July 2010 Chicago LATE Ride
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I was so ashamed of my size that I didn't have the courage to upload this video at the time it was made. I weighed about 290 pounds, which was 60 pounds down from my heaviest. I was participating in Chicago's LATE ride, which starts at midnight at the downtown lakefront. The 25-mile tour takes cyclists through various Chicago neighborhoods.
The trike is a Sidewinder Z recumbent. I drove to Ohio to buy it used from Craigslist for $500; new, it's about $1800. The great thing about the trike is you can ride it for hours. Some people think recumbents don't offer much of a workout, but that's false; you use your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles extensively. However, even at a good pace, I only average between 8-10 miles per hour (the trike weighs 45 pounds!). I still have it, but I think I might sell it and buy a regular bicycle.