I cycled the 4.6 miles over to see my Niece again today. Only the 2nd time I have been out that way on the bike this year. Last time I came home with a sore bum that lasted 2 days. Today there is no sore bum, so it looks like I am toughening up for rides of more than a couple of miles.
On the way back, as I was puffing and panting up the hill in 1st gear, I pulled over to let another cyclist pass me coming the other way. It was a particularly narrow part of the cycle path and as I take up more area with my trike, it's only fair that I do the pulling in.
It was a young chap, about early 20s I would say, and as he passed me he stopped, apologised for holding me up, but would I mind telling him where I got my trike from. Adult trikes are still a rare sight in England. In fact I have only ever seen one other since living down in Dorset.
He tells me that his Sister-in-law has a trike which she got 2nd hand when she was unable, due to illness, to use a 2 wheeler any longer, her trike, he tells me, is very old, and is falling apart at the back. She has fitted a childs seat, where I have my basket and is worried that soon she wouldn't be able to use it much longer. He would like to treat her to a new one.
I found this conversation so refreshing on several counts. How many youngsters would stop a much older woman for a chat and to ask for advice? What a lovely young man to instantly think of his Sister-in-law when seeing my trike. Not only that but to also want to treat her to a new bike. And finally, I have no idea what part of the country his Sister-in-law lives, but it does seem the world of trikes is getting out there. Once upon a time adults would have curled up in embarrassment in riding a trike, or even realised that adult trikes existed.
Maybe soon, hopefully, more cycle manufacturers will realise there is a call for trikes. and our choice of only 2 models, and a single colour in each model, will get larger.