had stopped behind us at traffic lights I heard the door open and he got out and run in front of us to take a photo.

Sunday was a great day got the thunderbird out into the country for a long run, suffered one rear Puncher! But I am and expert at it now LOL.

The root.

Out west from Hayes, through West Drayton and onto Slough and Windsor, coffee and Eccles cake by the river then out into the country lanes, to Touchen End then Moss End, for lunch. Back via Bray and a Tea stop at Burnham Beeches, Tried to max out on our downhill speed into Uxbridge, highest gear in everything, rear cassette, Schlump and on the SRAM hub gear. Powered in to it Speedo registered
65.9 mph. Bloody hell certainly felt fast!

However the Pilot was screaming loudly and struggling, complaining bike was unstable at that point; “it’s braking up (admiral thats me I do not like stoker) like Scottiein star trek   it can’t take any more!!! and the brakes went on, sensible as I had a bit more to give but would we have lived to tell the story?

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