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Discussion: Jean shorts

in: CleverSky; CleverSky > 2023-06-06

Jun 7, 2023 12:09 PM # 
Cristina:
How many pairs of jean shorts did you wear through on the ride?
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Jun 7, 2023 12:44 PM # 
JanetT:
Daring and optimistic!

Your seat looks extremely uncomfortable for sitting/pedaling more than about 10 minutes.
Jun 7, 2023 3:15 PM # 
jjcote:
Number of pairs of jean shorts, that's a good question, and I really don't remember the answer. If I had to make a wild guess, I'd say I brought two pairs. I also don't remember if they particularly wore out. Mike wore rugby shorts, basically the same deal. Pretty sure I didn't acquire or discard any while on the trip. I also had a pair of baggy gray sweatpants, but I only wore them a few times.

The recumbents were quite similar to each other except for the seats, which were similar in concept but different in execution. Mike's (which you can't really see in the picture) didn't end up being the shape that he intended, and he had problems with it; as he put it, "There are two ways I can sit on it, one is comfortable, and the other allows me to pedal". Mine was actually quite comfortable, no issues in that regard (consider that the conventional alternative was sitting on a knob for hours on end). It's basically a lawn chair. The current incarnation isn't significantly different. I slightly redesigned the wooden frame so that it won't break in the manner that it did four of five days in. There are only two wide pieces of webbing now, one on the seat and the lowest one on the back, and I put a piece of closed-cell foam (from an old camping pad) across that section for a bit of extra cooshiness. The upper part of the back is now made of window screen material. I've had an improved version in the works for years, but the main change is to make the frame out of aluminum tubing instead of wood to save weight.

A picture of the recumbent from last year (the foam on the seat is a little rumpled):
Jun 9, 2023 1:51 AM # 
coach:
and the classic, Bell helmet.
Jun 9, 2023 3:44 AM # 
jjcote:
Yep, Mike had a Bell Biker, and I had a cap.
Jun 16, 2023 10:42 PM # 
kissy:
I know I'm late to this discussion, but how did you get regular bikes? And what did you do with the recumbents?
Jun 16, 2023 11:19 PM # 
jjcote:
Mike had his regular bike frame in a box at his parents' house. On the fifth day, he called his mother and had her FedEx it to Lewisberry PA, where we transplanted all of the components over from the recumbent in the parking lot (a story in itself) and shipped the recumbent frame back. Then, three days later, when I had a seat part break, Mark announced at dinner that he had decided that he wasn't having as much fun riding and camping as he had hoped, and he was taking a bus home the next day. Joe said he was going with him. But Mark offered any of his gear if Mike and I were going to continue, including his bike. So I borrowed Mark's bike and rode it the rest of the way, and when we got home he said to sell it and send him the money.

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